Hiwassee River Weddings and Events is a hand crafted timber frame wedding & event venue/chapel that sits in the middle of our own enchanted forest and directly on the crystal clear Hiwassee River at the base of the Appalachian mountains in Delano, Tennessee, halfway between Knoxville and Chattanooga. Offering three ceremony sites to include a riverfront ceremony space, a forest ceremony site (that would make Bela blush on the Twilight Series) and a beautiful interior ceremony site that is climate controlled. This very shaded and private setting provides elegant backdrops for wedding ceremonies and photos. The family-owned private venue is situated on a 19-acre peninsula that resembles a private state park and is totally forested and enclosed by mature river oaks and loblollies, picturesque mountains, shaded woods, lush trees, and the Hiwassee River.
We are also honored to be featured on JuneBug Weddings Blog as well and several other publications to include the 2020 Winter edition of The Pink Bride Magazine and The BrideLink in TN just recently. Here is the link to the JuneBug Weddings Blog:
Facilities and Capacities
Hiwassee River Weddings and Events can accommodate up to 150 guests. It offers various indoor and outdoor event spaces, including a 5,600-square-foot light and airy hand made timber-frame event center (made from trees on the property by owner himself) trimmed with custom iron work. With a climate-controlled interior, the event center features elegant vintage lighting and exposed wood beams which makes for a beautiful indoor reception and ceremony.
We are super excited to be offering lodging now in our 3,200 square foot custom log home exclusively offered by our venue and available for rental to our brides / grooms and their families. It will sleep 13 and lies at the base of Starr Mountain just 15 minutes away from our venue. We also can arrange shuttle buses for your party from any of the local hotels or cabins. Make a weed or weekend out of it for your Tennessee Dream Wedding.
Hiwassee River Weddings and Events offers a variety of spaces available all year round. The venue's services includes:
39 Reviews for Hiwassee River Weddings and Events
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Megan Q. · Married on 07/25/2020
The most beautiful day, with the most beautiful people, at the most beautiful place!
Hiwassee River Weddings and Events gave us the most picture perfect wedding day we could have imagined. The scenery there is incredible, and pictures could never do it justice. It was the first venue we visited and we ended up calling Bill on the road home to book with him because it was just perfect! The team there is even better! Bill, the owner, is truly the kindest person, and he goes above and beyond to make sure couples are getting everything they need and want. He even held up a curtain for me to hide behind to run outside so that no guests would see me as I was preparing to walk down the aisle! The wedding planner Liz also took care of everything so seamlessly that we did not even have to think about anything except seeing each other and saying "I do." In the midst of a global pandemic AND a thunderstorm on our wedding day, we felt so taken care of and safe in the hands of Hiwasseee River Weddings and their team.
You'll also have SO many options for places to take photos! The trees, river, and lighting create an amazing backdrop no matter where you are on the property. Plus, it's about 10 degrees cooler there than anywhere else due to the shade and proximity to the water! (A huge plus for a summer wedding.) It even rained on our wedding day, and everything got moved inside, and it was more beautiful than I think it would have been with our original outdoor plan. With all the madness that 2020 brought us, the team here ensured that we did not lift a finger and our day went off without a hitch! I could sing the praises of this place all day long, but just rest assured you'd be getting the kindest staff, the most efficient team, and the most beautiful setting for your big day. I'm honestly sad that it's over, and I wish I could go back and re-do it every weekend!Sent on 08/04/2020
Hiwassee River Weddings and Events's reply:Megan I am at a loss for words.....all I can say is "Lets do it again this weekend". You are the best and thanks from all my team, these kinds of words to them are what drive us. Thanks soooo much...Bill
Karen M. · Married on 07/09/2021
A Beautiful Place for a Wedding
HRW offers different ceremony locations. My daughter chose the wooded area for her ceremony but the river area was just as beautiful. And had it rained, we couldn't go wrong with the indoor location. Our guests are still commenting on how beautiful the WHOLE venue was and how good the food was. Bill was wonderful to work with. I really appreciate the kind words he wrote to my daughter as she had to reschedule her date due to the shut down from the pandemic. As the mother of the bride (and from out of town) , I highly recommend the all- inclusive Blueway Package. The Starr Mountain Lodge was the PERFECT set up for our family of eight. It was beautiful and contained high-end amenities. You won't be disappointed. It was stocked with everything that you would possibly need. I'm so glad that I had booked an extra night at the lodge. It was a chance for us to just relax and enjoy family. Thanks to HWR for making my daughter's dream wedding a reality.Sent on 10/20/2020
Hiwassee River Weddings and Events's reply:Folks like you are the reason I am in this business. I have been blessed beyond measure to have meet you all. Double blessed on top on that to have Caroline and Taylor get married at our place. Thank you so much for the kind words and business. Regards, Bill
Colby H. · Married on 07/07/2021
20/10. It was above and beyond what my wife and i could have hoped for. Covid withstanding (not the venues fault. Just the world travel retrictions)
Bill, who owns this venue, was amazing. Rescheduled twice due to covid. Was understanding all the way. On top of being a new friend his venue staff and location was above and beyond what my wife and i could have hoped forSent on 07/14/2021
The whole Hiwassee River Wedding staff has a positive impact on every bride's wedding day! They go above and beyond to make sure that everything is perfect and they are so kind. Adding on to that, their venue is just stunning! You won't regret having your wedding here.
Hiwasee River Weddings and Events is an absolutely beautiful venue in such a peaceful location. Bill is very friendly, helpful and fun to work with!
I highly recommend visiting Hiwassee River weddings! It's a gorgeous Private setting, river view, easy to get to, and numerous photo options! This venue Books up fast!