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26 Wedding Cakes Masquerading as Hotels in Las Vegas

Here’s a hazard as a wedding blogger. You look at many, MANY wedding cakes every day. But how many is too many?

Pinterest, Flickr, on other wedding blogs, cake blogs, in cake studio windows…they all feed the addiction. And if you’re a Vegas hotel obsessed blogger this just sort of blends together after a while, and sometimes, well, the cakes start to look like Vegas hotels. Or is it the other way around?

So join me on a journey as we re-imagine some famous Las Vegas hotels, casinos and landmarks as wedding cakes in this fun post. While all but one of these cakes were not expressly designed to reflect the hotel, I couldn’t help but notice a passing resemblance in many of these cases.

Some of the comparisons are offbeat and a little abstract. Some are right on the nose. All are inspired by the architecture, colors and themes of various Las Vegas hotels and landmarks.

1. Golden Nugget

Inspiration drawn by the prismatic wall that lines the exterior of the Golden Nugget

2. Mix Restaurant at Mandalay bay

Cake: | MiX

Cake by Sweets by Natalie Kay | Mix at Mandalay Bay

The glass bubbles also remind me of Twist at Mandarin Oriental, too. It’s that glass bubble connection.

3. O’Sheas

RIP O’Sheas. You are missed.

4. LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at Mirage


5. Tournament of Kings at Excalibur

That cake is probably too regal to be associated with Excalibur, to be honest

6. Fab Rooms at Flamingo

I actually have a hard time believing this ISN’T the cake directly inspired by something in Vegas. But that’s actually the next cake…

7. Stardust

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Cake by Retro Bakery (Las Vegas) | Stardust sign

Kari of Retro Bakery in Las Vegas was inspired by the old school Stardust (RIP) sign for this cake

8. Linq at The Quad

At first I thought this most reminded me of Cosmopolitan (the purple, maybe?) but then Vegas Tripping reminded me of the Linq Vortex at the renovated Quad. Nice Qake, huh?

9. Poker Room at Aria

10. Mandalay Bay Beach

Cake: | Mandalay Bay Beach

Sugar art on cake by Andiespecialtycakes  | Mandalay Bay Beach

11. Dale Chihuly Glass Installation at Bellagio

That cake is sugar art, directly inspired by Chihuly’s work. Amazing, right?

12. Caesars Palace

Cake: | Caesars Palace

Cake by Erica O’Brien Cakes | Caesars Palace

13. Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan

14. Circus Circus

Oddly, there is a lack of wedding cakes with a creepy clown theme.

15. The Shops at Crystals

Cake | The Shops at Crystals

Cake by CHOCCYWOCCYDOODAH Chocolaterie | The Shops at Crystals

To me, the cake is not even the most ridiculous thing here (although it IS impressive) it’s the name of the chocolate boutique that makes it: CHOCCYWOCCYDOODAH. I’ll bet they Google really well. They also do an amazing mermaid cake I almost included as an homage to Silverton Lodge and Casino.

16. Encore Lobby Bar and Cafe

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Cake by Unknown | Encore Lobby Bar + Cafe

I think I saw every damned red and gold cake on the planet trying to match this bar

17. Veer Towers

Alright, I admit it. I’m stretching it with this one. I just really like that cake!

18. Mandalay Bay

I would have used this for Tropicana if they had kept their gold windows.

19. Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

So the sugar “curl” on top is actually supposed to resemble an ocean wave, but all I saw was the twisted exterior of the Lou Ruvo Center when I saw it.

20. Luxor

This is the cake I am most likely to inhale on this list, by the way. It’s white chocolate + chai with a caramel center, topped with gold leaf. All in an adorable single serving size. Maybe not so adorable when you’ve eaten three, though

Could also double as a cake stand in for the Clark County Government Center pyramid

21. NY NY Las Vegas

22. Suite at Bellagio

23. Vdara

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Cake by Unknown | Bold Chevron Wall at Vdara

24. Venetian and Palazzo

Good for Rio, maybe, too?

25. Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

I really really wanted to replicate the gold bullion wall in the lobby of the Mandarin for this one, but no body made a cake nice enough to show off, so fans it was. The runner up is below

26. Chateau at Paris Las Vegas

Cause nothing says “classy French baroque design” like one of the busiest clubs on the Strip and the shenanigans that happen in there


If you’re looking for that extra cute layer of Vegas fun for your wedding, maybe matching your cake to your venue is just the ticket! But at the very least, you got to check out some gorgeous eye candy. Or eye cake, as it were. :)

If you didn’t have a cake craving at the start of this post, you probably do now. I’m off to get a slice!

