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We are thrilled to welcome visitors back to Lake Tahoe after the recent Caldor Fire. Thanks to the tireless work of all the front-line heroes and agencies who worked to protect our town and forests, Tahoe South is open and thriving. It’s the perfect time to secure your wedding date!

At the heart of every couple’s journey down the aisle lies the desire to create a celebration that resonates with style and sophistication. That’s why staying in tune with the ever-evolving world of wedding trends is crucial! As the year comes to a close, let’s look back at some of the defining wedding trends of 2023 and our wedding trend predictions for 2024!

Top Wedding Trends of 2023

Looking back on a fabulous year of weddings, we saw a blend of fresh new trends and timeless traditions shaping each unique love story. According to the Global Wedding Report from The Knot, wedding planning in the US begins 15-16 months before the big day. That’s a longer planning timeline than in other countries and gives US-based couples ample time to weave special elements into their big day! Here are some of the biggest wedding trends we saw in 2023.

Wedding TentsThe Beachfront Tent at BEACH RETREAT & LODGE AT TAHOE

Couples imparted visual impact and put their own spin on their weddings this year with wedding tents. From the look and shape of the tents themselves to fully personalized decor and bold decorations, 2023 saw a big upgrade in the wedding tent game!

Here in Tahoe, wedding tents offer an incredible option for outdoor weddings! You can maximize the gorgeous setting while keeping your guests comfortable. If you’re planning a wedding at the Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe, for example, you can choose an elegant, comfortable white tent wedding just steps away from the shores of Lake Tahoe. The versatile, neutral tent serves as a blank canvas, empowering you to infuse your big day with on-trend and individualistic décor, tailoring every detail to your unique vision.

Homebody Vibes

Valhalla Tahoe Fireplace

We loved the homey touches that residential decor brought to 2023 weddings! From couches and rugs to lamps and coffee tables, wedding couples brought comfy, cozy vibes to various wedding venues throughout the year!

Homey wedding trends are perfect for a Lake Tahoe wedding! You can go all-in on the cozy vibes at Valhalla Historic Estate with a crackling fire in the natural stone fireplace and warm enchantment throughout the Grand Hall! You can even rent furniture or decor that guarantees you and your guests will feel at home as they toast to your love story!

Experiential Entertainment

While many wedding bands and DJs were booked in 2023, wedding couples also made sure to level up guest entertaining! We saw everything at weddings this year, from petting zoos and circus-like performances to fireworks and backyard games! Keeping guests entertained is a huge part of planning a wedding and keeps people talking about your big day for years to come!

There’s no shortage of things to do and see here in Lake Tahoe. Still, our favorite experiential wedding trends were sparked at weddings held at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe and Harrah’s & Harveys Lake Tahoe! You’re able to extend the party into the night, seamlessly transitioning your dance floor to a casino floor, ensuring everyone feels like they’ve struck the jackpot at your celebration!

More is More Weddings

Pinterest searches for ‘maximalist wedding’ were up 1900% this year, showcasing the love brides and grooms have for over-the-top celebrations! The best part of maximalist weddings is that going all-out keeps your wedding totally unique and personalized. 2023 wedding couples really leaned into what made their love story unique, from crazy, bold color combinations and extravagant floral arrangements to unbelievable decor and exciting decorations! There’s no need to shy away from the love for your partner; a maximalist wedding can bring your story to life!
ski-in/ski-out gondola access at Tahoe Ridge Resort

Lake Tahoe’s stunning scenery is the perfect backdrop for an extravagant wedding celebration! The mountain views from Tahoe Ridge Resort will take your breath away, and they offer ski-in/ski-out gondola access to Heavenly Mountain! Is there a more over-the-top Tahoe way to get to your wedding?

Are you looking for an elevated setting for going big on your wedding day? Margaritaville Resort Lake Tahoe offers an alpine feel and luxury suites that are sure to please! They have a grand, vibrant ballroom with statement glass chandeliers just waiting for you to make your mark!

Ethereal Glam

Many happy couples embraced an Ethereal Glam aesthetic this year, fusing celestial elegance and luxurious opulence into every detail of their big day! It was so inspiring to see all of the soft, heavenly hues, shimmering metallic accents, and ethereal, light-as-air décor come to life in different wedding venues!

Locals often refer to Lake Tahoe as “heaven on earth,” and it’s easy to see why! Our breathtaking landscapes and serene vistas offer an idyllic backdrop to infuse weddings with an otherworldly charm. The Grand Rooftop Terrace at The Landing Lake Tahoe Resort & Spa showcases spectacular panoramic vistas of South Lake Tahoe and beyond. It’s the perfect wedding venue for gilded accents, crystal tableware, mirrored surfaces, twinkling lights, and ethereal blooms.

Predictions for 2024 Wedding Trends

We cannot wait to welcome more happy couples and wedding guests to Lake Tahoe in 2024! We’re always surprised at the new and innovative ways couples find to personalize their weddings to make them truly unforgettable! Here’s a sneak peek at the trends expected to dominate Lake Tahoe weddings in the coming year.

  • Retro Wedding Vibes – There’s nothing more timeless than embracing the trends from the past! From roaring ‘20’s themed weddings to 90’s parties and beyond, we expect to be delighted by some flash from the past weddings!
  • Sustainability – Eco-friendly weddings will never go out of style, and for good reason! Happy couples are finding new and exciting ways to go green when they celebrate, and we’re here for it!
  • Wedding Weekends – Your wedding day will go by in the blink of an eye! We predict that more couples will embrace a full wedding weekend for their family and friends! Think epic welcome parties, days filled with Lake Tahoe adventures, and so much more.

Read more: Planning the perfect Lake Tahoe Wedding Weekend Itinerary

  • Monochromatic Color Schemes – We’ve seen decades of gorgeous floral designs in vibrant color palettes. Boldly contrasting color combinations like black and white, navy and gold, and lilac and green will never go out of style, but we think more wedding couples will be embracing the monochromatic look in 2024. The Pantone color of the year was recently announced, and we can’t get enough of the velvety, gentle Peach Fuzz. We expect to see everything from single-color bouquets and tablescapes to weddings centered around different shades, tints, and tones of couples’ favorite colors.
  • Ceremony Symbolism – We look forward to more couples personalizing their ceremonies with meaningful symbolism. Traditional ceremonies will always be a staple in the wedding world, but in 2024, as we’ve seen in years previous, couples will continue to personalize those traditions more and more. We’ve seen couples opting to walk down the aisle together, writing (even singing!) their own vows, having friends and/or family as their officiant, and more.

As we bid adieu to the wedding trends that graced our favorite Tahoe wedding venues in 2023, we’re left marveling at the elegance and creativity that defined these celebrations and look forward to the unique trends we’re sure to see in 2024. Our breathtaking mountain vistas and crystal clear lake waters are the perfect backdrops to the fusion of new and classic wedding trends. We can’t wait to see how happy couples continue to bring their love stories to life right here in Lake Tahoe next year and for many years to come!