Let’s start planning your beautiful wedding in the Smoky Mountains!
While this wedding planner is written specifically for couples getting married at Honeysuckle Hills, all couples getting married in the Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg Smoky Mountains can benefit. Written by an area native, it’s packed with vendor referrals you’ll need for a destination wedding here.
Vendors are listed alphabetically by subject. In order of importance, our humble opinion is to book your venue first, followed by your photographer, lodging, caterer, and other services. The number one mistake couples make is booking their lodging first, restricting them to a specific wedding date because the deposits are non-refundable.
If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, e-mail Regina any time.
All-Inclusive Wedding Packages with Receptions
Honeysuckle Hills has pleased guests for fourteen years and counting. Regina and her daughter-in-law, Sierra, have servant’s hearts and welcome all couples to their farm-style venue with horses, creeks, and more beautiful locations for photography than any other venue. There’s plenty of room for guests to spread out an enjoy themselves, plenty of parking, and a rustic chic barn atmosphere with gardens.
Celebrate responsibly… We love Jake and his beautiful wife Jordan, who own Single Barrel Events. They have packages for simply serving the alcohol you bring with you, or an all-inclusive package where they pick up the booze for you. Their entire staff is friendly, serving with a smile. Our insurance company requires you to hire a licensed, insured bartender for any amount of alcohol on property.
Ask Jordan to include some Sugarlands Moonshine for your mountain wedding reception! They even have cute little tasting jars you can buy for wedding favors.
The Honeysuckle Hills wedding venue books nine months to a year in advance for in-season weekends (April, May, June, September, October, and November.) If you’re planning a fall wedding in the Smoky Mountains, be sure to book at least a year and a half in advance for October weekends. October typically reaches 100% capacity by February of the current year for both weekdays and weekends. July and August book a few months in advance because of the summer heat and humidity. December through March is considered off-season with your best chance for last-minute openings and discounts.
Our venue only books one wedding on any given day, and no more than four weddings on any given week.
While rare, cancellations do sometimes happen. We recommend checking availability of your date regardless. You just might get lucky!
Bands / Live Music
Regina grew up listening to the fiddle and the banjo on the back porch of many of her friend’s homes. One of those very bands is called the Rich Mountain Celtic Band.
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Another great band we’ve seen at our venue is Jennifer McClain and the Banjo Cats. They’re a truly professional band you’ll need to schedule in advance since they’re highly sought after. They’ll provide a foot-stomping good time for your guests!
If you’d like to walk down the aisle to a melodic violin, consider Mark Lewis. He will play for both elopements as well as larger weddings with receptions. If you enjoy his music, you can purchase digital downloads on his website, too! Regina met Mark as a teenager at one of the original music theaters called The Smoky Mountain Jubilee. Her favorite joke of Mark’s is “how do you tell the difference between a violin and a fiddle? One has strings, and the other has strangs.” Mark and Regina have been friends for over thirty years.
Honeysuckle Hills has the perfect all-inclusive wedding package for smaller guest counts (30-50) if you enjoy good barbecue! It’s catered by Buddy’s Catering and includes pulled pork, buns, three delicious sides, tea and lemonade. Check out our Country Style Wedding Package to learn more about the timeless venue favorite.
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have endless possibilities when it comes to cabin rental. There is literally a cabin for every budget and taste.
Scenic Solitude overlooks the Honeysuckle Hills wedding venue. You’ll have a view of the mountain ridge, our little red barn, and watch the horses graze. We don’t know the owners, but many of our couples have stayed here and enjoyed it. The driveway is very steep, so if you have a fear of heights this may not be the cabin for you, especially in the winter.
Caney Creek Cabin Rentals has a selection of one, two, and three-bedroom cabins within five minutes of our venue. They are owned by Billy and Shirley, long-time friends of our family. My late father used to bear hunt with Billy and can tell you plenty of stories! Their little cabin community has a pond to fish in, and a cute little picnic gazebo.
Rolling in the Hay is a cabin I just can’t resist sharing! It’s less than five minutes from the venue and looks like a cute little red barn. It’s perfect for a honeymoon cabin and for couples on a budget. It’s nothing fancy, but cute as a bug!
Dollywood Cabins are only fifteen minutes from our venue, and Dolly sure knows how to take care of her guests! You’ll find cabins with multiple bedrooms here, and can even add tickets to Dollywood as part of the package!
Cakes (Wedding Cakes)
Amber at Smoky Mountain Cakes will help you select your cake from on of their stylish designs on their website, or you can send a picture you’ve seen on Pinterest. 99% of the time they can duplicate any design you send them. Smoky Mountain Cakes provides the wedding cakes for our Country Sugar and our Country Style wedding packages.
