Stacey and Al (from the U.K.) had a completely beautiful sunrise ceremony in DTLV. They chose to be married in front of the fantastic rainbow sculpture by Tm Bavington that is on the edge of Symphony Park at The Smith Center. They chose their ceremony time around their desire to get some bridal photos taken at The Neon Museum, which also turned out beautifully. And the best part of a morning ceremony? The entire day infront of you! Stacey and Al grabbed breakfast at a diner post-ceremony, before heading out on a helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon and a steak dinner later in the evening.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
We had actually already booked a holiday to America starting in Las Vegas and later on we decided to get married while we were there. We had been together more than 11 years so thought why not! We wanted something simple with minimum hassle, so this seemed the perfect answer. Luckily when we told our parents a few weeks before we left, they were all supportive and happy for us to go it alone! The Smith Centre sculpture was suggested by Jamie and when we Googled it we thought it was perfect; colourful and unique. Some friends of ours have since bought us a print as a wedding present with the coordinates of our wedding location so that’s pretty special.
THE CEREMONY — Symphony Park at The Smith Center
It was very simple and romantic too in its own way with just the two of us plus (photographer) Jamie and Kym (the officiant). We spent the hour or so before having some sunrise photos in downtown Las Vegas, then our driver took us to the ceremony location where we met Kym. When we arrived a worker was cutting the hedges but thankfully he stopped in time for us to hear the vows! Kym read our (non-religious) vows and Al gave me my ring, we were both a little emotional! Then we had more photos by the sculpture and went on to the Neon Boneyard to complete our photo shoot.
THE RECEPTION + HONEYMOON
We went for breakfast in a diner then had a helicopter trip over the Grand Canyon, followed by a huge steak in the evening! The next day we left Las Vegas and spent two weeks on a road trip/honeymoon through Death Valley, Yosemite National Park, Santa Barbara, Big Sur and San Francisco – amazing!
The early morning was a challenge! Because we wanted to have some photos at the Neon Boneyard and it was only bookable in the morning, we decided to meet at sunrise to get some different shots in downtown before the ceremony and Boneyard. That meant hair and makeup arriving at 4am! But it was worth it. Special memories – all of it, we loved it!
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM STACEY AND AL
Can we say ‘book Jamie’! She made things so much easier in the planning and relaxed on the day (especially for two people who aren’t that keen on having photos taken!) Other than that, just do it however suits you, and enjoy every second as it’s over so quickly.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . JamieY Photography, member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Symphony Park at The Smith Center of Performing Arts
BRIDAL PHOTO VENUE . The Neon Museum
OFFICIANT . Flawless Ceremonies by Kymberli / BRIDAL FASHION . coordinated skirt and croptop – Zara and TopShop / HAIR + MAKEUP . Amelia C & Co.
I always feel like I’m spying in on a couple when I feature an elopement on Little Vegas Wedding. It’s so…private and intimate! Hanna and James chose to do their ceremony Vegas-style, and got married on a gondola floating down the replica canal of Venetian Las Vegas.
Going for a different side of Las Vegas for their post-wedding photos, they headed downtown with Cluney Photo to do a shoot at the Neon Boneyard for a touch of old Vegas. Classy, personal and packed full of huge smiles — pretty much the perfect Vegas elopement. Thanks for the peek in Hanna and James!
More from the couple:
We decided to do the Venetian gondola wedding because Hanna’s family, who is very traditional, was not that happy with our initial plan to be married by Elvis. We wanted to keep things low key and enjoy the day, so after the ceremony we toured the Strip and did some sightseeing, in addition to taking a bit of time to take photos at the Neon Museum. We spent a few extra days in Las Vegas, seeing shows and just enjoying the city afterwards.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Cluney Photo
CEREMONY VENUE . Gondola at Venetian Las Vegas
POST-WEDDING SHOOT: Neon Museum
FLORAL . Venetian Las Vegas / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – J.Crew “Dune” / HAIR + MAKEUP . EJ Bain / GROOMSWEAR . J.Crew
Sometimes wedding planning can spin out of control and you find yourself with a wedding you just didn’t imagine. Erin and Mike originally planned for a wedding in beautiful Sedona, Arizona, but it started to consume their lives, and their bank accounts. So the couple turned to Las Vegas and planned the intimate, fun wedding they truly wanted, in a Bellagio Penthouse Suite. I’m obsessed with Erin’s Vera Wang White gown, which looked incredible in their couples shoot with The R2 Studio at the Neon Boneyard. Total fashion mag material!
Erin + Mike’s Top Tip for Other Vegas Couples
My tip to anyone thinking of getting married in Vegas would be to find the “venue” that fits your personality. We liked the elegance of the Bellagio and they have an unbelievable wedding team that handles every last detail. And the edginess of The Neon Boneyard and Museum matched our personalities! Also, we found their seems to be this negative “stigma” associated with getting married in Vegas and I still can’t figure out why this is. (VEGAS IS AMAZEBALLS!) If you get push-back from friends and/or family, just politely remind them that, this is your day with your soon-to-be spouse and in the end it is all about the two of you.
Why Las Vegas?
We have always LOVED Vegas, it has always been “our getaway city.” We had originally planned this over-the-top, outrageously priced wedding in Sedona, but it became a monster. A very expensive monster, that took over every facet of our lives. So we cancelled all of that and turned to our “getaway city,” VEGAS! We wanted simple, elegant and NO FUSS.
(Okay…are you ready for their first look? It’s kind of amazing… -Kelly)
The Ceremony: Bellagio Penthouse Suite
While we were dating, we’d stayed at many resorts on the strip, but never the Bellagio. We decided if we were going to do Vegas, we wanted the wedding to be in one of the most beautiful resorts. We cut the guest list down to immediate family only and Mike’s best friend/best man. We had already booked The R2 Studio as our photographer, and we couldn’t imagine anyone else capturing our wedding. The Bellagio would only allow their photographer for their chapels, etc; however we could do their “Suite Wedding Package” and R2 could still shoot it. The package came with a smaller suite, but we upgraded to the Penthouse.
