A full weekend of wedding festivities is a quickly growing trend, especially for destination weddings in exciting locations like Lake Tahoe, and we love the way a welcome party/rehearsal dinner can set the tone for your big weekend! For those getting married in North Lake Tahoe, Truckee offers a number of fabulous venues for a welcome party that speaks to your style. To take the guesswork out of the process for you, we've selected our favorite venues to start off your wedding weekend right! 

Stunning sunset views of the Truckee River and Truckee's historic downtown are part of the iconic experience at Cottonwood. As one of the nation's oldest ski lodges, packed with history and classic Truckee charm, it's the perfect spot to welcome your guests to Lake Tahoe. Want to rent out the entire restaurant? Lucky you! Cottonwood can make that happen and you get access to the deck as well. What could be better than hosting cocktail hour on the deck, letting your guests watch the sun go down over Truckee. Dining options range from cocktail receptions, family style dinners, or plated three course dinners. 

Have guests coming to your wedding who may not know each other? Why not let a little friendly competition while mingling with your family and friends over a game of bocce ball help break the ice? The Truckee River Winery and their adorable red barn are the perfect casual spot to introduce your guests to each other in quintessential relaxed Tahoe style! The Winery (as locals call it) has bocce courts, beautiful grassy areas, and a tasting room. You might even use your invitations to remind your guests to brush up on their bocce skills... bocce is serious business at this quaint Truckee gem.

Tahoe Mountain Club has a number of amazing offerings that will have you wanting to spend your entire wedding weekend at their stunning venues. PJ's at Gray's Crossing is primarily an outdoor venue nestled among the pines with stunning views. We love their fire pit and outdoor seating area that offer breathtaking views of Mount Rose. This is a can't-miss view and the sunsets are amazing! 

In the heart of the Northstar village, the Alpine Club offers a beautiful great room where your guests can mix and mingle. A full service bar and a variety of dining options are available as well. The rustic, mountainy appeal of the Alpine Club are just part of its appeal. An outdoor deck gives your guests a chance to take in the sights of the village in the cozy and intimate setting. Late night wedding parties and post-wedding brunch can also be hosted here. 

The Ritz Carlton gets our vote for sweeping vistas, fabulous fireplaces and the perfect way to celebrate your upcoming nuptials. Fire pits, slope side patios and outdoor bars are the perfect combination for an elegant evening your guests will be talking about for years to come. Guests can take the Highlands Gondola to the Ritz from the Northstar Village, taking in the view of the Martis Valley along the way. The Fireside Terrace is the perfect location for an intimate dinner gathering. It features a beautiful fireplace and when dressed up it feels like the perfect rehearsal dinner venue. 

The Backyard BBQ location paired with The Woods at the The Ritz Carlton is the location that offers the perfect 'Welcome to Our Wedding Weekend' atmosphere. Guests can use a wide variety of games, including Bocce Ball and giant Jenga while enjoying delicious cocktails and small bites. Finish your evening off gathering around one of the large fire pits and roast s'mores with your guests. Sounds perfect to us! 

Squaw Valley is absolutely full of history and beauty, so why not start the best weekend of your life off at PlumpJack, a boutique inn located in the heart of the valley. This venue offers indoor and outdoor spaces, outstanding specialty cocktails designed by PlumpJack's in-house mixologist, and an exceptional wine list. With sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and Squaw's impressive Tram Face, PlumpJack is the perfect location to entertain your guests with elegant, locally sourced food and a quintessential Tahoe atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a lavish multi-course wine pairing dinner, a summer BBQ buffet, or an hors d'oeuvres reception utilizing the outdoor wood fired pizza oven, the hospitality here is bar none.

And, at the highest elevation of our welcome party options, The Lodge at Tahoe Donner is another favorite spot to kick off your wedding weekend. This classic lodge venue offers remote feel that's only 10 minutes from downtown Truckee, outstanding food, and a stunning year-round forested view. If you're looking to keep it a bit more casual, Tahoe Donner has various other venues as well, including the rustic-chic Alder Creek Adventure Center and family friendly Northwoods Clubhouse.   

Welcome parties and rehearsal dinners are just the beginning of your wedding weekend and all these venues will help you kick off the festivities in Lake Tahoe style. Still looking for more ideas? Check out VisitTruckee.com