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Planning Your Wedding in the Smoky Mountains?

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

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. The closest locations to  Bryson City are the Deep Creek Pavilion, along Lakeview Drive, Mingus Mill, Smokemont Church, Rock Wall Curve, and Collins Creek Picnic Pavilion.

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

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

Wedding Services

Click or tap a category for a list of Bryson City wedding services.

  • La Dolce Vita Bakery

    La Dolce Vita Bakery is a farm to table dessert bakery. We specialize in custom order cakes and cupcakes made from the best local ingredients. We will have a variety of desserts and specialty desserts available daily. Now serving fresh Italian gelato daily! Open daily for breakfast and lunch. dog paw print symbolPet friendly outside seating.
  • Saint Augustine’s Anglican Church

    Worship is about more than an event that we attend. It’s not a place. It’s not a thing. It’s an attitude. In reality, worship is something that we should do at all times, in all places because it is a posture towards God and His glory. One thing we value is corporate worship. This is where we will join our voices together and worship our God. Our corporate worship experience is patterned after both a biblical and historical church model. Our worship is centered around the Eucharist, which we celebrate every week. We hope to see you at service soon!
  • Cornerstone Wesleyan Church

    Cornerstone Wesleyan Church is about transforming lives and our community through the hope and holiness of Jesus Christ. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit and with the Bible as our guide, we are called to: Worship, Evangelize, Fellowship, Discipleship, and Serve. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. He paid the price for our sins so that we could be reconciled to the Father and be granted the gift of eternal life.
  • The Chocolate Shoppe

    Come inside and smell the chocolate! Hand-dipped chocolates and made-in-store fudges, caramel apples, brittles, specialty popcorn, pralines, and a selection of unique candies. Plus 24 flavors of creamy and delicious premium ice cream made especially for the Chocolate Shoppe including flavors for the diabetic and lactose intolerant. Takeout only. Take a virtual tour 
  • Arlington Baptist Church

    Arlington Baptist Church is a New Testament church preaching the old fashioned gospel by every means possible. The central theme of every service is the teaching and preaching of God's Word, delivered with clarity, love, and a range of biblical gospel music that lifts up Christ and our congregation. Sunday school begins at 10am and is followed by our traditional worship service at 11am. Please see our website for information on additional service times.
  • Lakeview at Fontana Spa

    TREETOP SOAKING CABANAS Soak up Nature! Elevated on a forested hillside the secluded, open-air, ultra-popular Treetop Soaking Cabanas are a can't miss 1.5 hour experience. Featuring an oversized stand-alone tub (large enough for two), signature bath salts, and a spectacular view of Fontana Lake & the Smoky Mountains. The calming and healing properties of a salt bath are perfect following a day of outdoor adventures. With fresh mountain air and no staff contact, it's an exceptionally safe and deeply nurturing experience. Simply arrive at a perfectly prepared cabana and begin soaking up nature.
  • 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.
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  • Foggy Moon Photography, LLC

    A full service studio and location photography team, this husband and wife duo specializes in weddings, family, and lifestyle sessions as well as offering drone and real estate photography services. Every shoot is shot raw, and every image is meticulously edited, giving you photos worthy of the occasion or property. All image printing is done by Canon Professional printers for the best color and resolution available. Professional affiliations include: active members of Professional Photographers of America (PPA) since 2014 and Scott Kelby Photography KelbyOne.
  • First Baptist Church of Bryson City

    Founded in the 1800s, our church has been a beacon for the local community as well as to hundreds of guests who visit our extraordinarily beautiful mountainous area.  We are a people committed to making disciples through worship, welcome, and witness.
  • Victory Baptist Church

    Here at Victory Baptist Church, we are a traditional Baptist Church that focuses on the teaching and preaching of God's Word and community outreach, especially to our youth. Services include Sunday Morning Study at 10am, Sunday Morning Service at 11am, Wednesday Night Service at 6:30pm, and Wednesday Elevation 4:12 YOUTH (6th-12th grade) at 6:30pm.
  • McKinley Edwards Inn Weddings

    Imagine your wedding set in a beautiful historic inn tucked away in the Great Smoky Mountains. Our lushly landscaped grounds offer you a variety of locations for your ceremony and reception. The inn offers 13 well-appointed rooms and a two-bedroom cottage giving you and your guests the option of complete privacy. Our on-site wedding coordinator will be happy to customize a wedding package to include everything from flowers to catering as well as fun local activities for you and your guests. Take a virtual tour
  • 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.
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  • Fontana Village Resort

    Have the wedding of your dreams surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains! Located in the beautiful Nantahala National Forest adjacent to the Great Smokies National Park, Fontana Village Resort is the largest resort and marina in Western North Carolina.  We make it easy for you to plan your wedding with our on-site catering and event planning staff, and with an assortment of lodging including our lodge and cabins, and activities for the wedding party such as hiking and biking trails, mini-golf, disc golf, two pools, a lazy river, and a full-service marina located on Fontana Lake and more, it will be a wedding to remember for you, your family, and guests alike!
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  • Nurture Wellness Studio & Massage

    Jackie has extensive experience as a bodywork therapist, yoga practitioner and teacher. With the perfect synthesis of the art and science of massage therapy, Jackie uses an interesting blend of bodywork styles. Her work is skillful, compassionate and intuitive and truly embodies the body, mind, spirit approach to wellness. Nationally certified since 1999.
  • Cold Springs Baptist Church

    Old fashioned bible believing church with a mission to reach the community. Services are held on Sunday at 10 am and 6 pm, on Wednesday at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome to come and worship with us.
  • Bryson City United Methodist Church

    Here at Bryson City United Methodist Church, we think that church is a family that reaches out in love to everyone. We invite you along this journey with us as we seek to experience and share the loving presence of God in the world. Sunday services include 9:45am Sunday school and an 11am traditional worship service. Please visit our website for other service times and locations.
  • Wellbeing with Mel – Massage

    Offering massage therapy in downtown Bryson City, Mel focuses on balancing the nervous system and providing relief from stress, tension, and muscle aches. Depending on your needs, she uses varying pressure and integrative techniques. Check out the monthly special and book online or text now!
  • Bar-B-Que Wagon

    Open Tuesday through Saturday 11am-8 pm. April 1 through November 1. Open extra days during July and color season. Hickory smoked pit BBQ made on the premises, and great hamburgers. dog paw print symbolPet friendly outside seating.
  • 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.
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  • Impact Church

    Here at Impact Church, a non-denominational Christian Church, our mission is to share the uncompromised, unaltered Word of God with ALL peoples and nations. Join us in person or online every Sunday morning at 10:30am and Wednesday evening at 6pm. All services are streamed live on Facebook or our You Tube channel.
  • High Test Deli & Sweet Shop

    Fresh made to order sandwiches, salads, soups and homemade desserts, and outstanding customer service make High Test Deli & Sweet Shop your first choice for quality dining in Bryson City. Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-3pm. dog paw print symbolPet friendly outside seating.
  • Bryson City - Swain County
    Chamber of Commerce

    P.O. Box 509
    Bryson City, NC 28713

    Karen Proctor
    Executive Director


    Visitor Guide pages

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