Chef Tony Catering will design and make your wedding cake from scratch if you’ve booked one of our all-inclusive wedding packages that includes his delicious reception menu. Look for our packages called “Country Style Chic” and “Country Charm” at the Honeysuckle Hills Reception Packages Site
Our caterer of choice is Chef Tony Catering. Chef Tony received the nickname “The Better than Paula Dean Chef” a few years ago when we overheard a guest say, “This is better than what we ate at the Paul Dean restaurant last night!” (Paula Dean’s, by the way, is an exceptional place to dine while you’re in town.) Reach out and say hello any time to Chef Tony! He has a personality of gold and a staff who truly cares about your dining experience. Chef Tony provides the catering for our “Country Style Chic” and “Country Charm” all-inclusive wedding packages. He also travels anywhere in the Pigeon Forge, Gatinburg, Sevierville, and Knoxville area. Be sure to book his services in advance.
Honeysuckle Hills has several enticing areas for your wedding ceremony. It is often difficult for our couples to decide which beautiful area to use, but rest assured you can have photographs made at the other sites even if you don’t get married there. We only host one wedding on any given day, so you won’t be sharing your time with anyone else. Our entire property is exclusively yours during the activity time you reserve with us.
Our willow tree is everyone’s favorite place to get married by our creek, but the Granite Stone Arch is a close second!
Coordinator (Wedding Coordinator)
At Honeysuckle Hills, you’ll make your first point of contact with Regina. She will work closely with you from start to finish. When you book your wedding, you’ll receive a packet with directions, how to get your marriage license, a helpful vendor list, and even an itinerary. You’ll be able to email, text, or call Regina any time you have a concern.
To begin planning your dream wedding, email Regina
Regina and her daughter-in-law, Sierra, will schedule all your vendors for the package you choose and make sure everything runs smoothly.
Sierra gives tours and helps Regina photograph your wedding if you’ve chosen a package with our photography. She’ll also contact you a few weeks prior to the wedding to fill out your wedding day checklist.
If you’ve booked a larger wedding with reception, you’ll also get to meet one of Lindsay’s helpful coordinators from Custom Love Gifts and Prints. Regina, Sierra, and one of Lindsay’s girls will work as a team to ensure your day runs smoothly. Lindsay can also help with things like invitations, wedding favors, and more. If Honeysuckle Hills was booked on your wedding day of choice, Lindsay can assist you with finding an alternative venue.
Hands down, KnoxVegas DJ’s is the best DJ service in the Southeast. They are familiar with our venue inside and out, having pleased our couples for over a decade.
DJ Scott created a handy, on-line wedding planner specifically for our Honeysuckle Hills brides. Be sure you have yours filled out at least a week prior to your wedding date. You can be as specific as you like, or as vague as you like. Rest assured your DJ will have everything ready for your wedding as long as you fill out your planner.
Dogs / Pet Friendly Weddings & Accommodations
Honeysuckle Hills is a pet friendly wedding venue. Please feel free to bring your fur babies! They are welcome both inside and outside. Feel free to bring along a pet carrier or crate if your baby needs some quiet time upstairs. There’s plenty of room in either the chapel or the bridal suite for crates.
For a list of pet friendly accommodations, restaurants and more in Pigeon Forge we highly recommend searching on Bring Fido Their site has a list of pet-friendly businesses all over the United States!
Elopement Packages / Couples Only Weddings
Honeysuckle Hills specializes in elopements, especially if photography is the most important thing to you. Each elopement package is based on activity time. Some couples want photographs in a just a few places, while others spend a few hours with Regina and Sierra. There are literally more places for photography at this venue than any other, and no way possible to use all the possibilities in a single day. Whether it’s just the two of you, or if you have family and friends, Honeysuckle Hills has an all-inclusive elopement package for you. Most couples will go out to dinner at a local restaurant afterward. However, Honeysuckle Hills also has all-inclusive wedding packages with receptions.
From the Heart Florist has pleased our brides for well over a decade. Their website is pretty generic, so I recommend you call them directly at 865-774-5588.
This is the florist we use for our all-inclusive wedding packages. We’ll set up an account for you here for the floral credit included in your package. Kris or one of her talented staff will help you choose flower types and colors for your bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres. If you spend more than the allotted amount, they can bill you for any difference. (This is rare, and usually only occurs for weddings with a larger than normal wedding party.)
You will not have to spend your floral credit for decorations at Honeysuckle Hills. Our venue is already decorated at each ceremony site with a base of greenery and white flowers. We will add silk flowers to match your wedding colors as closely as possible. While we don’t guarantee a specific flower type or shade of color, we get as close as we can. The same is true for reception centerpieces.
Hair & Make-up
Here’s our list of favorite stylists who travel to the Honeysuckle Hills venue (and beyond.)
Summer has a reputation with hair and make-up for the entertainers in our area. She is incredibly sweet and professional, and we always enjoy seeing her at our venue.
