Picture this: you are standing at the beginning of the aisle with your husband-to-be waiting at the other end, the birds are singing the praises of your union, there’s not a cloud in the sky, and in the background are the Great Smoky Mountains…what could be more beautiful! When you look at the incredible beauty the area has to offer, it’s no wonder it has become known as the “Wedding Capital of the South.” Here are five reasons why so many couples come to this part of the country to tie the knot.

Location, Location, Location

How many times in your life have you heard someone say, “It’s all about location”? Never has this been truer than when you are looking for the right place to have your wedding. No matter where you live in the U.S., on average, at least 60 percent of your family live within a few days driving time of the Great Smoky Mountains. This means less in travel expenses, as most of your guests will be able to drive to your wedding instead of having to fly.

The Views are Spectacular

If you are looking for an outdoor venue for your wedding, nothing matches the spectacular view of the Smoky Mountains. This is especially true if you are considering a spring wedding, as the meadows are covered in a spectacular display of wildflowers, some of which grow nowhere else in the country. A backdrop like this makes for some amazing wedding photographs.

Plenty of Venues to Choose From

When you want a Smoky Mountain wedding, there are many different venues for you to choose from. From church weddings to weddings under one of the many waterfalls, nothing beats getting married in the shadow of the Great Smokies. There are cabin rentals available to host your wedding, including rooms for your guests, or hotels with even more rooms if you are planning a larger wedding.

Lots for Your Guests to Do

One thing about destination weddings is that there is far more to them than just your wedding. Since many of your guests are coming from far away, they may elect to stay for an extra day or two. Blount County has many family-friendly activities, from horseback rides in the mountains to whitewater rafting; there is plenty to do. There are zip line rides, a plethora of hiking trails, antique stores to wander through, golf courses to enjoy, shows to see, and so much more.

The Cost of Your Marriage License

If you are visiting from out of state, you can enjoy a deep discount on the current marriage license fee of $98.50. How? All you have to do is provide proof that you are not residents of the state of Tennessee to the Blount County Clerk. They will give you a coupon for a discount of $60 towards your marriage license fee, bringing the cost down to only $38.50. Where else can you get your license for so little?

From spectacular scenery covered in natural splendor to friendly locals and a huge variety of wedding venues for you to choose from, why not start planning your Smoky Mountain wedding today?