Some of you readers are just beginning your Vegas wedding planning escapade. If so: welcome! If you are new to the world of weddings, you’ve probably already heard and used the “B” word: “budget.” It can dominate most wedding conversations you have, especially in the early days, and rightfully so. Staying on budget is important to your wallet and relationship’s health!
One of the best spots to save a little bit of time and money is by choosing your wedding stationery carefully. Little Vegas Wedding partner Ann’s Bridal Bargains offers a great selection of discount wedding invitations that allow you to express who you are as a couple, but not go overboard with the expense. Is it possible to stay on budget and plan a wedding that’s uniquely you? Yes! And Ann’s is dedicated to helping you make that happen.
Ann’s Bridal Bargains invitations offer a wide selection of styles and designs, but one of my favorites are the Separate and Send wedding invites. These affordable invitations have a clever, perforated design that prints all three pieces of your wedding stationery ensemble at once, saving you big bucks…and time! No DIY cutting of pieces, either.
These invitation bundles include the invitation as well as the detachable response card and reception card on one convenient sheet. Everything is coordinated, and can be customized to your wedding colors, theme or personal style and interests as a couple. You can choose your color and can create your own unique wording online, and even add photos to several designs!
Here are some of my favorite designs from the Separate and Send collection:
Perfect for a poolside wedding is the palm tree embellished “Heartwarming” suite.
Love fonts and typefaces? Check out the “Presenting” suite!
Guests will get excited about your destination wedding with these airplane themed “Destination Romance” invites.
Simple and modern, “Love Spell” reflects the purple theme of Aria’s wedding chapel!
You can see the full selection of affordable Separate and Send invites. Orders can be made for as few as 25 invites, perfect for smaller Vegas weddings.
The most important thing you need to know about Ann’s Bridal Bargains selection of “cheap” wedding invitations is that there is nothing cheap about them. Even the most impressive wedding invitation design becomes dull and disappointing if not beautifully printed and presented on the right kind of paper. If you’re not convinced, they even offer free samples so you can see before you purchase!
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There is no doubt about it: Las Vegas is one special place to pop the question. I’m a pretty private and shy person so these are not all my style, but I still love the thought and effort that went into these amazing Vegas proposals in, around and even above Sin City.
From flash mobs to private concerts, ferris wheels to fountains — you’re sure to find something amazing to inspire you. And maybe even trigger a few teary moments when you view the videos. Who’s that cutting onions in here?!
1. Private Poetry Proposal — Planet Hollywood With some help from The Heart Bandits and Something New Films, Gary proposed to Monifa in a private spoken word poetry performance at Planet Hollywood’s Sin City Theatre.
2. Getting Lucky — High Roller
The High Roller ferris wheel is one of the newest additions to The Strip and the beautiful view makes it a great opportunity to propose, like Patrick did with Cecilia in this video secretly recorded by photographer Ella Gagiano and set up with the help of event planner Andrea Eppolito.
3. Jackpot Proposal — NYNY Hotel and Casino
Marco popped the question to Karen at NYNY on a giant slot machine the staff helped set up ahead of time with photos of the couple rigged to go off when Karen pulled the handle.
4. Magical Marriage Proposal — The LINQ Magician Rob Anderson helped James propose to his girlfriend Nicole at The LINQ after coming in from Germany.
5. DIY Sneaky Video — Caesars Palace
Isaac set up his own DIY recording of his proposal to girlfriend Valerie in Ceasars Palace. Not that surprising (or out of the ordinary) from a guy who is a professional videographer.
6. Surprise Vegas Trip — Palazzo Atrium
Prem surprises his girlfriend Manisha with a trip to Vegas, where he proposed via a flash mob with 30 of her friends and family at the atrium at Palazzo on 11/11/11!
7. Magical Ring — Bellagio Fountains
Another magical trick, this time from Justin Flom in a proposal he helped make happen for Xavier and Cecy in front of the Bellagio fountains with a ring trick.
8. Viva Las Proposal — Fremont Street Experience
Viva Vision is a huge light and sound show on the canopy above Fremont Street, and you can customize a proposal to happen on the sign, like Brian did for Dana. You can inquire about your own proposal by calling (702) 678-5600.
9. Just Say Oui! — Paris Las Vegas
Britney and Chase’s proposal was recorded on a hidden GoPro camera as Chase proposed at the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris.
10. Taking the Plunge — Stratosphere Gordon fell for girlfriend Jen hard, completing a 855-foot SkyJump off Stratosphere before proposing to her when he landed.
12. Colossal Proposal — Bally’s
Giant slot machines are fun by themselves, but what about when the jackpot is a marriage proposal? Here is Jim getting lucky while proposing to Paige on “Colossus” the massive slot machine at Bally’s.
