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Hiwassee River Weddings and Events started as a simple idea…

In early 2015, Bill Collins decided to leave nearly 30 years in sales to pursue his dream of creating a wedding venue out of the family’s 19 acre beautiful riverside property. Bill, along with the support of his wife Janet and daughter Kellie, immediately starting working on making their dream a reality.

For the Collins family this idea has now transformed into a long-awaited reality!

Bill spent nearly a year cutting down trees on the property, cutting logs to size on his sawmill, and preparing the wood for the building process. After much hard work, determination, planning, and pouring their lives into the business, the Collins family is so excited to finally see Hiwassee River Weddings and Events come to fruition. We can’t wait to see many couples have the biggest day of their lives at our property for many years to come.


Happy customers.


Where do I even begin? Hiwassee River Weddings made my dream wedding become a reality. Bill and his staff were there for me every step of the way! This venue provides the best customer service to ensure your day is perfect. Look no further… pick Hiwassee River Weddings to get the most gorgeous venue and the best staff to help make your wedding dreams come true too!

May 2017


Bill and his crew are the best people you could ever ask to work with and they made my wedding so much more special than I ever imagined. The venue is absolutely beautiful and the staff goes above and beyond to make your wedding perfect. You definitely want to get married here!”

May 2017


Made getting married so easy… the staff is amazing and Bill goes out of his way to make your day special. This place is gorgeous and I highly recommend this venue for anyone looking for a magical wedding experience.

June 2017

Mission Statement



Hiwassee River Weddings and Events is a family-owned and privately held property that adheres strictly to a Biblical tradition and view of the sanctity of marriage as a holy estate consecrated by God and defined as the union of a man and a woman in holy matrimony. We hold this immutable truth of scripture to be central to our tenets and religious beliefs. For us to offer our property or services in a manner inconsistent with this core value would unquestionably violate our sincerely held religious beliefs  Hiwassee River Weddings and Events guidelines and policies reflect our family’s traditions and beliefs in our faith-based enterprise. Hiwassee River Weddings and Events recognizes and honors that the covenant of marriage shall be between a man and a woman, as ordained by God and the great state of Tennessee and protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. 42 U.S.C.A. § 2000bb. Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2751, 2767, 189 L. Ed. 2d 675 (2014).