Eloping in Vegas with Custom Vegas Weddings

The article will focus in on what wedding couples can expect when they are eloping in Vegas with Custom Vegas Weddings:

This is how your wedding planning journey will begin. After all, if you are going to put your trust in a Las Vegas wedding elopement planner, you need to know what to expect and be assured the planning will be carried out professionally, the right way.

Working with Custom Las Vegas Weddings is a stress-free experience. After you book your elopement, we’ll help guide every step of the way to make sure everything goes off without any hiccups or surprises!

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What is the overall experience of working with Custom Las Vegas Weddings like?

Custom Las Vegas Weddings offers an exceptional customer experience from start to finish. Our clients are guided every step of the way in preparing for their elopement, which is stress-free as we provide all services needed on your special day! Once you choose where and when it will be held – including selecting any decorations or floral arrangements that speak volumes about what kind of wedding vibe best reflects who both husband/wife should have at this time–our team creates an itinerary tailored just right so they can enjoy themselves without worries during what should always feel like a dream become reality.

Guidance Our 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: We start by helping them understand the wedding licensing process and sending them licensing information.

Ceremony wording:  Our clients will then choose their ceremony wording and customize the ceremony and vows if they desire that.

Itinerary is created:  We 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, we 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 our service to them.

Customization of packages: Our wedding package templates are customizable. We will discuss the customization possibilities with my clients.

Official quote is created for client: After the clients agree on the services, we then write up a quote for them to approve.

Client provides a retainer: At the point of signing the quote, our clients will then place a deposit as a retainer for services. I then start the planning for them.

What services are provided?

Custom Vegas Weddings provides quality services. We offer eloping in Vegas packages as well as other periphery services to customize packages for couples. We have spent time building a network of wedding venues in Las Vegas. The vendors we collaborate with are long standing associates and pros. We provide only the best wedding professionals as vendors for my clients.

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These are some the main Las Vegas wedding planning services provided:

• 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.)
• Client vendor correspondence and assistance
• Arranging the payment for vendors on behalf of the client

Examples of the a la carte services and customized options:

Some examples of a la carte options:

Planning and ordering a wedding cake
Scheduling specialized décor

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How are services customized?

If our customers want to customize their services we have conversation with them first about the ideas and options we suggest. 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.

How involved in planning do the customers get to be?

It’s important for our customers to be fully involved in the details and decision for their wedding. Most people choose our services because they don’t want to have to think about too many details or be too restricted about their choices. Most of our clients choose to be very involved in planning for their wedding. We always welcome their input and creativity.

 

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Fun moment of exchange with wedding party

 

What’s not involved in the planning services you offer?

Our 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. For the destination wedding couple we recomment clients use online conferencing, email and phone to go over details.

We keep pricing comparatively affordable and cater primarily with couples who want to elope in Vegas.  If you are needing reception planning we do collaborate with other full-service planners and will refer people who are looking for that kind of services in touch with my associate planner. The service quote we work up for clients will specify the services provided. 

 

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Julie pinning a boutonniere on the groom

 

How do you differ from other Las Vegas destination elopement planners in Las Vegas?

We pride ourselves on offering more creative and unique elopement services and customization. View our Las Vegas Elopement wedding packages here.

Our services are a departure from the cookie cutter chapel wedding services in Las Vegas. Being an independent Las Vegas elopement planning service, we provide more flexibility to think outside the box and offer unique elopement add on services to make your event special at a more affordable price point. For example, adding décor for a romantic setting and scheduling other periphery services. 

What are some examples of the packages offered for customization?

For example, this list highlights elopement location choices available to clients.

Scenic outdoor wedding choices:

Red Rock Canyon Wedding
• Valley of Fire Helicopter Wedding
Local Las Vegas Parks or home weddings
• Mount Charleston wedding
• Lakeside weddings
Nelson Ghost Town wedding

 

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Elopement at Nelson Ghost Town

 

Las Vegas Strip Wedding choices:

The Neon Museum
• Art District
• Hotel weddings
• Scenic City Helicopter

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A photo of Julie, the pilot and a wedding couple eloping in the Grand Canyon


How involved are you in the day of wedding experience?

