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Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue Guide: Restaurants for Small Receptions (Part Two: South Strip)

Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide! Today the focus is on restaurant receptions on the south Strip.

Restaurant receptions are common for many smaller Vegas weddings, as almost every Las Vegas restaurant offers some kind of private dining, and they make it easy to host a reception for 30 or fewer people. Instead of everyone swimming in a room that is too large for the group, these restaurants tailorsized their venues to smaller groups. You get all the benefits of the restaurant’s decor and location in addition to customized menus, the ambience, service and privacy.

Here are five of my favorite restaurants on the south end (and center) of The Strip for wedding receptions of up to 30 guests. You can read Part One: North Strip restaurants here.

For more suggestions, be sure to check out the Little Vegas Wedding venue guide restaurant listings or 140+ restaurants perfect for Vegas wedding receptions

Vegas Restaurant Receptions | Little Vegas Wedding

Border Grill — Mandalay Bay
(Caesars Palace Location: Opening September 2014)
It’s no secret I love Border Grill. Great Mexican food with a vibrant atmosphere and indoor and outdoor options: what’s not to love? The best options for smaller weddings are the Ciudad Dining Room (34 guests) or the covered outdoor Cantina Patio for up to 60 guests.

  • Breakfast, lunch, cocktail and dinner menus available.
  • Price per guest: $21-69
  • Dancefloor: Yes | Patio: Yes
  • See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
  • Cuisine Style: Mexican. Don’t miss: the Cadillac margaritas or chile relleno. Innovative action buffet stations for tacos, desserts and paella are available for banquets
  • Decor: Funky with bright colors and expansive windows overlooking the Mandalay Bay pools

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Verandah — Four Seasons Las Vegas
This intimate dining experience inside Verandah offers two private dining rooms for weddings: La Luna for up to 12, and La Sala for 26. The serene and calming atmosphere with views of the lush pool area cannot be beat.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus available, served à la carte, buffet or family-style.
  • Price per guest: Contact venue for current pricing
  • Dancefloor: No | Patio: Yes (for larger parties)
  • See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
  • Cuisine Style: Italian. Don’t miss: the housemade pastas! Gluten free menu options are available.
  • Decor: Tropical country club chic

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Aureole — Mandalay Bay
Aureole is a breathtaking restaurant inside Mandalay Bay a world unto itself. A four-story wine tower, outdoor garden and fountain area with swans and modern cuisine make it unforgettable, like a secret garden. The terrace hosts up to 40 guests while the Center Room hosts up to 30.

  • Price per guest: $85-120, bar packages from $25 an hour
  • Dancefloor: No | Patio: Yes (for larger groups)
  • See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
  • Cuisine Style: New American. Don’t miss: Charlie Palmer’s signature French Onion soup. Tasting menus and wine pairings from their extensive list are available
  • Decor: Modern, with natural light from oversized windows overlooking Swan Court
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Boardroom at Jean Georges

Jean-Georges Steakhouse — Aria Las Vegas
A classic steakhouse inside Aria, Jean-Georges is a masculine space (as you might expect for a steakhouse) with two options for wedding receptions: a 20 seat boardroom and 12 seat chef’s table.

  • Cocktail receptions and dinner menus available.
  • Price per guest: $30-165 
  • Dancefloor: No | Patio: No
  • See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
  • Cuisine Style: Modern Steakhouse with an Asian twist. Don’t miss: broiled bone marrow or black truffle and comté fritters. A/V equipment for slideshows is available
  • Decor: Sleek and chic with dark woods, metal details and bull accents

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Mon Ami Gabi — Paris Las Vegas
The French bistro Mon Ami Gabi offers a fantastic view of the Bellagio fountains or the Eiffel Tower replica. Two private dining rooms accommodation up to 24 at a long table and Cafe Halle for up to 40 guests. There are also semi-private options.

  • Lunch, brunch, cocktail receptions and dinner menus available.
  • Price per guest: $25-75
  • Dancefloor: No | Patio: Yes (for larger weddings)
  • See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
  • Cuisine Style: French Steakhouse. Don’t miss: steak frites
  • Decor: Classic bistro with red velvet drapes, and rich woods. Linens, candles, menus and table numbers included in private event rentals

Get inspired with these real Vegas weddings with restaurant receptions. 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!

Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue Guide: Restaurants for Small Receptions (Part One: North Strip)

Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide! Today the focus is on restaurants for private wedding receptions on the north end of The Strip.

Restaurant receptions are common for many smaller Vegas weddings, as almost every Las Vegas restaurant offers some kind of private dining, and they make it easy to host a reception for 30 or fewer people. Instead of everyone swimming in a room that is too large for the group, these restaurants tailorsized their venues to smaller groups. You get all the benefits of the restaurant’s decor and location in addition to customized menus, the ambience, service and privacy.

