Welcome Back!

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!

We may be biased, but we honestly can’t think of a more picturesque outdoor wedding location than Lake Tahoe. Our pristine waters, majestic mountains, and lush forests provide an idyllic backdrop for an unforgettable outdoor wedding any time of the year!

Whether you’re planning a grand celebration or an intimate gathering, Tahoe’s stunning scenery offers the perfect canvas for all of your wedding planning dreams. The local wedding experts have crafted this fun guide to help you create a magical outdoor wedding that complements Lake Tahoe’s breathtaking scenery.

7 Outdoor Wedding Themes for 2024

Alpine Retreat


Embrace all the mountain magic at your Tahoe wedding. This happy couple tied the knot on the mountainside at Tahoe Ridge Resort.

There’s simply no better wedding location for an Alpine Retreat wedding than right here in Lake Tahoe. The overall aesthetic of a mountain-themed wedding will be echoed everywhere you look here! Picture a wedding celebration that’s cozy, rustic, and elegantly natural, evoking the charm of a high-altitude hideaway. Incorporate elements like wooden décor, evergreen garlands, plaid accents, and warm, inviting lighting to tie in the stunning natural surroundings seamlessly.

Lakeside Love

Beach Retreat & Lodge

Lake Tahoe’s south shore is a stunning backdrop for outdoor weddings at Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe.

Go all-in on your Tahoe outdoor wedding theme and embrace the blue gem that is Lake Tahoe. An outdoor wedding focused on the lake will be tranquil, romantic, and deeply connected to nature. Bring this theme to life with soft fabrics, blue and green florals, rustic wood accents, and ambient lighting. It’s all about creating a dreamy lakeside atmosphere that reflects the beauty and romance of Lake Tahoe.

Fairytale Forest

The gorgeous and secluded Tahoe Ridge Resort can transport your guests into a fairytale forest wedding setting!

When planning an outdoorsy fairytale forest wedding, you can transport your wedding guests to a storybook setting surrounded by thriving, dense forests and a magical atmosphere. The overall vibe of this wedding theme is whimsical, ethereal, and brimming with woodland charm, evoking the enchantment of a fairytale forest. To bring this theme to life at an outdoor wedding, incorporate elements like lush greenery, cascading florals, mossy accents, and soft, twinkling lights to create a mystical ambiance that captures the imagination and romance of a fairytale setting.

Old Hollywood Glamor

You’re the star on your big day; make sure your vision for Old Hollywood Charm shines through in Tahoe! This glamorous photo was taken at a wedding held at Valhalla Tahoe.

The scenery around Lake Tahoe often evokes the iconic glamour and movie-like charm of classic film sets, reminiscent of Hollywood’s golden era. Infuse your outdoor wedding with opulent black and white décor, vintage lighting, sparkling crystal, and sumptuous seating arrangements. Focus on crafting a lavish ambiance that transports your guests back in time while keeping the focus on your love story.

Bohemian Romance


We love the Bohemian vibes of wedding tents in Tahoe! This stunning setup is from a wedding at the Beach Retreat & Lodge at Tahoe.

Add boho-chic style to your outdoor wedding with vibrant colors, eclectic décor, and a carefree spirit. Dreamcatchers, wildflower bouquets, and macramé details create a whimsical atmosphere. Outdoor lounge areas with vintage furniture can provide cozy spots for guests to relax and enjoy the view.

Chic Minimalism


Bring your wedding minimalism dreams to life at The Landing Lake Tahoe Resort & Spa!

This serene, natural setting of Lake Tahoe provides the perfect juxtaposition for a minimalist wedding aesthetic. The clean lines and neutral palettes of minimalist wedding décor allow the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe to shine through, enhancing the overall aesthetic without overwhelming it. Incorporate understated décor elements like elegant greenery, unadorned wooden accents, and delicate, single-flower arrangements to let the beauty of the outdoor setting shine through.

Rustic Elegance

You can’t beat the rustic elegance of Tahoe! This charming photo was taken during a wedding held at Valhalla Tahoe.

Embrace the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe and keep your decor simple but elegant. Think wooden accents, burlap table runners, mason jar centerpieces, and delicate lace details. This theme pairs perfectly with the towering pines and serene lake views.

Local Lake Tahoe Touches for a Memorable Outdoor Wedding

Cheers to a beautiful Lake Tahoe wedding at The Landing Tahoe.

Cheers to embracing all that Tahoe has to offer! This happy couple is toasting to the start of their next chapter at The Landing Tahoe.

  • Arrive by boat: Charter a yacht or sailboat to make a splash of a grand entrance at your wedding!
  • Create a custom map: Whether you’re a local, have been visiting for years, or are relatively new to the area, show everyone what you love about Lake Tahoe! Provide your wedding guests with a custom map highlighting essential spots such as ceremony and reception locations, nearby attractions, and suggested restaurants.
  • Tahoe-themed playlist: To set the mood during your wedding festivities, curate a playlist featuring songs inspired by Lake Tahoe or performed by local artists.
  • Pair your pours: For an authentic taste of Tahoe, pair your wedding day food with craft beers from nearby breweries or wines from regional vineyards.
  • Give the gift of local: As wedding favors, give guests locally-made artisanal products, such as handmade soaps, candles, or chocolates.

Choosing the Best Outdoor Wedding Venue in Lake Tahoe

You can already envision the look and feel of your big day, but finding the perfect wedding venue to bring your dreams to life can be a challenge! Here are some key factors to consider as you’re touring all of the incredible venues available.

  1. Capacity and Layout: The venue should comfortably accommodate your guest list, with options for ceremony and reception layouts to suit your vision and preferences.
  2. Accessibility: Easy accessibility for guests, including adequate parking and accommodations for individuals with mobility needs, ensures a pleasant and stress-free experience.
  3. Privacy: A secluded and intimate setting lets you focus on your celebration without distractions or interruptions.
  4. Logistical Support: Professional staff or wedding coordinators experienced in outdoor events can provide guidance, assistance, and support throughout the planning process and on the wedding day.
  5. Photography Opportunities: There are ample opportunities for stunning wedding photos, with scenic vistas, charming architecture, and natural landscapes that capture the beauty and essence of your special day.
  6. Flexibility for Personalization: A venue that allows you to personalize the space with decorations, floral arrangements, and other elements ensures that your wedding reflects your unique style and personality.
  7. Sustainability and Environmental Considerations: If eco-friendliness is essential, choose a venue that prioritizes sustainability practices and minimizes its environmental impact.

Ultimately, the perfect outdoor wedding venue resonates with your vision and meets your logistical needs. Discover more about our list of the best Lake Tahoe wedding venues today!

Let’s talk Lake Tahoe wedding venues, where the magic practically takes care of itself!