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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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Not to be blunt, but nobody likes a sweaty foot. And since a summertime Lake Tahoe wedding means warm temps and cloudless skies, that’s exactly what you risk in toe-covered heels. The solution: bridal sandals.

Sandals? You heard me right. I’m not talking plastic flip-flops; I’m talking something a little more delicate, something a little more bridal-y. From braided straps to those strung with pearls, we’ve found the perfect summer wedding sandal, a sandal that’ll keep your feet cool, blister-free, and ready to take on the dance floor all night long.

Another bonus to bridal sandals is that you can wear them again and again. They’ll make any casual outfit cuter after your big day, and each time you wear them, you’ll be mentally transported back to the happiest day of your life. Win-win.

We give two thumbs up to repurposing, two thumbs up to comfort, and two thumbs up to the bridal sandal. Here’s some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

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Wedding Cakes That Scream Lake Tahoe

From watching two people seal the deal to seeing all the beautiful outfits, weddings are a blast. But a large part of the blast comes down to the delicious nibbles, and, in particular, the cake.

But I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been to a wedding where the cake’s icing is hard-as-nails, and the sponge tastes, well, stale. Wedding cakes have become a bit of an obsession of mine since the first I ever tasted, and I’ve tracked down my favorite Lake Tahoe-esque ones that I think will make your day that much more memorable.

Whether you’re going for a flower, mountain or water-theme, here are some wedding cakes to inspire you in your exciting planning! These cakes scream Tahoe, in a nice way, not a screamy way. Here’s to making your cake match your Lake Tahoe wedding venue.

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Add to your visual wonderland of a Lake Tahoe wedding with mountain-esque decorations. From whimsical paper cranes to canoes filled with beautifully-presented appetizers, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite Tahoe wedding decor ideas.

Surrounded by towering pine trees and crisp water, you’ll feel inspired to incorporate Lake Tahoe’s splendor in your wedding decorations. Plus, since you and your partner’s love feels so natural, why not make everything else feel natural, too?

These decorations will be sure to start a symphony of oohs and aahs. They’re simple, elegant, and, more importantly, woodsy.

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Save the roses for Valentine’s Day; your unique Tahoe wedding needs something a little more special, something with a little more “wow.” Plus, you’re a modern bride, so why not opt for unconventional flowers? Out with the old, in with the new. Your wedding day is representative of a new life, and your bouquet is a great way to reflect adventure and newness.

Yes, orchids are lovely, but we’ve found the real crowd-pleasers. Your guests will ooh and ahh over bouquets made of succulents (bonus: they’ll last a long time post-wedding), pine cones (you are having a Tahoe wedding, after all), vegetables, herbs and more. There’s no right way to make a bequest, but there is a wrong way: by going run-of-the-mill.

Make this day yours—pick the bouquet that really speaks to you.

Chelsea Nicole Photography

Succulent bouquet. Chelsea Nicole Photography

Rosemary accents. Paula O’Hara Photography

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Settling on a hairstyle for your Lake Tahoe wedding might be overwhelming; the options are endless. But whether you’re styling your hair yourself, having a family member do it, or  hiring a professional stylist, here’s one thing to consider: your surroundings.

What do I mean by “consider your surroundings?” Foremost that you’re in Lake Tahoe, and Lake Tahoe weddings are inherently natural-looking.

It’s imperative to pick a hairstyle that makes you feel comfortable and that won’t require a lot of fuss, but it’s also important to pick something that will go along with the relaxed and peaceful Tahoe feel. Two words: limited hairspray.

Here are some ideas to whet your whistle. We’re all about loose waves, natural flower accessories, delicate hair chains, and, well, simplicity.

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One easy way to put some personality into your wedding is to swap out the traditional “Canon” by Pachelbel for something that speaks to you and your soon-to-be-husband. This could be the song that was playing when you first met, or something with inspiring, partnership-related lyrics. The song could fit the overall tone of your Tahoe wedding, or be totally out-of-the-blue. Walking down the aisle is your special moment, so don’t hold back. It’s your time to shine, your time to walk toward the love of your life accompanied by a meaningful tune.

Questions to ask when picking your processional song are:

1. Do you want lyrics?

2. Do you want something guests aren’t expecting?

3. Do you want something romantic?

4. Do you want something slow?

Here are 14 nontraditional processional songs that’ll make the entire ceremony’s hearts melt, and since I’m on a popcorn kick, I’m going to say like butter over freshly-popped popcorn. But this is just the start–just something to get your creative juices flowing. I recently went to a wedding where the bride walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of “Moon River,” and it was tear-inducing. Elegant doesn’t do the song justice.

“Heartbeats” by Jose Gonzalez

“Everyday” by Buddy Holly

“Boom Clap” by Lennon & Maisy

“Can’t Help Falling In love” by Ingrid Michaelson

“Is This Love” by Bob Marley

“Moon River” by Andy Williams

“Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones

“Lucky” by Jason Mraz, featuring Colbie Caillet

“Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley

“Skinny Love” by Bon Iver

“Wonderwall” by Ryan Adams

“She” by Elvis Costello

“I Won’t Give Up” Jason Mraz

“Awake My Soul” by Mumford and Sons

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There are a few things Tahoe weddings are not. To name just three: complicated, stressful, and unsightly. For this reason, we’ve come up with some wedding reception meal ideas that are simple, stress-free, and aesthetically pleasing. To boot, they’ll help you come in under budget.

I recently went to a wedding where Paella was served, and here’s why it was a hit:

1. No individual menu cards: the chef stood in front of the reception and explained the meat and veggie options. This not only created a more intimate feel, but saved money on printing. You can also rest well knowing you saved a tree or two.

2. Efficiency: There was no waiting for multiple courses, which carved out more time for dancing and mingling.

3. No servers: Again, a money-saving strategy! Guests serve themselves from the pans, making the experience interactive. Bonus: you can control your portion.

4. All the colors!

5. It’s not something the average person eats frequently, making the dinner portion of the wedding that much more exciting.

6. Since you only need one meat and non-meat option, it’s easy to plan.

7. You spend just a fraction of your wedding-planning time testing food.

8. It’s filling, but won’t weigh you down, and it’s appropriate for all ages.

Paella aside, here are some stress-free meals for your stress-free Tahoe wedding:

Mashed Potato Bar (a.k.a. “mashtinis”): all you need is a few giant bowls of mashed goodness, and the rest is history, I mean toppings.

Chicken & Waffles: to bring out the inner kid. This is one surefire crowd-pleaser.

Taco Bar: Taco ’bout a way to celebrate?! Could be a little messier, but always a hit. Ingredients aren’t expensive, guests can customize, and you can eat as few or as many as you’d like.

Mac ’n Cheese Bar: By dinner time, you’re all in your dresses, so there’s no need to hold back. Plus, since Lake Tahoe offers many chances to burn energy outdoors, you have every right to load up on carbs; you’ll just be prepping for post-wedding festivities!

Breakfast for Dinner: Anything tastes better in nature, but when you’re at a Tahoe wedding, nothing’s like huevos rancheros or eggs benedict in the evening.

Pizza: Why? Because fun food makes a fun party!

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