Halloween is just a month away, and judging by past weddings featured on Little Vegas Wedding, I know some of you are probably thinking about a fun horror-themed wedding! But what are the options in Vegas?
Get married in a ghost town
This little desert town at Eldorado Canyon is a legitimate ghost town. All (okay, most) of the residents moved out after the gold rush went bust in the late 1800s. Here you will find a mix of beautiful desert landscape mixed with antiques and rustic architecture. No word on ghosts… Details, packages and pricing for weddings at Eldorado Canyon.
The gothic-style chapel at Artisan is a favorite for couples seeking a more dramatic wedding chapel option. The very moody theme of the chapel and lobby make for some fantastic wedding photos and style if you have a Halloween-themed wedding in mind. Details, packages and pricing at The Artisan.
Evil Dead musical wedding
It is possible to get married at this live musical show version of the cult classic film trilogy Evil Dead at Planet Hollywood. A Deadite officiant, a celebratory blood shower and a wedding on stage complete this experience. Details, packages and pricing at Evil Dead the Musical.
Zombies, vampires and more
Viva Las Vegas chapel hosts elaborate horror-themed weddings year-round. Vampires, zombies, graveyards and The Rocky Horror Picture show, they cover it all here. In fact, it was the site of a wedding for a fan of the Twilight wedding series a few weeks ago. The bride married a cardboard cut-out of star vampire Robert Pattinson. Details, packages and pricing at Viva Las Vegas.
Día de Muertos
Although not specifically Halloween themed, the Day of the Dead celebration happens around the same time. The rich culture of the day makes it a beautiful time to have a wedding and the theme creates some beautiful imagery. There are many options for hosting your own themed wedding at various locations around town.
Although it’s more of a garden wedding venue, The Grove hosted a very fabulous Halloween themed wedding last year when an English couple had their wedding plans jilted when the Goretorium closed. Vendors donated all the amazing details, including that incredible bloody heart cake, above, by Mitchie’s Munchies. Details, packages and pricing
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View even more Halloween and Day of the Dead themed weddings in Las Vegas.
Celebrate afterwards with a themed costume party; there are hundreds in Las Vegas to choose from happening over the Halloween weekend.
Some things just go together, like romance and France, or the color pink and bridal showers. Kimberly’s Las Vegas bridal shower featured all four of these options, combining feminine touches and memories of flea markets in Paris. Macarons, vintage details, pearls and pretty perfumes transformed this room at Canyon Gate Country Club into a little bit of France for this perfectly Parisian bridal shower that will have you saying “oui!”
The bride-to-be, Kimberly, on her French-inspired bridal shower and where the idea came from:
Last summer I visited Europe with my childhood friend, Dawn, to visit her brother and his wife who now live in Paris. Her brother works for Google and his wife owns a travel service, so we were totally taken care of. Paris became the inspiration for the shower. After that trip I started pinning ideas I liked and we took it from there.
This shower came together through so many people. Dana and Lisa from The Sugar Jar took care of the details and decor: they provided the furniture, candy dishes, signs, statues, hats and more. Even that 8-foot Eiffel Tower came from them. All the coordination was done by Kristin and Brittany of Canyon Gate. The cake pops were made by my best friend who is from Vegas but moved to New Jersey; she owns a cake pop studio there now. My mom and aunt took care of the favors: they wrapped Bath and Body Works Mediterranean garden soaps and my aunt’s homemade cookies — which are to die for!
Congratulations, Kimberly. Enjoy your fall wedding!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Mary Rendina Photography
VENUE . Lakeview Room at Canyon Gate Country Club
DECOR + DETAILS . The Sugar Jar / SEATING + TABLE CARDS . Etsy / MACARONS + FRENCH PASTRIES . Baby Cakes at M Resort / VINTAGE FURNITURE . The Sugar Jar / CO-ORDINATION . Canyon Gate Country Club / CAKE POPS . Pop Culture Cake Pops / DESSERT BAR . The Sugar Jar
Whether you are eloping or planning a much grander Las Vegas destination wedding, chances are you will be spending a few days in the city following your big day. The question is: how do you make one of the most in-your-face cities in the world feel intimate, subdued and romantic? Well, it’s not that hard, actually.
I’ve rounded up some popular options and personal favorites for honeymooners in Las Vegas including romantic hotel suites, relaxing couples activities and where to head for amazing meals and cocktails to share together…should you ever manage to leave your room.
Mandarin Oriental Mandarin Suite
W H E R E T O S T A Y
With so many options, it may be hard to narrow it down to a single hotel to stay in, but I would recommend these 5-star options: Cosmopolitan (upgrade to a Terrace One Bedroom or Wraparound Terrace Suite for fantastic fountain views), Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons Las Vegas or the SkySuites at Aria.
