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love balloonsCommitment ceremonies are becoming a popular trend these days. Here in Lake Tahoe, we’re seeing the number of couples who choose a commitment ceremony over a traditional wedding going up! Something simple yet heartfelt and memorable to declare your commitment to your partner, sounds amazing right? We’ve come up with common questions about commitment ceremonies, so read on to find out everything you need to know before you plan your own ceremony!

What is a commitment ceremony?

A commitment ceremony is similar to a traditional wedding ceremony in the sense that you declare your love and commitment to your partner. You and your partner plan a day to celebrate your love for one another and announce that you want to spend the rest of your lives together. Some wedding traditions are even performed at commitment ceremonies like exchanging vows and rings, but where the difference comes in is that commitment ceremonies do not legally pronounce you and your partner as a couple. So a commitment ceremony is essentially a wedding ceremony without the legalities behind it all.

Why choose a commitment ceremony?

Some choose to plan a commitment ceremony over a traditional wedding to avoid all the hoops you have to jump through for a legal wedding. Marriage licenses, finding an officiant, making it all legal just isn’t what all couples want out of their “I do’s”. Some people truly want their day to be just about the two of them and their love for one another. There are also instances where couples don’t want to be legally married because of past marriages, legal or tax reasons, or simply because they don’t want to mess with the legality of it all. If the institution of marriage isn’t appealing to you, but you know you’re ready to make a lifelong commitment to your partner, a commitment ceremony may be the perfect way to celebrate!

What are the drawbacks to having a commitment ceremony v.s. a traditional ceremony?

While we know that commitment ceremonies are the way to go for some couples, there are some downsides that we thought we should briefly mention. One major drawback is that you won’t be able to claim any benefits if you’re not legally married. Benefits from taxes or even being able to be on your partner’s health insurance are benefits you may have to forego if you decide to proceed with a commitment ceremony.

Who can have a commitment ceremony?

Anyone! Commitment ceremonies are for couples with all varying backgrounds no matter your religion, sexual orientation, nationality, or race. They truly are about celebrating love and commitment and are surely not “less important” than a traditional ceremony. Commitment ceremonies are for everyone and anyone who is in love!

Where can you have a commitment ceremony?

The beauty of commitment ceremonies is that you can plan them anywhere you’d like and you don’t have to worry about the timing of getting a marriage license or other legalities! Really challenge your imagination and follow wherever your heart takes you. We may be biased, but we know that Lake Tahoe would be the perfect destination for your commitment ceremony. Between the spectacular views and once-in-a-lifetime activities, Lake Tahoe is definitely your best choice.

Plan the Perfect Lake Tahoe Commitment Ceremony!

Take our word for it and request more information about planning a commitment ceremony at any of our Lake Tahoe wedding venues today! Whether you’ve fallen in love with the idea of a commitment ceremony or have decided that you’ll stick to a traditional wedding ceremony, we’re here to help you create the perfect and most unforgettable day of your life. Our Lake Tahoe venues are truly one of a kind, so don’t miss out and start planning your special day with us today!