Las Vegas Garden Wedding Venue – Roger and Jane’s Story
Roger & Jane
Springs Preserve Wedding
About Springs Preserve
Roger and Jane wanted a private elopement experience in a Las Vegas garden wedding venue with just a couple guests. In the end they chose Springs Preserves for it’s beauty and variety of botanical gardens and trails for their small elopement in Las Vegas. Springs Preserves is located 3 miles west of the downtown area in the heart of Las Vegas. It is owned by the Las Vegas Water district and features 180 acres of green museums, galleries, and botanical garden displays. It is perfect for a wedding because it has many beautiful backdrops such as a traditional gazebo, arbor, rose gardens and a host of botanical displays.
About Roger and Jane
They decided to Elope in Las Vegas and I talked them into having a garden wedding at Springs Preserve. They traveled from England and wanted to have a fun destination wedding with two close friends in attendance as witnesses. It was an intimate garden experience. It took place in the heart of the summer so they were brave to take on our Vegas heat but they weathered it well. You can’t tell from the photos the weather was hot that day. The thoroughly enjoyed getting married in this Las Vegas garden wedding venue. They were very happy they chose Springs Preserve to get married in Las Vegas.
Julie planned Roger and Jane’s garden elopement to include their transportation, flowers, photography, venue, officiation and itinerary. The photos were taken by Constantine Photography in collaboration with Custom Las Vegas weddings. Springs Preserve offers a fantastic option as a Las Vegas garden wedding venue choice. Jane and Roger has a fantastic experience to cherish for a lifetime of memories. Constantine photography collaborated with us for these excellent photos.
This is the garden arch area where Roger and Jane had their private garden ceremony with their friends.
Jane was Roger were both thrilled to finally receive their rings and promises from each other.
They had their ceremony customized with their personal story and laughter lightened the mood.
After traveling thousands of miles they finally came to the part where they sealed their promises with a kiss.
We present Roger and Jane Till. Happily married newlyweds.
Congratulations are in order.
Traditional photo keepsake of wedding rings.
Time for some fun posed shots around the botanical garden.
This photo was taken on the scenic drive with the Red Rocks close by.
Springs Preserves has a beautiful garden arbor to showcase poses.
This is a such a romantic, traditional garden wedding gazebo in Las Vegas.
Springs Preserves Botanical Gardens
Springs Preserves in Las Vegas is truly a beautiful botanical garden setting for a wedding in Las Vegas. It’s a great location to consider for a small intimate elopement in Las Vegas or for a larger wedding event. Many couples traveling to Las Vegas probably don’t know about this local Vegas jewel in the desert. If you are considering this Las Vegas outdoor wedding venue for your event here are some things to know about Springs Preserves.
It showcases uniquely landscaped botanical demonstrations of desert trees, flowers and shrubs with beautiful trails that encompass 1.8 miles of picturesque landscape.
There are many choices for having an affordable Las Vegas elopement ceremony. The elopement area may be reserved or we may choose it spontaneously on the day of the wedding.
Springs Preserves also has other locations that may be reserved for a more upscale experience. Even saying that it may be customized to meet your needs with chairs, music, flower decorations and more.
They showcase a beautiful garden wedding gazebo, a rose garden arbor, desert fountain area, amphitheater and inside event space for more formal larger weddings.
You might be thinking you want to elope in Las Vegas, just so you don’t have to deal with the stress of wedding planning. However, you don’t just want to elope to Las Vegas without thinking through the pros and cons of everything first.
Many couples are faced with the decision to either have a big wedding or decide on a smaller wedding and eloping in Vegas provides many great possibilities. The info-graphic next to this article, created by the Wedding Band Shop, outlines the pros and cons you need to consider when deciding if you want to elope or not. Eloping is not a decision I advise you to rush into. Think about all the pros and cons when making the decision. This article will take you through the pros and cons to help you decide.
What do you envision for your wedding? Do you dream of walking down the wedding aisle with all eyes on you? If so, you will want to either reconsider your decision or put aside those emotions.
How well does your family work together and with you on decisions? If your family doesn’t work well together or if they often clash with your ideas and decisions, eloping offers a great choice to avoid conflict in your wedding experience.
