Whether you are eloping or planning a much grander Las Vegas destination wedding, chances are you will be spending a few days in the city following your big day. The question is: how do you make one of the most in-your-face cities in the world feel intimate, subdued and romantic? Well, it’s not that hard, actually.
I’ve rounded up some popular options and personal favorites for honeymooners in Las Vegas including romantic hotel suites, relaxing couples activities and where to head for amazing meals and cocktails to share together…should you ever manage to leave your room.
Mandarin Oriental Mandarin Suite
W H E R E T O S T A Y
With so many options, it may be hard to narrow it down to a single hotel to stay in, but I would recommend these 5-star options: Cosmopolitan (upgrade to a Terrace One Bedroom or Wraparound Terrace Suite for fantastic fountain views), Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons Las Vegas or the SkySuites at Aria.
These are quieter, more romantic options where I am sure you will be taken care of. If you mention you’re honeymooning along with a sly slide of a $20 bill across the counter, you might just find yourself with a stunning view.
Co-Ed Spa Pool at Aria
W H E R E T O P L A Y
Rent a cabana or day chairs at your resort’s pool and just chill out drinking slushie drinks and revelling in the post-marriage bliss. Those at Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand and Encore Beach Club are my favorites.
CONNECT WITH NATURE
Go for a short energizing hike at Red Rock Canyon, just 30 minutes off The Strip, or visit the nature pathways at the Springs Preserve.
While I could never condone regular shopping on your honeymoon (even in the incredible malls of Las Vegas,) I would recommend shopping for something naughty or sexy together. Try Kiki de Montparnasse (The Shops at Crystals), PLAY the sexy hidden shop (SLS Las Vegas), Agent Provocateur, La Perla (Caesars Palace) or one of these options.
CATCH A SHOW
From sensual Cirque du Soleil shows to burlesque dancers, you’re sure to find a hot show to suit both of you. Zumanity (New York New York) and Absinthe (Caesars Palace) have adult, distinctly sexy themes.
Pinball wizards will want to head to the Pinball Hall of Fame (1610 E Tropicana Avenue) which is a must visit if you like tilting and flipping, old school video games or want to whoop your partner’s butt in air hockey.
EAT SWEET TREATS
Start at Hershey’s World (New York New York) working your way north sharing a sweet chocolate treat at each stop: M&Ms World (Showcase Mall, near MGM Grand), Sugar Factory (Paris Las Vegas), ending with stops at Serendipity 3 and Vosges Haut Chocolate (Caesars Palace.)
TAKE IT OFF
To completely get rid of that post-wedding stress, try one of my favorite co-ed spas at Aria, Mandarin Oriental, Encore or Hard Rock Hotel. Not just limited to couples massage rooms, you can enjoy shared pool areas, relaxation and treatment rooms with your mate at these locations.
GO DOWN (TOWN)
Try a mini pub crawl of downtown Las Vegas. East Fremont is full of amazing little lounges, rooftop bars and legit hidden speakeasies. Create your hit list from FremontStreetBars.com
Take a short one-hour yoga class alongside the dolphins at the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat (Mirage) or scale the 40-foot climbing wall at Canyon Ranch SpaClub (Venetian.)
TAKE YOUR LOVE HIGHER
Ride the High Roller ferris wheel (try to time it for sunset) or go for a helicopter ride to get a bird’s eye view of the night lights of Las Vegas Boulevard.
Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge
W H E R E T O E A T
Make your reservations for an amazing high-end dining experience. If you think you might have appetite problems around the wedding, wait a day or two post wedding to book in. Try: Twist (Mandarin Oriental), Joel Robuchon or L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (MGM Grand), Guy Savoy (Caesars Palace), or é by José Andrés (Inside Jaleo in Cosmopolitan)
For that old school Vegas feel, head to The Steakhouse at Circus Circus, The Peppermill Fireside Lounge (2985 S Las Vegas Boulevard, north of Encore) or The Barrymore (Royal Resort).
On your way to Red Rock Canyon and need a meal? Honeysalt, (1031 S Rampart Boulevard), Kabuto Sushi (5040 W Spring Mountain Road), Nosh & Swig (3620 E Flamingo Road), and Carson Kitchen (124 South Sixth Street) are all great choices.
LATE NIGHT SNACKS
No place does late night better than Las Vegas. 24-hour diners abound, but I suggest Grand Luxe Cafe (Venetian and Palazzo), Secret Pizza (Cosmopolitan) and the Vegas classic The Peppermill (2985 S Las Vegas Boulevard, north of Encore) for a one-of-a-kind old school vibe and cozy, secluded booths to canoodle in.
