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Classic Elvis Chapel Wedding + Cosmopolitan Terrace Reception

Photos by Davista Photography

Vegas Chapel Wedding + Cosmopolitan Reception | Davista Photogra

Lisa and Keith from Florida held their petite personal wedding in Las Vegas, inviting about 20 friends and family to join them for their nuptials. Seeking a fun wedding, they went the Elvis route! Shanna of Davista Photography took these great photos, starting with the couple at their ceremony at A Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, then doing a downtown arts district photo shoot and ending at Cosmopolitan for their chic insuite afterparty.

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10 Years On: A Creative + Playful Vegas Style Vow Renewal

Fun Filled Vegas Vow Renewal | Star Thrower Photography

I’m so happy to be sharing the first vow renewal featured on Little Vegas Wedding today – and it’s a gooder! Courtney and Eric chose Las Vegas to host their 10 year wedding anniversary and vow renewal, and had Star Thrower Photography come along for the ride.

Courtney and Eric’s original wedding was a two parter – a civil ceremony in California, and a larger more formal affair in their home state of Georgia. The reason this couple chose a vow renewal and that Vegas was the location was because they are currently expats, and in their years of living all over the world, they’ve picked up lots of new friends along the way. Friends that were not necessarily there for their initial wedding. So a Las Vegas vow renewal and party was just the ticket for all of these global friends to gather at.

Planning a wedding from some 10,000 miles away is a little bit of a challenge, but with the help of Scheme Events, Courtney and Eric turned this one out. This multi-part party featured a day before the renewal bridal photo session at the Neon Museum, the actual vow renewal officiated by Elvis at Little Church of the West Chapel, a group Strip tour in a monster limo, group portraits at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign and then an insuite afterparty.

Courtney rocked out a perfect little white lacy dress from ASOS paired with chic nude Louboutin pumps. The favors for the vow renewal were Elvis sunglasses, custom playing cards and personalized temporary tattoos by Buttonhead, a nod to Eric’s collection of real tattoos.

Fun Filled Vegas Vow Renewal | Star Thrower Photography

Despite high temperatures thwarting their group Strip tour (it’s hard to keep a huge limo full of people cool in temperatures well above 100 degrees, who knew?) a little detour had the group partying it up at Mandalay Bay in a Hospitality Suite in no time. Snacks, sushi and sweet treats, plus libations served up by a bartender kept the party going at this classic, totally Vegas vow renewal.

Courtney writes: “Looking back, we probably could’ve gone with a Vista Suite, but the Hospitality Suite was a great fit for our group.  We also booked the adjoining suite where my photographer was able to put her equipment – nice and discreet.  The adjoining suites provided us with 3 bathrooms, a great sound system and a television where we ran a video of photos from us through the years.  The bar and seating added to the ‘house party’ vibe I was going for.  Overall, Mandalay Bay was the right fit for us and our guests.”

Finally, since this is the first vow renewal featured on the blog, I asked Courtney if she had any tips for others planning Vegas vow renewals:

“I think early planning helps everyone – you and your guests.  We told people over a year ahead so they could make plans (apply for visas, etc.).  I also liked being able to check things off and pay for as much as possible in advance.  When friends and family can add to their calendars and make arrangements earlier, I think it gives everyone something to look forward to.  Our Facebook group for the party was one of constant updates and silly facts about Las Vegas.

“Also, if your original wedding was traditional and you’ve changed as a couple, the vow renewal gives you a chance to go crazy and get creative.  Singing with Elvis and all our friends and family was a special memory.”

I’m so stealing all of these ideas for my vow renewal. :)

Vendor and Venue Details: 

Photographer: Star Thrower Photography / Wedding Venue: Little Church of the West Chapel / Reception + Afterparty Venue: Mandalay Bay Hospitality Suite / Wedding Coordinator: Scheme Events / Wedding Dress: ASOS Lace Dress with Scalloped Neck / Hair + Makeup: Harmony Medina (also for Courtney’s mom, sister and best friend) / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. / Menswear: Zara, Express Men / Catering: Masterpiece Cuisine, Hokaido Sushi / Cupcakes: Sin City Cupcakes / Bartender: Culinary Pros / Transport: NTS Limo / Custom Temporary Tattoos: Ali Puckett of Buttonhead

BONUS: If you are interested to see how Courtney conceived ideas to incorporate into her vow renewal, be sure to check out her Pinterest board of inspiration. It’s awesome to see how much of it came into reality!

