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Willow Ridge Special Event Center

Willow Ridge Special Event Center in Townsend

What is more beautiful than a bride and groom standing together beneath a weeping willow tree alongside a reflective pond? Add majestic views of the Great Smoky Mountains into the background, and you have one of the loveliest wedding venues in the area. Willow Ridge Special Event Center is located at the foothills of the Smokies, very close to the Townsend entry. With amazing photo ops and a gorgeous indoor reception area, you and your guests will find everything you need to make your wedding perfect.

The Venue

Willow Ridge Special Event Center offers acres of natural mountain beauty to the wedding party and guests. When you rent it for your big day, you get exclusive access to the entire venue, including the grounds, gardens, and buildings. This is a big deal because some venues host multiple weddings on the same day. Your wedding is the center of attention at Willow Ridge Special Event Center. This also means you should plan early to ensure your date is available. 

The Willow Pond

A beautiful setting beside our pond and lush willow tree.

The Ridge

Perhaps the most photographic area on the property is Willow Ridge itself. This picture-perfect setting includes a peaceful pond, a weeping willow tree, cattails, and natural beauty in every direction. As your wedding photographer, I can assure you that your wedding photos at Willow Ridge Special Event Center will be as romantic and pretty as the looks in your eyes. 

The Lodge

Logan’s Lodge is your go-to area for getting ready. It has a spacious dressing area for the entire bridal party, with dressing tables, mirrors, lights, and comfortable sitting places. Calm your pre-wedding nerves as you prepare in this convenient and luxurious space. A private bridal suite gives the bride time to anticipate the coming event.

The Manor

After your amazing outdoor wedding, invite everyone to The Manor for a fun and beautiful wedding reception. This facility includes a large room with an open-rafter ceiling, plenty of room for tables and a dance floor, and large windows to let in the mountain sunshine. Decorate The Manor to suit your personal tastes.

Willow Ridge Special Event Center

Amenity Details

Willow Ridge Special Event Center has enough tables and chairs to seat about 200 guests in The Manor. Plus, you get catering tables, a cake table, a sign-in table, and a gift table. Willow Ridge Special Event Center does not provide its own catering, but they have suggestions for excellent caterers in the area. The caterer’s kitchen in The Manor is only for staging, cooling, and warming. Cooking is not allowed on the premises. If you plan to serve alcohol at your reception, this venue requires you to hire a licensed and insured bartending service for liability purposes.

The wedding party will use the private bridal suite, the groom’s room, and the bridesmaid suite in The Lodge. 

There is a paved parking area for up to 40 cars, and half of those spots are elderly-friendly. Additional parking (up to 80 more cars) is available on a grass parking lot.

There are indoor bathroom facilities for all your guests.

Willow Ridge Special Event Center employees are on hand to keep your event running smoothly and to solve any facility issues that might pop up. The organizers are very friendly; you can count on them to smooth out any wrinkles in your wedding planning.

Willow Ridge Special Event Center

Simple Pricing

Willow Ridge Special Event Center makes it easy to understand your wedding day costs. They divide the pricing into three seasons: peak season, on-season, and off-season.

During these seasons, pricing varies between $5150 and $6450, depending on the day of the week (Fri-Sun). If you want an affordable option, weddings are $4750 Monday through Thursday.

Additional fees include a refundable damage deposit and a cleaning and set-up charge. Feel free to contact Willow Ridge Special Event Center to learn more about their services and pricing.

Willow Ridge Special Event Venue in Townsend

Why Choose Erin Morrison Photography for Your Big Day?

As your professional wedding photographer, I will devote my time to capturing every aspect of your wedding day. I specialize in capturing your emotions and those of your loved ones, from the radiant smiles during the ceremony to the poignant slow dances at the reception. Like a documentary, my photos are designed to tell your mountain wedding story. I love capturing candid moments throughout the day, making use of the natural light that is available. Please look at my portfolio and see if my style complements your tastes.

I adore going to Willow Ridge Special Event Center because of its astounding natural beauty. No matter what season it is, this venue always looks picturesque. Outside are the wide expanses, the cattail-surrounded pond, the weeping willow, and the mountains. All the facilities echo the mountain atmosphere to a tee, making Willow Ridge the perfect venue for your quaint Smoky Mountains wedding.

I am not a stranger to the Smokies. In fact, I am one of the few licensed photographers permitted to photograph in the Great Smoky Mountains. I have spent years studying this mountain area’s subtle and majestic beauties. You can be confident that I’ll also incorporate mountain views into your wedding day photos.

Contact Me

Are you planning a wedding at Willow Ridge Special Event Center? How about another wedding Townsend wedding venue, such as The Barn Event Center of the Smokies?

No matter the venue, I would be honored to be your wedding photographer. Let’s talk together about your wedding plans! I can give you plenty of helpful tips to make your planning go smoothly. I’ve photographed over 200 weddings, giving me the experience necessary to handle your wedding day with professional ease. Thank you for considering my services!


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Knoxville, Tennessee



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