• Lydia Mattern

How Much Does a Tahoe Wedding Cost?

By: Lydia Mattern

Lake Tahoe is an ideal wedding destination for so many reasons, and if you are dreaming of having a Tahoe wedding, it is important to know how much money you need to save in order to have the wedding of your dreams.


According to a recent survey, the average California wedding costs $39,000. With Lake Tahoe being one of the most popular wedding destinations, the cost does increase.


There are many factors that play a role in how much a wedding costs, including whether you opt for a wedding package at a popular wedding venue or choose to have your wedding at a private estate where everything needs to be provided by outside vendors.


Wedding size, location, music, food, flowers, photography, decorations, and more are all taken into consideration when budgeting a Tahoe wedding.


With a variety of wedding venue options comes a variety of wedding venue costs. So, let’s dive into the details and discover the cost of a Lake Tahoe wedding.


What Is Included in the Cost of a Tahoe Wedding?

Every Lake Tahoe wedding is going to cost a different amount depending on many factors, including when and where you have your wedding, how many guests will be there, and if you choose pre-packaged wedding deals from Tahoe venues.


These types of wedding packages give you a base price for your wedding, but it is important to remember that they do not include additional wedding vendors to supply your cake, music, decorations, and more! Take a look at these starting prices:


Heavenly Mountain Resort - Lakeview Lodge

Guests: 100

Event Day: Saturday

Peak Season: June-September

Cocktail Hour: Yes

Menu: Two-Course Plated

Bar: One type of alcoholic beverage

Length: 5 Hours


Heavenly Mountain Resort - Lakeview Lodge offers a variety of indoor and outdoor options for the ceremony and reception and can accommodate up to 250 guests.


For an outdoor wedding ceremony and indoor reception, the venue cost is $16,000, which breaks down to $6,000 for the venue with a $10,000 food and beverage minimum. This price does not include additional cost for vendors.


Black Bear Lodge

Guests: 100

Event Day: Saturday

Peak Season: May-October

Cocktail Hour: Yes

Menu: Two-Course Plated

Bar: Serving Beer

Length: 8 Hours


Black Bear Lodge in Tahoe offers indoor and outdoor options for a small, rustic ceremony and reception for up to 100 guests.


For an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception with a cocktail hour and two-course meal, the venue cost is just over $5,000 for eight hours. While this venue cost is lower, it is not as popular of a venue and doesn’t include additional vendors needed.


Edgewood Tahoe Resort

Guests: 100

Event Day: Saturday

Peak Season: July

Cocktail Hour: Yes

Menu: Two-Course Plated

Bar: None

Length: Varies


Edgewood Tahoe Resort is a luxurious and dreamy Tahoe wedding venue with multiple indoor and outdoor spaces available ranging from $3,000 to over $8,000 without food included. Food and beverage options range from $70 to $100 per guest, so your overall price package depends on the number of guests and type of venue and food options you choose.



While the above three examples range anywhere from $3,000 to over $15,000 for the venue, there are Tahoe wedding packages that can cost up to $40,000--like packages offered at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort.


Lake Tahoe Private Estate Wedding

If you choose to have your Tahoe wedding at a private estate rather than opting for a wedding package from a popular venue, the average cost is $65,000 because there are no additional amenities included. However, a private wedding does give you more creative freedom and allows you to plan “out-of-the-box.” Depending on your budget, your dream Lake Tahoe wedding may come together best if it doesn’t have to fit within a predetermined package.


Don’t Forget Your Lake Tahoe Wedding Vendors


Your wedding venue is transformed into a dreamy, rustic, elegant, fun wedding with the help of your wedding vendors. It is important to remember to budget your vendors into your overall wedding cost. Vendor pricing varies by the type of vendor and the company you choose.


First and foremost, to make the wedding planning process smooth and simple, you will want to find a Lake Tahoe wedding planner to help you navigate all the details.

At Epic Thyme, we specialize in helping couples make their Lake Tahoe wedding dream a spectacular reality. We also help you find the best wedding venue and local vendors in the Tahoe area that fit within your budget.


Here is how much a typical wedding vendor costs in the Tahoe area:

  • Wedding Planner: $5,000

  • Bride and Bridesmaids Fashion: $3,500

  • Groom and Groomsmen Attire: $500

  • Beauty (for the bride): $500

  • Stationary: $1,000

  • Venues: $8,000

  • Officiant: $450

  • Photography: $4,500

  • Cinema: $5,000

  • Catering: $14,000

  • Cake: $1,000

  • Bar and Beverage: $3,000

  • Entertainment: $3,500

  • Transportation: $1,200

  • Rentals and Decorations: $4,500

  • Florals: $4,200

  • Favors and Gifts: $1,500

  • Rehearsal Dinner: $3,000

  • Brunch: $1,500

  • Travel and Accommodations: $1,200

  • Total: $67,050

And here is approximately how much of your wedding budget you should allocate to each vendor:

  • Wedding Planner: (10%)

  • Bride and Bridesmaids Fashion: (8%)

  • Groom and Groomsmen Attire: (0.5%)

  • Beauty (for the bride): (0.5%)

  • Stationary: (2%)

  • Venues: (11%)

  • Officiant: (0.5%)

  • Photography: (6%)

  • Cinema: (6%)

  • Catering: (19%)

  • Cake: (2%)

  • Bar and Beverage: (6%)

  • Entertainment: (8%)

  • Transportation: (1%)

  • Rentals and Decorations: (9%)

  • Florals: (7%)

  • Favors and Gifts: (3%)

  • Rehearsal Dinner: (6%)

  • Brunch: (3%)

  • Travel and Accommodations: (1%)

Now, the vendor total may be a big number to some, but don’t let it crush your Tahoe wedding dreams. There are ways to decrease costs. For example, while this budgets $8,000 for your venues, there are less expensive options as mentioned above. Or, if you have family that owns property in Tahoe where you can have your wedding, you won’t have to pay for a venue at all.


Epic Thyme can walk you through where to allocate your money based upon what is important to you. We can save in areas that may be less of a priority. We know the costs of hundreds of vendors in the area- we see these contracts pass our desk daily.


Or, if you are looking for a budget friendly wedding and are feeling a bit more adventurous, you may consider eloping or hiking to a secluded spot with just a few family and friends for the Tahoe adventure wedding of your dreams.


Contact us today for Lake Tahoe wedding vendor recommendations, and let us help you find the best people to throw you the best wedding.


Plan Your Lake Tahoe Wedding with Epic Thyme

With Lake Tahoe, the wedding options are endless. At Epic Thyme, we have years of experience and have planned so many gorgeous Tahoe weddings.


Let us help you plan your wedding today!


We can’t wait to hear the details of your dream wedding and help you plan a perfect Tahoe wedding that is within your budget. Contact us today and start planning your Lake Tahoe wedding now.

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