Smoky Mountain Weddings

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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A wedding is a theatrical event. There are lights, a set, props, and supporting players. The wedding planner is the stage manager. The bride and groom are the producers.

Western-theme weddings clothe newlyweds in turn of the century gear, and allow them to ride into their own sunset behind horses in fancy livery. Renaissance weddings find the bride decked in satin and corsets, her groom in an elegant tunic, while a chamber quartet plays. Victorian weddings are a feast of parasols and top hats. Theme weddings such as these are immensely popular in the Smoky Mountains, and require little more planning than a traditional service.

After deciding on costume, however, the next most important factor is where you want to set your little theatre. There are lovely chapels, of course, as well as outdoor wedding gardens. Some couples choose to get married in their honeymoon cabin. Others opt to exchange vows in the glory of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Finally, the bridge and groom--the stars of the piece--should know how beautiful the day looked to their guests, or, in the event that they made their wedding a private affair, be able to show evidence of the production's perfection to family members and friends who couldn't attend. It is highly recommended to enlist the aid of a professional photographer. Professional photographers can capture not only the faces of the players, but the overall feeling of the day. If you're on a tight budget, consider cutting other corners before you skimp on photography. The silk bouquets will ultimately get stored and never used; the embossed paper napkins will most likely get thrown away. Beautiful photographs taken by a professional become only more precious with time, and are more than worth the investment.

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