Here are six of my favorite restaurants on the north end of The Strip for wedding receptions of up to 30 guests. Stay tuned next Monday for Part Two which covers South and Center Strip restaurants.

For more suggestions, be sure to check out the Little Vegas Wedding venue guide restaurant listings or 140+ restaurants perfect for Vegas wedding receptions

Vegas Restaurant Receptions | Little Vegas Wedding Barrymore — at The Royal Resort
The Barrymore is a taste of the luxurious lounges of Las Vegas past. Their Gold and Blue rooms will host larger parties of up to 65, but the patio with a fireplace is perfect for 27 guests and offers a view looking north.

  • Customizable menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner and service options such as sommeliers, tastings, and pairings are available.
  • Price per guest: From $30
  • Dancefloor: No | Patio: Yes
  • See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
  • Cuisine Style: New American. Don’t miss the Hefeweizen mini-cupcakes or lobster mac and cheese! They can also accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and raw menus.
  • Decor: Retro glam meets modern comforts with beige, blue and deep brown palette (and a touch of gold!)
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left: Point Room, right: Bocuse Room at Bouchon

Bouchon — Venetian Las Vegas Venezia Tower
A variety of different private dining options include the Point Room for 14 or Bocuse for up to 20 on a long table or 48 at square tables. If you love French cuisine, Keller’s Bouchon is a place you must consider for your reception.

  • Price per guest: $2500 food & beverage minimum (ample for 20 guests)
  • Dancefloor: No | Patio: Yes (for larger weddings)
  • See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
  • Cuisine Style: French Bistro. Don’t miss: seafood or the pastries! The dedicated in-house pastry team can also create the wedding cake of your dreams for you
  • Decor: Classic Parisian bistro with dark woods, tile floor and elevated ceiling. An attached patio is secluded and lovely

Vegas Restaurant Receptions | Little Vegas Wedding

Postrio Bar & Grill — Venetian Las Vegas
One of Wolfgang Puck’s many Las Vegas outposts, Postrio‘s private banquet room I will host up to 60 guests at rounds or up to 20 at one long table. The chefs cycle the banquet menu seasonally (rare to find) and pair dishes with custom cocktails. This is one of the few spaces for smaller weddings that can accommodate a dance floor. 

  • Price per guest: From $25
  • Dancefloor: Yes | Patio: No
  • See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
  • Cuisine Style: American Casual. Don’t miss: the wood fired pizzas.  In-house pastry chefs will take care of the wedding cake for you. Brunch, lunch and dinner menus available as well as a passed appetizer cocktail reception with butler-served pizzas, hors d’oeuvres and desserts.
  • Decor: Stylish and contemporary with a minimal design. Brown woods, olive green leather and abstract art depicting Vitamin C crystals magnified 100,000 times bring in bright splashes of color in the private dining areas. Postrio provides a sign-in table and white linens.
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Clockwise from top left at Maggiano’s Las Vegas: Patio, Barolo, DiCarlo

Maggiano’s Patio — Fashion Show Mall
Maggiano’s is a favorite with Vegas wedding receptions because of its great location, service and pricing. The patio will host up to 24 at round tables, while Barolo Room can hold 14 and DiCarlo up to 30.

  • Cocktail, plated and family style service available, as well as lunch and brunch menus.
  • Price per guest: $41.95-87.95, some packages including four hours bar service. Children’s pricing available
  • Dancefloor: Yes (but not in the smaller rooms) | Patio: Yes
  • See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
  • Cuisine Style: Italian Classics. Don’t miss: the rigatoni or gnocchi. iPod docks, TV screens and microphones available for a cost, upgrades include custom pasta stations, carving stations, dessert and sweet tables, sundae bars, signature cocktails and toasts.
  • Decor: Masculine dining room with wood accents and large windows overlooking The Strip
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Il Moro at Canaletto

Canaletto — Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes
Il Moro (hosts 28 guests) at Canaletto overlooks the replica St. Mark’s Square at Venetian through large open archways while San Marco offers a more intimate space for up to 12 guests.

  • Lunch and dinner receptions available. Price per guest: $45-85 
  • Dancefloor: No | Patio: No
  • See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
  • Cuisine Style: Venetian Italian. Don’t miss: homemade breads or ravioli
  • Decor: Venetian steakhouse with murals, thick draperies and views of the Grand Canal Shoppes

Vegas Restaurant Receptions | Little Vegas Wedding

DB Brasserie — Venetian Las Vegas
Daniel Boulud has made his return to Las Vegas! Two rooms at DB Brasserie, Rhone and Saone, will accommodate up to 20 wedding guests each at rounds or one long tables. Together, the rooms will seat 45. Each room is equipped with an i-pod dock for your wedding playlist. Floral arrangements (from $75 a table), audio-visual set ups, custom table linens, and decor services are also available.

