This blog post is devoted to wedding couples considering eloping in Vegas. The article will focus in on what wedding couples can expect in their wedding planning journey and how services are rendered by Julie Nourish, the owner and wedding planner of Custom Las Vegas Weddings. If you are going to put your trust in a Las Vegas wedding planner, you need to know what to expect and be assured the planning will be carried out professionally, the right way.
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Brendan reached out to Julie for this interview because he was curious and interested about the LasVegas wedding planning process. He wanted to know the history and how Julie as a Las Vegas wedding plannerestablished the business. He was impressed Julie received over 150 – 5 star positive reviews from happy couples during her time in business since 1996. He also wanted to know why couples who plan an elopement in Vegas can put their faith and trust in Julie to plan their wedding experience. In this interview Julie shares her experience as well as what any potential customer can expect when they hire Julie to plan a Las Vegas elopement.
Photo of Julie Nourish – Elopement Wedding Planner in Las Vegas
Guidance: My customers will be guided every step of the way to prepare for their Vegas elopement.
Stress Free Service:After the couple’s book with us they can then relax and feel confident the services will be planned.
Wedding Licensing: I start by helping them understand the wedding licensing process and sending them licensing information.
Ceremony wording: My clients will then choose their ceremony wording and customize the ceremony and vows if they desire that.
Itinerary is created: I guide them to understand how the day will unfold and create an itinerary to help them know the timeline of events.
Help planning periphery services: If the customer needs hair and makeup assistance or tux and gown, I match them with those vendors.
Vendors are planned for clients:Then the vendors are planned for the event. It’s all done for clients as a part of my service to them.
Customization of packages: My wedding package templates are customizable. I will discuss the customization possibilities with my clients.
Official quote is created for client: After the clients agree on the services, I then write up a quote for them to approve.
Client provides a retainer: At the point of signing the quote, my client will then place a deposit as a retainer for services. I then start the planning for them.
I am available to correspond by phone, email or chat with customers.
Question 2. Brendan:What services do you provide?
Julie: I primarily provide services such as eloping in Vegas packages as well as other periphery Las Vegas wedding planning services to customize packages for couples. I have spent time building a network of wedding venues in Las Vegas. The vendors I collaborate with are long standing associates and pros. I provide only the best wedding professionals as vendors for my clients.
These are some the main Las Vegas wedding planning services I provide.
• Procuring booking with established venues and planning the event • Creating an itinerary for the client and vendors • Helping with the preliminary details before the event • Assisting customer with hair/makeup, tux/gown • Guidance to help client choose flowers for event • Setting up all vendors (photographer, transportation, etc.) • Day of coordination services • Client vendor correspondence and assistance • Arranging the payment for vendors on behalf of the client
Question 3. Brendan:Would you give me some examples of the a la carte services you offer for customization?
Julie: If the customer wants to add in additional services above and beyond the package listed on my site, these would be considered a la carte options.
Some examples of a la carte options would be:
• Planning and ordering a wedding cake for the event • Additional day of coordinator services • Helping the client get tickets for entertainment • Booking a restaurant for the event • Help planning the reception • Help running errands
If the client wants a la cart services, I will go over the details with them and work up a quote for services.
Julie: I attract couples who want services ranging from Las Vegas wedding packages for two people, which start at the $500 price point to customized packages as much as $3500 or more for an upscale elopement experience. It just depends on what the customers want and their budget limit. I try to work within a budget if it’s possible to offer what the client wants and tick all the boxes.
Question 5. Brendan: How do you customize services for couples?
Julie: First, I offer templates and suggestions on my website. Then the customer can modify the package based on their needs and guest count and circumstances. If they want to add in a la carte services, they may do so. For instance, transportation, design elements, video, more photos, a cake, etc.
Question 6. Brendan: How involved in planning do the customers get to be?
Julie: I think it’s important for the customers to be fully involved in their wedding. Most people choose my services because they don’t want to have to think about too many details. But some of my clients have been very involved and want to have a lot more input. I always welcome their input and creativity.
Fun moment of exchange with wedding party
Question 7. Brendan:What’s not involved in the planning services you offer?
Julie: My clients are primarily Las Vegas destination wedding couples, traveling to Vegas from other cities and countries and don’t live in Las Vegas. Sometimes, they do want pre-wedding meetings and if they do, there is an hourly a la carte charge for that service. I recommend my clients use online conferencing, email and phone to go over details and I meet my clients on the day of the event typically.
