My Fiance and I are planning on a Vegas wedding in April 2014. I know its a bit early to start planning, but we won’t be able to make a trip to Vegas until after the new year, and would really like to start gathering some ideas prior to our visit. Our budget is $15,000.
I’m having a hard time finding a ceremony/reception venue to fit our needs. Please help!
My fiance is from the UK and we both currently live in Florida, so all of our guests will be traveling in. We plan to have a small wedding of about 30-50 guests.
The things we are looking for in a ceremony and reception are:
Outdoor ceremony reception, sometime in the late afternoon or early evening.
Cocktail hour between ceremony and reception while photos are being taken.
Plated dinner reception. We would like a beer and wine package and we are considering doing an open bar if the price is reasonable.
DJ and dancing. We would like to keep elements of a traditional wedding reception, ie. grand entrance, first dance, cake cutting, etc.
Photography during ceremony, after for group shots and reception.
We are looking for all inclusive packages that includes ceremony site, officiant, chair rentals, flowers, photography and music. For reception we would like something that includes chair and table rentals, linens, food and beverage, music, etc.
In addition to the ceremony and reception, we are also interested in group discounted rates for hotel stay. Any ideas what type of discount to except (about how much per night can our guests expect to spend?)
As far as venues, we have looked at a few off the strip. Bears Best was one of our favorites, but its far away and we would need to rent shuttles for our guests.
The Platinum hotel was another one we looked at. The layout is a little unusual, and I’m wanting more of a romantic setting for photos. I feel like the Platinum is a bit too modern for us.
We loved Emerald at Queensridge. It would be perfect, but even if 50 guests come it would be too large of a venue and we don’t want our reception to feel empty.
I’m nervous on a few things:
What if only 30 people come? Will it be weird to have a DJ and dance floor? What if only 10 people dance.. will that be awkward and a waste of money?
Should I try to get discounted rates at two hotels? We want to stay in a nicer hotel – thinking Aria, Bellagio, MGM, Wynn or Mandalay Bay. But should we look at a cheaper option for our guests like Luxor, Flamingo, NYNY? Anyone who had discounted rates at any of these hotels care to share what their guests paid nightly?
What kind of activities should we plan before and after the actual wedding day? We will be having our bachelor/bachelorette party there probably two days before the wedding. Thinking about doing a cabana in the day for everyone then the guys and girls will do their separate thing at night.
Should we have a rehearsal dinner? If so, any recommendations that aren’t too pricy?
Should we do a meet and greet night out somewhere? I think its a good idea, since a lot of our family and friends have never met, but we can’t afford to host it. Is it ok to invite people out but not pay for it?
Does a $15,000 budget sound reasonable for cabana rental for B&B party, rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception? Plus flight and hotel stay? Or am I way out of line here?
Has anyone done a ceremony and traditional reception anywhere on the strip?
Sorry that was lots of info and a million questions. Would love any feedback or advice.