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Area offers versatility, choices in making the perfect day extra special


NORTH LAKE TAHOE (summer 2014) — One of the most symbolic moments in a relationship is your Wedding. Choosing a venue means the rest of the planning can commence, as location determines look, feel and theme. It’s how you know which flowers to pick and say yes to a perfect dress that will compliment the setting.

A tour through North Lake Tahoe offers a multitude of serene options with beauty after every turn.

North Lake Tahoe is an ideal destination for tying the knot as it boasts weddings on the beach, in the mountains, in and above the water. There’s also access to some of the most historic and beautiful mansions in the west.

“Lake Tahoe is obviously the biggest draw for weddings,” said Johanna Lasseter-Curtis of Cake Tahoe. “It’s one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and many people want it as a back drop. There are an abundance of ways to experience the lake, there is truly a place for every couple here.”

For decades, North Lake Tahoe has been a special place for weddings. The area is stacked with industry professionals, all of whom can plan out your perfect day. In addition, cakes, catering, flowers, dresses and other wedding amenities can be purchased on the north shore, adding local charm and sentiment.

Listed below are of some of the most treasured and unique places to get hitched and host a reception.

On The Beach

North Lake Tahoe is known for its beaches because they are breathtaking, each different in their own way. Hot spots like Meeks Bay and Sugar Pine Point have large pine trees draping the sand to provide adequate shade. The West Shore Café and gated mansions along the west side offer luxurious accommodations, many with beach and pier access.

Light sand and uninterrupted mountain views line California and Nevada’s north shore, including Tahoe City, Carnelian Bay, Tahoe Vista and Kings Beach. Well-known locations like the North Tahoe Events Center are also peppered with smaller, more intimate venues like bed & breakfasts and restaurants. Moving into Nevada, Sand Harbor, Hidden Beach and locations like Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa Casino, transform a typical wedding into one that is visually stunning and memorable for everyone involved.

Mountain Magic

Have you ever seen a wedding where the bride and groom enter and exit the ceremony on a chair lift? Making for the perfect Tahoe photo opportunity, mountain weddings are picturesque because they combine the beauty of the lake with the powerful landscape of mountains. At a higher elevation, guests experience panoramic beauty of North Lake Tahoe.

Ski resorts like Mt. Rose, Northstar, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Sugar Bowl all have year-round wedding planning experts and venues within that allow the bride and groom to relax and enjoy the event at hand. Lodges at each resort are tremendously luxurious and warm with large windows and multiple fireplaces.

Whether indoor or outdoor, North Lake Tahoe has some of the finest resorts nestled in the trees. The Ritz-Carlton has multiple ceremony and reception locations all of which exquisitely represent the region.

Adventurous weddings

North Lake Tahoe is full of fun, adventure and human powered sports; a primary reason outdoor enthusiasts and thrill seekers visit every year.

There are few places where vows can be performed hundreds of feet above a lake, in the water or among the trees. Welcome to North Lake Tahoe.

Vendors specialize in exotic weddings where couples can say “I do” while paragliding 200 feet above Lake Tahoe attached to a high-speed boat. The groom can kiss his bride atop a paddleboard and float off in the sunset. The Tahoe Gal cruises guests from Tahoe City to Emerald Bay. Hot air balloons, hang gliding, helicopter rides and more can refresh thrill-seeking couples and those who are looking for something different.

North Lake Tahoe has some of the best hiking in the country, a wedding can even take place at your favorite look-out point.

Historic mansions

The famous Thunderbird Lodge is a national historic site and one of several mansions and estates available for a wedding or reception.

The Thunderbird was built in 1936 and still offers old-time charm and finishes that take you back in time.

Other mansions and estates that hold special value are Erhman Mansion at Sugar Pine Point State Park, the Kehlet Mansion in Meeks Bay, the Chateua at Incline Village, the Madden Creek estate and the River Estate. Most of these venues have indoor and outdoor facilities that can be custom-fitted to your liking.

All of these venues offer splendid views of the lake and luxurious accommodations.


Teams of wedding experts are packed around North Lake Tahoe, from beauty magicians to planners to flower gatherers to caterers and cake decorators. Details will never be overlooked, antique stores and local artisans help complete the full mountain appeal.

Your worry-free wedding awaits in North Lake Tahoe.

About North Lake Tahoe:

For more information about North Lake Tahoe, visit And for the best bargains, including lodging, check out the “Cool Deals” tab, which is updated daily. North LakeTahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. Visitor information centers are located at 100 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village.