General Resources

The following information regarding WNC area rules and regulations for weddings has been gathered together for your convenience and will be updated consistently.

 
 

National Park Service Areas

 

The Blue Ridge Parkway

 

The Great Smokey Mountains National Park

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The Blue Ridge Parkway has very clear regulations for weddings located along it’s popular scenic route.
Their website lists everything in detail and they are very communicative so feel free to reach out to them with more questions if you have any!


Permit Required for Couple - Yes
Permit Total Cost - $100
Guest Maximum - 25 people
Permit Required for vendors - No
Drone Usage Allowed - Not without a special use permit
Live Florals/Plants allowed - No
Locations - Only designated locations allowed

 

Extra Information:

  • Black Balsam Knob isn’t on Blue Ridge Parkway Land - it is a part of Pisgah National Forest and therefore falls under National Forest Service Rules and regulations

  • Craggy Garden Pinnacle is not a permitted location for wedding ceremonies due to sensitive habitat.
    If you do go there for other types of photos, please do not go out of the rock perimeter to get a “cool rock shot”. It damages very rare plant life.

  • The Parkway does not currently give out permits for the month of October, so be prepared when booking couples with this knowledge!

 
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The Great Smokies is very organized when it comes to weddings within it’s boundaries. I suggest reading through all of the provided forms on their website to make sure you have a full understanding of what having a wedding in the Park requires.

Permit Required for Couple - Yes
Permit Total Cost - $50-150
Guest Maximum - 20 guests and 6 cars unless otherwise noted
Permit Required for vendors - Yes (but only for some vendors) - Commercial Use Authorization
Drone Usage Allowed - No
Live Florals/Plants allowed - Yes
Locations - Only designated locations allowed

 

Extra Information:

 

National Forest Service Areas

 

Pisgah National Forest

 

Nantahala National Forest

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The regulations for weddings on National Forest Land isn’t very clear, unfortunately. Even after consistent communication to try and get answers with the local NFS office I was unable to receive direct information. It seems from my communication with the NFS Asheville office, they want people to contact them directly for any extra information, but according to the main website there are few regulations on weddings/elopements in National Forest Land currently.
Due to this, I encourage everyone to follow very respectful practices in this area until we know more. Encourage your couples to keep things small, celebrate during non-peak times, and at less popular locations if possible.

Permit Required for Couple - Not for less than 75 people
Permit Cost - $0
Guest Maximum - 75 people
Permit Required for vendors - No
Drone Usage Allowed - Frowned upon, but no regulations currently
Live Florals/Plants allowed - Yes (no regulations currently listed)
Locations - No designated locations required

 
 
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Nantahala and Pisgah have the same informational website since they are both under the maintenance of the National Forest Service.

For more detailed information you must contact the local authority for that area, which is listed on their website (link below).



Permit Required for Couple - Not for less than 75 people
Permit Cost - $0
Guest Maximum - 75 people
Permit Required for vendors - No
Drone Usage Allowed - Frowned upon, but no regulations currently
Live Florals/Plants allowed - Yes (No regulations currently listed)
Locations - No designated locations required

 

Extra Information:

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Make sure you keep things respectfully short and don’t set up props for longer than the ceremony length.

-You cannot leave props up on the mountaintop to “reserve” a spot for a proposal or anything like that

- Realize that a lot of people go to the woods to be in the woods and not be around a lot of people. Do your best to respect that.

 

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