You can count on us to help you plan your wedding day. From the time of booking, we are reaching out and guiding every step until it’s all over; if need be for an extra set or flower arrangements because let’s face it- nothing looks worse than having empty spaces where flowers should go! A few days before -in case anyone has any last minute questions-, then just one final touch beforehand means everything towards making sure everything goes smoothly during such special times together as marriage proposals begin with “I Do”

How far in advance do couples need to reserve services with you?

Our clients should give at least a months’ notice when they want to reserve one of our venues. More advance notice will secure better results and if you plan on waiting until 3 weeks before the wedding day, it may not be as likely for that venue availability since most people request services within this time frame. You needn’t worry about making full payment right away though because all costs are finalized 3 weeks prior!

Do you handle all the contracts and payment processing for clients eloping in Vegas?

A quote and contract is drawn up for for our 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 we do facilitate sending the documents and helping keep track of signing and payment to the venues on behalf of the client. We also correspond with vendors for our clients, facilitate and oversee all the pertinent permits needed and pay the vendors on behalf of our clients.

Do you handle rentals for clients?

We schedule and set up the vendor rentals for each 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.

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What is the deposit for booking a wedding?

All venues and vendors require a different deposit. Deposit terms will be specified in the venue contract the client will sign. We collect all the data and ensure the correct deposits are paid for by the client to reserve the venue and vendor services they want. Initially, we collect a wedding planning deposit which is a retainer for services.  The deposit amount will be determined by the services procured.

When is the final payment due?

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.

Do you help the clients pay the vendors?

Yes, we 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.

Are there additional fees clients should know about?

Because we 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.

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What happens if the customer needs to change the date of the event?

As the elopement event planner, we 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.

Is the deposit or final payment refundable?

The planning fees are not refundable as it is considered a planning retainer for the event. The initial planning deposit is taken as a retainer to pay for wedding planning services that are rendered before the wedding takes place. Planning for an event requires behind the scenes office work, outreach to vendors, scheduling the venue, helping the client sign contracts, taking payments, email correspondence, creating the itinerary and much more. The planning is done prior to the 3-week timeline before the wedding day. For this reason we do not refund the planning fee to clients. 

The final payment for the event and venue is typically due within the 3-week timeframe prior to the wedding. At that time, if  the final payment has been made, it 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.

 

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Will planning the wedding be stress free and fun for clients?

We know that many couples worry about planning an event from afar. After all, if you’re not familiar with Las Vegas or what to trust it can be difficult! But Julie and her team will make sure your stay here goes off without a hitch and stress-free experience so don’t hesitate any longer – let us help plan today!

We pride ourselves in providing excellent customer service which is why we consistently get positive reviews. There are many ways to plan an event in Las Vegas, but most people don’t know how important it is that the planner has done their research and knows what they’re getting themselves into. We pride ourselves on ensuring our clients feel at ease before any big day arrives by checking up with them often throughout planning stages so we can answer any questions or address concerns right away if anything arises unexpectedly. 

 You’ll want someone planning your event who cares enough about making sure things go smoothly as possible.

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9 Scenic Las Vegas Desert Elopement Ideas

In this era of social media, you might think that you have already seen almost all kind of grandiose traditional weddings out there. For some couples who want to take a refresher from all the usual,  experiencing a Las Vegas elopement is definitely a must-try! This article presents a variety of elopement ideas to consider that might be right up your alley.

1. Nelson Ghost Town Desert Wedding

The quaint, vintage Nelson Ghost Town sits near a previously known gold mine. With its abandoned buildings, antiques, old vehicles, and a desert landscape, this looks like a place straight out of a film set. This iconic location is near Las Vegas and is still utilized as a backdrop for films and commercials.  The variety of props, trucks and old memorabilia makes it a fantastic option for a rustic vintage Las Vegas desert elopement idea that is perfect for wedding ceremonies.  We have performed hundreds of wedding ceremonies at Nelson and our couples absolutely love the relaxed atmosphere.  The photo opportunities are endless.  

