There’s no doubt that weddings can be expensive. However, sticking to your budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful wedding. We meet with a lot of happy couples and host a lot of on-budget wedding ceremonies and receptions right here at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel. Along the way, we’ve learned a thing or two about how to help you plan your Tahoe wedding on a budget while still having the beautiful wedding you’ve always dreamed of. Here are some of our best tips:
Go paperless on invitations.
Save-the-date cards and formal wedding invitations are traditional and pretty, but they’re also expensive. It’s not uncommon for engaged couples to spend $400+ between printing and postage costs — not to mention the hassle of filling them out, stuffing envelopes, and visiting the post office. Pretty much everyone is online these days, so consider skipping the customary paper invites. Tools like Facebook, wedding websites, and email allow you to send out free electronic invites. Not only does it save you money, but many online platforms also send automatic reminders and sync to attendees’ phone calendars — a big time saver for all involved! We’re all about sustainability here at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel too, so we like the idea of cutting down on paper and waste.
Peak dates mean peak prices. If you’re flexible on your wedding date, you may be able to save on your venue and vendors. According to WeddingWire, October, September, and June are the most popular months for weddings, followed closely by May and August. Of course, during December and January, things book up for corporate holiday parties. Keep those busy times in mind and chat with your vendors and venue about when you might be able to get the best rates. One of the best parts of getting married in Lake Tahoe is that every season provides beautiful views and has something special to offer, so there’s no “bad” time to get married here.
Simplify your drink options.
An open and fully stocked bar is great but can be pricey. Consider keeping it simple with one or two beer or wine choices. If you want mixed drinks, limit it to the bride or groom’s favorite rather than a full selection.
Borrow, share, or buy secondhand when you can.
Chances are you have a friend or family member who got married recently (or will be in the near future). You can save money if you are able to borrow some of their wedding decorations for free or split the cost upfront and use it at both events. Even if you don’t know someone who recently tied the knot, chances are there are newlyweds who are trying to get rid of extra favors and decor. With that in mind, try scouring thrift shops and online sale groups for discounted prices on artificial flowers, decor items, and even jewelry, dresses, and tuxedos. You may want to consider selling your extra wedding decorations and favors after the big day to help recoup some of your costs, too.
Be sure to chat with your venue and vendors about what’s included with their packages — such as lighting, table linens, napkins, and centerpieces — that you may not have to buy on your own. Oftentimes these items can be negotiated.
Limit your guest list.
There’s nothing wrong with a small Tahoe wedding. In fact, one of the best ways to save on all aspects of your wedding is to limit your guest list. That may mean making some tough decisions about who (and who not) to invite. Consider limiting the number of “plus one” guests or children that are invited. If you’re having trouble narrowing it down, you can always cut down on catering costs by opting for serving hors d’oeuvres or buffet-style meals.
Save on transportation by booking your ceremony and reception at the same place.
Limousines, charter buses, and other transportation services for your wedding party and guests can be expensive. Booking your wedding ceremony and reception at the same place, or within walking distance, can eliminate transportation costs — and allow you and your guests to drink and have fun without needing a designated driver. At Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, we host both beachside and indoor ceremonies and receptions — with our comfortable hotel rooms so close, we’re an easy, cost-effective venue option for you and your guests.
Ready to plan your dream wedding in South Lake Tahoe?
We may be a little biased, but with competitive pricing options, large suites, delicious food, and some of the most breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe, we think Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel is the perfect place to get married. Our expert team is standing by, ready to bring your special day to life — Sierra-style! Get in touch with us to get started!