Did you know that Gatlinburg, Tenn., is considered the official honeymoon capital of the South?
In fact, my own parents honeymooned in Gatlinburg after their marriage more than 40 years ago.
Love is always in the air in Gatlinburg.
But for couples looking to wed at one of the many cute mountain chapels, the options can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming.
With that in mind, we’ve put together this handy dandy list. It features some of the best wedding chapels and Gatlinburg wedding venues for your upcoming wedding.
The following rankings are based on online reviews, overall aesthetics, amenities and affordability.
Tennessee requires couples to obtain a marriage license at the County Clerk’s office. Be sure to keep this in mind, before you walk down the aisle and take those vows.
- Sevierville County Clerk: (865) 453-5502
- Pigeon Forge County Clerk: (865) 908-6613
- Gatlinburg County Clerk: (865) 430-3404
Editor’s Note: Pricing is subject to change. Always contact these chapels directly for the most up-to-date availability and pricing.
6. The Wedding Chapel in the Glades
Built in 1998, Chapel in the Glades currently maintains a 4.3 star review on Google with 49 reviews.
The wedding chapel is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And it features a country aesthetic surrounded by woodlands. Certainly, it’s a perfect setting.
Outdoor weddings are also available at this location. The “secret garden” and two waterfalls serve as a beautiful backdrop for photos.
The chapel can accommodate up to 45 wedding guests (wedding party included) and offers a variety of wedding packages, pricing depends on various add-ons. The venue itself starts at $600 per hour.
Wedding accessories including cake are available at an additional cost.
5. Chapel in the Glen
The Chapel in the Glen is the sister chapel to Chapel in the Glades. It’s a bit smaller and a bit older than Chapel in the Glades. However, some would say it offers better views due to its elevation.
The Chapel in the Glen at the time of this writing has over 75 reviews on Google with an overall rating of 4.2 stars. It is conveniently located just .2 miles from its sister location.
The chapel itself is located in the country woodlands right next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and features a rustic country aesthetic. Outdoor weddings are also available.
The chapel can accommodate up to 45 guests (wedding party included). In addition, there are a variety of wedding packages ranging from $355-$1,045.Couples may also customize any wedding package for an additional fee. Discounts are also available for all active military personnel.
Higher-end packages include a candlelight ceremony with music, bouquets and boutonnieres, a ceremony DVD, toasting goblets and a two-tiered cake.
All packages include photography services.
4. Gatlinburg Chapel at Honeymoon Hills
The Chapel at Honeymoon Hills, which opened in 1999, is an award-winning venue with recognitions in Best of the Knot, Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award and TripAdvisor.
It has almost 100 reviews on Google with a 4.6 star rating at the time of this writing.
The Chapel at Honeymoon Hills offers a variety of venue options. Specifically, The Wedding Chapel, Gazebo, Creekside, Bridge over a Mountain Stream and a cabin wedding.
Their largest venue is the Chapel, which can accommodate up to 40 guests.
Guests also have the option to add a cabin rental to their package for an additional cost.
Wedding package choices range from $129 for a simple vow exchange with no photographs to the “Ultimate Wedding” ($999 and up) which includes a wedding ceremony, wedding photographer, video and your choice of venue.
Reception packages are also available.
3. Chapel at the Park (Cupid’s Chapel of Love)
Cupid’s Chapel of Love was a staple in downtown Gatlinburg for decades until it burned down during the fires of 2016. But never fear, their sister location, Chapel at the Park remains.
Chapel at the Park even honors packages from Cupid’s Chapel of Love. And they have integrated the waterfall, a customer favorite from the old location, into their sister venue.
Chapel at the Park has nearly 200 reviews on Google with a 4.4 star rating. It was awarded the honor of Best Destination Wedding Venue in Tennessee in 2020.
The Chapel itself is much larger than some of the others on our list, with the ability to accommodate up to 70 guests.
The 2-story waterfall outdoor venue can accommodate up to 20 guests, while their other outdoor venues accommodate six.
Chapel at the Park Estate also offers a wide variety of packages from smaller more intimate ceremonies (starting at $299) to full-wedding ceremonies (ranging from $2,199-$9,999 and up).
The Platinum Package includes portraits, flowers, video, spa appointments, formal wear rentals, live music, a three-tiered wedding cake, lodging, limo service, attraction tickets and a reception for a 3-hour dinner buffet for up to 50 guests.
Discounts may be offered, so be sure to check the website.
2. Chapel in the Hollow
We are going to cheat a little on this one, because it’s not technically in Gatlinburg.
But if you are in the market for something truly special and don’t mind traveling just a little bit outside the city, we highly recommend Chapel in the Hollow in Seymour, Tenn (roughly an hour outside of Gatlinburg).
This outdoor-only venue maintains a perfect 5-star review on Google. And it offers couples a chance to elope in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Chapel in the Hollow is unique in that it is family-owned by a local photographer (which explains their beautiful Instagram account) and an ordained minister.
The grounds have been cultivated with photography in mind, complete with a mini chapel and plenty of cute photo-ready nooks. If you enjoy the Smokies, it is hard to find a better location than Chapel in the Hollow, particularly for summer weddings.
And because it’s privately owned, guests are able to enjoy the best part of the Smokies without having to deal with tourists, strangers, permits or government regulations.
The venue can be booked by the hour and offers additional services al la carte.
The venue’s base price ranges from $500-$1350 per hour depending on the day of the week and time of year.
Additional add-on services include a photographer, an officiant, a videographer and a coordinator. Larger packages run at about $3,850.
This venue can comfortably accommodate up to 25 guests. Special accommodations can be made for larger wedding parties, but guests are encouraged to carpool as parking spaces are limited.
1. Gatlinburg’s Little Log Wedding Chapel
Finally, we have our top pick, Gatlinburg’s Little Log Wedding Chapel, the largest and the most-reviewed chapel on the list.
The Little Log Wedding Chapel has over 200 Google reviews and a 4.7 star rating at the time of this writing.
This venue is located near Chapel in the Glen and Chapel at the Glades near the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts community. The setting is lovely and there is a pond on the site.
The Little Log Wedding Chapel offers both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and can accommodate up to 100 guests.
Packages range from just $399 for simple ceremonies or simple elopement to $3,999 and up for a larger wedding. The wedding package includes an ordained minister, candle service, toasting glasses, videography, a 3-tiered wedding cake, photography, a flower package and 3-nights lodging in a mountain cabin.
Be sure to check the cancellation policy for each venue when making plans for your big day.
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