Ah, Las Vegas. City of views. For some, nothing but a suite overlooking the iconic Bellagio fountains will do. But I think the view is better just a few blocks off the Strip from a hotel such as Hard Rock, MGM Signature or today’s feature hotel: Palms. Watching the lights flicker on as the sun goes down is an amazing sight. I’ve long been curious about the suites high in the sky at Palms with their cantilevered pools hanging off the edge so precariously. Today’s reception brings you right into those amazing SkyVillas.
Madi and Tim ditched their traditional wedding when planning got too intense. Opting for a huge suite and a small guestlist, they exchanged vows in just a few minutes at Chapel of the Flowers, barely pausing the party on the bus to do so. I love the energy these two bring and am so happy to be finally sharing their wedding. (Seriously, I’ve been putting this post off forever, I’m so excited to finally hit publish!)
And if you can’t get enough of this suite, head back in the archives for this other feature wedding in a SkyVilla.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
Originally we had a huge wedding planned at home, with a down payment on the venue and everything. It was becoming too stressful doing the guest list, seating arrangements, centerpiece designs and everything else. Vegas has always been special to my husband and I so one morning when we woke up I just asked, “Do you want to get married in Vegas?” He replied, “I thought you’d never ask!”
THE CEREMONY — CHAPEL OF THE FLOWERS
It was perfect: five minutes, in and out. We said our “I dos” and go back on the party bus.
THE RECEPTION — SKYVILLA AT PALMS
Our reception was magical. We stayed in the Palms SkyVilla. It’s 6,000-sq.-ft. with a pool hanging off of the side. We served In-N-Out Burgers and Chronic Tacos, the best reception food ever.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
My mom made awesome gift baskets to place in everyone’s room when they got to Vegas, it was great.
Honestly, I can’t choose a favorite memory, it was the best day of my life. If I had to choose one it would possibly be twirling under these huge pillars on the Strip with my husband. Just the Strip in general, actually. And of course the fantastic villa with a butler, and having 30 of our closest friends and family there. See, I couldn’t pick just one!
A TIP FOR YOUR VEGAS WEDDING FROM MADI AND TIM
DON’T PLAN. Book a room, get a reservation for where you want to get married…and enjoy the moment. Nothing else needs to be planned. Your wedding should be stress-free, it should only be about love, laughter and happiness. Vegas is the perfect place to get married if you want to have the best wedding ever.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Apaige Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Chapel of the Flowers
RECEPTION VENUE . SkyVilla at Palms
For couples lucky enough to stay at Cosmopolitan, you know it’s the right amount of sexy and chic with romantic and intimate, making it perfect for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or, in the case of today’s couple, a vow renewal.
Damon and Alemnesh celebrated 10 years together with an Elvis renewal followed by a cake cutting and Champagne celebration with their closest loved ones in a stunning wraparound terrace suite. There were little thank you bags with hangover recovery kits for guests and sweet treats, too, all in a classic red and black palette. They went for a fun theme with little reminders of The Hangover around the suite. Can you spot all of the references?
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Clivabeth Photography
CEREMONY VENUE .
RECEPTION VENUE . Wraparound Terrace Suite, Cosmopolitan
WEDDING DESIGN . Tracey Thomas / FLORAL . Elizabeth Dantus / CATERING . Cosmopolitan / DESSERTS . The Pink Cupcake LV / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Oleg Cassini, shoes – Betsey Johnson – / HAIR . Lacy, Salon Couture, styling by Perla at VaVoom Studio / MAKEUP . MAC Cosmetics / NAILS . Mikal at BeLoved Nails 365
Today’s sassy couple is the first real wedding post of 2015, and it’s such a great one. For starters, it’s an in-suite wedding, held in a super-sized V Suite at the former THEHotel (which changed into Delano in September 2014).
Also Jessica, the bride, wore an incredible Victorian-style corseted gown with a victory roll hairstyle. Since both she and her husband are gamers, so there was a Portal and Mass Effect themed wedding cake and an amazing space-themed shirt for the groom, Michael. Their military wedding followed by cake and Champagne reception were casual and intimate, and brought all the best elements of family and love together.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
I was a Las Vegas local for nine years before I got married, and a lot of the dates that my groom and I went on happened while I was still living in Vegas. His grandparents live there as well, so it made it convenient for him to stop by and visit me (we had a long distance relationship). The location was convenient and definitely fit into our budget. Plus the city itself just has so much to offer in terms of venues, so why not get married in one of the wonderful resorts? We chose to get married at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay before it got replaced by the Delano. It was absolutely beautiful; the contemporary styling fit in with what we wanted in an in-suite wedding!
