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Can I give 10 stars!?
Sugar Bowl was the perfect place for our wedding! We knew we wanted an outdoor location for the ceremony and the venue, and we are also avid skiers so the chairlift ride was on the top of our list as well. In addition to the perfect mountain setting, the staff at Sugar Bowl is out of this world. Meghon and her team were attentive to our every need without being overbearing. They supported every creative idea we had and made practical suggestions along the way - but they let us plan our own twist on everything, which is something that is very undervalued in many planners.
It was also great that Sugar Bowl was a one-stop show for us. They took care of the catering, the bar, the flowers, and the rehearsal dinner and after party spots. They handed out welcome bags to the hotel guests as they arrived, and were so attentive throughout the entire weekend. The entire staff has a great attitude and that really made all our guests feel comfortable.
Overall, our experience with Sugar Bowl was phenomenal and I wouldn't change a thing about it. Many guests told us that our wedding was the best and the most fun wedding that they have ever attended. You will not find a better vendor or service team anywhere in the Reno/Tahoe area!
Meredith and Dan Herr
Coordinator Meghon Shrewsbury goes above and beyond to provide excellent service, communicating all the way through the process. Though planning a wedding involves many details, the staff at Sugar Bowl made sure that every question was answered and handled all elements big and small with aplomb. A beautiful setting where many of your guests can stay on site and even ride a ski lift to the top of the mountain, Sugar Bowl offers a very unique and memorable wedding experience. Where some venues tend to nickle and dime you at every turn, Sugar Bowl was excellent in providing amenities such as heat lamps, parasols and other general decor for no extra charge. We would not hesitate to recommend this site to future couples!
My Husband and I had an amazing day. Sugar Bowl was a perfect place to make such amazing memories with family and friend that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Sugar Bowl brings a special touch to the wedding weekend. Having the hotel for only wedding guests makes it special; it is truly an exclusive get away weekend with the people you love. The chairlift was a very special touch to the occasion. Our guests really enjoyed it. The Sugar Bowl staff was incredible. I honestly cannot think there is a more attentive staff out there. They were incredible with every detail. The venue looked absolutely gorgeous and the food was delicious.
Everything with Sugar Bowl was fantastic. I could not have asked for a better place to get married. There is not one thing that I would have changed. Sugar Bowl exceeded our expectations. Thank you!
Sugar Bowl gave us the best possible wedding weekend we could ask for - from the timely, professional and patient correspondence in the planning of our event to the wonderful food and service throughout our wedding weekend, I can honestly say that I can't imagine a more fun and memorable way to get married. Meghon and her assistant Amanda were outstanding in their efforts to make sure that everything went according to plan and were extremely diligent and accommodating in handling any problems that came up (which was bound to happen). We have no hesitation in giving our highest recommendation to Sugar Bowl for anyone who is looking for a unique and memorable way to share an unforgettable experience with their friends and family.
WOW! What a wonderful venue for my June 21 wedding!! It was just perfect for our rustic/outdoorsy themed wedding! Even if you did not have any decorations..this venue SCREAMS rustic and woodsy. The staff were wonderful during the whole process: before, during, AND even after. Weather was great and we did not know we were marrying on the first day of summer aka the longest day of the year!
Meghon was sooo wonderful and absolutely responsive. After hearing all my friends current horror stories, I appreciate her fast response! When you talk/email her she felt genuine..Again my friends' current experience with their CURRENT venue planners..cringe worthy. I loved and appreciated her suggestions. We also decided to hire her for flowers. Again, it fit perfectly with what I wanted. It was also very convenient to have the food, flowers, hotel, setup all under Meghon! It helps to have someone who sees the vision the bride sees! Thank you Meghon many of my guest commented on just how wonderful you all were!
Booking Sugar Bowl meant you had the whole place to yourself. We decided to book the Disney Lift...and the ONLY complaint I have was that I wish that the person operating the lift told my guest that the bar on the ski lift came down...BOY riding the skilift during the summer is FAR different than in the winter...SCARY ISH! I had a few guest who were literally crying so be prepared. My husband and I are outdoorsy and we ski/snowboard often I did NOT expect to be THAT terrified! Other than that it was a wonderfully unique experience for our 170 guest.
BEFORE: We loved that we had a private food tasting and was able to invite 2 other people. We definitely got drunk from all the wine! We ended up having open beer and wine at the wedding. We also got 4 tickets to ski at the venue. Sadly we didnt get to use this as there was no snow! =(
DAY OF: The weather was great. The grounds well groomed. The ceremony was setup just the way I wanted. For the wedding I had lawn games, rented decor, and had my own DIY decor...Meghon set it up exactly as I wanted. After the ceremony, they made sure the bridal party had wine and appetizers...yay!
