Tie the Knot in Tennessee: Romance in the Smokys

Are you thinking about tying the knot, renewing your vows or just reconnecting romantically? The Great Smoky Mountains is a wonderful backdrop for firing up your romantic plans.

Not to mention, White Oak Lodge and Resort’s rustic and elegant accommodations make a cozy spot for your getaway.

Getting Married

There is no blood test or waiting period for a marriage license for out-of-state visitors. Even better, out-of-staters also pay less for the privilege of happily ever after. In Sevier County, in-state residents pay around $100 for the licensing fee, but it’s only about $40 for visitors.

There are plenty of beautiful little mountain chapels around Gatlinburg, like the Little Log Wedding Chapel, Chapel at Honeymoon Hills, and Chapel at the Park.


In addition to the chapels mentioned above, Gatlinburg has another hidden gem up its sleeve, and that’s Pastor Rob. You almost have to know someone who has gone to Pastor Rob to find him. Fortunately, we did. Our own Global Connections corporate resort liaison Chris C. and his wife recently went for a romantic vacation to White Oak Lodge and Resort and while they were there, renewed their vows and celebrated 25 years of marriage.

White Oak Lodge and Resort
Simple, scenic and affordable is the name of the game at Pastor Rob’s Smoky Mountain gazebo.


Even if it’s just date night on your vacation, Gatlinburg has no shortage of romance, Tennessee style.

See the Smokies on Horseback
Explore the many designated trails at a pace you set to take in all your breathtaking surroundings. Check out Smoky Mountain Stables or Sugarlands Riding Stables to book your equestrian tour.

Visit a Winery or Sample Some Moonshine
Visit Sugarland Cellars to see handcrafted wines being made and try lots of samples. If you are more of the moonshine type, the Ole Smoky Distillery has you covered. Specialty flavors include apple pie, cinnamon, and pina colada so sample away!

Take in a Breathtaking View
Get up, up and away! Ride the Gatlinburg Sky Lift or the Ober Aerial Tram. Check out the new Anakeesta chondolas this summer, or go up in the Space Needle (then challenge each other to arcade games afterward).

When you’re done having all that fun, curl up by the fire at White Oak Lodge and Resort to keep the romance going.

Would you consider getting married in Gatlinburg? What do you like best about the destination?

Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actor (and active) with local community and city theatre.