There’s just something magically romantic about a South Lake Tahoe honeymoon experience. Breathing clean mountain air, taking in the starry skies and golden sunsets, and dreaming about the future together by the firelight… what could be a better backdrop for building closeness than that?
So, it’s no surprise that South Lake has been a favorite among newlyweds for decades, and here are the top five romantic reasons why.
#1 The Lake
It’s the jewel of the region—a big blue beauty that draws everyone in. After all, the lake is the reason why anyone is here at all. And South Tahoe offers so many opportunities to simply sit and enjoy that beckoning beauty. For example, at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, honeymooning sweethearts can spend evenings enjoying panoramic views of the lake from a large deck off a private suite. Add two glasses of champagne, and the romance abounds. (more…)
It just doesn’t get any more romantic than a winter wedding in the snow. Cozy firelight, hot toddies, and a natural backdrop of white that makes for endless color possibilities make this chilly season a delightful setting for the sweetest, most intimate of ceremonies.
After another fun and exciting summer season in Tahoe South, we find ourselves basking in the warm sun outdoors, feeling refreshed by the cooler, crisper air. And we begin to enjoy a bit of the calm that the fall season brings to Tahoe. The aspen leaves in the Tahoe Basin begin changing colors, adding a striking golden contrast to the blue hue of Lake Tahoe and dark green pines that dot the Sierra Mountains. It’s a majestic backdrop for a beautiful fall wedding in Tahoe. Here are a few of our favorite spots in Tahoe for a fall wedding.
Sporting an engagement ring with something other than a diamond at its center? Looking for wedding attire that will show off your tattoos or compliment the bold color of your hair? Thinking you’d like to rock an edgy wedding theme with, maybe, black lace, costumes or top hats and sequins? We’ve got the Tahoe South wedding venue for you. Here are four solid reasons to hold your offbeat wedding at Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe.
Party All Weekend at Hard Rock Cafe
Located inside Harveys Resort and Casino and within walking distance of the heart of Tahoe South, Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe is perfectly situated in the middle of all things fun — from live music to shopping to golfing to skiing, and of course, cards and slots. The atmosphere in the Cafe is a combination of chill and excitement, which also makes it an awesome venue for your bachelor and bachelorette parties, as well as your rehearsal dinner. Effortlessly carry your offbeat wedding theme throughout. And having all of your wedding activities in the same venue eliminates stress for out-of-town guests. Everyone can find a room nearby, so they can indulge in some delicious adult beverages without worrying about making it back to another hotel.
An Offbeat Wedding with a Star-Studded Guest List
Not many people can say they took a photo with Elvis at their wedding. Okay, maybe it’s just his trademark scarf and bell-bottoms. Either way, your wedding guests will have fun taking selfies with rock n’ roll memorabilia, like only Hard Rock Cafe can do. And if you secretly love buzzwords like “rustic” or “lodge-inspired,” but the only way you’ll consider making them a part of your offbeat wedding theme is if you can pull it off in an authentic way, then Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe is just what you’re looking for.
Dig In to Everyone’s Favorite Classic Cuisine
There’s a time and place for über fancy food, but that place may not be at your offbeat wedding. If you feel nothing hits the spot like classic, all-American cuisine done just right, then Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe food is exactly what you want your wedding guests noshing on. Scrumptious apps, mouthwatering burgers, sammies, fresh salads, even smokehouse delicacies like ribs, pulled pork and roasted chicken can all be on your menu.
Weather is No Match for Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe
Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe is a great choice no matter what time of year you are planning your offbeat wedding. If a winter wonderland wedding is what you’ve been dreaming of, you’ll be delighted to know that the Cafe is just five short minutes from Heavenly Ski Resort and other popular winter activities. If the warmer seasons are more suitable for your offbeat wedding theme, pack your flip-flops because Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe is also only 1000 yards from beautiful, picturesque Lake Tahoe.
Lake Tahoe Destination Weddings are Beautiful Any Time of Year
Tahoe South is nationally recognized for its iconic scenic beauty and year-round outdoor recreation, as well as its appeal as a memorable and affordable place to host destination weddings. USA Today named Lake Tahoe among “eight prime locations for a destination wedding on a budget” (Aug. 2015) and Destination Weddings and Honeymoons listed Lake Tahoe No. 13 for the “Best Wedding Venues in California” (March 2015).
