Friday, November 24, 2017

How and Where to Elope in the Winter

Winter elopements in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are quickly becoming a more popular way to get married.  One reason is there are some great "off-season" discounts that will enable you to book a much nicer place to get married than you may have been able to afford during peak wedding season.  (Plus there's more availability... the best venues book well in advance.)

If you're planning to elope during the months of December, January, or February, it's an excellent time to consider the Honeysuckle Hills Wedding Venue. 

2018 will start our twelfth year making new friends and wedding memories, so why don't you be one of the first to ring in the New Year?

Come see how we're decorated for Christmas weddings both inside and outside!  Our Christmas wedding weekends are happening now through December 23rd.  

While we can't guarantee it will snow on the day you get married, wouldn't it be especially romantic if it does?  Honeysuckle Hills has some of the best scenery for wedding photographs (and one of the best wedding photographers!)  

Tips to elope to our private wedding venue in the winter months:

  • Check availability of your wedding date BEFORE booking your cabin or hotel
  • Be sure to reserve enough time for the wedding photography
  • Gather your driver's license and social security cards for your marriage license
  • Bring along your own bouquet, or order your flowers from our local florist
  • Decide if you'd rather do your own make-up and hair, or book your salon appointment
  • Pack a warm coat to wear during the outdoor set changes
  • If you wear high heels for the indoor wedding ceremony, bring a pair of boots for the outdoor photography, especially if you plan on photographs with our horses or vintage Ford truck
  • Talk to Regina in depth about the locations on our property that you love, and she will help you book enough time to include all of them
  • Your family is welcome to come with you.  We can accommodate up to 50 guests in the winter, but we do not host wedding receptions during that time.  Again, be sure to reserve enough time if you prefer to bring your loved ones.
  • Creative wedding photography at our venue requires your willingness to give us your time and attention. We cannot rush through this process, and you will not be pleased with the results if we do.  

**Discounts listed are for the months of December through February**

All prices below already include Sales Tax

Military, either active or retired, please accept an additional 10% discount as a small token of my appreciation to you.

All wedding packages include
  • Scheduled visit on a day before your wedding to choose ceremony site, allow Regina to get to know you, and make a plan for the photography
  • Choice of ceremony location, including back-up plan for rain
  • Two private dressing rooms (in the winter we can allow you in any time before the wedding)
  • Private wedding venue not open to the public
  • Minister / Wedding Officiant
  • Wedding Director (to guide you on what to do next, and even play ceremony music)
  • Professional Wedding Photography
  • Flash drive of all wedding images (after our editing and art work is completed)
  • Credit toward professional prints, canvases, or albums.  (or take this as a discount off the package price)  

An Hour of Beauty

 $1080 (Normally $1200) Wednesdays through Saturdays
   Includes $100 product credit

Excellent choice for the couple who wants more time for Regina to be creative, but does not wish to have photographs with the horses or at the mountain ridge view.

Wild Horses      

$1620 (normally $1800) Wed-Fri            
$1800 (normally $2000) Saturdays
  Includes $150 product credit

Our most popular, this package is perfect whether you want the breathtaking images with our horses that are trained to run behind you, or if you simply want more photography time for the most variety possible.  This reservation is a full hour and a half.

It's also a great choice for a couple bringing their young children.  Instead of pictures with the horses, more time can be devoted to your babies.  It often takes a little more time for little ones to adjust to the excitement and new surroundings.

The Outdoor Adventure

$2250 (normally $2500) Wed-Fri             
$2610 (normally $2900) Saturdays  
 Includes $200 product credit         

Two hours of the most creative wedding images possible.  This package allows for enough time to travel three short miles from Honeysuckle Hills to private property bordering the National Park.  An old chimney, mountain views, mountain creek falls, and another vintage barn are possibilities there.  You may also choose to have the full two hours at the Honeysuckle Hills property.  (This is the most common during winter months since the road to Beeler Mountain is not safe to travel if it snows.)

This is also the best wedding package to choose if you invite guests.  We can accommodate up to 50 guests without a reception during the winter months. 

How to Book Your Couples Only Wedding

1) Let's find your perfect wedding date!   Email Regina Now or call 866-572-7724.

2) You'll need a place to stay.  The cabins closest to Honeysuckle Hills are at Caney Creek.  Our favorite is "Starkey's Cabin."  Another beautiful cabin company within 15 minutes of us is along with the gorgeous hotel Black Fox Lodge

3) Need hair and make-up?  I love, only ten minutes from us.  However, there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing your hair and makeup yourself so you feel more natural.  Even if I think you're gorgeous, if you're not comfortable "all made up," then it shows in the pictures.

4) Need a bouquet?  Kelly and Kris at From the Heart Florist will fix you right up.  865-774-5588.  You're also welcome to bring your own bouquet.  

5) Want to rent the dress, tux, or a few accessories?  Jeff at Fantasy Bridal has never let any of my couples down...

6)  The marriage license is so easy to get!  If you don't live in Tennessee, you do have to get a license here, but it's so quick to do.  You can even start the process on-line.  If you already live in Tennessee, just bring your license with you from your home county courthouse.

Romantic things to do in the winter in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Because our wedding photography is the number one reason couples come to Honeysuckle Hills, we'll leave you with a few images taken during the months of January through early March.

Have some fun with it!  Yes, we have a saucy side when it comes to the wedding photographs, but we can have a good time, too.  A lot of our couples bring their own props (like a shotgun) to tell the real story of their relationship.

Talk to me... let's plan an elopement that no one will ever forget.