Sometimes simplicity is key, when it comes to your stomach and your wallet. Secret Pizza (Cosmopolitan), Earl of Sandwich (Planet Hollywood, Palms) and Tacos el Gordo (3049 Las Vegas Boulevard, north of Encore) offer cheap meals under $10. And they don’t skimp on quality, either.
Bouchon (Venetian) is a must do for that first meal of the day. Verandah (Four Seasons) offers a fantastic tropical morning atmosphere that will make getting out of bed worth it and Jean Philippe Patisserie (Aria) offers croissants and baked goods to bring back to your room. Of course, there’s always room service…
Avoid the buffet and go for more refined weekend brunch at Mozen (Mandarin Oriental), Country Club (Wynn), Fountains Brunch at Jasmin (Bellagio) or Hangover Brunch at bar+bistro (107 E Charleston Boulevard.)
Try the ice cream challenge at RM Seafood (Mandalay Bay), frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3 (Caesars Palace) experience next level Japanese desserts at Sweets Raku (5040 W Spring Mountain Road)
W H E R E T O I M B I B E
ROOMS WITH A VIEW
Get close and personal with your mate and have a drink or three at these luxe lounges with a view: Mandarin Bar (Mandarin Oriental) perched on the 23rd floor of the hotel, the fountain-facing patio at Hyde (Bellagio) or Parasol Down (Wynn.)
SHARE A TOAST
Enjoy a bottle of bubbly at Laguna Champagne Bar (Venetian) or the futuristic Fizz (Caesars Palace.)
SIP SOME WINE
Vinophiles will love the selection at Hostile Grape (M Resort), D.O.C.G (Cosmopolitan), Wine Cellar and Tasting Room (Rio) or Aureole (Mandalay Bay) where “wine angels” grab your bottle from a 4-story tall wine tower.
MIX IT UP
Mixology fans will not want to miss BLVD (LINQ), or the super romantic 3-level Chandelier Bar (Cosmopolitan) where each level has its own special cocktail offerings.
Of course, the beauty of Las Vegas is that there are hundreds of experiences for a million different people. What is your honeymoon itinerary?
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
10 years together requires a certain level of celebration, if you ask me. And what more appropriate way to mark a decade of marriage than with a renewal of vows from an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas? You can’t help falling in love all over again.
Tisha and Cory went all out for their vow renewal, tacking on a tour of the city and hitting all the big photo spots. A sexy shimmering gold dress and hot red heels for her, a suit and tie for him. An epic renewal, for sure. Be sure to get the low down on these Vegas vows from the photographer, Leana, below!
More from Leana, the photographer:
Tisha and Cory are a one of a kind couple. It was a shocker and an honor to be flown into Las Vegas to shoot their 10 year vow renewal. Tisha and I once were elementary teachers together. We have been in each others lives for nine years and continue to be great friends. Cory definitely grew on me too! I know the conservative parental side of these two, but Vegas brought out a whole new side!
We all gathered the afternoon of the big day. Our pockets were empty from slot machines, but our excitement was through the roof. Tisha was at Aria getting ready with hair and make up while Cory continued to gamble away in his well-fitted suit. It was priceless when Cory came up to the room and saw Tisha in her sparkly gold dress. He walked across the room to give her a kiss and finish zipping her up. They continued to get ready together before we left for the Neon Boneyard.
The Neon Boneyard was ridiculously awesome. We were surrounded by old neon signs from the Las Vegas Strip. How cool is that? There was so much history and vibrant colors. It was a magical moment right before the sunset.
The limo then picked us up and took us to downtown Vegas where we were to meet up with Elvis before traveling to the Vegas sign for the vows. Surrounded by tourists, other photographers, other weddings and what would normally be a distracting scene…it was like Tisha and Cory were the only ones there.
Epic trip. Epic couple. Viva Las Vegas!
Venue + Vendor Details:
PHOTOGRAPHER . POPography
VOW RENEWAL VENUE . Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE . Neon Museum
OFFICIANT . Elvis from Simple Vegas Wedding / HAIR + MAKEUP . Makeup in the 702
The coral color the bridesmaids are wearing above just pops in the photo, doesn’t it? Well get your eyes ready because this classic Las Vegas wedding at M Resort is full of the beautiful shade. Vegas locals Monika and Doug had a wedding full of love … with a heavy dash of modern style.
