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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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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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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Picture yourself on your wedding day, standing on the shore of Lake Tahoe. Your family is glowing, your friends are giggling. You and your new husband (husband!) are reflecting on what just happened (you got married!). You’re holding hands.

Now picture the other hand. It’s empty. Now feel the warm sun beating down on you. It’s hot. Picture yourself holding a nice cold, ice cold beverage, and picture that beverage containing fresh mint and lime. Now picture another containing rosé and berries, and another with grilled peaches, lemon juice and bourbon. Picture yourself cooling down, relishing this day of glory.

Summertime in Lake Tahoe is blissful, but it can be HOT. To help keep you and your guests cool on your wedding day, we’ve gathered our 7 favorite summery cocktails. These drinks will without a doubt make your Lake Tahoe wedding that much more successful; they’re unique, delicious and refreshing.

 

PIMM’S CUP

 


Perhaps I’m biased being of English heritage, but the classic English summertime drink, Pimm’s, is perhaps the best beverage for a hot day. Garnished with cucumbers, mint, apples, oranges and strawberries, the lemony Pimm’s-and-ginger-ale concoction is a classic that never disappoints.

 

ROSE LEMON SPRITZER

 


Rest assured, the rosewater in Rose Lemon Spritzers is not overpowering; it simply lends the cocktail a light, refreshing, and mildly floral touch. The crisp, cool bubbles will have you cooling down and dancing the night away in no time.

 

BERRY BASIL BOURBON COCKTAIL

 


Bourbon’s a great drink to have at your Lake Tahoe wedding because a lot of people enjoy it, but sometimes it needs a little sweetening up. For this reason, we enjoy this refreshing blackberry version. The added basil gives it an extra rejuvenating kick.

 

ROSEMARY-INFUSED HONEY SIDECAR

 


For a fun twist on a classic, opt for sidecars made with honey and rosemary. The rosemary adds an earthy, rugged twist, and it also helps to balance out the sweetness of the honey.

 

PINEAPPLE TEQUILA COOLER

 


While nothing says “not-Tahoe” more than pineapple (Tahoe does have pine trees, but unfortunately those don’t breed pineapples…), nothing says “refreshing” more than pineapple either. Plus, the yellow color is just too pretty to not serve. This recipe calls for a little kick with the addition of jalapeño. Spice that wedding up!

 

PROSECCO, ELDERFLOWER AND MINT COCKTAIL (“THE HUGO”)

 


Elderflower adds subtle sweetness to this prosecco-based cocktail. We love the simplicity, too, in both looks and taste.

 

RASPBERRY LIMONCELLO PROSECCO

 


First, beware! This is a cocktail you and your entire wedding party could sip on all day. The frozen raspberries keep the cocktail cool, and they look elegant to boot. What’s not to love about mint, raspberries and bubbles on a warm summer’s day in Lake Tahoe?

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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.

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Succulent bouquet. Chelsea Nicole Photography

Rosemary accents. Paula O’Hara Photography

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