Gatlinburg TN Weddings and Pigeon Forge TN Weddings in the Great Smoky Mountains!
Planning a Smoky Mountain Wedding:
Getting Married in Gatlinburg? We have listed some of the best deals and destinations in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville for Cabin and Chalet rentals, Honeymoon Cottages, Hotel and Motels, and Entertainment. We even included some of our friends that can help you plan the smoky mountain wedding you have always dreamed. After all, we do have the most romantic mountains in the world! But whether you are here to learn more about getting married and spending your honeymoon in a secluded Smoky Mountain Cabin or Chalet, just want some information about getting away for the weekend with a loved one, or planning a family vacation...we have you covered.
You will find information on all of the upcoming shows, festivals, and events, as well as the best places to eat and stay. If outdoor entertainment is your thing, you have come to the right place. The Smoky Mountains are slam packed with exciting outdoor activities like whitewater rafting and horseback riding, hiking, biking and fishing and...well, you name it, we have it. But best of all, Sevier County offers a little something for everyone in your Family.
If you are a couple wanting to find more information about how to get married in Sevier County, please visit the Sevier County Clerk at their Online Office by clicking here. If you want more information about lodging or accommodations please click on one of the menu links above. Wedding Chapels are available for wedding ceremonies year round. We have listed these chapels within this website under the "Chapels" link. For Wedding Planning information such as florists and photographers please look under the wedding planning link.
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What's the Latest News In Sevier County
Gatlinburg Midnight Independence Day Parade
Monday July 3rd 2007-Downtown Gatlinburg
For the 31st consecutive year, Gatlinburg will kick off America's Independence Day celebration with the nation's first parade, which will lead off at midnight to the cheers of 70,000 to 100,000 spectators. A tribute to our five branches of military service will be one of the many highlights.
"This will be one of the most patriotic and colorful parades that the City of Gatlinburg has ever produced," according to Special Events Manager George Hawkins. "We are very excited about the entire day of events!"
As soon as the street is closed, the parade route will come alive with pre-parade entertainers that will begin the excitement of what is to follow. Giant helium balloons will soar through the skyline of downtown Gatlinburg, from red, white, and blue Stars to Alphonso the dragon, Humpty Dumpty, and a giant patriotic Eagle and All-Star Train. More than 100 volunteers will be signed on to help the balloons navigate the streets of Gatlinburg, with more than 100 entries of all types scheduled to appear. National entries such as Schwann Foods and Red Baron Pizza will bring in their Blaine Kern-designed floats.
A River Raft Regatta will also take place at noon on Tuesday, July 4th, beginning at the Christus Gardens bridge on River Road and ending at the Aquarium bridge in downtown Gatlinburg. This unmanned river raft race is open to anything floatable except balls and plastic eggs. In the past, families have entered boats made out of matchsticks, floating rocks, as well as little rubber ducks. Registration takes place between 11 a.m. and noon, with the race beginning promptly at noon. Support for the River Raft Regatta is provided by the Gatlinburg Recreation Center.
For more information about the 30th Annual 4th of July Midnight Parade or the River Raft Regatta, please call 800/568-4748, or visit online at www.gatlinburg.com
Free Smokies Photo Workshop Weekend
The three-day program invites visitors to join professionals who will share their experience taking landscape and wildlife photographs with the latest digital technology. In addition to free daily photo workshops, Canon will also conduct seminars with slide show presentations at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
Leading the event is Adam Jones, a member of Canon's Explorers of Light and a world-renowned photographer. His work has graced several prestigious national and international publications, including National Geographic, Natural History, Life Magazine, Audubon, People Magazine, BBC Wildlife, Backpacker, American Park Network and Outdoor Photographer. Jones is at home in the Smokies, having recently photographed the Great Smoky Mountains - Simply Beautiful, a highly acclaimed large-format coffee table book featuring 131 breathtaking color images of the diverse flora, fauna, and scenery of the premier national park in the eastern United States. Jones will be joined by four well-known photographers from the region.
American Park Network, publisher of the free guide Great Smoky Mountains National Park and visitor guides to more than 40 national and state parks, will coordinate the event in collaboration with Canon.
