When do the leaves look their best for a fall wedding in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg? It's all about location...
The beautiful auburn reds and gold start up top near Cherokee, North Carolina around October 1st. God steadily works his paintbrush down the mountain until about the first or second week in November. Gatlinburg will see beautiful fall leaf color sooner than Pigeon Forge and Wears Valley areas.
If you're planning to get married in the Smoky Mountains during the fall months, be certain you plan at least a year in advance, if not sooner, especially if you want a wedding on a Saturday.
If you're a last-minute bride, don't stress... sometimes there are unfortunate cancellations. So while it may be more challenging to find a place to get married in Tennessee, it's not impossible. You may have to be more flexible than you originally intended, but fall is indeed the best time to get married.
Our Honeysuckle Hills wedding venue is at a lower elevation, so our leaf color peaks during the last week of October and the first week of November. A few leaves hang in there until just after Thanksgiving, when the trees finally yield to the coming winter. Witch hazel continues to provide a stunning backdrop right up until December 1st.
|After the last golden maple leaf falls, witch hazel steals the fall scene just before winter|
- Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge still can't be beat when it comes to wedding locations. Mountains, views, nature, and variety of venues abound
- Plan Early. If you think it's too early to secure your venue, it's probably already too late.
- Stay in town longer to explore all the best places to view fall foliage in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Wears Valley is a central point, allowing you to branch out to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Townsend. www.summitcabinrentals.com
- Consider hotels like https://www.blackfoxlodge.com/ if you can't stay more than one night in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. Most cabins will require a two to three night minimum stay.
- For the most creative wedding photography, go to www.honeysucklehills.com. Lovers of horses, flower gardens and southern hospitality have flocked to this family oriented wedding venue for eleven years running.
- For a short, sweet elopement at a lower cost, but an absolutely gorgeous river waterfall and grounds, see Clyde and Tina at www.friendlyfalls.com. Just visiting the Smoky Mountains to see the fall colors? Stop in and sit a spell. You'll leave with the most amazing stories to tell.
- For a rustic mountain wedding venue that's just like a wedding in Cades Cove, only without nosy tourists, go to www.starkeytowncove.com. Jeep lovers, hikers, outdoor adventurists and even moonshiners are steadily discovering this mountain wedding secret!