When you thinking of getting married in Las Vegas, what do you picture? Walking into an Elvis Chapel at 2:00 AM for the the $99 special? Deciding to have a last minute wedding in Vegas to someone you've only been dating a few months? The scene from a movie or TV show, think of "Friends" where Ross and Rachel get married... It's true, all of those can be versions of Las Vegas weddings (although no one can just stumble into a chapel and legally get married), but what isn't often shown is the beauty of real, authentic, planned elopements and destination weddings in Las Vegas. The truth is... everything is possible in Vegas.
Las Vegas is the wedding capital of the world, and has the perfect venue, and backdrop for every wedding style and budget. A romantic elopement, a no fuss drive through, or a grand ballroom affair. There are hundreds of venues and options at literally every price point.
If you're considering a destination wedding, a budget wedding, an elopement, or even a grand affair, Las Vegas offers everything and makes wedding planning simple and fun.
Congratulations! You’re married. The ceremony is over, and the celebration can begin. Some couples choose to host a cocktail hour in between their ceremony and wedding reception to entertain their guests while they are having all their wedding photos done.
It’s important to make your guests feel welcomed, and entertained while you’re completing your wedding photos.
HOW TO HOST A GREAT COCKTAIL HOUR…
FOOD & DRINKS:
Las Vegas is home to the very best in the culinary world. Your cocktail hour (if you're having a traditional wedding), is the perfect time to showcase some of the amazing food Vegas has to offer. When planning your menu, keep in mind if you'll have any vegetarians or vegans in attendance. Also, have enough food for everyone to have a few small choices, but don't serve so much food that your guests are too full for the main meal. For beverages, be sure to have drinks available to your guests. These can be hosted drinks, a cash bar, or a combination of both. If the cocktail area is outside make sure to provide hot drinks if it’s cold outside, cold drinks if it’s hot outside, and always have plenty of water.
Fresh mint leaves for the iced tea
Strawberry, raspberry, or blackberry lemonade
Lime & Cucumber water
A hot chocolate bar with marshmallows, cinnamon, chocolate sprinkles, or mint syrup
Apple Cider (hot or cold)
Variety of beers
Seating & Tables
Make sure you have seating and table options for guests. You don’t have to have seating for everyone, but be aware of guests who may not be able to stand for long periods of time, or can’t be out in the elements. Also make sure you have tables and linens for everything else you need. Check with your venue to see exactly what they provide with your space, or what can be added on for an extra fee. If the venue doesn’t provide the necessary tables, check with your caterers as well before you pay for any additional rentals.
Cocktail Hour Checklist
We all know Amazon sells everything, and that includes wedding dresses. You can find the perfect dress within your budget for your wedding shower, wedding rehearsal, bachelorette party, and even your wedding day. With Amazon closet you can also try before you buy, and get to try on dresses in the comfort of your own home, or get something last minute for an elopement or a "just us" wedding ceremony.
One of my favorite parts of wedding planning is picking the music for each special moment, as every time you hear these songs you'll be transported back in time to your wedding day. The ceremony music sets the tone for your wedding, but more importantly it's the beginning of your new forever. The Processional music is more magical than your first dance, and the first "official" moment of your wedding day. Below are my favorite processional songs.
IT'S ALWASY BEEN YOU - CALEB HEARN
I'm predicting this will be a new favorite among couples. It's my new favorite, and I can't stop singing it!
PERFECT - ED SHEERAN
This song is pure magic...
CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE BY HAYLEY REINHART
Featured in the movie "Crazy Rich Asians" this beautifully classic Elvis song brings a tear to my eye every time I hear it.
VARIATIONS ON A KANON - BY GEORGE WINSTON
Different than your traditional Pachelbel, this piano solo is a beautiful alternative to the original.
A THOUSAND YEARS - CHRISTINA PERRI
MARRY ME - TRAIN
THE GOOD ONES - GABBY BARRETT
FOREVER - CHRIS BROWN
BLESS THIS BROKEN ROAD - RASCAL FLATS
This song is special to me as it reminds me of one of my favorite couples, but also the moment I realized I was in love with the man of my dreams.
AMAZED - LONE STAR
LOVE OF A LIFETIME - FIREHOUSE
FROM THIS MOMENT - SHANIA TWAIN
IT HAD TO BE YOU - HARRY CONNICK JR.
LUXOR HOTEL PRICE RANGE: $49 - $145 PER TICKET AGE REQUIREMENT: 5+
Experience America's Got Talent Life at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. Including all of your favorites from the show. Check out all the talent (and magic) this cast has to offer.
Serving as resident host is season 12 finalist, America’s Got Talent: The Champions competitor, and stand-up comedian, Lawson will guide audiences through the jaw-dropping performances.
THE CLAIRVOYANTS - World Famous mentalism duo
DEADLY GAMES - Try not to cover your eye as you watch this death defying knife throwing pair.
DUO TRANSCEND - Performance artist specializing in deadly circus skills, aerial trapeze, diving, and roller skating
DUSTIN TRAVELLA - Jaw dropping magician
JIMMIE HERROD - Singer and Performer
KODE LEE - Sensational Singer and Piano Player
LIGHT BALANCE - Neon LED Dance Group
THE SILHOUETTES - Shadow Performance Dance Group
When you think of a Vegas wedding, many think of the typical chapel with Elvis uniting you in marital bliss. Las Vegas does have so many gorgeous wedding chapels and venues, but also offers beautiful, and unique outdoor locations that will create unforgettable memories and photos.
