Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide! Today a little Western town known by many names is featured: Eldorado Canyon, Nelson Ghost Town, Nelson’s Landing and Techatticup Mine may ring a bell.
Eldorado Canyon is a unique venue that will appeal to those of you seeking a rustic, vintage style Vegas wedding. This former gold mine is whimsically Western and includes a good dose of nature and style of the late 1800s. Eldorado offers desert landscape and the beautiful cholla cacti amongst the collection of vintage vehicles, antiques, abandoned buildings…even a crashed airplane! The photo opportunities are endless and can be customized to match your personal style. It’s an extremely unique venue for untraditional weddings near Las Vegas.
It is possible to independently set up your wedding at Eldorado Canyon, however this can be stressful for destination couples as Nelson is about 45 minutes drive from Las Vegas, and is minimal when it comes to facilities. Doing a DIY wedding here can be a lot of work. I get many questions about using this venue for weddings and elopements, so thought I would ask City Weddings, a company who is truly an expert when it comes to Eldorado Canyon weddings, to tell us a bit about their weddings at this fantastic venue.
City Weddings provides affordable all-inclusive packages at Eldorado for elopements and small weddings, and can make sure your wedding goes smoothly and easily. No small feat for what is effectively an authentic abandoned mining town in the desert! Their packages include transportation for up to 50 guests, photography, a minister and ceremony and even a small post-ceremony celebration package before you head back to the glittering lights of Las Vegas.
Venue Options at Eldorado Canyon
The Main Barn, Cactus Barn and Cactus Garden are the three most popular venues for weddings in this western desert town. For those looking for an intimate lofty feel that is protected from the elements of the desert, the Main Barn is likely best option. There are countless areas for unique photography and exploring around the property, so be brave and adventurous!
Pricing + Catering
The elopement package for two, including a limo ride to Eldorado Canyon, photographer for 2.5 hours and 50 edited images, a minister, site permit, Champagne toast, all filing of marriage paperwork is priced at $1,490. Each additional guest is $25.
For larger weddings, a party bus for 18, a photographer for 3.5 hours and 50 edited images, minister, site permit, burlap aisle runner, chairs and a refreshment package with Champagne toast, soft drinks, peanuts and cupcakes is priced at $2,770. Each additional guest is $25, up to a maximum of 50.
There is no electricity for a sound system, but this would be a perfect opportunity to use an acoustic guitarist
As with most desert environments, dehydration is a factor and you should keep the season and associated temperatures in mind when booking
There are environment hazards around this authentic desert town: nails, glass, and cactus abound, so appropriate shoes are necessary
Restroom facilities are available
If you choose to independently book the venue for your wedding and reception, you should know there is no on-site kitchen, and you would have to bring in everything via truck if you wanted to have a larger reception: rented chairs, tables, staffing and so on. It’s a challenging venue and help is definitely recommended. Read about DIY weddings at Eldorado Canyon
This is the Vegas of the Old West, and is a great experience to see off Strip locations, providing more unique and fun opportunities for you and your guests
Fall and spring offer the ideal desert temperatures for weddings, with sunset having the best lighting
Real Weddings, Engagements and Photo Shoots at Eldorado Canyon
Some of you readers are just beginning your Vegas wedding planning escapade. If so: welcome! If you are new to the world of weddings, you’ve probably already heard and used the “B” word: “budget.” It can dominate most wedding conversations you have, especially in the early days, and rightfully so. Staying on budget is important to your wallet and relationship’s health!
One of the best spots to save a little bit of time and money is by choosing your wedding stationery carefully. Little Vegas Wedding partner Ann’s Bridal Bargains offers a great selection of discount wedding invitations that allow you to express who you are as a couple, but not go overboard with the expense. Is it possible to stay on budget and plan a wedding that’s uniquely you? Yes! And Ann’s is dedicated to helping you make that happen.
Ann’s Bridal Bargains invitations offer a wide selection of styles and designs, but one of my favorites are the Separate and Send wedding invites. These affordable invitations have a clever, perforated design that prints all three pieces of your wedding stationery ensemble at once, saving you big bucks…and time! No DIY cutting of pieces, either.
These invitation bundles include the invitation as well as the detachable response card and reception card on one convenient sheet. Everything is coordinated, and can be customized to your wedding colors, theme or personal style and interests as a couple. You can choose your color and can create your own unique wording online, and even add photos to several designs!
Here are some of my favorite designs from the Separate and Send collection:
Perfect for a poolside wedding is the palm tree embellished “Heartwarming” suite.
Love fonts and typefaces? Check out the “Presenting” suite!
Guests will get excited about your destination wedding with these airplane themed “Destination Romance” invites.
Simple and modern, “Love Spell” reflects the purple theme of Aria’s wedding chapel!
You can see the full selection of affordable Separate and Send invites. Orders can be made for as few as 25 invites, perfect for smaller Vegas weddings.
The most important thing you need to know about Ann’s Bridal Bargains selection of “cheap” wedding invitations is that there is nothing cheap about them. Even the most impressive wedding invitation design becomes dull and disappointing if not beautifully printed and presented on the right kind of paper. If you’re not convinced, they even offer free samples so you can see before you purchase!
