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You’re going to be flooded with all sorts of emotion on your wedding day, some unexpected, but all welcome; feeling feelings is okay. But there’s a line between being emotional and letting all the feels get the better of you.

The good news is you’ve already made the right step in ensuring you stay cool, calm and collected on your big day by picking the ultimate place-of-peace: Lake Tahoe. Thanks to the natural beauty of the Sierras, your Lake Tahoe wedding venue has no choice but to be beautiful, and in that beauty you’ll find a deep sense of tranquility. Just one view of the lake is enough to soften any heart.

Nervous or not, Tahoe’s got this way of making you want to get out and explore her beauty. She’s irresistible. The towering pines alone give off an aroma that’ll ease any degree of stress. But besides hugging trees and deeply breathing in their scent, here are some easy ways to quell your pre-wedding nerves.

Go for a hike: We’re not talking 10 miles up vertical terrain; rather, something gentle, something restorative, something you probably wouldn’t need more than a bottle of water and one tasty snack on (chocolate-covered strawbs, anyone?).

In any given situation, your Tahoe wedding location will be within minutes of a trailhead. That’s just the nature of Tahoe—there are trails everywhere. Bringing your bridesmaids with you will mean you can all breathe deeply, all release any last-minute jitters, and all feel that much more in sync.

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Polar-plunge: Crazy as it may sound, jumping into Lake Tahoe is perhaps the best way to feel instantly rejuvenated. The cool water is invigorating, and being brave enough to plunge in will make you feel as though you can conquer anything. Bonus: jumping in and out is quick, making sure you have plenty of time to attend to other “business.”

Stretch on the beach: Whether you’re a yogi or as flexible as LEGO dolls, stretching does any body good. Loosening your muscles will help you feel more comfortable in your dress, and it’ll also clear your mind. Stretching is grounding, and throw in the sand, lake, and sound of chirping blue jays, and you’re guaranteed to come out zen. All it takes is ten minutes.

If you’re not in the mood for endorphins, you can also find a secluded picnic bench where you can jot down your emotions. Not only will this release any bottled-up feelings, it’ll provide something fun to read in years to come.

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Did you know 63 streams flow into Lake Tahoe, but there’s only outlet, the Truckee River? That Lake Tahoe’s the second deepest lake in the U.S., reaching a depth of 1,645ft?! Or that the middle is not the deepest part of the lake; the deepest point is in Crystal Bay?

Your guests are already going to be thrilled you chose to have a Lake Tahoe wedding, and there’s no better way to keep their enthusiasm running strong than by surprising them in conversation with some fun facts about the area. You could even go one step further by listing a few on the back of your menu cards, or by putting one on each place card; this way guests can swap facts amongst one another. How’s that for breaking ice and starting conversation?

Without further ado, here are some facts pertaining to your Lake Tahoe wedding location you’ll be chomping at the bit to tell your friends and family. To them, you’ll not only be a bride, but a fountain of knowledge. Cheers to that.

Lake Tahoe is:

Over 2 million years old, making it one of the 20 oldest lakes in the world.

The largest alpine lake in North America.

2/3 in California, 1/3 in Nevada.

16th deepest lake in the world, so deep it never freezes, and so deep you could stand the Empire State Building in it and not see the top.

22 miles long (that’s as long as the English Channel is wide), and 12 miles wide.

99.994% pure water, making it one of the purest large lakes in the world. To compare, commercially distilled water is 99.998% pure.

So clear because half the water entering it is rain or snow falling directly on it.

Lake Tahoe has:

72 miles of shoreline.

270 days of sunshine per year.

Enough water to submerge California by 15” if it were emptied.

A lighthouse in Rubicon Bay that was once the highest elevation lighthouse in the world.

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When the big weekend arrives, even the most excited guests could use a little boost! And there’s no better way to treat your nearest and dearest than with the perfect Lake Tahoe wedding welcome bag. This Fall and Winter, our advice is to stuff those goody bags chock-full of cool-weather treats, and kick off that wedding weekend in the yummiest ways!

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Step 1: Start by choosing a unique packaging to hold your welcome goodies. We like a canvas bags or wooden boxes that guests can reuse. You can even iron on details to make it more personal.

Step 2: Start building your bag. Infuse a personal touch by adding treats that are locally sourced, special to you as a couple, or are unique finds for your guests. Include warm drinks like hot cocoa, tea or coffee and sweet bites to make guests feel at home. Try a package of granola and honey to be enjoyed in the morning.

Step 3: Be sure to include a map or activities card for guests to reference. If you have a wedding website with an online itinerary, be sure to direct your guests there for more information.

