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

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.

Falling Waters Resort Weddings

Contact: Trey Barnett


10345 Highway 19 South/74 West

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 866-319-8870

Falling Waters Resort Weddings

Our wedding venue sits atop the Nantahala Gorge with views of Fontana Lake, the Nantahala National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Surrounded by rhododendron and mountain laurel and bordered by a creek and pond, this venue is perfect for every season. The package includes the entire Falling Waters Resort, including two nights lodging for up to 60 guests, as well as event areas, which can accommodate up to 200 guests.

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.

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.

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.

Folkestone Inn B&B Weddings

Contact: Scott & Toni Rowe


101 Folkestone Road

Bryson City, NC 28713

Phone 828-488-2730

Phone 888-812-3385

The Folkestone Inn can host outdoor weddings, elopements or vow renewals for up to 75 guests in the garden, side yard, or front lawn; or in case of bad weather in the parlor. The Inn has 10 guest rooms, (2 can sleep 3 people) for a total of 22 guests. We can assist you with arrangements for overflow. 2-night minimum stay required.