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:
Hands down, one of the most incredible places to host your destination wedding is in South Lake Tahoe. Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe sits right on the south shore of stunning Lake Tahoe, with the crystal blue waters stretching off in the distance as far as the eye can see, making it an ideal location for lakefront weddings in Tahoe. If you want to share the best of South Lake Tahoe with your family and wedding guests, then Beach Retreat & Lodge is the perfect place for your wedding. And your dedicated event coordinator can help you customize not only your wedding package, but also your catering menu. With several ceremony and reception locations at Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe to choose from, you can’t go wrong any time of year.
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?
It’s true, Tahoe is magnificent any time of year for a destination wedding. And having an outdoor wedding in Tahoe is probably the best it can get, what with its majestic mountains, towering pines, and azure blue, crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe. But planning for an outdoor wedding in Tahoe can be tough with Mother Nature calling the shots. (As if you need another mother to contend with, amiright?) Rest easy. The wedding professionals at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel can alleviate that concern by offering back-up event space in the case of inclement weather on your wedding day. Check out these amazing outdoor (and indoor) event spaces to choose from at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel.
Heavenly Sundeck and Pool Patio for an Outdoor Wedding in Tahoe
The newest outdoor event space at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel provides an amazing view of the peaks at Heavenly. If you’re planning for up to 20 ceremony guests, the sundeck is a fabulous option for your outdoor wedding in Tahoe. Or use the outdoor space for an elegant cocktail or Champagne reception al fresco. There is nothing quite like the fresh mountain air in your hair and that backdrop, though. If your guest list is a bit bigger, check out the Pool Patio outdoor wedding space, which can accommodate 100 guests for a ceremony, 80 for a banquet and up to 50 for a ceremony and reception and features awe-inspiring views.
Beachfront Wedding Ceremonies on Lake Tahoe
Just because Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is in the heart of Tahoe South rather than situated lakefront doesn’t mean you can’t have a dreamy beach ceremony! Let the wedding experts here set the stage for your Lake Tahoe wedding ceremony on the beach, where you’ll exchange vows surrounded by marvelous mountains and crystal-clear water. Your wedding will be as spectacular as the view.
The Atrium at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
An exceptional and spacious location to host ceremonies accommodating up to 200 guests, the Atrium is perfect for indoor weddings. Choose the Grand Staircase or the beautifully appointed and romantic double-sided fireplace as the backdrop for your vows. White twinkling lights, lush indoor gardens, and warm, soft colors make this a very popular ceremony or reception location.
Elegant Tahoe Ballrooms
If your guest list extends to second and maybe even third cousins, just steps from the Atrium is the Queen of the Lake Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 225 guests with a dance floor. Recently remodeled, this exquisite space can transform into the wedding of your dreams with specialty lighting and customized décor. The Ballroom has the ability to be sectioned into smaller rooms for 40-150 guests. If you’re planning a more intimate reception, just down the hall, Tallac can accommodate up to 80 guests with a dance floor and built-in bar. Tallac also has access to a lovely outdoor patio, as well as an abundance of natural light, for couples looking for that indoor/outdoor ambiance.
Located in the on-site Echo Restaurant at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is Echo Fireside, a cozy and intimate private dining space for up to 45 guests. This event space is perfect for a small reception, rehearsal dinner, or bridal brunch.
Perfect Tahoe Resort for Destination Weddings
This all-suite hotel (the largest of its kind in South Lake Tahoe) is surrounded by all things Tahoe and is so conveniently located. There are tons of opportunities for unforgettable fun before, during and after your wedding, making Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel a perfect venue for destination weddings in Tahoe. Our advice? Turn your one-day wedding into a total Tahoe South experience. No matter what the season, take advantage of beaches, night life, gaming, golfing, and shopping, or endless outdoor adventures, like hiking, skiing, biking, and an array of water sports. Or go big with unforgettable experiences like parasailing, hot-air balloon rides, horseback riding, sleigh rides, and the aptly named Heavenly Gondola, a 2.4-mile ride up the mountainside. All of this is at your fingertips when you choose Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, located in the heart of all things fun in Tahoe South.