Elope to Gatlinburg FAQs

Sevier County Marriage Licenses

Do we need a marriage license?

Yes. You must have a Tennessee marriage license in order to get married here. Tennessee is a marriage friendly state and marriage licenses are very easily obtained. Vow renewals do not require a marriage license.

Do we need any witnesses?

No. Tennessee does not require any witnesses for the marriage to be legal; however, there is one space on the wedding license for a witness to sign if provided by you.

Are blood tests required?

No. Tennessee does not require any blood or medical tests to obtain a wedding license.

Is there a waiting period to obtain a marriage license in Tennessee?

No. Tennessee does not have any waiting period. When obtained from one of the three Sevier County marriage license locations, it only takes about 10 minutes to obtain your license.

How much does a marriage license cost?

If your Tennessee marriage license is obtained here in Sevier County, the cost is only $38.50 for out of state residents. If either party is a resident of Tennessee, the fee is $98.50. This is payable in cash at one of the three Sevier County marriage license offices.

What is required to obtain a marriage license?

The following is required to obtain a marriage license in Tennessee:

  • Both parties must be at least 18 years of age at time of application.
  • Present a valid driver’s license or passport as a photo ID.
  • Present a social security card or other documentation containing your SSN.
  • If previously married, know date (month and year) previous marriage ended.

Tennessee is a quick and easy place to obtain a marriage licenses. Obtaining the license generally only takes about ten minutes.

Can I marry anyone I want?

Not necessarily. You and your soon to be spouse must both be 18 years or older at time of application. You cannot be married in Tennessee until your divorce is finalized with your former spouse. Proof of this divorce must be provided for any and all marriages. Both parties must have the mental capacity to enter into a contract. The parties are not allowed to be blood relatives. Same sex marriages are not legal in Tennessee, and only man and woman are able to be legally married.  

About Elope to Gatlinburg

Why was Elope to Gatlinburg started?

Elope to Gatlinburg was started to provide couples the opportunity to tie the knot in the Great Smoky Mountains without breaking the bank. Our love and commitment to providing each couple with a simple and affordable way to say “I do” will provide life long memories of your special day.

When was Elope to Gatlinburg started?

Elope to Gatlinburg was started in the Spring of 2013.

What cities does Elope to Gatlinburg officiate weddings in??

Elope to Gatlinburg officiates weddings in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and the surrounding areas.

Why should we choose Elope to Gatlinburg over a competitor?

We encourage each and every couple to check out our competitors prior to booking a wedding ceremony with Elope to Gatlinburg. We are confident in our ability to make your special day everything that you dream it will be. Elope to Gatlinburg provides services with a care of heart that you will not find anywhere, in Gatlinburg or your home town. The couples who have put their trust in us have become part of the Elope to Gatlinburg family. Will you be next?

Do you provide photography and videography by itself?

No. Photography and videography are only available as an add-on service to wedding ceremonies provided by Elope to Gatlinburg.

What kind of information can I find in your blog?

For our blog, we post about everything from weddings to current events and everything in between.

It is a great place to read up on our services, event information for the surrounding area, and so much more.

How can I contact Elope to Gatlinburg?

Our email address is info@elopetogatlinburg.com. We can also be reached via phone at (865) 365-5025. If you prefer snail mail, our address is: Elope to Gatlinburg – Po Box 526 – Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Add-On Services & Products

What additional services do you offer?

We offer the following add-on services and products: Basic Photography, Pro Plus Photography, Pro Platinum Photography, Photo CD, Basic DVD, Premium DVD, Blu-Ray Disc, Photo Slideshow (on DVD), Personalized Unity Candle Ceremony, Unity Sand Ceremony, Sparkling Cider with Flutes, Personal Wedding Website, Wedding Cake, White Dove Release, Keepsake Poster, and Couple’s Massage.

Please click here to read about each of these services and products in detail.

How long will it take to receive access to our online photos?

Following your wedding ceremony, your photos will be sent to post-processing to be edited to ensure they look the best they can. When your photos are ready they will be uploaded to our online gallery and you will be emailed your user ID/password to access your online photo gallery. This process normally takes 7 business days following your ceremony.

What is the difference between your basic, premium, and blu-ray ceremony video services?

For the basic ceremony DVD, your wedding is recorded and then sent to post production for simple editing. The DVD with custom case is then mailed to you.