Our photog was also going picture crazy and Meghon had to remind him "THEY NEED TO GET ON THE LIFT NOW"...lol...
Anyhoo I can't stress how wonderful this venue is. Many of my guest kept commenting on it too. I wish I can get married all over again! =)
My husband and I had our wedding at Sugar Bowl this June. I just have to mention that our guests are still talking about it and telling us it was the best wedding they have ever been to. I know this is purely because of the staff at Sugar Bowl. Yes, the scenery is spectacular, the food was amazing but the staff went above and beyond to make our day so special. We opted to host a whole weekend of events for our guests; movie night on Thursday, welcome dinner Friday and of course our wedding on Saturday. The whole weekend was perfect! It was so nice for my husband and I just to relax and enjoy the weekend and have the staff take care of everything. We even had Meghon do our wedding flowers, they were beautiful! I would highly recommend Sugar Bowl as a wedding venue.
Sugar Bowl made our prep hassle-free and our wedding day smooth and easy. Meghon and Pat were excellent coordinators on site and their team was there to answer any questions and help make our guests feel comfortable.
Flowers - Meghon & Pat happen to be florists, so that was easy.
Catering - they have excellent chefs and menus on site, so no need to outsource. The tasting was a wonderful experience in the snow!
Photographer - they have a list of recommended vendors and we loved Chris Cooke!
Cake - we ordered apple pie from a local bakery and Meghon took care of the whole process, from the tasting to the cutting
Decorations - we went with a rustic, woodsy theme and Sugar Bowl helped out significantly by providing baskets, wooden rounds for the tables, mason jars for flowers, an archway, and shepherd's hooks for the ceremony aisles. We described our style and they created it for us - so easy! We even intended to write out table seating with chalk and Sugar Bowl staff, Riza, took care of us for us with her beautiful handwriting.
Location - up in the mountains; it's definitely a destination for most, but at only 45 minutes from the Reno Airport and about 3.5 hours for our Bay Area friends and family, we decided that a "convenient getaway" fit the bill. Keep in mind, the 20-minute drive down to Truckee is a windy mountain road, so stay away after drinking or late at night.
Lodge - the rooms are quaint and clean and fit a wide range of numbers, so we could house our relatives and groups of friends easily on site. We only wish they had more rooms to fit all of our 117 guests. Luckily, it's just a short drive down to Truckee where hotels and restaurants are located.
Fun perk - we booked the Disney ski lift for our cocktail hour, which was a huge hit - even my grandparents went up the lift!
Our friends and family are still raving about the scenery, the location, the Disney lift, the food, and the service. We really could not be happier with our choice and would absolutely recommend it to others.
sugar bowl was a great place for a wedding. we chose it because both of us grew up skiing at sugar bowl, worked there for a few years, and still ski there all the time together. from the beginning our coordinator Meghon was a huge help. she responded immediately to all of our questions and emails and was always prepared for our meetings. you could tell she knew what she was doing and we immediately felt like we should trust whatever she suggested. after Meghon went on maternity leave, our new coordinator Pat transitioned seemlessly and took over our event. we had originally planned an outdoor wedding, but as it started raining (and then snowing!!! in September!) on our wedding day, many of our plans had to change and everyone at Sugar Bowl was extremely helpful and prepared for everything. needless to say the final result was perfect. they were also super helpful in terms of set up, such as setting up all of our table decorations, place cards, goodie bags, guestbook, etc. one of the best things about getting married at sugar bowl, at least if you choose the Village Lodge location, is that you get to have the whole hotel to yourselves for the weekend, including using the lodge for the rehearsal dinner the night before, as well as whatever events you choose during the weekend (we had a groom-hosted pre-wedding pizza party and after-party and breakfast was provided both mornings for all our guests in the hotel). they can basically cater to whatever request you have. all expenses were very clearly spelled out in their prospectus that we were given before the event.
we highly recommend it!
Words can't express how glad I am that we chose this venue. They were professional, organized, and so incredibly helpful. They took an otherwise stressful day and turned it into one of the most relaxing and fun experiences with my family and friends. Damien and I will be forever grateful.
John and I got married on June 22, 2013, at the Sugar Bowl Resort. Let me tell you... I've always dreamt of my wedding day, but then it came to real life! Everything was perfect; from the staff, the food, and most of all the wedding coordinator: Lisa and Meghon. The whole day went so smooth and perfect.The decor was beautiful, but the scenery was unbelievable. I would defiantly recommend Sugar Bowl Resort to any Bride that is looking for an extravagant wedding.
