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Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue Guide: The Smith Center

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The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
361 Symphony Park Avenue | 702.749.2000
Capacity: Up to 1,200 | Indoor + Outdoor Sites Available | Hosts: Ceremonies + Receptions
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Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide! Today it’s the elegant, vintage venues of The Smith Center near downtown Las Vegas.

Just the Deets
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is one of Las Vegas’s most unique remarkable venues, and is mainly a world class theatre and concert venue that just happens to host weddings from time to time. The Smith Center boasts a number of features including packages with rentals included, well-appointed halls with incredible architectural details in limestone, bronze and wood. The art-deco style architecture, inspired by the design of the nearby Hoover Dam, was designed to evoke a sense of the 1920s & 1930s.

Indoor and outdoor spaces are available, and as one might expect for a theatre venue, there are grand stages and awesome acoustics. The venue offers configurations that can accommodate wedding parties as intimate as seven guests, all the way up to grand affairs for 1,200. You can view floorplans and capacity details here.

Venue fees for exclusive use of the Reynolds Hall, Grand Lobby, Mezzanine and Upper Lobby: $6,500. The Courtyard, Symphony Park and Troesh Studio Theater are $4,500.

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Cabaret Jazz

What’s Special?
Each venue is incredibly unique and range from the intimate to the grand, including a jazz club complete with a second balcony level, a grand lobby with marble flooring and steel accents as well as two outdoor locations which are stunning. The sound and views were carefully considered when designing each of the spaces. Some rooms even have windows or balconies with views looking at downtown Las Vegas or Symphony Park, others have elaborate staging and lighting set-ups sure to make your grand wedding a very memorable affair.

Venues include:

  • Reynolds Hall: Reynolds Hall which has 2,056 seats is the largest of the venues, and the stage, where events are held, can hold 500 (seated) or 580 (standing)
  • The Grand Lobby: The lobby attached to Reynolds Hall is a grand open space with two floors. The first floor features a grand stairway. This beautiful awe inspiring space holds 500 (standing) 280 (seated)
  • Troesh Studio Theatre: A very flexible studio space with windows, built in dance floor and large theatrical screens, this venue  can hold 240 (seated) or 300 (standing)
  • Cabaret Jazz: A 3,700 square foot dual floored room with screen and stage built to hold live music events, 244 (seated) or 272 (standing) The second level offers a birds eye view of the lower floor and would make for fantastic photo opportunities
  • Courtyard (outdoors): 6,200 square feet of outdoor space connects Reynolds Hall and the Boman Pavilion and offers a wind protected space surrounded by architecture and foliage. 280 (seated) or 620 (standing)
  • Mezzanine Lounge: 1,500 square feet can host up to 50 (seated) or 100 standing people on the second floor of the Grand Lobby
  • Founders Room: This small, uniquely decorated room with burgundy and wood details on the second floor of the Grand Lobby overlooks Symphony Park and Boman Pavilion. It’s great for smaller parties, but can host up to 60 seated guests
  • Upper Lobby: On the balcony level of Reynolds Hall is the Upper Lobby, which is similar to the Grand Lobby in design, has a great view of downtown Las Vegas, and an open air balcony overlooking Symphony Park. The space can host 400 (standing) 270 (seated). Attached to the Upper Lobby are two smaller venues, Carillon Salon and West Lounge, able to host 7 or 10 people respectively.
  • Symphony Park (outdoors): A two-acre park connected to The Smith Center is a palm tree ringed green space perfect for outdoor receptions or ceremonies of up to 1,200 people
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Factor In

  • It is important to note that the Smith Center requires the use of a planner for your event
  • There are three preferred vendors for food and beverage: Wolfgang Puck Private Dining & Catering, Four Seasons Las Vegas and Culinary Arts Catering
  • Venue fees include space rental for 10 hours for event set up, chameleon chairs and covers, a variety of tables, parking, house lighting and more
  • Reynolds Hall and Symphony Park are the largest venues, Carillon Salon and West Lounge are the smallest
  • The outside around The Smith Center and Symphony Park are very popular for engagement and wedding portraits, including the rainbow colored sculpture by Vegas based artist, Tim Bavington
  • Dates are very limited, so book early!

Real Weddings and Shoots at The Smith Center Featuring on Little Vegas Wedding

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Upper Lobby

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Founders Room

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Grand Lobby, Altf Photography

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Reynolds Hall reception, Altf Photography

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Cabaret Jazz

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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!

