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.
Lakeside weddings have been a growing trend over the past few years for several reasons, one of which is the sheer beauty a wedding on the shore brings to your joyous day. And lakeside weddings in Tahoe South are over-the-top beautiful. News flash: Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Not only is it surrounded by the majestic Sierra Mountains and towering, fragrant pine and cedar trees, its crystal clear, blue-green-turquoise water is second to none. So, pick a venue with a private beach (see: Edgewood Tahoe, Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe, Zephyr Cove Resort, The Landing), or a wooden pier, or a grassy lawn and start planning the lakeside wedding of your dreams. Since we host thousands of weddings in Tahoe South, we’ll give you a few of our favorite ideas to incorporate into your own lakeside wedding:
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.
First of all, the resort is located in breathtaking Zephyr Cove, so there’s that. And you can choose from beach, boat, or rustic restaurant to exchange vows and get your celebration on. But what’s even better is your guests can stay right on site in cozy cabins, a historic Tahoe lodge, or even in the RV & Campground. (Added bonus: Zephyr Cove Resort provides you with a dedicated event coordinator to help you with your wedding from start to finish — hiring a photographer, ordering flowers, selecting your wedding cake and any other wedding planning details.)
Lake Tahoe Wedding Venues: The Beach at Zephyr Cove Resort
With breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the clear, vibrant blue waters of Lake Tahoe right in front of you, it’s no wonder Zephyr Cove Resort made our list of 4 Best Beach Weddings in Tahoe South. During the late spring, summer and early fall months, Zephyr Cove Resort hosts beautiful Lake Tahoe weddings right on their beach, with lakeside wedding venues for both your ceremony and reception.
Imagine an intimate, relaxed gathering with all the special touches you expect for your wedding day. Gather up to 200 guests beneath a billowy tent draped in market lights and accented with romantic chandeliers. Dazzle your guests with an over-the-top themed buffet, like A Taste of Italy. Then add unique action stations including a taco bar, sizzling fajitas or an Indian curry sauté station for an exciting worldly array to please any palate.
Have Your Wedding on a Boat in Lake Tahoe
One of the most incredible ways to experience Lake Tahoe is from out on the lake itself. Hosting your wedding ceremony or reception on a boat is a great way to share the beauty of the surrounding area with your wedding guests. Lake Tahoe Cruises operates the MS Dixie II paddle wheeler and Tahoe Paradise yacht, two year-round options for unique Lake Tahoe wedding venues. The MS Dixie II hosts up to 300 guests, whereas the smaller, more intimate Tahoe Paradise yacht is perfect for up to 60 guests. Plus, your ceremony on board Tahoe Paradise offers a uniformed captain to preside.
There is something so peaceful and romantic about exchanging your wedding vows while floating out on the water. From an intimate gathering with closest family and friends to a larger celebration, the staff at Lake Tahoe Cruises is a unique option to make your wedding on the water memorable.
Rustic Restaurant is Open for Year-Round Tahoe Weddings
Voted “South Shore’s Best” many times over, Zephyr Cove Restaurant is a modern-meets-rustic establishment with rows of windows that frame the beautiful view, making it a perfect Lake Tahoe wedding venue for any season.
The restaurant, recently updated with new hardwood chairs and mason jar light fixtures, can accommodate smaller, more intimate wedding receptions for 75 guests or fewer. And if you’re planning a winter wedding in Tahoe, ceremonies can be held inside the cozy restaurant, with its large stone fireplace and cozy cabin-like atmosphere. (Tip: Be sure to check out their Winter Wedding Planner for special winter wedding packages from November to April.) Offering innovative menus and seasonal cuisine crafted with sustainable and locally sourced food, Zephyr Cove Restaurant is also a prime choice for a rehearsal dinner or a wedding day breakfast or brunch.
Spend Your Wedding Weekend in Tahoe
One of the best things about planning your destination wedding with Zephyr Cove Resort and Lake Tahoe Cruises is not only do they offer fantastic Lake Tahoe wedding venues for your ceremony and reception, but you and your guests can stay right on site and enjoy Lake Tahoe activities throughout the weekend. You and your guests can cozy up in a newly remodeled cabin, reserve a room in their historic lodge, or bring camping gear and rough-it (or glamp-it) at the adjacent RV & Campground at Zephyr Cove Resort.
If you’re planning a summer wedding in Tahoe, you and your guests can also take advantage of Zephyr Cove Resort’s full-service marina. Go on a parasailing adventure, test your water skiing and wakeboarding skills behind a speedboat, take a leisurely boat cruise, or find a spot to relax on their mile-long private sandy beach. If a winter wedding is in your future, Zephyr Cove Resort offers amazing snowmobiling tours with unparalleled views of Lake Tahoe. And, of course, there’s skiing, and snowshoeing, and sledding, and snowboarding here, too.
From the days leading up to your wedding to the days after, you and your guests can turn your wedding day into a whole weekend of Tahoe fun with the help of the professional staff at Zephyr Cove Resort, one of the most versatile of the Lake Tahoe wedding venues. Ready to book your destination wedding with Zephyr Cove Resort and Lake Tahoe Cruises?