Eloping in Lake Tahoe

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Lake Tahoe Elopement Details

Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Nestled between California and Nevada, It is considered one of the most majestic bodies of water you can lay your eyes on.

Elope on the divine shore amongst a beautiful natural wonder. Tahoe is gorgeous in the winter covered in a blanket of white snow. It also has so much to offer in the summer that includes hiking trails and of course swimming in the lake! If Lake Tahoe is your dream destination for your elopement let us know!

Lake Tahoe Elopement Packages

$3500$Starting at
  • Standard Plan

    • Includes personal elopement planner, 60 minutes of photography, permits & fees, modern officiant, and more!
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  • Destination
    Lake Tahoe, California
  • Elopement Venues
    Lake Tahoe
  • Seasons Available
    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
  • Included
    60min photography
    assistance with ceremony timeline/transportation
    location permits/fees
    marriage license instructions
    modern wedding officiant
    personal elopement planner
    personal vows
    religious or nonreligious ceremony
    vendor referrals (hair makeup transportation)
    witness if necessary
  • Not Included
    90min photography
    alcohol
    bouquet and matching boutonniere
    location permits/fees for up to 10 people
    transportation
  • Extra
    bridal bouquet
    cake cutting
    ceremony musician
    day-of coordinator
    extra photography
    matching boutonniere
    videography

1. HOW CAN I ELOPE IN LAKE TAHOE?

Lake Tahoe actually spans across both California and Nevada. Almost two-thirds of Lake Tahoe is in California, and one-third is in Nevada. With that being said, you’ll need to confirm the location that you’re planning to elope so that you can get your marriage license from the appropriate state. 

For Lake Tahoe locations in California:
  • To elope in California, you’ll need to bring $100, one form of government-issued identification per person, and proof of any prior legal separations (more on this below) to any county clerk’s office in the state (weekdays only!) for your marriage license. Some counties in California will also require copies of your birth certificates for this process, so be sure to do your research online before your elopement to confirm if it’s a requirement for the county you’ll be in. If you’re able to start your marriage license application online in advance, it may shorten your trip to the clerk’s office to finalize the application and be able to take care of any issues ahead of time. 
  • If either party wishing to elope has been divorced within the past six months, you’ll need to present a copy of the divorce decree along with your other required documents. California marriage licenses are immediately valid and remain valid for up to 90 days. It must be used within the state of California.

For Lake Tahoe locations in Nevada:
  • For those that aren’t Nevada residents, don’t worry! It’s one of the most popular states for elopements and getting your marriage license is easy. To get a marriage license in Nevada both parties must appear before a clerk at a government marriage bureau. The people getting married (must be over the age of 18 years old) must fill out a license application, sign it, and provide an approved photo ID to confirm their identities and ages. Unlike some states, there is no need to provide a blood test! 
  • Different counties in Nevada have their own marriage borough with varying hours. So be sure to do your research ahead of time. The state has no waiting period, which means you can get a marriage license any time before your wedding, even the same day. But, we encourage all of our couples to go beforehand so there’s no stress on your wedding day. 
  A marriage license does not mean you are married, and it is not proof of marriage. Rather, it's documentation that shows you are allowed to get married. You still have to do the marriage ceremony/say your vows! But don’t forget to return the actual license to the clerk’s office where it was issued within the required timeline as your final step. They will give you certified copies of your marriage license for records.

2. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ELOPE IN LAKE TAHOE?

We have options to fit every single budget! Our elopement packages can be tailored for any budget-conscious couple or those looking to splurge on additional decor and details. The standard fee for a marriage license will be around $60-$100, depending on which state your location is in. There are potential permitting fees if you’re planning to elope at a park or certain outdoor venues. We will be able to provide more info and take care of any required permitting fees in advance of your elopement date. 

3. WHERE CAN YOU ELOPE IN LAKE TAHOE?

Lake Tahoe is such a beautiful location for all of our adventurous couples! This large freshwater lake is in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is an iconic spot to elope. Around Lake Tahoe are a number of epic lookouts and parks that you can consider for your elopement. Some of our favorite elopement spots in the area are Emerald Bay State Park, Sand Harbor, Northstar California Resort, Sugar Pine Point State Park and more. 

4. DO YOU NEED A PERMIT TO ELOPE IN LAKE TAHOE?

Yes! Most areas in Lake Tahoe will require a special use permit in order to hold your elopement ceremony there. But don’t stress! We will help you with all permitting and fees required for your desired location. If you have a specific location in mind, contact us for more information.

5. DO YOU NEED A WITNESS TO GET MARRIED IN LAKE TAHOE?

For Lake Tahoe locations within the California border: In California, you are required to have one witness present during your elopement ceremony. On the bright side, there is no age requirement for witnesses in California. So for those couples eloping with children, your kids can act as your witnesses! Just keep in mind that your witness will need to be old enough to be able to sign their names on the official marriage license.    For Lake Tahoe locations within the Nevada border: When eloping in Nevada, there must be at least one witness at the ceremony. If you and your partner are traveling alone, one of us is happy to serve as your required witness during the ceremony!

6. CAN I LEGALLY ELOPE IN LAKE TAHOE?

Absolutely! As long as you have your marriage license and the required officiant or witnesses, you can elope legally everywhere in Lake Tahoe. Just don’t forget to return your signed marriage license (with officiant and witness signatures) to the Clerk’s office within the required timeline!

Lakee Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada of the United States. Lying at 6,225 ft (1,897 m), it straddles the state line between California and Nevada, west of Carson City. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America, and at 122,160,280 acre⋅ft (150.7 km3) it trails only the five Great Lakes as the largest by volume in the United States. Its depth is 1,645 ft (501 m), making it the second deepest in the United States after Crater Lake in Oregon (1,949 ft or 594 m). The lake was formed about two million years ago as part of the Lake Tahoe Basin, and its modern extent was shaped during the ice ages. It is known for the clarity of its water and the panorama of surrounding mountains on all sides. The area surrounding the lake is also referred to as Lake Tahoe, or simply Tahoe. More than 75% of the lake's watershed is national forest land, being the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit of the United States Forest Service.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Tahoe

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Elopement Venues in Laka Tahoe, California

These are some of the locations we’ve booked elopements at in the past, if you see one you like let us know -- if you have something else in mind contact us and we’ll see if we can make it work!
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