Do you really want to elope or are the frustrations of planning pushing you into the decision? If you have given up on the idea of a larger wedding just because of the frustrations you are experiencing, you may want to step back and re-think it. Frustrated feelings are most often natural emotional reactions to stress whether you elope or not. You will be out of your comfort zone when planning. You just need to decide how far out of your comfort zone you want to go.
What does your partner want? The final choice should belong to both you and your partner. What do they want? Ask them and then consider some of the pros and cons and in the end, doing so will help you arrive at a mutual decision.
Have you considered all the options? Eloping is not the only choice of course. It suits a lot of couples but you will need to decide what aspects of your wedding are most important to you in the end and act accordingly.
Is there a chance you will regret your decision? If you think there is a chance you will look back and regret your decision, you will want to really take the time and think it through with your partner.
It’s less expensive – You avoid many of the costs associated with larger weddings when you decide to elope in Las Vegas. The cost of eloping in Vegas pales in comparison when you factor in the guest count, restaurant fees, and decoration costs, not to mention the formal cost of planning a formal affair. For example, many venues including ours offer all-inclusive elopement packages in Vegas.
You call the shots – Elopement puts you and your partner back in control. You can rest assured you are making decisions you want to make without any unwanted family coercion and intrusions on your wishes.
Only VIP’s are present – Whether you decide it will just be the two of you or if you want to bring along a select number of family or friends, you are only having those you really want there at your wedding.
Privacy – When you have a large formal wedding event you spend a majority of your time around other people, pleasing them and entertaining them. With an audience of 200 guests, it’s difficult to enjoy the private moments with your new partner.
Hurt Feelings – No matter where you decide to elope, one problem some people might face when thinking about eloping is the potential hurt feelings. Not all the family will agree with your decision to get married Las Vegas and the reality is you may have to deal with some fallout. Hopefully, most of your friends and family will be supportive and in the majority of cases, people love the weather and entertainment, not to mention the gambling opportunism most people love about Las Vegas.
Fewer Gifts – If you are in need of receiving necessary gifts for the household in your newlywed life or if you want to receive personal remembrance gifts that mean a lot of you, the variety and amount will not be as plentiful if you elope.
Less Extravagance – Smaller weddings are often less glamorous affairs than the larger formal events. That is not always the case but they certainly will not carry the formal flair and glamour a larger wedding affords.
Dependence of vendors – You may choose a number of vendors or no vendors at your smaller Vegas elopement. This can be a pro or con depending on your opinion. Often times if you want a simple elopement in Vegas you will want a photographer to capture your affair for posterity. But you may choose to only have a ceremony and use your friends and family to take photos or video. If you choose a Vegas elopement for two, it will be essential to choose a photographer to be your witness. Choose a vendor that will allow you to use your own photos and not make you dependent on them entirely.
Fewer guests to witness – With fewer guests attending, there will be fewer people to reminisce with you about your wedding day later. Of course, if you get a video or photo and have a get together later with a slideshow of the event that will help. That is what many couples who elope decide to do but it still is not the same as being there to share it with you.
Do take care of all the legal details: Whether you decide to elope or not, you will need to do the research needed to make sure you meet all the legal specifications to enable you to elope. We have included this link to a video and overview on our website to guide help you know what you need to know to get married in Las Vegas.
Do hire a local wedding planner: Choose your Las Vegas wedding planner carefully. Base it on not only your budget but also what the planner will bring to the table. It would be wise to ensure the vendor has experience with respect to Las Vegas wedding planning. It is important to choose a vendor who will be proficient to guide you in either scenario, whether you decide to have a small wedding elopement in Vegas or a large formal affair.
Do send marriage announcements: It is courteous and proper protocol to send out wedding announcements to those in your life. Doing so keeps you connected and enables everyone to know your final decision. You can also showcase the elopement photos in your announcement or use this opportunity to invite them to your event at home.
Do plan an event afterward at home: Most couples who elope in Vegas do plan to have a follow-up celebration inviting friends and family. This will afford the opportunity to showcase your photo or video slideshow and all people to still be a part of the event in a small way.
Don’t underplay it: If you do decide to elope in Las Vegas, treat it just like you would a bigger wedding. It is still your wedding so make sure to celebrate just as much and don’t underplay it just because you’re eloping.
Don’t forget to budget: Get ready to elope in Las Vegas by looking over our budget overview which outlines important questions you need to answer about your budget essentials. For ideas on how to get married in Las Vegas and how to budget for your Vegas wedding, read this article.
