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Since you’re only getting married once, be sure to capitalize on the special occasion. By this, we mean take photos galore. But don’t settle for the ordinary; instead, spice up your memorable snaps with fun (and mostly awww-inducing) spins.

Here are some “Just Married” photograph ideas that are 100% appropriate for a Lake Tahoe wedding. Be it taken on a chairlift or in a vintage wooden canoe, your friends and family will love seeing the announcement. Most of all, it’ll make for great wall art in your first home as newlyweds.

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I went to a wedding a few months ago where the bride asked her grandmother to be her flower girl. I’ll give you a moment to fishing awww-ing.

The grandmother wore a lilac dress and large sun hat, and she so proudly scattered the rose petals as she walked down the aisle, beaming. The congregation loved it, and her performance was irrefutably a highlight of the day, and a gesture her granddaughter will never forget.

This got me thinking about unique flower girl ideas, and how minor changes can make the world of difference. I researched outside-the-box things your flower girl can do, and here’s what I found. Try one, or something similar, at your Lake Tahoe wedding. It’ll give your guests just one more thing to swoon over.

Use a Grandparent, or TWO!

Swap Petals for Balloons

Swap Petals for Bubbles!

Spice Up their Outfits

Let them Team Up

Make her Teeny Tiny

Let her Dance!

Let her Walk your Dog

Put ’em in a Wagon

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You could opt for pinks and creams and roses and all the other classical wedding elements, but when your marriage is being held in one of world’s greatest wonders–Lake Tahoe–why stop at ordinary?

With all the wilderness and beaches, Lake Tahoe can’t help but be associated with camping. Just the smell of the area itself immediately makes visitors yearn to camp. Roll your car windows down upon arrival in Tahoe and you’ll instantly inhale what smells like burning wood, irrefutably one of the best scents on earth.

In turn, we think there’s no better theme for your Lake Tahoe wedding than “campout.” And what guest to your Tahoe venue wouldn’t love s’mores and tents and campfires? A campout Lake Tahoe wedding would go down in history as one of the best, if not the best, wedding your friends and family will have attended.

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Instead of wearing a wedding band, my friend has a tattoo in the shape of a ring. Why? For one, his work is extremely physical and a band could  be hazardous, and two, he says he’ll never lose it. Plus, a tattoo is quite a bit cheaper than your traditional piece of metal. But would you go straight from your Lake Tahoe wedding venue to the tattoo parlor to get inked?

If you’ve yet to be convinced by the equation, “ink + marriage = forever,” we’ve gathered some inspirational photos that may convince you to join the inking bandwagon. It seems even Beyonce and Jay Z got matching tattoos after their marriage in 2008. If they did it, why not you?

To go along with your wedding-in-Lake-Tahoe theme, perhaps one of you could get the lake while the other gets the sky (Lake Tahoe is “Lake of the Sky,” after all), or one could get a pine cone while the other gets a pine tree. Just throwing out ideas!

“Hugs ‘n kisses for life”

“Because your lives revolve around each other like the sun and moon”

“When one cannot be without the other”

“The molecule of serotonin, because you make each other happy”

“The Key to my heart”

“The joint heart”

“Each other’s King and Queen”

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To go along with the rustic Tahoe wedding theme, here’s one suggestion: opt for mismatched chairs.

Mismatched chairs are sometimes thought of as shambolic, but what people truly mean when they’re commenting as such is that they’re charming. There’s just no alternative. Vintage chairs are, after all, a symbol of lasting love; they’ve been passed on from generation to generation, and, like marriage, they’ve stood the test of time.

Filling your ceremony with vintage chairs that don’t match adds so much dimension and intrigue. What’s more, they create an intimate, cozy, homemade feel, and who doesn’t appreciate that. We’re all about the warm fuzzies.

To inspire you on how to decorate your wedding with mismatched chairs, we’ve collected some of our favorite inspirational photos. Your Lake Tahoe wedding is about to be taken to the next level.

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You may be wondering why on earth you’d opt to wear a silicone wedding ring if you’ve got a gorgeous diamond one, and I totally understand; I’ve been contemplating similarly. Finally, I took matters into my own hands and researched the reason behind these interesting pieces of wearable rubber.

But “interesting” is just one word to describe these medical-grade silicone rings. They’re also extremely sensical, and while I may have been skeptical of them for the past few months, their practicalness has converted me.

You may not jump at the idea of swapping out your new wedding band for a rubber one right after your Lake Tahoe wedding, but for the sake of preserving its flawlessness, it may also be a wise idea. A silicone wedding ring will let you enjoy your stay at Lake Tahoe that much more. Goodbye fear of damage, hello wet ‘n wild play!

Here are the predominant reasons today’s husbands and wives are opting for silicone wedding rings.


1. They let others know you’re married, even when you’re in the weight room.



2. They protect your precious stone from wear and tear during long summer days on the beach.



3. They’re great for travel; you don’t have to worry about losing your diamond.



4. They’re perfect for hiking; you can hardly feel them.



5. If you’re renovating your house, or working with paint or in the garden, they’ll save you from scratching your more expensive wedding band.



