Small Tahoe Weddings on a Budget

Hotels, Travel Tips — By christinanellemann on May 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Most people these days are trying to live on a tighter budget and that goes double for couples planning to get married. According to Brides Magazine, the Tahoe area is one of the top places to get married in the United States. However, not every happy couple can afford to spend tens of thousands of dollars on their wedding.

One way to do your wedding on the cheap is to keep it small. The Tahoe area has some wonderful ceremony and reception locations for a simple and affordable wedding. These five Tahoe restaurants and hotels will help to keep your intimate wedding within your budget.

Shore House

The Shore House on the Tahoe North Shore specializes in intimate weddings at Lake Tahoe and can accommodate up to 25 people. Your ceremony can take place on the lodge’s pier or in the lakefront gardens. The lakefront dining room has a large river rock fireplace, pine walls and log furnishings offering a warm mountain lodge atmosphere. You and your guests may also enjoy the event room that overlooks the lake and the courtyard. Their Ultimate Intimate Wedding for 12 guests costs around $2,100 and that includes the ceremony and minister, two nights lodging, the wedding cake and flowers, champagne, breakfast in bed for the couple and a couple’s massage.

Soule Domain

The Soule Domain on the lake’s North Shore has been voted one of the best places to take a date in North Lake Tahoe for years and the ultimate date can be had at their mountain lodge. The restaurant can accommodate parties up to 44 and they will work with you on the menu, drinks, decor, music and other wedding details.

Martis Valley Grille at Northstar at Tahoe

The Martis Valley Grille is located on the golf course at the Northstar Resort near Truckee. It’s only available during the summer months, but the restaurant offers stunning views of the Martis Valley and surrounding mountain peaks. Ceremonies can be performed on the deck or in Dustin’s Grove. The Grille can accommodate up to 75 people and for between $1,900 and $2,900 (depending on the day) a wedding couple can receive table and chair setup, on-site parking, a cake cutting service, champagne and bartender service, an event planner and complimentary accommodations for one night.

Tahoe Lakeshore Lodge & Spa

This hidden gem on the shores of South Lake Tahoe is perfect for a beach wedding. All lodge rooms are lakefront and they also have condos available. The Lakeshore Lodge also has a  heated pool, spa and jacuzzi. They will service up to 50 guests and you can choose from one of three preferred professional wedding vendors to handle your wedding ceremony details. They all have special packages specifically designed for the outdoor location that include the ceremony site, chairs, arch, photography and more.

Heavenly Gondola

For something a little different, get married at the mid-station lookout of the Heavenly Ski Resort. Enjoy magnificent panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and ride with up the Heavenly Gondola with up to 20 guests. This location is available year round and location fees fees are $32 per person for the Gondola ride, round-trip, plus $75 for the wedding permits.


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