Planning Your Wedding in the Mountains?

Here's all the information you need to plan – and enjoy – your special day!

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Quick Tips

Getting Your License
Swain County Administration Building
Register of Deeds
101 Mitchell Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
Issued: Monday-Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: $60. No waiting period

Required Identification
You do not have to be a resident of North Carolina, however you must have proof of age and your social security card.

If you are under 21 you have to have a certified copy of your birth certificate, your Social Security card and a picture ID. If you are over 21 you just need your Social Security card and a picture ID.

Licenses from other Counties in NC
Licenses are valid if issued in any county of North Carolina; however they must be returned for filing to county of origin. If previously married, the date of divorce or date of spouse’s death must be supplied. If the divorce was within 90 days, a signed copy of the divorce decree will need to be shown.

Public Wedding Venues

Courthouse Ceremony Performed by Magistrate. Cost: $20

Weddings in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park require a special use permit and a small fee. 50 locations to choose from. Learn more and view video.

Weddings at Riverfront Park
Swain County Administration 828-488-9273

Weddings on Island Park
Bryson City Town Office 828-488-3335

Destination Wedding Venues

Folkestone Inn B&B

Contact: Scott & Toni Rowe


101 Folkestone Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-2730

TF 888-812-3385

Fax 828-488-0722

A quiet and comfortable bed and breakfast located near the Deep Creek entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just two miles north of Bryson City. Originally a 1920s mountain farmhouse, the Folkestone offers ten guest rooms, all with private baths. Upstairs rooms feature private balconies and mountain vistas, while the downstairs rooms offer an old world charm, with flagstone floors and pressed-tin ceilings. Three-course breakfast with specialties that include lemon souffle pancakes with blueberry compote, and poached egg with sweet potato hash. Wireless Internet access.

Hemlock Inn Weddings

Contact: Mort White


911 Galbraith Creek Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-2885

Hemlock Inn Weddings Hemlock Inn offers “Weekend Wedding Destination Packages”. The package includes a two-night stay at our rustic 26 room mountain inn located on 57 wooded acres, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Dinner, and two breakfasts. The outdoor wedding overlooks a beautiful mountain view. Meals are wonderful, bountiful home cooked southern/mountain delights. It’s all about the View, the Food, and a memorable weekend.

Lands Creek Log Cabins Weddings

Contact: Robin & Sue Fronrath


3336 Balltown Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-9793

TF 888-346-9793

Mobile 828-736-2319

Lands Creek Log Cabins Weddings We host weddings here year round at Harmony Hall located creek side on our 80 acre grounds. The Hall has indoor seating for up to 60, however many weddings expand to the meadow outdoors for larger events of 100 plus. There are 19 cabins in a variety of sizes and settings with individual sleeping arrangements of 2-14 depending on cabin with a total sleeping capacity of up to 120 plus.

Fontana Village Weddings

Contact: Tabitha Henry


300 Woods Road

Fontana Dam, NC 28733

Phone 828-498-2150

Fontana Village Weddings At Fontana Village Resort, your picturesque wedding nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains awaits. Whether surrounded by lush forest or gazing over pristine Fontana Lake, Fontana Village can set the scene for your perfect wedding. Let the Fontana Event team help you plan your dream wedding today.

Watershed Resort Weddings

Contact: Tim Goodwin


137 W. Watershed Rd.

Bryson City, NC 28713

TF 877-784-0688

Watershed Resort Weddings The Watershed Resort can host weddings up to 100 guests. Accommodations on-site range from one-bedroom attached “Treehouses” up to 4 bedroom single-family log homes. Outdoor event venues include our main “Yard” area with excellent sunset view; our Eco-Park area with trout pond, waterfalls, and mountain laurel bridge; and our Woodland Loft trio, with a central fire pit area perfect as a small-party venue.

Bryson City - Swain County
   Chamber of Commerce

210 Main Street
P.O. Box 509
Bryson City, NC 28713


Karen Proctor Wilmot
Executive Director

800-867-9246 toll-free

828-488-3681 local

828-488-6858 fax

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