JOIN THE SMWA

TO JOIN THE SMWA - Please click here for the membership form. Print yourself a copy and fill out the form. Mail in the form together with your dues to SMWA, PO Box 1621, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. The membership categories are explained below.

Welcome to the Members Page of the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association. We are a non-profit organization which promotes the interest of the wedding industry in Sevier County and the Smoky Mountain area. Known as the Wedding Capital of the South, we offer a wide selection of wedding services for bridal couples and their guests.

On this page, you will find out how becoming a member of SMWA can benefit your business and the area's wedding industry. You'll also find (1) a list of current board members and their contact information, (2) a membership form if you’d like to join our association, (3) or a renewal form for members wanting to renew their membership, (4) a meetings calendar, (5) a copy of SMWA's Bylaws, (6) SMWA's Mission Statement, (7) a list of Member Benefits, (8) a copy of SMWA's logo that you can download and add to your website, and (9) a description of SMWA's membership categories. For a list of vendors who sell to the wedding businesses, and for the contact list of SMWA members by membership category, they are found in the Members Only section.

How Can the SMWA Help My 
Wedding Business?

  • Listing on SMWA Website with Photos
  • Government & Businesses to Promote Weddings
  • Generate Wedding Leads for More Business
  • Create Advertising Opportunities
  • Networking - To Help Each Other Out
  • Information - Stats, Workshops, Trends

How Can the SMWA Help the 
Wedding Industry?

  • Speak Up For the Wedding Industry
  • Educate Businesses & Government
  • Unified Voice for Wedding Industry
  • Lobby for Greater Marketing Share
  • Representation on Local Boards/Committees
  • Have Partners to Help on Issues

How Can the SMWA Do For The 
Tourism Community?

  • Promote Area to Couples & Guest
  • Provide Access to Our Wedding Groups
  • Develop specials for Couples and Guest
  • Direct Market/Communicate to Us as a Group
  • Participate in Community Promotions
  • Representation on Local Boards/Committees

OUR NEXT MEMBERS MEETINGS

March 21, 2017 Meeting at Courtyard by Marriott, Gatlinburg 5:30-7:30pm Rsvp  email Ellen 
Prepay on Eventbright HERE

April 5, 2017 Hospitality Trade Show,; Application here: http://seviervillelodgingassociation.com/pdf/2017%20Trade%20Show%20Application%20Packet.pdf

April 18 After-Hours , 2017 TBD 5:30pm-7:30pm Rsvp  email Ellen

May 16, 2017 Barn Event Center of the Smokies 5:30pm-7:30pm Rsvp  email Ellen

June 13, 2017 After-Hours TBD 5:30pm-7:30pm Rsvp  email Ellen

July 18, 2017 TBD 5:30pm-7:30pm Rsvp  email Ellen

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SMWA MISSION STATEMENT
The purpose of the Alliance is to represent the common interest of our members in the wedding industry of the Smoky Mountain area in an ethical and professional manner.
1. To foster a cooperative relationship and ethical spirit among the wedding industry members within the Smoky Mountain area.
2. To promote and generally advance the interests of the Smoky Mountain area wedding industry to local, city, and state governments, as well as to the general tourism business community.
3. To promote and generally advance the Smoky Mountains as a wedding destination through marketing and public relations endeavors.
4. To accumulate and process information relating to the wedding industry and to share such information with the membership.
5. To supply a united voice to encourage policies and legislation supportive of the wedding industry at all levels of government.
6. To promote good policy and sound business principles.
7. To engage in any other activity consistent with the laws of the United States, the state of Tennessee, the county of Sevier, and the Bylaws of the Corporation.

SMWA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SMWA President -2-yr term through 2017
Ron Crivellone
Business: Smokey Mountain Sounds
Phone: 865-712-1854
Email: ron@smwba.com

SMWA Vice President -2-yr term through 2018
Bob Clarke
Business: Imagine This Photography 
Phone: 865-293-9087 
Email: bob@smwba.com

SMWA Treasurer -2-yr term through 2017
Jeff Williams
Business: Fantasy Bridal
Phone: 1-800-295-5602
Email: info@fantasybridal.com

SMWA Secretary -2-yr term through 2018
Olga Wierbicki
Business: Stellar Wedding Services
Phone: 1-800-627-5813
Email: Olga@stellarwedding.com

 

Member-at-Large - 2-yr term through 2017
Ami Johns
Business: Shular Hospitality  
Phone: (865) 908-0660
Email: Ami.johns@shular.com

Member-at-Large - 2-yr term through 2017 
Jody Secaur
Business: Personalized Etching
Phone:  865-661-5639
Email: Jody

