|1. Where do we purchase A Tennessee Marriage license? Note: Marriage Licenses are not required for renewal ceremonies.
YOU MUST HAVE YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE WITH YOU IN ORDER FOR US TO PERFORM YOUR CEREMONY - NO EXCEPTIONS!
Your Tennessee Marriage license may be purchased at any Tennessee County Court Clerk’s Office. License is valid for 30 days. REQUIREMENTS: BOTH PARTIES MUST BE PRESENT & HAVE VALID PHOTO ID & SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, Cost for Sevier County Marriage License - Out of State Residents -$45.00* exact cash - No checks or credit cards accepted.
*NOTE: TENNESSEE RESIDENTS PAY AN ADDITIONAL $60 IF THEY HAVE NOT RECEIVED PRE-MARITAL COUNSELING. CALL COUNTY COURT CLERK’S OFFICE FOR SPECIFIC DETAILS.
There are 3 locations in Sevier County:
The Sevierville Courthouse, Gatlinburg Shilling Center, & Pigeon Forge- 9-5 -SATURDAYS ONLY-(865-908-6613)
DIRECTIONS TO THE GATLINBURG SHILLING CENTER -405 Reagan Drive (865-430-3404), As you arrive in Gatlinburg, on the Parkway, Turn, at traffic light #7, going up the hill onto Reagan Drive. Go about 2 blocks. The Shilling Center is on the left. *HOURS: Monday & Friday-8:30-4:00, Wednesday 8:30-12:00, Saturday-9:00am to 1:00pm CLOSED TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS .
DIRECTIONS TO THE SEVIERVILLE COURTHOUSE (865-453-5502) 125 Court Ave., Suite 202E Take 1-40 to exit #407. Follow HWY 66 into Sevierville to the intersection of Hwy. 66/US411/US441. You’ll see the Courthouse Clock tower on the left. Turn left at the next intersection, then left into the courthouse parking lot. *HOURS: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm; Friday 8:30am-5:30pm; CLOSED SATURDAY.
*HOLIDAY HOURS FOR ALL LICENSE LOCATIONS VARY - CALL INDIVIDUAL OFFICES FOR SPECIFIC HOLIDAY HOURS.
2. May we make changes in the ceremony or have a special song/pre-wedding music played?
Any changes must be discussed & cleared with the minister at least 1 MONTH prior to your wedding. One special song is allowed for packages with a 1 hour or larger time allotment. CD is needed upon your arrival along with your marriage license. Because guests enter just before the ceremony begins, there is not time for pre-wedding music. Pre-wedding music requires the purchase of an extra 1/2 hour ($299).
3. Is a Customary Gift for the minister, photographer & staff included in the package price?
A customary gift for the Minister/photographer/staff is NOT included in your package price. Our entire staff works very hard to make your wedding day as stress-free & successful as possible. If you wish to bless them for their service, a gratuity is always welcome & greatly appreciated.
4. May we bring our own minister?
There is a service fee of $100 to bring your own minister. This is allowed only if your package has a 1 hour or longer time allotment. Permission to use your own minister must be cleared through our office at least one month before your ceremony. He must have valid credentials of ordination issued by a legitimate Christian organization. A copy of these credentials must be mailed or faxed & received at the chapel at least one week prior to your wedding. Your minister is responsible for going over his ceremony with you & your attendants before your arrival at the chapel. NO REHEARSAL TIME IS PROVIDED.
5. Are Children allowed to participate in the ceremony, & Are Mothers/Guests escorted into the Chapel?
Children of any age are welcome to attend the service, however, they must be under adult supervision at all times. Children 5 years & older are welcome to participate in the service. Ring bearer may carry fake rings on pillow. Flower girl may drop large SILK petals only. Petals must be picked up immediately after the ceremony ends. Due to time restrictions, all guests (including Mothers) enter the chapel & seat themselves just before the ceremony begins.
6. May we set up a guest book, throw birdseed /rice or blow bubbles at the Chapel?
Due to time & space limitations at the chapel, we suggest having guests sign the guest book at your reception. Only Bubbles are allowed (outside) at the Chapel, with One Hour & larger packages. PLEASE!-NO BIRDSEED-It makes surfaces slick & hazardous. No Silly String. Note: It is illegal to throw rice in the state of Tennessee. Violators will incur a $50 clean-up fee added to their photo package cost.
7. Is music or seating provided at Outdoor Settings?-(Waterfall/Gazebo/ or Pavilion) Do guests walk to the outdoor location?
Neither music nor seating are provided outside. ALL Guests are required to walk a short, but steep distance to the outdoor setting.
8. What other Options can our coordinator take care of for us?
Honeymoon Lodging, Sculpted or Personalized unity Candle, Silk flowers including bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres for groomsmen/Fathers, corsages for Mothers/Grandmothers; Toasting Goblets or Coffee Mugs, Cakes, Romantic Dinner for 2, Off Site receptions at prime Gatlinburg Locations, D.J. & dance floor, (Book Reception & DJ early for best availability) Honeymoon Gift Baskets, Tux Rentals, Limo Service, Family Bonds Ceremony. Call your coordinator for Pricing & Availability.
NOTE: Cut off Date for all add on options is one month before the wedding. IMPORTANT PHOTO & VIDEO INFORMATION- PLEASE READ!
9. Are our guests allowed to take photos or Video the ceremony?
The Use Of All Photographic Or Digital Image Equipment On Chapel Property Is Strictly Prohibited.
Video is permitted only during the ceremony for outside weddings. After the ceremony, our photographer will take photos with immediate family, parents & attendants. Then, only the bride & groom remain on chapel property for their private photo session with our professional photographer. This ensures the highest quality photos for lasting enjoyment. Package photos (The first roll shot) are taken only wherever your wedding is held. (chapel or outdoor setting). Weather & time permitting, additional photos may be taken at other property locations (waterfall, arbor, garden) & may be available for purchase when picking up package photos.
NOTE: The chapel is not responsible for any video, CD, DVD, or photo processing equipment malfunction.
10. When will our package photos or proofs be ready?
Photos will be ready 1-2 business days after your wedding. Our Photographer will schedule an appointment for you to pick up your package photos. Extra photos, photo CD’s, copyright release & negatives, may be available for you to purchase as a package at this appointment.
11. What if we are not going to be in town to pick up our photos?
If you are not going to be in town to pick up your photos, we will select the number of photos promised with your package & mail them to you. Photos will be mailed out within 4 weeks of your wedding date. Verify your address with our coordinator if we will be mailing your photos.
NOTE: If your package includes stretch canvas prints , 8x10 or 11x14 enlargements, you select the poses you want for these enlargements. Allow 8-12 weeks from the time we receive your order for enlargements or canvas prints to be processed & mailed toyou.
If have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our coordinators at 1-877-430-3338.