Infinite Love at an Engagement Session at Symphony Park

Photos by 1000 Word Photography

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I’m so pleased to be sharing yet another new photographer on Little Vegas Wedding! Please welcome 1000 Word Photography, who not only photographed today’s engagement session… but also was in front of the lens, too. Julie and Jess are the dynamic duo who own and operate 1000 Word Photography, and Jess photographed Julie for her engagement session with her fiancé, Casey.

Although their summer 2014 wedding will not be held in Las Vegas, this local couple love The Smith Center, and chose Symphony Park right next door for the perfect colorful backdrop for these photos.


A Romantic Downtown Engagement Session {Smith Center}

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Gavin and Chrystal had their romantic and dreamy engagement session with Myron Hensel Photography in and around an area near downtown Las Vegas. Can you believe the variety of locations and photos available within steps of the Smith Center? There is of course, the much loved Tim Bavington rainbow sculpture, the foliage and greenery of Symphony Park, the courtyards of the Smith Center and even the gritty feel of a trainyard.


In and Out Wedding {Las Vegas LDS Temple}

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The flutter of a peacock feather, a trip to In-N-Out, beautiful post-LDS ceremony portraits and handcrafted, arty details are the highlights of this wedding – oh, and a totally adorable and jubilant couple. The photos from Rachel at Brilliant Imagery are just that – brilliant.

The couple, Spencer and Stephanie, are Vegas locals who were married at the Las Vegas LDS Temple one beautiful winter morning. Stephanie rocked a very sculpted modest gown accented with amethyst purple shoes and a coordinating bouquet. Rachel took the couple to the Smith Center for some more portraits following their private ceremony inside the temple. The rainbow sculpture/installation by Las Vegas artist Tim Bavington is a beautiful spot for bridal portraits, isn’t it?

Of course, you get hungry when you’re getting married (depending on your anxiety level!) so where else to go but get it on animal style at In-N-Out?  The kind staff made sure the bride and groom got a complimentary meal during their pit stop and a caricature artist eating at the fast food restaurant even provided a little sketch documenting the day. The whole wedding was full of little momentos like that, though – instant photos, chalkboard drawings, little books that kept the kids busy at the reception, a photo booth – all documenting a day full of love and memories.

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Wedding Venue: Las Vegas Nevada LDS Temple / Reception Venue: LDS Chapel Hall /Photographer: Brilliant Imagery / Hair + Makeup: Ali Ortiz / Post Wedding Snack: In-N-Out Burger / Catering: Catering Bug / Event Design: Forever Yours Wedding Decor / Cake: Brittany Cozzens


8 Ultra-Chic, Modern Vegas Wedding Venues

Here are eight fabulously fresh Las Vegas venues you may not have considered for your wedding. Did we leave out your favorite modern Las Vegas venue? Share it in the comments!

Update: here are 7 More Modern Wedding Venues! You might also like to browse through the coolest wedding venues in Las Vegas for ceremonies and receptions in the brand new Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide! We’ve got them all, from modern industrial style warehouses to funky historic museums!

1. Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

Photos courtesy Mandarin Oriental
Las Vegas’s Mandarin Oriental hosts one of the most expensive wedding packages in Vegas, but for those of us with more modest budgets, they also offer affordable options in one of the newest, most modern hotels on The Strip.

There is an air of exclusivity due to the design of the hotel, and the lavish, thoughtfully designed spaces and furnishings make for an opulent, clean feel. The ballrooms and restaurants feature unique spaces for wedding parties of 10 people through 600, and the catering features gourmet food that is a step above. View More Photos & Real Weddings at Mandarin Oriental

On Strip: Yes | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Accommodates: up to 600 people banquet style | More Information

2. CityCenter Las Vegas

Photos by Gaby J Photography, Brian Leahy and Aria.

CityCenter with three hotels (four if you count Mandarin Oriental) offers a range of options for those seeking a modern, chic venue for a wedding ceremony, reception or cocktail party. You could use a ballroom or rent a suite at Cosmopolitan, Aria or Vdara and hold your ceremony there, and do a photo session amongst the modern art pieces and sleek lines of CityCenter. Aria opened a dedicated wedding chapel in 2013, as well.

Cosmopolitan has a variety of modern art which makes for fantastic photos and sets the mood of the event, while Aria and Vdara have gorgeous modern waterscapes and landscaping details that look great in photos. Head over here for more information, pricing and photos of real weddings at various venues at ARIA, Vdara and Cosmopolitan.

