6 Tips For Hosting Your Dream Destination Wedding in The Appalachians

By Kaleigh Hackfield

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You’ve chosen the pristine Tennessee mountains as your dream destination wedding spot – congrats! Nothing can beat the view. But now it’s time to plan a spectacular dream wedding with all the bells and whistles! If you want to wow your guests with breathtaking views, fresh air, and lush green forests, you’re going to need a few ideas to get you started.

We’ve put together a decent list of ways to liven up your dream destination wedding – it’s everything you’re looking for to host your momentous occasion!

Choose the Perfect Lighting

A great way to stick with the rustic decor is the strategic use of lanterns. They are quaint and look lovely at any time of the day. Prop a few up near the stairs or hang them for a beautiful evening ceremony – it’s a win, win!

Hors-D’oeuvres For the Outdoors

The way to your guests’ hearts – the food. It’s been proven that for most guests, the wedding cocktail hour is the most delicious segment of a ceremony. And since this is a destination wedding in the majestic Tennessee mountains, it’s best to create tasty treats that compliment the beautiful outdoors.

Here are a few of our favorite appetizers!

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Photo: BRIDES

Use Organic Elements

If you’re having a wedding in the stunning Appalachians, nature has to be your number one decorative piece. Use any organic elements in sight, such as bark, leaves, beautiful flowers, or overarching trees. It’s all at your disposal at Sugar Hollow!

Here are some more ideas to get you started!

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Photo: BRIDAL GUIDE

It’s a Destination Wedding, Get your Guests Hyped!

It’s best to do this a few weeks before your wedding. Send each guest a teaser of the magical weekend they are about to be part of. Snail mail or a guidebook will do the trick.

Or if you’d like to go the extra mile (we know you do,), you can put together a gift super-specific to the Appalachians.

Take Weather Precautions

Weather predictions can only do so much; we can’t control mother nature (especially in the Appalachian Mountains), so it’s crucial that you come up with a backup plan in case of inclement conditions. Also, be aware of windy conditions and weigh down your beautiful decorations. We’d hate to see some pretty banners blown into the woods.

Here are a few more tips to help you avoid any more weather problems!

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Photo: AccuWeather

 

Prevent Unwelcome Critters

The Appalachians have plenty of interesting critters and creepy crawlies. So, it’s best to keep the bugs and animals at bay during your beautiful mountain wedding. Have a professional company come in and spray a guard-type product before your destination wedding.

Additional Tip: Avoid floral decorations that bugs love. This day is for you, not them.

If you need some more tips on battling bugs, visit Brides.com.

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