My special day could, and would not have been possible without Sugar Bowl and its staff!!
Best Wedding ever! People are still talking about it. I run into people that weren't even there and they are saying we heard it was amazing!
I’m still in awe at how magical our wedding was at the Sugarbowl Resort.
Let me start by saying we toured Sugarbowl during the winter, in the middle of ski season. We had seen pictures of what it looked like in summertime and it looked great, but we still didn’t know what to expect.
Even without seeing the venue in full bloom, we were sold on Sugarbowl for 1. The fact that they have a package that includes exclusive access to the resort from Friday until Sunday, 2. Rooms were on property, and 3. Meghon, the most amazing wedding coordinator ever.
The added bonuses that we found once we arraived were the ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS scenery and grounds. The resort is spectacular during the summer time; green, wild flowers, flowing creeks, Lake Mary, hiking trails. Just pure bliss. The exclusive access makes you feel like you’re at your own personal relaxation destination.
Most of our families/friends stayed up there for the weekend. Every day we all got to eat breakfast together and set out on hikes, or to the lake, or whatever event was planned for that day. It was incredible to get to spend such quality time with our friends & family before the wedding, and made it so we really got to enjoy the wedding night (without having to go table to table trying to spend time with everyone) because we had the chance to be with everyone all weekend.
I’m sure a lot of brides can relate to the need to be in control of all the details of your wedding. I was very hesitant to give up control to a wedding coordinator, but Meghon put my worries to ease very quickly. She is a pro. She has put on so many wedding at Sugarbowl, that she made me feel confident that she had everything under control from our first meeting. Everything ran very smoothly, and there were no surprises. Everything I needed to know was told to me well in advance and she answered all of the questions we had (even when we asked them multiple times). Her staff is very professional. Her colleague, Pat handled a lot of the reception and after party details and was equally as fantastic.
It’s a HUGE relief as a bride or groom to not have to worry about getting the ceremony started on time, setting up tables, flowers, etc., getting everyone in the right order, making sure the wine gets on the tables, getting everything cleaned up afterward, and so on… The coordinator staff handles all of those details, and makes it MUCH more enjoyable for the wedding party and family. I mean, the wedding is supposed to be a celebration not a chore right! And that’s how the staff at Sugarbowl makes sure it is, a spectacular celebration!
There are all sorts of activities to choose from. They really can cater to any and all types of weddings. There are SO many options and add-ons, chair lift rides to the top of the mountain for cocktail hour, lakeside dining for the rehearsal dinner, etc. I wish we could have done them all.
The reception food was delicious. The chef at Sugarbowl really knows how to please a crowd. Everyone raved about the appetizers and dinner!
There are so many things I can say about our stay and celebration at Sugarbowl, but I’d be writing all day. It’s a very special place and an incredible wedding destination.
It’s been 6 weeks since the wedding and our family and friends are still talking about how amazing the weekend and the venue were. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and we will always have an incredible memory of our wedding at Sugarbowl.
Meghon, Pat, Lisa, and all the Sugar Bowl wedding crew are amazing. They all went above and beyond any expectations I have of a wedding venue. They took all my projects and decorations and took care of it all so I didn't have to worry about it and I could just enjoy the days leading up to the wedding. The food is outstanding, we got lots of compliments on that. DO THE DISNEY CHAIR/COCKTAIL HOUR...SO WORTH IT. Everyone loved it, it was the highlight of the event.
The staff is so amazing and provide outstanding unforgettable service. They treat you like a VIP/celebrity status person! So attentive and helpful and approachable.
Meghon is also outstanding. She made herself available to me all the time and answered all of my questions promptly and thoroughly every time. She even joined my pinterest boards to look at my ideas/colors/overall theme...truly a dream wedding coordinator!
Meghon also did the flowers for the entire event as well as the rehearsal dinner. They were everything I wanted and envisioned. She worked with me after I had some flowers in her original "quote" that I didn't like 100% and changed them to be truly everything I wanted. She also respected my budget and desire to keep the costs down.
Got so many compliments on the wedding and all I could think and say back to people was, "it wasn't me, it was Sugar Bowl!!"
The BEST wedding venue ever if you want to spend a weekend with your guests. Lake Mary is a beautiful small lake, equipped with paddle boats, canoe, kayak. Entire day and Rehearsal Dinner here. The next day spent at the lake and then wedding and reception at the Sugar Bowl Lodge
Food, staff were great. The beautiful mountain location, topped off by ski lift ride to mountain top where there is a beautiful decked building to enjoy cocktails and take in the great scenery.
Staff was fabulous. Perfect!! Exactly what the bride and groom envisioned.
