LVW readers! Today I have a very special guest post for you from one of the founders of My Hotel Wedding, a fabulous site that is dedicated to amazing weddings in hotels!
Brooke is sharing her Las Vegas wedding which, naturally, happened in one of the loveliest Strip hotels. Read on for all the details from a hotel wedding pro, and to see the gorgeous images of the day by Micah and Megan Photography. (I can’t get over that midnight donut bar…)
Greetings Little Vegas Wedding readers! I’m Brooke, co-founder of My Hotel Wedding. My sister (previously a Catering Manager at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel) and I started My Hotel Wedding to be your one-stop site for seamless hotel wedding planning. We realized that with our combined knowledge and experience we had lots to share with couples planning hotel weddings. I am honored to share my Vegas wedding experience with you.
My husband and I met in film school and we both work in Los Angeles in the entertainment industry. When it came down to choosing a location for our wedding, we didn’t want LA, but also didn’t want to go too far from home. We had family and friends flying in from all over the country, so we wanted a location with easy access from the airport…VEGAS!!!
First we had to choose our Vegas venue. Our top three contenders were the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (since my sister worked for the company :) ), the Bellagio (because it’s stunning) and the Mandalay Bay (a personal fave). We chose the Four Seasons because of their ability to provide a truly customized wedding experience. Although the rooms and chapels were lovely elsewhere, they only offered wedding packages, which were unable to be customized to our taste when it came to food and beverage options.
Once we chose the Four Seasons everything else easily fell into place. Dennis Silknitter, our Catering Manager, made everything a breeze from the planning to the wedding day itself. One of our favorite planning memories was the tasting; we tried what felt like half their menu! Everything was divine! The final choices were hard to make, but we came up with our perfect wedding menu. Although we tried and tried to say no, we ended up saying yes to a midnight handmade donut station, which was a complete hit!
For our florist we chose Naakiti Floral Design who came highly recommended by the Four Seasons. Randi, the owner/founder, was amazing to work with. She greeted us at her studio off the Strip where we browsed thousands of images. She worked with our budget and even helped us find the perfect wood chairs to match our hot pink and purple theme.
By the time our wedding day came, I was so excited that I woke up at 6am ready to go! Our wedding day flew by, but was full of wonderful memories; from my grandma’s face seeing me in my wedding dress to the first look with my hubby Gordon. By the way, we recommend having the first look before the ceremony as it gets all the jitters out.
Another favorite moment that we’ve written about in our hotel hints, is taking a moment for just the two of us after the ceremony. We went back up to our suite and were able to have some time alone to freshen up, enjoy each other’s company as husband and wife and munch on delicious hors d’oeuvres sent up from the hotel.
All in all our wedding day was perfect. Every detail was meticulously handled by my sister and Dennis so that we could just enjoy. To see more photos from our wedding and all the vendors we used, visit our full blog post.
We hope you enjoyed hearing about our Vegas wedding experience. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out via email to brooke AT myhotelwedding DOT com or visit My Hotel Wedding for tips, tools and total inspiration for your hotel wedding!
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Micah and Megan Photography / Ceremony Venue: Fountain Terrace at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas / Reception Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas / Wedding Planner: Lauren Randolph Event Production / Wedding Dress: Blue by Enzoani / Floral: Naakiti Floral Design / Catering: Four Seasons Las Vegas / Entertainment: Las Vegas Wedding Music
‘Tis the season! Coming up on February 9th, Perfect Wedding Guide is rolling into Las Vegas between noon and 4pm. They are setting up camp at the fabulous M Resort in Henderson to showcase the best in Las Vegas wedding vendors, from photographers to bakeries, florists and videographers. Fashion shows, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, hair and makeup trials and more will make this a fun day for those planning their wedding.
Taylor from Perfect Wedding Guide shared this guest post with Little Vegas Wedding with 5 tips on how to get the most out of attending a bridal show. Be sure to read on to get this bridal show expert’s top tips, and to get free tickets to this show this Sunday! My personal tip? Drop by The Hostile Grape for a glass of vino post-show!
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming at times… there is so much information, how do you know where to begin or who to choose? The beauty of a bridal show is that it allows you to see past the computer screen and meet and experience wedding services & products for yourself in person.
The Las Vegas Perfect Wedding Guide creates the ultimate wedding planning experience for brides at a PWG Wedding Show. This one day event is an invaluable resource when it comes to planning your wedding. Instead of searching & driving all across town, we bring everything you could need for your perfect day, all to one place.
Whether you’re searching for that initial inspiration or looking for those last finishing touches there is something for bride-to be’s of all planning stages. One of the best things about the PWG Wedding Show is being able to ask local wedding vendors questions specific to your wedding.
For example, if you’re having your reception during a hot, Vegas summer what are the best catering options? Will the flowers you want be available then, and are there better options for less? Get your wedding day questions answered on the spot by Las Vegas’ most talented wedding professionals – no strings attached.
Now that you’re on your way to innovative wedding planning, here are some tips to help you get the most out of a bridal show:
- Be organized. Bring your iPad or wedding folder to the show and take notes! Jot down what you loved, which vendors were your favorites and snap pictures with your iPad or iPhone of the possibilities you find or like for your wedding.
- Bring your wingman. You’re making important decisions, and sometimes you want a second opinion or even a third opinion! Whether it’s your mom, maid of honor or fiancé bring that person who knows you best and will help you make the right decision.
- Be sticker ready. Save time and plan ahead by printing out labels with your name, address, phone number, email & wedding date on it to make it easy to enter contests.
- Be comfy. You’re going to be on your feet for a few hours checking out the hottest trends in the Las Vegas wedding scene, so wear your tried and true attire from head to toe.
