5 reasons to get married in a Tennessee State Park

November 3, 2018  |  Permalink

There’s something about the outdoors that seems to rise to the occasion of a wedding. The way color palettes of earth and sky highlight the purity of the moment. The way the browns of timber and the greens of grass provide a backdrop for the white of the wedding dress. The way the afternoon light illuminates the face and hair of a radiant bride. An elegance and simplicity of the outdoors draws the hearts of wanderers and leads them to the place where they no longer wander alone.

If a natural setting wedding has captivated your dreams, you have come to the right place. Whether you need space for rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions or anniversary celebrations, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Tennessee State Parks.


Cummins Falls engagement photo from Lindsay Campbell Photography


Breathtaking Backdrops

It’s not every day that your wedding photos can include a waterfall, breathtaking overlook, or the Appalachian Trail. We don’t know about you, but that sounds a lot more unique to us than the staged photos your friends took in front of some random bushes. Even beyond the photos, it’s just a cool experience to retreat to a destination with so much natural beauty. We all know that life is an adventure, and we think your life together should start with its own adventure. (Photo credit: Lindsay Campbell Photography)

sunflowers at seven islands from Connie Smith


Unique Destinations

Getting married in a state park means that you will break the mold of cookie cutter weddings. You don’t have to get married at the same country club or renovated grist mill that all of your sorority sisters chose. You are not a one-size-fits-all bride, and your wedding shouldn’t be either. If you want an indoor wedding, we can accommodate. If you want your wedding to overlook a field of sunflowers, we can make that happen. (Photo Credit: Connie Smith)

map of Tennessee State Park Locations


Multiple Locations

One of the biggest advantages of getting married in the state park system is the wide range of locations. With 56 parks spread across Tennessee, we’re bound to have one that meets your needs. There is actually a state park within 30 minutes of every spot in Tennessee. Most wedding venues only offer access to a handful of venues. When you work with our wedding coordinators, they have knowledge about and access to the full suite of locations to make your dream a reality. 

Montgomery Bell Inn & Conference Center Exterior


Onsite Lodging Options

When you have your wedding at a Tennessee State Park, we have many options for the bridal party and guests to stay onsite. Many of our parks offer large inns and cozy cabins. We even have campsites for those who love the outdoors! For you and your guests, this means more quality time together and less traveling back and forth to from venues to hotels. For the bride and groom, this means no coordinating buses to transport people and one point of contact for all your wedding needs. 

Newlyweds looking out over horizon


Your Budget

Your wedding should not be the source of financial distress. You have plenty of things to worry about on your wedding day. Venue cost shouldn’t be one of them. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, and your wedding day is no exception. Our venue pricing is unrivaled, and our ability to help you execute your outdoor wedding is unmatched. Let us help you plan a wedding that makes your dream come alive while easing the minds of those worrisome financial types. (Photo Credit: Ivory Door Studio)


Getting Started

 Click the button below to head to our wedding page. After you complete the Event Info Request Form on the wedding page, one of our wedding coordinators will contact you to start the journey toward planning your perfect wedding. 


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