When I asked several brides a few weeks ago to share things they wished they changed about their Las Vegas weddings, a common complaint was that they wish they had picked a lighter/cooler/airier wedding dress.
I thought I would draw up a list of options of wedding dresses with shorter lengths or lighter materials, perfect for a hot Vegas wedding. These dress are budget-friendly, but still high on fashion.
Lace, one-shoulder detailing, minimal and modern designs as well as some Vegas-friendly retro wedding dresses are featured. And all of these wedding dresses are under $700. Full disclosure: some are bridesmaid’s dresses, but your secret is safe with me.
Long Sleeve Keyhole Gown from White House Black Market $350
Eva Mermaid Dress from J. Crew $350
Molten Marvel Short Dress from ModCloth $94.99
Orla Kiely Par for the Dessert Course Dress from ModCloth $629.99
Pencil Peplum Dress from ASOS $81.26
Arina Wrap Dress from ALLSAINTS $300
Ivory Sequin Cascade Gown from Cache $318
I Now Pronounce You Embellished Dress from ModCloth $249.99
Floral Embellished Maxi Dress from ASOS $173.91
Pasadena Retro Dress from Dolly Couture $595
Vintage Halterneck Dress from MTTC $695
Duchess Satin Peplum Wedding Dress from Ann Taylor $650
Ines Lace Dress from BHLDN $700
Nicole Miller Sheath from PreOwnedWeddingDresses $450
Honey Long Dress by Candice Gwinn for Trashy Diva $275
Romance With Me Lace Dress from ModCloth $399.99
Silk Georgette Mermaid Striped Dress from Ann Taylor $550
Edmonton Dress from Dolly Couture $595
Vivienne Chiffon Wedding Dress from Jenny Yoo $600
Lila Wedding Dress from Dolly Pearl $695
One Shoulder Tulle Trumpet Wedding Dress by ML Monique Lhuillier $398
Juliet Cowl Back Wedding Dress from BCGB Bridal $648
Mia 1950s Wedding Dress from Oh My Honey Bridal $250 (petticoat separate)
Ava from Pinup Girl Clothing $108
June Minimal Bridal Dress from Dolly Pearl $385
Barely Leopard 1950s Wedding Dress from Whirling Turban $495
Retro Halterneck Wedding Dress from Vivien of Holloway $150
Silk Duipioni Wrap Dress from Maria Severyna $497
J.A.C.K.I.E Silk Dress with Pockets from Femkit4Brides $534
Sky Petals One Shoulder Dress from Nostalgia $395
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Arrive to or depart your wedding in a memorable fashion using one of these unique Las Vegas wedding transportation options. Traditional, vintage, quirky and more, with some options chauffeured, some self-driven, some for larger groups and some for just you two.
Use these transportation methods to ride out to Red Rock Canyon, tour the lights on The Strip, cruise downtown or make a stop at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. From tricked out party buses with champagne and stripper poles to luxury once-in-a-lifetime rides, travel in style with these 17 different options.
Oversized Monster Limos + Party Buses
Party Bus from Presidential Limo
Seats 30, $175 an hour
Party bus, indeed! This ultra limo coach bus includes a media service with music and videos, a stripper pole and a stocked bar with 2 bottles of complimentary sparkling cider, bottled water, ice and glassware.
Stretch F650 Truck from EarthLimos
Seats 30, $145 an hour
This stretch truck features a smoke machine, fiber-optic lighting, and comfy seating for up to 30 of your closet friends.
Monster H2 Stretch Hummer from Presidential Limo
Seats 14, $125 an hour
This unique stretch Hummer H2 includes features like multiple TVs, fiber-optic laser lighting and a stocked bar with complimentary sparkling cider, bottled water, ice and glassware.
Harley Davidson Ford Truck Limo from NTS Limo
Seats 21, Contact NTS for Rates
This special edition Harley Davidson themed Ford truck limo is a party on wheels with a color changing floor and ceiling, bars, five TVs, laser lighting and more.
Big Blue Limo Truck from NTS Limo
Seats 45, Contact NTS for Rates
Big Blue is apparently the world’s largest street legal limo and was custom made. 6′ of headspace in the interior, 11 TVs, laser and LED lighting, stairs (!), three VIP areas and more.
Dodge Challenger Limo from Exotic Limousines
Seats 10, Contact Exotic Limousines for Rates
Stretch Hummers are so 2003. Try this Dodge Challenger Stretch Limo. Includes two TVs, a booming sound system, LED light show and more.
