Lake Tahoe's Whimsical Weddings: Venues
  • 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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    When it comes to finding the perfect venue for tying the knot in Tahoe, the possibilities are endless. Private estates, world-class restaurants, luxury hotels, quaint wedding chapels, mountaintop ceremonies and chartered cruises all boast one-of-a-kind experiences that can be customized for any couple, on any budget.

    “Tahoe has it all when it comes to venues, and we are able to provide a unique style for each wedding avenue,” Loberg said.

    As the wedding specialist for Lake Tahoe Cruises, Loberg serves as the mastermind for on-the-water ceremonies. The company’s fleet of paddlewheelers and cruises provides unmatched vessels for intimate, private services, and a team of wedding planners is always on deck to ensure no flower has wilted, no cake overturned, no detail overlooked.

    “From the Tahoe Paradise Yacht to the Paddlewheelers, the Tahoe Queen and MS Dixie II, we can accommodate the largest groups of any vessel in Lake Tahoe,” Loberg said. “Our packages are also built a la carte, allowing you to easily build the wedding of your dreams — from our public cruises with an Emerald Bay backdrop during dinner, to an exclusive wedding charter — you choose your scenery.”

    For brides and grooms devoid of proper sea legs, a classic, mahogany-style, lakefront restaurant may be the perfect spot for saying “I do.” Each cardinal point around the lake offers an array of fine-dining outlets for year-round wedding events of any size and budget.

    “Gar Woods is situated on North Lake Tahoe and is, what I think, one of the best banquet venues in the area because of the view and location,” said Ilana Mador, group sales and marketing manager for Gar Woods Grill & Pier in Carnelian Bay. “The entire second level of the restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lake Tahoe and we can accommodate any party size.”

    Gar Wood’s sister restaurant, Riva Grill in South Lake Tahoe, also offers a customized experience with award-winning cuisine tailored to specific needs and on-site event planners to oversee the process from start to finish. Establishments like the West Shore Café (Homewood), Captain Jon’s (Tahoe Vista) and Jake’s on the Lake (Tahoe City), to name a few, are also known for their unsurpassed views, quality menus and banquet facilities.

    “We have a beautiful venue here and we do a lot of small weddings and rehearsal dinners, but our establishment is always open for larger scale weddings that offer that lakefront experience,” said Danielle McCord, banquet manager at Jake’s. “Everything is taken care of as far as the food and drinks, and we can do the service right in house so you don’t have to look outside for other vendors.”

    As a bride-to-be, McCord personally recognizes the value in selecting a venue that will provide the overall foundation for a wedding.

    “Planning your wedding at an already-set establishment, like Jake’s on the Lake, is a cost-effective way to maximize your experience because we already have the tables, chairs and linens, food and alcohol — and of course the view,” said McCord, who will tie the knot in North Lake Tahoe this July.