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If narrowing your guest list down to plan a small, intimate wedding isn’t in the cards for you and you are looking forward to the time when large get-togethers are allowed & welcomed again, a little planning & thought will help make everyone feel comfortable. And, certainly, with the wide-open spaces and outdoor beauty, Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to plan the big wedding of your dreams! We’re all looking forward to the days we can get back to normal and get together with all of our favorite people, and there’s just no better way to celebrate that return to normalcy than by planning a wedding! Let’s talk about some ways you can plan the ultimate wedding event that will help your nearest and dearest reconnect and celebrate your life and love.

When you’re hosting a big wedding, there’s a lot of planning involved. Organizing a big wedding post-COVID will require even more planning! Don’t worry, though, we’ve got all the tips and ideas to get you started and Lake Tahoe wedding planners are second to none when it comes to helping you plan your dream day!

Plan Ahead
The next few years are going to be busier than ever when it comes to planning big weddings! So many couples had to postpone planning their weddings, 2022 and 2023 are going to be huge years full of wedding festivities and other events! With so much to plan around, you’ll need to plan early and get the word out quickly on when your big day will be. Stay open-minded about dates during your initial planning so that you can find the right venue with enough time for your large guest list to plan and make travel arrangements.

Start Big
When you’re planning a big wedding, think grand! Know how many guests you’re planning for so that you can find the right wedding venue to keep everyone comfortable, happy, and safe. As we look ahead to a world with fewer restrictions and safety precautions, you’re still going to want to ensure your wedding venue is large enough to comfortably accommodate all of your guests. Even if we don’t have to stay six feet apart, no one is going to have fun crammed at a too-small table or getting stepped on while dancing on a too-small dance floor. There are plenty of gorgeous, spacious wedding venues here in Lake Tahoe that can’t wait to help you plan your ultimate wedding, so be sure to do your research and talk to them about how many guests you’ll be bringing to make sure you’re booking a comfortable space for everyone on your list!

Think Logistically
Once you’ve narrowed down the list of Tahoe wedding venues that are large enough to fit your guest list, talk to your wedding planner or venue staff about the logistical details. How many restrooms are on-site and available for your guests? Are they easily accessible? Outdoor weddings are amazing and often provide large, safe spaces for big groups, but will the inclement weather backup plan safely accommodate your guests? Think through your food and beverage options, and talk to your event staff to help you find the right menus and bar setups to keep your guests well-fed and merry all night long!

Include Health & Safety Measures
Even with the vaccine rollout and restrictions starting to relax, the health and safety precautions that have become a way of life for us will still be top of mind for many of your guests. As you’re planning a large event, make safe and responsible decisions when it comes to the health and safety of your loved ones. Weddings after COVID will still include health and safety measures like sanitizer stations, rapid testing opportunities or on-site day of testing, and venue layouts with enough room for people to feel comfortable.

Make Time for Everyone
It’s easy to feel lost in the crowd at a big wedding, but when the happy couple makes the time to try and see everyone on the guest list, you’ll be creating life-long memories. If you’re inviting someone to your wedding, they must mean a lot to you, so incorporate some small moments throughout your event. Schedule your photos before the ceremony so you have more time with your guests. Plan a pre-wedding cocktail hour for your co-workers. Host a welcome party for old friends. Invite extended family to your rehearsal dinner. Whether you’re local to Lake Tahoe or planning a destination wedding, there are so many ways to create moments of connection while you’re here. Your wedding ceremony and reception will be the biggest draw, but planning smaller group gatherings will really allow you to see everyone on your guest list!

Embrace All That Tahoe Has to Offer
Post-COVID, many of your guests will welcome the chance to get away from it all and see your Lake Tahoe wedding as a real vacation! Help them explore and make the most of their time here by providing information and ideas for things to do while they are here! Lake Tahoe is a year-round playground, there is certainly no shortage of activities, recreation, shopping, and sightseeing to do here. Whether you have some wedding weekend activities planned that you open up to everyone, or you just provide them with all of the information and let them plan their own off-time, make sure you let everyone know they should plan to stay an extra day (or more!) when they travel to Lake Tahoe for your wedding.

Make It Personal
Too many people think of big weddings as impersonal events that lack the romance and connection of more intimate weddings. We beg to differ. Especially in a post-COVID world, big weddings are an amazing opportunity to reconnect and get back together with your family and friends. Focus on adding really personal, memorable touches to your big day so that everyone feels included and appreciated. Show them how much you love each other and their company with some thoughtful details. Embrace the beauty and excitement of Lake Tahoe with localized wedding favors, fun late-night snacks, personalized menus or even small welcome gifts to get the party started.

Get Excited
Planning a post-COVID wedding is such an exciting honor! You get the chance to gather your family and friends in a way that hasn’t been possible for all too long. Gone are the days of taking weddings or any large gathering for granted, your wedding will be such an incredible experience for everyone on your guest list! After such a stressful time, give yourself, family, and friends a reason to celebrate and get excited about your big Lake Tahoe wedding!

We can’t wait to help you make your large Lake Tahoe wedding dreams come true! Start by exploring our venues to find the perfect spot for your big day.