Weddings in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 

Weddings in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park might be more complicated to plan than one at a traditional venue. However, it’s worth the extra effort!

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States. Come enjoy the scenery and get out into nature. You can hike the trails, fish in the streams, or go horseback riding. With a special permit, you can even get married in the Park. Including spots such as waterfalls and historical old churches, these wedding venues are extra charming.

Weddings and other special events such as church services require a Special Use Permit from the park. Plus, organizers and attendees must follow specific guidelines. Furthermore, all vendor and service providers must hold a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA).

First, return completed applications for Special Use Permits for weddings and other special events along with a non-refundable $50 application fee. The Park must receive these items no less than 14 days prior to the start of the event. Please download the cover letter, guidelines, and application files below.

Wedding Application and other Documents:

Information from the Park 

For more information about Special Use Permits or to determine if your activity requires one, please call (828) 497-1930 or email the park with the subject line “Attn: Special Use Permits.”

Appalachian Clubhouse, Spence Cabin, and rustic and historic buildings are located in the heart of the park. Couples may apply for use of these sites for receptions and special events.

SMWA Vendors with the permits to work in the National Park Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) can be found here.

While you plan your wedding, read this informative article for more information on weddings in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


The Great Smoky Mountains Association 




Great Smoky Mountains Association is a nonprofit cooperating association supporting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park since 1953. GSMA depends on the generous support of our individual and business members to fulfill our mission to support the scientific, historical and interpretive activities of GSMNP by providing educational products and services to park visitors.

Location: Smoky Mountains

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