When Michael and I planned our wedding, we knew we wanted it to be something about us and let people know who we are. In fact, Offbeat Bride inspired me to go all out for my wedding and to know that it’s okay to go against the grain! Besides, Michael and I were not much for the Wedding Industrial Complex in the first place.
THE CEREMONY — V Suite at THEhotel (now Delano)
I didn’t want to be walked down the aisle by my dad as there really wasn’t an aisle in our venue (which was held inside our hotel suite), yet my mother-in-law highly recommended that I do so anyway and that a makeshift aisle was fine. I’m glad that I went with her suggestion, as the conversation that my dad and I had before my procession helped me to bond with him and cope for the rest of the evening.
My family is Filipino, although I did not have my wedding inside a huge Catholic cathedral. So I couldn’t include many of the things that were typical of a traditional, Filipino wedding. However, both of Michael’s family and mine are born-again Christians, so we opted to do a unity candle-lighting ceremony instead. It brought together both families and was a nice blending of the cultures.
THE RECEPTION — V Suite at THEhotel (now Delano)
Initially, we did want a big wedding but to due time constraints, we had to improvise a lot. We were originally going to plan for a courthouse marriage first then a big fat ceremony later (as many military couples do), but even that wasn’t doable with only 3 months of planning available. Due to the entire nature of the military as well as the downside of everyone not living in the same area, only immediate family and close local friends were invited. The wedding was small, yet we managed to pull through and create the wedding of our dreams with just 18 guests! Michael’s mother helped to create our dream day a much more intimate one by providing most of the decorations, as well as cake and champagne.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
I was able to make my own bouquet! I used left over origami paper and other craft things I’ve saved up for years in order to make it. Everyone at the ceremony loved the way it looked and were amazed that I was capable of making my own bouquet (as opposed to just buying some fresh flowers). It made me feel good to know that the hard work I put into it payed off–even my Maid of Honor wanted one for her future wedding!
We wanted a wedding that showed off our personalities and shared interests: we both liked video games, so we included some of that in our ceremony. The Portal and Mass Effect games are significant to us because my groom and I first met when Portal 2 just came out, and he was the one who introduced me to the Mass Effect games. I also liked all things vintage and romantic, and my groom didn’t mind as well — so long as I wore a corset. ;) This worked out well for the both of us since I was able to wear a Victorian Steampunk-inspired, burlesque dress that was modified to go with my wedding theme. The wedding dress was a nice, wine red color instead of the typical white since I wanted to put at least a little bit of practicality to it. That way, I can re-use my dress for other occasions (such as Renaissance Festival or military dining-outs) instead of wasting money by wearing it only once and trashing it.
The most meaningful parts of my wedding were the ones I expected to have so much impact. I mean sure, everyone expects to have the bride and groom kiss to have the most impact — which is true for me. But there were so many other moments that had the same amount of impact, too. During my ‘getting ready’ session with my wedding photographer, my Maid of Honor wasn’t able to make it to my hotel suite on time to help me get dressed into my gown. I was a bit of a loss in what to do for my ‘getting ready’ shoot, as I did not want to further delay plans. Instead, I improvised by just having my groom help me out while our photographer took pictures of us in those moments. Just the whole session was quite intimate, and it helped me to be closer to my groom that day. The pictures that came from him helping me in my gown and undergarments were some of the best, too!
We didn’t have a rehearsal since we figured that it wasn’t needed for a small wedding, so everyone just winged it. However, that didn’t mean that we were free from slip- ups! Michael messed up some of the words when he recited the vows after our pastor, which initiated some chuckles and giggles from me and the guests. But it was all in good spirit; we all learned to laugh along and just roll with it. I also did not expect my groom to have a shirt with funny-looking sleeves underneath his Air Force mess dress! Everything thought that he was just wearing the standard white shirt, so him taking off his coat to reveal that was definitely a hilarious surprise.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM JESSICA AND MICHAEL
There was also a bit of tension with my own mother that comes along with wedding planning to the point of having me go into bridezilla mode. When it comes to planning a wedding where the families are from different cultural backgrounds, it can be a headache to plan. I almost wanted to just quit and elope instead, so that I didn’t have to worry about it all. Who knew that even small weddings were stressful to plan? Yet at the end of the day, it all worked out alright. All I just hoped was for my mother to understand that this is my wedding, and that it is okay for me to shape it into my own image.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Gin and Sake Productions, member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . V Suite at THEHotel
DAY-AFTER SHOOT VENUE . The Smith Center
CAKE . Manan Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Glamtasik, shoes – Chinese Laundry, jewelry – Kohl’s, accessories – / HAIR + MAKEUP . Shag Me Salon / BRIDESMAID . Alfred Angelo / CUSTOM CAKE TOPPERS . WTFcharms
Vegas Wedding Photobooth Fun
While hashtagging your wedding for people to post on social media is fun, do you know what’s even more fun? Setting up a real photobooth. With props. And custom logos and backgrounds. And a camera that won’t be at the mercy of low lighting, get blurry or run out of juice part way through the night.