Round bouquets stuffed full of roses for the ladies, live music and stunning view of the Vegas valley and mountains from the top floor wedding venue, LUX at M Resort kept things classy, but didn’t take away from this adorable couple.
More from the bride, Monika:
Our love story didn’t start like those typical romance novels or “love at first sight” movies. Our first encounter was at Wells Fargo Bank! Doug being the outgoing, charismatic guy he is invited me out to a Justin Timberlake concert; which inevitably would be our first date. The great ending to this first date is that the tickets Doug bought on Craigslist turned out to be counterfeit! I can always remember his face thinking, “this girl will never go out with me again.” That night didn’t faze me and we still had so much fun.
Shortly after that night I moved in with Doug right after his second kidney transplant and we both can attest that we’ve been through so much in those four years before our actual engagement and marriage that no force could ever come between us. We are both surrounded by a loving family and friends and because we were both born in Las Vegas I feel we will always have a special bond to this city we still reside in today.
When our wedding day was finally here; I still couldn’t’ believe it was happening. All the anticipation and stress over one day was well worth it because we both married our other half.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Denise Burridge Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . LUX at M Resort Spa + Casino
RECEPTION VENUE . LUX at M Resort Spa + Casino
FLORAL . Blossoms by Gayle Logan / CAKE . Freed’s Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Couture Bride, shoes – Valentino “Couture Bow”
Video games at a wedding? Be still my heart! This very special wedding debuts a few new elements to Little Vegas Wedding: the first feature photographed by the fantastic Altf Photography, the first wedding planned and submitted by planning pro Andrea Eppolito and, of course, those video games!
From a masculine groom’s cake and videogames to a wedding cake decorated with roses and pearl strands and centrepieces dripping in crystals, this romantic wedding absolutely reflects a union between two people which is really what a wedding is all about. Andrea delves into the heartfelt details behind Eric and Amy’s wedding below; please read on and absorb the details from this incredible lakeside wedding full of romantic (and fun!) details.
More from Andrea Eppolito about this wedding:
They say you can’t meet anyone in a nightclub…but what if you meet on the way out? Lightening can strike.
That’s exactly what happened when Eric and Amy ran into one another after a night out with friends. He was the self-professed Las Vegas bad-boy with a chip on his shoulder and a line for every situation. She was the Southern California stunner studying pre-law who wasn’t biting!
Eric would not take no for an answer, and after finally getting her phone number he proceeded to court her old school with phone calls that lasted long into the night, text messages, emails, and enough flowers to fill a florist! In fact, to this day, Eric has a standing order for roses and lilies, ensuring that Amy is never without something to make her feel special.
From our first meeting, it was obvious that this would be a team effort. Amy had a very strong vision of what she wanted in terms of colors and design. Her heart was set on getting married on the water, which reminded her of her native San Diego. With a color palette of steel gray and pale pinks and a request to accent the space with roses, petals, and crystals for a soft and romantic feel.
While Eric was happy to give her what she wanted, he also wanted to ensure that he wasn’t lost in the process. He didn’t want to feel like he was living in a pale pink wonderful complete with cotton candy and sugared flowers. After making an off-the-cuff comment that the best parties he ever went to were the ones that ended with Golden Tee video games, we decided to build an outdoor arcade complete with multiple machines, candy stations, and fire pits with s’mores set ups. A nod to both Eric’s college days and Amy’s time on the boardwalks of San Diego, the balcony was intended to give Eric and the boys a place to retreat from all things pink, and ended up being the hit of the night where guests gathered for story telling, cocktails, and more than a few laughs.
As a surprise for her groom, a man who wooed her with super-human efforts, Amy arranged for the photo booth to have LED light up super hero masks, and for a Groom’s Cake that featured all of the naughty Vegas activities that Eric once loved.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Altf Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Andalusian Gardens at Westin Lake Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Baraka Ballroom at Westin Lake Las Vegas
OFFICIANT . Jimmy Mac / WEDDING PLANNER . Andrea Eppolito Events / FLORAL . Naakiti Floral Design / CAKE . wedding cake and groom’s cake – Peridot Sweets / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Cosmobella, shoes – Jimmy Choo Vamp / HAIR + MAKEUP . Makeup in the 702 / DECOR + RENTALS . Naakiti Floral Design / DANCE FLOOR + DRAPING . Sit On This / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Paper & Home / ENTERTAINMENT . DJ Mike Fox / VIDEOGRAPHY . Lighten Films / PHOTOBOOTH . ShutterBooth / VIDEO GAMES . Funtime Arcades / COTTON CANDY STATION . Amazing Clowns