Don’t feel guilty: In the end, there is no need to justify your decision to anyone. What is most important is to do what is best for you both.It is your wedding day. If you want to include family, invite the VIP’s along and then have a get together at your hometown later. This will be sufficient to satisfy most everyone and make you happy in the end. Happy planning and contact us if you need assistance and guidance to make your day a special one to remember for all the right reasons.
Say yes to the idea of an elopement in Vegas! Many people underestimate simplicity and tie themselves with all sorts expectations. But if you’re familiar with what I’m saying, then maybe this will sound like a good option for your big day instead-especially since it’s less expensive than most weddings (and can be done quicker).
Tying the knot is usually more work than just saying yes. It typically involves a lot of family and friends, faces familiar or less so; it can be overwhelming to elope in Vegas for your big event when you don’t know what will make everything go smoothly on such an important day!
But if you’re feeling overwhelmed with all these expectations–an elopement in Las Vegas might offer some relief from tradition-driven weddings (and expensive ceremony costs) by letting two people who love each other have their own small celebration without any fuss at all.
One: Not leaving enough time for hair and makeup
Having a Vegas wedding doesn’t mean you get to forget about stress altogether. Planning the logistics of location, the transportation, and the coordination, all follow a strict schedule. The groom might allow himself a laid-back attitude before the wedding, but in our experience, the bride needs to allow a lot more time to have the make-up session, especially if her bridal party is also receiving services.
As a general rule, it will take approximately two hours to have hair and make-up services rendered. So remember, it’s best to schedule your glam team at least two hours prior to the ceremony per person receiving services. This is a much-needed opportunity to be pampered, relax, drink a mimosa, and actually enjoy the preparation while savoring the moment.
In Las Vegas, the makeup artists will come to you and provide services in your hotel room. Just remember, no matter how simple you prefer your wedding, hair and makeup services will always require extra time and often more time that you planned. If you need more advice on how much estimated time, you are well-advised to ask your wedding planner.
Two: Not capturing your memories in photos
There are so many options to Elope in Vegas and some ideas include photos and others don’t. But when you look back on your wedding day you might regret it if you don’t capture your wedding day memories. Having a Vegas wedding photographer can go a long way for many reasons.
First of all, if you are having an elopement, it will just be the two of you but in Nevada a witness is required. The photographer will step in and be the witness for your legalities.
Secondly, it may be a mistake that you may regret to not have photos as a keepsake of your experience. Think about it, choosing to have a photographer will give you amazing pictures to share with family and friends. And even better, you may choose some special photos to hang on your wall at home so you can remember your event often as you walk around your house. You may even decide to go upscale and hire a videographer to make the experience even more cherished and capture it live for posterity.
Be sure your photographer has a camera that will make a backup of the photos they are taking however. Mistakes can happen and photos can get lost by camera malfunctions. If the photographer is a professional, they will have cameras that provide that function.
The ceremony itself is the focus of the entire event and capturing poses of the exchange of rings, vows and special moments is essential. Once again, this is where the photographer will shine in capturing the special moments for you; but be sure to hire a professional photographer to record those special moments in time with the regrets of having sub-par photos. Excellent photographers will be able to provide creative shots that family members most likely will not be able to duplicate. You will have memories etched in time to remember.
Three: Not considering the first look
The first look is a tradition where the bride and groom see each other for the first time before a wedding takes place. In these modern times it’s sometimes done privately and many couples choose to have it done in their wedding suite or in a photo session before the elopement takes place. But first looks also often take place during the processional when the bride walks down the aisle.
This is a precious moment and you only have the opportunity once. Having the first look when the bride walks down the aisle can often times be a bit tricky though. It will require great timing and logistical planning to make sure the guests and the groom don’t see the bride at all before the ceremony.
It would be a mistake for the bride to not have separate transportation to the wedding location. It would also be a mistake to not have another additional coordinator or personal friend be on point as an assistant to time the arrival of the bride to walk in at the right moment.
For the first look, the bride needs to be seen by the groom at an inappropriate time so the expression of the both the bride and groom can be captured as they see each other for the first time on their wedding day.
Grooms get excited to see their beautiful brides dressed up to the nines and have been often known to take a peak too early. They need to be reminded to look away, otherwise they can mistakenly look too soon and ruin the moment.
