Discover the Charm of 8 Small Wedding Venues in Lake Tahoe

May 8, 2024

close up photo of a bridal bouquet of roses and bright white orchids


Small weddings tend to be some of the most unforgettable. It’s a chance to gather the people most significant in your life as you enter into the next chapter of your life. There’s an intimacy that just tends to get lost in larger gatherings. As a Lake Tahoe wedding photographer, I have gotten the chance to witness countless small weddings, and as a result, I’ve gotten pretty familiar with the local venues created to cater to your ceremony. If you’re on the search for the best small wedding venues in Lake Tahoe, I would love to give you a list of the ones that absolutely have my heart long after the celebration has ended. 

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Plan Your Dream Day At These Small Wedding Venues In Lake Tahoe


723 Granlibakken Road, Tahoe City, California 96145

Granlibakken provides you with both indoor and outdoor locations for a classic Lake Tahoe wedding. You will be able to host up to 200 guests. The venue will help you with every step of the planning process, from walking you through their catering options to helping you figure out accommodations in their cozy, cabin-themed rooms. If you’re in search of a place with climate control, The Mountain Ballroom is the spot for you. If you prefer to get out in nature, check out the Big Pine Lawn or the Mountain Deck. Both spots offer world-class accommodations and rustic views. 

Edgewood Tahoe Resort

180 Lake Parkway, Stateline, Nevada 89449 

Edgewood Tahoe Resort is designed to be breathtakingly gorgeous whether you prefer to have your wedding indoors or out in nature. Inside are the North Room and South Room, where you have floor-to-ceiling windows providing an unparalleled backdrop. Outside, there’s the 17th Green. This grassy area overlooks the lake with snowy mountains in the background. You will be paired with a wedding specialist to help you figure out every detail. 

Twenty Mile House

700 Old Cromberg Road, Cromberg, California 96103

Twenty Mile House is located on over 200 acres in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Founded in 1854, this lovely estate will instantly transport you to another place and time. The venue has been beloved by celebrities and recognized by major publications, including People Magazine, InStyle, and Brides. They offer lodging accommodations, including multiple private cabins. Most couples prefer to get married in the midst of the storied woods with the evergreens towering above them. The venue also has indoor spots, including the historic General Store. They have vendor partners who will make arranging all the details a breeze.  

Tahoe Blue Estate

650 Tina Ct, Stateline, Nevada 89449

Tahoe Blue Estate is a private estate that contains over 8,500 square feet of premium space. The house was built in the 1990s on a bluff in Kingsbury Grade. The gated land features 1.7 acres and gives you a 360-degree view of the land. The hotel requires you to rent the house for a 3-day minimum, allowing you to turn your wedding into a weekend-long bash. Raise a toast in the jacuzzi, travel ten minutes to check out the casinos, and have coffee on the deck. The house can lodge up to 14 guests, and they will allow one pet to stay. You will be able to choose your own caterer and have the perfect meal for your celebration. 

Heavenly Ski Resort

3860 Saddle Rd, South Lake Tahoe, California 96150 

If you are searching for the best views of Lake Tahoe, you can’t do any better than Heavenly Ski Resort. You will feel like you are on top of the world from the second you arrive. The paved patio between the resort buildings is ideal for an outdoor reception, while the grassy surrounding areas offer a private spot for a ceremony. The venue has indoor spaces with large windows that will bring the outdoors in. The resort offers group discounts so you can book lodging for your entire party. 

Tahoe Mountain Club

13051 Fairway Drive, Truckee, California 96161

Tahoe Mountain Club is a peaceful space located in the midst of a mountain meadow. Founded through Truckee Hotel, this venue is ready to spoil your entire party with top-of-the-line accommodations. The space is a 30-minute drive from Lake Tahoe, giving you all the views while providing an extra layer of privacy. The venue has several locations where you can host your wedding. For an outdoor wedding, you can choose between two well-maintained lawns overlooking the forests and the mountains. Inside is the Alpine Club, which is decorated with natural elements inspired by the location. There is also an indoor room with retractable glass walls so you can have an open-air space. The venue can host up to 200 guests. 

Rainbow Lodge 

50080 Hampshire Rocks Road, Soda Springs, California 95728

Rainbow Lodge is an outdoor ceremony and reception site that is ready to provide you with your dream day. The venue is located on 114 acres and puts you right by the High Sierras. They will work with you to find the ideal spot where you can host your ceremony. They also maintain numerous grassy clearings settled in the middle of the pines and the aspens. For your reception, you can feast on the grassy lawn or the paved patio. They have designated spaces to serve as a bride’s or groom’s room. The space can host up to 150 guests, and they can arrange catering. 

Station House Inn

901 Park Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, California 96150

Station House Inn has been voted one of the top spots for a small wedding by Here Comes the Guide. The hotel has over 90 rooms with discounted rates. They can provide you with indoor and outdoor areas for your ceremony, including the wood-paneled lounge. For outdoor weddings, you might want to consider trading your vows on the beach. This private area is a five-minute walk from the hotel and fully accessible. You’ll exchange your vows with the most picturesque view of the lake and the mountains just behind you. You will also be able to invite up to 150 guests, and the venue will take care of all the details. 

Your Dream Small Wedding Venues In Lake Tahoe Await Your Special Day

You deserve to have that small wedding you’ve always dreamed of. By finding the perfect small wedding venues in Lake Tahoe, you can have your dream day without all the stress. If you are on the search for the perfect photographer to capture this celebration, I would love it if you stuck around! As a Lake Tahoe wedding photographer, I adore documenting all the natural goodness that makes this area so special. I cannot wait to have a conversation with you so you can decide if I’m the one to help you celebrate. So, contact me today so we can chat. 

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I’m Kirsten—a wedding photographer here to guide you through this wildly exciting time…and toward the best lighting.

Ever since my days in the highschool darkroom, I’ve been enamored with the power images have to tell a compelling story. I went on to study photography and fashion at Savannah College of Art & Design and worked as an editor for a studio before founding Kirsten Marie Photography in 2012. Every day since, and I’ve fallen deeper in love with the art of wedding photography—there’s just nothing quite as fascinating and fulfilling as documenting the tenderness weddings bring out in people.

As someone who’s fairly spotlight-shy, I know how awkward being photographed can feel—which is why I work to bring an atmosphere of ease (and a wicked sharp sense of humor) to our time together. I pour my whole heart into hyping you up, getting you the material you deserve, and making sure you feel comfortable and cared for.

Beyond the lens, I’m a mom to two feisty girls. Translation: there’s no group I can’t wrangle, no mountain I can’t summit, and no trail I can’t traverse. While you’re soaking in sunsets and sipping champagne—you can find me crawling through bushes and traipsing through snowpack to get the best angle…and loving every single second of it. 

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