Details Make the Difference at Your Tahoe Wedding

Make your “I do” an event to remember at the Ridge Tahoe.

At the Ridge Tahoe, we know that the journey to the altar can sometimes be long and stressful, but we also know that it can be loads of fun. With an experienced Ridge Tahoe wedding coordinator’s help, we’ll focus on the big picture stuff and you can go wild with the details, which will make your day as delightful as possible for you and your guests!

Here are some of our recommendations for details that will make each moment even more memorable.

Functional favors. While the day is all about your love, it’s also about creating a good time for your guests. Think about what you would want as a favor if you were a guest. Our recommendation is to hand out a favor that is fun and functional. If you’re getting married in the summer as part of our garden ceremony, consider handing out hand fans that include your initials and wedding anniversary. Not only will they keep you cool, but they’ll also make for some great photo opportunities!

Other favors that put the fun in functional include cozies for beers for when you want a frosty beverage, but not a frozen hand, and snack packs for later in the evening when dancing works up an appetite.

Your guests will remember the little touches during your wedding.

Amp up your guestbook. A guestbook is an essential for a wedding so that you’ll remember the guests that spent your special day with you. If you are interested in making your guestbook more interactive, we suggest including more interactive elements to it, such as asking for their best advice for the couple, what their favorite part of the wedding was or to describe their favorite memory of the couple.

Another great idea includes handing out Polaroid cameras to guests and asking them to take a selfie to pop into your guestbook. And, of course, they can snap a selfie to keep for themselves to remember the night!

Make your day uniquely you with small touches.

Keep it intimate. Just because you’re getting married doesn’t mean you should have a huge blowout for your nuptials. At the Ridge Tahoe, we have numerous options available to brides and grooms that’ll accommodate smaller parties to larger groups. Our Intimate Tahoe Summer Garden Special includes a ceremony, photography, flowers, and cocktail-style reception with beer and wine for 30 of your closest friends and family. You can keep it intimate and under budget for $5,195, which includes all the above, as well as all taxes and service fees.

Additional items included in this package:

  • Garden Ceremony and Castle Rock Cocktail Style Reception
  • White Garden Chairs
  • Wedding Arbor with Floral Decoration
  • Officiate (Non-denominational; Marriage License Not Included)
  • 1 Hour Photography Package with 75 Professionally Edited Images
  • IPOD Amplification – Group to provide music device and person to operate. Ridge provides speakers.
  • Wedding Day Hair and Makeup session performed by our wedding hair and makeup specialist
  • Wedding Coordination Services
  • Bridal Bouquet, Groom Boutonniere, & 2 Vases to hang on ceremony chairs then use as cocktail decorations
  • Imported Cheese and Cracker Platter with seasonal berries
  • Choice of Three Appetizer Selections
  • One Hour Hosted House Wine and Beer
  • Unlimited Soda, Coffee, and Lemonade
  • Cupcakes served with Six Inch Cutting Cake for the Wedding Couple topped with Fresh Flowers
  • Dessert Stand Rental
  • Cross Back Reception Chairs
  • White Linen and White Napkins for Reception and Cocktail Tables

You don’t have to wait to set your date. Contact us now to start planning your wedding.

Make your winter and spring wedding plans at The Ridge Tahoe

While summer is considered the traditional season for weddings, trends show many couples are choosing to tie the knot at places in seasons that reflect their lifestyles. Lake Tahoe is a world-renowned wedding destination for couples who embrace the outdoors, with its vast all-seasons playground and breathtaking backdrops of the Sierra Nevada.

A stroll down the aisle is a walk built for a lifetime. Why not take it to the highest heights? The Ridge Tahoe is the place for those who are ready to take those giant leaps and monumental steps.

Planning a wedding involves plenty of incentive to get an early start. That’s why The Ridge Tahoe has developed several wedding packages suited for parties of all sizes with plenty of options. The Ridge Tahoe provides staff to arrange the wedding ceremony, reception and lodging for your guests — all in one location.

In time for winter, The Ridge Tahoe has announced wedding plans for future brides and grooms. Intimate wedding packages start at $2,595 for up to 20 guests.The Ridge Tahoe offers indoor ceremonies and receptions, spectacular beachfront and outdoor sites plus indoor receptions for up to 100 people in winter. The Grand View Garden offers spectacular views of the Sierra and Carson Valley from an elevation of 7,500 feet.

Does your wedding party need a place to stay? The Ridge handles that too with several lodging options. When it comes to planning, receptions and rehearsals, The Ridge Tahoe will take care of everything with an event coordinator and access to vendors.

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What about the rehearsal dinner and reception? The Ridge Tahoe provides banquet services with food and beverage choices that range from casual barbecue buffet dinners to formal, sit-down plated meals fulfilling for any appetite.

