Planning your wedding involves lots of decisions, but the most important one may be where you two will exchange your vows. The setting for your wedding ceremony sets the tone for the entire event, and is a deeply personal choice. Whether your religious traditions steer you towards a church wedding — or you dream of a chapel in the trees — there are many options when choosing the setting for your ceremony.
Get me to the church
Is a traditional church wedding what you’ve always dreamed of? Many couples choose to exchange vows in a church due to their religious beliefs, but churches also lend a certain elegance to your ceremony. Choosing a church for your wedding ceremony is easier if you both have the same religious beliefs or affiliations, but there are also many twists on tradition that may be acceptable. Many churches require you to meet with the pastor well in advance of the ceremony, and there may be restrictions on music, the attire of the bridal party, flowers or décor.
The most important thing to remember is that churches are places of worship, and your ceremony should respect the rules of the church. Many brides have a hometown church that is special to them — where her family worships, or maybe where her parents were married — but you can also be married in a church when you choose a destination wedding. Planning a wedding in South Lake Tahoe? The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority has resources to help you choose the wedding ceremony site of your dreams.
Looking for a ceremony site that’s a bit more flexible? A chapel may be the perfect setting for your vows. Wedding chapels are a great place to exchange vows and plan a personalized ceremony without the possible restrictions you may find in a church. Wedding chapels range from a simply appointed room to an elegant setting nestled in the trees — the only limit is your imagination. For an elegant South Lake Tahoe wedding ceremony, the 12th floor Wedding Chapel at Mont Bleu Resort Casino & Spa offers a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe and many options for planning exactly the ceremony you’ve dreamed of.
Church or chapel? Follow your heart — and start planning the wedding that everyone will remember.