Double Decker Bus from Double Decker Bus of Las Vegas
Seats 72, From $200 an hour
This bus seats 44 guests on the upper deck and 28 below. You are allowed to bring your own liquor, but no glass containers are allowed. Gets hot in the summer, but a great choice the rest of the year to give your guests an open air tour of The Strip.
1928 Cadillac from Seiji Limo
Seats 4, $300 an hour
Take it back to the Roaring 20s with this classic Cadillac with perfectly vintage touches. Great for Great Gatsby themed weddings or just looking great as you pull up to the ceremony.
1972 Cadillac Eldorado from Fantasy Car Rental
Seats 4, $495 a day (no chauffeur)
Cruise around in this classic Caddy. A great way to see Las Vegas in style, not to mention use in photos. Other vintage rides for rent include an Olds 442 Convertible, 1970 Cadillac DeVille Eldorado and more.
Retro Airstream Trailer from Airstream2Go
Sleeps 4, From $1,740 for three days
I suppose you might want to have the right location to use this wedding day transportation — Neon Museum, Eldorado Canyon or Red Rock Canyon might make great choices. Makes a great photo opp prop, not to mention honeymoon suite.
Vintage Rickshaw from Elephants on Parade
Seats 2, $450 with driver
Human-powered is a pretty eco-friendly way to get to your wedding. Might make a great options for Springs Preserve or downtown Las Vegas wedding venues
Horse and Carriage from MBs Horse and Carriage
Seats 6, $600 an hour
The classic horse and carriage is all that some couples dream about, and this Las Vegas company makes it a reality. Arrive via this romantic mode of transportation, perfect for classic country club weddings. Horse-drawn carriages are not permitted on Las Vegas Boulevard or nearby streets.
Bentley Flying Spur from Fantasy Car Rentals
Seats 4, $795 a day (no chauffeur, partial day rates available)
Ride like the high rollers do around the Vegas streets in this classic Bentley sedan valued at more than $200,000.
Quirky + Crazy
Mexican Themed Bus from Tijuana Trolley Company
Seats 25, Contact TTC for Rates
Stuffed full of fiesta flavor this charming one-of-a-kind ride is more about the fun than the looks. If you aren’t willing to do something weird, you probably shouldn’t get married in Las Vegas, after all. (Luche libre driver included)
Gondola from Lake Las Vegas Gondolas
Seats 2, Contact Lake Las Vegas Gondola Adventures for Rates
Get married on one of these Lake Las Vegas gondolas, or arrive or exit your ceremony at one of the hotel venues along the shoreline in a totally romantic manner.
Slotzilla Zipline at Fremont Street Experience
Seats 2, From $20 a ride
Arrive in style (and at 40 miles per hour) to your wedding on the west end of Fremont via a 10 story zipline. Two different lines offer a sitting or “superman” position. Certainly memorable!
Oversized Bicycle from Cycle Pub Vegas
Seats 15, $240 for 6 people, each additional person is $40
Not only is this oversized bicycle wired for sound and decorate-able, it’s a cool and fun way to tour Fremont after your downtown wedding. No alcohol allowed on board, but you can stop at many bars on the tour to toast.
Photos courtesy their respective companies
So many of you find Little Vegas Wedding because you are searching for the perfect setup for a wedding at a private estate or mansion. Well today is going to set the bar pretty high for backyard weddings. Geela and Kiel’s glamorous wedding took place in a tent, if you can believe it. DIY and professionally supplied decor made the magic happen. Amazing rustic tablescapes and elegant detailing elevated this wedding from lovely backyard affair to full-on luxurious Vegas wedding for them and 80 guests.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
We were so indecisive at first about where we would have our wedding. Kiel has such a small, tight-knit family while I had a huge amount of relatives scattered all over the place from New Jersey to Los Angeles. Kiel wanted a small destination wedding and at first I was totally on board. Who wouldn’t want to get married on the beach in Hawaii during sunset?! I liked the idea of having something more intimate, BUT being an only child, the thought that my parents would love to have a big wedding for me stuck in the back of my mind. So, we sat down and talked about other options.
I’ve ALWAYS wanted an outdoor wedding with a tent reception. So, we looked at venues where we were able to put up a tent and still keep it small and intimate. Our hopes were shut down because every place almost had a certain way of how we needed to do things. So one night we went out to dinner with Kiel’s parents and told them about everything going on. The first thing they said was, “Why not just do it in our backyard?” I was surprised because their home never crossed my mind. The more we talked about it, the more I knew it was the perfect setting.