Four: Not being prepared for the formalities
A Vegas wedding by law requires you to obtain a wedding license. These are issued hustle-free, even to non-residents of the US, but you’ll still have to provide proof of identification. Birth certificates are not mandatory, and any type of official government photo ID will suffice. But there are also specific details you want to know about that are different in Las Vegas. Be prepared by looking ahead and making the necessary arrangements.Click here to find out what you need to know about marriage licensingto help you prepare for getting married in Vegas.
Remember, also, that holidays are a peak season, when it’s harder to find, schedule, and orchestrate a Vegas wedding with all of the details included –especially if you are doing it by yourself. For instance, in December we have a flood of cowboys come in for the yearly rodeo here. You need to book your hotel reservations well in advance or try to avoid having the event during that time of December or your hotel rates will be sky high.
It’s also important to be prepared for seasonal weather fluctuations. Not knowing specifics about what you will face with the weather could put a huge damper on your event. For instance, when the weather changes from the cold season (which doesn’t last long) to the warmer weather, we experience tremendous winds in Las Vegas.
If you want some more important tips on the times various conventions are held in Las Vegas, click the link below to visit my blog post that covers that information and provides valuable links to convention information.
Though not exactly busy like New York or Los Angeles, traveling through the city of Vegas still takes longer than expected to travel from location to location. Getting from the wedding location to the wedding reception can easily become super stressful if you forget to schedule the celebration and leave enough time to account for traffic congestion and other unplanned incidents.
This is where a wedding planner will be invaluable asset to you because they create an itinerary for you to keep your event on track. When you are eloping, almost anything can happen and often the unexpected does happen which may circumvent a well-planned itinerary. In these circumstances, last-minute revisions will need to be made.
One problem I have experienced happening at events is delays with the limo or the Las Vegas wedding venue you are using. God knows what else can and will happen. If you are brave enough to plan it yourself, it’s best to leave enough room in your schedule to make last-minute improvising to keep your celebration timeline on track. It is well worth your time and money to reduce the stress of the occasion to hire a simple wedding coordinator to plan your wedding in Vegas ahead of time.
Six: Not using the complimentary hotel concierge services
A helping hand can easily turn what seems to be Herculean effort into a solution only one phone call away. Note that prices can vary greatly depending on whichhotel you are staying, but even the small services a hotel concierge provides for free can be a lifesaver. Some of the planning assistance they may offer, depending on the hotel are some of the essential referrals you may need such as dress and tux, salon and spa services, and more. Also, use the valuable services of a concierge to help you when setting up reminders for appointments.
As you get closer to your event the stress usually becomes higher in intensity. Then it may be harder to remain as calm and coordinated as you would like to be. You may always ask the concierge service to help you with reminders and notify you about important deliveries. We at Custom Las Vegas Weddings also offer an all-in-one day of planning service to our couples. So whether you go with the concierge at your hotel or decide to avail yourselves of an all-in-one solution like ours, it is a service you might not want to overlook.
Seven: Not having enough limousine time
With traffic being such a frustration, you’ll need more time to travel from one point to another. More than likely since you don’t know the city well you would be smart to leave it to a professional planning company to make a day of timeline. A professional will be able to estimate more accurately how much time you will need for the limousine. This is an invaluable service and will help avoid the pitfalls of being late to the wedding, restaurant reservations, or shows. But that’s one side of the coin. The other is more about having fun, enjoying Vegas for what it is, and allowing the experience of the ceremony to sink in before continuing with your special evening.
Be careful not to over-drink though. It is easy to forget about limits altogether when you are driving through Vegas, at night, experiencing the hidden rhythm with all of those lights shining.If you do happen to drink too much, however, here is a great Vegas resource for recovering from your Vegas hangover. This company is mobile and will come to your location in Vegas.
Eight: Elopement Las Vegas Jitters – avoid partying too much and lack of sleep, dehydration
A wedding day, complex or less so would still require lots of energy. And the magic of Vegas and the partying or gambling it offers is more alluring than any other when it comes to keeping you awake. Nothing can zap your energy more than these top three things:
Drinking too much: Save the drinking for the night of or the night after the wedding.
Not getting enough sleep: Get the needed amount of sleep the night before the wedding and be clear the day of.
Not drinking enough water: Whenever you travel, you need to keep hydrated. Any travel and climate change will require more water intake.
If you want a memorable and enjoyable wedding day, take this advice – you must pay heed to these cautions. No matter what! There is always time for late-night partying after the wedding.