13. Halftime Show Proposal — UNLV
Marques proposed to his dancer girlfriend Karina during a UNLV basketball game, where she happened to be performing with the Rebel Girls.
14. Canal Proposal — Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes
Proposals on the gondolas at Venetian are pretty popular, but I love the bride-to-be’s face when she is surprised by all her friends and family who were secretly hiding nearby!
15. Flash Mob — Sunset Park
Joseph proposed to Erika at the beautiful Sunset Park in Las Vegas with the help of Flash Mob America.
16. iPad Proposal — Bellagio Conservatory
Tyler and Candace were engaged at the Bellagio conservatory. It was there that Tyler arranged to have an iPad personalized with a slideshow to Candace with photos of their firsts together and messages from family and friends on why she should say yes!
18. Patio Proposal — Bellagio Fountains
Following a romantic dinner at Olives at Bellagio, Kris and Kelly were engaged on the patio overlooking the Bellagio fountains.
19. Sport Celebrity Surprise — Luxor
The NY Giants’ Prince Amukamara proposed to his girlfriend Pilar at a Jabbawockeez performance at Luxor. Prince was hiding under a mask as he danced up to her and surprised her on stage.
20. Falling for You — Skydiving
Another 11/11/11 proposal! For this one, Nick and Jay went on a tandem skydive and after they took the plunge, they decided to take another one. Nothing seems that scary after jumping from a plane…
21. Romantic Flash Mob — Tivoli Village
Samantha and Ryan’s Valentines Day proposal flash mob at Tivoli Village was pulled off with the help of Las Vegas Flash Mob in a slower, more romantic style.
22. You Want a Piece of Me — Planet Hollywood
When both you and your girlfriend are huge fans of Britney Spears it only makes sense to propose at one of Britney’s shows, like Chris did with Blanca at Piece of Me at Planet Hollywood on Valentines Day. Chris got a lot of help for this one, including from the BreathHeavy Britney Spears fanpage.
23. Clowning Around — Container Park
Red carpet, balloons and clowns: Miguel set up an elaborate flash mob at the Container Park in downtown Vegas to propose to Patricia, with help from friends and Photographika Las Vegas. I love that the proposal video includes footage of the ring being made.
24. Fremont Flash Mob — Fremont Street Experience
Hubert proposed to Samantha in a flash mob on Fremont in this proposal caught on camera from the pros at Memory Lane Video. They incorporated birds eye view angles from the top of the zipline and even via a camera man on inline skates! This was another proposal set up with the help of Flash Mob Las Vegas!
25. Travel Presenter Proposal — Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile Shops
One way to DIY a proposal on video? Trick your girlfriend into thinking she’s auditioning for a travel show. That’s what Andrew made his girlfriend Katie believe when they flew to Vegas for a trip, back to the city where they first met.
26. A Lil’ Bit Country — Bally’s
After watching all these videos, I can tell you a lot of people like to use Bruno Mars songs for proposals, so I was happy to highlight Kelsie and Nathan’s country-themed flash mob outside Bally’s. Another proposal set up with the help of Las Vegas Flash Mob.
27. Heli-Proposal — Las Vegas Strip/Grand Canyon
Brendan proposed to Brittany in a limo, then celebrated when he whisked her away in a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon to enjoy champagne before flying over The Strip in this Memory Lane Video proposal movie. (No video embed, click photo to view video.)
Krista and Austin show us how an in-suite wedding reception is done in Las Vegas in today’s post! After a ceremony at Aria’s wedding chapel (and a double decker bus ride) they brought their guests back to a Skyline Terrace suite at MGM Grand for an evening of dancing, food and cake, enjoyed from the patio with a fantastic panoramic view of the Strip.
Photos from Tyler Freear show off this fabulous family and their amazing wedding day. Don’t you just love Krista’s incredible feather shrug? Just one of the many things that make this Vegas wedding feel like chic old Hollywood. Read on for Krista and Austin’s wedding tips, vendors, budget and more!
Ceremony: Aria Wedding Chapel | Reception: MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite
Why Krista and Austin chose a Las Vegas wedding
We love Las Vegas! Austin proposed in the Eiffel Tower restaurant, which was another added memory. We went with Aria based on the resort itself actually, the chapel was not complete when we booked our date, but I just knew it would be wonderful, modern and chic just like Aria. My mom and I do a lot of wedding planning and day of coordination here in Washington state (editor’s note: Krista didn’t give herself a shoutout, but I will! Every Last Detail Events, check them out! -Kelly) so after doing so many weddings I wanted something different and unique. Our guest list for an at-home wedding would have been well over 200 guests, and that sounded too big. We wanted a smaller group to really be able to enjoy everyone.
