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Winter Destination Wedding: Why Have Yours in Lake Tahoe?

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A gorgeous winter destination wedding at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Dow Photography)

Thinking of a winter destination wedding? The Huffington Post published an article containing a list of must-dos for couples’ destination weddings, one of which advised, “Make sure you spend time with all of your guests during the wedding weekend.” You’re the reason all these people are here. Now, what do you do with them? (more…)

5 Reasons a South Lake Tahoe Honeymoon is the Most Romantic

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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

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Lake Tahoe truly is one of the most romantic places on earth. Photo courtesy of Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel.

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…)

7 Places to Have the Perfect Winter Wedding

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Winter weddings are all about romance and fun. Photo Credit: The Ridge Resorts

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.

But there is one trick to it… (more…)

Best Spots for a Fall Wedding in Tahoe

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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.

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A fall wedding in Tahoe is fun whether it’s held indoors, outdoors, or a combination both. Photo Credit: Indigo Photography | Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

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Tahoe South is Prime Location for Destination Weddings

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Lake Tahoe is one of the most picturesque wedding destinations. Photo Credit: Hall Creations Photography
Lake Tahoe is one of the most picturesque locations for destination weddings. Photo Credit: Hall Creations Photography

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.

Scheduled to open June 2017, the new 3,000-square-foot ballroom at Edgewood Tahoe.
Scheduled to open June 2017, the new 3,000-square-foot ballroom at Edgewood Tahoe. Rendering Courtesy: Edgewood Tahoe

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.

Let your backdrop be Tahoe blue and majestic mountains with a ceremony on the Grand Rooftop Terrace at The Landing.
Let your backdrop be Tahoe blue and majestic mountains with a ceremony on the Grand Rooftop Terrace at The Landing. Photo Courtesy: The Landing Resort & Spa

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.

The beautiful Lake Tahoe shoreline can be the perfect place for outdoor ceremonies and destination weddings. Photo Credit: Hall Creations Photography | Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe
The beautiful Lake Tahoe shoreline can be the perfect place for outdoor ceremonies and destination weddings. Photo Credit: Hall Creations Photography | Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe

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.

An ideal mountain view setting for an outdoor wedding in Tahoe. Photo Credit: Jeff Dow Photography | Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Balcony Suite Deck
An ideal mountain view setting for an outdoor wedding in Tahoe. Photo Credit: Jeff Dow Photography | Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Balcony Suite Deck

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.

The Ridge Tahoe renovated a 3,700 square-foot Castle Rock Event Space with lots of natural light and was recognized by Wedding Wire Magazine as one of the “top 20 mountain wedding venues in the country.” Photo Credit: THS Visuals | The Ridge Tahoe
The Ridge Tahoe renovated a 3,700 square-foot Castle Rock Event Space with lots of natural light and was recognized by Wedding Wire Magazine as one of the “top 20 mountain wedding venues in the country.” Photo Credit: THS Visuals | The Ridge Tahoe

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.

Tie the knot aboard a Lake Tahoe vessel. Photo Credit: Vernon Wiley | Lake Tahoe Cruises/Zephyr Cove Resort
Tie the knot aboard a Lake Tahoe vessel. Photo Credit: Vernon Wiley | Lake Tahoe Cruises/Zephyr Cove Resort

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.

Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe offers a fun and lively atmosphere with alpine accents and musical memorabilia.
Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe offers a fun and lively atmosphere with alpine accents and musical memorabilia. Photo Courtesy: Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe

And when wedding couples come to South Lake Tahoe to tie the knot, their wedding photos may be featured on national outlets like CNN’s “13 best wedding photos from exotic destinations.”
Easily get more information on any of these exceptional Lake Tahoe wedding venues by completing the RFP form.