Week of Wedding Checklist for Your Gatlinburg Wedding

 Pack for Your Gatlinburg Wedding and Honeymoon

You should start packing for your wedding and honeymoon at least two weeks before you leave for Gatlinburg or sooner if you can, but take the last few days before your wedding to round up any miscellaneous stuff you plan to bring. Review your wedding and honeymoon itinerary and double-check that you have all the necessary documents and items ready to go. Here are 10 things to pack for your visit to the Smokies.

 Try on Your Dress

If you haven’t already had a final fitting with your wedding dress; this is it! Make sure you try on your dress with all accessories and shoes to make sure you have the look and fit you want for your wedding day. Try to have the person or people that will be helping you get ready on your big day, help you with your final fitting so they know how to help you and how to bustle your dress at the reception.  Once you are happy with the results, pack your dress and accessories in a way that they will be safe and ready for traveling to the Smoky Mountains.

Make Sure You Have Your Marriage License

Marriage licenses are easy to obtain in Tennessee. Couples must have a Tennessee marriage license to be married in Tennessee. Simply appear in person at any Tennessee County Clerk’s office or one of the Marriage License Centers in Sevier County. Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville are all located in Sevier County. No appointment is necessary. For more license information Click Here.

Unlike most states, there is not a minimum “waiting period” after receiving your marriage license and your wedding. You will have 30 days before the license expires. If you are not getting married in the Smoky Mountain area, make sure you know the marriage laws of the state you are getting married in.

Pack Your Day of Items

If you’re getting ready at a cabin, hotel or the venue itself, be sure to pack everything you will need for your wedding day, from the obvious items such as dress, shoes, accessories, phone to not so obvious items such as a small sewing kit in case of last minute repairs. Here is a Wedding Day Checklist that can help you and your groom remember everything you need.

Make Sure You Have the Gifts You are Giving

If you haven’t already done so, make sure you have thought about gift for your wedding party,  your fiancé, parents and future in-laws; it’s customary to give a gift to your loved ones on the big day. If you are not using a vendor for party favors for your guests and you are making something, make sure you enlist the help of your bridal party. Once you have everything gathered, make sure they are with your suitcase for the day of wedding items.

Check in with Your Vendors

If your vendors haven’t already checked in with you, either send a quick email to each vendor confirming that he or she has everything they need from you ahead of the wedding. If you haven’t already, this is also the time to consult your vendors about any last-minute details or changes, such as changes to the guest count, or back-up plans for in-climate weather. If you have hired a wedding planner or day-of coordinator, they should be handling the follow-ups with your vendors, so check in with them to make sure that everything is going smoothly and ready for your wedding celebration.

Practice Your Vows

If you are planning on having personal vows and still need to write them, do not wait until the day before. Here are some tips on writing your wedding vows. Once you are happy with what you have written, practice your vows, read them outloud to yourself, to your maid of honor, be comfortable with them. If you would like to memorize your vows, have them on a piece of paper in case the butterflies catch you off guard when it comes time to say them. You will be more comfortable and ready for the time after rehearsing them.

Keep your beauty routine simple

The week before your wedding is not the time to try unfamiliar or new beauty products or treatments. Stick to the basics and you will be fine. Treatments such as facials, teeth whitening, or lash extensions, should be completed before the week of your wedding, there is always the possibility of a bad reaction. Even spray tans have been known to cause issues. There is nothing wrong with having the manicure or pedicure one to three days before your wedding.

Finalize Any Outstanding Details

Do a run-down of your entire wedding day in your head, make sure everything has been thought of and has been taken care of. If you think of anything that hasn’t been finalized, make sure you take care of it or assign your event planner, friends or family members to help you finalize anything you don’t have time for. They will be more than happy to help!


Your big day is nearly here, and it is natural to feel like you have a lot on your plate or overwhelmed, don’t forget to relax. You’ve been busy planning the wedding for months or longer, and have earned a well-deserved break. Take a deep breath and remember that everything will be just fine. It is time to relax and let everything stressing you out go. When you are well-rested and relaxed, you will  look and feel your best. This is ultimately what you want on your wedding day, to be the best you for when you marry your love.

Written by Ellen Crivellone of Smokey Mountain Sounds- We would love to DJ for your celebration! 1-865-712-1854

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