These esteemed designations are probably due to the fact that, in Tahoe South, couples can choose from an array of lakefront, mountain side, boutique, and intimate venues for their destination wedding to accommodate the gamut of budgets. And Lake Tahoe offers wedding guests tons of amenities, accommodations, dining and attractions (that all happen to be a part of a $500 million revitalization in South Lake Tahoe), which make it ideal for destination weddings. While there are many venue options for your wedding day, seven properties in particular said “I do” to major renovations, which alone account for $140 million in improvements. Here’s a run-down of what’s new and what’s coming in Tahoe South:
Brand-New Ballroom at Edgewood Tahoe
Ceremonies at Edgewood Tahoe range from expansive to purely personal and can take place on the lakefront deck, or in the North or South rooms in the existing clubhouse. And scheduled to open in June 2017 is the $100 million Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe with its 3,000-square-foot ballroom. Each space can accommodate 100 to 250 guests and is inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding lake, mountains and golf course. Winter weddings offer couples complimentary house wine, champagne and draft beer.
Romantic Lakeview Rooftop Ceremony at The Landing
Landing Resort & Spa is a full-service resort and spa with comprehensive wedding facilities. With $20 million in property investments, the resort includes the Grand Rooftop Terrace and the Lakeview Ballroom, both with exceptional views of Lake Tahoe for the most majestic of destination weddings.
Shoreline Wedding or Airy Ballroom Bash at Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe
Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe offers three options for wedding ceremonies and receptions, having invested $8 million in the property in recent years. The Lakeview Ballroom in the new conference center accommodates large, formal affairs in any season seating up to 250 guests. The event space features large glass doors that bring light into the room and open onto an expansive outdoor deck. In warmer months, lakefront receptions are steps from the resort’s beach. The Boathouse on the Pier, perched above the lake, hosts intimate wedding parties, brunches and showers.
Mountain View or Lake View — Your Choice at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel has dedicated $8 million in renovations and upgrades to all 400 two-room suites, lobby and event space. The nine-story all-suite hotel is the largest only full-service hotel in South Shore, making it perfect for hosting destination weddings. The property provides two new outdoor ceremony locations, the Pool Deck Patio overlooking Heavenly Mountain and the Balcony Suite Deck with a lake view. New additions to the wedding venues include ceiling enhancements, carpeting, 800 banquet and chavari chairs, linens, sound system, wallpaper, lighting, portable bars and dance floor.
Say I Do at One of the Top 20 Mountain Wedding Venues — The Ridge Tahoe
The Ridge Tahoe recently invested $3 million to expand wedding and conference capabilities in the renovated 3,700 square-foot Castle Rock Event Space to complement the resort’s 300 guestrooms, amenities, on-site recreation, dining and spa services. Wedding Wire Magazine recognized the Ridge Tahoe among the “top 20 mountain wedding venues in the country” (December 2015). Situated at 7,600 feet, overlooking the Carson Valley, the resort hosts an average of 120 weddings and events throughout the year — a popular choice for destination weddings. The Ridge Tahoe provides wedding packages that include accommodations, custom menus, an array of dessert concepts, floral arrangements, photography, music, hair/makeup and on-site spa treatments.
Say Your Vows Aboard a Lake Tahoe Vessel
Zephyr Cove Resort has many options for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Lake Tahoe Cruises operates two vessels year-round, the Tahoe Paradise and M.S. Dixie II accommodating up to 25 and 300 guests respectively. The resort brings the lake into the ceremony with beach venues for warmer spring or summer months; and in winter the Zephyr Cove Restaurant transforms into a cozy, intimate venue for ceremonies and receptions.
Where Alpine Meets Elvis at Hard Rock Cafe
Located in Harveys Resort and Casino, Hard Rock Café boasts a full-service planning facility with a rock ’n’ roll and alpine ski lodge atmosphere. This venue displays memorabilia from iconic musicians and accommodates ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, wedding brunch, and bachelor/bachelorette parties.