Vegas Wedding ????

posted 2 years ago in Beehive
Post # 2
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Newbee

Hi, I’m not married yet but we are getting married next October in Vegas and I absolutely love our venue! It’s called the Secret Garden and it’s about 5 miles off the strip. It’s nice because it’s still got the Vegas feel and all our families will be staying on the strip but it’s a few miles off so when you are at the venue it feels like a beautiful garden. I’m not sure about the price in comparison to where you live but for us it is way cheaper than getting married in Southern California!

Post # 4
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Helper bee

My Darling Husband and I got married last week in Vegas and loved it! Our situation was a little different as we didn’t plan it at all, he proposed while we were there on vacation and we were so psyched we just got married immediately. They really made it special and exciting for us even though I’m sure we were like the 15th wedding of the day. The fact that weddings are routine there didn’t take away from the romance at all.

I don’t think a Vegas wedding would be cheesy at all for your guests either. It’s not just Drive thrus and Elvis. Like you mentioned, many hotels have lovely venues and the chapels often have beautiful outdoor ceremonies as well. I think it will be fun for your guests as well as there really is something for everyone in Vegas. It’s touristy enough that you don’t have to worry about showing them around or playing hostess if you get tied up with wedding preparations.

FWIW, I know I’m only a week out, but I’m thrilled with our wedding story. We hardly spent anything and had a great time. But I should also note, we’re not “wedding people” as we both hate going to weddings and had no pre-conceived notions of how ours might have been one day so there wasn’t much risk of wedding regret later on. But everyone is different so it’s something to think on if you’re worried about regret down the road.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

My cousin had a destination wedding in Vegas and it was beautiful. It actually looked pretty traditional. It was very affordable (I think she said everything ended up being under $2,000 and that included her dress!). She got a package where she got the ceremony and a lovely reception and she also had her wedding broadcast online for relatives who weren’t able to be there in person. She planned everything from her home state with a coordinator and carted a few things there but overall it was a beautiful and simple and very poignant ritual. I’d never seen her look so radiant before.

Then everyone went out partying on the strip afterward!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We got married in vegas last year to coincide with a family trip. We live in Japan and I’m from the uk and it worked out to be easier and less paperwork to get married in vegas. Neither of us wanted a big wedding and I love vegas. We had a small basic ceremony then hired a private room for a buffet with my family. After we all rode the high roller and in the evening we went on a helicopter ride over the strip. Was such a chill and fun day! My dad did our wedding pics outside of the venitian. 

We got married at vegas weddings. They have nice reasonable packages, we got the basic one, and several chapels. The candid photography was nice, but there were a few funny faces😂

It didn’t feel tacky or cheesy at all. Go for it! 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

We’re getting married in Las Vegas in just over two weeks! We’ll have it at the Cosmopolitan hotel with about 45 guests. It ended up being a smaller number than I thought (about half of the people invited had to decline) – but in the end, the people I most wanted there are the ones who are coming.

Vegas is so easy to get to from all over the U.S. and fun for everyone – from my fiancee’s niece to my grandmother. People are excited to go to shows, hang out at the pool, or gamble. 

Planning was super easy because every hotel (or chapel) has a coordinator. They’ll take care of all of the details and have a ton of contacts around town for other events, dinners, after-parties, whatever you might be looking for. Just be careful that you know exactly what you want up front. Add ons that aren’t included in your orginal contract can start to get expensive very quickly. 

I guess I can’t speak yet to how it’ll actually turn out, but I’ve been super happy with this choice so far. It really reduces the overall stress and costs of planning a wedding. 

Good luck!

 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

tiff0519 :  The Cosmopolitan has a bunch of different options. If you work with the wedding coordinator, you can choose from the wedding suites (which hold about 30 comfortably), the Point Loma (which is a less glam than the suites, but holds up to about 80 people. We chose this option because of our numbers) and the ballroom (which can accommodate a large crowd). You can also do a wedding in the Chandelier bar, but since this is run by another part of the hotel (not the wedding department) it is significantly more expensive, so we decided not to go with that option. 

However, a photographer comes as part of the package and we will make sure to take some of our pre-wedding photos around the hotel, including at the Chandelier bar. 

There are several items included with the packages, including a cocktail hour, transport to pick up the marriage licenses, photos, room upgrades, etc. Admittedly, the Cosmo isn’t as cost efficient as some of the other hotels around Vegas. I think it’s mainly because they only do 1 wedding per day. But, I’ve found that to mean that they are super responsive throughout the planning process. When I was reaching out, they were the only ones to respond almost immediately and maintain good contact while I was deciding on a venue and asking a lot of questions. 

We also chose to have a brunch buffet at the Wicked Spoon for our guests the morning after the wedding. It was super easy to arrange as well. Our wedding coordinator has been great about putting us in touch with all of the other parts of the hotel. 

I’m happy to send you an update once we’ve actually had the wedding to let you know how it all went!

Post # 14
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9 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

The other thing we thought about doing was renting a condo at the Palms through Airbnb and having the ceremony there with a catered after-party. It probably would have been much cheaper in the end. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

tiff0519 :  I’m not sure, my parents insisted on paying for that and the cake. I think it was just the price per head for the buffet…but there are event planning services that will give you a quote. We didn’t have any tablecloths or center pieces, I think they charge extra for that. We were staying at harrahs, which isn’t that fancy but the buffet is decent and cheap. We got the free flowing beer, champagne, wine  and soft drinks and the staff were really great and made us wine and beer based cocktails too. We also got our cake through the hotel because it worked out cheaper (they charge a cutting fee for outside cakes) it wasn’t a super fancy wedding cake but we only had 20 people. It was delicious though! 

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