THE DETAILS ON GEELA AND KIEL’S CEREMONY AND RECEPTION
I wanted to go with a romantic rustic theme. Being that the wedding was in the midst of summer and we were outdoors, I wanted to keep the colors cooler. We chose to do a blush pink rustic theme with an eggplant accent. We had an arch outside covered in flowers right under their huge oak tree where the ceremony took place. The reception was AMAZING! The flowers were perfect. They were so romantic. I only spoke with Dani, the florist, over the phone once about the flowers and she hit the nail right on the head! I told her what my vision and theme were and she made it into such a fairytale. I chose to go with the darker wood for the tables and chairs so that it would help the blush pinks pop and it was beautiful. From the table settings, to the glass dispensers, everything was just so simple and romantic.
Since the home was owned by Kiel’s parents it was SO much easier to plan the wedding and having his parents own a party rental company didn’t hurt either! They were such a HUGE help. It was as easy as telling them the idea I had in my head, and then walking into the tent to something that completely blew my mind. They were amazing in every single way possible.
FAVORITE WEDDING MEMORY
My favorite memory, as cliché as it sounds, was when Kiel first looked at me walking down the aisle. As soon as our eyes met, it was waterworks! There was actually one thing that happened that stood out to me because I thought it was so funny! I was waiting in the room for them to tell me it was ok to come out and walk down the aisle. Maybe five minutes before, Kiel’s mom comes in to tell me the DJ wasn’t there, but they had the situation under control. So, I took it as it was and since it was “under control” I didn’t let it stress me out. As I’m walking down the aisle, I see the DJ in his makeshift booth and I hear the music playing. It was only after everyone was seated and eating that they told me the DJ thought the wedding was the next day! He arrived 5 minutes before the ceremony started and had the catering crew helping him set up the sound system! Needless to say, everything was smooth sailing from there and everyone had a great night!
(Editor’s Note: If you want to see some behind the scenes set up, you need to head over to RSVP’s Facebook page. The VIP restrooms were incredible. It’s not often I steer you to look at toilets, but these are pretty amazing! —Kelly)
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Gin & Sake Productions, member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Private home
RECEPTION VENUE . Private home
OFFICIANT . Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions / WEDDING PLANNER . bride and the moms / FLORAL . Dani Mulhern-Brodsky of D Zines / CATERING . Soirees / CAKE + CUPCAKES . Retro Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – YP3344 from David’s Bridal / HAIR + MAKEUP . by the bride / GROOMSWEAR . Express Men / DECOR . DIY and RSVP Party Rentals / FURNITURE RENTALS . RSVP Party Rentals / TENT . RSVP Party Rentals / TABLESCAPES, PLACESETTINGS + LINENS . RSVP Party Rentals / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Minted / ENTERTAINMENT . Kayle Stephens with Vegas Hot Traxx / LIGHTING . RSVP Party Rentals, Marquee Lighting – LED Unplugged / DELUXE PORTAPOTTIES . Full Circle Events
As a follow up to the post earlier this week of advice from real brides and grooms on the things they would have done differently at their Las Vegas weddings, I thought I might share some more of the common pitfalls when planning a wedding in Vegas.
These 15 nuggets of Vegas wedding planning advice are especially true if you are planning a destination wedding but have never visited the city before, but I think even local brides and grooms will find some pearls of wisdom in this post.
SCHEDULING TOO MANY WEDDING EVENTS
Yes, Las Vegas is exciting and if you are getting married there, you are probably already a convert. And sure it’s great that you have planned an event every day for your wedding guests to enjoy while they are in Sin City — but give them some personal time, too! Overplanning not only leads to your exhaustion, but your guests’, too, and just creates a more demanding, less relaxing wedding.
CHOOSING VENUES THAT ARE TOO FAR APART
I know, it’s hard not to want to have it all. The retro downtown vibe, the beautiful desert scenery and those amazing lights and restaurants on the Strip. And most are all within a half hour of each other. But instead of trying to do it all, limit the number of venues you choose and how far from each other they are. Even better, choose your ceremony and reception to be in the same place. If you must host in a few different locations, try to provide transportation for your guests to keep them on schedule and from getting confused. Do you really want your guests to remember how long they sat on a bus on your wedding day instead of the amazing events you put together?