  • Lunch, cocktail and dinner menus available.
  • Price per guest: $25-125. Open bar $40 per person per hour
  • Dancefloor: No | Patio: No
  • See: Menu, Floorplans + Details
  • Cuisine Style: American-French Bistro. Don’t miss: Croque Monsieur, pâté, coq au vin. An in-house sommelier can provide wine pairings for your menu
  • Decor: Modern French bistro with jazzy lighting, windows and wood accents

Get inspired with these real Vegas weddings with restaurant receptions. 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!

Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue Guide: House of Blues and Foundation Room

Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide! Today has to be one of my favorite venues ever for eclectic, music loving couples: the House of Blues and Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay!

Foundation Room and House of Blues Las Vegas | Las Vegas Wedding

House of Blues and Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay
http://www.houseofblues.com/lasvegas/
3950 S Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas | 702.632.6932
Capacity: Up to 400 | Indoor + Outdoor Sites Available | Hosts: Ceremonies + Receptions
Find House of Blues on Twitter @HOBLasVegas | Facebook

The House of Blues is a restaurant situated on the casino floor of Mandalay Bay while the Foundation Room is a private club perched up on the 43rd floor of the hotel, with one of the best views in Las Vegas. Although perhaps better known for concerts, their Gospel Brunch and other musically inclined events, the House of Blues and Foundation Room offer unique spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions, as well as creative catering.

All events are taken care of by Live Nation Entertainment and on-site services include food & beverage, entertainment, production and an event design team. Daytime and evening events are available.

Foundation Room and House of Blues Las Vegas | Las Vegas Wedding

Crossroads Ceremony at House of Blues

House of Blues offers a more folk-art style of decor, with an indoor courtyard and skylights. Because of the concert element, there are a few staged areas and lighting and production equipment is available. Music Hall, Courtyard Restaurant, New Orleans Room, Napoleon Deck and Crossroads Room comprise the options available at House of Blues. All venues are indoors. The smallest space hosts up to 36, while an entire buyout is 400.

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Shangri La at Foundation Room Ceremony

The exclusive members only Foundation Room provides a stunning rooftop view up The Strip in addition to gothic and a more exotic decor and theme with thick draping and carpets, antique artifacts and deep rich tones and woods. If you can tear your eyes from the view, gold leaf ceiling and chandeliers complete the luxe look. Venue options here include: Foundation Dining Room, Mandalay Patio and Shangri-La Room as well as a few smaller rooms like the Gothic and 1856. This mix of indoor and outdoor venues host more intimate weddings, with different configurations suitable for 60 to 110 people.

Pricing + Catering

Venue rental fees start at $2500 with a food and beverage minimum. Menus can be provided for cocktail receptions, brunches, lunches, and both seated and buffet dinners. Creole and Cajun cuisine is a strong point, and interesting offerings include voodoo shrimp, catfish, jambalaya or southern style buffet breakfast spreads. More traditional catering options are available, as well.

Factor In

  • There are very few venues on The Strip that afford such an amazing view as the Foundation Room
  • Mandalay Bay offers a variety of other ceremony venues if you wish to only host your reception at House of Blues or Foundation Room
  • House of Blues and Foundation Room are independent from the Mandalay Bay wedding packages, so you will be able to bring in your own photographer for ceremony and reception
  • The exotic decor of the Foundation Room really speaks for itself and may not require much additional decoration
  • Seriously though, that view…

Real Weddings at Venue

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Courtyard Reception

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Crossroads

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Mandalay Bay Patio at Foundation Room

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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!

Photos courtesy House of Blues Las Vegas

Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue Guide: Mirage

Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue series! Today is a hotel on the Strip that does not have a dedicated wedding chapel, but offers a selection of interesting tropical venues: Mirage!

Mirage St Croix Patio | Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide

Mirage St Croix Patio | Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide

Mirage Hotel + Casino

http://www.mirage.com/weddings
3400 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas | 702.791.7155
Capacity: Up to 1,000 (Packages for 2, 20, 30, 75 and 150 people) | Indoor + Outdoor Sites Available | Hosts: Ceremonies + Receptions
Find Mirage on Twitter @MirageWedding | Facebook

Just the Deets

Mirage is a gorgeously tropical mid-Strip hotel that lacks an actual wedding chapel, but offers many different unique outdoor venues perfect for small to mid-sized wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Locations include:

