- Come in the Low Season: Everyone loves planning their Lake Tahoe wedding between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when vacancies are scarce and prices are absurdly high. Try planning your event in the beginning/middle of June or middle/end of September instead. The weather is likely to be just as nice (although we won't lie, there has been the occasional rainy day at these times) and prices will be MUCH lower. Also, don't forget the time of day/week can save you a bundle as well; Friday nights are a rare choice, as are afternoons. So the next Lake Tahoe venue you call, do us a favor and just ask how much cheaper it would be for a mid-June, Friday afternoon affair.
- Make a realistic priority list: Think very hard about what you truly consider your highest priorities and stick to them. If high quality photos are the most important, then devote a larger portion of your budget to get the Best Lake Tahoe photographer rather than spending way too much on floral arrangements. Whatever you prefer, decide early and stick to your list.
- Summon your creative side: Or maybe your Maid of Honor's creative side? Either way, go to Pinterest and research home-made decorations, center pieces, party favors, etc. In fact, keep checking back here as we will posting some of our favorite Do-It-Yourself wedding ideas.
- Think twice about the bridal boutique: Well sort of... go into as many as you want and try on the whole store, but just to get ideas and figure out what you really want. Then, before you painfully swipe the plastic, go out and check department stores or dedicate a couple weekends to drive a few extra hours to an outlet. Some of these stores might have just what you're looking, at half the price!
- Focus on food: I recently attended a budget wedding with possibly the best catering I'd ever experienced. Nope, not an expensive seafood buffet with carving stations, or even a boring chicken plate. Just a small Taco truck that pulled right up to the outdoor seating area. Gourmet tacos of course; delicious, easy to make, cheap and (the best part) unlimited!! And there were lots of options too - pollo, carne asada, carnitas, and even fajitas for the vegetarians. Check out The YUM Truck in Lake Tahoe to see what I mean.
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