There are no more distinctive locations for your Lake Tahoe wedding ceremony, reception, or rehearsal dinner than historic Thunderbird Lodge and THUNDERBIRD yacht. Set amid acres of forested land, the awe-inspiring Lodge estate ensures privacy for enchanting celebrations. The underground tunnels, boathouse, sand-covered beach, stunning sunsets, and lakeside grounds create the perfect backdrop for memory-making photographs. Celebrities, sports personalities, and royalty have all exchanged their vows aboard the venerable THUNDERBIRD yacht, an art deco icon from a bygone age.
One of the American West’s premiere museum organizations, the non-profit Thunderbird Lake Tahoe occasionally interrupts its preservation and education programs to host just a few exceptional wedding experiences. As an IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, a portion of the fee you pay may qualify for a charitable gift deduction on your income taxes.
Each year, we open Thunderbird Lodge to just four gala Castle for a Day wedding or rehearsal dinner events for up to 100 attendees. Castle-for-a-Day is for use of the site only and does not include other costs such as catering, planning, furnishings, entertainment, or transportation. Please refer to our vendor information for a list of regional providers to handle every aspect of your special day.
For smaller gatherings having two to 50 attendees without a reception, Thunderbird offers an intimate two-hour champagne ceremony or elopement package. We can supply an officiant or you may bring your own.
Thunderbird’s Executive Chef can prepare a boutique wedding, rehearsal, or family Dinner-at-the-Castle experience for two to 16 attendees with or without a ceremony.
To make any of these wedding events extra special, consider a THUNDERBIRD yacht cruise or an overnight stay in one of our romantic cottages. We look forward to discussing with you the totality of your Thunderbird experience.