Lake Tahoe Weddings

Whether you’ve planned an elaborate destination wedding or you and your lover made a spur of the moment decision, Lake Tahoe weddings guarantee your special day will be scenic and romantic. Walk down the aisle of a charming chapel at a South Lake Tahoe wedding, perch on the edge of a dock that stretches into the lake in a Tahoe City wedding or exchange your vows at a Truckee wedding held underneath the shady pine trees at the base of a mountain.

So Many Possibilities for Lake Tahoe Weddings

A Lake Tahoe wedding can be a small and intimate ceremony in a chapel, an extravagant affair on the lawn of lakeside resort or a casual exchange of vows in a rustic lodge. In other words, your Lake Tahoe wedding is as elaborate or casual as you want it to be.

Accommodations ranging from resorts, inns, hotels and rentals are available to you and your wedding party – some of them will even let you hold the ceremony there! Imagine your wedding on the grassy lawn of your rental that overlooks the crystal clear lake. Incline Village wedding parties have the advantage of choosing a nationally known resort setting or a simple ceremony in an aspen grove. Or you can enjoy the mountain setting that Lake Tahoe also embraces and have a Squaw Valley wedding in a cozy chateau. Feel like your wedding isn’t complete without your four-legged, furry best friend? Kings Beach weddings supply an assortment of venues that welcome dogs.

Of course it takes more than a venue to make your wedding day memorable. Lake Tahoe weddings go off without a hitch with the help of the area’s wedding planners, caterers, photographers and more. These people are experienced wedding professionals and will work with you to create your dream ceremony. Looking for vegan hors-d’oeuvres to enjoy during the reception? Lake Tahoe wedding caterers with munchies that’ll keep you going between dancing the Electric Slide and taking photos.

No matter the venue or the budget, Lake Tahoe’s natural beauty will give you a romantically bucolic wedding that would turn Ralph Waldo Emerson green with envy.

 

Big Water Grille

341 Ski Way, Incline Village, NV
(775) 833-0606

“Big water” is one meaning attributed to the Washoe name for the lake, Tahoe. You can see just how big that water is when you take in the panoramic views from the spacious dining room of the Big Water Grille. Serving seasonal selections of California bistro cuisine, there’s a great list of starters like the ahi poke or pan-roasted quail plus fresh vegetable sides and some serious steak burgers. The hearty main courses include pan-seared duck breast, a smoked rib eye and nightly fresh seafood specials. They have a wrap-around bar with a separate food menu, signature martinis, craft cocktails and beer. The wine list is extensive with more than 200 international selections. Appetizer and drink specials occur Wednesdays in the spring and fall. Just down the road from Diamond Peak, the Big Water Grille is a great place to stop in after a day on the slopes to warm yourself by the fire. Whenever you go, get there early enough to catch an amazing Sierra sunset over the big water of Lake Tahoe. They're open for dinner Wednesday through Monday.

Tahoe Donner

11509 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9400

The sprawling Tahoe Donner subdivision and its 6,000-plus homes above Truckee is many things to lots of people. For some it is their home neighborhood; for others it’s where they rent a house for a few days in winter or summer. Locals and visitors all take advantage of the Tahoe Donner Association’s 7,000 acres and equally vast amenities available to homeowners as well as to the public. The association’s clubhouses are members only, but the public can experience Tahoe Donner for free or pay-to-play at top-notch offerings such as the 18-hole golf course, the equestrian center for riding lessons, the cross-country ski center and its 100 km of groomed trails and kid-friendly snow-play area. The downhill ski center is ideal for little kids (and adults) to learn skiing and snowboarding. More than 60 miles of trails and fire roads wind through nearly 3,500 acres of open space and can be explored for free on foot, bike or snowshoes. And after all that exploring, Tahoe Donner has a variety of places to dine. The Lodge Restaurant and Pub has indoor and outdoor dining next to the golf course. Pizza on the Hill also offers other fare plus a full bar and game room for the kids. Also keep an eye open for events open to the public held at various times in the season.

West End Beach

Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District
15962 South Shore Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7720

Lake Tahoe, 15 minutes away, gets all the attention, but Truckee has a gem of its own: Donner Lake. While not as big and broad as Big Blue, Donner Lake offers up a good bit of watery fun too. One of the best places to access Donner is West End Beach. In summer months during the day, there is a modest admission fee to enter the 10-acre west end area, but the sandy beach and roped-off, kid-friendly swim area is the place to take youngsters to build sand castles and splash in the water all under the watch of life guards. Operated by the Truckee Donner Park and Recreation Department, West End Beach also has paddleboards, kayaks and pedal boats available to rent. There is plenty of free fun once into the beach area: two playgrounds for kids to get their kicks on, a sand volleyball court, tennis court, a basketball court and horseshoe pits. A snack bar serves up soft drinks, hot dogs and ice cream. Get there early and stake out a picnic table and grill. There are shady group picnic areas available by reservation. Local's only tip: If you can wait until after the summer operating hours, access to the beach is free, but gates close at sundown so do your grilling quickly. 

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Gus' Open Pit Barbecue

930 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village, NV
(775) 831-4487

Born out of a mobile catering grill, Gus’ Open Pit Barbecue is not your usual barbecue joint. While most types of grilling originated in the south, Gus’ employs a California style that came from the central coast around the town of Santa Maria. Tri-tip, seasoned with a dry rub, is slow grilled over an open fire of red oak. It’s served straight, without sauce, so you can enjoy the full flavor of the meat. Sides of green salad, garlic bread and pinquito beans – shipped specially up from the central coast – complete the Santa Maria experience. Chicken, pulled pork, hot links, St. Louis ribs as well as sandwiches, sides and appetizers (don’t pass on the pickle fries) round out the menu. Upstairs there’s an open dining space with a vaulted ceiling and lots of wood, a sunken bar serving craft cocktails and a wide selection of beers and a 140-inch video wall for watching sports. The downstairs is more intimate, with two smaller dining rooms and outside tables on the deck. They’ve got Happy Hour deals and specials during NFL games. Gus’ is open Thursday through Monday for dinner, Friday and Sunday for lunch. And they’ve still got that mobile griller for all your catering needs.

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Talbot Photography

889 Tahoe Blvd., Suite C, Incline Village, NV
(775) 832-7054

It’s near impossible to spend any amount of time in the Lake Tahoe region without encountering the photography of Chris Talbot. His images of the lake and its surrounding natural beauty may be found on the walls of hotels (including a large exhibit at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe), restaurants, offices, homes and in gift shops throughout the basin. Besides Tahoe he’s also spent much of his life traveling the world and has wonderful images from throughout Asia, Eastern Europe and Central America as well as rural Nevada and other stateside locales. Chris excels at real estate, architecture, resort, golf and food photography and has been published in numerous golf, travel and real estate publications. Talbot Photography also shoots portraits and special events around Lake Tahoe, having photographed over 700 weddings. Chris understands every aspect of photo composition and passes this knowledge on through custom photography tours around Lake Tahoe. He will take you to the most scenic spots and train you in the technical and practical aspects of taking the best photo you can. Whether you’re looking for a wedding photographer, some schooling on your camera skills (and a guide around the lake) or just something beautiful to hang on your wall, check out Talbot Photography.

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