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Not everyone is into the classic bridal look, and I think Vegas brides are a perfect example of this trend. If the idea of shopping bridal boutiques, getting fitted for a gown and dropping hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on a dress then getting it to Las Vegas isn’t your deal, keep reading!
Rent the Runway is a great option for Vegas brides, bridesmaids and wedding guests. If you are not familiar with Rent the Runway, it is a designer gown rental service. There are a number of popular “off the rack” looks in the shop at any given time, but the biggest bonus is being able to choose a gown online to pick it up in the shop when you arrive ahead of your wedding. The online retailer/service now operates a boutique in Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas which makes picking up the designer dress of your dreams for a lower price point so much easier.
I recently stopped in for a tour and some window shopping and was thrilled with what I found. Staffed by helpful staff (even on a busy afternoon) there were a number of Vegas locals and tourists picking up or trying on looks.
The gown arrives freshly laundered and ready to wear. With sizing for nearly every body type, including tall and petite sizing, you will be surprised by how great these looks will fit. They even provide a back up size if you aren’t quite sure what the fit will be like. Rentals are typically for four days, making it easy to pick up and drop off without rushing back to return it the next day.
Great for brides, mothers of the bride, bridesmaids, wedding guests, Vegas bachelorettes, honeymoon excursions, vow renewals, rehearsal dinners or bridal brunches, Rent the Runway is a stellar addition to the Vegas fashion scene. They will be sure to give your wedding aisle a big dose of couture style…at a fraction of the price.
As a bonus, here are some of my favorite bridal and bridesmaid looks available through Rent the Runway. And for you Little Vegas Wedding readers, here’s a coupon for $25 off your first rental of $75 or more. Just use code 25OFFNEW at the checkout.
Five Favorite Bridal Looks from Rent the Runway
From luxe high-end to more affordable, chic looks, Rent the Runway has a crazy selection of traditional wedding gowns…and of course, more off beat if you have something else in mind. Jumpsuit, anyone?
Floating, gorgeous tulle Theia Say I Do Gown $50 with coupon 25OFFNEW
Chic and shimmery Badgley Mischka Reflection Gown $90 with coupon 25OFFNEW
Perfect for the Neon Museum! A cool Trina Turk Crisp Jumpsuit $50 with coupon 25OFFNEW
Classic sleek Mikado silk Badgley Mischka Ivory Dream Gown $125 with coupon 25OFFNEW
Go all out with this soft blush couture look: Vionnet Swept Up Gown $725 with coupon 25OFFNEW
Five Favorite Bridesmaid Looks from Rent the Runway
The best thing about bridesmaids looks is that there are multiple sizes, or even the same style in many colors, so it is easy, affordable and fun to outfit your maids. Book the trying-on suite at Rent the Runway at Cosmopolitan and turn it into a fun afternoon the day before the wedding. All the ladies need to bring is their shoes and dancing feet!
Gorgeous color for garden weddings at Caesars Palace or Tropicana try Badgley Mischka Fluorescent Chiffon Gown $55 with coupon 25OFFNEW
For modern weddings (in-suite, Aria chapel, art galleries) try Halston Heritage Great Fade Dress on the bridesmaids for $45 with coupon 25OFFNEW
What bridesmaid wouldn’t love to wear Kate Spade? And in a lovely jewel tone, too. kate spade new york Molly Dress $50 with coupon 25OFFNEW
Get the gals to shimmer, shake and shine in Badgley Mischka Rolling In The Glitz Gown $50 with coupon 25OFFNEW
Understatedly gorgeous, the ML Monique Lhuillier Gladiolus Dress $90 with coupon 25OFFNEW
And if renting a dress just isn’t for you, jazz up your wedding day look with some snazzy luxe bridal accessories.
Ben-Amun Wedding Bells Necklace – $65.
RTR Bridal Accessories Walking on Clouds Veil – $150.
RTR Bridal Accessories Dreamcatcher Veil – $40.
kate spade new york accessories Wedding Belles Ravi Clutch – $60.
Marchesa Handbags Elisa Envelope Clutch – $400.
Rent the Runway
At Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Level 2
Monday – Thursday 11am – 10pm
Friday and Saturday 10am – 10pm
Sunday 11am – 8pm
Pickups, dropoffs, walk-in styling, appointments and private event rentals available
Photos: Kelly at Little Vegas Wedding
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Today’s venue spotlight falls on my five favorite rooftop wedding venues in Las Vegas. On Strip or off Strip, the city is full of amazing viewpoints with romantic sparkly lights and a birds eye view of one of the busiest streets in America. Great views from stunning heights, here are five of my favorite venues for gettin’ high at your wedding in Las Vegas.
For more modern Las Vegas wedding venues, visit the Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide. See all posts in the 5 Favorites series here and check out all the Vegas wedding venues with gorgeous views right here.