Step 4: A sweet additional and personalized touch, handwritten ‘Thank You’ notes for each guest are a thoughtful gesture that go a long way.

Step 5: Your welcome bag is ready for delivery! Your guests will love their warm welcome due to every thoughtful detail.

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Welcome Bag

Your guests have traveled a long way to see you marry the love of your life. Welcome them to your Lake Tahoe destination wedding with the perfect goody bag that is filled with thoughtful gifts and useful items specific to a weekend in Tahoe! I’ve put together a list of welcome bag musts that can be found at local stores including the incredible Bespoke in downtown Truckee, Fine N Funky and Tahoe House in Tahoe City.

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1.  You want to thank your guests for travelling to Tahoe to celebrate your marriage. Include a welcome note and an itinerary with all the weekend details. Find great cards from Lark Press at Bespoke.

2. Help your guest’s satisfy their sweet tooth with a homemade cookie or baked good from Tahoe House. Also great as a midnight snack!

3. You can never have too much chocolate, throw in some more sweets with a bar of Mast Brothers Chocolate from Bespoke. The packaging is so gorgeous you won’t want to eat it!

4. Whether it’s summer or winter, the sun is shining in Tahoe! Make sure to include a skin and nature friendly bottle of sunscreen. You can find Aveeno at Bespoke and Kiehl’s at Fine N Funky.

5. Lake Tahoe has a very dry climate. Keep your guests hydrated by including a glass water bottle from Lifefactory.

6. A great looking map (print) of Lake Tahoe. This map was commissioned for the Basecamp Hotel in South Lake Tahoe by Wendy Macnaughton and can be purchased on Etsy.

7. Stay warm with an American-made wool blanket from Bespoke. Perfect if your guests have a moment to picnic at the lake.

8. Support the Keep Tahoe Blue Organization and include a snazzy blue sticker in your bag. Stickers can be purchased at many local retailers along with a Tahoe Quarterly Magazine. Perfect for keeping up with local events and all the hot spots in Tahoe.

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What To Wear To A Lake Tahoe Wedding

The most important thing to remember when shopping for a Lake Tahoe wedding is you want to look cool and stylish, but you don’t want to distract from the bride or draw attention for the wrong reasons. We recommend you use the wording on the invitation or the time of year to determine your wedding attire. Casual Summer = Sundress, Semi-Formal = Cocktail Dress and Black Tie = Long Evening Gown.

But first, let us tell you the ground rules for dressing for a wedding.

Rule number one: Don’t ever, EVER wear white to a wedding. Also avoid wearing white to pre-wedding festivities, like the engagement party, shower or rehearsal dinner. The only exception to this rule is if there’s an all-white dress code for one of the celebrations.

Rule number two: It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. If an invite says “black tie optional,” err on the side of caution and wear a long dress or dark suit or tux. Like your mom always said, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Rule number three: You can wear black to a wedding—it’s not off-limits. It used to be taboo to wear black to weddings, but now a little black dress is totally appropriate for an evening affair.

Rule number four: Always be respectful to religious affiliations. If you know the wedding is going to be held in a Catholic church, it might not be a bad idea to cover bare arms with a sweater and avoid showing too much leg or cleavage.

Our friends at The Black Tux came up with this great infographic to help you, and your man, decide:

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As summer comes to end and we head into the most beautiful and magical time of the year, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe prepares for exquisite winter wonderland weddings. The resort offers a stunning setting for destination weddings, with couples exchanging vows high above the treetops and in the midst of the most beautiful snow-capped mountains in the country.

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The resort offers an outdoor wedding venue with picturesque views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range as well as several venues for a gorgeous indoor celebration hosting up to 350 guests. The various event spaces offered are large enough for multi-day cultural weddings, where marriages are elaborate occasions of rituals and customs, including both pre- and post-wedding ceremonies. Examples include a traditional Hindu marriage which embraces events such as the Haldi Ceremony, the Mehndi Night and the Sangeetor, among several others, and cultural ceremonies such as the Sofreh Aghd, known in Persian weddings.

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Indoor wedding venues include two ballrooms, each showcasing breathtaking scenery that can be taken in from floor to ceiling windows, and provide uncompromised views of the widely recognized white-capped mountains. Each expansive indoor space also provides a beautiful outdoor balcony from the ballroom, which gives guests both an indoor and outdoor experience during their Lake Tahoe wedding celebration. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom offers a refined mountain setting with amazing views of the Sierra Nevada mountains through floor-to-ceiling windows and can hold up to 350 guests; The Pines Ballroom seats up to 140 guests; and the Private Dining Room in Manzanita is the perfect venue for a smaller wedding as it seats up to 25 guests.

