Hooray, you’re getting married! There are so many fun and amazing things on the horizon for you. As Lake Tahoe wedding experts, we’ve put together this cheatsheet for getting married to help you stay focused on the important stuff. Your wedding day is all about you, your partner, and starting the next chapter of your life together! Before booking a wedding venue in Lake Tahoe, make sure you have each of these items checked off your list!
Create Your Guest List
Starting your guest list is one of the first things that you should do when you begin planning your wedding. While you don’t have to get every name down right away, your guest list plays a big part in the size of the venue you need, the amount of food for your reception, your wedding budget, etc. Knowing how many family members and friends that you want to celebrate with on your big day is a crucial part of the information that you will need to share with the venue that you end up choosing. Almost all venues have a maximum capacity of guests, so it’s important that you book a place that is able to accommodate everyone on your list.
Look for Available Dates
Another crucial piece of information that you will need to know before you book your venue is when you’re looking to get married. If you have specific dates in mind, you’ll have to shop around to find a venue with that availability. If you have your heart set on a specific venue already, you’ll be better off leaving your date options open and asking them what they have available for your preferred month or season. Our Lake Tahoe wedding venues are very popular and fill up quickly, so be sure to book your favorite venue well in advance!
Know Your Budget
Know your budget and stick to it! Wedding costs can sometimes get out of hand, especially when you don’t follow your budget, or even worse, you don’t have one. Creating a budget from the start will help you decide which wedding venues are right for you by staying within your financial limits. The venue staff that you work with can also be more helpful when they know your budget in regards to additional features or expense factors that you could incorporate into your big day. It’s also important to point out that you should consider unexpected expenses like non-vendor tips, baggage fees or a day-after brunch and include that into your budget.
Look Into Additional Activities
When you’re planning a Lake Tahoe wedding, you know your guests are going to want to enjoy all that this destination has to offer! While your big day will be the focus, make sure you’re looking into other activities for your guests to do while they aren’t celebrating your love story! Activities like kayaking, hiking, and paddle boarding are all great ways for your guests to explore and soak up some Lake Tahoe culture. Planning a hiking trip or boat cruise near your venue with close family and friends would be a great way to spend more quality time with everyone!
Visit In Advance
Whether you’re choosing a Lake Tahoe wedding because you’ve been coming here for years and already have amazing memories, or you’re just blown away by our stunning scenery and romantic vibes, book your pre-wedding trip soon! Wedding planning is a great excuse to visit Lake Tahoe, so get here soon! Book tours of all of our amazing wedding venues, explore the sites, meet with wedding vendors, and really get the lay of the land before your big day!
Check Out Potential Wedding Vendors
Research the recommended vendors that your possible venue suggests before you officially book your date. Some venues will only let you have certain caterers or entertainment, so it’s important that you also want to go with those select vendors before you book your venue. Also check out our article, The Most Popular Lake Tahoe Wedding Packages, as some vendors like florists, caterers, and photographers are included within a wedding package.
Choose a Wedding Venue
We know that you’ve settled on Lake Tahoe as your wedding location (great choice!), but be sure to explore our beautiful wedding venues to find the right place for your ceremony and reception. Our Tahoe wedding venues are all equally stunning with each of them having its own unique style.
Are you all set with everything you need before booking your Lake Tahoe wedding venue? Contact us now so we can help you get married at one of our magical venues. One of our South Lake Tahoe professionals will quickly respond so we can get you started with planning your big day. We’re excited to hear from you!