(Closed) Waiting Bees – Vegas Wedding vs. Engagement period?

posted 6 years ago in Waiting
Post # 4
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320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012 - Wynn Las Vegas/Bouchon Bistro

We got married in Vegas, and we had a nine month engagement. We definitely could have gotten married much faster, but we wanted to get married on our dating anniversary.

Getting married in Vegas was by far the best decision for us.

Post # 6
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5405 posts
Bee Keeper

You can be engaged for however long/short you want so do what works for YOU! It’s not all about the planning, I think it’s important to enjoy your engagement time also (if you chose to do that). Do what feels right, and don’t worry about other people’s opinions.

Post # 7
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3969 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I think it depends on the couple. If it’s what you both want, then go for it! Personally, I would totally “elope”- i.e. have a small wedding somewhere and let family know if they want to come they could, but we’re doing this with or without you! But I wouldn’t go to Vegas, but that’s just my style. I say if your heart is there, go for it!!

Post # 9
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3969 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@LadyInGreen:  Excited for you, then!!!

Post # 10
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158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I would love to get married in vegas.  My SO and i have been seriously talking about elopement and our famiies are very encouraging.  Unfortunately because we live in Australia its a hectic trip and will be mega expensive….although worth it to skip out on family drama and planning stress.

How exciting for you!!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

If that’s what you want to do, then you should go for it Smile Funnily enough, the SO and I are going to Vegas next year and whilst eloping sounds tempting, I’ve already been told that I would be disowned if I got married without my parents and not during a Catholic ceremony Yell

But I’ve seen some of the hotel venues and they are gorgeous!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We got married in Vegas…had an 11 month engagement.  We chose it b/c it was my 2nd wedding (his first) and it was “neutral” ground for our families.  Our chapel was gorgeous on the inside, we did a Vegas strip photo tour w/ a private bus (our guests felt like rockstars) then had our reception in a suite overlooking the strip.  That was what blew them away.  Some had never been to Vegas so they thought it was a great opportunity to go.  Many said it was the best wedding they had ever been to.  It was exactly what we wanted it to be…fun like us.  

Post # 13
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Newbee

I think if there are people that may want to arrange to come, a little more time might be helpful for them to have money, ask off or whatever!  But I think there are no rules and you should do what you want!

Post # 14
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320 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012 - Wynn Las Vegas/Bouchon Bistro

@LadyInGreen:  There are a few big reasons: we wanted a small wedding; we recently relocated so that any wedding would have been a destination wedding for someone; we wanted to have a (relatively) stress-free wedding; we could have our reception at one of our favorite restaurants.

Anyway, I blogged more about our reasons to get married in Vegas here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/10/22/vegas-weddings/

I am also just starting our recaps on the blog, if you want to follow along: http://www.weddingbee.com/author/mole/

Post # 15
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370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I totally feel you on this! I’m a wedding photog, so I’ve shot over a hundred weddings, and have been a bridesmaid in another 7, so I’ve seen too much of the bridal freak outs, and the drama. It’s enough to turn a person off to weddings entirely (however, I plan on having a big wedding, mostly because weirdly I feel like I have something to prove after working in the wedding industry all this time, lol). I think destination weddings are perfect for people who don’t really want to plan.

As for the length of the engagement, I think it’s debateable. Personally when SO and I get engaged we’ve already talked about spending at least 6 months with no planning, no booking vendors, just enjoying being engaged. For me, being engaged is a huge event, and I want to slow down and enjoy the time so that I can look back on it with good memories. But that’s not the case for everyone, so I say if you want to fly to vegas the weekend after you get engaged, go for it!!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@LadyInGreen:  LOVE this idea! I was just reading another post about getting hitched in Vegas, and came across this site for Chapel of the Flowers…I think it looks promising….I might be considering this when it’s my turn 🙂 http://www.littlechapel.com/

 

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