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The Fireside Terrace is an outdoor venue option for an unforgettable winter wedding ceremony that features a 2,000-square-foot stone terrace highlighted by a seven-foot outdoor fire feature that will bring magic to a wedding ceremony for up to 200 guests.

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“It is such an honor to be able to create such magical and memorable events in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world,” said Amber Kijanka, catering sales manager. “The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe in the winter is a site unlike any other and every wedding guest and newlywed leaves here with a new appreciation for the season.”

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The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is sure to bring any dream wedding to life and is dedicated to creating a unique and memorable destination wedding experience for this once-in-a-lifetime occasion. Beyond the measure of elegance that The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe brings to each and every wedding, there are many small touches that make a Ritz-Carlton wedding like no other, including:

  • Assistance of a Ritz-Carlton Special Events Manager to personally oversee every detail
  • Personal Event Concierge service on wedding day
  • Dedicated Banquet Captain to ensure a seamless event
  • Ritz-Carlton floor length linens with white napkins
  • Ritz-Carlton dishware including charger, silverware and glassware
  • 72-inch round tables and venue appropriate chairs
  • Staging and dance floor
  • Preferred wedding guest room rates for out-of-town guests
  • White glove synchronized service for plated dinners at our impeccable wedding venues
  • Ritz-Carlton champagne and chocolate covered strawberries on wedding night
  • Breakfast in bed the following morning
  • Exclusive Wedding Package including open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast, two-course plated dinner selection and custom wedding cake*

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Your wedding day should be the most romantic event of your life, a day to be remembered forever.  This is why you want to plan carefully in advance, so that every single detail fits in the magical picture of your lifetime. While the wedding dress can be the centre of attention, the wedding bouquet is just as important. In fact, it’s an essential accessory that can make the whole look.

The design and color of the wedding bouquet not only enhances your beauty, as the bride, but can also act as a symbol of what is important to you and your love. The choice of flowers describes your personality and the message of love you wish to send to your partner. Garden roses are a wonderful take on the traditional commercial rose and come in a variety of colors, each with their own meaning.

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Rose Meanings by Color

Roses are the most popular choice for the wedding bouquet because they symbolize love, sensuality, and joy. Each color represents a specific passion, so you can choose the colors of roses which best capture the love you share with your partner and the uniqueness of your relationship.

Red symbolizes passion, true love, and desire. The beauty of red roses has been adored throughout history. The rich, vivid hues of the red rose and the delicacy of its petals make it the queen of all flowers.

Pink roses come in many different shades and are incredibly popular in bridal bouquets. They represent grace, harmony, innocence, and joy. The special shade of pink called bridal pink is a perfect choice for your wedding bouquet.

White roses are like clouds, delicate and elegant. If your wedding bouquet is made of white roses, then it suggests more than just passion. It is a symbol of eternal love and innocence of the heart that will endure throughout time.

Yellow is the color of joy and love that has nurtured into the strongest relationship possible.

Your Perfect Wedding Bouquet

Once you start your wedding preparations, apart from the excitement and happiness you feel, you might also feel a bit stressed. After all, there are so many things to think about, including the wedding bouquet, the type of flowers you will use, and their styles, colors and sizes.  The rule is that if you are petite then you should choose a small bouquet. For taller brides, larger ones are recommended, but make sure the rose bouquet is not too heavy or too big because you want your wedding dress to be the focal point. Here are a few tips and ideas to help you become the beauty queen on your most special day.

Simple But Sweet
A wedding bouquet made of garden roses in shades of pink, cream and white decorated with a white ribbon.

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Vibrantly Colorful
The combination of colors and light in this romantic bouquet will render everyone speechless. With roses in shades of pink and red and the addition of violet colored flowers.

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Autumn Bouquet
If you plan your wedding in autumn, you can choose this unique design with white roses, decorated with local tree leaves and berries. This bouquet sends a subtle message of richness and abundance.

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Vintage Elegance
A mix of soft violet and peach roses with lots of greenery gives a romantic, charming feel.

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Post in collaboration with Sara Gomez of Flower Explosion

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There are so many details that go into planning a Lake Tahoe wedding and it is easy to put some ideas on the back burner but thank you favors for the bridal party should not be one of them. It is important to acknowledge the effort and cost that also goes into be a wedding guest so we always suggest giving the wedding party a small gift as a token of your appreciation.

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