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Vintage Romantic Wedding at Mandarin Oriental from Unposed Photography

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Holly and Chris are a couple who met through work and decided to get married in Las Vegas because they wanted “a place our guests would remember,” in addition to their wedding. Their wedding day looked like an absolute blast, from the sweet first looks Holly had with her dad and her husband-to-be, to the retro-Vegas shots at the Fun City “pink” Motel which coincidentally matched their wedding palette! Blush pink and gold created a modern, airy and fresh atmosphere at both their ballroom ceremony at Mandarin Oriental and the reception that followed at Joe’s Stone Crab. Simply gorgeous.

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WHY LAS VEGAS?

I was born and raised in southern California and Chris was born and raised in central Illinois. We both met while serving in the Marine Corps together and just decided Vegas would be a great place for everyone to travel to instead of one of our hometowns. Vegas is so fun and completely different from any city we have been to. We wanted a place our guests would remember … including our wedding!

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CHOOSING THE VENUES

I knew I didn’t want anything cheesy. I didn’t want a chapel ceremony or outdoor since it’s so hot in Vegas. I wanted something elegant and classy. I felt that Mandarin Oriental and Joe’s Stone Crab provided that. The process wasn’t easy though. I researched and researched to find the perfect location!

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THE CEREMONY — Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

The ceremony was very romantic! It was a basic room but Mandarin is so beautiful that it didn’t need many decorations. I did have blush uplighting which made the room pop! It was so pretty and flirty. I personally chose all the music myself. Chris and I love music and I knew I wanted something different and unique.

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THE RECEPTION — Gigi Room at Joe’s Stone Crab, Caesars Palace

My theme was vintage classic. Not shabby chic vintage, but more Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. The Gigi room is so romantic and classy! I wanted all my guess to feel special. We only had 35 close friends and family there so we knew the Gigi room would be perfect for that. We also had blush uplighting which changed colors once dancing started. We also had beautiful centerpieces, a wonderful cake and a DJ.

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WEDDING DAY CHALLENGES

I felt that everything went smoothly! I knew little things would go wrong but nothing extreme. I think all brides should know that a big event like a wedding won’t be perfect and it’s fine if it’s not. It’s about getting married in front of your best friends and loved ones. The only complaint that I really have is the heat but we knew there was nothing we could do about that, especially since it was the middle of July! We couldn’t take that many pictures outside so we went into a lot of hotel lobbies and in the shaded areas for pictures.

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LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM HOLLY + CHRIS

Just to do your research. I felt that looking at blogs, websites, TV shows and anything about Vegas helped me with the wedding. I knew where to book hotels, limos, flowers, cake and everything else from the web. We did make a trip about a year before the wedding to look at possible venues which I think made a world if difference. Everything looks different in person!

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GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET

We planned on a very small wedding of about 20, but it grew to about 45. In the end 35 guests were able to join us, which was the perfect amount! I didn’t really have a budget in mind I just knew I didn’t want to go overboard and worked with a 10k budget. However that jumped to 16k, which was fine with us. That covered everything from my dress, plane tickets, flowers, an amazing dinner service and everything in between. I knew it was money well spent because my guest couldn’t stop talking about the food!! The only splurge I had was the ceremony flowers that I ordered through Mandarin Oriental but they were so big and beautiful!


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Unposed Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Gigi Room at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab

OFFICIANT . Rev. William McFarland III / DAY OF COORDINATION . Archel Rowling Events / FLORAL . The Palette / Ceremony Flowers: Mandarin Oriental / CAKE . Hott Cakez / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – David Tutera, Frew’s Bridal / HAIR + MAKEUP . Stevee Danielle / BRIDESMAIDS . Frew’s Bridal / TRANSPORTATION . Las Vegas Limo / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Champagne Press / ENTERTAINMENT + LIGHTING . Bliss Entertainment

A Handcrafted Yellow + Gray Destination Las Vegas Wedding

Yellow + Gray Joes Stonecrab Las Vegas Reception | JamieY Photog

Brandi and TJ were married in a destination wedding with rustic details and accents of mustard yellow and charcoal gray this spring. Following an outdoor ceremony at an MGM Signature patio, the couple and their son celebrated with a reception at Joe’s Stonecrab at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace! JamieY Photography was there to capture the moments and many handmade details of this very personal destination wedding.

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A Woodsy, Terrarium Inspired Wedding in a Garden {Wynn}

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This intimate 40 guest wedding at the Wynn used inspiration from terrariums and greenery for the theme, which complimented the gold, peach and blushing pink colors elsewhere in the wedding. Photographed by the lovely team of Tiffani and Ellie at Sun & Sparrow, you will be blown away by the ways the natural theme was incorporated into the details.

