Many wedding couples are now considering having a DIY wedding. Some wedding couples may start the research and desire to book their Las Vegas wedding venue on their own and for what they deem good reasons.
Las Vegas with its Casino world, the hub of glamorous shows and foodie hotspots can be a perfect destination for your wedding in Las Vegas. You see fireworks and stars when you look at your partner. So, why not take advantage of the spot where the lights never die?
Preparing for any wedding is oftentimes is an uphill task. It can create a lot of stress for couples who don’t know the wedding options available for a city they don’t live in. I have spoken to many engaged couples who tell me they feel overwhelmed with the options when they start to research where to get married. So, I decided to create this guide to help my wedding couples with essential advice they need to choose the best location that will be accommodating for their needs if they are on a tight budget.
Almost every wedding facility in Las Vegas comes at a hefty price for most couples. Having a $2000 budget is a very low one to have for a Vegas wedding and if you want to incorporate food and alcohol you will need to increase your budget if you are considering a venue for your Las Vegas wedding on the strip. However, we at Custom Las Vegas Weddings help out customers plan their Vegas wedding in this price range and even below this price range frequently. You will find out in your research however, even a $5000 budget will turn out to be a deficient budget if you have 50 guests and want a sit down dinner with alcohol included on the Vegas Strip. If you are willing to venture away from the Vegas Strip and will consider a Las Vegas wedding venue away from the main boulevard then you will have more luck finding a place for your wedding.
Weddings can turn out to be very expensive for couples on a tight budget. So, understandably, many couples are searching for alternate options. Chapels seem to be the go- to solution for a lot of couples. However, chapels typically only cover the ceremony and not the reception. Banquet facilities also offer all in one solutions but seem to get expensive with the periphery items like buying photos after the wedding.
So, what do you do? Where do you go to plan your Las Vegas event if you have a tight budget? Those are great questions. If you desire the answer, read this article for great ideas to fit your budget.
Affordable Las Vegas Wedding Venue Ideas
A Las Vegas Wedding Planner is a great solution for the budget conscious wedding couple. Having a wedding planner actually does help save couples money because they get special pricing discounts through the expertise and connections of a planner. Planners know the budget saving options and pass them along to their clients so you win in the end to have one.
The following 10 Las Vegas wedding venue ideas may help you brainstorm if you are considering a DIY wedding and are preparing to wed in Las Vegas but are cash strapped:
Hotel suite: Have a Las Vegas Strip wedding and consider having your ceremony and reception in your hotel suite, and host the reception in a local restaurant or buffet. Loved ones will be on time and not have to worry about travel costs. Many restaurants also have separate rooms to rent for receptions or can make a section of the restaurant work for you.
Hotel/Casino banquet room: Use a hotel ballroom for ceremony and reception. Some Las Vegas banquet rooms offer great options and Custom Las Vegas Weddings knows which ones are budget conscious. It’s an all-in-one solution, and you don’t need to spend more for the ceremony space separately. Give yourself the Disney Princess treatment without the crazy costs.
Theme weddings and Vegas wedding venues: There are quite a lot of themed ideas you might consider ranging from Elvis to impersonators. You may consider having your ceremony in a Western Town, Las Vegas Vintage Ghost Town, Mystic Falls Garden, Wax Museum, High Roller, Haufbraus House, Sugar Factory and more. Only a local wedding planner would know how to assist you in pulling it together well. The planner will help you pair your theme wedding with a small reception and perhaps even a photo tour to showcase your memories.
Party bus tour: Have the ceremony in a party bus, and host the reception at a theme restaurant or buffet. The party bus will take you on an excursion, and the final destination will be the restaurant theme of your choice. What about a climate controlled beer garden or many of the theme restaurants in Las Vegas?
Local Parks: Use a local park for the ceremony and reception. This is a great choice because it gives you the freedom to customize the ceremony to your theme and vision. For example, a Red Rock State Park DIY wedding provides a beautiful backdrop as the sun sets to play with primary colors and enjoy the natural scenery. Click this link to view Las Vegas local park wedding packages or customize one based on your needs.
Iconic Retro Vegas: Pair your ceremony with an iconic landmark like the Las Vegas sign or the Las Vegas art district or Neon Museum with a Las Vegas wedding for two, followed by a private foodie tour. Foodie tours are popular and can be customized to let you experience a variety of Las Vegas food and restaurant experiences. Turn your wedding into an adventure.
Pair your ceremony with an Elvis Theme ceremony and personal Elvis guided memorabilia tour. Elvis will provide the theme ceremony with songs and keepsake souvenirs. It’s a Vegas classic.
Utilize a rental home to host the ceremony and reception. Using a rental home to stay and economize by sharing the house with family is an excellent idea. Many couples don’t realize they can do this in Las Vegas. There are many homes available to rent. Just look on VRBO or Home Away for homes for rent in Las Vegas for weddings. Contact the owner and negotiate the details yourself to save money. Then hire a Las Vegas wedding planner for day of coordination services for only the essential support you need. This will save you a lot of money in many aspects.
