(Closed) Brides in US please help me planning budget!

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

In las vegas for 6 nights two thousand might not be enough I would say you need probably three but this is just a guessimate and always depends on what you will be doing while there hopefully some vegas brides will see this and give a little more specific info.

Post # 4
2534 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’ve never been to Las Vegas, and I don’t live in that part of the country.
Hopefully someone else can give you specifics!

Try not to spend it all gambling! πŸ™‚
That’s the only thing that I could see making it hard to save up.
There are plenty of things to do there that aren’t a ton of money. The Grand Canyon isn’t too far away – a co-worker just went there last October and he stayed in Las Vegas before he drove to the Grand Canyon.

My boss swears by the Las Fagas buffets for breakfast & lunch… he loves food and raves about them every time he goes. Maybe do some research on what is a good buffet in Las Vegas? You don’t have to use your hotel’s buffet if it isn’t included in your hotel room price.
Apparently Las Vegas buffets can be amazingly good, I’ve heard many people say that.

I know there are two outlet malls in Las Vegas (I work in construction on malls), so if you wanted to go clothes/shoe/jewelry shopping leave some room in your budget for that. The outlet malls sometimes have coupon books at their information desks, so stop there first if you go!

Post # 7
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Las Vegas can be done very very inexpensively or it can be quite expensive. It’s really all up to you. There are amazing fine dining restaurants where entrees alone are $30+ and then you can get super casual dining at $10+/person. If you have a rental car, you can drive away from The Strip and the food costs will go down significantly. I suggest consulting the concierge or checking out Yelp for ideas.

As far as recreation is concerned, you can really go big or go small in this aspect. If you are not big gamblers (like us) then you can check out the shows. A Cirque de Soleil show will set up back anywhere from $50-$150/person, depending on the show. For example, Zumanity is like 1/2 the price of O. If you want to be very tourist-y, you can check out helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon, but I think that’s at least a couple hundred a person.

The buffets can be good, but the good ones will cost you! The cheaper buffets are like less than $20/person whereas the nicer ones (e.g. Wicked Spoon at Cosmopolitan) are at least double that. IMO, unless you are a huge eater, you probably won’t take in a buffet more than once or twice while you are there so I would splurge and go to a nicer one rather than going to the cheaper, mediocre ones multiple times.

If you are into shopping, there are the Forum Shops and the Fashion Show Mall. The Forum Shops are mostly higher end brands and designers, like Gucci, David Yurman, and Burberry, but there are a few more mainstream stores, such as Apple, MAC, and Banana Republic. The Fashion Show Mall has more mainstream stores, such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath & Body Works and bebe. They also have a variety of department stores, from Saks Fifth Avenue to Macy’s. It’s up to you how much spending money you will need and whether you really want to splurge at a Tiffany and Co. or just pick up a few fun things at Forever 21.

I think $2k for food and other expenses for 6 nights is doable as long as you aren’t looking for fine dining at every meal and you aren’t a gambler. Since you pretty much have to eat out every meal, I would budget in at least $20/meal and that is for essentially fast food and Starbucks. If you at least want to sit down and get service and eat meat, it’s at least $40 (because you have to factor in 10-20% extra for tip!). With this budget, you may be able to squeeze in a cheaper show. You won’t be able to get much alcohol, unless it’s the cheaper stuff like slushies or beers.

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