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5 Favorites: Rooftop Wedding Venues in Vegas

5 Best Wedding Venues with a View Las Vegas | Little Vegas Wedding

Today’s venue spotlight falls on my five favorite rooftop wedding venues in Las Vegas. On Strip or off Strip, the city is full of amazing viewpoints with romantic sparkly lights and a birds eye view of one of the busiest streets in America. Great views from stunning heights, here are five of my favorite venues for gettin’ high at your wedding in Las Vegas.

For more modern Las Vegas wedding venues, visit the Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide. See all posts in the 5 Favorites series here and check out all the Vegas wedding venues with gorgeous views right here.

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

House of Blues Foundation Room, Mandalay Bay

This venue perched 43 floors up at the top of Mandalay Bay has an incredible view north up the Strip from one of the most southern hotels upon it. With intimate indoor venues an option, the one I like best is the Mandalay Patio with an open air view that will bring gasps to your wedding guests. (And those scared of heights to their knees, possibly.) Simply stunning.

See real weddings at House of Blues/Foundation Room featured on Little Vegas Wedding.

Eastside Cannery One Six Lounge | Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide

One Six Sky Lounge at Eastside Cannery

An off Strip casino and hotel, the jewel in its crown is the 16th floor ballroom/nightclub called One Six Sky Lounge perfect for private events. More than 300 guests can catch sweeping views of north Las Vegas and the Strip from the floor to ceiling windows and enjoy the modern lounge-like atmosphere accessed via private elevator.

See real weddings at Eastside Cannery featured on Little Vegas Wedding.

Weddings with a View | Little Vegas Wedding

VooDoo Lounge at Rio

Another off Strip view vantage point, VooDoo Lounge at Rio Hotel and Suites offer the usual range of hotel ballrooms and amenities the VooDoo lounge, 51 stories up really shines. Your wedding ceremony can be set against a panoramic view from an open air bar looking at The Strip, but must place between 10am and 2pm, with a 75 guest maximum. Receptions are a possibility, but again, must take place during the day, as the bar is so popular at night.

See more wedding venues with fabulous views here.

Tahiti Village | Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide

Skyview 510 at Tahiti Village

One of the more economical choices for a wedding in Vegas, Tahiti Village is a timeshare just south of the Strip. It offers a beautiful view of the nearby airport as well as the neon and lights of the Strip in the distance. Skyview 510 is a traditional ballroom with two attached patios for up to 100 guests is on the 10th floor, so it is high…but not too high!

Get more info on weddings at Tahiti Village.

Ferris Wheel Wedding Vegas | Little Vegas Wedding

High Roller at The LINQ

The newest sky-high wedding venue in Las Vegas, the supersized Ferris wheel offers quickie wedding ceremonies from one of the 28 modern observation pods. Say your I Dos from 520 feet in the sky (currently the world’s tallest observation wheel) before you come back down to Earth again. The least expensive packages start from $2145.

See real weddings at the High Roller featured on Little Vegas Wedding.


For more sky-high wedding venues option in Las Vegas, visit the Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide. Or read more posts in the 5 Favorites series, including Vegas gardens, museums and more.

Photos: Joseph De Palma, Mandalay Bay, Eastside Cannery,, Tahiti Village and Lindsay Collette Photography.

High Roller Vegas Vow Renewal from Lindsay Collette Photography

Ferris Wheel Wedding Vegas | Little Vegas Wedding

Although I feature so many amazing weddings on LVW, behind the photos sometimes there are tales of drama and stories that will be told for years to come. Sudden illness; bad weather (or bad vendors); weddings that did not go off perfectly; surprise events that caused what is meant to be a dream day go wrong. But, behind every cloud is a silver lining, because many of these couples get to have a wedding do-over, like today’s couple, Kristyn and Jay.

The day before their original wedding (in Miami) their car was broken into while they were doing pre-wedding photos with their photographer. The photographer’s equipment was stolen, as were wedding rings, family heirloom jewelry, clothes for the weekend, custom wedding sneakers, timelines, paperwork, purse, wallet and more. The couple persevered, even though the bandits were never caught and the wedding went off with the help of friends and family.

So how does Vegas tie in? The bride had entered a contest from Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to win an “I Do Redo” on the High Roller in Las Vegas for 12/13/14 and they won! Included in the $14,000 prize were flights and accommodation for them and five friends, the ceremony and more, including: a rehearsal dinner at Joel Robuchon, beauty treatments at the Salon at Vdara, a Richard Petty Driving Experience for the gents and a post-wedding dinner at LAVO Italian Restaurant at The Palazzo and VIP table seating at TAO Nightclub at The Venetian.

Can you think of a more deserving couple? Many couples choose to get married on specially numbered days to increase their luck, but seems like Kristyn and Jay’s luck is already on an upswing.

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More from the photographer, Lindsay Collette

Climbing high into the air (550 ft!), Kristyn and Jay exchanged their vows in front of a group of their nearest and dearest … and a full news crew! During the ceremony, Jay surprised Kristyn with a replica of the heirloom ring which was stolen in Miami. The entire pod was in tears!

More champagne, more cheers, more food. When we came down from the High Roller, we celebrated at LAVO with a truly magnificent meal before we were whisked away to TAO Nightclub to celebrate in style with bottle service and VIP status.

The entire experience was out of control, and for sure a once-in-a-lifetime happening. We are so grateful for Visit Las Vegas for this trip.


PHOTOGRAPHER . Lindsay Collette Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . High Roller Observation Wheel at LINQ
REHEARSAL DINNER . Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand
RECEPTION VENUE . LAVO Restaurant + Lounge at Palazzo
AFTERPARTY VENUE . TAO Nightclub at Venetian

CAKE + DESSERT TABLE . Wonderland Bakery and Joel Robuchon / HAIR + MAKEUP . Salon Vdara

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!

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.

Short and Cute at Imperial Palace {The Quad}

I had a huge smile on my face the first time I saw this wedding on Meg’s blog – from the flouncy little Priscilla of Boston dress the bride wore to the purple tones of the overhauled Imperial Palace chapel (uh, who knew!?) and the hilarious surprise from up above while the party boarded the bus for a cruise of the Strip… check Stephanie and Dan’s wedding out!

I am so in love with the dress she chose!

As the bus boarded, everyone on top suddenly started pointing up above and a new “friend” was made…

Did you spot her!? Awesome.

So gorgeous – thanks for sharing, Meg. As always, it was a treat. For more photos of this wedding, please visit MegRuth’s blog.

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Wedding Venue: Silver Sky Chapel at Imperial Palace / Photography: MegRuth Photo + Video / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Your Beauty Call / Bride’s Gown: Priscilla of Boston