Over the course of the weekend, Canon will offer a variety of clinics both in the park and in Gatlinburg, the neighboring gateway community. Workshops will take place daily Friday through Sunday, June 23-25, at Sugarlands Visitor Center at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. and at the Gatlinburg Convention Center at 6:45 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
For more information, contact American Park Network at 212-581-3380.
2nd Annual Bloomin Barbecue & Bluegrass Festival
-May 19th and 20th
Sevierville's second annual Bloomin' Barbecue and Bluegrass Festival takes place May 19th and 20th, 2006. This family-friendly event will once again bring barbecue cook teams from all over the United States to Sevierville as they compete for $15,000 in cash and prizes and the title of Tennessee State Champion. Rounding out the event is toe-tapping bluegrass music, incredible arts and crafts, kid's games and the Mountian Soul Vocal Competition honoring Sevierville's favorite hometown girl, Dolly Parton. With so many exciting things to see and do, this is an event you won't want to miss.
Friday night (May 19), take a little time to visit with the barbeque cook teams you've seen on cable channels like the Food Network as you stroll through the "Que Zone." Then make sure you bring a lawn chair or blanket for the free bluegrass concerts with some of the brightest young stars in bluegrass today - the Grascals headline on Friday night and Ricky Skaggs takes the stage on Saturday. Spend a little time in the "Kids' Zone" too where even the smallest event-goers can have their faces painted and jump on moonwalks.
Saturday morning (May 20), watch as cook teams turn in their competition meats and then stay for the announcement of winners at 4pm. Teams will receive recognition in Chicken, Ribs, Pork and Brisket as well as specialty categories such as Dessert - all cooked in a barbeque smoker.
A highlight of Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass is the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition Finals held on May 20. Finalists from around the nation will sing their hearts out for a chance to win $500 and a recording session in Nashville, Tennessee. This competition, the only one of its kind that festival organizers know of, honors the songwriting of Dolly Parton. Competitors, male and female, must sing a song written by Dolly Parton (there are over 3,000) and do so in their own style (rock, rap, country, bluegrass, swing, soul, etc.).-BB&B Staff
For more information about Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass, call (865) 453-6411 or visit them online at www.BloominBarbequeAndBluegrass.com.
Smokey Mountain Tunes & Tales
Gatlinburg's Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales™ - an all-new summer-long family event featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying time periods as far back as 1800 - rolls into Gatlinburg from the second weekend in June through the second weekend in August, when the characters retreat to their Appalachian hollers to take care of the chores.
And roll they will, as the collection of personalities and performers arrive via horse-drawn wagon to the center of town at 5:30pm nightly. Once the wagon rolls to a stop, an unsuspecting downtown public will witness a magical transformation of sidewalk to stage as the characters disperse along the Downtown Parkway for an evening of entertainment and storytelling until 10pm.
"Characters" is a befitting way to describe some of the mountain folk you will encounter during the course of each night. While we won't divulge everything we know about them right now, allow us to introduce you to a few of the more colorful portrayals:
"Big Hog" is a grisly but loveable mountain dweller from the 1800's who regales us with stories of life in the mountains and the beginnings of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
"Goose & The MoonShine Boys" -- Goose, the oldest of a set of brothers, loves to brag on the moonshine-making activities of him and his kin at their still tucked deep in the woods. His brothers Buck, Teeter and Skinny Bill sit idly by until Goose decides to strike up a tune for the folks.
"Horse Jaw Johnny" is a gossip and songster with the ability to create songs on the spot using tidbits gleaned from his newly acquired audience of friends.
"Constable Jordan Salamander" loves to reminisce about the good ol' days and share stories of the more notable inhabitants and happenings of the early town era.
"The Back Porch Cloggers" -- The original dance of the Appalachians is demonstrated with all the verve and excitement that kickin' up your heels and tappin' your toes can generate. Don't be surprised if you find yourself giving it a whirl!