My associate planners work with me to provide larger event planning if you need a planner to scout for vendors and provide in depth services such as a large full-scale ceremony and reception. I primarily focus on the venues and experiences listed on my site. For instance, if someone needs a planner to find a specific venue and help them visit and interview vendors, taste cake, put together a full-scale event with RSVP services, stationary, and invitations, etc. they are looking for a full-scale wedding planner. I keep my pricing comparatively affordable and cater to a certain demographic of elopements or clients who don’t need a full-scale large event. I do collaborate with other full-service planners though and will refer people who are looking for that kind of services in touch with my associate planner. The service quote I work up for clients will specify the services they get and those can be customized based on their needs.
Julie pinning a boutonniere on the groom
Question 8. Brendan:How do you differ from other Las Vegas destination elopement planners in Las Vegas?
Julie: I like to be very creative and offer unique customization services for Las Vegas wedding packages. This is a departure from the cookie cutter wedding planning that is a standard in Las Vegas for smaller elopement companies and venues. Because I am an independent Las Vegas elopement planner, I am more flexible to think outside the box and offer ways for clients to make their elopement event special. For example, adding props to their decorations, decorating the client’s room to make it a romantic setting, making reservations for restaurants after the elopement.
Question 4. Brendan: Would you give me some examples of the packages you offer for customization?
Julie: I offer a variety of packages on my website. Many are scenic outdoor wedding packages and some are on the Vegas Strip or in local venues in Las Vegas.
For example these are only a small list of elopement location choices I will customize for clients.
A photo of Julie, the pilot and a wedding couple eloping in the Grand Canyon
Question 9. Brendan: How involved are you in the day of wedding experience?
Julie: Prior to the day I touch base to make sure my clients have arrived safely to Las Vegas. Then I make sure I am in touch with my wedding clients by phone or text on the day. I will guide the clients with any last-minute questions or concerns that arise and typically I am there on site with the couple during the event. If I am not, I ensure that there is an assistant coordinator to run the show who knows what to do.
Question 10.Brendan: How far in advance do couples need to reserve services with you?
Julie: For some scenic and Vegas Strip wedding packages it is recommended my clients give at least a months’ notice. More advance notice will secure better results for having a venue available. If the client waits until 3 weeks prior to the wedding to reserve, it will be less likely the venue they want will be available. The client needs to realize the full payment will be due 3 weeks before the wedding and if they are requesting services within that time frame the entire payment is due.
Question 11.Brendan: Do you handle all the contracts and payment processing for clients eloping in Vegas?
Julie: Yes. First, I create a quote and contract for clients to view, approve and sign. The quotes are itemized for clients. Some Vegas wedding venues require the clients sign the contract directly with the venue but I do facilitate sending the documents and helping keep track of signing and payment to the venues on behalf of the client. I also will help correspond with vendors for clients and facilitate and oversee the venue contract signing for clients as well as overseeing paying the vendors on the clients behalf.
Question 12.Brendan:Do you handle rentals for clients?
Julie: Yes, I schedule and set up the vendor rentals for the event. This includes the scheduling, correspondence with the vendors for scheduling the rentals, delivery, arrival and set up, and breakdown of rentals. A good example would be for props to be used for custom photo events, floral items, decorations such as chairs, floral, musicians, etc.
Question 13.Brendan:What is the deposit for booking a wedding?
Julie: All venues and vendors require a different deposit. Deposit terms will be specified in the venue contract the client will sign. I collect all the data and ensure the correct deposits are paid for by the client to reserve the venue and vendor services they want. I also collect a wedding planning deposit which is a retainer for services. The deposit amount will be determined by the services the client hires me for.
Question 14.Brendan:When is the final payment due?
Julie:The final payment is due 3 weeks prior to the event. If the client initiates services within the 3-week timeframe of the event, the full amount is due then.
Question 15.Brendan:Do you help the clients pay the vendors?
Julie:Yes. I handle the planning and payment on behalf of the client for the vendors. The more services the client receives, the more itemized the invoice will be and the client will be able to see the charges for each service received.
Question 16.Brendan:Are there additional fees clients should know about?
Julie: Because I have the client agree to a quote, they will have all the charges up front when they sign the contract. The only time there would be any additional charges would be if the client requests more a la carte services after the quote has been signed. In this case I will revise the invoice and the client will see the charges and agree to them at that time.