VALLEY OF FIRE
EL DORADO CANYON GHOST TOWN
SPRING MOUNTAIN RANCH
EL DORADO DRY LAKE BED
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After several years of construction, at a cost of $4.3 billion dollars, Resorts World Las Vegas is set to open on June 24th, 2021. This is the first integrated resort situated on nearly 88 acres, to be built on the Las Vegas strip in over 10 years perfect for travelers seeking luxury, value, and variety. Resorts World has partnered with
In addition to the 3500 guest rooms the resort will also have 117,000 square feet of gaming space including slots, tables, a poker room and a high limit room. This space will be complete with a 17,000 square-foot Entertainment Zone which includes a race and sports book, featured live entertainment, and high-limit gaming areas. It will also include a 5.5 acre pool complex, 27,000 square foot world class spa, a state of the art theatre with a capacity for 5000 guests, and a collection of exciting retail brands and shopping experiences.
My favorite thing to do in Las Vegas is eat! The restaurants are fabulous and the lineup at Resorts World doesn’t disappoint. Try cuisine from all around the world from street food to fine dining, there is more to try than you’ll have time for. Checkout the amazing lineup of dining options available.
Ah Chun Shandong Dumpling - Traditional Shandong dumplings and hand-pulled noodle dishes
Boon Tong Kee - Hainanese chicken rice cooked in chicken broth
FUHU Shack - Peking duck burritos
Geylang Claypot Rice - Traditional Southeast Asian rice dishes
Pepita’s Kitchen - Lechon staples from Dedet de la Fuente
Springleaf Prata Palace - Authentic South Indian cuisine
Ten Suns Braised Beef - Thai beef noodle dishes
Tiger Sugar - Taiwanese bubble tea shop
Sweet Eats - Sweet treats from around the world
Streetbird Las Vegas - Fried chicken dishes by Chef Marcus Samuelsson
Kuru Kuru Pa Yakitori - Yakitori, kishiyaki and yaki ongiri by Steve Aoki and Kevin Aoki
Mozz Bar by James Trees - Italian food by Chef James Trees
Blood Bros. BBQ - Classic Texas BBQ
Nori Bar - Authentic sushi dishes
Famous Foods Center Bar - Innovative bar with self pour system.
Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den - Speakeasy with crafted mixology program.
Wally’s Wine & Spirits - Restaurant & Bar with specialty gourmet market
iVIVA! - Mexican cuisine created by Chef Ray Garcia
Genting Palace - Authentic Cantonese cuisine, seafood and dim sum
Kusa Nori - Sushi bar and teppanyaki grill
Brezza - Modern coastal Italian fare from Chef Nicole Brisson
Bar Zazu - European Tapas by chef Nicole Brisson
FUHU - High energy, contemporary Asian cuisine from Zouk Group
Craig’s Vegan - Vegan frozen treats
Sun’s Out Bun’s Out - Innovative comfort food
Tacos El Carbon - Tijuana inspired Mexican cuisine
Marigold - American staples including burgers, lobster and housemade desserts
The Kitchen at Resorts World - International cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner
The Market - Grab and go eats
Agave Bar & Grill - Mediterranean fare and seafood
Richie Palmer’s Mulberry Street Pizzeria of Beverly Hills - Authentic pizza slices and whole pies
THE GATSBY WEDDING
THE VINTAGE LOOK
CLASSIC AND REFINED
THE TWO PIECE
SHORT & FLIRTY
As restrictions change, and Las Vegas is getting back to "normal", Cirque Du Soleil has announced their plan to begin to reopen shows. Sadly, not every show will be coming back. Zumanity, based at New York New York Hotel and Casino has been closed permanently. We can just hope that something new and exciting will eventually fill the space. However, other amazing Cirque, and Cirque adjacent shows will begin to reopen. As the Sahara so perfectly states. "Let's Vegas Again"
Mystery - TI - MAY
"O" - The Bellagio - MAY
Blue Man Group - Luxor - MAY
The Beatles Love - Mirage - July of 2021
Michael Jackson's "ONE" - Mandalay Bay - August of 2021
KA - MGM Grand - September or October of 2021
Las Vegas is known as the wedding capital of the world with thousands of ceremonies performed annually. However, when you think of the stereo typical Las Vegas wedding venue, they consist of an Elvis impersonator, a small chapel, and a neon sign. Although those certainly exist, the variety of wedding options and venues in Vegas is endless. From gorgeous ballrooms, to Boho inspired locations, and breathtaking natural settings. Las Vegas literally has it all.
1. THE GARDENS AT SPRINGS PRESERVE
A GARDEN OASIS PERFECT FOR YOUR CEREMONY AND RECEPTION
2. THE BELLAGIO HOTEL
A GALMOUROUS COURTYARD
3. THE WYNN HOTEL
4. THE GRAND CANYON
BREATHTAKING, NATURAL VIEWS
5. DRY LAKE BED
A CEREMONY LOCATION LIKE NO OTHER
6. CAESARS PALACE
STUNNING BACKDROP, CLOSE TO ALL THE LAS VEGAS ACTION
7. NELSON'S GHOST TOWN
UNIQUE AND MEMORABLE
8. THE NEON MUSEUM
MY FAVORITE! VINTAGE GLAM SURROUNDED BY THE HISTORY OF VEGAS
9. THE COSMOPOLITAN HOTEL
VINTAGE, MASCULINE, FUN, AND SEXY
10. THE VENETIAN RESORT
A FAIRYTALE LOCATION...