Our Wedding Chapel began as an Episcopal Methodist Church in 1845. During the Civil War in the winter of 1863 it was destroyed by fire as Major General Sherman of the Union Army in the battle of Ringgold Gap as he marched towards Atlanta. In 1925, the U.S. Government paid a meager $600 that went toward rebuilding the church. They moved to a larger facility in 1972.
From 1972 until 1986, the building was used for storage. In 1986, Helen Boyd opened the wedding chapel in the old church building and joined many couples in marriage. Teresa James purchased the business in 2008. Since then, the Chapel has served not only the Southeast, but happy couples from all over the world. The Ringgold Wedding Chapel has been under new ownership and management since 2017, and they are excited about taking the chapel to the next level!
There are several famous people who have tied the knot here in the little town of Ringgold, Georgia. In 1966 Country Music Hall of Famer, Dolly Parton married Carl Dean. In 1969 Country Music Hall of Famer, Jimmie Davis, (wrote “You Are My Sunshine”) married Anna Carter Gordon of the world famous Chuck Wagon Gang, and was an inductee of the Gospel and Southern Gospel Hall of Fame. Country Hall of Famers, George Jones and Tammy Wynette tied the knot in 1969. Ricky Townsend of New York Giants was married at the chapel on Christmas Eve. Bob Harvey, from the rock and roll group, Jefferson Airplane, chose Valentine’s Day.
Ringgold is not just the wedding capital of the South, it is the wedding capital of the world! Couples from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East regularly visit the Ringgold Wedding Chapel in order to get married and begin their new lives together. Wherever you are from around the world, we are here to help make your wedding enjoyable as well as unforgettable.
We continue the tradition of former owner Helen Boyd who said, “I think people deserve a nice wedding, and a good start. We serve those who do not have the money to afford an extremely nice wedding”. Boyd said the strength of her product was old-fashioned weddings at an old-fashioned price.
The Ringgold Wedding Chapel was nominated for the Chattanooga Times Free Press: Best of the Best in Wedding Venue in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and first runner up for 2016.