Inexpensive Winter Wedding

I need a place to get married that will be cheap! I am flexible with my dates but I have always wanted a winter wedding!

Heather from Odenton, MD

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October 19, 20070 found this helpful

Check out places like the VFW, American Legion, etc. and combine, both the wedding and the reception all in one. Most have stages, Have the service up on the stage, and your walk down to the stage (which would be done between your tables of friends and family. Its everything in one place and one place for it all which cost less. You will only need to have decorations for one place. Which will let you spend a few more dollars for final touches.

Good Luck!

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October 20, 20070 found this helpful

I live in Chicago area. Two weeks ago I got married at Angel's View Wedding Chapel in Sevierville, TN (Smoky Mountains, TN - next to Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg). The Smoky Mountain area is called the "Wedding Capital of the South." If you search for the name of the wedding chapel, it should bring you to their web site where they show pics of their beautiful chapel on a mountaintop with mountain views which is dedicated solely to weddings.

It is already decorated so you don't need to buy decorations, etc. Your wedding can consist of only you & the groom or up to a group of 50 or 60 (please confirm with them the size of group because chapel is small). Our wedding was very inexpensive & the staff was extremely nice & helpful with helping me plan my wedding via phone calls & e-mails. We were extremely pleased with them & I highly recommend them for your wedding day.

They also have a reception hall next to the chapel. All of my guests told me the chapel & mountain views were gorgeous & that I picked a fantastic place to get married. We got our wedding cake from the local Kroger store (Pigeon Forge) down the street from the chapel for only $60. Lodging in the area is pretty inexpensive, too, & there are so many attractions to see besides the Smoky Mountains. I am sure the mountains will look fabulous in the winter time.

I recommend contacting Angel's View & also the tourism bureaus for the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge (Dollywood) & Sevierville. They will gladly send you tourist information & information on getting married there. Congratulations & good luck!

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October 22, 20070 found this helpful

Churches are usually the least expensive - and you could have your reception in the hall afterwards....Or look around for civic halls, women's clubs, Masonic halls, etc. The key to finding a great place on a budget is ingenuity! There should be historic places in Maryland, too - try to find something out of the way for the best deal. And cater, decorate, etc. yourself...

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October 22, 20070 found this helpful

Churches are usually the least expensive - and you could have your reception in the hall afterwards....Or look around for civic halls, women's clubs, Masonic halls, etc. The key to finding a great place on a budget is ingenuity! There should be historic places in Maryland, too - try to find something out of the way for the best deal. And cater, decorate, etc. yourself...

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October 22, 20070 found this helpful

Churches are usually decorated for the holidays during Advent (basically, Thanksgiving thru New Years Day) and are usually reasonable in "rental" if you are not a member, sometimes the only fee is for the cleaning service. I would suggest finding a church in your area taking into consideration the number of guests etc. Call and ask about the decorations for christmas (Tree? Candles? Wreaths? Evergreen garland with white lights? Poinstettas?) and I would say most of the time, someone has a picture from last year you could view. Also, you might want to add more votive candles or pillar candles of various heights to make it even more "stary" Basically, the church is already decorated so your cost for flowers etc will go way down. THINK SIMPLICITY! You are the STAR of your day. Also ask if there is a women's group in the church that does receptions......cheaper than caterers. Good Luck, just remember DON'T START YOUR MARRIAGE IN DEBT TO IMPRESS SOMEONE ELSE. If Christmas is not what you had in mind, one of the prettiest weddings I have been to the chapel/church was decorated in 100 plus votive candles in mainly clear holders with white candles adding a hint of color with colored holders here and there.

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October 22, 20070 found this helpful

I live near the smokies its only a 45 minute drive to Sevierville. The lady's right. That's what its called "Wedding Capital of the South." because you have 3 separate towns that are tourist towns that are right together Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. All of the have wedding chapels with packages like she said.

I would say Gatlinburg has the most then Pigeon Forge. And Gatlinburg has so much to offer for the most romantic honeymoon. Beautiful hotels and they specialize in honeymoon suite rooms. Most all have fireplaces. That's not counting the gorgeous honeymoon cabins you can rent. They have limo service and the town of Gatlinburg has shops after shops all walking beside themselves and restaurant galore.

