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 to read 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.
The Benefits of an in-suite wedding in Las Vegas:
- 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.
- The Venetian Hotel offers beautiful sunken living rooms in their suites.
- 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.
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.
For additional and unique ideas about planning your wedding in Las Vegas visit and read this article.
Hopefully, it will help you avoid many of the common problems couples experience when they are unprepared. If you would like more assistance to plan your event here, please don’t hesitate to contact me to help you plan your Las Vegas weddding.