Fewer couples tie the knot in Gatlinburg

January 27, 2008

Gatlinburg, which once billed itself as “the wedding capital of the South,” has seen a precipitous drop in the number of weddings held in that charming resort town. According to an AP story , “Last year there were 14,896 weddings in Sevier County, down from 21,136 in 2000.”


Local officials quoted in the story trot out lame excuses, such as the fact that somehow Georgia has made it easier to get married–with drive-through wedding chapels, perhaps?–and the price of gasoline.  They ignore the most obvious reason of all:  Gatlinburg has become a hideous place in which to spend any time, much less a honeymoon.