Planning a Vegas Wedding – Essential Seasonal Tips

Essential Seasonal Vegas Tips for Planning a Vegas Wedding

In my many years as a Las Vegas wedding planner I have come to learn some important information about weddings, conventions seasons and weather. Here are some important Vegas wedding tips and essential information you need to know about when planning a Vegas wedding.

Access Temperature Data: Click here to view a website that shows the average weather temperatures in Vegas and more.

What is the seasonal weather like in Vegas?

To understand what the weather in Vegas is like for weddings read more in this article which covers spring through winter seasonal pros and cons and helps you understand how to navigate the seasons in Vegas for your wedding planning.

planning a spring wedding in Vegas

What Spring Weather in Vegas Brings

Planning a spring wedding in Las Vegas is a mixed bag of pros and cons. Spring brings a host of beautiful flowering buds and intermittent weather patterns. Sometimes you get great spring weather and sometimes it’s not so great. The average temperatures in Vegas in the springtime range from 56 degrees as a low to 78 degrees as a high although it can shoot up to the lows 90’s on occasion. Temperatures can be unpredictable. March and April are still good months to get married in Las Vegas however you do want to consider the weather and have a back up plan in the event of inclement weather. May to early June is actually a very good time to have your wedding in Las Vegas during the late morning or afternoon but May does get in to the high 90’s for temperature and the sun starts gaining real strength. It’s advisable to look at the sun index while planning outdoor May wedding ceremonies. Keep in mind the elderly and young are prone to be sun sensitive.

Windy Weather in the Springtime

Although March can be very windy, it is still very temperate this time of year. Las Vegas sits in a valley. It is surrounded by mountains on all sides and resembles a city in a bowl. This causes a weather phenomenon of increased spring winds as the hot air begins its descent into the Las Vegas valley and stirs up trouble. Of course the wind is not predictable far enough in advance to plan a trip. The winds can happen up until April and part of May. However, we have had beautiful 80 degree days with no wind in March and April. The chance for high winds usually calms down in May through June. The weather is typically very beautiful in May and early June so this would also be an excellent time to plan your outside wedding in Las Vegas. Just keep the wind in mind and make back up plans for it if you have an outside ceremony or reception.

Summer Weather – Pros and Cons

planning a summer wedding in Vegas

People traveling here to Vegas don’t realize how HOT the summer can be. It’s SCORCHING HOT!

I have a lot to say about summer weddings in Las Vegas. I have noticed that a lot of people tend to plan to have a Las Vegas wedding ceremony in the summer. Summer weddings are sometimes unavoidable because they are popular as this is a common time off for vacation typically. I have planned and conducted many summer weddings in Las Vegas.

If you are planning a Vegas wedding in the summer there are some things you need to be aware of. On the plus side it’s very nice on summer evenings typically unless it’s humid. The atmosphere of Vegas is alive and hopping. On the negative side there are chances for a bad sunburn, heat stroke and a lot of sweating. My advice is to be prepared and know what you are in for. It’s best not to have an outside wedding in the highest heat of the day. Many times I have felt very sorry for grooms in their suits and brides with running makeup. Quite a few couples I have planned weddings for have decided to have their ceremony in the hottest part of the day without shade. Those who have pulled it off were prepared mentally and physically for the heat. They made it through but preparation and understanding the consequences were essential to a happy outcome.

For Fashion and Preparation tips the information in this article will help you be more prepared for your trip to Vegas.

Summer Monsoon Season: July through August is monsoon season in Vegas. It typically gets hot as blazes and builds up billowing clouds of moisture from the South. This moisture gathers quite a punch! We get rains that make our roads into rivers and often cause wind damage. Be prepared for monsoon weather in case you are having a Las Vegas outdoor wedding planned. It’s good to have an indoor backup plan as an alternative in case the sky gets black and the monsoon visits. When we plan a Las Vegas wedding during the summer we have backup solutions to offer for inclement weather.

summer monsoon weather and weddings in vegas

Summer Heat Tip: I would recommend you wait until the sun goes down behind our mountains and not have your wedding ceremony outside at the height of the day. The sun index is way too hot for sitting in a wedding audience in the heat of the afternoon from 11am to 5pm. It is best to avoid having an outside wedding in the summer unless you have shade or a vehicle or building you may access to regulate your body temperature. Drinking plenty of water keeps you hydrated and avoids heat stroke. It gets dark around 8 pm. Summer peaks in Vegas July through the end of August.

Summer Room Rates: Usually you will find cheaper room rates during summer time in Las Vegas. You can usually get a cheaper rate Sunday to Thursday than from Friday to Sunday. You can find great hotel deals in late July and August because it is hot. A lot of hotels realize they have to reduce prices and lure people in that way. A lot of people prefer to come in early spring and fall to get optimal weather but if you can handle the heat, there are good deals to be found.