My daughter was married at Sugar Bowl Resort on June 15, and it was a magical day. We have always loved spending time in the Tahoe Mountains and knew it would be a lovely backdrop for this special event, but we had no idea just how special this day would be with the help of Meghan, their event planner, and all the Sugar Bowl staff. My daughter had very specific ideas of what she wanted for the ceremony, for the meal, for the décor; and the staff simply accommodated us with a smile! We invited our close friends and family to stay with us at the Lodge for a few nights before the big event. The staff there provided such a wonderful and relaxed atmosphere for our early morning hikes and late night chats in the lobby or out around the campfire. It was just like summer camp with all your favorite people. The wedding day was pure happiness. The staff at Sugar Bowl have a calm but professional attitude that puts everyone at ease and helps you just enjoy the day. Meghan knew just what my daughter envisioned for this day and took it upon herself to make it happen. I had such faith that everyone there was working to make her day amazing that I did not worry for a minute. We also took the chair lift to the top for Happy Hour which was a big hit with all our guests. The views were fabulous, and what a cool environment to start the party. The venue at Sugar Bowl is amazing, but I cannot say enough about the Sugar Bowl staff. They were all so friendly, caring and attentive. Words cannot express how thankful I am that we found Meghan and Sugar Bowl for my daughter's big day.
My husband and I were married at Sugar Bowl in June 2013, and it was beyond perfect. I would recommend this venue to anyone. Meghon, the coordinator, is FANTASTIC! She is so responsive to emails and phone calls and really works around the client to make sure everything is perfect. I didn't have a single worry the day-of because I knew that Meghon and her staff would take care of everything. Her assistant, Pat, was a huge help as well. He wasn't a part of the planning process, but was there to help for the actual event. We had a few last-minute requests (like during cocktail hour!) and he made it happen. The hotel staff is also incredible. Nile and Risa really stood out to both us and all of our guests staying at the hotel. They were extremely accommodating and went above and beyond to make sure that everyone was happy and enjoying themselves.
The venue itself is incredible. We were married on the lawn, took the chairlift for cocktail hour, and had the reception on the deck. It was such a unique experience with the chair lift and all of our guests loved it. The chef created a custom menu for us and were allowed to provide recipes that were used for the dinner, which was delicious! We got so many comments that it was the best wedding people had ever been to... and none of it would have happened without all of the great Sugar Bowl staff.
We had a lot of out-of-town family that stayed at the hotel starting on the Wednesday before our Saturday wedding, so it was like a long vacation and so relaxing. It was only our friends and family at the hotel, so we played games and had s'mores and drinks every night and could be as loud as we wanted without worrying about disturbing other guests.
I wouldn't change a single thing about our wedding and would recommend Meghon and Sugar Bowl to any couple looking for a beautiful and fun wedding venue!
This was, without a doubt, the best decision we ever made. We picked Sugar Bowl for our wedding venue before even really seeing it. When we were emailing venues we continuously received rude responses about our short(10 month) timeline or our budget. When we emailed Meghon(the onsite wedding coordinator) at Sugar Bowl she responded with an email telling us that no matter where we chose to have our wedding, we had plenty of time to plan the perfect wedding...this was our first clue that the customer service at Sugar Bowl was amazing. This was again reaffirmed when we did the tasting...the food was incredible, huge portions, and we had a blast! We were able to bring our mothers and MOH to the tasting and it ended up being one of our best memories.
The next 10 months was filled with hundreds of back and forth emails and Meghon always sent back helpful and knowledgeable responses. Having never been closely involved in the wedding planning process before, I was extremely nervous as to how it would all come together. I had also opted to have Meghon be my florist and had only given her a few photos as guidelines and a few types of flowers I liked...I had no idea what to expect until we arrived for our wedding weekend.
When we pulled up on the Thursday before our wedding the place was more beautiful than we could have imagined(we had only seen it in the winter). The custom wedding signs and reserved "bride and groom" parking were a wonderful touch. The staff for the entire weekend was incredible. They lit the bonfire for us every evening and accommodated each and every guest. They even let you order sandwiches for the next day as there is no restaurant open on site...I HIGHLY recommend doing so. They were delicious! The whole weekend worked like a well oiled machine.
The day of the wedding was the first time I had seen any of the flowers and bouquets...I was blown away! They far exceeded my expectations and every time I see my wedding photos I am thrilled at how perfect the flowers were...Meghon has a true talent for flowers!!
