There’s no bad time of year to get married here in Lake Tahoe, but as we gear up for another amazing winter we can’t stop daydreaming about winter weddings! There’s just something special about the coziness and stillness of a Lake Tahoe winter that makes it the perfect season to plan your dream wedding. The brisk temperatures and sparkling snow create the perfect atmosphere for bundling up and celebrating with your loved ones. If the idea of planning a magical winter wedding sparks your interest, this one’s for you! Read on to discover Lake Tahoe winter wedding ideas for the coziest, most romantic ‘I do’s!
1. A Decked Out Fireplace
Nothing says cozy winter wedding quite like a gorgeous fireplace, accented with your wedding decor, family photos, or holiday decorations! Here in Tahoe, you can gather around a crackling fire with your partner, family, and friends, or just style a gorgeous hearth with mementos and decor that means the most! Either way, a fireplace is the perfect winter wedding focal point. Embrace the picture perfect charm (and optional cozy warmth) of a Lake Tahoe wedding venue with a stunning fireplace!
2. Twinkle Lights
Have the most magical winter wedding in Lake Tahoe by stringing up as many twinkle lights as possible! Decorate your ceremony with lights, your reception, and maybe even your venue’s bathrooms! Okay, you don’t need to go that far to create a magical winter wedding, but you get the point. Your wedding will be so magical and bright that all of your guests will be stunned by the beauty they’re surrounded by. Not to mention how AMAZING the bride would look dancing under a million shining lights.
3. Cozy Wedding Attire
Since your celebration will be in Lake Tahoe during the cooler months of the year, that gives you an excuse to wear a cozy coat or sweater with your wedding attire. Wear a white fur coat during your wedding ceremony to capitalize on your winter wonderland theme, or save the coats and sweaters for cozy, romantic photos!
4. Hot Beverages
Another way to keep your guests warm and cozy during your winter wedding is to serve warm, seasonal beverages. Think hot chocolate, tea, mulled wine, or hot buttered rum to warm your guests up! This could be great during your ceremony, during your cocktail hour before your reception, or even as a sweet treat after dinner. Whenever you decide to serve a warm drink, we’re sure that it will put a smile on your guests’ faces.
5. Embracing the Outdoors
Even when the temperatures dip, some happy couples choose to embrace the chill and brave the elements! There are some amazing Lake Tahoe wedding venues that offer year-round outdoor weddings! And if you’re not eager to have your ceremony outside, there are still plenty of ways to bring the outdoors in! Get creative with your decorations to give your ceremony that indoor-outdoor vibe. Decorations like birch tree branches, snow-covered plants and greenery hung above your guests will surely give you the fresh outdoor vibes without having to be miserable in the cold temperatures.
If you do embrace the Lake Tahoe cold and plan on having your ceremony outside or dream of a cute and cozy outdoor hangout area at your wedding, providing blankets to your guests would be ideal. Think about if you just want to provide a handful of blankets for your guests to share throughout the night or you could check off two boxes at once and provide blankets as a wedding favor so everyone will remember your big day every time they cozy up with your gift.
7. Winter Wonderland Aesthetic
If you’re going to plan a winter themed wedding in Lake Tahoe, embrace the winter wonderland aesthetic and really make it your own! Start by choosing a soft and toned down color palette such as very light blues, grays, and off-whites. Then personalize the look and feel by using those colors throughout your wedding venue. White or dried flowers, candlelight, local greenery, artificial snow, garlands, rich textures (think velvet!) , and twinkling lights are just a few ideas that would add to your ideal dream-like winter wonderland aesthetic.
8. Apres Ski Parties
Whether you hit the slopes or not during your winter wedding festivities, you can embrace the apres ski aesthetic on your big day! The tradition of apres ski is getting people together to connect and share after a busy day, so build that sense of community into your winter wedding with some apres ski essentials like amazing appetizers, great drinks and cozy vibes!
9. Extend Your Stay
There’s no need to rush home after your wedding, extend your stay here in Lake Tahoe and savor the time together as newlyweds! We have so many amazing lodging options in Lake Tahoe that can’t wait to pamper you and your partner after the big day! Cozy up and stay put for a while, book some spa services, go skiing or snowboarding, or just stay in and enjoy some post-wedding R & R!
Are you ready to start planning your winter wonderland dream wedding? Contact us today! We want all of your winter wedding dreams to come true and that’s what we’re here for. Check out all of our Lake Tahoe venues to see which one best fits your style and then we can get started on making your dreams turn into reality! If you have any questions or concerns about our venues, please do not hesitate to reach out. We look forward to hearing from you!