PICKING THE WRONG SEASON
May through August is traditionally the big wedding season in North America … except Las Vegas. It’s hot and many vendors take some time off because of that and … did I mention it’s hot? It can be less expensive to hold your wedding during these months which is attractive, but try for an early evening wedding, keep it indoors and try to make yourself and your guests as comfortable as you can. Here are some more summer wedding tips.
NOT HOSTING A RECEPTION
Yes, weddings are expensive. But if you have asked guests to come with you to your destination wedding, please, PLEASE, provide even a small cocktail reception for them. It’s only courteous. Even a couple of pizzas from Secret Pizza and cases of beer from Walgreens served up in your suite will likely only run you $25 a person. It may not be classy, but neither is providing nothing at all. You might seriously consider eloping if you can’t even give your invited guests a small celebration.
BOOKING TOO SMALL OF A VENUE
The Wraparound Suites at Cosmopolitan are beautiful, I agree. But really, they are best for groups of up to 15. Standing shoulder to shoulder and being barely able to move should be reserved for college parties, not your wedding ceremony. Pick a suite or venue that is well-sized for your wedding, not just because you like the view or decor.
MIS-ESTIMATING THE GUESTLIST
It’s really easy to over or underestimate the number of guests that will come to your wedding. For most destination weddings, just 40-50% of invited guests will actually attend, with the number being a little higher for Las Vegas. Leave a lot of time for RSVPs and let people know as far in advance you are planning a destination wedding. Vacation time and travel budgets must be accommodated.
GOING HARD WITH PRE-WEDDING PARTYING
Avoid the siren song of the casino bar the night before your wedding. Rest up, relax and enjoy a nightcap in your room if you must, but avoid the smoke-filled casino floors and nightclubs. Before you know it, it may be 5am and you haven’t gotten a wink of sleep.
NOT STAYING HYDRATED
Every time I come home from Las Vegas, I always wonder if I should buy stock in my favorite skin moisturizer’s company as I deplete yet another bottle. The desert is dry, so keep your skin (body and face), lips and hair well moisturized and drink more water than you need. The wedding aisle is no place for dehydration or flaky skin. While you’re at it, consider a refreshment station for guests at your outdoor ceremony.
GETTING THAT POOL TIME IN
If you come from a very wintery place like I do, it’s tough to avoid wanting to “catch up on the sun” and sit by the pool. Save the cabana rentals for after the wedding, get an umbrella, slather on that sunscreen and limit your time in the sun. Go for an airbrush tan if you must. Sunburns do not look very timeless in wedding photos.
BEING TOO SHY TO UPGRADE
Las Vegas loves weddings. Tell anyone you can that you are in the city to get married, from the airline check-in agent and hotel clerk to restaurant hostesses and spa attendants. And if that fails, you can always try the $20 trick for a suite upgrade. Don’t be shy! There’s no shame in asking and you receive a real bonus perk.
LETTING LOOSE WITH THE BUDGET
Budgets are a slippery slope. If you keep close track of your budget and remain aware of it even up until the morning of the wedding, it is less likely to happen. It’s easy to spend more than you anticipated in Las Vegas on non-wedding events, be it on a meal, a round of cocktails or pre-wedding gambling.
INSISTING ON A TRADITIONAL REGISTRY
When I think of carrying delicate things home on an airplane I always think of the episode of Seinfeld where Jerry is burdened by a wedding gift he thinks is fragile but is actually just a welcome mat. Either have guests ship gifts to your home, have a gift opening back home or set up an alternative registry like these modern recommendations from Zola.
NOT SOAKING IN THE GLOW
Revel in the attention you get as you walk through the casino, and happily pose for photos by well-wishers. Las Vegas loves love, judging by the reaction newlyweds get when they are spotted in the city. Take a moment to really appreciate and enjoy the attention from strangers and your loved ones, alike.
RELYING ON THE STRIP FOR TRANSPORTATION
If you need to travel around the city because you have a wedding ceremony and reception in two different locations, avoid The Strip. It’s a traffic jam for most of the day and will cause delays, not only for you, but your guests. Also that Vegas bus tour you planned? You might be stuck in traffic for a lot of it, so plan accordingly.
UNDERESTIMATING THE SIZE AND SCALE OF STRIP HOTELS
On Google Maps, the distance between hotels doesn’t look so bad — Bellagio is right next door to Caesars Palace, after all! But getting from your hotel room, down through the lobby, out to The Strip where you wrangle with crowds to the next hotel and then into the deep convention area where the chapels normally are, can take a long time. Longer than you thought. Especially when you’re wearing fancy wedding day shoes.
