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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Photo of Julie Nourish – Elopement Wedding Planner in Las Vegas

 

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.

Elopement planning

 

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.

 

Eloping in Vegas

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. 

 

Elope in Vegas

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

 

Las Vegas Elopement

Elopement at Nelson Ghost Town

 

Las Vegas Strip Wedding choices:

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

Elopement Packages Las Vegas

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.

Red Rock Canyon Wedding

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.

 

Las Vegas Scenic Wedding

Photo of Julie with wedding couple after a wedding 

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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6 Amazing Hotel Suites to Consider if you plan to get married in Las Vegas

Consider a Hotel Suite to get married in Las Vegas

Consider this wedding advice before you make a decision where to get married in Las Vegas. These hotel suites are terrific choices to consider using if you are researching having an in-suite wedding and plan to get married in Las Vegas.  This may end up being the most cost-effective solution for you in the long run. If you are looking for cheap places to get married in Vegas having a wedding in your hotel suite is an excellent choice to consider.

The aim of this article is to help you determine if they are cost-effective.  If so, then here is some needed advice for choosing your hotel suite.

Utilizing a hotel suite to get married in Las Vegas provides a solution for couples who desire a unique approach to their wedding. This option to consider may be the ticket and this choice provides a wedding in Vegas for two that is private yet elegant.

Consider these hotel suites to hold a small Las Vegas wedding ceremony and reception. This idea is appealing to people who plan to get married in Las Vegas. Whether you are eloping in Vegas or have guests for a larger event this choice offers many advantages.

The major advantages:

  • More affordable: An in-suite wedding in Las Vegas will be more affordable in the long run if it fits into your style and vision. It is fairly easy to plan, casual, and perfect for those with privacy in mind. This choice may also be the best solution for the smaller hotel suite wedding reception.
  • Control and choices: choosing to have a Las Vegas hotel suite wedding ceremony will allow you to control it the way you want to. Quite often couples find limits are imposed on their wedding day they don’t like. This option allows you to have more control and implement ideas that work for you. You may also use decorations of your own choice and better control over the vendors you want to use for your wedding, ultimately getting more for your money.
  • Wide selection of hotels: Las Vegas offers a wide range and selection of hotels to choose from. There certainly are a host of fancy and fashionable hotel and suite choices. In my opinion, some hotel suites I have personally visited have stood out as superior for wedding ceremonies and reception choices.

    You might want to also read this article about seasonal Las Vegas weather tips.

To add some special wedding feel and bliss to your in-suite Vegas wedding, here are a number of things to think about and some background information about the suites you will want to know.

But before we look at the hotels, let’s look at your budget.

plan to get married in Las Vegas

Determine your budget:

Determining your budget is the first thing you want to do.  I created a Las Vegas wedding budget checklist you may want to look over here. It will help if you plan to get married in Las Vegas. How will you know which suite is best and what the total costs are unless you do your homework first?  This article is a good starting point to help you determine what you want for your wedding ceremony and reception.

How much are you willing to pay for the most exquisite suite and is there a compromise if your budget is smaller? Know your budget and if you can make the best decision for a suite that offers a separate bedroom section so your guests and you have the privacy you need for getting ready and a first look option before the bride walks down the aisle.

Vegas Wedding Planning Preparation Checklist:

The excitement of Vegas can distract you and make you forget a lot of important details. It will help to create timelines to keep your events organized and on track.

wedding planning checklist

Pre-planning wedding checklist: If you plan to get married in Las Vegas and elope in a wedding suite, the questions on this checklist are the main ones you will want to decide on and get answers to prior to the wedding day.

  • Where will the bride enter?
  • Will any person be presenting the hand of the bride upon entry?
  • Where will the music be playing from and who will be in control?
  • What songs do you want to be played before, during and after the ceremony?
    Write down the order of the songs and separate the wedding and reception playlist.
  • Do you want the guest to stand or sit during the ceremony?
  • Will you have a video? Where do you want the cameras stationed for the ceremony? (Tip: get guidance from your videographer for best lighting).
  • Where will you and your fiancé stand during the ceremony?  (Again, get input from photographer and videographer and planner for best suggestions).
  • What is the recessional plan after your marriage pronouncement? Will you stand in place and have the guest congratulate you casually?  Or, do you want to walk out in a more formal processional and have a moment of privacy as newlyweds?
  • Where will the food be stationed and what food will you provide for guests?
  • Will there be an official celebratory toast after the ceremony?
  • Are you having a cake and where will it be stationed?  Usually, the cake table and gift table are in close proximity.

Tip: If you don’t want to hassle with the small details you might want to consider using an affordable Las Vegas wedding planner to give you guidance and help you figure out how to implement the romantic touches and decorate your suite for the wedding.