Summer Planning Tip: For planning weddings in Las Vegas during the summer months the best idea is to choose a climate controlled location for your wedding in Las Vegas.

There are no really large conventions during the summer months in Las Vegas so it is typically a good time to get cheap hotel rates. Keep in mind it still is tourism season and people travel to Vegas on vacations in the summer, even though it is hot. That means the streets will be packed with tourists, all trying to get a great deal. Conventions and sporting events do however happen year round so it’s always best to ask the hotel if there are any conventions in town while you research making your reservations.

Excellent Hotel Choices: You might want to also read this article about 6 hotels that are great to get married in Las Vegas to find out what hotels might be a great option for a summer or outdoor wedding with access to shade as an option. Another great tip is to tell the hotel booking agent at the hotel you are considering you planning to get married in Las Vegas. They might just upgrade your room reservations complimentary as an incentive for your patronage.

Autumn in Vegas is Gorgeous and Popular:

Planning an autumn wedding in vegas

Planning a Vegas wedding in the Autumn is a lot less daunting and more feasible. First of all, the weather is gorgeous. The average temperatures range from 58 degrees for the average low and 81 degrees for the average high temperatures. This makes it a very popular time to travel to Vegas and have a wedding. Usually Autumn is a peak season for travel and hotel fees as well. During the Autumn in Las Vegas it is advisable to plan ahead for your wardrobe. Since temperature varies, layering is a great idea. Bring a sweater or use a wrap to put over your shoulders during the wedding.

Winter Las Vegas Weddings

Planning a wedding in Vegas during the winter months also has its pros and cons. Let’s face it, just after the Thanksgiving Holiday in late November, most people are focusing on family and getting ready for Christmas, holidays and winter. For this reason most people choose not to come to Las Vegas in December. This is good news for you if you are considering getting married in Vegas then. Holidays and winter is typically off season in Vegas with New Year’s Eve being an exception to this rule. But for the most part the winter months are an inexpensive time to have a wedding in Vegas. During the Christmas season, with the exception of New Year’s Eve holiday, hotel room rates are cheaper as well.

planning a winter wedding in Las Vegas

Winter Weather Pros and Cons

National Rodeo: Also, you need to know this; during the month of December there is one convention that wreaks havoc in Las Vegas and that is the National Finals Rodeo. This is a 10 day event and is considered the Super Bowl of rodeos that happens the first couple weeks in December. During this time you would be very lucky to book any rooms at the best or even cheapest hotels. Prices spick for transportation and traffic is a nightmare.

Consumer Electronic Show: Another convention time you will want to avoid is the Consumer Electronic show which typically takes place the second week of January. So unless you are attending the show and are planning a Vegas wedding in conjunction with attending one of the conventions you might want to avoid coming to Vegas this week. Your room rates will be higher in Vegas then because the convention people take a huge block of rooms in most hotels. The traffic is also a nightmare here then. So if you are planning to get married in Las Vegas I would recommend doing it either after or before the convention to save yourself hassle and make it more enjoyable.

Visit the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authorities site for a reliable resource to check what conventions are in Las Vegas before making plans to have your wedding in Las Vegas. You might want to make sure you are not scheduling your wedding during a convention for many reasons.

Holiday Season: December through February is one of the slowest and other optional off season but it’s not great pool weather. It’s simply too cool for most people to enjoy the pool. If you enjoy Las Vegas shows, also be aware that some shows take an extended break and go dark and some casinos think it’s a great time to undertake their renovations. Check with your intended hotel before you some and ask if they are planning any renovations.

Super bowl weekend is also a very busy one here in Las Vegas. It usually takes place the first weekend of February.

NASCAR race weekends: You would do well to avoid traveling to Las Vegas during the NASCAR racing events. Once again, the traffic tends to be tied up and it can be very crowded than. I have married quite a few couples that were huge fans of NASCAR and came to Vegas to get married because there was a big race in town. The races take place a couple times during the year. These type of sporting events can wreak havoc on hotel room rates, so beware of that.

Here is the complete and ongoing schedule for Nascar racing in Las Vegas.

New Year’s Eve:

Planning for New Years Eve in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is incredibly busy on New Year’s Eve. The entire Strip is shut down to traffic and it becomes like one giant block party for you and 300,000. This makes traffic an especially crazy mess. Fortunately there are a lot of ride share and alternative traffic solutions to get around but the roads are still crowded. It makes it especially challenging to have a Las Vegas wedding ceremony on New Year’s Eve. In my opinion the best solution is to choose a hotel away from the main part of Las Vegas boulevard.