These are quieter, more romantic options where I am sure you will be taken care of. If you mention you’re honeymooning along with a sly slide of a $20 bill across the counter, you might just find yourself with a stunning view.
Co-Ed Spa Pool at Aria
W H E R E T O P L A Y
Rent a cabana or day chairs at your resort’s pool and just chill out drinking slushie drinks and revelling in the post-marriage bliss. Those at Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand and Encore Beach Club are my favorites.
CONNECT WITH NATURE
Go for a short energizing hike at Red Rock Canyon, just 30 minutes off The Strip, or visit the nature pathways at the Springs Preserve.
While I could never condone regular shopping on your honeymoon (even in the incredible malls of Las Vegas,) I would recommend shopping for something naughty or sexy together. Try Kiki de Montparnasse (The Shops at Crystals), PLAY the sexy hidden shop (SLS Las Vegas), Agent Provocateur, La Perla (Caesars Palace) or one of these options.
CATCH A SHOW
From sensual Cirque du Soleil shows to burlesque dancers, you’re sure to find a hot show to suit both of you. Zumanity (New York New York) and Absinthe (Caesars Palace) have adult, distinctly sexy themes.
Pinball wizards will want to head to the Pinball Hall of Fame (1610 E Tropicana Avenue) which is a must visit if you like tilting and flipping, old school video games or want to whoop your partner’s butt in air hockey.
EAT SWEET TREATS
Start at Hershey’s World (New York New York) working your way north sharing a sweet chocolate treat at each stop: M&Ms World (Showcase Mall, near MGM Grand), Sugar Factory (Paris Las Vegas), ending with stops at Serendipity 3 and Vosges Haut Chocolate (Caesars Palace.)
TAKE IT OFF
To completely get rid of that post-wedding stress, try one of my favorite co-ed spas at Aria, Mandarin Oriental, Encore or Hard Rock Hotel. Not just limited to couples massage rooms, you can enjoy shared pool areas, relaxation and treatment rooms with your mate at these locations.
GO DOWN (TOWN)
Try a mini pub crawl of downtown Las Vegas. East Fremont is full of amazing little lounges, rooftop bars and legit hidden speakeasies. Create your hit list from FremontStreetBars.com
Take a short one-hour yoga class alongside the dolphins at the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat (Mirage) or scale the 40-foot climbing wall at Canyon Ranch SpaClub (Venetian.)
TAKE YOUR LOVE HIGHER
Ride the High Roller ferris wheel (try to time it for sunset) or go for a helicopter ride to get a bird’s eye view of the night lights of Las Vegas Boulevard.
Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge
W H E R E T O E A T
Make your reservations for an amazing high-end dining experience. If you think you might have appetite problems around the wedding, wait a day or two post wedding to book in. Try: Twist (Mandarin Oriental), Joel Robuchon or L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (MGM Grand), Guy Savoy (Caesars Palace), or é by José Andrés (Inside Jaleo in Cosmopolitan)
For that old school Vegas feel, head to The Steakhouse at Circus Circus, The Peppermill Fireside Lounge (2985 S Las Vegas Boulevard, north of Encore) or The Barrymore (Royal Resort).
On your way to Red Rock Canyon and need a meal? Honeysalt, (1031 S Rampart Boulevard), Kabuto Sushi (5040 W Spring Mountain Road), Nosh & Swig (3620 E Flamingo Road), and Carson Kitchen (124 South Sixth Street) are all great choices.
LATE NIGHT SNACKS
No place does late night better than Las Vegas. 24-hour diners abound, but I suggest Grand Luxe Cafe (Venetian and Palazzo), Secret Pizza (Cosmopolitan) and the Vegas classic The Peppermill (2985 S Las Vegas Boulevard, north of Encore) for a one-of-a-kind old school vibe and cozy, secluded booths to canoodle in.
Sometimes simplicity is key, when it comes to your stomach and your wallet. Secret Pizza (Cosmopolitan), Earl of Sandwich (Planet Hollywood, Palms) and Tacos el Gordo (3049 Las Vegas Boulevard, north of Encore) offer cheap meals under $10. And they don’t skimp on quality, either.
Bouchon (Venetian) is a must do for that first meal of the day. Verandah (Four Seasons) offers a fantastic tropical morning atmosphere that will make getting out of bed worth it and Jean Philippe Patisserie (Aria) offers croissants and baked goods to bring back to your room. Of course, there’s always room service…
Avoid the buffet and go for more refined weekend brunch at Mozen (Mandarin Oriental), Country Club (Wynn), Fountains Brunch at Jasmin (Bellagio) or Hangover Brunch at bar+bistro (107 E Charleston Boulevard.)
