Las Vegas, Nevada
By Lynne Leonard
Looking for the glitz and glamor of one of America’s most visited destinations for your wedding day? Las Vegas has transformed into a mecca for foodies, shoppers, and show people who enjoy all types of quality live entertainment. Casinos found in all of the strip hotels no longer serve as the ultimate draw to this international city. Plan a trip and stay in the heart of Vegas to choose which luxurious hotel best meets your needs. Visualize the famous Bellagio fountains as your ceremony back- drop. Say “I do” at the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas sharing your day with only 12 of your closest family and friends. Create an elaborate affair at The Garden of the God’s, Caesars Palace to get married and while capturing old world charm and elegance. Preferred outdoor settings found at The Venetian and the Wynn Hotel where ceremonies take place in lush gardens featuring dancing fountains and bright florals.
Big Day Details
Wedding chapels are in most of the Las Vegas properties and provide planners and packages that streamline the process of planning a destination wedding. Simplify the ceremony and reserve funds for an elaborate reception on the terrace of a high roller suite, in a nightclub or one of your favorite restaurants. Another more eclectic choice could be choosing The Graceland Wedding Chapel to experience an Elvis themed wedding. For alternative themed or fantasy weddings, contact Viva Las Vegas, where any bride can create her imaginative event. Wedding venue choices in this city amaze but can also confuse because of the number of choices. The best way to remedy any confusion is to narrow down your top 5 favorites online and then plan a pre-planning trip to Vegas to meet the wedding planners at each location and take tours to see which one is the best fit for you.
Suggestions for a rehearsal night affair in this city are limitless. Book an Emeril’s Kitchen Table Experience at the Delmonico Steakhouse at The Venetian. Your wedding party will feel right at home dining on some of the most famous entrees served up in the city. Take a ride on the High Roller, a glass enclosed gondola aboard the world’s largest Ferris-style wheel. Book a bartender to serve your guests as they enjoy a bird’s eye view of the entire strip. The Brooklyn Bowl, adjacent to the wheel is a popular spot for music, fun food, and bowling. This location is also the scene for bachelor parties. Bachelorettes may receive VIP treatment at the Bellagio’s Hyde Club where your private bartender serves beverages, cupcakes, and captures the night in a group photo. Say cheese and have your wits about you, your group may magically appear on the Hyde web page. An excellent choice for a bridal brunch with a French twist is the Bardot Brasserie at The Aria Hotel. The divine French food served in a crisp, but quaint atmosphere relaxes the bride and bridesmaids before heading to hair and makeup.
Out and About
Take a Grand Canyon Champagne picnic with transportation provided by Sundance Helicopters. Chippendales, at the Rio, provides a memorable night for any bride and her entourage. Stroll the LINQ Promenade for trendy shopping. Don’t miss booking a Cirque Du Soleil show or world tour type concert as Las Vegas reigns as the US entertainment headquarters.
Here’s the Scoop
Las Vegas became the wedding capital of the world because it offers the widest array of choices for wedding venues and has minimal requirements for the union. Plan early, be realistic about budget restraints and your Vegas wedding will unfold with the help of some of the country’s most seasoned professionals. “Vegas Baby, Vegas!”