If you’re planning a first anniversary stay in Lake Tahoe, The Ridge offers a variety of lodging and spa packages to suit your needs.

If you would like more information, email Blair Butler at bbutler@ridge-resorts.com, call (775) 588-3553, Ext. 3160, or complete a quick online form.

To see for yourself what a Ridge Tahoe wedding looks like, check out our photo galleries.

Kayla and Larry | May 4, 2018

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Having our wedding at The Ridge was the best decision we could have made. From the views, to the food to the staff, it was a truly unforgettable night that we will forever cherish and remember the people who helped make it our happily ever after.

Your wedding day is the day you dream of from when you’re a little girl. However, when you’re that little girl you don’t realize everything that goes into making these beautiful weddings possible. My husband and I just said “I Do” on May 04, 2018 at The Ridge Resort in Lake Tahoe, and let me tell you, what an amazing experience this was. We came to the Ridge hoping we could make this dream wedding work into our budget. Blair Butler was extremely helpful in sending over pricing details and getting us set up for a tasting event before we confirmed our booking. At the event, we got to meet Executive Chef Stephen Moise, and all I can say is wow, he is truly inspiring and you can tell he loves what he does! If we had been on the fence at all about booking with The Ridge, he would have changed our mind. I remember him saying “just because you get a buffet at a wedding, does not mean it should taste like buffet food.” The food as promised tasted the same if not better than when we tried it, and that is what all our guests kept saying throughout the night — “That was some of the best wedding food we’ve had,” or “the food was delicious.”

bride and groom say i do at the ridge tahoeIt takes an army to put together a wedding and we were lucky enough to have this army being led by Shannon Schumacher. She was absolutely amazing from that first email congratulating us on our upcoming wedding to the day of the wedding. There are not enough good things I can say about Shannon that can put into words how much we truly enjoyed working for her. She took the normal wedding stress away from me so that I could focus on the day itself and remembering every detail. I know she could not do this all alone so I want to take a little time to thank her team who helped make this day amazing. We want to thank Tom Heely, our Banquet Captain during the reception, he made sure everything was going per plan and all of guests and ourselves had everything they needed. As well as Yvonne our Banquet Captain for the rehearsal dinner, she was so sweet and accommodating to our party’s needs.

bride and bridesmaids at wedding at ridge tahoeNext a huge thank you Tina from Lavish Floral for our beautiful flowers and to all the ladies from Flour Girl Wedding Cakes, the cake was just a delicious as when we tried it! Sharon Rusk, thank you for a lovely ceremony, it was designed to suite mine and Larry’s wishes but still captured the traditions we wanted. Rachel Lomeli, you are an amazing photographer, you made us feel comfortable and made what could be an awkward hour of photos fly by feeling natural. Finally to our musicians and DJ, Bart Libby; our guests loved the hours you played for them during the cocktail hour and our ceremony music was exactly as we requested. To Derek Tarpey our DJ you kept our reception on track to make sure we got done everything we needed to do without it feeling like we were on a schedule. You are incredibly entertaining and we thoroughly enjoyed your playlist for the night.

groom and groomsmen at wedding at ridge tahoeHaving our wedding at The Ridge was the best decision we could have made. From the views, to the food to the staff, it was a truly unforgettable night that we will forever cherish and remember the people who helped make it our happily ever after.

Testimonial by Kayla Perez. Photos by Rachel Lomeli Photography.

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Meet “The Wedding Whisperer”

Introducing Shannon Schumacher, the Wedding Coordinator at the Ridge Tahoe

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Event manager and wedding coordinator at The Ridge Tahoe, Shannon is often referred to as “The Wedding Whisperer” due to her ability to calmly manage any situation that arises on a couple’s wedding day.

Coming from Colorado, my background in planning meaningful and successful weddings and events goes deeper than just a white dress. I transferred from my financial banking background to bridal by first selecting gowns and styling brides like they do on the show “Say Yes to the Dress.” I was so inspired working with brides during this special time in their lives that I soon began assisting them in planning and producing their wedding days – from the dress to the desserts and on to the dance floor!

I ventured West, joining The Ridge Tahoe family of professionals in the summer of 2016, and I have had the honor of working with over 50 couples thus far as they made their way to the aisle. There is a good reason lovebirds choose to wed at this heavenly mountain resort, and it isn’t just the view! We are experienced and willing to craft individualized wedding concepts to truly capture each couples’ love story, and we do so with attention to detail, composure and compassion, and aptitude at this altitude!