Jason and Victoria traveled from Los Angeles for their destination wedding which was held in the peaceful and private Primrose Court at Wynn, and included a number of DIY projects pulled from wedding blogs and Pinterest to complete the theme. 

The bride, Victoria, writes: “I did all of the centerpieces, table numbers, and cake table decor. My favorite was how the terrarium apothecary jars turned out.  It was long and laborious but it came together just as I wanted.” She even spent time creating initial prototypes to make sure all of the projects turned out just perfectly. What attention to detail. To complete the floral looks, Pam at The Palette assisted, adding peach Sahara roses and green orchids to the manzanita branches. 

After the garden ceremony, and a short bridal portrait shoot, the wedding party headed over to Joe’s Stonecrab restaurant at the Forum Shops to dine, drink and dance. What a sweet end to a beautiful day.
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Such a cute first look sequence!

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Wedding Venue: Wynn Las Vegas, Primrose Court / Reception Venue: Joe’s Stonecrab at Caesars Palace / Photographer: Sun & Sparrow Photography / Hair + Makeup: Makeup in the 702 /  Floral: Pam at The Palette / Cake: Aracelli Cake Studio / Stationery: Wedding Invitations by Wedding Paper Divas

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6 Vegas Restaurants Perfect for Wedding Receptions up to 100 People

One of my favorite things about the week of my destination Vegas wedding was that my husband and I could take all of our favorite, closest loved family and friends to our favorite area restaurants. Over the course of six nights, we took groups of 6 to 40 people to some of our favorite pubs, Thai restaurants, izakayas and various other restaurants  to enjoy our favorite libations and meals.

Events included thank you dinners for our wedding party, a rehearsal dinner, a meet and greet mixer with welcome drinks for all attendees. Of course there was also the reception and post wedding buffet. It was too much fun! Spreading events out over several restaurants took the pressure off of the one that would serve as our reception venue, I felt, as well. I run a food blog and my husband used to be a food critic, so people had high expectations!

Here are a few suggestions for restaurants you might like to consider for your wedding reception between 10 and 100 people. They would also make great locations for rehearsal dinners, meet and greets and casual post-wedding group dinners. All are located along the Strip, and many are personal favorites. (PS: If you are looking for even MORE options, try this mega list of restaurants all over Las Vegas perfect for wedding receptions)

With so many options on and off the Las Vegas Strip, there are bound to be favorite we missed. Chime in with your suggestions in the comments!


Maggiano’s

Group/Banquet website
3200 South Las Vegas Blvd (inside Fashion Show Mall)
Las Vegas, NV
702-732-2550

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Very popular with couples married in Las Vegas, the casual chain offers Italian classics served family style, which keeps costs down. The restaurant also offers a variety of package upgrades like open bars, Champagne toasts, desserts and passed hors d’oeuvres. The restaurant provides linens, tables and all other goods for the party, so it’s easy to set it all up and enjoy when you arrive. They’ll even do centrepieces and cakes.

The restaurant, featuring large glass windows with a Strip view, is filled with wood accents and classic furniture. It’s a large restaurant, spread out over a few floors. It is well-located near several large hotels at Fashion Show Mall, and can host parties from 14-250.

Food and Drink: The food is comforting Italian classics, from salads to pasta dishes and entrees that are vegetarian or made with fish, chicken, beef and pork depending on your package. All of the packages include appetizers, a salad course and at least two pastas and entrees. Desserts can be ones you chose or a sweets table for an additional cost, plus a cake if you like. Being an Italian restaurant, wine features heavily on the drinks menu. Packages range from $22-45 a person depending on the grade of liquor chosen and the length of time. There are host bar options as well, and Champagne and sparkling wine toasts are a option.

Entertainment: They do offer audio visual and iPod set ups, and there are rooms with space for dance floors.

Seating and rooms: Maggiano’s offers a variety of shared and private indoor spaces, holding from 14 to 250 people (seated) Some rooms have access to a patio. Here’s a photo gallery of all of their rooms. They also have a floor plan PDF online here.

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Vintner Grill Strip (VG Strip) at Neiman Marcus

Group/banquet website
3200 South Las Vegas Blvd (inside Neiman Marcus)
Las Vegas, NV
702-214-5577

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This American bistro is an off-Strip staple, serving upscale American classics with a splash of the Mediterranean. While the Summerlin location will host private events, the restaurant also started holding events at Vintner Grill Strip, a space inside Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show Mall. The space is only available for special events. A buyout can hold up to 110 people (seated), but reviewers online have the opinion that it is best for groups up to 100, and that it can get a bit tight with more.

