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There’s no doubt that the Great Smoky Mountains is a top wedding location, but there’s one season that many brides overlook...winter! Many brides adore the color red and enjoy Christmas inspirations. From cranberries to cupcakes to deep red roses, your Christmas wedding in the Smoky Mountains will be a show stopper. In Pigeon Forge, TN couples seeking a Christmas-themed wedding flock to The Inn at Christmas Place. It is Christmas all year long at this wonderful venue, which is a hotel, boutique, and restaurant combined.
Look at this rustic and unique wedding bouquet by Smoky Mountain Woodcrafts. The materials really capture the spirit of the Smoky Mountains. So many couples enjoy cupcakes for their wedding. These Christmas-themed cupcakes (below right) celebrate the season...and your love.
Other brides choose an after-Christmas date that is deeper in the winter season. That is when the possibilities open up, and you can let your imagination take you into a magical winterfest wonderland. When you go with a winter season theme, your color and decorating options expand. Imagine elegant winter evenings with the silky blue gowns and shimmering icicle centerpieces. What a perfect time of year to use snow globes as wedding favors!
The Smoky Mountains are filled with rustic mountain lodging and country-chic wedding venues. This wedding image below is from Eden Crest. You can just imagine the beautiful snow outside and warm hearthside dancing (and kisses) by the fire.
When the snow caps the mountains, let cozy log-cabin-style resorts warm your heart. Check out this winterscape below left. If you look at the trees, there are no leaves on the trees; only winter branches remain, yet look how spectacular the mountains appear as a wedding backdrop. Most Smoky Mountain lodging options offer great decks and balconies for wedding photos. Winter branches and snowflakes can be so dramatic when used for your winter wedding decor.
Snowy wedding photos can be so much fun! Check out this casual winter wedding image provided by Stellar Wedding Services (below right) with the bride in a simple pantsuit and snow-covered mountains in the background. Love (and snow) is in the air for certain. Bring the illusion of snow indoors with these rustic mason jar candles placed in Epsom salts to give the appearance of snow. What a great idea for bringing a touch of “snow” to your reception. Your best chance for a winterfest wedding day is in nearby Gatlinburg, TN, which is nestled in the highest elevations of the Smoky Mountains. Celebrate the snow by adding snowflakes to your wedding cake. How festive! Hearts will be aglow, and your wedding will sparkle into the night.
After an early snowfall in the Smoky Mountains and cooler temperatures here to stay, visitors can now take part in snow tubing at Ober Gatlinburg
. Imagine that you're rocketing down a 400-foot snow-covered slope, lying flat on your back in a canvas-covered tube. It's called snow tubing, Smoky Mountains style, and it's the newest reason to make the trip to Ober Gatlinburg for an unforgettable adventure this winter. Ober Gatlinburg has now opened its ten-lane snow tubing park and is drawing crowds of snow tubing enthusiasts already.
Even better than you remember when you were a kid and on a much bigger hill with its own Magic Carpet lift back to the top of the hill, this $1.5 million dollar facility is one of the finest in the south, with the capacity to host several hundred visitors per session and 100 percent snowmaking coverage adding to the experience. The park is lit for nighttime fun and just one more reason to visit the Smokies this winter