Las Vegas Boulevard from Sahara Avenue to Mandalay Bay Road is totally blocked off to traffic by barricades and closed down from 6 pm to 3 am. Also many side roads that intersect with South and North Las Vegas Boulevard as well as some freeway entrances and exit points close to traffic. This makes having a wedding ceremony on the Vegas Strip especially challenging to do for many. Be prepared to have all your affairs in order and stay put for many hours in one spot. If you do plan a wedding on NEw Year’s Eve and want mobile Las Vegas wedding vendors to serve you be prepared to hear a lot of no’s or to pay more for their services. The other alternative is to book a hotel away from the mayhem in sections of the city not impacted by the traffic and celebration as much.

Learn more about the traffic closures on New Year’s Eve here.

If you want to know more statistics about Las Vegas at New Year’s Eve click here.

What Seasons Do You Get the Best Room Rates in Las Vegas?

The answer to that question is off season.

Timing: Come to town when it’s off season and you will find better hotel room rates and a good supply of rooms available. It is cheaper to stay during the week opposed to the weekend.

Travel and weather resource: View this website to better understand the best time to travel to Vegas for weather, this site has essential information and graphs

The take away from this article is to make sure you know what you are up against regarding the weather seasons in Las Vegas as well at the dynamics which will affect the cost of planning your wedding in Las Vegas as well as the decision on where to have your Las Vegas Wedding.

Timing it wisely will be the best idea. Now you are armed with more information to choose.

 

 

 

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 Las Vegas wedding because it may end up being the most cost-effective solution for you in the long run.

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 whether you are eloping in Vegas or have guests for a larger event and 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.

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. 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: 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.

Penthouse A at the Palms
Palms Floor plan Cost: $250 + on Trip Advisor

Palms place hotel suite wedding photo

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 you choose this option you will

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.

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?

 

 

Need to know tips to help you choose the date and accommodations for your wedding in Las Vegas

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.

  1. Do you want to splurge and be pampered when you stay in Las Vegas?
  2. Does it matter if there is a concierge service to help you with the small details you might need to know about Las Vegas?
  3. Do you want to be centrally located in the newer more modern section of Las Vegas or would you prefer the Vintage Las Vegas?
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.

Wedding in Las Vegas

Consider having an in suite or resort wedding 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.

Getting Married in Vegas

  • 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.

Eloping in Las Vegas

Photo taken from balcony at MGM Sky Loft Suites


Consider the season :
You need to know, there are busy and slow times in Las Vegas that can affect your wedding plans. Be in the know about the busy and slow seasons.

Busy Seasons: The busiest times of the year are when holidays fall on a weekend. Try to avoid these times and the busy holidays. Hotel Costs rise due to supply and demand issues.

  • Valentine’s Day – this is a popular time for weddings, book well in advance and gets advice from a planner.
  • 4th of July – It’s not as busy as New Year’s Eve but still more costly to book a hotel this time of year.
  • Memorial Day – Since it always takes place on a long weekend there are always droves of people and higher rates for everything.
  • Labor Day – The same circumstances as Memorial Day. Be cautious when booking.
  • New Year’s Eve – Las Vegas Boulevard is shut down to traffic from 5:30 to around 1 pm New Year’s Eve.

Major convention seasons dates are busy times of year:

Check the Las Vegas Convention Victors Authorities website ( http://www.lvcva.com/ ) to see if your chosen wedding date might be a busy time of year for travel and booking a hotel. The conventions listed below are some of the busiest times but there are also other conventions so be sure to check before booking dates.

  • CES – Consumer Electronics Show takes place from January 5th through the 8th. Approximately 130,000 attendees descend on Vegas
  • AVN – Adult Entertainment Convention – January 18th – 21st. Approximately 25,000 people attend.
  • March Madness: the dates are March 14 – 19th. This is the time sports fans travel to Vegas to celebrate and bet on events.
  • Rodeo Finals in December – Weekends of December 7th – 9th and 14th – 16th. Choose the weekday for your wedding and avoid the business or the last weekdays of December before New Year’s Eve.

Slow Seasons: Consider the slow season for your wedding:

Las Vegas hotel wedding packages

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.

 

 

5 Popular Unity Ceremony Ideas to Consider

5 popular Unity Ceremony Ideas to Consider

Make your wedding in Las Vegas more memorable. Consider some of the alternative, interesting and unique unity ceremonies.

1. Handfasting Unity Ceremony

Handfasting Unity Ceremony

The handfasting ceremony is an ancient Celtic ceremony which was a ritual practiced in the British Isles and Europe. It symbolizes the unbreakable bond between a man and woman in marriage. It actualizes the idea of “tying the knot,” an idiom often used to refer to weddings. The wedding ritual is a simple yet distinctive way of making your wedding official – an interesting way to make your Las Vegas wedding permanent. There is no set rule for how many cords are used. You may use one cord if you like. If using more than two or three colors, ribbons may be easier to use than cords and less expensive. Each of the cord colors has its own special symbolic meaning. The cords can be several colors twisted into one cord and used for a single cord ceremony. If you prefer, up to six cords can be draped individually to tie your hands together loosely.

