Well, after giving some tips about South Lake Tahoe Elopements in another blog post that you can read here, I realized that I needed to also help out those who are looking for help with planning their North Lake Tahoe Elopements. With COVID still causing so many unknowns and people wanting to keep things small for safety, we are seeing more micro-weddings and elopements than ever. It is so fun for us since we love, love, love elopements! We also love Lake Tahoe.
We have put together a simple guide to planning an elopement in North Lake Tahoe that we hope will answer most of your questions & inform you of things you didn’t think about before starting this process. We are here to help make your elopement dreams come true. Photographing one of the best days of a couple’s lives is something we know we are so lucky to be a part of. We have a wealth of knowledge that we are happy to share with you! Plus there is even a useful elopement packing list at the end!
Lake Tahoe is split up in several different ways. The lake and its surrounding areas are very diverse, and each part has something to offer! You are sure to find something fitting for your personality. Two of the main distinctions to be aware of are:
North Vs. South Lake Tahoe
California Vs. Nevada side
This site can help you figure out which location is right for your elopement. Since we are focusing on South Lake Tahoe in this post- here is their visitor site that is full of useful information!
Trying to decide the best time of year to elope in North Lake Tahoe? That is easy to answer! Any time of year. Really! This is the same answer we give for South Lake Tahoe too. Whether you are looking for a Winter Wonderland Wedding or incorporating snow sports, springtime blooming with life, summer beach bum style on the lake, or fall foliage with colors bursting all around you… North Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to elope year-round! The only times that we’d suggest trying to avoid would be on holidays/holiday weekends.
Marriage License- This is pretty critical. We can help navigate you through this process. It is important to make sure to consider where in Lake Tahoe you will be getting married. For example, if your ceremony will be taking place on the California side, then you’ll need a public marriage license or a confidential marriage license from California. However, if you’re getting married on the Nevada side of the lake, then you’ll need a Nevada marriage license. If you still aren’t sure where or how to plan your elopement or get your marriage license, then reach out to us and we can help you figure out these details!
Officiants and Witnesses- We are a photographer and officiant team! So, we’ve got you covered! We can take care of your witnesses too if necessary. Or, maybe you already have these people all figured out- that is awesome too!
Permits- In some places- depending on where you want to have your elopement- you’ll have to acquire a permit to have access to National Forest lands. Just something to be aware of!
North Lake Tahoe is home to some amazing views- we don’t take for granted how lucky we are to live close enough to drive! We know a few secluded spots that we keep secret for our lovely client couples 😉 – but there are also some general areas that are known for being perfect locations for elopements that you can look into!
With COVID-19, it isn’t easy to find places to elope indoors, but it isn’t impossible either. North Lake Tahoe offers the beauty of nature that you just can’t beat, but sometimes that option isn’t right for a couple. Check out North Lake Tahoe’s site for more info on how to find an indoor/reception location!
Most of these ideas are places you have thought of already, but we wanted to make sure you had all your options to weigh. Finding a place that suits your budget, style, size of wedding party/people attending, etc. can be easier than you think. Some options to consider: