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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
Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide! Cosmopolitan is on deck today, a hotel which does not have its own wedding chapel but still offers some fun, unconventional options for weddings.
Cosmopolitan’s Wraparound Terrace is popular for small weddings
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas | 702.698.7000
Capacity: Up to 80 | Indoor Sites Available | Hosts: Ceremonies + Receptions
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Just the Deets
Cosmopolitan is a trendy luxury hotel right on the Strip that opened in 2010, definitely popular with a younger crowd. Unlike most of their Strip hotel friends, they are lacking a true stand alone wedding chapel and are not traditionally known in Las Vegas as a hot destination for weddings.
However, they have experimented with a limited time only Pop-Up Wedding Chapel the last few winters (the chapel did not open for the 2014 season.) More recently they have begun to recognize how popular their luxury suites are with couples seeking a more modern Vegas wedding reception, and have been offering packages angled to those weddings and more unconventional, modern events.
Other perks of using Cosmopolitan for your wedding include a spectacular spot for unique, artsy wedding portraits: lots of art and sculptures (including the Chandelier Bar) around this architectural hotel (even in the parking garage!) make for some great photo ops. There is also a Rent the Runway location in the shops, making it a great spot to rent a haute couture wedding gown for a great price.
Their Wraparound Terrace Suites are immensely popular with smaller wedding parties looking for a modern cocktail reception with amazing (and rare) balconies with views of the nearby Bellagio fountains and the lights of the Strip. It is possible to provide your own photographer if you waive the fees and sign a release.
Other venues for ceremonies and receptions include the purple palette’d Point Loma ballroom overlooking the Strip and Bellagio fountains, with room for 80 guests. The 36th floor dedicate Wedding Suite is specifically set up for chic in-suite ceremonies and cocktail receptions of up to 40 guests (25 seated*) including bridal space and a patio. The Terrace (8 guests*), Wraparound Terrace (12 guests*) and West End Penthouse Suites (35 guests*) are also available for small ceremonies and receptions. *Please note: capacities are those recommended by Cosmopolitan
A new venue for 2014 is The Chelsea, a concert space and event venue that might be well suited to the right couple for larger weddings. Design inspiration for this venue from the 1930s and is abandoned glass factory turned working theater at this industrial-style venue.
Pop Up Wedding Chapel Interior at Cosmopolitan, March 2013. Photo: Kelly / Little Vegas Wedding
Wedding packages range in cost from $1200-9040 and up and include a variety of services including spa visits, food, live music and more. For receptions, there are specific ballroom and in-suite catering menus. Buffet and plated meals starts $105 per person, from $35 per person for more casual cocktail-style receptions serving hors d’ouevres. Bar packages start at $29 per person. There are also 13 restaurants on site plus a buffet for more casual receptions. Groups over 13 guests must go through group dining for reservations.
They can also provide all other associated wedding needs such as flowers, cake, officiants, music, photography and more.
Real weddings at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas featured on Little Vegas Wedding
Point Loma Room
West End Penthouse (Light Version)
Cosmopolitan Wedding Suite
Searching for the perfect venue for your Las Vegas wedding? Be sure to check out the other posts in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue series, or peruse the Vegas Wedding Venue Directory!
Unless otherwise stated, photos courtesy: Cosmopolitan
Obviously, I love to publish in-suite weddings on Little Vegas Wedding. The endless combinations of amazing suites with personalization makes them so fun! Mike and Sarah did things the DIY way and had planned their wedding to be a party right from the start, making the suite a great choice. They picked one of the coolest ones in Las Vegas to have their reception in, the retro Vegas Stardust Suite at Orleans, following a garden ceremony at Flamingo.
Why Sarah and Michael Chose Las Vegas
We wanted our wedding to be both an intimate affair and a wild party. We wanted a wedding location that worked for our tight budget but made us feel like VIPs. And most importantly we wanted an afterparty that was casual but that our guests would be talking about long after we came home to Boston. Vegas seemed like the obvious choice!
