It’s a beautiful thing when couples make a life-long commitment to one another. Engagements are the best type of gift between people who want to share a life together. This blog is intended for those planning their special day and researching Wedding Venues in the Tennessee Mountains.
A picture-perfect country wedding in the Smokies is something most brides and grooms dream about. For your consideration, Dancing Bear Lodge and our sister property, Apple Valley Mountain Village, offer a wide range of options and multiple wedding venues in the Tennessee Mountains to accommodate a variety of needs and budgets.
Wedding Venues in Townsend TN
Dancing Bear Lodge: 38 Acres of Beauty and Elegance for Smoky Mountain Weddings
With 3 gorgeous settings, Dancing Bear Lodge sets an amazing backdrop for weddings that turn out like they could be featured in the bridal magazines.
Smoky Mountain Outdoor Weddings Space: The Gazebo and Event Lawn
Perhaps the most striking architectural landmark on the Townsend TN estate is the Gazebo, its angular edges reaching out to the sky like a monument surrounded by calming wooded vistas. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen assemble on the steps while the couple exchange vows, front and center, perfectly framed beneath the center of the platform. It is an elegant statement for a romantic occasion surrounded by family and friends seated in the expanse of the Event Lawn, which can also serve as a space for mingling or yard games after the ceremony. The majestic setting is typically what couples who want the reverent, Cathedral-like experience will choose for their wedding space. This space is available for $1,000.
Outdoor Wedding Venues in Townsend TN: The Landing
The Trussed Pavilion was added to Dancing Bear in 2017, providing covered space for up to 125 guests seated for a ceremony or 75 seated for dining. It also expresses elegance with stately décor and distinctive lighting fixtures to accent the specialness of the occasion. Connected to the Event Lawn, the Landing works for the wedding itself or as a transitional space for the reception to follow. While trying to predict months ahead of time whether the weather will cooperate for outdoor weddings can be a nerve-wracking experience, brides and grooms can relax a bit knowing that raindrops do not have to spell disaster. The Landing rents for $2,000 as a ceremony space, $4,000 as a reception only space or $5,500 as a combined space for both wedding portions.
Appalachian Wedding Venue: The Event Center
Couples can capture the ambiance of a church-like setting in the interior event space, which seats up to 75 guests. Available year-round, an indoor wedding beneath the impressive vaulted ceilings serves as an expansion of the Dancing Bear experience. It adjoins the Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro and is adjacent to the Landing, so the friendly staff can fulfill all of the catering and support services that couples have come to expect from a smoky mountain wedding location. This space is available for $1,800 for ceremonies, $3,500 for receptions or $5,000 for combination ceremonies and receptions. This price includes the setup & cleanup, up to 6.5 hours of use, and bar setup including a professional bartender.
It’s also worth noting the one-stop shopping aspect of a Dancing Bear wedding, with various sized accommodations available to guests who wish to stay on the premises during a wedding weekend. From the rehearsal dinner to the honeymoon, brides and grooms can enjoy their “big day” without having to do a lot of traveling off-premises. They can set a tradition of returning at the same time each year for anniversary dinners and romantic getaways.
While planning your wedding registry, don’t forget to tell your friends and family that they can gift you online gift cards in amounts ranging from $25-$200 to stretch your wedding budget here at Dancing Bear and Apple Valley.
A Gourmet Mountainside Picnic Basket and Room Add-Ons like in-cabin massages, floral arrangements, and guided tours of the area can also enhance your time at Dancing Bear Lodge and Apple Valley.
Townsend TN Wedding Venues
Apple Valley: The Beer Garden Patio for Smoky Mountain Weddings
The open-air Beer Garden Patio at Apple Valley Café is a fantastic choice for couples who want a more intimate affair with a more casual flavor. Not all couples want or need the big event in a large, elegant space and may opt to spend more of their wedding budget on the honeymoon. The space rents for $250-$400/hour with a minimum of 2 hours, the rate varying according to the peak months in September and October, and event times typically start at 6 or 7 pm.
Wedding Venues in Townsend TN
The Dancing Bear tagline is “Creating Smoky Mountain Memories worth sharing and repeating.”
These are not just words but an expression of our mission. We love speaking with all couples about the ways we can help them create their dream wedding. We strive to rise to your expectations, whether you want all of the bells and whistles of a traditional wedding or something fun and different. From same-sex ceremonies to simple elopements for travelers passing through the Smokies, we welcome all who want to work with us to achieve an occasion that’s truly memorable.
In addition to standard rates for renting our venues for special events, we offer Smoky Mountain wedding packages and vacation packages to stretch budgets farther. These packages can include luxury accommodations and dinner at the Bistro, as well as the services or a day-of-event coordinator and staffing. These packages vary according to the season of your event.
While looking at possible wedding venues, we encourage couples to join us at our Appalachian Bistro for a delightful culinary experience with Executive Chef Shelley Cooper.
With one trip to Townsend to view our accommodations and savor food and beverage options, we can arrange all of the elements of a traditional wedding and reception, plus refer you to trusted vendors for music and photography. If you would like a tour of the property to experience all that Dancing Bear Lodge has to offer in person, our Venue Wedding Coordinators Team, led by Director/Stylist Anna Bartlett, is available to meet with you about your event 7 days a week by appointment.