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Love that Eric got a manicure!

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YES! A hadouken wedding photo!!

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A Lavish Five Star Wedding Week {Bellagio & Palms}

Wedding at Hyde at Bellagio

This wedding day – no scratch that – wedding week – photographed by Blushing Bride Studio featured a ton of fun events for the bride and groom and their attendees. Naman and Mindy came from Canada to be married in Las Vegas in a grand party that had days of events highlighting the best elements of what Vegas has to offer in entertainment.

The five days of events began with welcome drinks at Cosmopolitan’s beautiful Chandelier Bar and a night of dancing at TAO at Venetian. Day two had everyone relaxing poolside at a party hosted at Wet Republic at MGM Grand. Then, of course the wedding ceremony itself at Hyde at Bellagio and the reception in a two-story Sky Villa suite at Palms. The final day after the wedding was a shoot in the desert and the downtown district of Fremont.

On the patio at Bellagio, Hyde hosted Naman and Mindy’s wedding vows, accented with purple flowers, manzanita branches, a crisp white aisle runner and an incredible view. As the newly wed couple kissed, the fountains at the Bellagio exploded in celebration!

Post-ceremony, everyone headed over to the Palms for a reception in a Sky Villa. Working with planner Brit Bertino, Naman and Mindy converted the incredible suite into a once in a lifetime event full of thoughtful details and touches of hospitality like an ombre frilled fondant cake, custom cocktails and an ice luge, a candy AND popcorn bar, cupcakes plus a modern take on a “Speakeasy” room. The party went into the night as guests enjoyed the DJ and private pool hovering high above Las Vegas with a stunning view of The Strip.

Fabulous fun … and then some. Congratulations Mindy and Naman!

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 Vendor and Venue Goodness: 

 Wedding Venue: Patio at Hyde Nightclub at Bellagio / Reception Venue: Sky Villa at Palms / Photographer: Blushing Bride Studio / Transport: VIP Limos / Wedding Planner and Event Design: Brit Bertino / Hair + Makeup: Your Beauty Call /  Floral: Naakiti Floral Design / Catering: Palms / Cake: Caked Las Vegas / Lighting & A/V: Earth Water Sky / Entertainment: DJ Alpyne / Stationery: Sky Orange Studio / Bride’s Shoes: Blue Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Jewel Satin Pumps / Groom’s Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo Formal Oxfords

Pool Party Wedding at MGM

Wedding at Hyde at Bellagio

Wedding at Hyde at Bellagio

Wedding at Hyde at Bellagio

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Wedding at Hyde at Bellagio

Wedding at Hyde at Bellagio

Wedding at Hyde at Bellagio

Wedding at Hyde at Bellagio

Wedding at Hyde at Bellagio

Wedding at Hyde at Bellagio

Wedding at Hyde at Bellagio

Wedding at Hyde at Bellagio

Wedding at Hyde at Bellagio

Wedding at Hyde at Bellagio

Wedding at Hyde at Bellagio

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5 Great Choices for an In-Suite Reception

Yesterday I shared some tips and thoughts on hosting a wedding reception in a sweet Las Vegas hotel suite. Following up on that post, here are some suite options for hosting your wedding reception.

These rooms were chosen based on their price point, ease of access and the amount of success brides and grooms have had pulling off their own receptions in them. There are a multitude of choices around town though, so be sure to share your favorite suite in the comments!

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Mandalay Bay – Vista or Media Suite

Photos, Tour, Floorplans: {Vista Suite, Media Suite}

These are, arguably, the most popular suites for couples to use for DIY reception parties. And well they should be! They’re well priced, it’s fairly easy to cater yourself and the views can be spectacular. The Vista Suite has a slightly better layout the the Media Suite and a larger bar area, but the Media seems to have better sound proofing if you think things will get rowdy. You may be tempted to get the Hospitality Suite, but it’s not recommended. The hotel will almost certainly know you are ONLY hosting a party and will need food and beverage. It could be very difficult to cater this event with anyone but Mandalay Bay’s planners

# of People: Media Suite with 1035 square foot living room area, with seating for 22 people, will hold up to 40 people. Vista Suite with 949 square foot living area: seating for 21 people, will hold around 40 comfortably

Special features: Expansive views of the Strip, pool or south Las Vegas/airport. The Media Suite has a mini theatre room with a huge TV and sound system, plus a bar area. Vista Suite has three huge TVs, a large dining table and bar.

