Editor’s Note: I’m Blogging As Fast As I Can!

When I started Little Vegas Wedding nearly three years ago, I was unemployed. Very, very unemployed. (Not to mention discouraged and depressed).

I threw my life and passion into growing the site and spent hours coding and writing and designing and well…you get the idea. LVW has grown by leaps and bounds and I’m so happy and so grateful to be at the point I’m at today.

Two of my goals were also accomplished: one was to create an amazing resource, and goal two was to develop my skills enough to land a job. Something I am proud to say I finally did this past fall.

Paired with a long-ass commute (seriously, I spend nearly three hours a day in my car) this demanding new job consumes much of my day, leaving me to scrimp and scrounge time to work on the site (along with my other freelance writing gig) when I can on weekends. It doesn’t help that I’m learning so many cool things that I’m DYING to incorporate into the site, either.

Although I have a huge backlog of amazing weddings (and way too much email to ever read, I’m so sorry if yours in in the hopper — I have some from March I have yet to open!) ready to share from now through the summer, I just haven’t found the time to get them up just yet. But, I promise I will! Perhaps at a snail’s pace, but I’m dying to share these ones, so I will get to them, eventually. And when they come, they will come fast and furious. So hang in there, baby.

LVW is still my passion and so, so fun: thank you for making it so by sharing your beautiful weddings and even more amazing wedding stories. Your love is my love, and I feel so honoured at being allowed to peek in at your lives.

So no, I’m not on hiatus. And no, I can’t afford a virtual assistant or intern or housekeeper (but lord would I love to have one, or all three) I’m just doing things on my terms and trying to feel as guilt-free as I can about it.

In any case, thank you for bearing with me as I try to juggle a work-life balance. We just marked the five year anniversary of our Vegas wedding. It was low key and I loved it. Currently I have a birthday cake for Mister M in the oven and a side of pork in the slow cooker … and it’s 90 minutes past my bedtime. But I needed to write this.

I’ll see you real soon. I promise. Don’t believe me? Check out this sneak peek from a post coming up…

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Photo by the always amazing JamieY Photography.

The end. I’m dead (tired).

xo,
Kelly

LVW Mailbag: Non-cheesy inexpensive Vegas elopement ideas

LVW Mailbag
Time for another LVW Monday Mailbag where you get to hear my thoughts and opinions on Vegas wedding planning questions.

Today, I answer a question about intimate, stylish but budget-friendly elopement spots that are light on the cheese factor.


Good Evening Kelly!

First of all, let me just say that your website is absolutely stunning! You have such a well-organized and adorable collection of information!

I am hoping to get your input. I’m getting married near the end of March and my fiance and I are looking to get married in a romantic, non-cheesy venue just the two of us. We prefer to have it “feel” intimate and secluded (not as if there should be 50-200 chairs that are missing).

Any venue from $500 (preferred) to $1,000 (considered) would be considered. Preferably tropical, but we would consider a garden setting (must feel organic and natural/outdoor).

Thanks in advance for your time and consideration. We truly appreciate your response!

From,
S

Hi S,

My first thought is to hire a minister or officiant and have them meet you at the gardens at Springs Preserve or at Symphony Park at The Smith Center, so you don’t have to pay a venue fee.

The Springs has a more desert-y feel, but the The Smith Center has palm trees so is more tropical and also has a nice green space, with lots of spots for great photos. They are both modern, unique and non-cheesy but still intimate and romantic. As a bonus, neither has chairs that would stick out as noticeably empty.

If you look through the elopements category on the site, you’ll find all sorts of options of couples featured who have done what you are looking for. More than I could ever name here! :)

It would also be worth taking a spin through the intimate wedding venues in the directory to see if something catches your eye.

Good luck!
Kelly


Have a Vegas wedding planning question? Feel free to send it to me at kelly AT littlevegaswedding DOT com with the subject line: “LVW Mailbag” or leave a comment on one of the posts. I may answer it in a future mailbag feature. Questions may be edited for length and privacy.

If you want more immediate help, I encourage you to join the LVW Wedding Planning Facebook group. This private group is full of people planning their weddings just like you as well as some vendors. Both are great for knowledge and advice and are probably much more in the know than me! You can also read past mailbag questions here.

Romantic Rustic Ranch Wedding Inspiration from Bethany Miller Photography

Rustic Ranch Wedding Inspiration | Little Vegas Wedding

I never tire of rustic wedding style. The natural, relaxed style is the perfect fit for a casual wedding. And when it comes to Las Vegas, Legends Ranch has to be one of the best places to showcase this style of wedding. The ambience and built-in style oozes out of all of these photos. So if you have your eye set on a Western, ranch or rustic themed wedding, be inspired by this styled shoot! (And get a peek at Legends Ranch, who have a new website, with information about wedding bookings and more on the property.)