The stunning room with modern furnishings affords a beautiful view of Wynn and Encore, Palazzo and the northern part of Las Vegas Boulevard through over-sized picture windows. The view is the decor here! There are a variety of spaces within that can be combined to the size of the party, including two dining rooms, a red accented lounge and a foyer.

Food and Drink: The menu can feature VG classics such as white bean hummus, smoked Moroccan lamb or can be traditional steakhouse. Seafood and fresh ingredients are main players in the menu. Dining style pptions include a seated four course meals, cocktail receptions with stations to visit, and luncheons. There is a cake cutting fee if you choose to bring your cake from an outside vendor. Corkage fees are charged if your bring your own wine, but it is an option. The staff will also help you create a signature cocktail if you like. $20-43 price range for hard liquor choices.

Entertainment: Vintner Grill will help you source microphones, speakers and supplies as needed

Seating and rooms: Well suited for cocktail/standing receptions, seated affairs and “lounge” events, the space is flexible, with many different options that can host from 30 to 110 people (seated) More photos are available here.

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Burger Bar

Group/Banquet website
#121A, 3930 South Las Vegas Blvd (inside Shoppes at Mandalay Bay)
Las Vegas, NV
702-632-9364

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This relaxed restaurant is on the shopping walkway between Mandalay Bay and Luxor, and serves a variety of burgers and some great beers. It’s definitely more casual, but I’ve seen more than one wedding held there.

The room itself is long and skinny and can be a tight fit, as well as a bit dark. Wood accents and booths give it a cozy, casual pub feel. The entire capacity is for 140 people. be be aware this includes 24 seats at the bar and people seated in booths. There are no reservations needed for groups up to 20, which makes it great for impromptu meet and greets or group dinners.

Food and drink: There are standard burgers with a variety of different toppings, perfect for a very diverse crowd. There are several kinds of sauces and mayonnaises, pricey items like lobster and truffles and your standard “dragged through the garden” lettuce, pickles and tomatoes additions. Sides include different fry styles, deep fried cheese and zucchini and onion rings. “Adult” milkshakes can be custom made, and there is a truly incredible spread of brews on taps available for the beer fans.

Entertainment: If you rent out the entire restaurant, you may have the ability to utilize the video screens in the bar.

Seating and rooms: One large room that has a bistro feel. Typically guests are seated at one long table down the middle, depending on party size. It can be a bit dark and noisy in there, so maybe not the best place for photos or speeches.

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Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab

Group/Banquet website
3500 South Las Vegas Blvd (inside Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace)
Las Vegas, NV
702-792-9222
joesvegasparties@leye.com

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Located in Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops near the circular escalators, this swank restaurant known for its seafood will host private parties from 10 up to 100 guests. They also feature steak, and are a bit more upscale in atmosphere and service. Wood floors and paneling are main features of the decor, while booths and crisp white linens glow under soft lighting.

Food and drink: Typical menus offer four courses, with appetizers served family style and salads, entrees and sides plated individually. This is a place for those who love fish and steak, although there is a chicken option on every menu. Tray passed hors d’oeuvres are also an option. Preset menus are required for parties over 20 people.

Entertainment: Full a/v supplies and sound, internet connectivity as well as areas for dancing.

Seating and rooms: There is a mix of private and non private dining areas. One of the smaller private areas includes a somewhat drab room for 14 people called the Boardroom perhaps better suited to business meetings, and a spectacular lesser known outdoor venue called the Rose Garden. The largest private room, Gigi, has views of the Strip, its own bar, a set up for a/v and microphones and a dance floor and can hold 30 – 100 people (seated).

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Mon Ami Gabi

Group/Banquet website
3655 South Las Vegas Blvd 
Las Vegas, NV
702-942-8021

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This is another restaurant I was considering for my reception, and I have to say, their group bookings person was extremely responsive and fast on the uptake when I was researching, which was impressive. Mon Ami Gabi is a french bistro/steakhouse and located at the base of the Eiffel Tower outside Paris Las Vegas. Groups from 30 to 450 are able to be accommodated. Views of the Eiffel Tower, Bellagio fountains and the Strip are available, with indoor and outdoor seating. Luxurious red velvet curtains, large chandeliers with soft lighting, mahogany wood features and details help this feel like a luxurious bistro in Paris.

Food and drink: Parties of over 20 people must chose a pre-set menu. Three and four course menus offers classic French choices like escargot, filet mignon and crème brûlée. Add ons for extra cost include fromage and fruit platters. They also offer action stations for a more involved dinner experience. Brunch packages are available for morning affairs – or the morning after! Signature cocktails and of course, a wide ranging wine menu are available.

