Post # 1
Hi Bees! Me again!
I am getting married May 2014, and it will be a destination wedding from Wisconsin to Las Vegas. My fiance and my heart is set on the Bellagio for the ceremony & reception, but are there any other ones worth diving into?
I’m undecided if I want to stay on the strip or not. Suggestions/planning tips? Also, for those of you who did destination – how did you get alllllll your DIY projects there? I plan on making everything – decor, flowers, veil, etc.
Help please 🙂
Post # 3
My sister was married 3 years ago at the Bellagio and it was beautiful! If you plan everything early enough you can get a really good deal on rooms there. We were able to reserve a block of rooms for the guests at $100 a night!
Mandalay Bay is also another good option, or there is also the Four Seasons.
Post # 4
What is your budget on ceremony and reception??
Post # 5
Lybarra – AMAZING! I’m hoping to snag some good deals, too – I’m a great negotiatior! haha. It’s just tough since I am in Wisconsin and we are going 2,000 miles away for a wedding…makes planning tough!
FutureMuniz – We haven’t really set one, we know it’s going to be a larger number since we are doing destination – and we figure we’d rather invest in that than paying $20+ a meal for people we only see once a year. BUT, I am trying to stay budget-concious. I figure the venue + photography will be our biggest expense. I am an avid DIY-er and am making EVERYTHING else…right down to my veil 🙂
Post # 6
I’m getting married in Vegas this October! We’re doing it at Mandalay Bay, although it was a tough decision down from Bellagio, Caesars Palace and Planet Hollywood (which I was leaning toward because I’m a film student and it would be cheeky and cute). We ended up with Mandalay because we liked one of their packages a lot.
Do you know about how many people you’re planning to invite? That was the hardest part about the Destination Wedding. It was very hard to get the guest list down. I wish you luck on the DIY aspect; I’m not sure how accomodating they’ll be on some of the aspects. That’s why Vegas is good for people like me who are not crafty or creative… almost everything is taken care of in the package! They might be able to make some sort of customizable package for you to include all your DIY decor and flowers. I’m not sure how feasbile or expensive it is, but maybe you could slowly ship things out there to the hotel or a PO Box or something, and collect them when you get out there?
Post # 7
I was going to be married in Las Vegas before Fiance and I found out that most of our guests wouldnt be able to attend. We were planning to be married here:
I loved the scenery in that it didnt have the busy and fast life of las vegas. It was a beautiful location all on its own and it was all-inclusive and very affordable!
Post # 8
What’s your total budget or per person budget and how many people are you inviting? This will greatly impact where your wedding options are. If you’re set on the Bellagio, I’m assuming it’s closer to $100+ per person for the reception? Other good options in that price range would be Wynn, Venetian, Mandalay, and Lake Las Vegas.
We were going to DIY decor and pretty much everything else, but when we realized that we had to fly with all of it and how much extra baggage fees and weight fees would cost, it turned out not to be worth it for us. So we revamped our reception and are doing something completely different where we won’t have to bring any decor.
It might be easier to hire a wedding coordinator in Vegas so they can help you out with the logistics of decor and finding venues.
Post # 9
I also wanted to mention that the wedding planner at the Bellagio was amazing. We went out a few months before the wedding to meet with her and she was beyond helpful. We also did a food tasting while we were there to decide on the menu, they made us feel like royalty!
Post # 10
@Rosyq87 – roughly 40 guests, very small & intimate.
Thanks to all Bees – I do plan to DIY everything. Seriously. haha. I do not want a coordinator. My fiance’s brother and sister in law live in Las Vegas, so we have someone we can ship our things to as they get done 🙂 yay.
Also, as for the budget, I’m not entirely sure yet. I know that’s bad, but we are just starting to plan.
As for planning, we will be going there every Sept & March to plan 🙂
Post # 11
Your #1 priority should be to set a budget before you book anything or even DIY anything. Then you can figure out how much is going to the necessities (minister, venue, food) and how much you have leftover for everything else. If you’re booking at one of the hotels, your ceremony package will likely come with a DOC which will help a bit. Often, though, the minister fee is not actually included in their package prices (they have it listed as a ‘donation’ to the minister).
As for DIY, I’d look into whether making and shipping stuff is really going to save you any money. Not all DIYs save money to begin with since you’re buying the supplies to get started and possibly the equipment to make the items as well. Then shipping added to that and you may have been better off having the venue decorate, or at the very least making the items when you’re at your family member’s house.
Also, some places don’t allow flowers, flower petals, or open flames, so make sure you know that ahead of time before going ahead with deciding on decor.
ETA: many of the hotels won’t allow outside photographers for the ceremony and often won’t allow them even for photos on the hotel/resort property. We learned this when we booked our awesome photog first, then tried to find a venue. So make sure you really like the hotel’s photographer or book a place that will allow a photographer full access on the property. Taking pics downtown isn’t a problem, but on the strip it is.
Post # 12
I’m getting married in Vegas in July. We picked Paiute Golf Resort. It’s not on the strip but if you’re concernd about budget, they’re a great choice. I looked at places on the strip but they were too expensive for us. I started looking at places off the strip and came across Paiute. Fair enough, I haven’t gotten married yet but the people at Paiute have been fantastic. I’m planning from Korea and they have been nothing but helpful. I can’t wait to go back!
I’m also with Tiffany. Set a budget. Then you know what you can pull off.
Good luck and congratulations! 🙂