Summer weddings are all the rage. Recent information from theKnot.com says that 15% of all weddings are taking place in June, with July, and August with September weddings high in popularity as well.
So if you’re planning a summer wedding, consider the Smoky Mountains. The Smokies are a great place to host a wedding in any season.
And just for you, summer wedding planner, we have 9 summer wedding tips to help you pull off a great wedding in the Smoky Mountains.
9 Tips to Help You Rock a Summer Wedding in the Smoky Mountains
1. Beat the Heat
The views are beyond gorgeous and everything will be covered in green. But be sure to plan for the temperatures, which are commonly in the 90s throughout the summer. You can prep for weather in creative ways, from individual paper fans that double as programs, personalized water bottles, or any of lots of great ideas. Because it gets so warm in the afternoon, the temps are pretty near perfect in the late morning. Likewise, once the sun is below the mountain ridge, not only do the temps cool down, but the lighting for pics get so much better.
2. Plan Special Summer Events
White water rafting, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, zip lining, hiking, and more take center stage in the Smokies in the summer. So take your wedding planning up a notch by including free time for these summer favorites.
3. Have a Unique Twist
Weddings used to be all about cookie cutters and now they’re all about getting to know the couple better and learning more about their personality together. What unique twist could you add to a summer Smoky Mountain wedding? Geocaching? Moonshine tasting? The sky’s the limit – and with the sky in the Smokies, that’s a LOT of gorgeous space.
4. Harness the Power of the BBQ
When you think summer, you can almost smell the grills as hamburgers and hot dogs welcome the season. So why not BBQ for your wedding or rehearsal dinner? Not only is it tasty, smoky, and amazing, it’s so perfectly Southern.
5. Dress for Comfort
Another one of our favorite things about weddings being all about the couple’s taste and style is the freedom to have the dress and style you’re most comfortable in. Your wedding is beautiful when you’re comfortable. So embrace the style that’s all you.
6. Choose Seasonal Flowers
Flowers are having their hay day during the summer. Use what’s in season. Not only will they be gorgeous, super fresh, and less expensive, but they’ll also make your pictures POP when you’re tying in with the already gorgeous scenery.
7. Make Sure the Bar is Stocked
Creating a signature cocktail for your event is so much fun! And to make it more summer friendly, consider going frozen! Not only will it be festive but it will help everyone stay nice and cool.
8. It Really IS the Extras
A lot of couples or venues stock goody baskets in the bathroom or guest rooms so guest who lost a button, need a breath mint, or need some hairspray have a back up plan. For a summer wedding, be sure to add bug spray, sunscreen, blotting sheets and powder for faces, and deodorant.
9. Choose a Great Venue
At the end of the day, no matter what the weather, you want a place that’s great for indoor and outdoor photos, has amazing food, where guests can rest, relax, or even cool down in they need to. All-inclusive packages in the Smokies offer a lot of options. Think about getting married at a Smoky Mountain B&B for optimal comfort for guests and the bridal couple alike during your summer wedding in the Smoky Mountains.
Are you considering a summer wedding in the Smokies? We’d love to host your beautiful event at Christopher Place. We invite you to check out our all-inclusive packages and to have a look through our wedding galleries. You can also download our Smokies wedding planning guide for free here. We’d love to work with you!
Stunning photography from JCM Photography out of Asheville, NC.