Cost: $480 – 780+

Be aware: Hotel security shows up around 9pm, make sure you have escorts with keycards to get straggler guests up.

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MGM Skyline Terrace Suite

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These are newly renovated two-story suites with a nearly 800 square foot open air patio (hence the “terrace” part of the name) showing off the Las Vegas Strip in all its glory. Lots of seating both indoors and out, there are limited amounts of these suites available, making them unbookable online.

Best for: 30 people in a 2086 square foot room, including terrace. The wedding chapel staff told me in March 2013 that they were best for 25 people, though…

Special features: That magnificent outdoor patio! Those views!

Cost: $700-800+

Be aware: Only 14 of these suites available, and they must be booked via phone.

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Cosmopolitan Wraparound Terrace Suite

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Cosmopolitan is the Strip’s hipster darling hotel at the moment (April 2013), with their Wraparound Terrace Suites featuring panoramic 480 square foot verandahs sporting views of the Bellagio fountain and Strip, making them an attractive option for wedding ceremonies and proposals. They are a little pricey, but they are beautiful rooms with lots of high tech upgrades. 

Best for: 40 people in this 1680 square foot room (including terrace) Seating for 17

Special features: The huge balcony with coveted Bellagio fountain views. Wine fridge.

Cost: $300-975+

Be aware: The floors the suites are on are keycard access only, so you will need someone to bring guests up to the room. The fairly small casino has quite a bit of security, you might get questioned if you are seen carrying large amounts of booze and party goods up to the room. On the upside, wraparound suites in the east tower might be easy to access with party supplies – it’s a straight shot up from the parking garage to the room

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Mirage Hospitality Suite

Virtual Tour | Floor Plan

At 1105 square feet and on a special floor, the Mirage Hospitality Suite is the perfect setting for guests planning a small gathering. With entertainment in the form of a sound system and DVD player, a dining table for 8 well as a wet bar, these rooms are stylish and open.

Best for: 1105 sq ft, 20-30 people, seating for 15

Special features: Sound bar with USB port and DVD/CD feed with surround sound set up for being your own DJ, 2 large TVs, wet bar and personal fridges. Available in 1 or 2 bedroom versions

Cost: $210-334+

Be aware: This is another hotel with security after 9pm. The suites are on the top two floors of Mirage and require keycard access as well. Only one bedroom Hospitality Suites are available for online booking, to book two bedroom Hospitality Suites you must do so over the phone

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The D Suite

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The D hotel was renovated and reopened in 2012 on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. For those who choose to have a ceremony at the Golden Nugget or at another nearby downtown location like Neon Museum, The Smith Center or World Market Center, this would make a great choice for a small post-wedding party. The hotel has a retro Vegas vibe, and the suites reflect this.

Best for: 15-20 people, seating for 10

Special features: A wet bar with 2 fridges, three TVs, and a well located central downtown location

Cost: 159-399

Be aware: Again, the lobby is quite small so be aware when you are bringing supplies up to the room. The elevators are kind of small and slow, too.


Things to keep in mind: these suites are not just for wedding ceremonies or receptions, they would be great for bachelorette or bachelor parties, meet and greets for your guests, post-rehearsal parties, dessert receptions and cake cuttings. I’ve even seen day after wedding brunch spreads!

Be sure to read tips and tricks on hosting your own wedding reception. Or perhaps you prefer to host your wedding at a mansion or private home.

If you are are not set on doing everything yourself, Planet Hollywood’s Apex and Panoramic suites area really fun game-centric rooms with great mid-Strip views. They are only bookable through a coordinator, though, and you must use in house catering. Palms and Hard Rock have AMAZING suites that are super pricey, but offer one of a kind amenities. You could even rent one of the fantasy suites at Caesars Palace, including the same room used in the movie “The Hangover” or the Absolut themed suite.

Another choice is Orleans, which is slightly off Strip. Their Stardust suite is huge and is “free” with the requirement of a $4,000 food and beverage minimum, and must be booked through catering. Probably not so hard to spend since it’s all inhouse catering and liquor, though.

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Photo Credits: Ryan Jackson Photography, MGM Grand, Mirage, Five Hundy by Midnight on Flickr

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