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. 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, which can include personalized “Sips of our Story” cocktails. With several ceremony and reception locations at Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe to choose from, you can’t go wrong any time of year.
Weddings on the Beach
From an intimate gathering to an affair full of family and friends, a wedding on the beach can be the ultimate in romance. With stunning Lake Tahoe as your canvas, your beach wedding at Beach Retreat & Lodge will be an event to remember. Go casual in the sand with bare feet and a simple, beach-casual gown, and Lake Tahoe as your backdrop. The setting is so peaceful and the surroundings so spectacular, who could ask for anything more idyllic? The shores of South Lake Tahoe are gorgeous year-round, making this the perfect destination for your special day in any season.
Weddings Under the White Tent
Dreaming of an outdoor wedding, but worried the weather might let you down? Beach Retreat & Lodge has got you covered. Literally. The White Tent is an elegant setting for a memorable outdoor reception. You and your guests will be just steps from the private beach, where you can watch the sun set behind the Sierra mountains surrounding beautiful Lake Tahoe.
While Beach Retreat & Lodge offers beautiful outdoor locations for your ceremony and reception, they also have a brand-new Lakeview Ballroom, an ideal choice for your large, formal affair. The elegant ballroom accommodates up to 250 guests and offers large glass doors that open to expansive decks for a picturesque view of Lake Tahoe, making it an easy choice for a wedding any time of year. Or if you’re looking for a more intimate gathering, the Boathouse is a cozy, one-of-a-kind venue that overlooks Lake Tahoe.
A Destination to Remember
Hosting your wedding at Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe means that not only will your wedding be perfect, but your guests will be able to fully enjoy themselves in one of the most stunning areas in the world. South Lake Tahoe is host to so many fun activities and adventures, no matter what the season. Your wedding guests and family members will enjoy staying on the premises in one of our 262 beautifully updated guest rooms, most of which have a balcony or a patio. Beach Retreat & Lodge is also an ideal place to host bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, a post-wedding brunch or any other wedding-week-related events to make your destination wedding perfect.
Ready to plan your destination wedding at Beach Retreat & Lodge in South Lake Tahoe? It’s sure to be an event to remember.
What kinds of places make for the best destination wedding? Places like Tahoe South, of course, that offer endless opportunities for fun and adventure, or just kicking back and relaxing. But who has time to play group activity leader when you’re getting married? We’re here to help. Here’s our Top 10 list of activities to keep wedding guests entertained at your destination wedding in Tahoe South (you might recommend to your guests that they book a couple extra days here to fit it all in!):
Summer Fun #1: Millions of beaches. Beaches for me.
Wedding guests will find no shortage of postcard perfect beachfront on Lake Tahoe, and with 300 days of sun a year, what better way to spend them than at the beach. Tahoe South has easy access to several public beaches to keep wedding guests entertained, like Pope, Baldwin and Lakeside to name a few. If being on the lake is more their style, they can rent a kayak, SUP, power boat, or jet-ski from onsite marinas at Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe and Zephyr Cove Resort. Or start up a rousing game of volleyball on the resorts’ private beaches.
Summer Fun #2: The air up there.
Being on vacation for a destination wedding is the perfect excuse to try something new. Epic Discovery at Heavenly Resort is an adventure-seeker’s playground with ropes courses, zip lines and gondola rides. Or guests can get once-in-a-lifetime photos of Tahoe from 1,000 feet high above the lake as they sail through the sky on an exhilarating parasailing ride. Zephyr Cove Resort will keep wedding guests entertained and get their adrenaline pumping while providing the most incredible, unparalleled views. (Tip: Go early in the morning to catch the sunrise as well as save a bit of money.)
Summer Fun #3: Hiking, biking and climbing — oh my!
Luckily, it’s easy to keep wedding guests entertained in Tahoe South, because it’s surrounded by incredible hiking and biking trails with amazing views, as well as rock faces begging to be scaled. Outdoor adventures for every skill level await. Incomparable Emerald Bay and Eagle Falls up to Eagle Lake are probably one of the more popular hiking treks in Tahoe South. And whether your guests favor downhill, technical or a tamer, family-friendly paved path, we’ve got a trail for every biker. (Tip: Don’t want to travel with gear? We’ve got you covered with numerous equipment rental shops in the area.)
