Destination wedding fact file: Las Vegas, USA
13 Mar 2017
Offering a multitude of lavish and luxurious settings in which to wed, Las Vegas – the Wedding Capital of the World - is a dream come true for your destination wedding
With its bright lights, skyscraper hotels and attractive amenities, Las Vegas is bursting with colour and character. Alluring and spectacular, Las Vegas offers something for everyone and that’s why weddings in the Nevada resort city have become so popular. Accounting for $2billion annually, wedding tourism is big business in Las Vegas and with one in four couples planning on a destination wedding, it is no surprise that this dazzling location ranks highly.
Whether you want a small or large celebration, Las Vegas presents a wealth of venues which suit a variety of tastes and requirements. Take a look at these venues and see how your wedding vision can come alive in Vegas….
Caesars Palace and Caesars Entertainment
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Caesars Palace is one of the most well-known hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas strip. Part of the Caesars Entertainment group, which also owns further venues at The Linq, Planet Hollywood, Paris, Flamingo and the High Roller, Caesars Palace is a breath-taking wedding venue. Opt for an indoor ceremony in the charming Classico, Romano or Tuscana chapels, or venture outdoors for a ceremony in the Venus or Juno Gardens, surrounded by palm trees and Roman-themed architecture. Caesars Palace also houses Omnia nightclub, Nobu Hotel, Qua Baths & Spa, the 4,300-seat Colosseum, 160 speciality stores, an expansive casino, various restaurants and eateries (including Mr Chow), as well as Michael Boychuck’s COLOR Salon – the ideal place for bridal hair and beauty services.
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With 50 years of wedding experience, The Venetian team is perfectly placed to bring your big day to life. Certified by the Gay Wedding Institute, the elegantly Italian-themed Venetian hotel – like most Las Vegas wedding venues, can carry out same-sex ceremonies. The hotel features 10 wedding venues including aboard a gondola on the Grand Canal and infront of the sensational Palazzo Waterfall Atrium with ‘LOVE’ art installation by Laura Kimpton. Housing more than 4,000 suites which feature an all-marble bathroom and 20-inch LCD HDTV, The Venetian boasts more than 40 restaurants and the Venezia hotel tower (with 1,013 additional suites, pool and gardens).
For a holistic experience, the beautiful and tranquil environment of the Mandarin Oriental hotel offers pure escapism. Catering to all types of wedding – from intimate nuptials to poolside parties, the Mandarin Oriental can provide a package that meets all your needs. The VIP bar, ballroom, fitness centre and yoga studio all offer amazing panoramic views of Las Vegas, while restaurant Twist by Pierre Gagnaire is a dazzling space to dine and enjoy the evening skyline. Dedicated flower and pastry departments will also serve to add stunning details to your special day. The spa and guest accommodation deliver further areas to relax and unwind, and new brides and grooms are invited to indulge in the luxury of the Emperor Suite.
Grand and majestic, the Bellagio will impress from the moment you set foot in the door, hosting magnificent art installations and displays which vary throughout the seasons. The pool, Terrazza Di Sogno (Terrace of Dreams) and Fountain Courtyard entrance are popular spots for a wedding, while the wedding chapels present small and large indoor settings with videography and live web casting facilities. The South Chapel can accommodate 130 guests and the East Chapel can accommodate 30 guests. The renowned Bellagio fountains can even be timed to erupt at the moment the bride and groom are pronounced man and wife. Packages start from $1,500 (approximately £1,232) up to $25,000 (£20,535) and can be tailored accordingly. Accommodation, restaurants and casino facilities are primed and plentiful in the Bellagio.
Keep Memory Alive Centre
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Keep Memory Alive Center is a meaningful and extraordinary wedding space. Funding the work of non-profit organisation, Keep Memory Alive, and the neighbouring Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, weddings and events held at this venue in Downton Las Vegas serve to support research, treatment and prevention of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Alongside elegant gardens, the centre offers a 9,200 square foot blank canvas for weddings so that you can make it truly your own, with the option to have the illumination (which seeps through the 199 windows) tailored to your colour scheme. Hire prices start at $5,000 Monday to Friday (approximately £4,518) and $7,500 (£6,162) Saturday to Sunday, with audio-visual and catering at an additional cost.
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The Mob Museum
Also in Downton Las Vegas, The Mob Museum is a quirky venue which centres on the impact of organised crime in Las Vegas history – perfect for a vintage-themed wedding day. Hosted in the historic former federal courthouse and U.S. Post Office, the venue has been meticulously restored to its original grandeur to make wonderful wedding memories. Various packages are available… and you can even give your guests the gift of their very own mugshot.
Discover luxury like never before at the Wynn. The Primrose Courtyard, ballroom and two chapels (Lilac and Lavender) offer an attention to detail that will delight both couples and their wedding guests. The gorgeous Lavender and Lilac Dressing Rooms are available to the bride before the ceremony. Only one wedding is conducted at a time, ensuring the attention and service of the Wynn’s talented team of co-ordinators. Superior catering (including cakes), photography and floristry are also available to take the stress out of planning every aspect of your big day. The Wynn offers various packages and prices start at $1,790 (approximately £1,470) for the introductory package – The Love Affair Ceremony. Guests have the choice to stay at the Wynn or adjoining sister hotel, the Encore.
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ARIA Resort & Casino
A recent addition to the ARIA hotel, the wedding chapel was introduced in April 2013 along with a complementing bridal dressing room and groom’s lounge – complete with pool table. The chapel features customised up-lighting and videography/web casting facilities. Extending the ARIA’s wedding offering, the chapel joins the hotel’s portfolio of venues which plays host to 500 weddings a year and includes the Fireside Lounge, Poolside Verandah, BARDOT Brasserie and theGALLERY. Floristry and venue dressing from La Flor at ARIA and cakes from ARIA Patisserie will make your wedding one to remember.
The Grand Canyon
Say your vows amid the natural beauty of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Sundance Helicopters can transport you from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon in less than an hour and can also cover destinations such as the Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon and the City Lights of Vegas. A variety of premium and fully customisable wedding packages are available, which can be tailored with the help of your dedicated wedding concierge. Arrive at the terminal – located just off the strip – by limousine, spend time with your guests in the pre-flight lounge and return to the private event space for a cocktail reception party. All Sundance Helicopter packages include a complimentary first anniversary flight.