Try the ice cream challenge at RM Seafood (Mandalay Bay), frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3 (Caesars Palace) experience next level Japanese desserts at Sweets Raku (5040 W Spring Mountain Road)
W H E R E T O I M B I B E
ROOMS WITH A VIEW
Get close and personal with your mate and have a drink or three at these luxe lounges with a view: Mandarin Bar (Mandarin Oriental) perched on the 23rd floor of the hotel, the fountain-facing patio at Hyde (Bellagio) or Parasol Down (Wynn.)
SHARE A TOAST
Enjoy a bottle of bubbly at Laguna Champagne Bar (Venetian) or the futuristic Fizz (Caesars Palace.)
SIP SOME WINE
Vinophiles will love the selection at Hostile Grape (M Resort), D.O.C.G (Cosmopolitan), Wine Cellar and Tasting Room (Rio) or Aureole (Mandalay Bay) where “wine angels” grab your bottle from a 4-story tall wine tower.
MIX IT UP
Mixology fans will not want to miss BLVD (LINQ), or the super romantic 3-level Chandelier Bar (Cosmopolitan) where each level has its own special cocktail offerings.
Of course, the beauty of Las Vegas is that there are hundreds of experiences for a million different people. What is your honeymoon itinerary?
Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide! The feature today is perfect for couples who aren’t sure If Vegas cheese is their steez. This magical little trailer not only allows your intimate wedding or elopement to take place just about anywhere in Las Vegas, but brings a bit of mod Palm Springs desert style to your vows.
Flora Pop Shop Pop-Up Weddings
Address: anywhere in + around Las Vegas | Email for details: florapopshop AT gmail DOT com
Capacity: Up to 4 people | Outdoor Sites | Hosts: Ceremonies + Elopements
Find Flora Pop on Twitter @FloraPopShop
If you are trying to find a happy balance between the magical fun of a spontaneous Vegas elopement and avoiding a pre-packaged chapel wedding, Flora Pop‘s packages may be for you! Their pop-up weddings combine the fun of an impulsive elopement a with contemporary design that will allow you to show your individuality.
A package with Flora Pop gets you the most essential things for a Vegas wedding: your officiant Victoria Hogan and transportation for up to four people to and from your wedding site of choice in a vintage-style trailer built specially for weddings. “The Teardrop”, modeled after a 1950′s Kenskill trailer, took four months of loving construction to create it. It even comes complete with custom neon signage because this is Vegas, baby!
From the perfect peachy desert sky sunrise to a location overlooking The Strip as night falls and the lights come on, the Teardrop gives Flora Pop weddings a retro style perfect for Vegas vows. This little trailer can turn almost any location into a mobile wedding chapel, from classic downtown motel backdrops to stunning desert vistas. Victoria and Flora Pop will work with you to figure out exactly the best location for your wedding and meet you there!
Pricing for basic ceremonies begins at $350. Optional add-ons to complete your ceremony include custom floral bouquets designed by Floral Pop Shop, wedding donuts from O Face Doughnuts, champagne toasts, rings & even photography. Gaby J Photography works with Flora Pop to capture your wedding day in her beautiful vintage style.
And just in case, there’s a full-size bed included in the cabin of the Teardrop. For adventurous couples, this would make for the perfect private honeymoon getaway.
But, on to the pretty! To show off the Teardrop and the floral designs of Flora Pop, here is the trailer in three different wedding sites, all photographed by Gaby J Photography, complete with Gaby’s signature instant photos to complete that vintage feel. The pink haired lady in the photos? That’s Victoria, the owner of Flora Pop.
Um, awesome right? Book your wedding with Flora Pop right here!
Searching for the perfect venue for your Las Vegas wedding? Be sure to check out the other posts in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue series, or peruse the Vegas Wedding Venue Directory!
All photos by Gaby J Photography.
Stormy skies over Las Vegas only amplified this styled wedding shoot session at Spring Mountain Ranch. The mulit-colored scenery of the mountain range pops against the steely gray sky, and creates a dramatic backdrop for this bridal inspiration shoot.
Vintage bridal gowns from Katie Jean Designs and antique props styled by Nostalgia Resources well with the floral crown and relaxed casual look for the groom. Super pretty desert wedding style!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Poppy La’Rue Photography & Design
SHOOT VENUE . Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
SHOOT CONCEPT . Beyond the Wanderlust / BRIDAL FASHION . dresses – Handmade Loveliness by Katie Jean / HAIR . Jessica Kersch from Hair Garage Roseburg / MAKEUP ARTIST . Malia Jeremiah / FLORAL DESIGN, STYLING + PROPS . Nostalgia Resources