When I am not planning weddings, I wear my “mom hat” while taking care of my two beautiful daughters, ages 3 and 6. You will likely find us with our toes in the sand or singing to the stars, taking in all the beauty of this majestic place called Lake Tahoe, our home.

You and your family will be well taken care of at the Ridge Tahoe; coming to us with hopes and dreams, reveling in celebration, and leaving with memories that will last lifetimes…
Cheers to a pristine 2018 and beyond!

Rainy Day Wedding

Congratulations to Angela & Skyler!

Married on August 6th, 2017

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A “little” bit of rain did not put a damper on this couple’s big day. We cannot predict the weather in beautiful Lake Tahoe, but with a well prepared plan, coordination, and a superb vendor team, we will bring your wedding visions to life – rain or shine! Some of the most stunning pictures come from the storm clouds on a rainy day. Angela and Skyler truly embraced the beauty of this magical day.

Spring Brunch Wedding

Congratulations to Jason and Kristen married on June 3rd, 2017!

Thinking of a unique twist for your wedding? A morning brunch reception is a fabulous way to go!

Jason and Kristen tied the knot on a beautiful spring day featuring a brunch reception to follow.

The newlyweds created a custom brunch menu consisting of farm fresh scrambled eggs, a crepe station, wild mushroom ravioli with red pepper cream sauce and feta cheese, apple wood smoked bacon, country potatoes, Tuscany sweet sausage, and mini fruit, yogurt, and granola parfaits.

Instead of your traditional wedding cake, Jason and Kristen chose a unique and delicious donut tower with flavors such as cinnamon sugar, glazed, and apple.

What are some of your favorite brunch menu items?

Warm Weather Weddings: 3 Ways to Beat the Heat

With the promise of a cloudless day, sun kissing your skin and just the slightest breeze, a warm weather wedding sounds like an absolute dream. At Lake Tahoe, warmer months are ideal times to get married with temperatures ranging from the 60s to 80s with little humidity. While there are tons of benefits to get married during the spring or summer in the Sierra Nevada, there are a few details to keep in mind to ensure your wedding is as flawless as possible.

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Take in the views and the sunset at a Ridge wedding. Credit: Divided Line Media 

#1 Protect Yourself!
Getting married in the Sierra means you’re just that much closer to the sun. At 7,600 elevation, the Ridge Tahoe is perfectly positioned above Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley. However, with that elevation comes a greater chance of a sunburn. While temperatures may feel cool with a breeze at times, the sun is much hotter at elevation and you may find yourself a bit red at the end of the day. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix: sunscreen! Apply a sunscreen that does not provide a white cast in photos.

If you’d like to stay out of the sun altogether, the Ridge Tahoe also has an indoor ceremony site available. The Stagecoach View Room still affords you amazing views without the worry of a burn.

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The Grand Garden View is an ideal setting for a summer wedding. Credit: Tracy Lynn Photography

#2 Stay Refreshed
Consider creating a signature cocktail for a spring or summer wedding. Not only will this be refreshing if the wedding is held outside, but it will also show off the couple’s personalities. Fresh lemonade or even popsicles are a welcome sight during a warm weather wedding. Additionally, altitude can dehydrate individuals who are unaccustomed to the elevation so be sure to have plenty of non-alcoholic fluids on hand! Some Ridge Tahoe wedding packages include unlimited coffee, tea, and soda or lemonade and punch stations.

Of course, if you opt to have your wedding at our beachfront ceremony site at Round Hill Pines or Lakeside Beach, you can always refresh yourself with a dip in the lake!

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A beachfront wedding is another way to keep your venue refreshing. Credit: Divided Line Media

#3 Create Functional Favors
If your wedding is set outside, such as in the Grand View Garden or the Elevation Deck 7500 at the Ridge, it tends to get warm in the sun. Make your wedding favors functional and fun by handing out sunglasses or fans branded with your wedding hashtag. Not only will these help your guests stay cool, they’ll also look cool and provide plenty of great photo opportunities.

Erin and Andy Sunset Photo

Ahh. Wedded bliss. Credit: Divided Line Media

Bonus Tip: Hiring a professional planner like the wedding coordinators at the Ridge Tahoe will ensure that every possible detail is considered for your day. Contact us now to start planning!

 

 

A Wedding All Your Own 

A wedding is unique to each person. Even with similar tastes and preferences, one person’s wedding will be vastly different from another’s. For those looking for a distinct experience, Lake Tahoe offers opportunities to make a wedding distinctive and memorable. One of the best places to ensure a wedding is true to the bride’s and/or groom’s vision is The Ridge Tahoe.

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Your wedding, your way at The Ridge Tahoe. Credit: Divided Line Media

Packages Galore

An experienced Ridge Tahoe wedding coordinator can inform couples about the various options available for wedding planning. A number of packages are available for weddings and offers customization so each wedding stands alone.