Enjoy a scenic wedding excursion and pair it with a local or Vegas Strip restaurant after your scenic Las Vegas marriage ceremony. Destination weddings are about the experience, and the picturesque scenery will make the journey all the more memorable. You may even have a Vegas wedding coordinator plan the event affordably. A good coordinator will have a range of limousines and a coach bus service to allow your guests to come along and experience the excursion with you.
Photo taken near Ash Springs by KK Photo
Combine a ghost town wedding with an old school hometown barbecue picnic for your reception. Enjoy the whimsy and haunting, vintage mystery of the environment which you can reflect in your decorations and wedding attire. You never hear anyone complain about barbecue, either.
Keeping Within Your Budget
From minister fees, extra photo payments, DJ payments and Las Vegas officiant fees to boutonniere and a bouquet for the bride, hidden fees are commonplace. To stay safe from paying for what you hadn’t budgeted for, ask for a breakdown of everything that you will be charged for. Additionally, research the company well and let them know of your concerns.
Finding the Right Vendor Through Good Reviews and Feedback
It is possible to get robbed blind in the midst of the confusion about hosting a memorable wedding in Las Vegas. However, when you use a trusted vendor, you will not experience any glitches.
A reputable vendor often has a solid reputation as a professional with excellent reviews, a website and doesn’t charge lower or exorbitant rates. Use the web and ask for reviews from those who have been there before. Just because you’re budget conscious doesn’t mean that your wedding has to be bland or boring. Plan a DIY Vegas wedding and use a Las Vegas wedding planner for your most essential needs. Simple doesn’t mean boring with a little outside of the box creativity, especially with our know-how at Custom Las Vegas Weddings.
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 experience 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 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.
Having a Nelson Ghost Town elopement is an easy and stress free. That is why it is becoming an increasingly desired spot for Vegas destination wedding couples looking for a unique, fun and picturesque backdrop for their nuptials. It is also considered one of the most romantic places to elope in Vegas. Nelson is on a private property located about an hour away from Las Vegas and is a historical landmark becoming increasingly popular with wedding couples. Nelson is located in the mountains of Eldorado Canyon, Nevada. It has a rich history making it very popular tourist attraction.
Check out this YouTube video showing the plane blowing in 3000 Miles to Graceland. It’s a clip from the movie and the plane crash at Nelson is what is left from the explosion. I am my vendor team of professionals at Custom Las Vegas Weddings had a blast seeing their love and admiring the fun they had there during their Nelson ghost town elopement. What a joy it was to be around them. They were such fun loving people and had quite a laugh. They especially love the romantic vintage atmosphere at Nelson Ghost Town. As you see from the photos, they are so in love and had the time of their life posing and exploring the props and site.
Henk and Iris Peel traveled from the Netherlands to get married at Nelson Ghost Town
Nelson Ghost town in Eldorado Canyon has an old mine on the property which has daily guided tours. It showcases vintage relics such as old cars and buildings, old buildings, rusty antique trucks and more including a great collection of vintage signs. This makes a great backdrop for Nelson Ghost Town wedding photo tours, creating fun and romantic memories of a lifetime.
Romance – good times – memories to be made at Nelson Landing Ghost Town
Nelson Ghost Town showcases quite a variety of old used vehicles and equipment, even mining equipment that was actually used back in the day when the Techatticup gold mine was operational. There are a host of props to use for the backdrop of a wedding as you can see from the photos below.
Fun times and cheeky peek a boo at Nelson Landing Eldorado Canyon Nevada
Having a Nelson Ghost Town elopement was the best choice for Henk and Iris. Iris is a photo officinato in the Netherlands and loved taking photos herself, even during her own wedding. She loved the vintage theme and it was her love of the idea that prompted them to have a Nelsons Landing wedding. They had such an incredible time exploring and posing for photos with the old props, crashed airplane, air-stream trailer and they even decided to get in the old rusty tubs.
A perfect ending to a beautiful day. Congratulations you two!
Some people say it only takes only 20 minutes to get to Nelson Ghost Town. I will caution you here on that and add, it really depends on where you start from and what the traffic is like on the day. It has always taken me 1 hour to travel there because the road used to get there is under construction and Las Vegas traffic has become more congested recently.
Here is a map below showing directions to Nelson’s Landing where the Ghost Town is. You will want to leave extra time to get there if you are traveling in your own vehicle.
To get to the Nelson’s Landing take US-95 South toward Boulder City. You will want to keep alert because the Searchlight exit comes up quickly on the right just before you reach Boulder City. It’s a very small sign and easy to miss but if you do miss it you have to go to Boulder City and do a U-Turn. As you travel toward Searchlight there is a large dry lake bed (on your right) at about the ten mile marker. When you pass the dry lake bed, you will a large solar panel field and that is your marker to look to the left. On the left is a very small sign (Exit 165) that says Nelson on your left. Take that exit and drive another 10-12 miles and it will take you right into the town of Nelson, Nevada where the ghost town is.
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 romatic 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 getting married at Red Rock Canyon 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 are 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.
On the Strip: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. 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.