Ceremony – Flamingo Gazebo Chapel
We took a limo from the Bellagio to the Flamingo (we had already done our “First Look” photos in the elevator bay on our floor). We showed up to the ceremony site a little early (we even had time for a quick beer in the lobby while we were waiting for directions to the gardens!) so we were able to take our time and get some additional photos before guests arrived.
We met our officiant who was very down to earth and professional. We called Mike’s mom via FaceTime, who wasn’t able to travel to Vegas for the wedding, so she got to witness the ceremony after all. I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of “Whatever It Is” by Zach Brown Band, one of our favorite songs. The ceremony itself was short and sweet, between 10 and 15 minutes.
After we were pronounced man and wife and had our first married kiss, Mike took two pairs of sunglasses out of his jacket pocket and we walked back down the aisle donning our shades.
Reception – Stardust Suite in The Orleans
The Stardust Suite at the Orleans is amazing and absolutely huge. Part of our package included overnight accommodations of the adjoining Presidential suite, so when we opened the doors between the two suites, we had 5000 square feet of party space! They had a dance floor set up for us and DJ Godzilla playing every song on our playlist; open bar for the night with Adrian the bartender taking great care of everyone; taco bar and hors d’oeuvres set up along the windows; Monday Night Football playing on the flat screen TVs scattered across the room.
Tracy, our photographer, set up an unofficial “photo booth” in one corner with a turquoise sequined backdrop. The views of The Strip from the small balcony were unbelievable. We used the Presidential Suite to set up a table for the Welcome Bags, and we took a TON of fun pictures in there. We didn’t have a typical wedding reception: there were no planned first dances, no wedding cake, no tossing of the bouquet or any speeches. However we did do several group tequila shots and lots of group photos! (Editor’s Note: And a pretty awesome pillow fight, it looks like!)
We didn’t have an announced first dance as a married couple, but when our wedding song came on, we knew what to do. Mike and I were across the room from each other but as soon as DJ Godzilla started playing “Whatever It Is”, we rushed to meet each other on the dance floor for our “impromptu” first dance.
This wedding was full of DIY details and handmade touches! I spent over forty hours glueing 3000 individual Swarovski crystals to a pair of shoes with blue soles to get that Louboutin look. The bouquets were handmade by the me and a friend out of feathers, crystals and ribbon. Welcome bags were created for each of the 46 guests and were packed full of very useful items: wedding activities, area info, and a Hangover Helper package with Advil, heartburn medicine, Emergen-C packs, gum and bottled water, plus a thank you note.
Sarah and Michael’s #1 tip for other couples planning a Vegas Wedding
Laugh at the things that don’t go as planned. The order of our wedding songs got messed up; the limo buses forgot us (the bride and groom!) at the ceremony site and had to turn back. Things go wrong. But you know what? Those are what make every wedding unique and memorable. Besides, every bride needs a picture of herself jokingly thumbing for a ride in her wedding dress!
Sarah and Michael’s Guestcount and Budget
The wedding party had 48 guests and the end budget was about $8000
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Tracy Sloboda, friend to the couple / Ceremony Venue: Gazebo Chapel at Flamingo Las Vegas / Reception Venue: Stardust Suite at The Orleans / Wedding Coordinator: Pamela Eddy from The Orleans / Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo with alterations and Alfred Angelo sash / Hair + Makeup: Melissa of Amelia C & Co. / Groom’s Suit + Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse, inspired by Bradley Cooper’s look in “The Hangover” / Feather Bouquets: DIY / Catering: The Orleans / Celebrant: Reverend Maria Romano of Love Knots / Entertainment: DJ Godzilla / Stationery: Mean Maharani / Transport: Bell Trans / LED Ice Cubes: Glowproducts.com / Swarovski Crystals: Rhinestonebiz.com
You have to think outside the box when it comes to Las Vegas weddings sometimes, especially if you are seeking the escape that old chapel cliche. Jessica and Gordon are graphic designers, so it’s probably not a surprise that their wedding had such a fresh, contemporary feel.
