Budget vegas elopement decisions!!

posted 3 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ontbride:  Do you mind telling us where you are located? We can’t help you factor in airfare without that detail. 🙂 It shouldn’t be an issue, but we need details first. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m flying to Vegas from Montreal on Monday with my hubby for 1100$ roundtrip. There are so many direct flights from Toronto so I think you could probably get it for even cheaper. After that, I think the chapels usually charge around 500$ for the ceremony & you can get hotels pretty cheap if you don’t plan on staying the weekend. Just watch out for the extra resort fees. 🙂

 

 

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@ontbride:  No, no! 🙂 We got married the old fashioned way last year but we’re finally going on our honeymoon. I’ve done a lot of research so I thought I could help.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t know what flights are to Vegas for you but hotel rooms can be pretty cheap.  They’re always running discounts.  I would look at room rates by month and pick the cheaper days to stay.  It’s always cheaper during the week.  Next week I’m staying at Paris in Vegas, and I got one room for about $500 (including all taxes and fees) for 4 nights Wed-Sat.

So you can find some good deals.  I think food tends to be a little more expensive but you can get good deals on shows.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I used to live in Vegas, but I grew up in upstate New York. While I can’t guess on costs for a Niagara elopement, it would be a beautiful wedding… but I’m definitely thinking it’d be more expensive than Vegas (though cheaper air, so it might work out). However, flights to Vegas can be fairly inexpensive.

You can get a chapel for under $100 all the way up to a few thousand for the nicer Strip casinos, but that usually doesn’t include the officiant tip/fee/whatever. I eloped to Reno, and my chapel fees were around $80, but with tip/officiant fees AND marriage license ($60 in Nevada, I believe) it came in just over $200. 

You can find rooms in the Strip casinos from $30 on up, just depending on what you’re looking for. Rooms bump up in price on the weekends, and the casinos toward the center (Paris, New York New York, Bellagio) tend to be a bit more expensive. I stayed 2 nights in the Stratosphere once (the huge Seattle Space Needle-like casino), for $35/night before taxes, plus I got free passes to go to the top of the needle, which is normally around $20 a person (I think… that a couple years ago). My parents regularly stay in The Quad (the former Imperial Palace). It’s in the middle of the Strip, but they get free nights from gambling.

Another point: if you can, sign up online for the player’s club card for the casino you want to stay at. You’ll usually get cheaper rooms, just for signing up. I don’t know if you’re near any casinos, but if you’re near an affiliated casino (for instance, Harrah’s, Flamingo, Bally’s, Rio… all affiliated) go and sign up for a card. You’ll get mail from them – if you’re lucky or if you gamble even a little, free hotel nights, but at the very least they usually send food coupons, give-away information, that sort of thing. Also, when you gamble with the cards (I don’t know if you’re into gambling or not) they send you MORE free stuff, plus you get points, which you can usually put toward food at the casinos. Thanks to my parents player’s card, we got our hotels in Reno for $70 (for the weekend), and a buffet for 10 people for $45. It’s usually $23 a person. 

 

Sorry for writing a novel! 

 

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Okay, my novel continues with fun stuff to do…

 

For something a little nicer on your wedding, you can get a private gondala ride at the Venetian for around $75 – makes for some nice pictures. I believe they also have a wedding package that includes that, but I seem to remember that it’s pretty expensive to get married at the Venetian (we considered eloping to Vegas as well, because we met there, but Reno’s closer to us).

 

On the Strip (the Venetian is on the Strip), there’s tons of free stuff to watch – the fountains at the Bellagio, the pirate ship at Treasure Island, the fake volcano at the Mirage… if you make it to the old strip – Fremont Street – there’s a free light show. I’d recomment a trip over to Fremont Street – it’s fun, and the food is waaaaaay cheaper than the stuff on the Strip. The show is fun – it’s a covered street, and they play music and have some interesting light shows.

 

If you like piano bars/piano karaoke, I’d recommend a visit to Don’t Tell Mama. It’s a lot of fun. If you like video games, I’d recommend Insert Coins. They’re right across from each other, and a short walk (less than a block, if memory serves) from Fremont. The Pinball Hall of Fame (near to the Liberace museum, lol) is fun. There’s also an Atomic Testing Museum near the university. A lot of the casinos have exhibits – Luxor used to have Bodies: The Exhibition (which kind of freaked me out TBH, but it was interesting). There’s also the Tournament of Kings (jousting, dinner, dancers) at the Excaliber, which is fun.  

 

If you like hiking/nature stuff, I’d recommend a trip out to Red Rock. Rent a car, and make a day of it – just bring plenty of water, especially if you’re going in the summer. 

 

If you want any restaraunt recommendations, let me know. I don’t know a lot of places to eat on the Strip (stuff tends to be expensive on the Strip so I didn’t eat there much), but there are a TON of good places to eat there. Tons of options. If you have $50/person to spend, there’s a seafood buffet at The Rio that’s pretty great.

 

 

 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ontbride:  Have you price it all out?  Do you want to make this include a photographer and the wedding ceremony/license?

 

Looks like tickets in December from Toronto are about $500-600.  That leaves you $1300.

Get a hotel for about $100/night for 6 nights.  That leaves you $700.

Try to do food for $50/day for tw of you.  That leaves you $300 for fun.

 

I will say that I did get a hotel there once for $40/night.  It wasn’t the greatest and had loud music across the street but it was right on the strip.  So you *could* go cheaper, search for good flight deals.

 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ontbride:  Also, google “free things to do in Vegas” and see if those things are your cup of tea.  There are tons of websites.  I do suggest renting a car for a day and seeing the Red Rocks Canyon.

 

You could also consider renting a prviate home or condo for your stay.

homeaway.com is a great place to find homes.

 

Look at this place for only $79/night! Then you could make your own food if you have to.

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3523668

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