Entertainment: Private rooms can feature room for dancing, and a/v materials are available for speeches and music.

Seating and rooms: There are two private areas for parties up to 24 and 40 people. Semi private dining is available for groups 28 to 65, and the entire pavilion and outdoor patio is available for up to 250 guests, with the restaurant available for up to 450. White linens, candles and custom menus are made available for free for guests, with upgrades available.

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Border Grill

Group/banquet website
3950 South Las Vegas Blvd (inside Mandalay Bay)
Las Vegas, NV
702-632-7403

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Border Grill is a fiesta’n’fun-filled restaurant with a tropical feel, including a variety of different indoor and outdoor spaces. I must be honest – I am partial to this restaurant because I used it for my own wedding. The food ranges from good to great, and what was important to us was the booze package. My parents, especially my dad, enjoys their premium margaritas on his visits to Vegas and so we really wanted to incorporate those. The restaurant can accomodate 34 to 500 people and has spaces for outdoor mingling and dancing if you like.

Things we did not have to worry about were decor and music – we just used their piped in music, I incorporated their bright colors into my wedding invitations. We mixed indoor and outdoor spaces (nice in mid May) by having passed appetizers outdoors before the reception and the ice cream bar outside after the meal.

Food and drink: Reliable Mexican classics, with a lot of ability to customize on things, like having a live action guacamole, taco or ice cream sundae bar. Most packages include appetizer and a choice of two mains for the guest. They were also able to accomodate guests who were vegan, which was important. Bar packages are excellent, with premium liquors available. We were able to offer our guests premium margaritas, sangria, lots of kinds of beer and cocktails. I recommend creating a bar menu so that guests know all of the different options they can get!

Entertainment: Several rooms feature areas for dancing, and speakers and microphones may be rented from the restaurant.

Seating and rooms: There are two levels to the restaurant, with indoor spaces with huge windows overlooking the spectacular Mandalay Bay pool. They will set up fans and umbrellas to keep the heat down in the summer months in outdoor spaces. Photos and room layouts available here.

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Hot tips for planning a Vegas Strip restaurant reception:

  • Want MORE options? Try this mega list of restaurants all over Las Vegas perfect for wedding receptions
  • Looking to keep costs down? Consider an afternoon luncheon or a weekday reception instead. Costs go up as the sun goes down, and Thursday through Sunday are typically more expensive due to demand in Las Vegas.
  • Another option for keeping costs low is to host a limited bar package at the restaurant, and continue the party elsewhere, like in a suite or at a cocktail lounge downtown.
  • Think about location on the Strip. Asking people to walk even one hotel length can be arduous in wedding gear and dressy shoes.
  • Consider using the restaurant’s decor or view instead of decorating. Many of the restaurants have amazing views that will more than make up for a lack of centrepieces or fancy uplighting.
  • If you are dead set on having an outdoor area, ask the restaurant how they cope with the heat in the summer, be it using fans or misters. May through September can be very hot in Vegas, especially for those not from the area.

 Photos: Mike L Photo, j. anne photo, Border Grill, Mon Ami Gabi, Joe’s Stone Crab, Vintner Grill, Burger Bar and Maggiano’s. 

Splashes of Orange and a Dash of Glamour {Springs Preserve}

When Meg of Megruth Photography alerted me to this wedding, I knew it had to be something special. And I was not disappointed! The word “dreamy” gets thrown around a lot in the wedding world…but it definitely applies to this wedding.

Katie and Ryan were wed at the Springs Preserve, in the gorgeous Origen room. The lighting and wood provide a certain warmth. It’s one of my favourite venues at the Springs Preserve. The freestanding vases of callas from Enchanted Florist were a beautiful choice – they just seem to float in the room.


The bride’s delicate Alençon lace and frothy tulle gown came from Lazaro, and those sparkly platforms from BCBG.

Beautiful portraits – the orange details were a great choice for the Springs Preserve. They really work with the ochre and terracotta tones of the buildings there. And again, the dress! It reminds me of seafoam.

Could be in Paris, right? What a dramatic moment Meg captured here. And I have to say, I love those tattooed brides!

After the ceremony, the celebration moved to Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

 

More photos can be seen over here.

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Wedding Venue: Springs Preserve (Origen Museum) / Reception Venue: Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab at Caesars Palace / Photographer: MegRuth Photography / Event Planning: Green Orchid Events / Ceremony Music: Classical Entertainment / Hair & Makeup: Your Beauty Call /  Floral: Enchanted Florist /  Wedding Dress: Lazaro / Bride’s Shoes: BCBG  / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shoes: Johnston and Murphy / Cake: Gimme Some Sugar