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Lake Tahoe Elopement

Tie the Knot in South Lake Tahoe

Sometimes the best celebrations don’t go big—they go meaningful. That’s the sentiment of the many brides and grooms who opt for a Lake Tahoe elopement over a big blowout. Elopements were once seen as non-traditional in the wedding world. But this year is different.  

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Is Elopement for You?

Maybe you’re starting from scratch rather than canceling what should have been a sizable soiree. Maybe you’re looking into elopement as a second option if your wedding can’t proceed as planned. Or maybe elopement is always exactly what you and your spouse-to-be have had in mind.

Whatever has brought you to the idea of elopement, South Lake Tahoe is the place to watch that dream come to life. Here, you can tie the knot in a chapel, say “I Do” with your toes in the sand, or even hike up into the hills—as long as you can find an ordained hiker to come with. 

Think of your elopement as a destination wedding, minus the cost and stress of bringing along your whole crew. However, there are still some details you’ll want to take care of before you make your way to South Lake Tahoe. Here are some tips for planning your Lake Tahoe elopement. 

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The Forest Suites Elopement Experience

Elopements may be simpler than a wedding with 100+ guests. But there are still some details you won't want to overlook. The Forest Suites Elopement experience considers every last element so you don't have to, from a minister to a marriage license. Give your lake tahoe elopement a traditional feel without all the stress of planning and hosting a big event. 

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An Officiant 

Though elopements often do away with pomp and circumstance, you’ll still need an officiant. We provide one as part of our inclusive Elopement Packages

A Wedding License

This is the piece of paper that will officially declare you wed. It may not seem like much, but don’t overlook it. Though you would typically get a license at your local Clerk and Recorders Office, keep it easy and let us take care of it for you. We'll provide a marriage license with your Elopement Package. 

A Photographer

Elopements may be low on formalities. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t packed with memories. Let us know if you'd like us to select a photographer to capture your elopement's most special moments. 

The Guest List

Elopement don’t always include guests. Yet elopements have recently become synonymous with a small, no-frills affair. Forest Suites offers an elopement package option that leaves room for 25 people should you want to make room for close family and friends. 

Ceremony Locations

Your ceremony location is what will set the tone for your elopement. If you and your spouse-to-be love the outdoors, consider a mountaintop. If you both have a passion for the ater, consider tying the knot at the lakefront. Forest Suites offers several ceremony locations that each channel the peacefulness and romance of South Lake Tahoe. 

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Forest Suites Chapel

Keep your elopement more traditional by tying the knot in our chapel. Elopements have an hour-long exclusive access to the chapel. 

Sierra Beach

South Lake Tahoe is known for its blue waters and sandy beaches. Sink your toes in the sand as you tie the knot on Sierra Beach, less than a mile from Forest Suites. 

Lake Tahoe Bleu Wave

Cruise atop Lake Tahoe as you say “I Do.” Depending on your budget, you can host your ceremony on the dock or rent out the cruise ship all for yourself. 

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Lake Tahoe Elopement Packages

Keeping your elopement simple doesn't mean it won't be special. At Forest Suites, we provide ourselves on creating memorable elopements. We provide the officiant, take care of the venue and decor, and even provide floral arrangements and a small cake. Choose the big day that's right for you, whether it's an elopement for two or will include a small group of loved ones. 

The Classic Elopement

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The Elopement Package

The Elopement Package is the perfect escape for just two people.

This package includes:

  • Two nights stay in our Honeymoon Suite
  • Chapel Rental and Ceremony fees
  • The Minister and his fees
  • California Confidential Wedding license
  • Use of the chapel for one full hour
  • Day-of ceremony coordination with music
  • Floral Package of 6-Rose Hand Tied Bridal Bouquet and a Single Rose Groom’s Boutonnière
  • Six-inch wedding cake, with your choice of flavors, and Bottle of Sparkling Wine delivered to your suite
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Friends & Family Elopement Package

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Friends and Family Elopement Package

The Friends and Family Elopement package allows the option to bring a few guests to your out of town Elopement.

This package includes:

  • Two nights stay in our Honeymoon Suite
  • Chapel Rental and Ceremony fees
  • The Minister and his fees
  • California Confidential Wedding license
  • Use of the chapel for one full hour, set with Chiavari Chairs
  • Up to 25 guests allowed
  • Day-of ceremony coordination with music
  • Floral Package of 6-Rose Hand Tied Bouquet and a Single Rose Boutonnière
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