- 8 years ago
- Wedding: October 2010
Finally got around to finishing up my reviews! (Dear future brides, try not to schedule your wedding in the middle of your final year of undergrad while taking the most difficult classes in your major while applying to the grad program.)
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Mandalay Bay Hotel: A
Our room was awesome and we got such a good deal with our package! The spa tub was very relaxing (and perfect for my Lush obsession) and the room was a great size. I was a little worried that we would be cramped when it came time for hair & makeup (4 women plus two stylists) but everyone was perfectly comfortable.
My only wish is that there had been more storage space (I had my dress delivered the day before and it had to hang in the open closet so my husband actually saw it the night before the wedding). Beyond that, it was fantastic.
Mandalay Bay Chapel: C
Our ‘chapel’ was the Shark Reef and it was lovely. The guests and my husband departed a few minutes before the ceremony and once they were there, the coordinator for that day hustled me over with my Maid/Matron of Honor and the man who would walk me down the aisle. We were led through the office of the Shark Reef so we could come out at a certain place away from the view of the guests. The ceremony was much more quick than was written in the itinerary and our officiant did a good job though I confess some of what was said is kind of a blur at this point. I only met him for a few minutes prior to the ceremony but he was very nice.
We were supposed to have half an hour of photography but it was more like ten minutes. I was a little annoyed that they did not stick to the timeline because we had scheduled to be out of the Shark Reef around 9:45-10:00 but it was more like 9:30, so we ended up having about half an hour to wait around in MB.
I never once met my coordinator. I had a lot of issues with my coordinator as far as not responding to emails in a timely manner, and every time that I called she was not available. I actually ended up completely giving up on the flowers about three weeks out since dealing with her was stressing me out so much and at that point I no longer felt it was worth it.
However, when we were at the hotel, most everything was handled in a very timely manner and they were always quick to set up limo service when we asked for it. The coordinators that I met and dealt with the day before and the day of were nice and very accommodating.
We had to use them for the ceremony and overall I think they did a pretty good job. There is one set of photos near the octopus tank that turned out absolutely terrible and I’m a little upset about that, but they were able to get some really good shots. I felt a little rushed through the session (the package says you get half an hour and we got nowhere near that, more like ten minutes) and he missed the shot of the groom’s ring.
The viewing the next day was terribly uncomfortable. They had one 8×10 framed and a small photo book already printed, but the 8×10 they had done was one of the splotchy ones that didn’t come out well at all. Their prices are a bit ridiculous, which I knew going in to it, and I’d previously hired an outside photographer who offered the features that I wanted so the Cashman pictures weren’t a great priority anyways.
Deacon Tyler Photography: A+
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Deacon! He is such a blast to hang out with and he make the entire experience so much more positive and fun! Deacon and Sarah are one of the highlights of our wedding day, and the images they were able to capture are amazing beyond words!
I was a little worried going in to it because my husband intensely dislikes having his picture taken. (Until the wedding, there were a total of five pictures of us together in about seven years of dating.) But Deacon was so excited that it helped us to relax and have fun at our shoot at the Pinball Museum. I really recommend the engagement shoot just so you get used to being in front of the camera, remembering to smile, and the gentle guidance offered by your photographer. When it came time for photos on the wedding day, it was like we were all old friends. I could not be happier with our choice in photographers and wholeheartedly recommend Deacon to anyone and everyone.
Hard Rock Cafe on Paradise: A+
We had our welcome dinner here on Friday night and it was 100% perfect. They have three packages to choose from and they’re all reasonably priced. I booked everything via email and it was super easy. They set us up on one side of the restaurant and seated the other diners on the opposite side, which was really nice. The food was yummy, they let us hang out for as long as we wanted, and our servers were so awesome. The memorabilia helped keep the conversations rolling and the atmosphere was perfect for a relaxed get-together for our friends and family.
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at MGM: A
This was hands down the best meal we have ever had, and not just because we were a newlyweds. The first course was a chopped vegetable salad, and for the entree our guests had the choice of the chicken or steak. Our guests are still telling me how delicious everything was.
Our host was wonderful and attentive–I met him the day before when I dropped off the cake server, champagne glasses, cake toppers, and placecards. We chatted for about 20 minutes the day before about why we had chosen Vegas to get married and that sort of thing–on the day of, he was super sweet and he made sure everyone was taken care of completely. Our party was in the small private room, with the wine cabinet against one wall, and it was very nice.
We got our cake through them also for a very low fee and it was divine (2 layers, one was chocolate genoise/tiramisu, the other was white sponge/white chocolate mousse with berries).
The only reason they don’t get a plus is there was a mixup with how the cake was to be paid for (I had faxed the info in about 6 weeks prior and I have no idea what happened to it). They were less responsive over email than I would have preferred but it all worked out in the end. It was better than I could have imagined.
Storybook Brides Hair & Makeup: A
Angie at Storybook Brides is really awesome. I booked a trial run for myself for the day before the wedding and then hair & makeup for me plus three women for the day of the wedding. I only had very general ideas on what I wanted each day but they were able to make magic out of my ideas. I opted for the airbrush which was quite the pleasant experience and lasted the whole day, although they scared me when they told me to be careful that tears might mess it up. (I was under the belief that airbrush was pretty much guaranteed to last no matter what. Oh well, there were no waterworks, so it all worked out.) My hair lasted perfectly all day of the wedding (about fifteen hours) which was awesome, and the hairstyles they did for my sister and best friend were so amazing!
I was very pleased that on the day of the wedding they all of us done for hair and makeup in less than three hours. They were very accommodating, showing up at 5:30 a.m., and pleasant to deal with.
AWG Limo: B
This is who the MB chapel provided for us. We had good experiences with them overall and they were always able to get something for us within an hour. The only bad part was once we had a limo coach and the AC was broken, which resulted first in them being late because they tried to fix it and then us being uncomfortable because they hadn’t. One of the other limos that we had was not in very good condition on the inside. It was way expensive for what they did (usually trips that were 15-20 minutes) but I was just glad that I didn’t have to plan it.
Hussong’s Cantina @ Mandalay Place: F
I had such high hopes for this place but it was not good. This is the only time that I have left my table at a restaurant to go to the bar to get a refill on my soda. The bartender shot our server some nasty looks but he apparently didn’t care. We ordered two sets of nachos, one chicken and one beef, and they were comparable to what one would have at Taco Bell. Pass.
Pinball Museum: A+
This is one of my favorite spots in Vegas, so it was to be expected that we would do our trial run with our photographer there. (Can they be engagement pictures if they happen the day before the wedding?) The owner opened it up a half our early for us and let us play. It’s a little bit of a trek off-strip and was recently moved into this old office-style building which is somewhat off-putting but inside is so awesome! Deacon Tyler was our photographer for this shoot and the pictures came out so great! It was lots of fun and I 100% recommend checking this place out if you have a few spare hours.
Firefly on Fremont: B-
I took my sister here and we had a great time. The restaurant is in this glass bubble and though you have to go through the Plaza hotel which is kind of sketchy it is totally worth it. The white wine sangria is wonderful and the food is fun. You get to see the light show while enjoying some yummy food. The reason this place gets a B- is the servers were pretty terrible. It was fairly dead on the Tuesday evening that we went but it took ten minutes for us to be seated, and our server left us alone for extended periods of time. However, I would totally go again–it was worth it for the food and ambience.
And there you have it! All in all we could not have asked for a better time. Everything surpassed my dreams by far.