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Plan Your Wedding in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park


We understand that planning your mountain wedding or elopement in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be challenging, especially if you are planning a destination wedding from out of state. There are a few things you must do to be able to get married in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

  1. Determine your ceremony location and time.

  2. Obtain a Special Use Permit from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to reserve the location and time for your ceremony.

  3. Obtain a marriage license from the county clerk.

  4. Hire licensed wedding professionals.

Ceremony & Reception Location

There are many locations in the national park for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Some of the most popular locations are Cades Cove, Spence Cabin, and the Appalachian Clubhouse. You can view a map of the approved locations HERE.

Wedding Permits

Couples who would like to get married in the national park must obtain a Special Use Permit (SUP) from the park for your ceremony location and time. Applications must be submitted 14 days prior to your date. You can view the application HERE

Marriage License

A Tennessee marriage license can be obtained in person from any of the Sevier County Clerk’s marriage license offices. There is no waiting period. Both parties must be present to obtain the marriage license. Proof of age is required by a valid driver's license, a state-issued I.D., a valid passport, or certified birth certificate. All Non-Tennessee Residents getting married in Sevier County pay $41. Sevier County is categorized in a tourism zone that allows a special lowered rate. Please contact the Sevier County Clerk's office for additional details, or if you have specific questions.

Hiring Licensed Wedding Professionals

If you are hiring a professional wedding photographer, officiant, and/or wedding planner, they need to be licensed and authorized to conduct business in the park. View our list of licensed photographers, or visit the national park web site for its list of approved wedding professionals.