Shades of Pink at a Simply Stunning Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Wedding

Photos by Ron Dillon Photography

Chic Wedding at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas | Photos by Ron Dill

What better way to start the week than with a five star wedding at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas? Jamie and Ryan were wed there this spring, and Ron Dillon Photography was there to highlight the deluxe details, romantic first look, fun dance party and all the moments in between.

Featuring a palette of pinks from baby blush all the way through to hot pink and fuchsia, Jamie and Ryan’s wedding was a who’s who of haute couture. From a Vera Wang mermaid style “Ethel” gown to pink studded Belgian loafers by Valentino, the designer details were carefully chosen.


7 More Modern Vegas Wedding Venues

It’s been a while since I did a venue roundup on the blog, so here are 7 more modern venues to consider for your Vegas wedding. Some are on Strip, some are off Strip so there is a good selection, and a range of budgets represented.

Be sure to check out the first part of this list: 8 Ultra-Chic, Modern Vegas Wedding Venues.

More Modern Vegas Wedding Venues and Chapels

1. Avant-Garde at The Wedding Chapel at ARIA

The color theme of the secluded chapel at ARIA is mostly neutral paired with rich purple draping and touches of wood and metallic detailing throughout. Rich fabrics and design the chapel feel like an extension of the sleek modern hotel it is within. The bridal suite and grooms ready room feature little treats like huge LCD TVs, pool tables and wet bars. Not only does this chapel host the latest in modern decor, it’s also technologically advanced and is LEED Gold certified for environmental sustainable practices.

You could get married in the exclusive one-wedding-at-a-time chapel, or choose to say your vows at a variety of other sophisticated venues including amongst the contemporary glass art at the Chihuly Gallery, in the cozy spa Fireside Lounge or infront of the Buddha statue within the north lobby glass contained atrium.

More Modern Vegas Wedding Venues and Chapels

2. Contemporary Elegance at Silver Sky Chapel at The Quad

There are actually two chapels within the Silver Sky Chapel, Skyline and the smaller Sierra, but it’s the Skyline that features more modern decor. Dark wood floors with seating for 80 combined with custom uplighting (in several color options like green, red and blue) projected onto white voile draping give it a contemporary air at a budget price.

Something to keep in mind is that The Quad is a hotel that has been undergoing major renovations since 2012, and there may still be construction going on there through to 2014.

More Modern Vegas Wedding Venues and Chapels

3. Total Flexibility at MEET Las Vegas

MEET, an extremely flexible event space downtown just a few blocks from Fremont Street is often used for conferences and meetings. However, they also do wedding bookings, both ceremonies and receptions. The best feature is its complete versatility and advanced built in technology and features.

You can choose to hold your wedding in a ground or second floor venue, or in their outdoor pavilion. Sleek concrete floors and an unimaginable selection of customization from the latest in audio, lighting, draping and aisle and seating arrangements make this space the perfect base to begin planning your dream event.

More Modern Vegas Wedding Venues and Chapels

4. Modern Miami Vibe at Tropicana Las Vegas

Tropicana opened in 1957, but was recently renovated to give it a more updated, chic Miami South Beach feel, and this extends to the chapel as well.

In addition to the cute little beach house style chapel, Tropicana has expansive gardens with waterfalls and pools as well as wedding arches nestled amongst the foliage, enhancing the tropical feeling. There are three official locations for weddings: the Island Chapel seats up to 100 guests, and outdoor locations Island Arbor and Island Courtyard hold 30 and 150 guests, respectively. Weddings are also possible in conference rooms.

This is an excellent choice if you are looking for a modern wedding location that is on Strip and on budget.

More Modern Vegas Wedding Venues and Chapels

5. Nature Inspired at Red Rock Resort

Red Rock Resort and Casino, located quite near to its namesake Red Rock Canyon, reflects the natural beauty of the mountains and geology in its design. Desert colors of warm ochres, ambers and oranges paired with natural materials give it a modern warmth.

