Aussies Eloping to Vegas or Vietnam?

posted 3 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
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332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@Shonzilla:  

I wouldn’t advise Vietnam unless you’ve been there before.  The Aussies I met there a few years back seemed to enjoy the country, but they’d also had their passports stolen from their four-star hotel safe.

I’ve only been to Las Vegas in passing (connecting flight), but there’s a lot to do in one concentrated spot.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’ve been to both Vegas and Vietnam. Vegas can be tons of fun, but it’s not my style for a wedding – weddings are like an assembly line, and I grow weary of the lights/sounds/scene within a day or so. I found Vietnam to be a very beautiful place – it was very easy to navigate, and I never felt unsafe. It’s definitely a different vibe than LV.

Vietnam would be beachy, and Vegas would be party. I guess you just need to decide what kind of “mood” you want for your vows.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn

@Shonzilla:  I’ve also spent time in both places. I found Vegas to be overpriced and just ridiculously expensive.

Spent 2 weeks in Vietnam last summer, never felt unsafe and never had any issues. We stayed in great 4 star hotels for very reasonable prices, the food is delicious and we found the people there to be lovely.

They’re very different places though, what do you like/dislike about both?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Shonzilla:  I describe Vegas as over the top. But not in a bad way. i loved it so much that we are getting married there. I think it is what you make it. It can be done cheesy, seedy Vegas style or you can do the classy, oppulent side. We are having an intimate wedding and wanted a vacation for 20-30 people but you can make it just as nice without being married by Elvis (not that there is anything wrong with that). 

Oh! and do not go in July, that would be miserable in Vegas, We nearly died at the end of June

I have to tell you that people think gambling etc… but my Vegas is gorgeous hotels,  amazing shows, spectacular views, fine dining and the most beautiful people I have ever seen in any major city (I say this because my jaw dropped- Like I could actually SEE the wealth -what I imagine celebrities look like in real life).

 

You can probably do Vegas wrong and regret it but if we are spending about 6,000 for 20-30 people and I think you could have an amazing experience package at an upscale hotel for under 10,000 for 2.

 

Also, if you do want to make your family etc happy, I had a friend who married in the Carribean and had a very lovely cheap reception dinner when they came home. Very reasonable and wouldn’t ruffle any feathers??

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Shonzilla:  We spent 2 weeks in Vietnam doing a cycling trip and never had any issues with safety or crime personally. One person on our tour got drunk and left her belongings on the beach at night while swimming which were then stolen…but that could happen anywhere. We looooved Vietnam and it is super cheap which is good for saving money! So many beautiful places there.  We went to Vegas last year too and had a great time, would love to go back. Not my taste for a wedding personally and is sure to be a lot more expensive.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Shonzilla:  Also, keep in mind it is not just Vegas, depending on how long you are there you could bus it to Disneyland, Go to grand canyon, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam etc…

I am a little biased but I feel Vegas is just one of those places you could go every year and never do or see the same thing twice. It is awesome:) 

I like the idea of just you all focusing on you and making a vaca of it, wherever you choose. Less stress, more focus on the reason for the marriage.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Fox Hill Inn

@Shonzilla:  Oh wow, totally different reasons for both!

I think temperature in Vietnam is pretty consistent year-round. We were there in end of July/early August and got pretty lucky with weather (we had a tiny bit of rain while we were in the north, but central Vietman wasn’t so bad weather-wise). So depending on where you’re going in Vietnam, it would be fine yearround.

Vegas, will be surprisingly cold in January. I was actually there for a wedding on new year’s eve (12/31/12) and it was really cold. Meanwhile, I was there in July several years ago and it was insanely hot. Thankfully, many places on the strip were blowing mist!

Since you’re in school it’s a bit tough to judge how the weather will be, but you might want to factor that into your decision too!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Shonzilla:  We were there (Vegas) in August and it is super hot (like in the 40s) so just be aware of that! It’s a dry heat like home though so it wasn’t too bad for us (plus good reason to get in the pool).

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m an Aussie and we decided to get married in Malaysia. For significantly less than 10K we are getting a wedding in an amazing colonial hotel next to the ocean, flowers, dinner, drinks, etc for 50 people. Plus return flights from Sydney can be had for $600 or so, meals for $1, and good hotels for $50 a night so it’s less of a burden on our guests. One bonus about Malaysia is that most people speak English so booking wedding stuff and general sight-seeing is very easy. If you are eloping you could easily have a lovely ceremony, hotel and several quality meals for under $2K. For an extra $1K-$2K you could get a world-class photographer who speaks English as well.

I have heard that Thailand is also quite good, although you may have more of a language barrier there. I don’t know much about Vietnam but I imagine it might be  a little less easy than Malaysia or Thailand. Vegas can be lovely but it will almost certainly be more expensive and a significantly longer flight.

 

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