View this infographic and article to know the pros and cons to elope in Las Vegas.

Same Sex couple cutting cake In Suite Reception

  • Utilize and get help from the hotel concierge: It’s an excellent idea to check in with the hotel concierge department and know what they can offer. They have many excellent services they provide and can be a great ally. Just be careful to not give too much away if you are having your ceremony in the suite.  Most hotels do not officially approve of this practice if they provide a chapel in their hotel.  They discourage in-suite Las Vegas Wedding ceremonies however you are renting a private room but if there is a hotel check-in agreement be sure to comply with the rules. Remember, however, you are having a private event and have a right to do the ceremony in your room, despite what the hotel tells you. You should contact the concierge only for periphery items like food, drinks and catering services and leave the special requests up to your planner.
  • Determine the space you need for the ceremony: One factor you need to determine when you decide to get married in Las Vegas in a hotel suite is whether you want to have the ceremony inside or outside. Some suites will accommodate an outside ceremony with balconies overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. If the only option is to hold the ceremony inside, ensure there’s a distance of about 7-8 feet between the closest guests and the Las Vegas wedding officiate. It gives room for improved projection and enough room for the photographer and videographer to move about.
  • Remember the ambiance and music: Las Vegas suites have TVs with USB slots. You can play the songs you want using the suite’s system or you can upgrade for a better, distinguished sound. It helps accomplish a certain mood and helps ensure the sound doesn’t hamper the officiant’s voice or anyone talking at the event.
  • Preparing the suite: You will want to dazzle up the suite in time for the ceremony.  This doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot of money though. You have options. If you plan to DIY your decorating here are some ideas.
  • Las Vegas wedding In Suite photo

    Decorations:  If you are a DIY bride or groom and have the vision already dialed in, you will want to make a checklist of items you need. Sometimes hotel concierge departments will allow you to ship in a box of decorations ahead of time if you figure out if it’s cost effective to do it that way.  Otherwise, you will want to have a rental car during your time here to enable store buying runs for supplies.  This idea will only work if you have the time.

  • Candles: Consider getting electric votive candles to place around the room. Hotels do not like you to use real candles because it’s a fire hazard. Electric votive candles can be bought at various stores such as Target or Walmart.
  • Flowers: Use flowers to decorate and bring out the best in the atmosphere. Having the florist prepare a few stationary floral arrangements to sit on the cake table and around the room will add a lot to the event. Flowers can be delivered to your hotel suite from anywhere in the city. Once again, you may have a small wedding planner coordinate all the elements for you. A good planner will work on your behalf and pass on the discounts they get to you so even with their fee it’s not more expensive to have a wedding planner help you.
  • Aisle runner: Make the room ready for the wedding with an aisle runner. You may purchase an aisle runner well in advance to spruce up the ambiance and add some formal flair to the occasion.
  • Rearrange the room: Rearrange the different furniture and consider renting chairs if the need is to formalize the setup. There are companies that will bring in chairs you can request them from the hotel for a cost.
  • Set Aside Troubleshooting Time: Technical issues usually crop up, especially with the sound, music, Wi-Fi, rented electronics, live video coverage, among others. Ensure you’ve set some time before the wedding to cover any of these issues that might come up.
  • Drinks and snacks: Your guests will most likely expect you to provide some food, even if it’s finger food or hors-d’oeuvres.  If you keep it small you may decide to the nearest grocery store and get your own finger food. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Champagne or wine is a good choice to keep the alcohol cost down.  This will still allow you to have a wedding toast. Most hotels will not allow outside caterers in providing food in the room.  Another option would be to have the hotel provide the food and drinks for your event but this choice will be more costly.

Tip:  If you want to get tips about the seasonal weather temperatures and need to know info for Vegas weather click here.  

6 Great Las Vegas Hotel Suite Options:

The Venetian Luxury Suites
Luxury Suite Floor plan (Premium View) (Cost $539.00 +) (650 Sq. Ft

Las Vegas Venetian hotel suite wedding

This choice offers a unique Italian feel for any wedding. Their suites are very nice and offer a small sunken living room space for a  romantic and small Las Vegas wedding ceremony. This hotel has amazing architecture throughout and a beautiful waterfall that is seasonally decorated, which is a great backdrop for photos after the wedding.  The Venetian hotel showcases a small replica of the gondola canals of Venice, which is also a romantic backdrop for photos after the wedding.

MGM Skyline Terrace Suites
Floor plan and Photos   (Cost: $700 +) (1300 Sq. Ft.)