They were married in the modern Chihuly Gallery at Aria (which at the time was not even hosting weddings, trendsetters, these two!) and then had an intimate cake and cocktails party in a suite at Aria afterwards. So much was DIY I’ll just let Jessica take it away so she can explain all the choices she made with Gordon to make this Vegas gallery wedding come to life just as they envisioned it.
Why Las Vegas?
Neither of us necessarily like being the center of attention so we wanted our wedding to feel more like a party among close friends than a big to-do. That being the case, naturally Gordon and I decided to have our wedding in Vegas, and we knew two things: one, we were having our reception at Aria – although we weren’t sure of the logistics yet – and two, we didn’t want the typical Vegas ceremony that comes to mind when one pictures Vegas weddings.
The Ceremony – Chihuly Gallery at Aria
We flew out to find a ceremony location (and get our marriage license,) but quickly discovered that all of the chapels have contracts with local photographers, which you have to use for your ceremony. Period. Except we had already booked our photographer so that was a non-negotiable item for us.
After spending an afternoon trying to find the “right” location we decided to stop into The Gallery. The instant we walked in we knew it was the right spot for us. Since we’re crazy planners and do-it-yourselfers we asked to be put in contact with the owner and ask about private events. Luckily, he was available the next day so we got everything set up just from a conversation with him only hours before we flew back to San Diego. Easy-peasy. Of course now Aria offers wedding packages, which include The Gallery as a ceremony location option, but at the time we got married everything was still brand new and there was nothing in place yet. We had to contact MGM rentals on our own to set up chair rental for the space.
The Reception: Hospitality Suite at Aria
Our plan all along was to have our reception in one of the Aria suites, but again, Aria was brand new at the time and didn’t have wedding packages in place. So we toured a bunch of suites and the Hospitality Suite was perfect for the size and nature of our wedding; plus a view of The Strip wasn’t too shabby either. The rest was all DIY. We brought all the booze, desserts and decorations with us from San Diego.
Our reception was a cocktail and dessert reception so our guests were on their own for dinner, and what better place than Vegas? Most actually tried Aria restaurants, but a few ventured over to Cosmopolitan since it’s a quick walk. The DIY part actually took a ton of planning and preparation since we executed everything ourselves (while everyone was at dinner), but the result was exactly what we were hoping for! An super fun, intimate night with our closest friends and family, Vegas-style!
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Sergio Mottola Photography / Ceremony Venue: Chihuly Gallery at Aria Las Vegas / Reception Venue: Hospitality Suite at Aria Las Vegas / Makeup: Bobbie Pin Beauty / Floral: Lula Mae Flowers (San Diego, no longer in business) / Cake + Desserts: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company (San Diego) / Celebrant: Reverend Paula Gold (friend to the couple) / Ghost Chairs: MGM Resorts Events / Stationery + Graphic Design: The War on Mars (Jessica and Gordon’s company!)
Photo: Barbara Kraft/Wynn Las Vegas
Many of you are hoping to hold your smaller, more intimate wedding in a Vegas hotel suite. And why not? It’s one of the most appealing options about wedding in the city. It can be casual, easy to do, relatively inexpensive and private. You also have a lot of control over the event – you set your own timeline, decorate how you like and hire the vendors you prefer to work with.
However, although many of the fancy hotel suites on the Vegas Strip are fashionably decorated and come equipped with great views, they aren’t necessarily wedding ready. So, what are some things you can do to incorporate a little more of a “wedding” or celebratory feel into your simple suite wedding?
I’ve teamed up with a guru of in-suite wedding ceremonies, officiant Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions, to give you some tips on planning an in-suite wedding ceremony. Angie oversees hundreds of wedding ceremonies in hotel rooms across Las Vegas every year, and often helps her brides and grooms get their wedding suite into tip top shape before the nuptials. She has a lot of great tips and insight into what works for wedding decor in an in-suite wedding … and what doesn’t!
Read on to get Angie’s advice when it comes to in-suite weddings!
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