On Strip: Yes, plus a host of on-site restaurants | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1,000 | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Booking Information

3. Rumor Boutique Hotel

Photos courtesy Rumor Hotel Las Vegas

The Rumor Boutique Hotel offers glamorous modern spaces for weddings and receptions, with elegant finishes and electric colors. It’s a very “Miami” feeling hotel, with contemporary furniture, on site catering and a smaller more intimate property with stunning views of the Strip. Due to its slightly off-Strip location, it remains a great option for those on budgets, too

On Strip: No | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1,000 | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Booking Information

4. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

Photos courtesy Mandalay Bay

Mandalay Bay is primarily a tropical themed hotel, but it actually features a very chic wedding chapel with modern touches and neutral colors. Mandalay Bay offers a number of unique options for wedding ceremonies and receptions, but their chapel itself is quite modern. With cubic touches and neutral colors, it has a definite modern slant.

They have more than ten different venues for ceremonies, so if you are not fond of the chapel, check out the many other Mandalay Bay wedding ceremony locations, indoors and out. View More Venue Photos and Real Weddings at Mandalay Bay

On Strip: Yes | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, plus a host of on-site restaurants | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1,000 | On Site Catering: Yes, outside catering allowed in suites | Booking Information

5. Platinum Hotel

Photos courtesy Platinum Hotel 

Platinum Hotel, just a stone’s throw off the Strip, not only offers a non-gaming boutique hotel experience but vista views of the Strip, as well as modern furnishings and colors. With indoor and outdoor venues, there is a wide selection of choices, and anything from a rooftop cocktail reception to a pool top ceremony on a lucite catwalk is possible. View More Venue Photos and Real Weddings at Platinum Hotel

On Strip: No | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1,000 | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Booking Information

6. Las Vegas World Market Center

Photos courtesy Asha Efia, World Market Center

World Market Center Las Vegas offers modern, clean spaces, on-site catering, indoor and outdoor spaces and event planners. Special features like state of the art entertainment an A/V setups as well as indoor water features and Strip views make this a unique venue you might otherwise consider.

Contemporary design, geometric shapes, unique lighting and modern steel and stone finishes make for beautiful photo backdrops. View More Venue Photos and Real Weddings at World Market Center

On Strip: No | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2  to 1600 | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Booking Information

7. The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Courtyard reception. Credit: Smith Center

Photo courtesy Smith Center

The Smith Center is one of Las Vegas’ newest venue choices, and is actually a world class theatre and performing arts site. The venue hosts a number of features including packages with rentals included, well appointed halls with incredible architectural details, indoor and outdoor spaces and as one might expect for a theatre venue, grand stages and awesome acoustics.

Nearby are some fantastic photo opportunities, including but not limited to “classic” Vegas, urban streetscapes and the ever popular Neon Museum. These are in addition to the grand ballrooms, popular rainbow sculpture and Indiana limestone architecture. View More Venue Photos and Real Weddings at the Smith Center

On Strip: No, near Fremont Street | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2  to 500 | On Site Catering: Yes, with Culinary Arts Catering and Four Seasons | Booking Information

8. Keep Memory Alive Center at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Interior of Keep Memory Alive Center Credit: Little Vegas Wedding

Interior of Keep Memory Alive Center Credit: Little Vegas Wedding

Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is a testament to the architect’s design sense and will wow any fan of modern architecture you know, both inside and out.

Part research center for degenerative brain diseases and part event venue, the Keep Memory Alive Event Center portion of the building can be rented for weddings and other special occasions with the proceeds going to fund the center’s research. For 4 hours the facility rental rates are $5,000 for events Mondays through Thursdays and $7,500 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Additional time is $500 an hour. This includes use of the in-house furniture which is a fabulous array of Frank Gehry designed sofas, Pedrali chairs, tables and bars – but that’s just the start, and an entire decor list can be provided upon request.

Furnishings are as modern as the exterior and a breezeway courtyard allows the space to “breathe.” The building itself facilitates extremely unique photos taken inside and outside of the space, and the location provides easy access to the nearby downtown district and Neon Museum. And it’s nice to know that the fees go to a good cause. Head here for more information and photos of the event space at Lou Ruvo Center.

On Strip: No | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: up to 700 standing, 400 banquet style with indoor and outdoor spaces | On Site Catering: Yes, KMA Center works with three companies for on-site catering. Outside caterers are allowed after permission is granted, but there are extra fees | Booking Information

Looking for yet MORE modern venue choices? Check out 7 More Modern Wedding Venues in this post.

And if none of these venues fit the bill, check out our mega-directory of unique Las Vegas wedding venues including country clubs, chapels, desert locations and more!

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