She prefers that you reach out to her at her Summer Lynn Beauty Facebook Page
Amber is a long-time favorite here, and you can reach out to her at 865-850-0522. She is more difficult to reach sometimes, but absolutely worth it.
Fringe Salon has traveling stylists with more traditional styles. We always enjoy anyone they send from their local salon!
Shear Madness Beauty is located in Governor’s Crossing. Ask for Christie specifically… she’s our more eccentric stylist who can do just about anything. She’s a trendy dresser, and her make-up skills are pretty awesome!
Dolly’s Dream More Resort is only fifteen minutes from our venue, and Dolly always does things first class! The resort has a restaurant, spa, and more. It’s perfect for families who want to combine a trip to Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country for the kids!
They do wedding room blocks, so call 1-800-365-5996, select option #2, and ask for the wedding rate.
Willow Brook Lodge is centrally located in Pigeon Forge close to all the restaurants and attractions. Be sure to ask Miss Donna about wedding room blocks. She attends church with Regina and has managed Willow Brook for many, many years. She is so sweet that our celebrity bride chose this hotel for all her family in June of 2018.
Best Western Toni Inn is on the quiet end of Pigeon Forge, and only ten minutes from Honeysuckle Hills. It’s also only ten minutes from Gatlinburg in case you want to explore both towns. This hotel is an excellent choice if you’re getting married on one of the car show weekends. (Third weekend in April and the second and third weekends of September)
Our Ridge Runner’s Mountain View site is every Jeep owner’s choice for their wedding ceremony in the Smoky Mountains. There are no roads to this nature preserve area, but we allow Jeeps to drive up to the top any time. The mountain view is stunning, adding to an adventure you’ll never forget!
Pigeon Forge hosts the famous Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion every year in August! The Honeysuckle Hills venue is closed on the Saturday this event takes place. (How can Regina possibly concentrate when this event is in town?!) However, the venue can still be rented by http://www.customlovegifts.com/. Lindsay helps Regina on a regular basis so she knows the venue inside and out.
Cades Cove is a popular eleven mile loop in the Smoky Mountains and perfect for a topless Jeep drive. The Great Smoky Mountains in general just can’t be beat when you have a need to feed your Jeepsy adventurous soul!
You’ll need to get a Tennessee marriage license to get married in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. If you already live in the state of Tennessee, it may be easier to get the license in your own county. Our officiant will mail the license back to your county courthouse. If you live out of state, the link below will help you find out where you need to go and how much the license will cost. If you obtain your license in Sevier County, our legally ordained officiant will return the license to the courthouse. The courthouse will mail your marriage certificate to you in a few short weeks.
It’s super easy to get the license here, and there is no waiting period to use the license.
Ministers / Officiants
Honeysuckle Hills has two different officiants who are both legally ordained to perform your wedding ceremony. One is Christian, faith-based, and the other is open to civil ceremonies as well as Christian. We also have two others on call for special requests or when our two main officiants are unavailable.
Pastor Lloyd performs wedding ceremonies exclusively at Honeysuckle Hills, and does not travel off-site. He is Regina’s brother-in-law, a retired Veteran, and performs only Christian, faith-based ceremonies. Watch his video to find out of he’s the perfect officiant for your wedding here. As long as he is available on the day of your wedding, we’re happy to request him especially for you.
Pastor Tommy Orange is a long-time favorite in our area. Pastor Tommy travels all over the mountains with his smiles and infectious personality. He loves his calling in life to marry couples in the Smoky Mountains, and it shows! Be sure to book him early, because his demand is so great that we can’t always guarantee him. Pastor Tommy will marry all couples, both faith-based or civil ceremonies.
Pastor Jody is our mountain-man, perfect for couples who want an authentic Smoky Mountain experience. He is a loving person, who will do both faith-based or civil ceremonies.
Pretty much take your pick… Like everywhere else, Pigeon Forge is full of walk-in nail salons and they are all pretty much the same in my humble opinion. I can’t say one is any better than another, honestly.
We do, however, prefer Smoky Mountain Salon and Spa with local nail technicians and the friendliest staff around.
The Honeysuckle Hills venue already has two staff photographers, Regina and Sierra. Regina has twenty years of experience with a Masters designation from PPA, along with Fuji Masterpiece awards and inclusion in three different PPA loan collections (one was on the cover.) Sierra has just started working toward her Masters, but has vision and talent that is steadily paving her way.
If you already love what you see on our Honeysuckle Hills Photography Gallery and social media pages, all of it was created by Regina and Sierra. Their photography is the number one reason couples choose Honeysuckle Hills.
If Honeysuckle Hills is already booked or if you simply want to explore a few alternatives, here are some of our favorites. Regina and Sierra do not travel off-site to other venues. You are always welcome to use the photographer of your choice for any all-inclusive wedding with reception.