Items list:

Each cord should be at least 48″ (4 ft.) long, so the ends can all be tied together. For more than two or three colors, ribbon usually works better than cord or rope.

Forever Together Seattle shares the meaning of the colors of the cords as follows:

• Red: Will, love, strength, fertility, courage, health, vigor, passion.
• Orange: Encouragement, adaptability, stimulation, attraction, plenty, kindness.
• Yellow: Attraction, charm, confidence, balance, harmony.
• Green: Fertility, luck, prosperity, nurturing, beauty, health, love.
• Blue: Safe journey, longevity, strength.
• Purple: Healing, health, strength, power, progress.
• Black: Strength, empowerment, wisdom/vision, success, pure love.
• White: Spiritual purity, truth, peace, serenity and devotion.
• Gray: Balance, neutrality, used in erasing, canceling, neutralizing, and return to the universe without
repercussion.
• Pink: Love, unity, honor, truth, romance, happiness.
• Brown: Healing,, skills and talent, nurturing, home and hearth, the earth.
• Silver: Creativity, inspiration and vision, and protection.
• Gold: Unity, longevity, prosperity, strength.

In case you and your partner are wondering, hands-fasting doesn’t make your wedding a restricting bond. Rather, the symbolism of the ties that bind is intended to remind the both of you that marriage makes being there for one another as more than just an obligation – it is an agreement borne out of your souls’ perpetual connection with one another.

View a Handfasting ceremony for unity here

2. Glass-Breaking Unity Ceremony

Glass breaking ceremony

The glass breaking ceremony stands as an important rite of passage signifying the lasting endurance of marriage. It is a traditional part of a Jewish ceremony however many couples are integrating this meaningful ritual into their ceremony.

Items needed:

• Easily breakable small glass or plastic wine glass
• White napkin to wrap the glass

The glass or plastic glass is wrapped in a towel. At the end of the ceremony the best man will place the wrapped glass at the feet of the groom who steps on the glass and breaks it. At the end of the ceremony, once the groom breaks the glass, the guests shout together, “Mazel Tov!” which is a Jewish phrase meaning congratulations or good luck. The symbolism of this ritual compares the difficulty of reassembling the shattered glass pieces back together to the fragility of love. Glass-breaking, of course, helps signify in thought, that the fragile nature of glass introduces feelings of resolve to make relationships work – quite like a symbol that reminds you and your spouse that your marriage will last forever.

View more information about a glass breaking ceremony here

3. Unity Wine Ceremony

Wine Wedding Ceremony

Photo by Muffet

The wine pouring ritual is a unity ceremony that typically uses alcohol, specifically wine, as a symbolic means of solemnizing a marriage. This ritual remains a novel idea.

Items needed:

• An eclectic mix of two kinds of wine: red and white
• A goblet or special cup to drink from

This wine-pouring ceremony involves the bride and groom taking turns drinking from a “common cup,” in which both red and white wine is combined. The said combination promises both an abundance of love, embodied by the red wine, and everlasting strength of marriage, represented by the white wine. Here is a link to Unity Wine Ceremony sets on Amazon or View a Unity Wine ceremony here

4. Unity Cross Ceremony Unity Cross Wedding Ceremony The unity cross is a unique unity ceremony idea to be implemented into a religious ceremony. The symbolism represents the joining of two lives into one blessed by the love of God.

Items Needed:

• An outside cross frame with a base
• Inner sculpted cross to fit into outside frame

There are two pieces of the cross. The parts are assembled during the unity service. The groom takes the outer cross and places it in the wood base. The bride proceeds to place the sculpted cross inside the outer cross. Most couples will display the cross in their home after the wedding to serve as a reminder of their vows and wedding day and unity with God. View a unity cross ceremony example here

5. Rose-Exchange Unity Ceremony

Rose Presentation Ritual
The rose has long been a symbol of love. Roses fit the scene of every wedding. This ceremony has proven to be a ceremony idea for unity.

Items Needed:

• Two rose presentations or rose buds to exchange simultaneously

Giving a rose to the love of your life may take on a world of lovely meanings: “I love you with all my heart,” and “you’re very special to me” being among the words you may intend to say. When done as a wedding ritual, rose-giving enables you to express your feelings of everlasting love even when you’re already at a loss for words.

View Unity rose exchange ceremony examples here

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Rev. Nourish is a Las Vegas wedding officiant who will help you customize your wedding ceremony and tailor it to your needs with each ceremony. She has over 20 years experience creating and performing weddings in Las Vegas.

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