House of Blues Foundation Room, Mandalay Bay
This venue perched 43 floors up at the top of Mandalay Bay has an incredible view north up the Strip from one of the most southern hotels upon it. With intimate indoor venues an option, the one I like best is the Mandalay Patio with an open air view that will bring gasps to your wedding guests. (And those scared of heights to their knees, possibly.) Simply stunning.
See real weddings at House of Blues/Foundation Room featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
One Six Sky Lounge at Eastside Cannery
An off Strip casino and hotel, the jewel in its crown is the 16th floor ballroom/nightclub called One Six Sky Lounge perfect for private events. More than 300 guests can catch sweeping views of north Las Vegas and the Strip from the floor to ceiling windows and enjoy the modern lounge-like atmosphere accessed via private elevator.
See real weddings at Eastside Cannery featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
VooDoo Lounge at Rio
Another off Strip view vantage point, VooDoo Lounge at Rio Hotel and Suites offer the usual range of hotel ballrooms and amenities the VooDoo lounge, 51 stories up really shines. Your wedding ceremony can be set against a panoramic view from an open air bar looking at The Strip, but must place between 10am and 2pm, with a 75 guest maximum. Receptions are a possibility, but again, must take place during the day, as the bar is so popular at night.
See more wedding venues with fabulous views here.
Skyview 510 at Tahiti Village
One of the more economical choices for a wedding in Vegas, Tahiti Village is a timeshare just south of the Strip. It offers a beautiful view of the nearby airport as well as the neon and lights of the Strip in the distance. Skyview 510 is a traditional ballroom with two attached patios for up to 100 guests is on the 10th floor, so it is high…but not too high!
Get more info on weddings at Tahiti Village.
High Roller at The LINQ
The newest sky-high wedding venue in Las Vegas, the supersized Ferris wheel offers quickie wedding ceremonies from one of the 28 modern observation pods. Say your I Dos from 520 feet in the sky (currently the world’s tallest observation wheel) before you come back down to Earth again. The least expensive packages start from $2145.
See real weddings at the High Roller featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
For more sky-high wedding venues option in Las Vegas, visit the Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide. Or read more posts in the 5 Favorites series, including Vegas gardens, museums and more.
Photos: Joseph De Palma, Mandalay Bay, Eastside Cannery, Hotels.com, Tahiti Village and Lindsay Collette Photography.
Today’s venue spotlight falls on my five favorite museum wedding venues in Las Vegas. I’ve always loved museum and gallery-style spaces, and Vegas has a number of beautifully modern venues perfect for hosting ceremonies and cocktail receptions. If you are looking for a loft-style or museum-inspired wedding space in Vegas, check out these options!
For more modern Las Vegas wedding venues, visit the Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide. See all posts in the 5 Favorites series here.
Chihuly Gallery at Aria Las Vegas
Dale Chihuly is the artist responsible for that amazing glass sculpture inside Bellagio (and in a few other Strip hotels). He also has an ultra-modern gallery space at Aria featuring his incredible work in a contemporary setting. The gallery is well-suited for ceremonies as well as long-table style receptions for around 50 guests.
See real weddings at Aria featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Photo: Sergio Mottola Photography
The Boneyard at The Neon Museum
We can’t talk about museums without mentioning an incredible part of Las Vegas history: The Neon Museum! This outdoors walk-through museum is home to hundreds of neon signs from throughout Las Vegas history, providing an industrial-chic setting with a vintage backdrop for your vows. It’s popular for wedding photos, but getting married here (especially at night with the signs turned on) would be perfect for any Vegas, architecture or design fans.
See real weddings at The Neon Museum featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Photo: Gin and Sake Productions
Discovery Children’s Museum
I think museums angled to kids are a fabulous space to get married in. They’re unique, playful and memorable! Las Vegas has the wonderful DISCOVERY Children’s Museum which features several different exhibit halls and stage venues perfect for a one-of-a-kind wedding. Who says getting married has to be an grownup affair, anyways?
See real weddings at DISCOVERY Children’s Museum featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Photo: DISCOVERY Children’s Museum
Origen Rotunda at Springs Preserve
Set on 180-acres just a few miles off The Strip, Springs Preserve is a museum featuring desert botanical gardens, family events, traveling exhibits, trails and — you guessed it — weddings. There is an amazing array of outdoor spaces and gardens, but the Origen Museum Rotunda is the most gallery-style space. It features a high vaulted ceiling, and a room ringed with kinetic granite sculptures floating on water and sculptured cattails, all etched with the names of museum donors.
See real weddings at the Bellagio fountains featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Photo: The Springs Preserve
The Mob Museum
Not only is The Mob Museum (National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement) a symbol representing a colorful part of Las Vegas history, it’s a fun place to get married! The architecturally important building (a former US Postal Office and federal courthouse) is a gorgeous reminder of the early days of Vegas and offers some unique venue spaces within, like an accurate replica courtroom.
See real weddings at The Mob Museum featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Photo: Mob Museum
For more modern Las Vegas wedding venues, visit the Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide.
See more posts in the 5 Favorites series here.