Nine: Not having a planner help you coordinate your wedding day
If you are in Vegas for the first time, try to make the calculations upfront, and see whether or not you’ll fare better with a Vegas wedding planner. They can handle the wedding day coordination down to detail, and even pass you discounts for coordinating vendors, saving you money in the long run, making your experience to elope in Vegas stress-free.
If you are in Vegas for the first time, try to make the calculations upfront, and see whether or not you’ll fare better with a Vegas wedding planner. They can handle the wedding day coordination down to detail, and even pass you discounts for coordinating vendors, as well as local knowledge of the good and bad side of Vegas. The city is constantly changing and we are known as one of the largest “scam cities” in the world. Unfortunately, that title comes with most major tourism sites. Hiring a Vegas planner is like taking the hand of a friend who has lived through it all.
Your planner will give you invaluable advice to steer away from the dark side of the city and into those dazzling lights that you really came to see! For example, beware of texts or phone calls following your ceremony from the “Marriage License Bureau” requesting that you send them additional money to validate your marriage license for an additional cost! This is a recent scam that has plagued a few traveling couples. Having a planner as your ally will help in saving you money in the long run even in ways you could never think of, making your experience eloping in Vegas stress free.
Utilize our eloping in Vegas budget calculator to get an idea what you want to set for your budget.
Vendors have a more relaxed experience when collaborating with wedding planners, who can provide dozens of discounts for transportation and other small perks. This saves you money in the long run while also putting your mind at ease by taking care everything from start to finish – all within an affordable price tag! A Vegas elopement planner will take what’s needed out there; they’ll make sure it falls within budget too so don’t worry about overspending on this special occasion as much because their services include extended treatment plans just like any high-end chef would do during food preparation time: making every detail count–and staying true no matter how many obstacles come along (“What could go wrong?”).
If you want to make eloping in Vegas easier, consider going through a professional elopement wedding planner. They can help you plan every detail of your special day, including finding vendors, venues, photographers, transportation, etc., They take care of the logistics too, like creating and overseeing your itinerary and making sure everything runs smoothly . Plus, they can save you money by negotiating lower rates with vendors and offering discounts to couples.
The elopement planner you choose should let you share your vision, and offer lots of different places to elope in Vegas, as well as exciting Las Vegas elopement packages for two, including transportation, photoshoots, and logistical solutions to every step of the way.Contact Julie here to help you plan your Las Vegas wedding.
Here are some ideas to consider which will help you make the most of a romantic time together after your wedding ceremony. If you are looking for ideas these will most likely intrigue you. There are useful links in the article to help you do further research.
1. Stroll Vegas’ glittery streets
Whether you’re doing your tranquil saunter along the newer section of Las Vegas Boulevard or shopping for a memento at the Worlds Largest Gift Store, you cannot leave until you’ve taken in the excitement of the Fremont Street Experience (FSE). The Glitter Gulch, three stage-free concerts, Viva Vision and the SlotZilla Zip Line among lots of sparkly treasures along the FSE is the place to make out, take selfies, watch people or just stroll hand in hand.
2. Wager at the Titanic slot machine
Being with the one you love after getting married in the sparkly city is never complete without as many minutes at the Titanic slot machine. You’re all about romance and love and after you get married in Vegas this unique exhibit should peak the romance. Gambling for fun at the backdrop of the high-ocean romantic love affair is one of the most romantic eternal moments to add to your Vegas honeymoon.
After you get married in Vegas, you will already be pumped up. Why not add an adrenaline charge to your romantic sensibilities by flying the Sin City SlotZilla zip line? This appeals to the more adventurous wedding newlyweds but is popular. Flying as a couple, shouting, screaming and feeling a load of fun as you see the sparkly downtown in all its glory from up there will be one activity stamp for a great relationship.
The Linq high roller is a very romantic experience for Las Vegas newlyweds that don’t mind heights. It is located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip and it provides spectacular views of the city. The cabin holds up to 30 people and takes a half hour to make the loop. For the price, it is a very romantic way to see the city and capture photos to cherish of the Vegas experience. Of course, you may also elect to keep one of the photos they take of you as your ride.