Read this article to visit the wedding story of one of our clients Nelson Ghost Town wedding experience story

View our Nelson Ghost Town desert wedding photo gallery to explore fun Las Vegas desert elopements.  Click this fun, trendy elopement in Las Vegas. option.

2. Lake Las Vegas Desert Elopement 

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This is one of the upscale resorts in the elegant Aston Montelago Village, which is located at the romantic Lake Las Vegas. Its cobblestone streets, historic-looking buildings, fountains, and a gorgeous view of the lake. Choosing this venue and pairing it with an in suite wedding or booking one of their gazebos or private areas are options to consider.  We would pair the ceremony with breathtaking photo book memories of the experience in this Mediterranean style resort setting.  It will bring an Italian vibe to your Las Vegas desert wedding experience.  

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3. Red Rock Canyon Wedding

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Photo at Red Rock Canyon Overlook

Red Rock Canyon is named as a National Conservation Area by the Federal Government. The Bureau of Land Management governs the park and administers permits for Red Rock Canyon wedding ceremonies. It’s a perfect and very popular location if you want to experience a Las Vegas desert elopement. Its mountain ranges are part of the Mojave Desert and its geological features were formed by the Keystone Thrust Fault.

On top of that, its 13-mile scenic drive with breathtaking panoramic views is one of the reasons why many couples choose this unique wedding venue in Las Vegas.  Many wedding couples will combine a Red Rock canyon wedding ceremony with a scenic drive photo tour or other areas near to capture the romance of your day and experience a Las Vegas desert elopement.

4. Ash Springs Red Rock Wedding Experience 

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Ash Springs at Red Rock Canyon

Ash Springs is part of the Red Rock Canyon. It’s a bit more secluded in this area of Red Rock Canyon but it is one of the three areas approved by the Bureau of Land Management to have a Red Rock Canyon wedding.  This area will require you and your guest to take a hike for at least 15 minutes one way to reach the romantic tree where most ceremonies are done.  There are many other nice spots to have a ceremony there as well.

The romantic view at the top is worth the hike after all. However, the weather can be unpredictable. My clients often ask me if there a is a plan B in the event of inclement weather.  Any time you have an outdoor desert wedding you take a gamble, but this is Vegas, so to hedge your bets you want to pick a great season to have the wedding for starters. 

Read this article to learn more about preparing for the weather for a Red Rock wedding.  This article will give you essential tips you need to know which will help guide you to make a decision on the right month to prepare for a Red Rock Canyon wedding

For those who think of getting married here during spring, Ash Springs would be the perfect choice. Red Rock Canyon may still get windy, though, in springtime. During this season, an air conversion happens and increases the wind to the Las Vegas valley and its surrounding areas. Ash Springs is a place where everyone can be protected from the wind, making it an ideal venue for your wedding.

View our photo wedding gallery of Ash Springs Red Rock Canyon wedding.

5. Outdoor desert park elopement

If you are looking for cheap elopement ideas in Las Vegas, we provide styled elopement packages at an assortment of local Las Vegas parks.  Our wedding couples who travel to Las Vegas find it surprising we have as many parks as we do.  Lamb State Park, also known as Tulle Springs features a lake and mature shade trees as well as a myriad of nature.  There is a small gazebo there and a white picket fence with peacocks and desert wildlife. The natural desert scenery and beauty of this scenic historical park has made it an outdoor desert wedding venue choice for many couples.  There are other parks we also recommend such as Wetlands park.  This park is not well  known to Las Vegas visitors but showcases a beautiful bridge, a small pond and many trails to explore.  The desert mountain views surrounding the park make a natural backdrop for engaging and scenic photo opportunities.  

This is a great location to set up decorative props for a very customized wedding experience.  View our wedding design gallery and view some prop elopement ideas.

6. Lake Mead Scenic Desert Wedding Tour

Lake Mead Desert Wedding

Lake Mead Scenic Desert Overlook

A desert wedding at Lake Mead in Nevada would be better if it’s paired with a scenic photo tour at Lake Las Vegas. Lake Mead and Lake Las Vegas are two different lakes however both have spectacular scenic views. If you are the more adventurous type of couple, a helicopter ride overlooking the panoramic views of Hoover Dam is also highly suggested. The breathtaking colors of pastel blues, browns, yellows and greens of this favored destination will surely make your wedding even more dramatic and dreamy.  We know of a magical place to go where we have a spectacular scenic view of the Lake Mead recreation area.  

