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In a recent post on Facebook Lisa said, “We were so happy to have chosen your venue! Even if we had all the money in the world and patience to plan a big wedding, we would no doubt do our day in the same way with you guys! Thank you so much for everything, from the bottom of our full hearts!”

We couldn’t ask for a better endorsement than that.  Thank you Lisa and Kevin for finding us and having such a beautiful and unique wedding day here in the mountains. It’s true. They Eloped!!!

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See the video by Something Goode Videography here.

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We had a wonderful time working with Janine & Nick along with a few friends and family on their wedding day.

Janine agreed to share their love story with us.  We hope you enjoy it.

“In 1996 at the ripe old age of 17 I jetted off to Tenerife, a Spanish island off the coast of Africa, for my summer holiday. On my first night there I met Nick, 23, who was there working for the summer. We spent every day and evening together. Once back in England we kept in touch and Nick visited but we were young and our lives went in different directions. In 2008 with the launch of Facebook Nick found me again but we were both in relationships and lived in 2 different countries. In 2013, now both single again, Nick decided to try his luck by sending a flirtatious message. From then on we messaged all day, every day not allowing the 5 hour time difference to interfere. 2 years later and some flying back and forth Nick took a leap and proposed on New Years Eve 2014. After 19 years in the making we finally became one on 6/26/2015. Excited to finally be together and to see what life has in store for us! Thanks to Bluff Mountain and staff for making our day even more special”

We’re happy to get the chance to host weddings for people from around the world.  What wonderful job to have!

Congratulations and Cheers to the happy couple beginning the rest of their lives together.

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Would you like to know how a typical day for a bride on her wedding day might look?

You would arrive at your Bridal suite, take a moment to relax and get comfortable. You’ll arrange your things out for your big day. You’ll probably even gaze at your beautiful dress for a few moments. Your wedding day has arrived!

Your faithful bridesmaids might help with organizing some last minute details in lieu of starting the day. Your day.

So let’s begin with Hair and makeup:

Your Hair and Makeup should be absolutely flawless on your special day. Making it to an appointment can be a bit stressful depending on locations. Why not have your natural beauty enhanced here on site. If you’d like our stylist to do your hair and makeup we can schedule an appointment for you to have that done here…

This offer isn’t solely for you. It extends to as many in your wedding party as you’d like. You may have as many appointments for mother, bridesmaids, Maid Of Honor etc. Keep in mind that each person will be a separate appointment.

Having your hair and makeup done here makes it really convenient. You can go directly from your appointment to your dressing room to prepare for your wedding photos. Think of how easy it will be to not need to leave and worry about traffic or the weather.

Our professional photographers are busy working in the background. The photographers will be taking photos of all sorts of details. Shots of the wedding dress, the bridal bouquet, your “something borrowed and something blue” and extraordinary moments between family and friends while everyone is enjoying the day. They’ll be catching all the perfect moments that will eventually turn into precious memories.

Once all the primping is done, and everyone is gussied up, it’s time for the bridal portrait session. Our brilliant photographers will take the bride to a variety of gorgeous locations. Each spot has been prepared especially with photography in mind. Think ornamented swings, shaded coves, rustic backdrops, gardens…etc.

Bridesmaids will happily join the bride for a fun creative photo session.

The tradition of the groom and bride not seeing each other is still honored by some, but…A First Look is a special moment that we also encourage.

A First look is when a bride and groom see each other before the ceremony for a private moment. It’s just the two of them while a few photos are taken in the background to document this special time.

It takes away the stress of expectation when walking down the aisle. It gives the bride and groom an intimate moment when they can just be together and cherish all the time they’ve spent planning for their special day. This is especially important since they will only have a few moments before they exchange vows and become husband and wife.

Now the Groom and his guys are off to take their photos. Soon enough the guests will have arrived. Imagine the wedding party lining up in preparation to walk down the aisle. At this point you are excited and anxious to marry the man you’ve fallen in love with. Viola. The moment you all have stressed over and planned is as picture-perfect as you envisioned.

It doesn’t matter how extravagant or intimate the ceremony is, the exchanging of the vows will be the most important and memorable portion. You can’t forget the family portraits before heading on to the reception. The slicing of your unforgettable delicious cake to end the evening with dining and dancing under the stars. How wonderful does that sound? Exactly!


