Tahoe Lakefront Weddings (chapel by the beach)
One of only a couple of Wedding chapels on Tahoe's beaches, Tahoe Lakefront Weddings has three different chapels in their building plus the Beach Terrace where they hold weddings. In the warmer months, the most popular space is the outdoorBeach Terrace. The most intimate space is the Lakeview Chapel which is behind their office. The chapel has a glass wall that looks out over Lake Tahoe affording the best overall view of the lake. The two larger chapels on the lower beachside level host larger weddings and are just a few steps away from the beach. My personal preference was the Emerald Chapel as a nice big rectangular space with a glass wall overlooking the lake, but the Crystal Chapel is ideal for holding both the Wedding and reception in the same room. The Crystal Chapel is technically larger, but it has a nice large area for the service with a narrower extension off to the side that essentially doubles the size of the space. A wall of glass overlooking the lake runs the full length of both the narrow and wide parts of the room. To try to utilize the whole space for the ceremony's seating would be awkward. Frequently, the extension area is where they have tables set up to hold the reception immediately after the service. The private beach extends the full length of the lot that the building sits on. I would guess that it is about a quarter acre lot, so it is not a big beach, but because it is a private beach your wedding will not have to compete with tourists for beach space and will not have strangers in bikinis wandering through your ceremony.
C. C. the proprietor is a full service wedding planner as well. She can make all the arrangements for weddings at almost any venue on the south shore of Tahoe. She has popular reception menus posted on her website with prices. She will arrange for photographers, cakes, horse drawn carriage rides, hot air balloon rides, dove releases, limousines and much more. Startlingly, she has prices for almost everything clearly posted on her website(tahoelakefrontweddings.com/weddingservices). When you talk to her she seems to be a really down to earth straightforward person who is not at all like the typical flighty wedding planner portrayed in Hollywood films.
There is plenty of parking available in the area, but only about 20 spaces for the Tahoe Lakefront Weddings building. This building is half a block down the road from paid parking at El Dorado Beach (also called Lakeview Commons). Just across the street from the wedding chapel is a large parking lot for a Safeway grocery store. That lot is clearly marked with signs saying Customer Parking Only. Within a couple of blocks, there are numerous residential streets where wedding guests may park free of charge as long as snow plows are not trying to clear snow off the road. People who are used to parking in San Francisco will have no problem finding a place to park, but others might find the parking situation irksome. Considering that this is one of the only beachside wedding chapels in all of Tahoe, it is a small price to pay for that special day.