Plan Your Micro Wedding in the Smoky Mountains

Cabin weddings in the Smoky Mountains are a perfect fit for today’s “micro weddings”—intimate and tailored to your personality.

A “micro wedding” has fewer (often, far fewer) than 50 guests, with all the traditions you want, just on a truly personal scale. Here’s how to plan a mountain cabin micro wedding:

Set a budget.

Micro weddings can be budget-conscious or elaborate. What you save by scaling down, you could choose to spend on special touches, like a gourmet meal that’s too expensive for a large wedding.

Make the guest list.

Distill your list to those you really need by your side. If you want 20, a dozen, or a handful of guests, the choice is yours.

Choose a location.

The Smoky Mountains are a serene setting. Get married at your rental cabin—outdoors on a spacious deck, inside under a cathedral ceiling, or under the stars, by a blazing fire pit. Or you can wed in the natural beauty of the national park, or at a rustic Smokies wedding chapel.

Get a license.

Sevier County (home to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge) has a marriage license site that guides you through every step. Click here to learn more.

Plan your ceremony.

It’s easy to find a local officiant online, whether you’re seeking a religious ceremony, a civil one, or even one led by a comedian (seriously!). Will you write your own vows, use traditional ones, or do something totally different?

Create the reception.

With a smaller group, you can really socialize. Sit down for a leisurely meal, whether it’s high-end steak or down-home BBQ. Not a fan of big wedding cakes? Opt for a simple cake from a local bakery or serve an array of fancy pastries or cupcakes instead. Get local flowers, hire a local musician, or bring your favorite recorded music.

Book cabins for everyone.

Book a cabin where you can all stay under one roof. Wildbriar Inn sleeps up to 25 on three levels (with an elevator for guests who need a little help). Keaton’s Firefly Meadow sleeps up to 34 and features a private swimming pool. If guests prefer their own cabins, we’ve got neighboring cabins where folks can have their own places—next door to family and friends.

If the wedding couple wants more privacy, look at cozy cabins for two, like secluded Happily Ever After or tree-shadedForever Mine. We’ve got plenty more romantic cabins, too.

Turn to Colonial Properties to find ideal settings for your micro wedding.