Summer Fun #4: Or should we say “fore!”
Just as winter weddings will always have guests who are dying to go skiing, summer weddings will always have a demographic that wants to golf, golf, golf. Direct those guests to world-class Edgewood Tahoe. In addition to adoring the breathtaking course, golf enthusiasts will love getting to play a round at the annual home of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship. Make like Steph Curry and Justin Timberlake and book a tee time!
Summer Fun #5: Live for live music.
The beautiful summer season in Tahoe South brings with it an abundance of outdoor live music to keep wedding guests entertained, whether they enjoy dancing or just listening to local and big-name acts alike. Catch a great regional band in the sand at Lakeview Commons beach or on the deck at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel‘s Echo restaurant. Next door to Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is Heavenly Village, where multiple music groups play outside some of the venues and restaurants, or across the street is the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys, where national acts perform throughout the summer.
Winter Wonderland #1: Hitting the slopes.
Okay. Probably the number-one reason anyone comes to Tahoe in the winter is to check out the slopes. Understandably so, as the Lake Tahoe region has acres of backcountry adventures and more than a dozen ski resorts. Tahoe South is home of Heavenly Mountain Resort — 4,800 acres of skiable terrain and a lively village with shops, restaurants and even an ice skating rink for your snow bunny guests. And when they’re all skied out, Tahoe South does apres-ski how it was meant to be, from cozy fire pits to exciting nightlife.
Winter Wonderland #2: Feeling the need for speed.
Perhaps one of the most exhilarating ways to tour Tahoe in the winter is via snowmobile. Zephyr Cove Resort packages include scenic tours led by experienced guides, which is perfect way to keep wedding guests entertained—with incredible views of a breathtaking, snow-covered Tahoe. And all the gear your guests will need is available for rent to ensure everyone is ready for a safe, cold-weather ride. (Tip: If you’re lucky enough to be in Tahoe South during a full moon, you can even take an evening moon-lit ride!)
Winter Wonderland #3: Bring the fun indoors.
Hard to believe, I know, but some guests might not enjoy playing outdoors in winter, but have no fear — Tahoe South has plenty of indoor fun, too. You can keep wedding guests entertained with cocktails and apps at Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe, located inside Harveys Resort and Casino in the heart of Tahoe South. With tons of rock n’ roll memorabilia, a tasty menu, and thirst-quenching drinks, they’ll have a great time hanging out and enjoying the unique atmosphere (and celebrating your love, obviously). And speaking of casinos, yeah we have a few of those, too, where guests can grab a bite, attend a show, dance the night away in a club or, of course, try their hand at poker and slots.
Winter Wonderland #4: Cruise to Emerald Bay.
If you think cruising Lake Tahoe is a summer-only activity, allow Lake Tahoe Cruises to enlighten you. Your wedding guests can hop aboard a climate-controlled, authentic Mississippi paddle wheeler that meanders into picturesque Emerald Bay for remarkable photo ops. The daytime scenic cruise has been voted “Best Cruise in Nevada” by Nevada Magazine. Guests can also take the elegant sunset dinner cruise for a unique and unforgettable dining experience on Lake Tahoe.
Winter Wonderland #5: Baby it’s cold outside…how about a spa day?
When the temperatures drop outside, keep wedding guests entertained with all the warm fuzzies from a relaxing and rejuvenating spa day. The Spa at The Landing Resort will provide the pampering your guests deserve. Experience one of their signature hydrating facials for that beautiful glow, or let their staff create a custom package for your guests with massages, facials and body treatments. Or if meditation and fitness are more their style, schedule a private group yoga class.
Tahoe South offers so many ways to keep wedding guests entertained while you’re busy, well, getting married. In fact, just hand them this list and I’d say your job is done.
When you plan a wedding you quickly learn the devil is in the details. A chocolate cake is no longer just a chocolate cake. It’s devil’s food or German chocolate or Swiss chocolate or milk chocolate with a dark chocolate ganache ribbon. How about flourless? Do you like a dense crumb? What are your feelings on soufflé? Eighteen questions in and you haven’t even gotten to the frosting.