Ann’s Bridal Bargains has crafted a special offer for Little Vegas Wedding readers, valid through the end of the summer. Get an extra 15% off your wedding invitation order with code Vegas15. This offer is valid through 8/31/2014.
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!
This 1960s inspired lace-backed dress, Par Fate, reminds me of actress Mia Farrow (who was also a Vegas bride herself!)
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.
A flattering cross-front and oversized bow on the back keeps Give Me Amour cute and fun, with a retro feel.
Alight of Heart is airy and flowy, perfect for a Vegas garden wedding. Also available in plus sizes.
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.
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!
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!
I have a confession: my wedding registry was non-existent. Well…sorta. Since our wedding was a Las Vegas destination affair, we just told our guests that attending the wedding was gift enough, to thank them for the time taken off of work and travel costs involved. We didn’t register anywhere!
Looking back, I’m embarrassed. I think we would have registered somewhere if the registries offered what we, as a couple, were looking for. Like many of you, we already had pots, pans and dishes from years of living together. What we didn’t have was cool barware, speciality kitchen goods or the time to sit down and decide on a cool class to take together. There wasn’t even any place in town we could register to get that.
But…that was four years ago. Today, Zola is here for you!
Zola offers a modern take on the classic wedding registry. They understand that while couples may feel it is tacky to ask for cash at their wedding, the reality is that most couples are seeking more unusual items than those you might find at a standard department store. (After all, who needs another salad spinner?)
For those of you still more interested in money, they also provide a classier way to solicit for honeymoon funds and cash. You can even request funds for future needs like moving costs or handyman services!
Even better, for destination weddings they will ship gifts directly to your home. AND you can add items to your registry from any other site online, and your wedding guests never have to know.
They even provide that experience most people find most fun when adding items to the registry: a barcode scanner. You can turn your iPhone into a scanner and zap just about anything to add it to your registry. Basically, Zola is making me wish I could do my wedding registry all over again.
Recently, in my interview on photographer JamieY’s blog, I gave two pieces of advice for brides getting married in Las Vegas. One was to stick to your guns on decisions (something that’s probably good advice for many of us, everyday) and the other was: wear comfortable shoes!
I know many of you, especially those getting married somewhere on The Strip, will be traipsing all over the city to get photos, attend your ceremony and party down at the reception. This means wearing shoes for more than 12 hours in many cases. And I’m here to warn you that despite some hotels looking close together on a map, or thinking that it might only be a short walk from your suite or valet to the hotel chapel, the reality is that it’s not in most cases. Shoes that are brand new for a wedding will blister, cut and bug you more than you thought possible, possibly even if they are broken in a bit.
As a slave to fashion, I could never tell someone to switch out their beautiful wedding heels for orthopedic flats, so that’s not really an option. And of course, sometimes it’s not always convenient to bring a second pair of shoes because even the tiniest of flats may not fit into your bridal purse. That’s why I was so excited when Linge Shoes told me about their perfect solution: ballet shoes!
They sent me a sample of their little ballet flats to test drive, and, boy did I! Although it’s still very snowy and wet where I live, I’ve been wearing these non-stop indoors the last few weeks to get a feel for them, and I love them.
Part dance slipper, part shoe, but all vibrant color and comfort, I think that these flats are a great way to keep your feet blister-free at your wedding as you run around Las Vegas hotels or get down on the dancefloor at your reception. Throw these lightweight shoes in your wedding day purse and slip them on and off as you hot foot it around. Your feet will thank you.
As a former figure skater and dancer my feet are in rough shape, I’m not embarrassed to admit. I earned those bumps! The soft leather hugged my poor misshapen feet and, much like slippers, I forgot I was wearing them sometimes. They’re also adjustable so you can get a custom fit, and the straps can be worn or hidden.
Linge Shoes are $59 and come in 12 beautiful colors which will accommodate almost any wedding palette, so they’d probably make a great gift for bridesmaids, too. I got the bright turquoise color, which is like a Tiffany or robin’s egg blue. Perfect for spring, and outside of the predictable black flat I always wear.
But just how small are they?
They have a super thin profile which makes them very easy to slip into the tiniest of bags. I used my wallet-sized wristlet as an example for how small of a space these shoes fit in in the photos. Of course, they also fit in my much larger purses, as well. The thin profile doesn’t afford them much arch support, so if you have trouble with really flat shoes, these may not be the solution for you.
They’re great for weddings, but honestly I can’t wait to wear my Linges on my next flight. I’m the worst and love to run around airports in high heels (see that slave to fashion comment, earlier) but when I’m on the flight my feet swell so I like to carry sock or slippers with me. Linges are actually smaller than my cozy slipper socks I carry for this purpose, and more stylish!
Linge Shoes get the stamp of approval from LVW for Vegas weddings, especially if you are planning on a Strip photo shoot!
Disclosure: Lingeshoes provided a sample for me to try out, but the words and opinions are all my own.