When planning our trip to the Smokies, we decided it would be a good place to finally tie the knot (after 11 years together). I did extensive research on the web, checking out the rules etc for Brits to marry here and found that basically there weren’t any. We just had to find somewhere to marry and register our intent with the local city hall to get the paperwork before the ceremony.
Apparently this is the second most popular place to get married after Las Vegas. We wanted something nice and simple, so after lots of web research found The chapel in the Glen. This was a lovely little log chapel, with beautiful landscaped gardens including waterfalls, gazebos etc.
We booked our ceremony by phone a few weeks before traveling. They had several packages available depending on what type of bouquet, garter etc you wanted. You can also choose the size and number of photos you need, they can also provide a video. The ceremony can be performed inside or out.
There are also extras you can have such as champagne goblets, wedding cakes, limo hire, reception and even honeymoon arrangements.
As we already had a cabin booked and our actual holiday was our honeymoon, we chose a package of cascading bouquet, garter, buttonhole and 20 large photos in an album. This cost us approx $400.
We arrived half-hour before our allotted 12pm wedding. We chose to have an outside wedding, but unfortunately when we got there it was raining, so we decided to have the ceremony inside the chapel (it never rained again for the whole two week break). They have large (separate) dressing rooms for the bride & groom to change in. After checking your info is correct they take the wedding rings from you and at your allotted time, you are introduced to the reverend and taken through to the picturesque log chapel. Although you can have guests, there was only the two of us, so it was very intimate. The ceremony took place (to be honest I remember very little about it, but it was very simple and moving), then we were introduced to the photographer.
He took photos inside, but half way through the rain stopped and the sun came out, so the other half of the photos were taken outside on the chapel balcony. You can also have photos in the gazebo and near the waterfall.
Once the photos have been taken you go back into the office and collect your marriage certificate, change and leave as man & wife. We collected our photos two days later and they were very nicely presented in a white album with a brochure to order re-prints and enlargements later.
Once back in England, we ordered several photos and some enlargements and they arrived a couple of weeks later. I would definitely recommend this chapel, it was not too tacky and they treated us well at every stage.