Tempting though it may be to wave the I don’t care towel early on and get whatever you get, there are some details you may have never considered when it comes to a wedding that will make a tremendous difference in your experience, not to mention your photos. Lighting is one of them. So go ahead and shrug your shoulders when it comes to the density of the crumb of your cake, but give your lighting options some real thought because the lighting can help dictate the entire feel of the reception. Here are a few bright ideas you may want to consider.
Twinkle twinkle little star
If you are having an outdoor wedding reception, it should be a crime to not have twinkle lights or globe lights strung up around your reception site. A literal crime! Especially if you are surrounded by towering pine trees in Tahoe South. If you don’t have to fight the urge to gasp when you imagine your outdoor wedding reception lighting, you need to get in touch with your wedding planner, because it’s not right yet. Twinkle or globe lights are the biggest factor in transforming an outdoor reception site into a woodland fairy tale.
Get a little unexpected
If you’re having an outdoor wedding reception, no one is going to expect you to have a chandelier over the head table or the middle of the dance floor. So think about it! And if you’re having an indoor reception, lanterns may not be the most obvious choice for table lighting. But why not? They’re unique and quaintly old-fashioned, built to last just like your union. Play around with expectations and you might just hit on the detail that makes your reception.
If you’ve got a wedding planner, consider putting him or her to work on some mood lighting during your reception. A warm amber glow during dinner will help guests feel cozy and intimate, while a bolder shade like deep orange, magenta or cobalt blue will help amp up the party atmosphere when it’s time to burn down the dance floor.
Romance on a budget
If you’d love to add some ambiance to your reception but your budget is frankly tapped out, go ahead and think cheap: votive candle cheap. Bought in bulk, these glorious little candles can be purchased for thirty cents apiece and regardless of whether you DIY little laced-up Mason jar holders, arrange branch centerpieces with hanging votives or simply set them out on trays, you’ll cast a warm glow on the loving faces surrounding you on one of the best days of your life.
Think outside the bulb
There are ways to make the most of your lighting that actually have nothing to do with the lighting. When choosing your place settings and glassware, look for pieces that will catch lots of light and reflect it prettily, like tinted glasses, metallic-rimmed place settings, or centerpieces with subtle glass or crystal details.
Poke around on Pinterest (of course) to see which lighting options you love the most, and don’t forget to ask your wedding planner what he or she would recommend. Your planner will know the venue inside and out and know how to give you the wedding of your dreams using details like lighting that you may never have even thought of.
In our opinion, this digital age we’re living in is the very best one for being a wedding guest. With guests getting to Instagram artsy shots of the wedding cake, blasting their photo booth pics across social media or even Snapchatting a super fun Grease singalong during the dance portion of the reception, guests get to feel more included in your special day now more than ever.
The awesome news for you as one of the wedding’s intended is that it’s super easy and cheap to make your wedding digital and encourage your guests to have the best time possible in person, online, and after the fact. (Not to mention, who doesn’t like seeing the candid photos and videos that capture all the behind-the-scenes fun from their wedding?) Here’s how!
Get a hashtag
This step is about as easy-peasy as it gets. All you have to do is decide on the hashtag that’s going to be used for pics and other social media content from your wedding day (and engagement party, bridal shower and anything else you’re going to be sharing). A simple mashup of your names should give you good results, but make sure to check your hashtag ideas to make sure they haven’t been used before. If a hashtag using your first names, such as #jennaandryanwedding, is already taken, try going with your last names. Or feel free to get as wild as you want with your hashtag, incorporating the location or an inside joke. Or if the idea of coming up with something unique stresses you out, try this wedding hashtag generator.
Spread the hashtag
In order for your wedding hashtag to garner great results in lots of pictures and content, people have to know it exists. You could include it on your invitations and on signage or napkins at the wedding itself, but if there’s a mother cringing over this idea, simply leave it up to your wedding party to spread the word about the hashtag. A lot of your guests are likely following each other on social media anyway so they’ll catch on quickly.