Question 17.Brendan:What happens if the customer needs to change the date of the event?
Julie: As the elopement event planner, I will step in and advocate for the client to re-arranged the services and change the date or time. I just ask the clients to try to give me at least 3 weeks’ notice, if possible. I have often done this for clients and it’s dependent on many factors, not the least of which is whether the date is available with all the vendors and venue as well as my own schedule. This might happen if the couple has to postpone or change the event date.
Question 18.Brendan:Is the deposit or final payment refundable?
Julie: The planning fees are not refundable. The initial planning deposit is taken as a retainer to pay for wedding planning services that are rendered before the wedding takes place. The initial planning involves effort. It will require computer time, outreach to vendors, scheduling the venue, helping the client sign contracts, taking payments, email correspondence, scheduling vendors, creating the itinerary and in many cases more. The planning is done prior to the 3-week timeline before the wedding day, if the clients give such notice. I do not refund the planning fee to clients for this reason if their plans change. I will however credit the initial planning deposit payment toward future services if a postponement or date change is needed and is possible.
The final payment for the event and venue is typically due within the 3-week timeframe prior to the wedding. At that time, the final payment becomes non-refundable. If the wedding needs to be rescheduled, in most cases the venues will work with the clients. Each venue differs in their credit and refund policies. It is best to clarify these details from the venue before you book to know what to expect if there is a disaster beyond your control. The planning deposit may be applied to future wedding services within one calendar year.
Elvis Rocks this wedding couple at the Vegas Sign
Question 19.Brendan:Will planning the wedding be stress free and fun for clients?
Julie: I think so. I have many reviews from happy couples who indicated their experience was seamless and stress free. Many clients tend to worry because they don’t know Las Vegas and who to trust. They plan from a distance and can get overwhelmed. I am happy to ensure the client feels at ease and confident their event will go on without a hitch. If the client is planning well ahead of time, I check in with the client and they may check in with me with questions whenever needed. I get more interactive with my clients about a month ahead of their event and keep in touch to make the client feel excited and at ease about traveling to Vegas and knowing what to do.
Question 20.Brendan: What was the biggest takeaway you can share? What was your greatest Challenge, and takeaway?
Julie: I would say logistical and technical issues have been the biggest challenges for me. One of the biggest hurdles I have had to contend with is having my website hacked about 10 years ago. My ranking and business literally went dead. Google penalized me and dropped my ranking almost overnight, regardless of whether it was my fault I got hacked or not.
I have also had challenges trying to build up my company and try to run my business and wear all the hats necessary to streamline and run my business economically. Technical challenges with my website, trying to rank on Google and also making myself available to answer my clients and be out in the field doing the work have been challenging.
The biggest takeaway is, collaborating with other professional associate and vendors I can depend on has made a huge difference. I have found great professional and talented vendors through networking in the community and word of mouth. That has been very helpful.
Photo of Julie with wedding couple after a wedding at Red Rock Overlook
Question 21.Brendan: What is your greatest moment of success?
Julie: One of the highlights of my work has been I think I have had success come in waves and it still fluctuates. Being able to reach a high domain authority which has helped me be found in Google has helped drive business. Having couples give me great reviews and feedback has been very motivating and I am grateful for that. Reviews have helped me start to build success. I am optimistic as time proceeds, my wedding business will succeed. Ultimately, I consider making people who are eloping in Vegas happy and satisfied my greatest success of all!
Many wedding couples are now considering having a DIY wedding. Some wedding couples may start the research and desire to book cheap Las Vegas wedding venues on their own.
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, especially if they are looking for cheap Las Vegas wedding venues. 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. If you plan to have a large guest count you will need a larger budget than $2000 and still have a wedding in the heart of the city.
If you want to have a larger guest count and still have a wedding within this budget there are some options to consider however. That is when the appeal of cheap Las Vegas wedding venues emerge. Choosing any of these options presented in this article will keep your ceremony costs down and allow you to implement more embellishments for your reception. 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 $2000 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 pairing your ceremony venue with a buffet or restaurant away from the main boulevard then you will have more luck planning your wedding within your budget successfully.
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 Venue Ideas
Using a 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.
Photo taken at MGM Signature suite
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?
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 restaurant after your scenic 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 offer customers a variety of cheap Las Vegas wedding venues, transportation options and collaborate with many other wedding vendors to provide everything you need for and excellent experience.
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.
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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?
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