Post # 1
Hi Girls! My fiance and I are beginning to plan our wedding for the spring of 2012. We have narrowed it down to three venues we like: The Artisan, this would be both of our favorites, but the chapel can only hold 36 guests and the reception site can only hold 50-65. Platinum, we really like the rooftop ceremony site but we feel the indoor venue (where the dinner would be held) is pretty standard we could have 75 people here. And the House of Blues we also liked this one but it kind of just feels like a restaurant, we could have 75 people here. Platinum and HOB is all inclusive (well, almost flowers and cake are not included). And the artisan is all-a-cart. All three venues are at the top of our price range (or even over by almost $1000). I would love to hear if any of you have used any of these venues and what you thought, and I would love advice for budget friendly photographers, florists, DJ’s, bakeries and everything else wedding related in Las Vegas. Please and Thank you! -Tess
P.S. What are all of your thoughts on open-bar, are they necessary? The two “all-inclusive” venues include a beer&wine option, but about 50% of our guests are beer drinkers and the other half would be hard alcohol drinkers not too many winos if any. Do people expect at least something?
Post # 3
So, I have not seen a wedding ceremony at any of these locations (and they’re all so different!), but here are some of my thoughts:
– you are already close to your budget or already going over it without flowers, cake, etc. Is your dressed worked into that price as well as any travel expenses, marriage license, gratuties? I fear you may go way over budget. You may want to consider having your ceremony at a wedding chapel which is all inclusive with flowers, photography, etc. and more affordable than at one of these locations and then going with the location for your reception. Also to consider would be a lunch reception over dinner as that may be more affordable.
– regarding drinks at the event, I think it’s plenty nice of you to do the Beer and Wine option since it’s more affordable and part of your “all inclusive” rate. I went to a wedding recently where I thought of the B&G as hard liquor drinkers as well as all of our friends. They offered Beer, Wine and Champagne only to save money. Everyone seemed to enjoy and not one person mentioned no hard liquor. I think you’re showing the effort by offering that and if someone really wants hard liquor, they can purchase it with cash.
Hope that helps and best of luck!
Post # 4
I looked at both HOB and the Platinum hotel. And Artisan and Bellagio and Cosmo and Mandalay and… well, you get the idea.
If you’re looking for inexpensive, all inclusive packages at an upscale property I really feel Platinum is your best bet. I would think that you would at least offer your guests wine and beer but I remember Platinum’s upgraded bar to be fairly reasonable. I thought they offered cake options as well.
I’m not sure what your budget is like, but Like PP suggested, maybe you should look into Chapels. Chapel of the Flowers is probably the nicest. You won’t get an “all-inclusive” package at the chapel that include a reception for that many guests, but try looking into local restaurants. Maggiano’s in Fashion Show has really reasonable rate and their food is really good.
ETA: Have you looked into in-suite receptions at Mandalay? They offer some really cool packages.
Post # 5
Hi! I havent looked into in suite packages at mandalay, never even thought of it. I did at Cosmopolitan but of course they were thru the roof expensive. How many people can attend in an in suite package? So, you’ve check everywhere I’ve looked and then some… who did you end up going with?
Post # 6
- Wedding: January 2012 - Wynn Las Vegas/Bouchon Bistro
Hello! I’m also getting married in Vegas. I’ve heard good things about the Platinum packages, so I think that I would go in that direction is you are looking at those 3 all-inclusives. As @Aure said, MB offers reception packages in their suites. I know that women on the Knot have had success renting one of the larger suites and bringing catering in as well. (Although you are not guaranteed the specific room/suite that you originally book, which has caused some ladies some drama!)
I’m doing my ceremony at the Wynn and then my reception in a private dining room at Bouchon. I can’t help with a lot of the things you asked about, but we are going with Brian Saculles Photography for our photos. His packages start around 2000.
As for the open bar, I think it would be perfectly fine if you offered your guests a limited — but still open — bar. Could you negotiate to perhaps have a beer, wine, and specialty cocktail option? A lot of brides will offer 1-3 specialty drinks that their guests can also order. It’s a good budget option if you have a good sense of what mixed drinks your guests tend to like.
Post # 7
@texmax: We decided to scrap the larger wedding altogether and go with a very small (25-ish guests) ceremony at the volcano at the Mirage and do a dinner reception at a restaurant called Stack that is located at the Mirage as well.
ETA: It’s been a while since I looked at the Mandalay packages but I think it depends on which suite you rent. The Palms also has some awesome suites if you’re open to hiring a caterer as well.
Post # 8
I have been going back and fourth on the ceremony venue myself. The Plantinum Hotel was out of my budget and too weddingy (if that’s a word). I have seen some wedding pics from both (another bride on the knot). Those chapels on the strip nickel and dime for everything. I have even been conatcting some country clubs too.
We plan to do a in-suite reception at the Mandalay Bay and here is our breakdown.
Suite $590.63 Exact
Food 300.00 (Jason’s Deli )
Drinks & Liquor $250.00
Bartender and Helper 30.00 per hour (5 hour min)
Decor $50.00 DIY
DJ ( IPOD) Priceless
Around $1,500 Total for 25 guest
Also the Orlean’s Hotel does In-suite receptions and their suite hold approx. 75 people. But you have to get your food and beverages from the hotel. The F&B min for the suite is $3,500.
For a budget friendly photographer look into Todd Wilson he has great reviews and takes beautiful photos. I have already booked him for a photo strip tour .
Post # 9
Stack is one of my favorite restaurants in town! You will love it. John Legend was also the table next to mine when I went there one time, so it made me love it even more – our first dance was to one of his songs!
Any way, random note, but had to share.
Every Detail Photography is also a good company, so I recommend checking them out as well. http://www.everydetailphoto.com. Their photogs are really talented with a wide variety of styles and they have a super quick turnaround time, which is great if you’re going to do a party or get-together back home and want to show off wedding photos since you’re going smaller for Vegas.
Congrats and best of luck!
Post # 10
@AimeeS: Thanks. I’m a local so I’ve been, the food is delicious!