After getting married, stylish dining comes next, naturally. Enjoy the best dining this city offers. There are many restaurants to choose from. Several romantic choices come to mind. Lakeside at the Wynn is refined romantic dining located at the Wynn casino and resort. Some other ideas are the authentic Brazilian cuisine at the Fogo de Chão or the best of a chophouse chain at the Capital Grille with a unique clubby ambiance. SW Steakhouse or go Chinese at the lavish Wing Lei are nice are also romantic choices.
Read this article which is an excellent resource for romantic restaurant choices.
6. Superimpose a quick Vegas nuptial
At the popular Fremont Street Experience, you can visit the unique photo Magic kiosk and participate in a pretend Vegas nuptial. It’s a fun way to surprise and maybe even confuse your relatives and add some humor to your experience in Las Vegas. The kiosk overlays the faces of lovebirds on the bodies of all types of other wedding couples how got married in Vegas. It’s a great way to add to the keepsake of your Vegas experience.
7. Soothe with a couples massage
Don’t leave without popping into Vegas massage spas and for healing those tired feet and bodies. Las Vegas has many professional spas in a myriad of casinos, too numerous to mention briefly. Try looking for some Groupon deals on the Las Vegas strip. Your Vegas romance will blossom as you are pampered with your couples massage. Spas offer complimentary steam rooms, saunas and jacuzzis most of the time as well.
8. Catch a Vegas show
Whether feeling seductive or feisty catching a Vegas show is a must after your Vegas marriage. Curl up with your lover as you watch Zumanity’s teasing sensuality art show or take the naughtiest fantasy journey you’ve ever tried with your partner with the the Rev show at the Wynn hotel and casino. Free shows in Vegas are plenty all week as well, particularly at the Fremont Street Experience.
9. Two-some chocolate fix a must
The fantasy of Vegas after your marriage is incomplete without a chocolate fix for the two of you! It can be the sticky toffee treat pudding at the Gordon Ramsay Steak or the Hexx Chocolate treatment of artisanal chocolate, great candy, and craft ice cream. Jinju Chocolates and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory along Fremont Street are both excellent chocolate and candy stops.
10. Walk through Caesars Palace Forum shops at sunset
Whether to gaze at the amazing fake sunset, shop for keepsakes or stop in a restaurant, walking through Caesars Palace forum is a romantic experience you don’t want to miss. The cheesecake factory will hardly disappoint you while a free animatronics show featuring the sinking of Atlantis by the aquarium will be a special pleasure for a romantic stroll. The ceiling changes colors to match the time of day it is with intense red sunset at night and glittery blue sky with painted clouds during the day. This experience is sure to dazzle anyone.
11. Escape to the Red Rock Canyon State Park
The Vegas strip can be loud and escape to the scenic Red Rock Canyon park opens you up to one of the most romantic places around. It’s about a 45-minute ride outside the city. You don’t want to miss the scenic drive which features spectacular red rock mountains you can climb on without using ropes. The Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is nearby Red Rock Canyon and also has superbly preserved historic areas with exceptional grounds for romantic picnics. Lots of picnic tables are available to get you into an idyllic romantic hot afternoon mood while a walk around Lake Harriet is a glimpse to a hidden gem for dreamers.
12. Sway with the Fountains of Bellagio
Immediately you’re there, the dancing swaying jets of shooting water of the Bellagio will dazzle you. Make the fountains a part of your romantic itinerary by making dinner reservations at the Yellowtail, Le Cirque, Olives or Picasso restaurants as the perfect backdrop for a quality evening.
The Eiffel Tower Experience is at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. What could be more romantic than visiting the famous French landmark, even if it is a replica? Lots of marriage proposals in Vegas happen there, but for those just married, the panoramic view is an amazing setting for true romance at the top of the landmark, particularly at night when the true illumination of the Strip is most glorious. Come prepared to take loads of pictures. You might want to make reservations for the Eiffel Tower restaurant while you are at it and keep the Vegas romance going as you take in the view of the Vegas Strip while you eat.
14. Floating Gondola romance at the Venetian
Venetian gondolas are famous worldwide and the smaller version in the Venetian hotel Grand Canal Shoppes mall presents a wonderful, romantic Venetian gondola ride like no other. Step up your romance after your Vegas marriage with a gondola for two and set off the voyage with the mall’s remarkable architecture as your backdrop. The ride lasts 15 minutes allowing you to combine shopping, sightseeing, and dinner at the Venetian.
