Frequently Asked Questions
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How far in advance do I need to start planning?
Once you have chosen your date and locked it in, we suggest you start looking for your dress. The style and color of your wedding dress will help determine the style of your flowers, decorations, etc. You can email us a photo of the dress, and even send over color swatches if you like. The more information we have, the easier it is for us to give suggestions and make it happen. We respectfully request you don’t send samples until you are sure of your color choices, and sometimes planning too far in advance of the date might make you doubt your first instincts and make lots of changes. We only need a couple of months to get the wedding plans together, so please take your time and make sure you are locked in on your vision before sending us swatches and samples. Your final guest count and choices are due three weeks prior to your wedding day.
How far in advance do I need to book my wedding date?
Honestly, as soon as possible. Certain times of the year are very popular for weddings in the Smoky Mountains, and with Gatlinburg Weddings being one of the most popular wedding destinations in the country, the spring and autumn months fill up pretty quickly. So as soon as you know the time of year you plan to be married, please let us know so we can reserve your wedding date.
What days of the week are available for weddings?
Saturdays are the most popular. Sundays are next, but any day of the week can be reserved for a wedding. We do like to take major holidays off…
What does it take to reserve a date?
We need to issue a contract and receive an initial down payment to reserve a date. The amount of the initial payment varies with the package and size of your party.
What are the prices of packages?
We don’t publish our prices on-line, but when you contact us we will email you a list of current packages and prices.
Do your packages include the Marriage License?
No, but you will need a Tennessee Marriage License issued within 30 days of the wedding date. It’s easy to apply for the license on-line by going to the Sevier County website. If you fill out the information and file on-line you can pick up your license when you get to town either at the courthouse or one of the other license locations. They do have an office that’s open on Saturdays.
What are the payment options?
Initial payment to save the date. 50% of the balance is due 4 months prior to the date. Remaining balance is due 3 weeks prior to the wedding date, along with your final guest count and other detail choices.
What do I need to do to plan my wedding?
Simple answer, as little or as much as you like. We have brides who want to be very involved in the style of their wedding, and those who want everything done for them as they really can’t dedicate the time. If you will give us the basics, i.e. what your wedding dress looks like, what your color preferences are, what style of decorations you like, etc. we will take care of all the details.
Some brides come in for a planning session where we go over everything from menu choices to table decorations, and some brides we never see until the day of the wedding… everything is planned via email or phone conversations. Couples married here have come from Alaska, Hawaii, California, Russia, you name it. And a planning trip for them is simply out of the question. But that’s part of the service we offer. We communicate mainly by email so you can email us images of things you like. There are also lots of images of flowers, wedding cakes and decorations, as well as our different facilities on this site under the heading details.
Different packages require different levels of planning. Our smaller packages would only require some basic color and flower choices whereas our Elegant Evening package would require more decisions such as DJ song requests, custom table decorations and menu selections. Our wedding planners are professional and experienced. They take extensive notes and keep records of all emails to assure the details you discussed will be there on your wedding day.
This is a very frequently asked question, but not exactly in the same form. The real question we have asked all the time is “I have all my music for the reception on my ipod. Can I just plug it in to your sound system?”
Easy answer, sure. That would save you a little bit of money on the reception, but here’s what you would miss…
A DJ not only plays the music, he announces in the bride and groom and the bridal party. He is the master of ceremonies for your reception. When the dinner is about to begin he announces which tables are free to go through the buffet. He lets everyone know when the cake cutting is about to begin. He knows who will be offering a toast to the bride and groom, and if one of those people happens to be missing, he can stall until they get back.
He hands his microphone to the person who may be offering a blessing. He tells the bride that her father/daughter dance is coming up, and the same with the groom and his mother. He notices that everyone got up to dance when a certain tune was played, and plays another tune that’s similar to keep them up dancing.
He announces the first dance for the bride and groom, and announces the last dance of the evening. He lines up the ladies to catch the bouquet. He takes requests from the guests. He arrives early to test his gear and dress for the part. He’s professional.
In short, a DJ can really make your reception exceptional and exciting. Can your ipod do that?
When your bring your iPod or CD to the reception we can absolutely turn it on and start the music playing, but we cannot make sure it works or that the battery is charged, and we can’t fix it if it doesn’t. We always try our best, but there is no technician here to troubleshoot compatibility issues, and we don’t have a person on staff who’s job it will be to play your iPod.
So if your idea of your reception is a nice dinner and visit with background music and a couple of dances, the iPod might be appropriate. But if you’re wanting an exciting celebration where you don’t have to worry about what music will be playing when, and you want your reception to be lively and exciting, we highly suggest you hire a DJ. We will be happy to make those arrangements for you.
Just to give you an idea of the list of questions a DJ will want from you, take a look at our DJ form.
What if something happens and I have to cancel?
When you make your initial deposit on your wedding package, that time and date are no longer available. That time is reserved for you, and if anyone else contacts us for that date and time we have to say no. For that reason, once you have made your reservation the initial payment is non-refundable. However, we know that there are situations which are beyond anyone’s control. For that reason we do offer you the opportunity to reschedule your wedding for reasons of (heaven forbid) death in the family, military deployment, acts of God such as weather or geometric events which have severely affected the family. A rescheduling fee may apply, but we will work with you as best we can. Military couples sometimes have to reschedule due to deployment issues. We love and appreciate our military clients and will do everything within our powers to accommodate necessary changes.