Weddings can be set up in modern conference rooms or ballrooms, or on the outdoor patio venue that offers stunning views of the nearby mountains. There’s also the fabulous 180 Suite for a personal ceremony with an expansive view of Red Rock…

More Modern Vegas Wedding Venues and Chapels

6. Unexpected Chic at MGM Grand

Although I would be hard pressed to call the busy wedding chapels at MGM Grand ‘modern’ (they’re more 1990s to me) venues at MGM Signature, the sister property, offer a variety of modern indoor and outdoor wedding setups.

The poolside Terraza, set against the mirror glass of the conference center, hosts 100 guests while smaller venues like the spa water wall feature at MGM Signature host up to 30 at standing ceremonies only.

Modern Vegas Wedding Venues - Wynn and Encore

7. Modern Zen at Wynn Las Vegas

With the proliferation of microblogging and social media in our everyday lives, there may be nothing more modern than absolute privacy. Although the regular chapels and gardens at Wynn Las Vegas have a refined exclusive feel, I think their newest ceremony option to get married in the Tranquility Hall inside the Encore Spa is ultra modern.

The ceremony, called the “Zen” package, actually takes place during off hours inside the main foyer of Encore’s Spa, which has an Eastern theme with Buddha statues, golden Moroccan inspired decor and plush Persian carpets. There is only enough room for a handful of guests to take part in your ultra exclusive elopement, making it a once in a lifetime memory for all involved.

Be sure to check out the first part of this list 8 Ultra-Chic, Modern Vegas Wedding Venues. Or if those do not fit the bill, review personal photos and reviews of over 50 other unique Vegas wedding venues on The List.

Stunningly Modern Ballroom Wedding {Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas}

mandarin oriental vegas wedding

Today’s beautiful wedding comes courtesy Calvin Yao at Fisheye Photos. He photographed Julie and Kyle’s wedding at Mandarin Oriental and I was literally shaking with anticipation at hitting publish on this one! It’s full of dreamy details, architectural bridal portraits and a few teary eyes…

Kyle (from California) and Julie (from Guam) met at university in New York, so it goes without saying that attendees at their wedding were from all over the globe. Las Vegas was the perfect solution because not only being a central meeting spot, but it allowed guests to have a fun wedding weekend. The Mandarin Oriental played a key role in providing the not-too-Vegas wedding that Julie and Kyle wanted. Purple uplighting, golden details and soft floral touches by Flowers of the Field accented this classy affair.

Shimmering gold sequined mini dresses for the bridesmaids and the lights glittering through the windows of the ballroom reception remind you that although you are in the calm and serene Mandarin Oriental…this is still Las Vegas! I love the variety of portraits the couple got just by walking a short distance out of the Mandarin, too. I’m a sucker for modern architecture and love CityCenter for its huge array of photo opportunities.

If you’ve had the pleasure of being in any Mandarin Oriental property, you will know that they are incredibly service oriented. Julie raves about the on site event planners, saying the staff “…was so easy to work with in terms of planning a wedding from afar.  They were basically my day of coordinator, and I can’t speak highly enough about their staff and service.”

The wedding ceremony took place in Ballroom A of Mandarin Oriental, and then post-vows the guests moved to the stunning and spacious Ballroom C for the reception. With full pane windows that provided a view of The Strip and a balcony overlooking Las Vegas Boulevard below, the room was a beautiful option for this completely modern destination Vegas wedding!

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 Vendor and Venue Goodness: 

Wedding & Reception Venue: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas (Ballrooms A and C) / Photographer: Fisheye Photos by Calvin Yao /  Wedding Planner: Jessica Yip at Mandarin Oriental / Wedding Dress: Lazaro / Bride’s Shoes: J Crew / Bridesmaid’s Dresses:  Aidan Mattox from Saks Fifth Avenue / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Glasses: Fendi / Groom’s Velvet Bowtie: Turnbull & Asser /  Hair Design: Morgan Noel / Makeup: Sally Lai, Bride’s Sister /  Floral: Flowers of the Field / Cake: Gianni Santin for Mandarin Oriental / Linens: Mandarin Oriental / Lighting: Flowers of the Field / Entertainment: DJ Rob B (via Flowers of the Field)

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Modern Engagement Shoot {Aria}


Etambuyu & Noah got engaged after meeting at college in Idaho. Because the groom-to-be is from Las Vegas, the couple hooked up with with Rachel from Brilliant Imagery for some engagement photos around the water wall feature at ARIA and then headed downtown for some more sweet engagement photos. Their plan is to have a wedding in California followed by a honeymoon in Africa. So exotic!









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