15. Visit the famous Las Vegas Sign
These great options will add extra pizazz to the excitement of getting married in Vegas. After all, it’s a unique experience. Why not pair it with unique Vegas-style entertainment after your wedding ceremony?
Contact Julie to learn more about getting married in Vegas to start the planning process. The assortment of wedding services ranges from wedding ceremonies on location to full-service Las Vegas wedding packages on location.
Need to know tips to help you choose the date and accommodations for your wedding in Las Vegas
Selecting your accommodations
Of course, this is the first step you want to do when considering having your wedding in Las Vegas. When you prepare to choose both your date and accommodations there are important factors to consider you may not have thought of.
As a local vendor here in Las Vegas, this is information you need to know from a locals perspective.
Questions to determine when deciding on your expectation for accommodations: Decide what is important to you when you are choosing your hotel accommodations.
Do you want to splurge and be pampered when you stay in Las Vegas?
Does it matter if there is a concierge service to help you with the small details you might need to know about Las Vegas?
Do you want to be centrally located in the newer more modern section of Las Vegas or would you prefer the Vintage Las Vegas?
Will you be using the accommodations for double for having your wedding ceremony? If so, size of the room may matter and you would be better off booking a suite.
How far is the hotel from the other properties you want to visit while here? Is your hotel within walking distance to your planned outings?
Do you only want the bare minimums and are just looking for a deal? In this case you would want to choose an internet deal on your room. This appeals to those people who don’t plan to spend much time in their room.
Don’t let it overwhelm you: My advice is, don’t let it overwhelm you. When you start calling and researching hotel accommodations consider this, you are on vacation and you need to think it through before you call and be on the same page with your spouse as to your expectations for your stay here in Las Vegas.
Budget hotels in Las Vegas: If you want to have an elegant experience and not spend a fortune, you may want toread this article from Trip Advisor which gives an overview of budget accommodations in Las Vegas.
Hotel Suite:When you procure a hotel suite you may arrange the furniture in such a way to clear a space to stand for your ceremony. A lot of hotel suites have balconies to offer a view of the strip as well. You will save money if you have all your services in one location. It provides many benefits and savings to you.
Pool or Cabana:Your resort may also let you have your wedding ceremony by their pool area. Some couples rent a cabana if their wedding guest count is small. This keeps it intimate and private. Most of the smaller or off strip hotels might allow you to use the pool area. Sometimes timeshares will let you rent a suite and also let you use their pool area.
Your guests don’t have to travel and you save transportation costs
You can get ready and have your hair and makeup done in your room or in a spa at the hotel
Your photos may be done in the room and after photos around the hotel property or choose to go on a city photo tour for a fun alternative.
Tip: If you are eloping during a holiday, you may want to consider staying off of the Las Vegas strip at one of the local hotel resorts. There are many nice resorts off the strip but still close enough to visit. Often these hotels have lower pricing and amenities.
The Resort Choices: Off or on Las Vegas Boulevard
Hotels off the Vegas Strip: This may be a great choice for you if you want to avoid the traffic and limitations you may encounter in the heart of the city. There are some great local hotels that might suit you well if you are having a scenic wedding in Las Vegas. For instance, if you are having a Red Rock Canyon wedding, you might want to stay close at the Red Rock Casino. This casino is a local favorite nestled in the upscale area of Summerlin Las Vegas. The hotel is luxurious, boasting an excellent pool, spa and concierge services and is close to Red Rock Canyon. Is it also close to much shopping in the Summerlin area.
The Orleans Hotel, Gold Coast, Rio Hotel and the Palms Hotel and the Westgate Hotel Las Vegasare a few of the hotels you may consider which are just down the road from the Vegas Strip but closer to the off strip amenities you might need while visiting. There is benefit to not playing the part of the captured tourist staying on the main part of the Vegas Strip. These hotels are still very close to the heart of activity but because they are not in the heart of the busy areas, there are benefits. First, you are close to convenience stores and restaurants that will provide cheaper alternatives for food. These hotels all have very nice properties and amenities you might want to consider for your wedding ceremony.
Vegas Strip weddings:If you still want to stay in the heart of the strip, and these hotels can double for a place to have your wedding ceremony if you don’t have a large guest count and are considering a Las Vegas elopement. Some of the suites do accommodate and give enough standing room for visiting guests there for a wedding ceremony.