Again, “no fuss,” so all I did for “setup” was have the House floral department arrange my bouquet and his boutonniere. The room had a rich dark color scheme and floor to ceiling windows, it spoke for itself. R2 suggested the ceremony be in front of the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Strip, and it worked out perfectly. The suite was so large I was tucked away in the bedroom, while everyone else took their places. My little brother walked me down “the aisle” and we said our own vows in front of our family; it was small, simple and perfect. It was just about us and our love.
Favorite Wedding Memory
There are a lot of great memories that stick out from that day. But one of our favorites was the morning of the wedding. We had room service bring us a great big breakfast. I don’t think we woke up that morning until 10AM! So we sat there in these glorious white robes, with this delicious breakfast spread, in front of a huge window overlooking the Strip, just the two of us. It was romantic, peaceful and relaxing. I loved the tranquility of that moment with my husband-to-be; no chaos…just us.
Post Wedding Vogue Shoot: Neon Museum
Because we weren’t able to shoot any photographs on the resort property, R2 suggested The Neon Museum for pictures. We arranged a limo to take us immediately following the ceremony. Our family hung out for “cocktail hour” while we snapped those amazing pictures amongst iconic Vegas history! When we got back to the suite, Bellagio catered a dinner for us and our family in the Suite. After that, everyone hit the Strip for whatever fun they desired! The next day we all met our guests down in the sportsbook for some betting fun!
Erin + Mike’s Las Vegas Wedding Guestlist and Budget
Just ten guests were invited to this $6000 affair (which included four nights in the Bellagio penthouse, but not photography and gown)
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: The R2 Studio / Ceremony Venue: Bellagio Penthouse Suite / Post-Wedding Bridal Shoot Venue: Neon Boneyard at The Neon Museum / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang “VW351011” Organza Fit and Flare with Flange Skirt in Blush Pink / Hair + Makeup: Allyson Stagg of Las Vegas Style Sirens / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Groom’s Suit + Menswear: Jones of New York / Catering: Bellagio / Floral: Bellagio Floral Department / Celebrant: Rev. Jerome G Blankinship / Transport: Bellagio / Corset Alterations: Janet Kirkman Bridal Redesigns (Scottsdale, AZ) / Purse: Charming Charlie / Earrings: Etsy / Gold Ring: Heirloom / Custom Wine Bottle Labels: made by a friend
I like to daydream about weddings … a lot. Is that apparent? Probably! One of my favorite things to do is think about what kind of gown would be best suited to a certain venue because it combines the fun of online window shopping and some amazing Las Vegas wedding venues! Although I had weddings more in mind, these looks would be just as great for rehearsal dinners, engagement shoots or bachelorette parties at these locations.
All dresses for the four looks are through Rent the Runway (now with a convenient location in Cosmopolitan!) or ModCloth, so they are all under $300. Budget Vegas weddings with style…that’s how we do here at Little Vegas Wedding!
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Neon Museum & Boneyard
770 Las Vegas Boulevard North | 702.387.6366
Capacity: Up to 400 | Indoor + Outdoor Sites Available | Hosts: Ceremonies + Receptions
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Just the Deets
The Neon Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying, and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, and cultural enrichment. The museum houses a large collection of historic signs from the Las Vegas Valley, spanning the decades, representing hotels, casinos, business and other iconic signage that have graced Las Vegas history. They are a museum first and foremost and conduct guided tours through the museum boneyard daily and nightly, but they are also a popular spot for wedding portraits, engagement shoots and now: weddings and receptions!
With the opening of the new La Concha Visitor’s Center, the Neon Museum features event space perfect for parties and receptions. A new 3,500 sq. ft. outdoor event space located adjacent to the Neon Boneyard offers versatility as well as a striking visual background for events and functions, while the smaller 2,500 sq. ft. Neon Boneyard Park and the 600 sq. ft. La Concha Visitor’s Center offer convenient alternative locations for smaller parties.
The Neon Museum maintains a roster of preferred vendors including caterers, photographers, and special event planners to assist guests in organizing and executing their functions. While tours of the Neon Boneyard are not included as part of the museum’s standard events package, abbreviated tours may be added to certain events for additional fees. We can host wedding event for just the couple, small and intimate for the couple and four guests, or receptions up to 400.
If you are a design geek, love the history of Las Vegas, or are just looking for a quirky, somewhat industrial and retro spot for your wedding, the Neon Museum will strike a lot of the right chords. Beautifully lit at night, the historic, weathered signs are a striking backdrop to your wedding, and limit the need for additional decor. They also make for fabulous photo opportunities!
- For smaller elopements, you might consider the “Quick Wedding Package” where you and your significant other plus up to four guests attend a wedding officiated by Elegant Vegas Weddings. You may bring your own photographer. At the conclusion of the ceremony, you receive a pair of exclusive Neon Museum wedding themed t-shirts, a bottle of chilled champagne/sparkling wine, and a pair of wedding cupcakes packaged to go.
- Catering at the Neon Museum is all handled through one of our four Exclusive Caterers only. Please contact them directly for rates and availability: Di Vine Events, Renaissance Catering, Catering by Bleu, & Art of Cooking.
- The Neon Museum also has a contract with Elegant Vegas Weddings, who are the exclusive officiates for all weddings, commitment ceremonies and vow renewals at the site.
- If you are only interested in hosting a photo shoot at the property, you must book at least two weeks out, and follow a stringent application procedure
Real Weddings + Shoots at the Neon Museum
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