Why should I elope in Gatlinburg?
With three entrances to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the center of town, Gatlinburg is one of the most popular places to get married in the United States. The park is full of incredible mountain scenery and there is so much to do, so it’s an impressive spot to combine your elopement and honeymoon! Never taking itself too seriously, Gatlinburg is home to a host of kooky attractions like Dollyworld and the forever-Christmas-themed Inn at Christmas Place. It is also the perfect base for outdoor adventures like white water rafting, zorbing — and even skiing in the winter, as Gatlinburg boasts the only ski resort in the entire state. If you’re keen to unwind during your Gatlinburg elopement, moonshine was legalized in 2009 and distilleries are popping up all over town. You can also visit the Rocky Top Wine Trail just northwest of Gatlinburg proper for a vineyard tour and tastings at the area’s five producers.
What time of year is best to elope in Gatlinburg?
Gatlinburg is one of the few places that is stunning year-round, so no matter what season you decide to hold your Smoky Mountain elopement, nature will supply! Because of the abundance of trees and greenery, fall is a breathtaking time of year to visit, especially if you’re looking to elope in the Smoky Mountain National Park. Spring is also a colorful season, especially when the rhododendrons are in bloom, painting the area with bright pink colors that make for a beautiful backdrop. If you’re looking for a winter wonderland elopement, you may want to look elsewhere (like Colorado!), as snow can be sparse in the cooler months. Whichever season you choose for your Gatlinburg elopement, you’ll have stunning scenery to soak in.
How do I make my elopement legal in Gatlinburg?
There are plenty of places to elope in Gatlinburg, and the marriage license application process is relatively easy and straightforward. First, ensure you and your partner have a form of identification – driver’s license, passport or military ID – and visit the local city hall. You’ll need to have your Social Security number handy, but you can leave your Social Security card at home. If you’ve previously been married you will need an official copy of your divorce decree, so ensure you have that in hand prior to going to obtain your marriage license. Once you acquire your marriage license, it will be valid for 30 days so ensure you tie the knot within that window.
The State of Tennessee also does not require any witnesses at your ceremony, so if you’re planning on eloping alone, there’s no need to invite anyone along for the celebration! You can visit Sevier County’s website for any additional questions specific to your needs.