There, now... is your imagination awakening to how much free nightly fun is rolling into Gatlinburg every night this summer? Above are just five of the fourteen characters lined out for your Gatlinburg vacation or visit! Pick up a brochure most anywhere once you get to town and learn more about Gatlinburg's Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales™. Then, get ready to listen, laugh, and languish in the most fun you've had in a 'coon's age while you become a part of the story. -Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce
To learn more about this and numerous other MountainFest activities in Gatlinburg this summer, call the Gatlinburg chamber at 1-800-56-VISIT, or uncover mountains of information at www.gatlinburg.com/tunes-tales/
Rhythm in The Hills Weekend
-May 26th thru 28th
Come celebrate over Memorial Day Weekend as Rhythm in the Hills takes center stage. The weekend kicks off with opening ceremonies on Friday May 26th at 5:30 featuring Eric Littleton. Trick Pony, Dwight Yoakam, Dierks Bentley and Blake shelton are only a few of the headliners in this exciting weekend of music, food, and fun. Also, make sure to stay through Sunday when "Chili in the Hills" gets underway. This event includes
cooks from around the country competing for a chance to advance to the World Championship Chili Cook-Off.
Join us Sunday, May 28 and sample some of the best chili east of the Mississippi. For $5.00, you get a cup and a spoon and unlimited samples of chili. If you find one you love, you can buy a bowl. Check out Rhythm in the Hills.
1st Annual Gatlinburg Mountainfest
Join in as Gatlinburg Tennessee welcomes summer visitors. Gatlinburg, Tennessee is unveiling a new annual summer event celebrating the rich heritage and simple beauty of life in the Appalachian Mountains known as MountainFest. Gatlinburg, already well known nationally and internationally as "The Gateway to the Smoky Mountains" vacation destination with endless attractions and entertainment, is celebrating its part of the mountain range and Appalachian culture.
MountainFest begins on Friday, June 9th with two days of genuine Appalachian music, bluegrass, crafts & craftsmen, demonstrations from local talent, and homemade southern foods presented by Gatlinburg restaurants. Don't delay in arranging your Gatlinburg Lodging Reservations or Destination Wedding Plans. MountainFest is an excellent time to plan for your reunion, retreat, or large group visit to the Smokies!
Saturday will feature a host of fiddlers, guitar pluckers and banjo pickers competing in the Mountain Strings Competition. Other events include a Fourth of July Parade, River Raft Regatta, Fourth of July Fireworks Show and The Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Local crafters will demonstrate their skills as passed down from generation to generation. Get a taste of local food favorites such as beans and cornbread, fried taters & onions and fried green tomatoes by some of the areas restaurants. MountainFest® Kick-Off is from noon to 10 p.m. Friday, June 9, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 10. For more information about this or any other special event in Gatlinburg, visit www.gatlinburg.com or call the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce at (800) 568-4748. -Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce - Mountainfest lasts from (June 9 - August 12, 2006)
Dollywood's Festival of Nations™
Celebrate cultural traditions at the Festival of Nations™ multi-cultural spring festival. Enjoy international music from the world's best musicians. Journey 'round the globe without leaving the Smoky Mountains when you visit Dollywood's Festival of Nations, See the world-renowned Moscow Circus, back by popular demand, with a talented troupe of aerialists, gymnasts, contortionists, clowns and folk musicians. Plus, marvel at Australia's amazing sway pole act "Swoon," blending dance, circus and comedy to create aerial ballet high atop 15-foot flexible poles. Italy's Medieval Swordsmen of Soriano nel Cimino, the Royal Stiltwalkers of Merchtem Belgium and the lively Cossack folk dances of Ukraine's Zhaivir complete the lineup of first-time performance groups at Dollywood's Festival of Nations.
Returning favorites include China's Dragon Legend Acrobats, Russian Academic Band, the Czech Republic's Noticky children's vocal ensemble, Ecuador's Atahualpa, and Trinidad's Stix on Steel. This is a six-week international music festival celebrating music, dance, art and food from around the world. Enjoy more than 200 international performers with seven first-time and five returning groups of entertainers, including the best dancers, singers, musicans and acrobats! (April 1 - May 7)