  • Pool, including Waterfall, Dolphin Bar (both for up to 150 guests) and St Croix Patio (100 guests.) Perfect for ceremonies or receptions, for daytime or evening weddings. The Waterfall and Dolphin Bar are more poolside, while St Croix patio is a garden setting
  • Villas – These exclusive hotel rooms are available for extremely intimate high roller style weddings in the attached private gardens and pools. Priced from $2250-2500 a night, plus ceremony fees
  • Ballrooms – Pretty traditional ballroom and conference style facilities
  • Volcano – There’s no missing this huge flaming, erupting waterfall at the front of the property, which is a location popular with small weddings. Up to 30 guests can join you, daytime or nighttime, standing room only
  • Secret Garden – Great for ceremonies, engagements or unique reception optiosn, a $5,000 facility fee and food minimum of $125.00 per person allows guests full access to Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage and includes the services of the facility’s educators to teach guests about the animals
  • Suites are available for small ceremonies and receptions, your best bets being the Hospitality Suite, Tower Suite and Penthouse (in addition to the Villas)

Reception options include the above as well as buffet, traditional catering in a ballroom, Revolution Lounge and a number of restaurants.

Mirage Pool Waterfall Wedding | Little Vegas Wedding

Pricing + Catering

Wedding ceremony packages are priced from $1500-4100, with the least expensive packages just for elopements and other pricing for ceremonies of 20 up to 150 guests. There is different pricing for many of the venues if you would like a daytime or night time ceremony, as well. There are many upgrades for ceremonies and receptions available, including floral, lighting and chairs, as well as live music including harpists, violinists, string quartets and a Mariachi band.

Mirage offers impressive catering and reception options including hosted bar packages begin at $20 with unusual organic liquor brands available, plated dinners at $40 per person including options for action stations, hors d’oeuvres and dessert bar add-ons such a candy station from the on premises Sugar Factory starting at $15 per person. 

Factor In

  • Because this is an MGM property, there is an exclusivity contract with Cashman Photography for wedding photos.
  • The back up indoor options are pretty, but nothing special. The best options are for outdoor venues here.
  • View more wedding photos on their Facebook page.
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Daytime Volcano Wedding at Mirage

Mirage Volcano Wedding | Little Vegas Wedding

Nighttime ceremony at Mirage Volcano

Mirage Volcano | Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide

Mirage Volcano | Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide

Ballroom wedding

Ballroom wedding

Mirage Dolphin Bar Pool Wedding | Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide

Mirage Dolphin Bar Pool Wedding | Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide

Mirage Pool Wedding | Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide

Mirage Villa Wedding | Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide

Mirage Villa Wedding | Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide

Mirage Hospitality Suite

Mirage Hospitality Suite

Mirage Dolphin Bar Reception | Little Vegas Wedding

Mirage Dolphin Bar Reception | Little Vegas Wedding

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!

Photos: courtesy Mirage Hotel & Casino

7 Vegas Bridal Looks from ModCloth for Under $300

It’s been a while since I went window shopping on ModCloth’s site, so I was super thrilled to wander over there today and find some fantastic new little white dresses that I thought would be perfect for a Vegas wedding.

These retro-inspired budget (don’t you dare say cheap!) wedding dresses would be perfect for a chic little elopement or a rehearsal dinner, meet and greet party or for an in-suite cake cutting. They’re all under $300, with most falling under the $100 price point. If you are looking for a vintage-style second dress or just a budget wedding ceremony gown, these are some great options for a Vegas wedding!

Budget Vegas Bridal Dress Looks | Little Vegas Wedding

This 1960s inspired lace-backed dress, Par Fate, reminds me of actress Mia Farrow (who was also a Vegas bride herself!)

Budget Vegas Bridal Dress Looks | Little Vegas Wedding

This dress is quite casual, with an elegant and simple skirt but A Way With Awards features some seriously fashion-forward pearl and jewel encrusted shoulder epaulets.

Budget Vegas Bridal Dress Looks | Little Vegas Wedding

A flattering cross-front and oversized bow on the back keeps Give Me Amour cute and fun, with a retro feel.

Budget Vegas Bridal Dress Looks | Little Vegas Wedding

Alight of Heart is airy and flowy, perfect for a Vegas garden wedding. Also available in plus sizes.

Budget Vegas Bridal Dress Looks | Little Vegas Wedding

I’ve featured a shorter version of Aisle Be There before — I’m obsessed with the vintage style beaded bodice! Love it even more in a maxi-length.

Budget Vegas Bridal Dress Looks | Little Vegas Wedding

Adding a brightly colored petticoat to With Only A Wink would elevate the 1950s tea-length skirt…this would be perfect for a Neon Museum wedding!

Budget Vegas Bridal Dress Looks | Little Vegas Wedding

Another goddess-style gown, the floaty, jewel-belted Never Spin Better is a lot lighter than other long dresses, and would look gorgeous at a sunset wedding at poolside.

Didn’t find a design you like? Don’t worry. ModCloth has all sorts of bridal looks in their new wedding lookbook, including affordable accessories, shoes and more!


Disclosure: Links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you choose to buy the dresses featured, I receive a small commission from the sale. There is no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support!

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