Foil-pressed, shimmery invitations are on trend for 2015 weddings. Conveniently, I think they are incredibly suitable for Vegas weddings, too. The multi-dimensional designs are modern with a touch of glam, alluding to the stylish and high-energy venues available in the city.
These wedding invitations are also decidedly New Years Eve inspired, which is fitting as this post will end the year for Little Vegas Wedding. You may have noticed I’ve lightened the posting recently as I’ve had a pretty heavy work schedule at my day job, so I’m taking a bit of a holiday hiatus and much needed break. But I’ll be back at it in 2015. Lots of amazing weddings and a really lovely vow renewal are queued up. Have a great Christmas!
Just enough eye-catching shimmer, these invites would be great for a Vegas wedding of any size. Majestic Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitations – $1.70 from: Minted
Stunningly modern, this design would be perfect for a chic hotel wedding, like at Aria or SLS Las Vegas. Black Stripes – $5.05 from: Love vs Design
Chic and intricate, these are the perfect touch of vintage for your Vegas wedding. White Lace Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitations – $1.70 from: Minted
Garden wedding anyone? Gorgeous for a spring wedding at Springs Preserve or any floral venue. Bold Blooms – $5.05 from: Love vs Design
Okay, so this isn’t foiled, but it IS sparkly! Glitz and Glamor – $1.19 from: Shutterfly, Inc.
The art deco feel for these is undeniable. Pair these with a 1930s themed wedding venue like Mob Museum or The Barrymore. Antique Lines Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitations – $1.70 from: Minted
Botanical is beautiful! Great for weddings on a terrace, like at Venetian or Palazzo. Blushing Leaves – $5.05 from: Love vs Design
The foiled confetti on these invites reminds me of champagne. Very Vegas! Thrilling Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitations – $1.70 from: Minted
Chevron is not going away. These modern invites would be suitable for just about any wedding venue in Sin City. Braided Chevron Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitations – $1.70 from: Minted
Destination save the dates with a red foil heart you can place on Las Vegas. Perfect! A Faraway Destination Foil-Pressed Save the Date Cards – $1.70 from: Minted
Succulents and feathers with a shimmering text feature, the bohemian style on these invites would be excellent for any desert wedding. Bohemian Floral – $5.05 from: Love vs Design
See more foil pressed wedding invitations here!
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A common question I get is what kind of upgrades and freebies you can expect to get if you are having your wedding in Las Vegas. The answer (as always) is: it depends.
It depends on the time of year, how vocal you are about your wedding, how friendly you are, how conscientious the person you are dealing with is, how much you tip, availability of what you are requesting is etc., and so on. But here is a list of some things other couples have received.
Walk the Strip and visit the casinos after the wedding (leave your wedding attire on) you’ll be surprised on the amount of people that buy you drinks. – Andy H
Free glass of Champagne at Scarpetta at Cosmopolitan the night we got engaged! – Allison D
The Mandarin Oriental includes a free two-night stay with their wedding packages (in their bridal suite: gorgeous!) My husband and I also found that you get a lot of free Champagne from restaurants when you tell them you just got married! Hahaha! – Kaitlyn A
Upgraded to an Emperors Suite at Caesars Palace (but only because they made some errors.) – Mara F
At Venetian, we got a free suite upgrade, but I think it had more to do with the hotel being super full, not the wedding dress I was holding. – Kelly, Little Vegas Wedding editor
I posted a question about flying with my wedding gown on JetBlue’s Facebook page. Two hours later I got a call from them and they upgraded us to Even More Space and Speed seats for free! So cool! – Allison D.
A free appetizer at Gordon Ramsay Steak inside Paris hotel. Highly recommended! – Claire M
We got an upgrade to a corner two-bedroom suite with a Strip view at Mandalay Bay. I just emailed the front desk manager a month before we arrived. – Danny Z
Just a free bottle of Champagne. – Melinda M
Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce will give you any tour guide info, magazines, little goodies like magnets, mints, etc. if you email them! I used these items for my welcome bags for my wedding guests! – Kaitlyn A
To increase your chances of getting an upgrade or something free due to your wedding, here is some advice.
- Wear your wedding attire! Even if you’re eloping, wear your wedding outfits as long as possible because it’s the most obvious sign that you just got hitched.
- Tell people. Not in a snotty “what can you give me?” way, but in a casual, “I’m really excited, we’re here to get married!” way and you might find yourself with free drinks, suite upgrades, a free spa visit or better table at the restaurant.
- Research the $20 trick, if you are angling for a suite upgrade.
- Call ahead. Call the hotel manager, concierge, restaurant host, transportation company, etc., ahead of time and let them know you are coming for a special reason. You might find yourself riding in a town car instead of a regular car, or have surprise waiting for you.
- Of course there are a lot of cool free things to try in Las Vegas anyways. Here are some for you and your guests to check out at Vital Vegas. (There are more suggestions if you search “free stuff.”)
Photo: Kristin Long Photography