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!

Your wedding day will be one of the most incredible days of your life — so you deserve to have a special day that truly reflects your personality as a couple. Think you have to include all the tried-and-true traditions? Your South Lake Tahoe wedding will be more memorable when you come up with your own special twists on old wedding-day favorites.

Ah, tradition. There are so many traditions associated with weddings, many of which your parents — and even grandparents — may expect you to follow. But remember that your wedding is your time to shine, and with a little bit of creativity and planning, you can celebrate your wedding in your own way, while still tying in traditions from the past. Bringing a bit of crazy into your wedding might even get you a smile from grumpy Aunt Millie! Stranger things have happened.

Hard Rock cafe Lake Tahoe wedding

photo credit: Hard Rock Cafe Lake Tahoe

Put a little rock in that roll

Rehearsal dinners can be fun, elegant or just plain boring with all the toasts and speeches. If you worry that too many old-fashioned traditions will bore your friends silly, consider mixing it up a bit. One of the best parts about any wedding-related gathering is the music — and no venue in South Lake Tahoe celebrates music better than the Hard Rock Cafe. Host friends and family after your wedding rehearsal and surround your celebration with an impressive collection of rock and roll memorabilia. Arrange for a DJ or a live band and rock the night away to your heart’s content. And don’t forget to check in with Aunt Millie for a dance or two.

south lake tahoe wedding

photo credit: Tahoe Wedding Sites

Make a grand entrance

Traditionally, the bride walks down the aisle towards the altar, accompanied by her father or significant man in her life. Sound a bit tame for you? You can keep your ceremony entrance somewhat traditional, then make a crazy-grand entrance at your reception! If you host your wedding reception at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel why not take a run down the slopes at Heavenly in your wedding dress and tuxedo before the reception begins? Making a grand entrance at the Zephyr Cove Resort is fun when you do it on a stand-up paddleboards. Mix it up a bit so your guests aren’t already anticipating the next step in your celebration and keep your personalities front and center. Winter weddings in South Lake Tahoe are the perfect time for an entrance on a snowmobile — for the truly adventurous couple.

dr who wedding party

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Don’t feel trapped by tradition

While traditions exist in almost every aspect of your wedding ceremony and reception, there are ways to compromise. If your mother insists that you wear satin pumps under your gown for the ceremony, change them out to flip-flops with rhinestones for the reception. Pose for the traditional wedding portraits with family and wedding party members, then bring the fun to your photo shoot with crazy poses and photo booth props. Add your own twist on the traditional dances by learning a fun flash mob routine with your parents or wedding party members. Or bring your love of pop culture (Dr. Who, Minecraft or Star Wars, anyone?) into your celebration with special cakes, table decorations or favors that showcase your “other” infatuation.

Bring your personality to your celebration by adding a bit of yourselves to your South Lake Tahoe wedding ceremony and reception. Who knows, it may be the most fun Aunt Millie has had in this century.