The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Just 20 minutes from Lake Tahoe, Northstar California is a stunning wedding venue complete with mountain scenery and an air of laid-back luxury. For couples seeking a cool, Californian wedding, Northstar California offers a one-of-a-kind alpine village atmosphere that will make for unforgettable wedding moments. With summer and winter wedding packages available, brides and grooms can personalize their ceremony and reception across the six different venue locations available at Northstar California.
Overlook Pavilion .The Overlook Pavilion is available during the summer months only and offers a dazzling view from above the Village's skating rink. With both outdoor and covered seating, Overlook Pavilion can comfortably accommodate anywhere from 75 to 300 guests.
Zephyr Lodge .8,000 feet in the air, seated atop a mountain, The Zephyr Lodge provides a stunning view of the Pacific Crest. Gondolas provide transportation to the summit where up to 500 guests can be accommodated year round.
TC's Pub . Enhancing the mountain feel of its surroundings, TC's Pub uses dark, rustic furniture to create a homey indoor experience for 50 to 140 guests.
Tavern 6330' . As the newest venue location at Northstar California, Tavern 6330' offers a completely modern experience for to-be-weds with its fire pits, outdoor patios, table seating and bar. With both indoor and private outdoor patio seating, Tavern 6330' can comfortably accommodate up to 75 guests.
Copper Lane . Located in the Village, Copper Lane provides a convenient location for brides and grooms to host anywhere from 30 to 130 guests. With its new renovations, floor-to-ceiling windows and four separate rooms that can be utilized for the event, Copper Lane is a bright and intimate venue for an indoor wedding in a central location.
Lodge at Big Springs . The Lodge at Big Springs provides another magical mountain experience for to-be-weds and their guests. Located mid-mountain, the Lodge at Big Springs offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for up to 125 guests per floor. Transportation by gondola car and bus are provided.
What You Should Know
Northstar California offers both summer and winter wedding packages that include several customizable options and pricing across all six venue locations. A deposit in the amount of the wedding package alone is required to save the date for the wedding. Any other balance owed for food, beverages and other add-ons must be paid no later than thirty days before the event.
Northstar California will create a lodging shell, or group discount rates, at any of their lodging units for the wedding party and their guests. Guests must call the front desk to make a reservation, supply the group number and pay a deposit. Animals aren't allowed in the rooms unless the couple wants to use a pet in the wedding. In that case, some special accommodations may be made. Complimentary on-site transportation is provided for the wedding party and guests between all of the lodging units.
Dance floors can only be rented through Northstar California. Sizes from 10-foot by 10-foot to 20-foot by 20-foot are available so brides, groom and their guests can dance the night away for an extra fee. Champagne toasts aren't included in the wedding packages but can be added on as well.
Northstar California offers a list of extra perks included in each of its summer and winter wedding packages, some of which are specific to certain venue locations.
- Custom webpage
- Free parking
- Setup for tables and chairs
- Floor-length table linens
- Wine service during dinner
- Bartender service
- Cake service
- Heat lamps if necessary
- Glassware and place settings
- Centerpieces (non-floral)
- Professional event planner
- Four invitations to the grand tasting and wedding preview event
- Private fire pit, tented dining area, European and market umbrellas and lounge furniture in the Overlook Pavilion
- Folding wood chairs, non-alcoholic beverage station, runners, rehearsal time, draping and bridal dressing room in the Zephyr Lodge
- Two private fire pits in Tavern 3660'
- Hot beverage station in the winter
From the Vendor
The Way it Should Be
For high-end luxury with a laid-back ambiance, nothing beats Northstar California. This elegant yet relaxed resort is actually a full-scale, sophisticated village perched on Tahoe’s north shore. An amazing array of stunning event spaces, an award-winning executive chef, upscale shops, hip restaurants, a theater, skating/ roller rink—even a 5-star Ritz-Carlton complete with indulgent spa—offer everything you could want for the wedding of your dreams. At the heart of the village is the Overlook Pavilion, an ideal spot with romantic tenting for an outdoor wedding that blends convenience with privacy and mountain views. For something a bit loftier, take the gondolas 8,000 feet up to the glass-walled Zephyr Lodge and savor those sweeping vistas and dramatic sunsets of the Sierras.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Hotel, Mountain, Restaurant, Tented
Food + Catering, Planning
Excellent LocationReviewed on 10/21/2013 Athena L
Northstar is the perfect place for a wedding. The quality is superb and the convenience is amazing. The option to have family and friends stay at the same location as the ceremony and reception is wonderful, and there is nothing more beautiful than the pine tree backdrop at the Overlook wedding site. In addition, and probably more unique than many other locations, the Northstar team of caterers, hotel services, and in-village business owners is experienced, kind, and extremely hard-working. Northstar also provides an coordinator on site that will quickly become the greatest resource you never knew you would need. If I could go back and get married again next Saturday, I would. And, whenever possible, we will return to relive the day and share the place with everyone we can.
My husband and I were married at Northstar on September 25th surrounded by a small group of our closest family and friends. From the views up at Zephyr Ridge, to the intimacy of the tented reception at Overlook Pavilion, to the amazing food by Executive Chef Chad Shrewsbury, we cannot possibly pick a favorite aspect to our perfect day. Our group was small at 35 people, but the setup was arranged to make it feel like we owned the space rather than feeling empty and cavernous. They were very accommodating in allowing our dog, Tuck, to be a part of our day and didn't mind a tired pup napping on the outdoor sofa while we ate dinner. Our rehearsal dinner the night before was at Tavern 6330'. The food was great, the service was great, and the price was just right.
We got married at Zephyr Lodge at the top of the mountain. The staff, the location, everything was wonderful! There were no surprises and Northstar is a great location because there is so much to do right there in the village. Highly recommend!
We chose Zephyr Lodge up at Northstar for our wedding. Not only was it spectacularly beautiful, but I cannot say enough about Mercie Galvin (the coordinator we were set up with) and the entire Northstar team. Mercie was so responsive and helpful throughout the entire process, doing everything she could to accommodate our requests and make our day as perfect as possible. On the wedding day itself, she was so calm and did so much to make sure things went smoothly. When our rehearsal turned into a hail storm and the lift shut down trapping half of us up at the lodge, and the other half unable to make it up, she had the bar open for us to keep us happy and then came to our rehearsal dinner to go through a run through. On the wedding day when the florist didn't show up until 30 minutes before the ceremony, and it rained up until 1 minutes before the ceremony was to start, she made sure to get me as much information as I needed, but ensured she did not stress me out. All the other things that she did, I can't even express my gratitude and praise!
Amazing Wedding VenueReviewed on 3/01/2015 Mary P
Northstar was amazing. Just the beauty of the venue itself speaks volumes but add the food, drinks, lodging, and a wedding professional all for a very reasonable sum makes Northstar one of the best choices I made in planning my wedding. I worked with Sharon and I couldn't have asked for a more helpful person in every way. She is excellent. I would choose Northstar again in a heartbeat.