Don Fields Photography has decades of experience and is highly recommended for videography as well. Don and Melissa photographed Regina’s wedding and have been both friends and colleagues for decades. Don has a studio located in the Governor’s Crossing shopping center just in case you’d like a traditional family portrait while you’re in town. He also travels on-site to your cabin or other location for family reunions and more.
Keith Dixon is the perfect choice for the eccentric bride. He is best known for his underwater artistic portraits. Talk about a bridal portrait no one else will have… WOW! Keith has a gentle nature and will travel on-site to any wedding venue.
Kelly Marquez Photography travels to Pigeon Forge, TN, all the way from Destin, Florida. If you’re a bride in Florida who wants an established relationship with your wedding photographer before traveling to Tennessee, we highly recommend her. She is a well-known destination wedding photographer who travels just about anywhere.
The Peddler is hands-down the best honeymoon restaurant in Gatlinburg. Our elopement couples especially love this fine dining experience on the Little Pigeon River. Its romantic atmosphere can’t be matched, and the food is delicious. Plan on spending a little extra money at this restaurant, but it’s totally worth it. They do not accept reservations, but you can call ahead. Ask Regina or Sierra to call ahead for you.
The Red Oak Bistro is a more private fine dining experience in Gatlinburg. We learned about this restaurant by word of mouth referrals from our couples. They do take reservations, and you will be exceedingly pleased here.
The Local Goat has such a reputation for good food that Regina and Sierra have yet to eat there. Every time they try they just can’t get in! So, be sure to make a reservation for your family ahead of time. This is a great place for couples that elope with their families, but prefer to go out to dinner after the ceremony and photography.
The Cherokee Grill is best enjoyed at night because of its pretty gas lanterns and candles that illuminate the restaurant. They don’t take reservations, but Regina or Sierra will be happy to help you do call-ahead seating.
Mama’s Farmhouse is for all you country folks with hearty eaters in your family! No one will leave hungry here…
If you prefer to go to a store-front salon, Smoky Mountain Salon and Spa is our favorite, and only ten minutes from our venue. They do not have stylists who travel off-site, but their location is easy to get to, and especially nice in the summer months when you’d like ice-cold air conditioning while you’re having make-up applied. Schedule your services there to be completed at least two hours before your ceremony starts. This way you’ll have plenty of time to get dressed without the stress of a time crunch. It will also give you a little wiggle room in case services run behind a little.
Beauty Beast Bridal has lovely dresses and handsome tuxes for rent. They’ll take excellent care of you!
Don Fields Photography is our videographer of choice. He has done video for many weddings at Honeysuckle Hills since the day we opened our doors. Don and his wife, Melissa, will record the entire ceremony, plus do interviews to mix into a romantic, movie-style video you’ll watch on every anniversary!
Bob Clarke has also done video at our venue for several years. Bob’s services are especially helpful for a bride on a budget who simply wants the ceremony recorded for family back home who aren’t able to attend the wedding. Bob also provides full-coverage video, so be sure to ask about all his offerings.
Honeysuckle Hills naturally is our favorite venue! Created by an award-winning photographer, you’ll find some of the most beautiful places here for your wedding photographs. Plus, it’s a private location you won’t have to share with anyone else. Both elopements and weddings with receptions for up to 100 guests are popular here, and only one wedding is booked on any given day. Only four weddings are booked on any given week. Horses Sugar and Ben will make your day truly unforgettable!
If Honeysuckle Hills is not available….
First, try not to stress. We truly wish we could take care of everyone, but we know that’s not possible. If we’re already booked, here’s a list of our favorite alternatives:
Chapel in the Hollow is by far the best venue for elopements when Honeysuckle Hills can’t take care of you. The number one reason couples choose Honeysuckle is for the creative images, and likewise for Chapel in the Hollow. Chastidyi overflows with ideas and talent, and you’ll love her intimate woodland venue.
Mountain Mist Farms is not far from our beloved Honeysuckle Hills and has an incredible view of mountain ridges and a vineyard. Lindsay, who provides outside coordinators to assist Regina and Sierra, oversees this venue that accommodates up to 100 guests.
The Magnolia is only five minutes away from Honeysuckle Hills and can accommodate 75 guests. The mountain view here is unmatched… Please understand the need to shuttle guests to the top because of the steep road is kind of a required thing in order to get that amazing view. This venue is stunningly upscale and does cost more than our venue. However, if a mountain view ceremony is the most important thing to you, it’s worth the money and the little sacrifices to get to the top. Lindsay, our outside coordinator, also takes care of this lovely venue so you’ll be in excellent hands.
We often refer to Honeysuckle Hills, Mountain Mist Farms, and the Magnolia as the “Mountain Trio.” By far they are our favorite venues in the Smoky Mountains. The coordinators who run these venues have a servant’s heart, and are dedicated to pleasing you.