The Ceremony – The Wedding Chapel at Aria
We had a short but sweet non-religious ceremony where we said our own vows, and it was perfect. The bridal party walked in to a piano version of Suit and Tie by Justin Timberlake and I walked down with my dad to Avril 14th by Aphex Twin.
The Reception – MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite
Before we went to MGM we had a short tour of the strip on a double decker bus. Our guests enjoyed themselves but we cut it short and headed to the suite. My aunt and her sister-in-law made all the food for the reception at her condo. We had a selection of hors h’oeuvres including bacon wrapped prawns, caprese skewers, smoked salmon dip, hot artichoke crab dip and more. We brought our own alcohol and hired a bartender through Culinary Pros, to serve up drinks all night long. A friend was our DJ, and we danced the night away with a beautiful view from the terrace!
Favorite Vegas wedding memory
It was all just so much fun! I woke up the morning of the wedding and felt so fabulous, it was a really stress-free day (thanks to my mom and a few of her friends) and everyone had a ball.
DIY and handmade touches at Krista and Austin’s wedding
I added glitter to our invitations, our cake stand an wooden letters that spelled “LOVE”. Having help from my aunt and her sister-in-law for the catering was amazing! My cousin also did our flowers.
Krista and Austin’s #1 tip for other couples planning a Vegas wedding Hire a day of co-ordinator! Let me say it again: HIRE A DAY OF CO-ORDINATOR. Haha! And if you’re doing an insuite reception get the suite the day before. Remember to have fun, it’s Vegas! Take lots of pictures of the events before the big day — we wish we had more!
Krista and Austin’s Guestlist and Budget
We invited about 80 people and 45 people attended, including the wedding party. Budget was $7,500 and we ended up spending around $11,000
When you mix a picturesque (and historic!) country club just off The Strip, rustic wedding decor and an amazing couple, you get gorgeous results. Caity and Bryan were married at the Las Vegas Country Club this spring, and provided perfect hospitality for their wedding guests. Casual lawn games the couple made themselves such as beer pong (which was signed by guests to become a guestbook) giant Jenga and a photobooth kept guests entertained during the cocktail hour while the thoughtful couple captured amazing wedding pictures with Jenna Ebert Photography.
The rustic-style decor was primarily handmade by Caity and Bryan themselves, including chalkboard signage, the mason jar and woodslice centerpieces and other burlap touches. Even the bridesmaids dresses were custom made by a seamstress, ensuring everything was just as this couple wanted. The reception was accented with bistro lighting and pops of yellow sunflowers — even a country-fied vintage Chevy truck perfect for photos was provided by Bryan’s father! A simply gorgeous spring wedding.
Why Caity and Bryan chose Las Vegas Country Club for their wedding:
We chose the LVCC for multiple reasons, the most important being I knew it was going to be our venue the moment I walked out onto the open terrace. It was so big and beautiful, completely took my breath away. The LVCC also covered a lot of my concerns when picking a venue, such as a pretty backup indoor location in case the weather went south, my guests only had to drive to one location for both the ceremony and reception, and there wasn’t a lot of walking for them to do, but most importantly it is gorgeous!
We chose not to add much to the ceremony because the site was already pretty on its own. I love the look of white picket chairs on green grass and as we didn’t want a fancy arch or anything like that, so I simply had my florist line the sides of the aisle with fully bloomed sunflowers to frame our perfect moment, and it was just that, perfect. Immediately after the ceremony we had Allie (the second photographer at the wedding) take a group shot to make sure we included and remembered everyone who shared in the wedding including our main photographer Jenna, my new sister in law!
The Reception — Grand Terrace at Las Vegas Country Club
We kept the reception fun and had plenty of things for the guests to do, including yard games, a photobooth and memory video. The bistro lighting and chandelier that the LVCC supplied for me really tied all the magic of the night together. I think one of the most important parts of the reception is the music and the MC, and ours did the most fantastic job, he played the music we wanted and we never heard anything we didn’t want to. He really helped the night run smoothly with the help of Selena (the Las Vegas Country Club wedding coordinator.) All of my handmade decorations and signs really helped tie in the theme and feel I was going for and made everything so worth it.
What were some of the DIY and handmade personal touches at your wedding?
Everything was handmade! From my save the dates, invitations, all signs, banners, mason jars, and even the lawn games were made by Bryan and I with a little help from family and friends.
What was one of the most memorable moments of the wedding?
One of our favorite parts of our wedding was once all the major events were finished, we were just able to celebrate, dance, play games and go in the photobooth with all our friends and family.
Caity and Bryan’s #1 tip for other Las Vegas weddings:
I was so afraid of my guests being bored while we were taking our photos! To help time pass and entertain our guests, we decided to make the lawn games, have a photobooth and play the memory video all in this time. Our games included a handmade cornhole, giant lawn Jenga, and even a beer pong table that people could sign. Everyone was so happy and having so much fun! We had no complaints.