And I have to say that the entire wedding continued like this. Every last detail was thought of...things I hadn't even anticipated like parasols for the guests to use for the sunny hours. Meghon even gifted us a beautiful book about Sugar Bowl to use as a guestbook when ours tragically didn't arrive. We also had our cocktail hour at the top of the Disney Ski Lift...this was one of the best parts. Our guests LOVED the beautiful views and it gave no one a chance to be bored while we were off taking pictures. The food was extraordinary and they had graciously accommodated my food allergies and even made a few custom dishes for the wedding at no additional charge. Meghon was there the entire time keeping everything moving along to schedule and flowing perfectly. I honestly didn't have to worry about a single thing the entire night...I don't hear this from many brides.
On our morning of leaving it was an even bigger shock to find that our total for the weekend was slightly lower than anticipated...what a pleasant surprise to have stayed BELOW our budget!
I can't thank Sugar Bowl enough for all their hard work, wonderful staff, and for making our wedding everything we wanted and more. Meghon eliminated soooo much "wedding stress" and made our weekend so special.
We got married at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort on 10/6/12. We loved the rustic, historic feel. We immediately clicked with Meghon, the wedding event coordinator. She is genuine, friendly & put us right at ease.
Meghon and Sugar Bowl were extremely flexible and allowed us to be creative - my family is from Afghanistan and we have traditional desserts and teas that should be served at weddings, but most places don't let you bring in outside food - not so at Sugar Bowl - Meghon and the Sugar Bowl staff were more than happy to accommodate this special request. We also had some traditional ceremonies that were a bit unusual, but Meghon found a way to weave them into our day seamlessly - my family was so honored, impressed, and happy that we were able to incorporate all the traditions.
The staff also set up all of my handmade decorations in such a way that was more beautiful than I could have imagined & returned everything in perfect condition! I didn't have to worry or bother any family or friends with these details. Meghon also did all the flowers-I had no idea what I wanted & she still produced incredible work that was exactly what I wanted! And she did it all herself, on top of coordinating the entire weekend, so I would highly recommend anyone to utilize her for the flower services.
Dinner was fantastic! Our friend, who is a professional chef at a gourmet restaurant, said it was the best food he ever had at a wedding! We also used the basement of the ski lodge as a kids room, with a kid friendly buffet, coloring, games and movies. All the parents raved about this! After all the kiddos went to bed, the staff quickly transformed the room into the after-party room & the festivities continued into the night! And then, to top the night off, when my husband and I finally returned to our room, we came back to find a chilled bottle of champagne and 2 slices of our cake, which we were wicked excited about since we never had a chance to eat any (besides the pieces we shoved in each others mouths). It really was the icing on the cake, literally (sorry for the cheesy pun!)
Mike with the Sugar Bowl lodging and accommodations staff was also extremely helpful throughout the whole process, making sure that all our guests staying at the hotel and at on-site property rentals were taken care of. We had a few minor snafus along the way for a variety of reasons (comes with the territory with a guest list that large), but Mike made fixing them a priority and it always resulted in a positive outcome - he really worked hard for us the entire time!
Finally, another highlight was the delicious Sunday Brunch (some people even said it was the best bacon they've ever had!). It was so nice to say goodbye to everyone & not have to worry about pulling quiches out of the oven or doing dishes. We just relaxed & enjoyed everyone’s company for as long as we could.
Everyone said that our wedding couldn't have been at a more beautiful location or be more relaxed. Meghon kept the night flowing without a hitch, keeping us on track for all the details of the wedding (speeches, dances, cake cutting, bouquet tosses, etc.). She really went above & beyond to make our day stress-free & more perfect than we could have imagined! All this was affordable, with no sacrifice of elegance, quality, or service-no extra fees or hidden charges either! We are so happy to have had such an amazing weekend, all thanks to Meghon & her staff.
My goodness our wedding was the most BEAUTIFUL wedding I have ever seen!!! The wedding coordinator was AMAZING as well as the entire Sugar Bowl staff. From start to finish, everything was perfect and exceeded our expectations in every possible way. The venue is ideal, as we had everything to ourselves-no outsiders to be seen!!! The food was incredible and the chef also went above and beyond-we couldn't have had a more perfect and memorable day!!! I would absolutely recommend this venue to anyone and everyone.
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Picturesque Mountain Venue for Your Special Day
Nestled in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains near Lake Tahoe, Sugar Bowl's historic lodge serves up a unique setting where the resort can be yours for an unforgettable private wedding. Sugar Bowl is known for its picturesque setting, gourmet food, imaginative menus and beautiful presentations.
- Price Range: $$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Liquor License, On the Water, Onsite Catering, Onsite Overnight Accommodations, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Outdoor Reception Area, Site Fee, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 400
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Hotel/Resort, Restaurant, Unusual/Alternative
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012