Our premium ceremony DVD includes all of the features of the basic ceremony DVD except that it includes more advanced editing and includes a photo slideshow (Photo package required or you provide your own photos). The DVD with custom case is then mailed to you.

Our Blu-Ray Disc option is exactly the same as our premium ceremony DVD except that it is compatible with Blu-Ray disc players and is in HD 1080p.

Please allow 14 business days for post processing and shipping of your ceremony DVD or Blu-Ray.

What is digital download credit?

After your photos have been edited and are ready for viewing they are uploaded to our online access gallery. You access this gallery using a user id/password that we provide you. You can then review your photos and choose which pictures you want physical prints of.

Free Digital Download Credit: This credit can be used to purchase individual, non-watermarked photos through your online access gallery.  You can then use these photos as you see fit (digital purposes, making prints at your local store, etc.).  Once you have used all of your digital download credit, additional digital photos can be purchased for $6.00 each.

Do you offer flowers?

No, we do not.  However, Kroger in Pigeon Forge and Food City in Gatlinburg both have wonderful florists.  Between the two, Food City seems to be the best.  Kroger can be reached at 865-429-0874.  Food City can be reached at 865-430-3116.

When will our (ceremony DVD/photo CD/wedding poster/etc.) be sent to us?

Ceremony DVD: For our basic DVD, premium DVD, and Blu-Ray disc please allow 14 business days for post-production and shipping.

Photo CD: Please allow 7 business days for post-editing and shipping.

Wedding Poster: Your poster will be designed and then sent to our printing company.  Once we receive it back and have checked it for a quality print, it will then be mailed to you.  The entire process takes about 14 business days until it arrives at your home.

Photo Slideshow DVD: Once we have received all of your photos, production and shipping will take 10-15 business days until you receive it.

Personal Wedding Website: Please allow 7-10 business days for design and production of your website.

Why is the unity candle service not available for an outdoor wedding?

In our experience, outdoor unity candle ceremonies are tricky at best.  Even the slightest amount of wind makes them pretty much impossible.  What was intended to be a beautiful tradition turns into an embarrassing or comical event. For this reason we have decided not to offer the unity candle ceremony for outdoor weddings. We do offer the unity candle set for sale without the ceremony if you want the candles themselves for keepsake purposes.

I need a service that you do not have listed. Can you provide it?

Send us an email with what service you are seeking and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Our Ceremonies

What kind of ceremonies do you provide?

Cabin ceremonies.  Hotel ceremonies.  Outdoor ceremonies.  Waterfall ceremonies.  Themed ceremonies.  As you can see, anything goes at Elope to Gatlinburg.  We can create ceremony memories that will last a lifetime and would love to be chosen to officiate over your wedding ceremony in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Can you provide a non-religious ceremony?

Yes.  We can provide secular (non-religious) ceremonies if that is what you choose.

Can our children participate in our ceremony?

Yes, of course.  The same applies to parents of four legged kids.

How many guests are we allowed to have?

There is not set amount of guests you may have.  There are some things to take into consideration, however.  A studio or one bedroom cabin is definitely not the place to try to cram 75 guests into.  If you are wanting a wedding with a large amount of guests, multiple bridesmaids and groomsmen, etc. your ideal setting would most likely be a large chapel.  Our locations are more suited for smaller amounts of guests.  If you want to try to make your cabin living room into a clown car by inviting 200 people to the ceremony, please feel free to.  We will do the best we can in those circumstances, but it is not our ideal environment.  Please be aware that any overcrowding may affect our photography and video services (if those have been purchased from us).

Can we use our own, personalized vows?

Yes, absolutely!

How long does the ceremony last?

They typically last up to 15 minutes, depending any additional add-ons such as unity candle and unity sand ceremonies. Our ceremonies include all the essential elements of a beautiful wedding ceremony.

What should we wear to our ceremony?

The bride to be should wear parachute pants from the 80s (MC Hammer style, of course).  The groom should wear a red velvet tuxedo, as seen in the movie My Cousin Vinny.  At Elope to Gatlinburg, it’s your wedding and everything should be the way you dream it to be, even if that includes a red velvet suit from the 60′s.  There is no right or wrong.  We marry couples in everything from formal wear to cut off jeans to swim suits.  When you choose Elope to Gatlinburg, there are zero rules you have to abide by.