Caity and Bryan’s Guestcount and Budget:
The budget was somewhat based around the LVCC minimum fee. You had to reach a minimum of $10,000 in food and alcohol for the night, with a $2,250 venue fee as well, which my parents kindly paid for, and we took care of all the other vendors. Our wedding included an open bar and amenities for 140 guests.
Horror films, zombies and other spooky themes have a way of surfacing on Little Vegas Wedding again and again, and I have no complaints. Today’s post is no exception…I mean, just look at that photo above!
Katherine and Chris are a very intrepid English couple who planned their spontaneous elopement in Las Vegas after their original plans for a more elaborate Vegas wedding did not materialize. It was in every sense a true elopement, as they hit the ground running as soon as they landed in Las Vegas, gathering all the things needed for the wedding including the license, outfits, and choosing a ceremony venue in just 48 hours.
Before the wedding they did a self-guided photo tour of some famous spots including the Valley of Fire and the Las Vegas Arts District. You can see more of their DIY wedding photo tour of here. Post-wedding (a mobile ceremony officiated by Las Vegas Luv Bug Weddings) they celebrated by attending Evil Dead the Musical, choosing to sit in the splatter zone. Read that again: they chose to sit in the splatter zone. In their wedding clothes. Aren’t they awesome? And fun fact: Evil Dead the Musical is now offering wedding packages. Trendsetters, these two!
Why Chris and Katherine Eloped to Las Vegas
We wanted to get married in Vegas because it’s our favourite place to be! Chris had been going to Vegas for many years before I met him and so it was inevitably our first holiday destination together. There’s so much to do and such variety from being on the Strip, or downtown, or out in the desert. Vegas guaranteed us the good weather we couldn’t have in England for an outdoors ceremony. I was also rather looking forward to showing our family and close friends around Vegas so they could hopefully understand why we keep coming back! :o)
When we’d discussed our wedding previously my only requirements were a pretty dress and pretty photos to remember the day. Vegas provided us with a unique opportunity to have photos in lots of really different locations in a single day — I had been researching companies who provide photo tours before we decided to just do it ourselves! :o)
Katherine and Chris’s Advice for Other Vegas Elopements
If you want to get married spur of the moment, Vegas is obviously an easy place to do it. With a couple of days we managed to create a special day for ourselves. David’s Bridal will sell you a dress off the rack, although they didn’t want to believe it was only us and were desperate to sell us a dress with a long train I couldn’t possibly have managed alone!
Don’t be afraid to trust in the kindness of strangers to take your photos! We had some great shots thanks to helpful people. Although we did buy a camera which auto-syncs the photos to my phone at every opportunity just in case someone decided to run off with it! ;o)
The Ceremony — Caesars Palace with Las Vegas Luv Bug Weddings
The evening of October 3rd we headed over to the Marriage License Bureau and filled out the required forms in the pencils provided – I’ve never signed an official looking document in pencil before! There was no queue, so we wandered up to a window, corrected our misunderstanding of their form, and in exchange for $60 we had the legal documentation required – it really is as easy as the movies make out!
We also booked Luv Bug Weddings to perform the ceremony, though we had no idea where! They’re a mobile company who come to you, to any public place, so first thing on Thursday we headed out to scout out locations – it was very early so the neon was still lit :) After a stressful day of visiting pawn shops for rings and wedding clothing shopping, Chris finally found his suit at an outlet mall. We headed over to David’s Bridal as I knew they would sell me a dress I could take away then and there and had the fun experience of trying on dresses in a proper shop!
Ceremony photos courtesy Pam Rowland of Luv Bug Weddings
The Reception — Eiffel Tower Dinner and Evil Dead the Musical
Dinner was actually pre-wedding at Paris Las Vegas’s Eiffel Tower Restaurant with a stunning view of the Bellagio fountains. Post-ceremony, attending a live showing of Evil Dead the Musical.
Was there a stand out moment, memory or challenge that has stayed with you?
The most memorable part of the whole experience was how lovely everyone was when we were in wedding clothes! Random people we passed were congratulating us, complimenting our outfits, offering advice. More importantly for us, strangers were helping us take photos. The kindness of strangers seems to multiply by huge amounts on your wedding day :o) Without their help we would have had far fewer photos to remember the day!
The most challenging part of the day was jetlag! We hadn’t factored that into the timing of the day. We were too excited to sleep much the night before and started the day pretty early. By the time it came to the ceremony we were already very tired and actually fell asleep before the evening entertainment! Thankfully we woke up just in time to get there!
Bonus: The next day, the couple headed out to the desert where they buried their “evidence” (i.e., wedding clothes) in a secret spot, Breaking Bad style. What happens in Las Vegas, stays…well, you know the rest. Congratulations, Katherine and Chris!