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!
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There’s a reason that rustic chic or shabby chic style, whatever you want to call it, has continued to gain popularity over the past few years. In our opinion, rustic weddings have transcended trend status and will be a gorgeous, natural option for wedding couples for years to come.

Take a quick look on Pinterest, and you might think every rustic wedding ceremony happens in the same old barn. So not so! Lake Tahoe provides one of the absolute best backdrops for that romantic rusticness you’re after. As you’re planning your unforgettable day in Tahoe South, keep the following five tips in mind.

1 – Get back to nature

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At its heart, the rustic wedding is all about connecting with natural beauty. Consider how you can incorporate touches of nature in your wedding. Whether you have a fully outdoor wedding and reception with a bonfire and bench seats with cozy blankets, or you move your reception indoors to bask in the soft glow of the sunset over Lake Tahoe, there are endless opportunities to get back to nature. Tree trunk centerpieces, birch bark décor, buckets of daisies and dried petal confetti are just some of the touches you can incorporate.

2 – Nail the details

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Photo Credit: www.deerpearlflowers.com

One of the keys to planning any wedding is paying attention to the details, and for a rustic wedding, that can often mean playing with texture. Burlap is a major component in rustic wedding décor, as is lace, repurposed metal, worn wood and simple glass – think mason jar vases. These all add lovely but understated visual interest, thanks largely to their textures, which will allow you to go a little crazier in other aspects of your wedding planning. (Keep reading for more on that.) Other fun ideas to play with for rustic wedding planning are mismatched dessert dishes and gorgeous twinkle lighting.

3 – Pick a palette that pops

As we mentioned above, your details will probably be on the slightly neutral (though endearingly beautiful) side. That means your wedding party gets to provide the color. Consider a bold shade for your bridesmaids—colors like teal, deep red, or even sequins or florals. Let the men have a little fun, too, with tweed waistcoats or anything-but-black suits.

4 – Go wild

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Photo Credit: www.deerpearlflowers.com/

With the flowers, that is. Picture you and your girls walking down the aisle with mismatched bouquets of lush wildflowers—just go with whatever is in bloom and beautiful at the time of your wedding. Lilies, dahlias, lavender, bluebells… pretty much anything you love. Or go even more unconventional and pick out one big, perfect sunflower.

5 – Plan the ideal menu

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Photo Credit: www.moncheribridals.com

The venues in Tahoe South have some of the most talented wedding planners and chefs in the business, so take advantage of them. Boozy lemonades and iced teas, wildflower-infused cocktails, fried chicken, pulled pork, brisket, slaw, mac and cheese, mashed potato bar, cookie bar, wedding pie instead of cake. Whatever says down-home cooking to you can be elevated for your unforgettable rustic wedding in beautiful Lake Tahoe.

Get more info about our beautiful and exclusive South Lake Tahoe venues: Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, The Ridge Tahoe, The Landing Resort and Spa, Lake Tahoe Cruises / Zephyr Cove Resort, Edgewood Tahoe, and Beach Retreat and Lodge at Tahoe.

For more information about planning your South Tahoe dream wedding, check out Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority (LTVA) website.