Choosing among all the available Gatlinburg wedding packages can seem like a huge task. Because Gatlinburg is the wedding capital of the South, there seems to be so many venues to choose from, so many nuances in the packages, that the project can feel overwhelming before it really has a chance to start.
That’s why we wanted to let you in on 5 of the best kept secrets to choosing Gatlinburg TN wedding packages. These 5 secrets will help you sort out the wedding venue that’s right for you and your wedding.
5 Best Kept Secrets to Choosing Gatlinburg Wedding Packages
- Pick the date you want, with a little flexibility.
When you think about the wedding you want, is there a certain season you have in mind? A specific month? Or even a very specific date? Great! That will help you start to narrow things down. If you have a very specific date in mind, you will be able to sort through venues by availability. If you have a season or, even better, a month in mind, you can choose a venue you prefer then be a little flexible with the dates. For example, some venues only offer wedding packages on certain days of the week, like Thursdays. Some venues have weddings any day you prefer. This is just the first of many steps to help you narrow down a wedding package.
- Make sure you’re comparing apples to apples, or at the very least, know where the oranges are.
A lot, but not all, Gatlinburg wedding packages are all-inclusive. Of course, even the definition of “all-inclusive” can change a little bit between venues. You may want to create a spreadsheet where you can compare and contrast the levels of all-inclusive amenities that way you can see where the differences and gaps lie.
- Be sure to have a wedding planner.
While some all-inclusive wedding packages include a wedding planner, others do not. Either way, you may want to consider getting one. Unless you live in Gatlinburg, planning a wedding from a distance can be a challenge and you will want someone on your team to make sure you have everything you need and want and to coordinate the details together to help make your wedding day as stress-free as possible.
- Don’t forget to think about where everyone will stay.
In finding the perfect venue, don’t forget to consider the travel time, distance, and parking situation for your guests. Venues in the heart of Gatlinburg will be closer to stores and restaurants but will be much more limited in parking. And remember to consider the tourist traffic, what that will mean for travel times, and even being able to get room reservations for your guests.
- Remember, at the end of the day, it’s your wedding.
Sure, there are a lot of weddings that happen in Gatlinburg. But at the end of the day, you need to be happy with the planning process and definitely the outcome of the day itself. This isn’t permission to be a Bridezilla but a reminder to stick with your gut. If you feel like something isn’t going the direction you were hoping, speak up. And if it’s something that’s non-negotiable for the venue, you may want to consider changing venues before it’s too late.
Gatlinburg wedding packages all have their unique qualities. Hopefully this list will help you choose the setting that is just right for your special day.
To help even more with the planning, we hope you will download our FREE Smoky Mountains Wedding Planning Guide which is chock-full of great packages and vendors to make your wedding day one-of-a-kind.
And as you are creating your list of potential wedding venues in Gatlinburg, we hope you will consider Christopher Place Resort. With all-inclusive wedding packages (including coordinator!) priced to fit any budget, we know we have something to fit your needs and to make your wedding day truly unique and special – just like you.