Lake Tahoe's Whimsical Weddings: Activities
  • From the venues, to the recreation activities, to the music, to the region’s camaraderie, there’s nothing like tying the knot in Tahoe

    By Jenny Goldsmith
    Tahoe Magazine

    Lake Tahoe weddings are unparalleled when it comes to beauty, romance and caliber. From a private wedding onboard a luxury yacht to a rustic cabin setting with family and friends; from an extravagant helicopter ceremony in the bluebird sky to an upscale exchange of vows at one of Tahoe’s luxury resorts, the Tahoe region offers a myriad of wedding opportunities for any style, budget or taste.

    “With some of the most gorgeous scenery in the world, Tahoe provides a romantic backdrop unlike any other,” said Danielle Loberg, event coordinator with Lake Tahoe Cruises and Zephyr Cove Resort. “Whether the beach, mountains, banquet halls; sunshine or snow, you can have the wedding you have always dreamed about.”

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    For outdoor-enthusiast brides and grooms like Hartman and Yorkey, Tahoe is the quintessential destination for their friends and family who want to take advantage of the region’s myriad of activities.

    “Everyone loves coming to Tahoe and there really is something to offer everyone here,” Hartman said of her hometown. “When planning our wedding, we chose Tahoe because we feel so connected to the area, but we also wanted a destination wedding that all of our guests can enjoy, whether they want to relax on the beach, go water skiing, hiking, mountain biking or golfing — Tahoe has it all, so it will be a nice vacation for our guests.”

    And that’s where a wedding planner can come in handy. With so many diverse, year-round opportunities to explore the region, hiring an event coordinator can help guests navigate the infinite number of recreational options.

    “The real hallmark of the Tahoe bride and groom is that they tend to be a very active couple and want to plan a wedding destination that offers skiing, mountain biking, water skiing, boating, horseback riding, hiking and yoga,” said Scott Corridan, a Tahoe-based event planner who is featured as one of In Style Magazine’s Top 10 Celebrity Event Producers. “Couples are here to celebrate their wedding and have that amazing experience, but outside of that, they’re building all these other wonderful wedding memories for their guests as well.”

    For guests not necessarily seeking an adrenaline rush, the casinos, shopping boutiques, spas and museums throughout the basin can keep their blood pressure down, while still highlighting what the region has to offer.

    “Tahoe has all the appeal,” said Melissa Panico, owner of MAP Events, based in San Francisco and North Lake Tahoe. “A lot of my Bay Area clients have memories of Lake Tahoe from their childhood, and that connection makes it a very special place for them to get married.”