Let us customize a package for you and help you consider more elopement ideas around Las Vegas

7. Valley of Fire Helicopter Desert Wedding

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Valley of Fire Desert Elopement Photo

The Valley of Fire state park is one of the most spectacular places to consider having a Las Vegas desert elopement wedding. Flying over a desert of reds and pastel blues, nature, and sunset feels like the two of you are in heaven. The Valley of Fire Helicopter Wedding includes:

·         Overlooking breathtaking scenic views
·         Flying over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and extinct volcanoes
·         Sunset view of the Land at Valley of Fire State Park for Champagne
·         Flying over the illuminated lights of the Las Vegas strip during sunset

8. Grand Canyon Helicopter Desert Wedding

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Grand Canyon Desert Elopement Photo

The Grand Canyon is located in Arizona, cutting across the Grand Canyon National Park. It is carved out by the Colorado River and is nearly 1,500 meters deep. Its geological history of over 2 billion years ago can be retraced on its strata. Pairing this kind of experience with the Valley of Fire is a one of a kind desert wedding idea.  It is about a half hour helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon which and is actually located in Arizona.  Even though the wedding ceremony takes place in Arizona you are legally pronounced married in Nevada.  You will also get to enjoy spectacular views of the Las Vegas city skyline.

Here is a breakdown of some of the elements you will enjoy with this type of Las Vegas desert elopement in a scenic setting.

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·         Sightseeing the scenic views of the entire Grand Canyon
·         Flying over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and extinct volcanoes
·         Enjoying a romantic picnic lunch, cake, and champagne toast
·         A stunning return flight over the Mojave Desert
·         Flying over the illuminated lights of the Las Vegas strip during sunset

9. Mount Charleston Log Cabin Wedding

Mount Charleston Desert Wedding Photo

Mount Charleston is a haven of invigorating mountain air, ice-cold springs, and acres of noble evergreen forests. Its rugged mountain scenery extends across the crest of the Spring Mountains. It also boasts of towering crags, deep and wide canyons, narrow slot canyons, and steep hillsides.

The cabin is a great option if it’s cold outside. It is private and rustic, with great balcony views of mountain scenery. A well-planned customized outdoor desert wedding at Mount Charleston amidst the cool pine trees in this natural romantic setting would be also a great experience. Whether it’s a low cost wedding for two or even for a small group of people, we have a huge selection of great reception venues that can cater to your needs.

What is your wedding style?

Weddings do not have to be luxurious. Most importantly, no one should dictate you on what type of wedding you must have. Whether it’s a traditional or a unique desert wedding, the thing that happens after it is what really matters–the start of a new beginning with the love of your life.

Are you still struggling to choose a venue? Let us help you make up your mind! Contact us for more elopement ideas and we will make your dream wedding turn into reality.

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Gerry and Brenda’s Desert Elopement

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Gerry and Brenda’s romantic wedding story

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About Gerry and Brenda

Gerry and Brenda met in June of 2014 and began dating and it blossomed into something special.  They never gave up hope that they would find that special someone who would the their perfect fit. They came in to the marriage with grown children but their families blended beautifully and even add a 9 month year old miniature golden doodle (Zoey) that has been a joy for all family members.

When I asked them what they liked the most about their relationship they had a lot to say.  They started off saying they look forward to sharing each day and experience together. They expressed they now have a best friend to share life experiences with.  They also look forward to retiring together and growing as a couple while experiencing the many opportunities for world together (travel to Europe, beach vacations, etc). Best of all sharing laughter and the ability to make the other one smile is something they both value and appreciate in one another. They have no problem laughing at or with each other.

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Photo at the Red Rock desert amphitheater location

Gerry and Brenda decided to have their Red Rock wedding at the amphitheater location at Red Rock Canyon visitors center.  This is a beautiful setting for any planned elopement or large wedding party looking for a desert wedding in Las Vegas. 