Available options included in packages are:

  • Location of ceremony
  • Floral decorations
  • Food selections, including appetizers
  • Custom wedding cake
  • Cupcake display
  • Officiates
  • Photography
  • Wedding coordinators
  • Types of chairs
  • Hair and makeup

Some options are only available with certain packages.

Location is Everything

A wedding at The Ridge Tahoe offers more than all-inclusive packages, it also offers picture perfect locations for nuptials – which is crucial when a photographer and a videographer will be capturing every moment.

Several locations are available:

  • Grand View Garden is perfect for the nature-loving bride that prefers sweeping views and just the right amount of nature. The Grand View Garden is situated at 7,500 views, looks over the Carson Valley and surrounding mountains, and offers granite pathway for an easy trip down the aisle.

A Grand View Garden wedding has the best spots for photo opps! Credit: Divided Line Media

  • Stagecoach View Room is ideal for a winter ceremony and accommodates up to 120 guests. Keep out of the cold while still enjoying views of Stagecoach Lodge and chairlift at Heavenly Mountain.
  • Elevation Deck 7500 also overlooks the Sierra Nevada Mountains and can be used during the winter months. Intimate daytime ceremonies are also recommended for this space.
  • Beach front weddings are available for Ridge Tahoe brides. Choose to say “I do” at Round Hill Pines or Lakeside Beach for a ceremony that will have guests gaping not only at the bride’s dress but also the scenery.

Go Seasonal

Everyone prefers a certain season over the others and this also extends to the desired season for a wedding. The Ridge Tahoe offers weddings in all seasons and each offers different attributes that contribute to a wedding that feels all one’s own.

Winter is a great time to be married at The Ridge Tahoe. Credit: Divided Line Media

Winter, for example, offers breathtaking views bathed in white and opportunities for stunning photography of falling snow. Summer, on the other hand, almost guarantees perfect, sunny weather with 249 sunny days per year in South Lake Tahoe. Summer also provides the most options for venues, while winter is more limited.

For additional information about weddings at The Ridge Tahoe, contact Blair Butler at (775) 588-3553, extension 3160 or bbutler@ridge-resorts.com.

Inject Some Magic into Your Wedding

With two snowfalls already under its belt in October, Tahoe South is ready for winter to descend upon the Sierra Nevada and blanket the region in white. Winter is not only a wonderful time to experience the outdoors via snowboarding, skiing and snowshoeing, it’s also an ideal time to get married in the mountains with gorgeous year-round venues and breathtaking backdrops.

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If you’re a fan of the colder weather, a winter wedding provides a range of benefits and opportunities for an unforgettable fête with your family and friends.

Benefits of a Winter Wedding

  1. Your wedding has a little bit of magic. From freshly fallen flurries to the magic in the air from the buzz of the holidays, wintertime nuptials have a certain je ne sais quoi that makes the event feel electric.
  2. Oh, the accessories! With chillier temps comes more clothing and accessory options. If you’re less of a strapless gown gal and more of a faux fur stole or cape, then a winter wedding should be considered to fulfill your sartorial wedding dreams. Not to mention you can add fun holiday-themed flourishes through your décor.untitled
  3. Do you love hot cocoa and hot apple cider? While these would be out of place at a summer or spring wedding, they are an ideal beverage of choice for a winter wedding. Heartier meals are also a fitting option for dinner, so break out the comfort foods!
  4. Tahoe South is an ideal setting for a wedding regardless of the weather, but winter provides a unique perspective on the beloved Basin – and endless photo ops. Opt to throw snow in the air for a candid shot with the wedding party or pose among snowcapped trees with your beloved for unique photos you’ll cherish in any season.
  5. Tahoe South and The Ridge Tahoe are a great option for a honeymoon. Imagine the convenience of saying “I do” and settling into your honeymoon almost immediately afterwards. Take your sweetie for a couple of turns down the mountain, take a cruise to Emerald Bay on the year-round M.S. Dixie II and enjoy après ski options at a variety of restaurants for a taste of the local culinary scene.6-winter-weddings-at-the-ridge-tahoe

The Ridge Tahoe is currently running a special for a winter wedding. If you’re ready to take the plunge, book with us! A Winter Castle Rock Ceremony and Reception includes a cocktail reception, a romantic lighted ceremony backdrop, a floral package and even more. Book by Nov. 24, 2016 to receive a choice of a two night stay in a one-bedroom suite or a complimentary champagne toast during the ceremony.

If you would like more information about winter weddings, call Blair Butler at (775) 588-3553, extension 3160 or  bbutler@ridge-resorts.com.