Going to the Chapel The Nevada side of Lake Tahoe was once known as the divorce capital of the world. In the 1939 movie “The Women,” leading ladies Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell and Norma Shearer headed west for quickie divorces. Nevada offered some of the country's most liberal divorce laws, along with a short residency requirement—only 6 weeks. Hence, “divorce dude ranches” sprang up to serve as temporary homes for the soon-to-be-unwed while they waited for their papers to come through.
The same laws that made divorce easy also made marriage a snap—no waiting period. During World War II, GIs came to Tahoe's myriad wedding chapels for lightning-fast nuptials. The wedding boom soon overtook the speedy divorce craze.
Lake Tahoe's wedding industry still thrives today. The area's natural beauty and range of scenic backdrops give couples their choice of romantic settings. Many hotels have in-house wedding chapels and full-service reception facilities. There's an option for every taste, from an elegant wedding aboard a boat to a sporty exchange of vows on a ski slope to a quiet service in a country church. You can even have a campy ceremony with neon lights and an Elvis impersonator.
Lake Tahoe Area, CA
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