Since their debut, photobooths have remained a fixture at many weddings, giving you and your guests a fun activity to do. And in the case of Las Vegas wedding, they can add yet another level of Sin City fun to your wedding night. Dress up the booth with Elvis sunglasses, huge blinged-out $ sign necklaces and feather boas for people to play with. Not convinced? Check out the photographic evidence…
Lightweight, portable and fun, there’s a whole new generation of photobooths for your Vegas wedding. These photobooths even allow you to set them up in hotel suite receptions. Taylored Photo Memories has one of these amazing mobile photobooths which packs down to about the size of a suitcase, meaning that it can get up to your hotel wedding party without anyone knowing. (Except for all the fun photo evidence you have the next day!)
Taylored Photo Memories has a variety of packages for their modern wedding photobooth, but I like the Double Down Package best. It gives you the best bang for your buck as it includes:
- delivery, setup and teardown
- two hours of photobooth time
- one print per photo session with three photos a strip
- an on-site technician
- custom print design that will match your wedding theme.
- Also included? The fun part: props!
All this for $575. Add-ons are also available, including social media sharing, duplicate prints, a guestbook, different backdrops, additional time and more. Inquire for exact pricing or head here to see more example images.
What else is awesome about them? Well, of course, the high-quality camera and lighting equipment. But these booths also accommodate large groups (no more squeezing everyone in behind the curtain!) include many different backgrounds (including some Vegas landmarks) and on-site printing and help from an on-site attendant. Great when people start to enjoy the cocktails a little later into the night.
To top off the awesomeness that are Taylored Photo Memories’ mobile Vegas wedding photobooths, they are also giving away a photobooth package to one lucky couple. Yup! You could win a photobooth for your Vegas wedding.
So what’s included with this prize?
- two hours of photobooth fun
- set up and tear down
- on-site attendant
- fun props and awesome photos!
Entering is easy. Just use the entry form below. (Don’t see it? Try here.)
You get extra entries if you use the form to tweet about the contest or if you Instagram a photo of you and your husband or wife-to-be (be sure to tag @tayloredphoto and use hashtag #vegasweddingphotobooth when you do so we can find it!)
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Contest Rules + Regulations
- Contest closes: Midnight (Mountain Time zone) on November 14, 2014
- This contest is open to international entrants, however any travel fees to Las Vegas and wedding reception costs are the responsibility of the couple and their guests.
- The winning wedding date must take place between November 21 2014 and February 28 2015. Date subject to availability
- Taylored Photo Memories reserves the right to substitute a similar prize of equivalent or greater value should the prize be unavailable. None of the prizes may be exchanged or transferred and there is no cash value
- Copyright of publicity will belong to Taylored Photo Memories. Wedding photos may be featured on wedding blogs and sites in the future
- Winner will be chosen at random from the entries received and notified via email within a week of contest closing date
- Package includes: two hours of photobooth rental, props, an attendant, set-up and teardown, custom photo design with three photos a strip. Total prize value: approximately $575
- The winner will be informed with in 72 hours of the contest close via email. The prize is not confirmed until you check if your date is available with Taylored Photo Memories
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
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Tyler Freear Photography / Ceremony Venue: Aria Wedding Chapel / Reception Venue: MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite / Wedding Dress: I Do Bridal, Seattle WA / Alterations: Romashka Bridal, Everett WA / Day of Coordination: Laurie Andersen / Hair: Katie Sarpy of Essential Organic Earth Salon, Tulalip WA / Makeup: Bobby Pin Beauty by Francesca Lombardo / Bride’s Shoes: Aldo with DIY Swarovski detailing / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Davids’ Bridal / Groom’s Suit + Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse / Floral: Bride’s Cousin from Mayesh Wholesale Floral / Catering: DIY / Cake: Retro Bakery / Cake Topper: Chicago Factory / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Door Hangers: Brown Paper Moon / Rentals (ice chest, chafing dishes): RSVP Party Rentals / Transport: Presidential Limousine / Videographer: Langdon Video