- Get the scoop. When you find a wedding vendor you LOVE, rely on their experience and ask them which other pros they recommend. If you see something you like, such as a wedding gown on the PWG fashion runway or a gorgeous tablescape design, ask where you can get that look, how much it costs, and if they’re offering any PWG show exclusive offers or discounts.
Best of all we’re offering Little Vegas Wedding brides free tickets with code LVWbride at Las-Vegas.PWGShows.com! Every bride who attends will receive $500 in PWG bucks to spend on wedding vendors at the show. To find out more details including a list of grand prizes you can win at the show (like an all-inclusive honeymoon to Mexico from A Travel Desk) visit our website at Las-Vegas.PWGShows.com
Have questions about the PWG Wedding Show? Contact Taylor Mountain at taylor.mountain AT pwg DOT com
Photos courtesy Stephen Salazar Photography
I think it’s a misconception that destination weddings make it impossible to incorporate DIY projects. Of course, it’s easier if your flight has a flexible baggage policy or if you are within driving distance of Las Vegas, but there are still many ways to incorporate handmade, heartfelt details into your wedding day, whether you are coming as far as Sydney, Australia or Sydney, Nova Scotia!
Today’s DIY ring pillow tutorial from Veronica of Nostalgia Resources (see her tutorial for an antique seating chart!) is an easy way to bring in a handmade detail to your destination wedding.
They’re tiny, cute and you are only limited in your customization in terms of colors and fabric. Just have a look on Etsy, around your home or in a local fabric or craft shop for the right material for you, your style and wedding colors or theme.
See the full ring pillow tutorial here…
Today Little Vegas Wedding is getting a little bit of musical expertise from Soundtrack To I Do, a fabulous blog that has everything to do with music and weddings! From processionals to father-daugther dance song suggestions to the best of current Top 40 songs to add to your wedding night dance party, Colleen has a playlist for it!
She’s written up a little guest post with some great suggestions for a little bit of Sin City sparkle at your wedding – songs sure to get your and your reception guests up and grooving!
Hello Little Vegas Wedding readers! My name is Colleen and I write a blog called Soundtrack To I Do, a source of ideas and inspiration for the music for your wedding day. We also create personalized playlists so contact us if you need a little help with your tunes!
Today I’m sharing some excellent recessional and/or reception entrance songs for a Las Vegas wedding.
Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley
What’s a Vegas wedding without a little Elvis? Or if that’s too obvious, you can alternatively use another version – ZZ Top and Bruce Springsteen both made it their own.
Ain’t That A Kick In The Head – Dean Martin
Any song by any member of the Rat Pack just makes sense in Vegas. Plus the lyrics to this song are perfectly fitting for a wedding.
Luck Be A Lady – Frank Sinatra
See previous Rat Pack comment. Not to mention the Vegas-y lyrics. All the better if you have your DJ or iPod controller cut straight to the chorus as you exit your ceremony or enter the party.
Let’s Go To Vegas – Faith Hill
For the country lovers out there – this one is perfection. “Hey baby let’s go to Vegas, kiss the single life goodbye… bet on love and let it ride.”
Vegas Nights – Baby Bash, Jump Smokers
This song brings the party. If you want to get your guests ready to dance their faces off, this is a great option to get them going.
Vegas – Calvin Harris
Another great party song. If you don’t mind the obvious mention of drugs, this song packs a punch.
Phamous – The Midi Mafia featuring Chanel
This song just makes you want to throw your hands in the air. After all, everyone’s famous in Vegas!
Life Vegas – Felt
This is another one that needs to cut straight to the chorus, since the verses are questionable. The chorus will definitely get your guests in the party mood. “The city that stays up all night, it’s all right… Hit me, raise it, lift my chance, life is like Vegas.
Get Lucky – Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams
You can’t go wrong with this hit. You’re bound to hear it at every wedding you go to right now since it’s on top of the charts. Plus everyone wants to get lucky in Vegas. ;)
Married In Vegas – Manafest
Self explanatory. “I got married in Vegas, I’m so glad that you made it. ‘Cause we’ll be cutting the rug ‘til the sun comes up, singing la di da di da di da di da.”
Heaven Or Las Vegas – Cocteau Twins
For quirky/unique couples. You can’t really make out any of the lyrics in this song except for “heaven or Las Vegas,” but it has an super cool sound.
A Little Less Conversation – Elvis Presley
Just thought I’d start and end this playlist where everything starts and ends in Vegas – with Elvis.
You can listen to these songs and a few more on our Vegas Spotify playlist. And if you don’t want to be in everyone’s face with the Vegas theme, check out other options on our RecessionalSongs post.
Photo credits: top left, clockwise 1- Gin & Sake Productions 2- Brilliant Imagery 3- Starthrower Photography 4- Gin & Sake Productions 5- Lindsay Vallas
I’m excited to be sharing a new feature on the blog with you today! Veronica Torres-Miller of Nostalgia Resources will be guest posting each month with a new tutorial on how to incorporate vintage props and rentals into your wedding.
Nostalgia Resources has a huge variety of decor available for rental for your wedding, engagement shoot or bridal shower, including large items like furniture, trunks or antique windows and smaller items like birdcages, antique cameras, vases and dish ware. (Check out their entire inventory here!) The pieces are available to rent by the piece, so you can pick the perfect items individually to add character and style to your event.
Today’s tutorial is a great way to spice up an antique door and turn it into an escort card chart. This is a great project to for a local or destination wedding that needs a dash of vintage charm as the smaller parts can be assembled at home ahead of time and then just placed on the door when you arrive.
Without delay, let’s hand it over to Veronica as she walks us through this imaginative and distinctive DIY project for a seating chart!
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