How do I legally elope in Lake Tahoe?
Lake Tahoe straddles the California/Nevada border, meaning that, depending on which state your venue is located in, each state’s laws will dictate what you’ll need in order to get your marriage license to make your Lake Tahoe elopement legal. In both states you will need a valid form of identification, such as a driver’s license, passport or military ID. Neither state has a waiting period, meaning you can get married the same day as you receive your license. Both states also require a minimum of one witness, which your photographer can happily act as. When you book with us, we’ll also send you a specific guide with county information on how to ensure your ceremony is legal. Easy peasy!
How much does it cost to get married in Lake Tahoe?
Depending on which side of Lake Tahoe you’ll be eloping can dictate the cost to some degree. While you can plan a ceremony at a very affordable price ($500 or less) if you’re looking for a no-frills wedding day, incorporating additional details and vendors to your day can increase costs into the thousands. For instance, a base Lake Tahoe elopement package that offers officiation services is $400, but our Oasis Package, which features an officiant, a photographer, a videographer, flowers, videography, hair and makeup and a ceremony coordinator comes in at $3,900. It’s entirely up to you in terms of what you’ll be budgeting for for your big day. You’ll also want to make sure you take into account other essentials, such as travel expenses, hotel and accommodations, the cost of dining, and transportation to and from your venue – all which can vary in cost depending on which state you’ll be planning your elopement. Be sure to keep in mind the cost of marriage license fees as well!
What time of day should you elope in Lake Tahoe?
It’s crucial to remember that Lake Tahoe is enfolded by mountain ranges at every turn, meaning that the time of sunset doesn’t necessarily reflect the time the sun dips behind the mountains. You’ll want to make sure that your ceremony is held during a time where there is ample light. We highly recommend planning to elope late morning or early evening, as mid-afternoon creates harsh lighting, not to mention generally hot days in the summer!