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08-12-2010, 05:14 AM
So, my sister is getting married and they want the wedding to be held in Vegas. They've never been to Vegas so don't know where to start. They want to do the full out typical Vegas wedding, complete with an Elvis impersonator officiating the ceremony. They're expecting about 100-150 guests. I'm helping my sister out, as my parents are completely confused by all of this (who's Elvis?!?!).

Anyone been part of a Vegas wedding? Any good chapels? And where were the receptions held? Anyone who's organized a wedding outside of where they live/are from, any advice would be appreciated.

And as someone who's a LV newbie, what should I check out? From previous threads on the subject, just walking along the Strip will fill up my day. I would like to see at least one show, but my budget is tight.

UMBS Go Blue
08-12-2010, 05:27 AM
The Cirque du Soleil shows are a treat (but expensive, anywhere between $75-150 depending on what seats you get). I've seen O, Mystere, Ka, and Zumanity, and would definitely recommend O (http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/o/default.aspx) and Zumanity (http://www.zumanity.com). Especially the latter, which you'd need to attend with an open mind :grope: ;) . If you bring along someone :grope:-worthy you can get sofas/loveseats for two. :saint:

08-12-2010, 06:09 AM
Here's a place you can start. There's even a Graceland Chapel that does Elvis themed weddings.


08-12-2010, 12:10 PM
A good friend of mine was married by an Elvis impersonator in Vegas. It was a smaller chapel, though, not sure if 100-150 would've fit there.

For the "reception," we all went out to eat at one of the buffets. It was fun. :)

08-12-2010, 01:48 PM
I was in a Vegas wedding. It was delightfully tacky. Check out the hotels--they almost all have an in-house chapel, Elvis officiator, and reception area, plus deals on the rooms/meals. And, everyone in the casino stops to stare at the dresses. :D

The Cirque tickets are expensive, but they're worth every single penny. I've seen O, Ka, Mystere, and Love (based on Beatles music). Seriously, Love was bar none the best production I've ever seen in my life. Most of the Cirque shows are in a casino--if there's one show in particular that strikes your fancy, the hotel can get you really deeply discounted tickets for guests.

There are all sorts of deliberately cheesy and goofy magic acts with names like "Dick Dirk". No, I'm not kidding. Check out the Venetian--FAB shopping. :swoon: And they have a gondola you can "ride" through the hotel. Oh, and the fountains at the Bellagio are gorgeous, and the breakfast at the French-y restaurant is expensive but sublime. Skip the pirate show at the Treasure Chest (or something like that) though. Such a waste of time.

08-12-2010, 01:54 PM
So, my sister is getting married and they want the wedding to be held in Vegas.

Just out of curiosity manhn, how difficult is it to get a marriage license in a foreign country? Has she checked into that yet?

08-12-2010, 05:49 PM
Skip the pirate show at the Treasure Chest (or something like that) though.

LOL! It's "Treasure Island".
Nearly all of the hotels can arrange almost any kind of wedding you desire.

08-12-2010, 06:07 PM
IAW skatesindreams--pretty much call a hotel/casino/resort and get someone on that end to help you out. The "Elvis" chapels are as a rule on the small side and aimed at the quickie/little Vegas-wedding market (it is not AS easy as the stories say to get a marriage license in Nevada, but it's close.) But given that I am aware of a party/situation in which an Elvis performed a theme wedding for...a pair of cardboard cutouts being controled like puppets (don't ask, it's a long story) I'm SURE one could be found to do a big wedding.

My friend got married in Vegas (because she actually LIVES in Vegas--she works in management for one of the big hotels) and they had a lovely ceremony in an indoor garden, with the reception in the same area. IIRC it was called Rainbow Gardens and I'm fairly sure that it can seat at least 100. You can pretty much have any kind of wedding you want.

08-13-2010, 06:22 AM
LOL! It's "Treasure Island".

The beds at TI are AMAZING. Supposedly it's a Sealy PosturePedic E Elite Sensational Bed.

Sorry.... so OT....

08-13-2010, 09:03 AM
I can try to get some information from a friend. She was the maid of honor for a friend's Elvis wedding in Vegas. They were all from the UK, but the group was much smaller. I know they mostly stayed at Flamingo (which I do not recommend) and took a couple of Hummer limousines to one of the Elvis wedding chapels. When my friend needed to make the limo arrangements, she simply spoke with the concierge at the hotel. So I suspect any of the big hotels in Vegas could probably help you find a chapel, even one off the strip.

Doing a wedding at one of the hotels can be expensive, but if you are booking rooms for a large group, they might make a good deal, especially if you are going in the off-season.

As for hotels, I prefer to be pretty close to the center of the strip. For budget rooms, I find Bally's to be well-located and the rooms are pretty nice for the price. Flamingo is more expensive, yet I think their rooms are smaller and not as well-maintained. Caesars and Bellagio are in the same area and both are very nice, but they will be substantially more costly. You also might be able to get a better deal at a hotel near the strip, but slightly off of it, like Tuscan Suites or the Westin. Another place to possibly check is Trump International. For some bizarre reason, they did not put a casino in that hotel so, despite the luxury suites, they are having difficulty filling the hotel. I regularly see rooms on Priceline and Hotwire there for under $100 per night, even though it is a 5-star hotel. If you could guarantee that wedding guests would book 50 rooms, you might be able to get a nice discount.

All of the big hotel websites have information about wedding packages if you get married at the hotel. Generally, they include the use of the wedding space for about an hour, hotel accommodations for the bride and groom, and a licensed officiate (not sure if that would include Elvis). I have attended very nice weddings in the garden at Caesars and the Four Seasons.

FYI, most weddings at Vegas strip hotels are geared toward smaller parties than you are describing, so you might have some issues with using their regular wedding spaces. But every big hotel has conference space that they could also convert to a large wedding space.

08-13-2010, 04:58 PM
manhn, at the first skating get-together after the wedding, I want to see photos!!

(I think you'd look great dressed as Elvis :saint:)

01-14-2011, 06:08 AM
I bought my plane tickets and booked a room at the Excalibur. I bought a flight/hotel package on expedia, which includes two free tickets to one of the following shows:

- Viva Elvis (Cirque du Soleil)
- KA (Cirque)
- Lion King
- Beatles Love (Cirque)
- Terry Fator and His Cast of Thousands
- Jabbawockeez
- Zumanity (Cirque)
- Criss Angel
- Tournament of Kings at Excalibur

Which one should I go see?

Love seemed to get a lot of love. I'm edging towards either Love or Zumanity. Any ideas?

UMBS Go Blue
01-14-2011, 06:27 AM
Haven't seen Beatles Love or Viva Elvis. I'd definitely pick Zumanity over KA though. Make sure to bring someone :grope:-worthy for Zumanity if that's the case. They have loveseats and sofas made especially for couples. :saint:

01-14-2011, 06:34 AM
My picks would be Lion King if you haven't seen it, and Beatles Love (I'm not much of a Cirque fan, but I'd want to check this one out for the music). Have fun. :)

01-14-2011, 06:52 AM
Love was great! It was so much fun. I wasn't actually looking forward to it, because I thought it would be dumb, but they did a great job. My son & dh saw it for son's 18 th birthday and then dh wanted to see it again for his!

I didn't like KA. It was the worst Cirque du Soliel production I've seen.