Hello custom Snapchat filter
Snapchat has an option where you can pay a few bucks in return for a specialized designed-by-you filter that’s tied to a geolocation and time. So get a cute filter worked up and submit it to Snapchat with the time and location you want it used for (your wedding date and space, obviously). Snapchat needs just one business day to review your request, and once they’ve given it the a-okay, it’s happy Snapping for you and your guests.
Consider a drone
This will cost you extra, but if you love the idea of the sweeping views provided by aerial photography and videography for your wedding, you’ll find it’s worth the price — especially in beautiful Tahoe South. Drones will give you a vantage point from your special day that is not otherwise possible, and your guests will be oohing and aahing over the shots you’ll share on your wedding hashtag. Just be sure to check into any local ordinances and ensure that your venue is drone-friendly before you splash out on this service — a local professional drone operator or videographer should be in the know on such things. Tip: Let guests know that a drone is going to be used so they aren’t distracted by it — and let’s face it — so that no one’s crazy Uncle Billy tries to shoot it down.
Live stream it
Chances are, not everyone you invite to your wedding will be able to attend, for one reason or another. If you feel like key people are missing out on your big day, consider live streaming your ceremony and parts of your reception. Using tools like Skype or FaceTime allow you to easily stream with an individual, while a tool like Google Hangouts allows you to broadcast to numerous people all at once, virtually anywhere. Of course, you’ll need a reliable internet connection at your venue along with a capable device with webcam, but today these things are so commonplace, the only thing you’ll need to “set up” is assigning this job to a trusted friend or family member to take care of it while the spotlight is on you. Or, better yet, inquire with your videographer or photographer to find out if they are willing to help coordinate this aspect of your day.
Follow up on the hashtag
With digital videos and photographs, chances are your videographer and photographer are going to get a few teasers and proofs to you fast. Keep using your wedding hashtag to share video snippets, professional wedding photos — and maybe even shots from your honeymoon — with your loved ones. Tip: Remind guests of the hashtag on your thank-you notes. In the past, many wedding guests would never get to see the photos or videos created at a wedding, so this allows for a wonderful peek into one of the best days of your life.
Crystal waters. Wide open skies. Flowy dresses. The gentle lap of the waves. The soft warming glow of the sun. For a lot of people, they can only picture one thing when they picture their dream wedding: a beach wedding. The experienced and enthusiastic staff at the premier wedding venues in Tahoe South understand that better than almost anyone, and they’re always excited to turn your dream wedding into a reality. Here are the four best beach weddings in Tahoe South for your consideration.
Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe
Water babies, welcome to your home away from home. Not only does Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe enable you to wriggle your toes in the warm sand during your beachfront ceremony, but you can also host your dinner out over the water on the pier. Without a doubt, one of the most common things you’ll hear from your guests is that they’ve never been to a wedding quite like yours.
Zephyr Cove Resort
This is another option for the couples who want the lake co-starring with them in their wedding. Not only is picturesque Zephyr Cove Resort a favorite beach for photographers, but there is also the option of the Lake Tahoe Cruises paddlewheeler boat for your ceremony, reception, or even just for a cruise around the lake. Your beach-loving guests will love the option of staying in the lakefront cabins to turn your wedding into a mini dream vacation.
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
For couples who want all the freshness of a beach wedding, but the elegance of a classic ballroom reception. Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel can figuratively roll out the red carpet for you and your guests with the Queen of the Lake Ballroom, a luxurious reception space fit for a queen-for-a-day. A horse drawn carriage is even an option. Seriously. Channel your inner princess and Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel will take care of the rest.
This list would be woefully incomplete without a mention of the perfect sunset wedding spot. Edgewood Tahoe boasts one of the most jaw-dropping lakefront spots, especially when it comes time for the sun to set. You can hold your ceremony either on the beach or on the lakefront deck, then take full advantage of nature’s artistry as the sky glows gorgeous behind you for your photos.
You can’t go wrong with a beach wedding in Tahoe South, and almost any of our partners will be able to work with you on designing your fantasy wedding. All you have to do is start dreaming.