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Hindsight is 20/20, so they say. Looking back, I am happy to tell you there would have been many things I would have changed about my wedding day.
I would have reconfirmed the day before with the hairstylist that never showed, I would have made time for breakfast with my dad despite schedule changes and I would have brought water to my Neon Museum shoot. What were we thinking? I’ll tell you that first drink at our Border Grill reception never tasted so good, though!
The exact moment my photographer delivered the news that my husband had lost his pants, just 15 minutes ahead of our wedding
So, what would real Vegas brides and grooms who have gone through a wedding in Sin City have changed about their wedding? Lots of things, it seems. If you are a regular reader of The Knot Las Vegas forum, you will recognize some of the names sharing their wisdom, since these brides and grooms were kind enough to contribute their advice based on their wedding experiences. Added in are a few from LVW’s Facebook page.
A little perspective is a good thing from time to time, and sometimes we can get so stuck on one idea, it’s hard to imagine changing it. Hopefully you find this advice useful, especially if you are struggling with some decisions in your Vegas wedding planning.
PICKED A COOLER DRESS
I would find a simple short dress! I love my dress, but it is heavy and we are getting married in July. What the hell was I thinking with this huge dress?? - ssteele04
I would’ve picked a smaller dress for sure. - missmo14
If I had to do it again I might have picked one of the two-piece convertible gowns. Those look awesome. - KrisLSmiley
AVOIDED TOO MANY VENUES
I would have picked one venue for everything! I wouldn’t have arranged to host so many pre-wedding parties and events. - missmo14
PREPARED FOR A LOT OF WALKING
Shoes! I would have had more comfortable shoes!! - samiam125
GOTTEN A HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST ALL TO YOURSELF
Do not book all of your girls with the same makeup and hair artist as you! It’s too many women in one room and you will be late. Book your own and only invite 1-2 others (that can stay calm and help you) to join. Anyone that can’t handle stress should not be allowed in the same room as you the morning of. – Kari P
I wish my husband and I had gone out for breakfast/coffee the morning off, as I was too nervous to eat! - Courtney B.J.
PREPARED FOR THE HEAT
I would not have scheduled my Strip tour for 4:00pm, since it was like 100 degrees in June. - lauraaustin2003
I would not have ordered a cake. It was horrible and, honestly, after all the courses, plus the heat in July, I wouldn’t have had room for it anyway. – spoon1984
MADE TIME FOR PHOTOS
Don’t forget to take pictures with key people and do it early. Just grab your photographer and walk around the room. I missed out on many photos with people that I love. - mistiqnunu
I wish I had taken more casual photos with my sisters while we were getting ready. There’s some great individual shots, but we were rushing to finish everything so we weren’t late! – Courtney B.J.
BOOKED A VIDEOGRAPHER
We had an Elvis officiant and he was so funny and entertaining, I wish we had a recording to remember everything by! – kellamity
USED A HASHTAG
We asked guests post photos of everything and use a hashtag! From their travels to Vegas, to events on The Strip and anything from the wedding. I loved how connected our guest felt using the hashtag because we could all see each other’s fun photos! - Kari P
REALIZED VEGAS WEDDINGS = HANGOVERS
We should not have booked a day after brunch. Worst idea ever. Not just for us, but pretty much all of our guests. I DO not recommend one if you think your reception is going to get wild, and especially if you are going the DIY route and have to do things like return rental cars, glassware and clean up the party suite the next morning. - Kelly, Little Vegas Wedding
NOT CONSIDER THE DAY’S TIMELINE
Would have liked to do more pictures but due to our ceremony being between 4pm and 4:30pm, the sun ended up going down at 5:30pm. – connor1975
I would not recommend having your wedding before 4pm. We had an 11am wedding with a lunch buffet, but most of our guest were hungover, tired or not ready to drink. Around 1, some people started to dance and get in the mood, but it was tough getting the energy out of people that were partying in Vegas the previous night. – Kari P
ROCK OUT WITH YOUR FROCK OUT
I wish I had not changed out of my dress before we hit the hotel bar, since let’s be serious: when am I ever going to wear it again?! - Courtney B.J.
I also want to point out this post on the Scheme Events blog that details some of the mishaps and problems they successfully navigated at Las Vegas weddings they planned. Funny in retrospect, but probably really stressful at the time!
Photo: Ryan Jackson