Perhaps you’re of the camp that feels removing your wedding ring until it’s safe to wear it again is enough of a declaration of your devotion, but if you feel naked without it, the silicone ring is your solution. It lets you get after it as intensely as you want without worrying about misplacing, losing, or damaging your main bling.

Enjoy your Lake Tahoe wedding to the max—try a silicone wedding band.

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While we’d love for you and your wedding party to jump into the lake to cool down on your special day, that might have to happen pre- or post-ceremony. To beat the heat in the meantime, here are some tips and tricks that go beyond staying hydrated to prevent you from getting hot and bothered. Frizzy hair, begone; staying cool, calm and collected, come hither!




We’re not talking a camping tent; we’re talking something elegant and whimsical that will create an oasis for you and your guests to escape the sun, which, at high altitude is intense. Lake Tahoe can also get windy, and a tent is a nice place for your friends and family to recenter and continue to party the night away.




Not only are up-dos elegant, they keep your hair under control on warm Tahoe summer days. Plus, you’ll appreciate having your locks pinned back when that Lake Tahoe breeze picks up. Practicality first!




When you mix summertime Sierra temperatures with make-up, one thing’s for sure: less is more. Why? The more make-up you wear, the hotter you’ll feel, and the more you risk unwanted mishaps. Hello, melting make-up! Tahoe’s a  natural place, to boot; keep your face looking natural, too.




Stilletos may seem more elegant, but today’s wedges are equally as stylish, and, as aforementioned, we’re all about practicality. Wedges also work better on Tahoe’s natural terrain. Your Lake Tahoe wedding venue may not be rugged, per se, but chances are you’ll be navigating grass or bark chips.




Wedding dresses are traditionally long, but hey, it’s the 21st Century. Don’t get caught up in what’s traditional for the sake of staying comfortable. It’s your day–wear whatever will make you feel like the like happy, confident woman you are, and for many, that’s opting for a shorter wedding dress.




In the name of not spoiling your wedding day photos with a row of eye-squinting guests, encourage your party to rock sunglasses. Splash out on a pair that compliment your dress, or add that much more fun to the day by outfitting your bridesmaids with an array of vintage pairs.




For an added thoughtful gesture your guests will appreciate to the max, place a fan on each seat at the ceremony. As for brides, carry a purse-sized on in case of emergency.

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First off, high five to you for choosing to have a Lake Tahoe wedding; since all eyes will fixate on what’s interpreted from Native American Indian to mean “Lake of the Sky,” you can save money on decor. But why stop there? Hello, repurposing.

Repurposing furniture or decorations from your bridal shower can save you thousands, money you can put toward travel or a downpayment on a house. Yes, it’s nice to make your wedding day lavish—it’s a once in a lifetime occasion, after all—but you don’t need to end up in debt making the day memorable.

In the name of diminishing financial stress, we’ve come up with ways you can use what you’ve already got to decorate your Lake Tahoe wedding.


Re-use Bridal Shower Decorations

At your bridal shower, you’re likely to have all sorts of wedding-appropriate decor, like garlands featuring photographs of you and your soon-to-be-spouse, colorful paper lanterns, and string lights. Don’t use these as “one and done” items! Collect your bridal shower decorations and feature them at your Lake Tahoe wedding venue. It’s a “twofer.”


Turn Tea Tins into Vases

In the lead-up to your Lake Tahoe wedding, strongly encourage all your guests to drink tea when they visit. Why? You can turn the empty watertight and shatter-proof tea tins into charming vases for your wedding-day flowers. The old-fashioned prints and lettering are perfect for enhancing the whimsical ambiance, and gusts will love the unique touch. Should you find yourself short nearing the big day, eBay has a healthy selection of reasonably-priced ones you can have shipped to you or your florist.


Repurpose from Ceremony to Reception

Instead of buying double the flowers and double the vases and double, well, whatever other decorations you may want on your special Lake Tahoe wedding day, share the goods. With a little bit go planning, you can seamlessly move your decor from the ceremony to the reception, in turn saving yourself half the cost. Large arrangements at the altar can bring life to a buffet table, and bouquets placed on the ends of the aisles can be divvied up between cocktail tables.


Use Old Plates for DIY Food Stands

The win-win here is that mismatched vintage plates and vases have a certain charm that your guests will swoon over, and you’ll save money using what you have on hand. Kindly ask your friends and family to borrow a couple dishes. In the name of your happiness and gratitude, I’m sure they’ll offer up a dish or several.


Turn Vintage Drawers into Trays

Move your clothes aside—it’s time to let your vintage drawers shine at your Tahoe wedding. Vintage drawers make excellent food trays, not only for their novel looks, but for their ability to safely hold a lot of nibbles, especially ones of the dessert family.


Recycle Wine Corks into Place Card Holders

Regarding repurposing, this is the real winner. For the months leading up to your wedding, you’ll now be able to fully justify consuming bottle upon bottle of wine; with all the corks you collect, you can fully outfit your Lake Tahoe wedding reception with place cards. Genius, we know.


Turn Unused Maps into Garlands

Thanks to modern technology, our once much-used maps are collecting dust. Don’t let them linger any longer! Turn those colorful beauties into garlands. Not only with they attract intrigue, they’ll brighten up your venue and save what could equate to hundreds of dollars.

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