I have a strange ceremony theme idea. Will you perform it?

Most likely.  Please read through our other FAQs or click here to send us an email.  Be sure to include details of what you are wanting and we will see what we can do.


How soon do I need to make a reservation?

The sooner the better. Our availability fills up fast especially during peak seasons. However, we have performed some ceremonies with as little as a few hours prior notice. To ensure we have a time available that fits your schedule, we suggest reserving your ceremony as soon as you have decided on the Smoky Mountain area.

How do I make a reservation?

Our online booking system can be accessed by clicking here. We can also accept reservations via phone at (865) 365-5025, however our online reservation system lists in real-time our availability for your particular date and is our preferred method for reservations.

Do you require a deposit?

Yes.  Our deposit amount is 50% of your total services/products chosen, with the exception of a ceremony including a cake.  Cakes require full pre-payment. Deposit payments can be made online via Visa/Mastercard/Amex/Discover or over the phone. The remaining balance is due paid upon our arrival to the ceremony site, presented with your marriage license on your wedding day.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel your ceremony service more than 30 days prior to the date, we will refund all of your deposit minus a $30 administrative fee. This fee is credited if you decide to reschedule your ceremony with us in the future. If you cancel 30 days or less prior to your ceremony date, no refund will be issued as we cannot fill your spot at the last minute or during popular dates and times. These cancellations will be eligible to have the deposit credit applied if you decide to reschedule your ceremony with us in the future.

What if I am late to the ceremony?

We ask that you please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled ceremony time. If you are late, we may be forced to reschedule. Please understand that we have ceremonies we must attend following yours. If you are 30 minutes or more late we will access a $50 late fee and your ceremony may be rescheduled based on our availability. Traffic is often heavy here year round, so please take that into consideration when planning your arrival times.


What if it snows?

What’s the problem with snow? We can’t think of any here at Elope to Gatlinburg. Snow is a beautiful sight in the Great Smoky Mountains and anyone able to experience it on their wedding day should be considered extremely lucky. Is your cabin inaccessible and we are not able to get in, or you get out? Don’t stress. Rev. Adam T. Edwards is equipped to handle all situations. With four wheel drive, snow chains, and boot crampons, we will make your wedding day happen even if it means hiking into your cabin on foot. This is your special day and we will do everything within our physical power to make it a reality despite any impeding weather conditions that may arise. On extremely rare occasions, we may have to reschedule your wedding date until the weather clears.

My wedding is scheduled outdoors. What if it rains?

This is a simple answer. As they say, the show must go on! You aren’t made of sugar are you? No? Then you won’t melt! In all seriousness, Elope to Gatlinburg will perform your ceremony in the rain, if requested. However, we cannot expose our camera and video equipment to the rain, so we may not be able to provide photo and video services during inclement weather. If it is raining during the time of your ceremony, we may be able to reschedule it till a later time (based on availability) or perform the ceremony at your rental cabin or hotel suite.

Should we tip the minister?

While greatly appreciated if you feel the service we provided exceeded your expectations, tipping is certainly not required or expected.

Who files the signed marriage license?

Elope to Gatlinburg will file your signed marriage license to be processed with the Clerk of Court at the Sevier County Courthouse within 3 days of your ceremony. You will receive your official marriage certificate from the county within six weeks.

Are there any themes or requests you are not willing to cater to?

There are very few requests that we will not allow or cater to. This includes, but not limited to, any ceremonies involving illegal acts/substances, real firearms/ammunition (regardless if you have a permit or not), or anything that violates the laws set forth by Sevier County or the State of Tennessee. If you have any questions as to if we can cater towards your particular request, please do not hesitate to contact us with the complete details and we will see what we can do. You can also review our other FAQs.

When is the best time to visit Gatlinburg?

Fall, spring, summer, and winter are the best times to visit Gatlinburg! Gatlinburg is heaven on earth year round and you cannot go wrong visiting this beautiful area, regardless of what time of the year you come.

Can you provide any information that would be helpful to us during our vacation to Gatlinburg?

Yes! We have a compiled an extensive list of local information to better assist our couples in planning their visit to the wonderful Great Smoky Mountains. This information can be accessed by clicking here.

I am pregnant. Will this be a problem?

Absolutely not! We would be very happy to perform your wedding ceremony.

Should you have a question that has not been answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@elopetogatlinburg.com. We look forward to serving you!