Weddings

Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro

Townsend, TN View map Visit website
Rating 4.9 out of 5
   17 reviews
$18k - $23k For 100 Guests

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$18k - $23k For 100 Guests

Host Your Special Day at our Beautiful Smoky Mountain Wedding Venue in Townsend TN

Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro welcome you to explore our rustic, spacious estate here in the heart of the idyllic Great Smoky Mountains. Our spaces can be arranged to accommodate a variety of seating and service options to personalize your event, whether you're planning a small, intimate elopement or a grand event.

Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro is a rustic luxe wedding destination located in Townsend, Tennessee that offers a truly unique wedding experience. The venue has been hosting weddings since 1996 for couples throughout the local area, including Knoxville, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge. It is a two hour drive from Chattanooga and features scenic views of the Great Smoky Mountain and nearby adventures for an unforgettable wedding weekend getaway.

Visit our website https://dancingbearlodge.com/smoky-mountain-wedding-venue-in-townsend-tn

Facilities and Capacity
Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro has four event spaces and can accommodate up to 150 guests. It can host wedding-related events such as ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, elopements, engagement parties, and rehearsal dinners. Couples and their guests can enjoy their facilities like the grand hall area, the patio, the vistas, and the rustic cabins.

Services Offered
Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro offers all-inclusive packages that couples can choose from according to their needs and budget. The venue's services include:

  • Accommodations
  • Bridal suite
  • Event planning
  • Day of wedding coordinator
  • In-house catering
  • Mobile Food Truck & Catering
  • In-house bar
  • Pet friendly
  • Set up
  • Outside vendors allowed
  • Cake
  • Clean up

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$6,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$4,500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$4,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$3,500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$10

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

Describe your venue:

Barn
Hotel
Restaurant

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Outside Alcohol
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Aisle Markers
Centerpieces
Chair Covers
Decor

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

May
September
October
November

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
June
July
August
December

17 Reviews

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Recommended by 98% of couples
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    Kim H. Married on 07/12/2020
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    Highly recommend this venue!

    After moving my daughters wedding 3 times due to Covid and having to change venues from NC to TN due to NC governor we were so fortunate to find Dancing Bear Lodge and Bistro. They really did everything to work with us knowing what we had gone through and having lost part of our budget to NC deposits. Lara was our coordinator who was so efficient and worked so hard the day of the wedding helping me decorate and waited hand and foot on the bride and groom and made sure everything pulled off without a hitch. The food was out of this world and a far cry above most wedding menu’s. We booked the whole place: gazebo, pavilion, event center and restaurant and we can’t say enough on how the excellent staff there provided my daughter the wedding of her dreams. Highly recommend this wedding venue!
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    Heather K. Married on 05/09/2020
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    First class

    We were so fortunate to book Dancing Bear, after replanning our wedding three times and moving it from NC to TN due to Covid restrictions. We booked with DB 40 days out for our wedding. I genuinely cannot imagine our day turning out any more perfect and wouldn’t have changed one thing. I truly thank God for this blessing. Dancing Bear was so accommodating to the plans we already had in place and needed to fit in, and were so helpful in picking up the reins and making a plan come to life quickly. We were so burned out on wedding planning at this point. Lara and Dancing Bear were such a Godsend. We cannot say enough great things about Lara. She was experienced, professional, great communicator, and ultimately wanted me (the bride) to be happy. She bent over backwards to make our day special! So many of our guests say this was the best wedding they had ever been to! and several commented on how things just seemed to flow perfectly. The various spaces made it possible to socially distance, and DB was great about following all the necessary guidelines. Even in a time like this - you can have it all on your special day! Thanks to this wonderful venue. They provided an all inclusive feel, but allowed me and my mom to take over as much as we wanted. The food - wow! Guests said (and we agreee) this is the best food they will ever eat at a wedding. We can’t wait to come back and celebrate our anniversaries at the Bistro. We loved how Chef wanted to get to know us and our preferences. The night of our wedding, one guest told the servers she was vegetarian and they whipped her up a vegetarian option! She felt so taken care of! Another guest couldn’t eat our options for allergy reasons, and requested a steak. To everyone’s amazement, they brought him one no questions asked! Who does that?! This place is first class, and will do anything to make sure the couple and their guests have nothing short of the best experience. We will always recommend Dancing Bear!
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    Kelcey Married on 07/29/2019
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    Dancing Bear was perfect!

    Dancing Bear went above and beyond for us each step of the way! They were always willing to meet and answer any questions we had. The venue was perfect for our wedding with 30 guests. The food, including wedding cake, was beyond amazing! We, as well as many of our guests, stayed at the cabins on the property and had wonderful experiences! The main reason I like Dancing Bear was how easy they made planning. They had great recommendations for other vendors, such as photographer and flowers, and offered great ideas for how things for look for both the ceremony and reception. I highly recommend this Dancing Bear for anyone wanting to get married on the "Peaceful Side of the Smokies!"

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Professional Network & Endorsements

3 Endorsements
Melissa Timm Designs Melissa Timm Designs Wedding Florists

Dancing Bear Lodge is a beautiful event venue with great amenities. I have a floral designs business and have done several weddings her. The brides receive great service. The food is amazing like nothing else in the area!

Envision Photography by April Booher Envision Photography by April Booher Wedding Photographers

I photographed a beautiful wedding at Dancing Bear Lodge in the Fall and it was spectacular. The staff was amazing and super helpful, definitely recommend!

Art of Cakes Art of Cakes Wedding Cakes

Dancing Bear Lodge & Appalachian Bistro is one of our favorite venues to deliver cakes to! Their hospitality is bar none. Christi is so friendly and easy to work with. They have one of the most beautiful locations in East Tennessee and great food! We love working with Dancing Bear!

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7140 East Lamar Alexander Parkway Townsend, TN, 37882
8003690111
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