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Bethany Miller Photography
VENUE . Legends Ranch

CONCEPT . Couture Clicks by Emma + Josh / SHOOT STYLIST . The Sugar Jar / FLORAL . Gaia Flowers  / CAKE . Las Vegas Custom Cakes / CANDY BAR . The Sugar Jar / HAIR + MAKEUP . Hair by Lizz / BRIDAL GOWN . Tulle NY / GROOMSWEAR . Tuxedo Junction Las Vegas / FURNITURE . Affair to Remember / VINTAGE TABLE SETTINGS . Dirty Dishes / STATIONERY . Special Letters / JEWELRY . Chasing Lockets / CUSTOM SIGNAGE . Well of Words

Shoot submitted via Two Bright Lights

LVW Mailbag: Advice on loft-style venues + custom catering

LVW Mailbag

Despite running this site (something I do as a hobby from Canada) I do NOT consider myself a Las Vegas wedding expert. However, I tend to get many questions from readers seeking advice, and try my best to answer or at least point them in the right direction to get the answers they need. At the very least, I give my opinion or things I’ve heard from couple who have submitted their weddings to the site.

While I can no longer keep up with the volume of questions I get by providing personalized answers, I will be choosing some to run some of these question and my answers in a series called LVW Monday Mailbag!

We kick off today with a question that plagues many couples marrying in Vegas: locked in catering and venue photography rules!


Hi Kelly,

Your site seems to be filled with the best information on Las Vegas weddings, so I thought I’d come to you for advice! Our wedding will be a destination wedding for all our guests and we are thinking Vegas will be the best spot, as it is middle ground for everyone.

I am struggling to find a venue I actually like. I am turned off by the typical “Vegas hotel wedding.” It is important to hire our own photographer and would much rather have our own caterers rather than a venue’s set/generic menu.

We’d love for our wedding to be outside near greenery, something a bit rustic. Or I’d also love a loft, or intimate warehouse feel with brick and lights! Any suggestions?! We’ll have about 70 guests, and a venue near Summerlin and Red Rock hotel or another great hotel would be great to make it easier for our guests to get around.

Thank you,
K

Dear K,

Ah, the great venue search. You actually have some pretty specific requests, so the first thing I would do would be to narrow down the search to places that allow outside caterers. That limits things quite a bit and will help stop you from going crazy.

Some choices that would be top of my list would be:

Springs Preserve
Although they require the use of an exclusive caterer at this time, from what I’ve seen they offer a lot of flexibility in terms of menu. Also, the array of venue options at the Springs may fit what you need, including a combination loft-like/garden space. Keep in mind while they do not restrict photographers, they do require you to have an event planner.

Historic Fifth Street School
This venue meets many of your requirements, in that they allow you to choose your own caterer and photographer, but it is very much a self-service venue and you may wish to hire a wedding planner as well. But the space is rustic, outdoors and near all some great downtown hotels your guests will find convenient. String some bistro lights up over the courtyard and it will have that airy lofty feel. It is not near Red Rock or Summerlin, but sometimes compromise is the word of the day when it comes to wedding planning!

That being said, I do encourage you to explore places with a locked-in caterer. I think you’ll find the quality of the food and beverage available in Las Vegas is modern, gourmet and very flexible compared to what you may be used to at home, especially at some of the higher-end country clubs like Red Rock Country Club or Canyon Gate Country Club, both of which would meet your green setting and city location requests.

Good luck!
Kelly


Have a Vegas wedding planning question? Feel free to send it to me at kelly AT littlevegaswedding DOT com with the subject line: “LVW Mailbag” or leave a comment on one of the posts. I may answer it in a future mailbag feature. Questions may be edited for length and privacy.

If you want more immediate help, I encourage you to join the LVW Wedding Planning Facebook group. This private group is full of people planning their weddings just like you as well as some vendors. Both are great for knowledge and advice and are probably much more in the know than me!

Simple, Romantic Desert Wedding Style by Ivory Lime Photography

Simple Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding

One of my favourite Vegas events (that I have yet to attend) is the annual Wedding and Portrait Photographers International conference. Known as WPPI, this event hosts thousands of photographers in Las Vegas every spring. Many photographers attend learning sessions, pay to access models and styled shoot set ups to try new thing and add to their portfolio and network. Naturally a time of renewal, this spring conference is great for amazingly imaginative styled shoots and inspiration, too, much of which I get to share with you, dear readers!

We’ll kick things off with a simple elopement-style shoot that showcases the natural simplicity of desert scenery and a couple’s intimacy. Rustic detailing, a vintage wedding dress and handmade accessories turn it into a gorgeous concept, perfect for low key couples. Can’t you just imagine these two whipping around the desert in a dune buggy in their wedding gear? Of course, you know I had to include it because of that darn cute dog, too!

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This feature is one of a few organized during WPPI 2015 that I have coming in the future weeks. Prepare to get inspired by new ideas, new vendors, concepts and venues!


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Ivory Lime Photography by Angela Stewart
STYLED + COORDINATED BY . Jenn Burnett Photography
STYLED SHOOT VENUE . Shot on location east of Las Vegas

BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Dress Me Sew Chic / HAIR . Hair by Ashley Nichols / MAKEUP . Carly Ryan Makeup Artist at The Batterman Group / BOUQUET + BOUTONNIERE . Burlap and Bling Design Studio / FLORAL CROWN . Forever Hooked

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