MGM skyline hotel suite reception

This hotel suite is a perfect option for an in-suite wedding in Las Vegas. They offer 80 guest count balcony, three-bedroom tasteful lofts that offer a great city view that is a very romantic backdrop for a wedding. A single loft can actually accommodate 30 guests. The balcony is big enough to fit small tables and chairs and one long table for cake cutting.  The view from this balcony of City center and the Las Vegas Strip is phenomenal.  There are 14 of these suites available but they must be booked by phone.

The Cosmopolitan Wraparound Terrace Suite:
Floor plans and Photos  Cost $300-975+ (1680 sq. Ft.)

Get Married in Las Vegas

This hotel It is a gorgeous choice for a  trendy and modern wedding in Vegas with a view of the Vegas strip. The scenic wrap around suite provides an indoor/outdoor option for your ceremony. The suite overlooking the Bellagio fountains has a great view of the Eiffel tower and Las Vegas Strip. This suite boasts a well-furnished option with a king bed.  It’s great whether you are having a small or larger crowd.  The suite seats 17 people.  The downside to this hotel suite is the fact that suites are keycard access which means someone from your planning committee will need to escort up the guests. The suites on the East tower are close to the parking garage and will be easier to get supplies up to the room, however, security is tight at this hotel so lugging supplies up to the suite might draw unwanted security attention.

The Mandalay Bay (Vista or Media Suites)
Floor plan and photos: Vista Suite, Media Suite   Cost: $480 – $780 +

las vegas hotel suite reception photo
If you are considering an in-suite wedding and reception these suites fit the bill. Consider the option of having a Vegas Wedding Package at your location. This is a perfect choice that offers solutions to your Las Vegas wedding vendor planning needs.  Using a hotel suite for your ceremony is a great choice for a DIY reception. The hotel views are phenomenal. The Vista Suite has a terrific floor plan for a wedding with a large bar area.  The Media Suite has needed soundproofing for the larger party atmosphere. You might find it a challenge, however, to cater this event yourself.  It may be best to use the hotel food and beverage department for the catering.

The Media Suite has a 1035 square foot living room with seating for 22 people. Its occupancy threshold is 40 people.  The Vista Suite has 949 square ft. living room with seating for 21 people but accommodates 40 people well.

The Golden Nugget Spa Tower Suite
Floor plan and photos: Cost: $412 +

Golden-Nugget-Suite Wedding

The Golden Nugget is a classic hotel in Las Vegas.  Some people prefer the older classic Las Vegas scene.  This hotel is located in the heart of Fremont Street Experience. These suites feature a two-floor layout with a staircase. This would offer the opportunity for great wedding photos as well as a bridal grand entrance for the wedding processional. It also has a classic bar and antique vintage atmosphere with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows.  The living room 1,200 square feet and it seats.

1 Bedroom Suite at Palms Place
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Palms Place Suite

 

This penthouse accommodates sleeps eight. You may have 75 people at your event. This is a great idea for a wedding in Las Vegas  you probably have not even thought of. This hotel choice also provides a luxury living room complete with a game room and pool table, full island kitchen and fireplace. It has a fantastic balcony to hold your ceremony that would boast a sparkling city view below. Its 3,650 square feet with two king beds.

Tip to keep the suite clean before the wedding:

Before the ceremony takes place, take some time to tidy up the suite, putting away your luggage, belongings, and cases with personal items. If you are having a simple wedding in Las Vegas you might want to consider selecting a hotel that offers an early check-in.  This would prevent having to sleep in the suite the night before. This option will allow less time to prepare but the suite will be tidy for the wedding.

If the logistics of the wedding timing don’t allow you to have an early check-in that might not be so bad either.  There are advantages to staying in the suite the night before as well. One advantage is being able to get ready in the suite and not having to rush and set up everything last minute.  This arrangement will also be convenient if you decide to get your hair and makeup stylist to come to your room. You won’t have to go out and spend precious time traveling to a salon. Many hotels offer spas you may consider using as well.  In either case, this option may end up being more relaxing and cause less stress.

A Wedding planner can take away the headache

Custom Las Vegas Wedding Planner

Planning everything even for a wedding in a single suite can be hectic, considering all the factors of the event. Ultimately, want to be stress-free and look beautiful for your partner and guests. For this reason, you might not want to do everything.

Now, in addition to the other details you need to consider, you will need to know this updated information about how Covid-19 is affecting Las Vegas. Click the article below to get up to date on what is happening.

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Rather than choosing all your vendors separately, you might want to consider a company that offers all-in-one solutions for Las Vegas wedding packages.

The on-location package approach may be the solution you need if you plan a DIY wedding and have a smaller budget. Look over these Las Vegas wedding company reviews and see what other customers have to say.

If you are not into do the wedding research yourself it’s best to hire a Las Vegas wedding planner who will take the weight off your shoulders.

What company will you choose for your Las Vegas wedding planning?