Las Vegas Weddings: Say No to Elvis and Yes to Elegance

When many people think of a Las Vegas wedding, they immediately imagine a tacky scene complete with glitzy costumes and Elvis officiating. And while this is still an option for those that desire over-the-top, Viva Las Vegas nuptials, Las Vegas weddings can also be modern, beautiful and elegant.

Choosing to say ‘I do’ in iconic Las Vegas will provide you with a plethora of options, and at the end of the day, your big day can be as unique or traditional as you see fit.

Save the date

The first step when planning your Las Vegas wedding is to select the right date. In Las Vegas, holidays are extremely busy, so if you want to avoid crowds and higher costs avoid days like Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. Although they may be romantic, having your wedding on or around a holiday will make it harder for your guests to find reasonably priced flights and hotels.

In fact, if you are planning on having guests attend your wedding, your best bet is to look into hotel wedding chapels. Find a hotel with an onsite chapel or ceremony space that you love and save money by having your party stay at the hotel where the wedding is being held. See this page for some great hotel options, and be sure to shop around to find the best deals!

The hotel chapels are staffed with vendors and will often have all-in-one packages that will include things like a wedding coordinator, photographer and flowers, which is definitely a convenient way to keep your planning as stress free as possible.

Then, once you’ve picked your date and found your spot, send out save-the-date cards that include hotel and transportation information to provide your guests with ample time to save and plan.

Picking a ceremony space

The hotel chapel you choose will all depend on the wedding you’re after and most hotels will offer assorted packages to adhere to a wide range of budgets.

To experience elegance at its finest, the Bellagio chapels can’t be beat. Complete with stained glass windows and terrace and fountain views, a wedding at the Bellagio can be that large scale cathedral wedding you’ve always dreamed of.

And if cost is no object, you can book luxury wedding packages at the Wynn. The “elegant affair” package is pricy at $23,000, but will includes things like show tickets, massages, limo rides and champagne.

For those who have always dreamed of a garden wedding, the Chapel of Flowers has a lot of choose from including three chapels, two patios, gardens, pools and a gazebo.

Or if you have your heart set on a lavish European affair, the Paris or Venetian hotels might be the perfect fit.

Transport yourself to old Italy with a wedding at the Venetian. You can have your ceremony on a white gondola, on a romantic bridge or on the outdoor terrace that seats 25 guests.

In Paris you can say ‘I do’ on the Eiffel Tower observation deck 460 feet above the strip or in the Chapelle du Paradis, a stunning chapel decorated with cathedral chandeliers and a sky painted ceiling.

Let the fun begin

So once you have the perfect ceremony spot, it’s time to think about the reception. For small intimate groups, consider booking a hotel suite to host your reception. The price will be a lot lower and you can stay and party as long as you like. Of course, if your guest count is high you will need to book a reception space offered by the hotel.

After all the bustle of your big day, now it’s time for you and your new spouse to relax. With so many gorgeous options, a memorable honey moon can be experienced right from the strip. Book a suite complete with a Jacuzzi and perhaps book a package that includes rose petals and champagne for a little extra romance.

Planning a wedding is rarely easy, and unless you have an unlimited budget, planning the perfect day can be a bit of a challenge. But if you want to have an elegant, unique and exciting wedding, consider Las Vegas and let the party begin.

Jo Tumble is a wedding organizer who enjoys giving advice to friends and readers around the world. Keep an eye out for more of her wedding-related articles!

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