Member-at-Large - 2-yr term through 2016
Alicia White
Business: Smokey Mountain Wedding and Event Barn
Phone: (865) 365-8697
Email: barnweddings@yahoo.com

Member-at-Large - 2-yr term through 2016
Dale Workman
Business: Pastor Dale Wedding Services
Phone: 765-716-1349
Email: Dale

SMWA Allied Representative - 1-yr term through 2017
Sherri Mayeux
Phone: 865-356-8890
Email: Sherri

Administrative Assistant
Ellen Crivellone
Phone: (865) 934-7437
Ellen@smwba.com

Benefits of Membership:

1. One free listing on the SMWA Website, 2nd listing available for $50
2. Able to participate in co-op advertising opportunities
3. Receive leads generated by SMWA advertising
4. Invited to attend SMWA bi-monthly meeting Members: $15/person for an RSVP and $20 at the door Future Members: $20/person
5. Booth eligibility at Annual Wedding Trade Show
6. Receive emails with information important for wedding professionals
7. Able to vote for board members and on specific issues
8. Networking opportunities with other members of wedding community
9. Serve on committees and other Association activities
10. Benefit from lobbying on behalf of wedding community as a whole
11. New Members welcomed on Facebook and at Meetings
12. Access to Members Section for Business Specials
13. SMWA displays member information at SMWA booth at trade shows
14. Tiered Membership:

Categories 1-3: WEDDING MEMBERS: $150 Dues, Full Voting Rights One web listing with rotation to the top of page Listing on either Wedding Page or Service Page

Category 4: ALLY (VACATION) MEMBERS: $150 Dues, Full Voting Rights One web listing with rotation to the top of page Listing on either Wedding Page or Service Page

Category 5: FRIEND OUTSIDE OF SEVIER COUNTY: $150 Dues No vote or representation on board Link to additional information on weddings, services, area information Not included in rotation to the top on webpage.

SMOKY MOUNTAIN WEDDING ASSOCIATION
Categories of Membership

Membership Categories. The Associationshall have five categories of membership. All members must possess a current business license, be approved by the Board of Directors, and pay the membership dues of the Association. Categories 1, 2, 3, and 4 must all possess a current Sevier County business license. Ordained Ministers shall be exempt from possession of a current business license.

CATEGORY 1: WEDDING PROVIDER - owns or operates a wedding chapel, provides wedding services that include the services of a minister, or is a licensed minister active in the wedding industry. Weddings are their primary business and their services are for the general public.

CATEGORY 2: WEDDING ASSOCIATE - conducts those services that directly contribute to the successful performance of a wedding, such as, but not limited to, photographer, videographer, florist, baker, caterer, beauty salon, formal wear, planner, or venue provider.

CATEGORY 3: WEDDING PARTNER - owns or operates a wedding chapel or provides packages with ministerial services as an amenity for their own guests only, OR their wedding business is a secondary activity to their primary business.

CATEGORY 4: WEDDING ALLY - owns or operates a business or service that enhances a couple's destination wedding in the Smokies, such as, but not limited to, lodging, restaurant, attraction, theater, or retail. This category also includes member-to-member services.

CATEGORY 5: WEDDING FRIEND - owns or operates a wedding-related business that is based outside of Sevier County and also does business within Sevier County. This category also includes wedding businesses throught the foothills of the Smokies, including Bounty County, Cocke County, and Jefferson County. Friends who are supportive of the wedding industry, e.g. educator, student, or government official, but not a wedding business themselves are also included as a Category 5 Member.

Voting Rights. Members of Category 1, 2, 3, and 4 shall have full voting rights. Category 5 Members shall have no voting rights.

Dues. $150.00 - Dues shall be paid annually based on Category of Membership.

Smoky Mountain Wedding Association Membership Renewal Policy

1. The annual membership dues are for the fiscal year, January - December.
2. SMWA does not pro-rate its membership dues for a partial year’s membership.
3. However, if a business joins in July or later, then their membership is good for the rest of that year and for all of the following year.
4. Membership renewal notices will go out in November.
5. Membership renewal fees are due by December 31.
6. If membership renewals are paid late, the following will apply: - if not paid by January meeting, that business cannot vote in January board election. - if not paid by the end of January, that business will no longer receive leads. - if not paid by the end of February, that business will be removed from website.
7. Members are welcome to renew at any time during the year. However, they will not qualify for the July option (see Item #2 above) unless they have not been a member for at least one calendar year.

NOTE: All membership applications are reviewed and approved by the SMWA board. Renewals are automatic except at the discretion of the SMWA board.