Julie at Custom Las Vegas Weddings planned Gerry and Brenda’s Red Rock weddings elopement package. They decided to customize the basic package and include extra services.  Their desert elopement wedding included planned transportation, ceremony, photos, flower planning, and a video to capture the moment for a lifetime of memories.  

On the day of their wedding the weather was a beautiful 80 degrees at Red Rock Canyon. After the ceremony they walked in to the desert and took romantic wedding photos on the desert pathways.  They had a fabulous time exploring the desert around the visitors center overlooking the scenic drive exchanging, romantic kisses and interchanges.

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The ceremony begins. 

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Gerry and Brenda seal their vows with a kiss.  

Wedding kiss at Red Rock Canyon

Here the bride and groom enjoy the intimate moment when they make it official. 

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Here the wedding couple poses with the beauty of the desert with the Red Rocks behind them.

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Happy newlyweds planned spelling out LOVE with their hands.  Creative! 

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We had to showcase Gerry and Brenda’s fun and comfortable choices of shoes. 

Red Rock weddings are very popular and trendy now.  The reasons for this lie in the stunning natural beauty of Red Rock Canyon mountain ranges and terrain. A lot of wedding couples don’t know this but this is reserved as a federal park and is overseen by the Bureau of Land Management.  The BLM only allows a small amount of permit holders to hold weddings at Red Rock. In fact, there are 3 locations the BLM will allow wedding ceremonies to take place since Covid has happened.  They are the overlook, the Red Springs Boardwalk and Ash Springs.

Are decorations allowed?  The BLM stipulates permit holders and their customers are not allowed to engage in throwing bird seed or confetti at wedding ceremonies. They also do not allow natural decorations to be placed in the desert as it may affect the natural habitat of the species that inhabit the area.  They do allow carefully placed artificial minimal decorations if they are all removed after the ceremony.  The BLM are guardians for the natural habitat at the park and consider it a serious violation to break the rules or engage in picking up or interacting with the desert tortoise, which is protected now under the endangered species laws.  There is a $500 fine if this rule is not abided by.

Entrance to Red Rock canyon scenic drive

Photo by Matthew Seeman

About the scenic drive:  The amphitheater ceremony location is located inside the guard gate entrance for the scenic drive.  Red Rock Canyon scenic drive is a one-way 13 -mile drive with a 35 MPH enforced speed limit by park rangers. The BLM does allow wedding customers to enter the scenic drive with the photographer after the ceremony is done but it has to stipulated on the wedding permit by the wedding planner.  The wedding permit covers the entrance fee for all guests to go on the scenic drive.  The scenic drive is the place where you will get the most unique and beautiful wedding photos.  To choose this option you may drive yourselves to Red Rock canyon and have the ceremony there and then move on to the scenic drive with the photographer.  This will allow more flexibility for you and will be a cheaper option if you are on a tight budget. Otherwise, if you plan to use a limousine service and want to include the scenic drive for photos you need to reserve the limousine for at least 4 hours of time. Limousines will require a minimum vehicle booking of 4 hours to travel and take in the ceremony and the scenic drive.  This is due to the fact that it will take 45 minutes just to drive around the scenic drive as it is a one way drive. This does not include stopping and walking to get photos, which lengthens the time  spent on the scenic drive.

Nov – Feb – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
March – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Apr – Sep – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Oct – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

 

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Red Rock Scenic Drive Photo

This package showcases an example of a Red Rock wedding package that incorporates the scenic drive into the experience. However, Custom Las Vegas Weddings also provides other options starting with basic elopement services.

Red Rock Canyon Weddings 
Scenic Wedding $1650.00

  • Planning and coordination
  • All photos | digital delivery
  • Photos reproduction rights released
  • Photos gallery for viewing |sharing
  • Professional photography (2.5 Hrs.)
  • Photos at 2 scenic locations
  • Licensing preparation guidance
  • State licensed officiant
  • Choice of wedding ceremony
  • Bureau of Land Management Permit
  • 12 passenger escalade limo (4.5 hrs.)
  • Limo company provides Champagne
  • Limo company provides water for 12
  • Entrance fee paid for you and guests

View more package options here!