Every winter we have the winter fest where the whole town streets everything is all in lights. I forgot about all the shows to pick from and Dollywood is in Pigeon Forge, you could walk all day and still not cover every shop ride or restaurant. I'll try to post some website on Gatlinburg. My husband and O go there all the time. We pick a different town each time.

There's lots of campgrounds too. We have a motorhome and the chairlifts to over Gatlinburg are so pretty up there. Once you get up there you have restaurants, ice ring shops. The middle of Gatlinburg town has a section that's like in the German times, cobble stone roads, lantern lighted shops so pretty. Don't forget your camera. Then you always have the mountain places to see like Clingman's dome which is a beautiful look out tower, and I forgot about Cherokee which is at the mountain top. Cherokee North Carolina and tennessee boarder just past Gatlinburg. its beautiful in Cherokee indian villages and the real life drama play of there way of life and then your have the Cherokee casino and hotel. Cades cove is an all natural park you drive through that will take you back to the days of yesteryear when life was like wood stoves and they have a grainmill and you'll see wild bear, deer, fox, more as you drive through.

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October 22, 20070 found this helpful

the chamber of commerece in gatlinburg request a free travel package by mail

http://www.gatlinburg.com/

pigeon forge home page most everything they have you'll find here including dollywood info

which also tells about the winter lights that each place will display for instance these

11/9/2007-

11/30/2007 Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights

Fun Time Trolley Station @ Patriot Park; 6:00 p.m.; Mon.-Fri. (except Nov. 22); $5.00; Call (865)453-6444 for reservations.

11/10/2007-

12/30/2007 Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival

(Operating days vary. Closed 11/23, 12/24 & 25); 1-800-DOLLYWOOD

11/10/2007-

12/30/2007 Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival

(Operating days

http://www.mypigeonforge.com/

cherokee iinfo

chamber of commererce again request a free travel package

http://www.cherokeesmokies.com/

info on the indian tribe village and there town. the handmade crafts are so pretty, pottery, leather, etc.

http://www.cherokee-nc.com/

cherokee chttp://www.harrahs.com/casinos/harr ... otel-casino/property-home.shtmlasino and hotel info

it will be a winter wonderland of memories to remember

last but not least if you go there since its in the winter time you must visit the christmas place the most beautiful store for any all decorations and they just opened there on hotel across the street from the store and shops which is in pigeon forge and they also have the lights displayed

http://www.christmasplace.com/

this was 2006 lights schedule but this year will not be much differant its all done same dates and places the offical chamber of commerece web site should match this pretty close

http://www.allsmokymountainvacations.com/winterfest.html

i think thats most all of it. lots of tiny towns around each big town too with pretty cabins and craft towns. like townsend, etc. the creeks are so pretty along the blue ridge parkway which you will see if you drive around gatlinburg to get to pigeon forge or go to cherokee and beside cheokee is maggie vally another big tourist town with ghost town in the sky a theme park with a western look and feel you ride the chairlift up there to the ghost town.

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January 14, 20080 found this helpful

You didn't say what time of winter and assuming you didn't want Christmas decorations and did want specifically winter, find an outdoor location that would be beautiful decked out at dusk. The ideas are only limited to your imagination. Take a walk and find 4-5' tree branches (very branched out) and spray paint them white and while wet glisten them with white glitter. Tie a branch or two to chairs you have set up to make an aisle. If you can find hanging candle votive holders add these as well, otherwise you could use thin pedestals with candles (keep clear of branches) lead the aisle to a rented archway decked out in white lights and white flowers(inexpensive silk bunches cut and tied on).

Deck out any surrounding trees with white Christmas lights (borrow from friends, family, neighbors). Make it a winter wonderland. Rent a nice lit up tent nearby and ask if they'll provide heat as well. Set up a buffet (have wedding party, friends and family pitch in) and request some friends to help set up and serve, just make sure they're competent Just one idea, a church is usually a great idea and you can still use the same type decorations.

Utilize you local dollar stores for votives, flower vases and the such. Find someone you know who is crafty who'll help. What I always tell people is close your eyes and envision your dream wedding and then figure out each detail of how you and your friends could do it yourself -- use your imagination to make it as simple or as elegant as you want within your means to make it happen. Good Luck!

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