The Polo Towers is an affordable and great option to consider. I have performed ceremonies there at the pool area. It’s a nice option to consider.
The Cosmopolitan Hotel (this link shows a video) has a beautiful wrap around suites overlooking the Bellagio Fountains and Paris Eiffel Tower resort.
The Aria Hotel: Their suites can accommodate a good size guest count and provide indoor views of the Vegas Strip as a backdrop for your nuptials.
MGM Sky-loft Suites has great balconies that fit a large crowd of guests.
The Mirage Hotel has a tropical atmosphere and beautiful landscaping with waterfalls and palm trees. It also has a habitat for animals and dolphin shows.
The Mandalay Bay also has a tropical atmosphere and boasts a beach with a wave pool and beach parties during the summer as well as a shark habitat.
The Luxor Hotel is a very unusual property that is a pyramid and it’s located on the Southern end of the strip across from Mandalay Bay and both are near the Las Vegas Sign.
Here is an article you might want to read which showcases what they consider to be the Best 15 hotels in Las Vegas. These hotels tend to be the more expensive choices but most people will want to splurge a little when it comes to their accommodations if they are getting married in Las Vegas. During your time here in Vegas you might want to get pampered and these hotels are sure to meet that expectation for you.
Guidance to choose your wedding date
Nothing is more crucial than picking out a wedding date. It is essential for planning to book your vendors. Most vendors need at least a couple weeks’ notice. If is even better to give notice of a month or more.
Photo taken from balcony at MGM Sky Loft Suites
Consider the season : You need to know, there are busy and slow times in Las Vegas that can affect your wedding plans. Be in the know about the busy and slow seasons.
Busy Seasons: The busiest times of the year are when holidays fall on a weekend. Try to avoid these times and the busy holidays. Hotel Costs rise due to supply and demand issues.
Valentine’s Day – this is a popular time for weddings, book well in advance and gets advice from a planner.
4th of July – It’s not as busy as New Year’s Eve but still more costly to book a hotel this time of year.
Memorial Day – Since it always takes place on a long weekend there are always droves of people and higher rates for everything.
Labor Day – The same circumstances as Memorial Day. Be cautious when booking.
New Year’s Eve – Las Vegas Boulevard is shut down to traffic from 5:30 to around 1 pm New Year’s Eve.
Major convention seasons dates are busy times of year:
Check the Las Vegas Convention Victors Authorities website ( http://www.lvcva.com/) to see if your chosen wedding date might be a busy time of year for travel and booking a hotel. The conventions listed below are some of the busiest times but there are also other conventions so be sure to check before booking dates.
CES – Consumer Electronics Show takes place from January 5th through the 8th. Approximately 130,000 attendees descend on Vegas
AVN – Adult Entertainment Convention – January 18th – 21st. Approximately 25,000 people attend.
March Madness: the dates are March 14 – 19th. This is the time sports fans travel to Vegas to celebrate and bet on events.
Rodeo Finals in December – Weekends of December 7th – 9th and 14th – 16th. Choose the weekday for your wedding and avoid the business or the last weekdays of December before New Year’s Eve.
Slow Seasons: Consider the slow season for your wedding:
There are several very slow seasons in Las Vegas. Each period of slower activity is due to various differing reasons. Consider the following facts and decide if it’s worth it to plan to have your wedding in a slower season.
The weekdays before Christmas are slow. Not many people want to travel this time of year for a wedding. They are typically home for the holidays. Travel during the holidays may not be as pleasant but it is a very good time to get married in Vegas. You do want to consider, however, a lot of shows go dark during these holidays. Some restaurants also close down during this time. It is recommended you do your research and decide what is important to you first before you decide.
The first few weekdays after New Year’s holiday: This is a slow time which may be of benefit to you. You are more likely to find better hotel deals this time of year. This may be a great deal if you decide to have your wedding ceremony and celebration in the hotel suite. Your hotel might also be more willing to upgrade your room as well if they know you are celebrating a wedding.
The weekdays in July and August: These times tend to be less busy because of the heat here in Vegas. Nonetheless, this is summer and people often have time off then. You will most likely get summer hotel and travel deals at this time. Vendors typically are more available at this time as well.
A slow gap in December: In between the end of the Rodeo Finals and a few days before New Year’s Eve in December are slow times and may give you a better rate for travel and hotel.
I do hope this article has helped you decide your date and accommodations to plan to get married in Vegas.