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Why do so many couples now choose a destination wedding over a traditional local venue? At some point while planning, every couple entertains the idea of having a destination wedding. Who wouldn’t get excited about going somewhere beautiful and unique to exchange vows? Gorgeous scenery sets the mood for the perfect wedding!

Why not to take the plunge with all the convenience of home for equal or better value. A destination venue allows friends and family the opportunity to celebrate your big day in a very exclusive and memorable way.

If you find yourselves debating over which option suits you best, here are our top 11 reasons to have a destination wedding:

  1. Scaling down the party size means you can save a small fortune on wedding meals, buffets and wines or drinks packages.
  2. Get value for your money. Dedicated destination wedding providers offer fantastic deals such as venues, photographers and florists at amazingly low price.
  3. Wedding guests from out of town won’t ask to sleep on your couch.
  4. The dress code. Casual or even more casual.
  5. There’s a Kodak Moment waiting at every turn. Picture-perfect views all around, you won’t have to wait for your wedding photographer to capture the spirit of your event.
  6. Shoes are optional. You can wiggle your toes in the grass as you say ‘I Do’ or wear those high end shoes you love.
  7. You’ll stand out from the rest. Make you family happy and envious!
  8. It’s easier. Which means less stress! Choose a package and keep things simple.
  9. You save on decor. With a destination wedding in a stunning setting, your location supplies the theme. And when you choose an amazing venue, it doesn’t take much to dress it up.
  10. Start the honeymoon early. Many hotels offer automatic upgrades to the bride and groom on their wedding night.
  11. Helps with budgeting. You’ll be at your destination for a few days, so work with your vendors to see how timing can trim costs. Mountain resort towns offer big savings in spring and fall.


Here at Bluff Mountain Inn, we offer a broad range of services to makes planning your big day less complicated. We’re here to help you embrace

  • All inclusive wedding and reception venue.
  • Packages include: wedding planner, florist, ceremony & officiant, professional photography, catering, wedding cake/bakery, beautiful outdoor ceremony sites, decorations, and more.
  • The Smoky Mountains are a beautiful wedding destination.
  • Combine your wedding celebration with a family reunion.
  • Accessible lodging for family and guests in a popular vacation area.

For your your convenience, planning can be done via email, Pinterest, Facebook, etc. Why not choose an established service with excellent high ratings.

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To add some spice in life, a destination wedding in the Smoky Mountains is what I planned to have. Being a bride and selecting all the elements of a memorable wedding up in the mountains, followed by a barn reception, was not easy. I thoroughly enjoyed planning and discussing all the small details of my wedding day. From wedding photography to dresses, cutlery and beer, it was fun and after a lot arguing, everything was set.

A barn reception amidst the nature in comfortable wedding shoes defines a true style of a bride. It engraves the true essence of the relationship which is to define who you and your partner really are. Personal style and shoes are essential to complete the bride’s look. So, if you are having a wedding up in the mountains like me, why not express your bridal sensitivity with your own style of shoes?

For a Gatlinburg wedding, it is truly necessary that the comfort of the bride is considered. A bride like me will not want to walk down the aisle in spiky stilettos up in the mountains. It is a big day; a bride must feel comfortable and relaxed on her big day. Here are some ideas for a bride to feel at ease at her destination wedding up in the Smoky Mountains.

  • A wedding on a mountain range brings feelings of joy, intimacy and love. The intimacy while exchanging vows would be amazing only if a bride is comfortable. A pair of brown or black rugged boots, complimenting a bohemian hairdo or a bohemian looking dress would be the ultimate choice of shoes in the Smoky Mountains.
  • A great look for a Gatlinburg wedding would be an idea of a plain colored dress paired with cowboy boots. Of course, you are the bride; it’s your right to feel comfortable on your big day. Being a bride I always think that cowboy boots with some added western or shabby chic accessories will complete the destination wedding in the mountains.
  • Cute wedge wooden shoes can be the next mountain wedding hipster shoes, praising the wedding aura around you and keeping you comfortable during your photo shoots! You can have your wedding photography revolve around your fashon. There is always a click with the bride’s shoes telling her story of a romantic and hip mountain wedding.
  • A pair of flip flops in a light pastel or bright color like orange will add a personal style and cozy feeling to your wedding up in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. Your white bridal gown or dress will definitely compliment the color of the shoes.

It’s your day so do it your way! Have a rustic wedding up in the mountains in your own style. Your style is the only thing which makes you comfortable. Remember to enjoy the breathtaking moments of your wedding in comfort.

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