Pat and Taylor are two Vegas locals who married inside the Havana Room at Tropicana Las Vegas. The former nightclub’s dark moody vibe was accented beautifully with candlelight and flowers in deep, dramatic hues. The room has beautiful curves and is great for laidback affairs that make for easy conversation.
Every photo seems dramatic, even the casual one of the newlyweds taking part in beer pong! There’s something about this venue that just stands out.
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Inside the Tropicana is this hidden gem, the Havana Room. This room is incredibly gorgeous. It has a full bar, and the room itself is rounded, with tables and booths lining the outside allowing all focus to drift to the center of the room where a giant chandelier hangs as the anchor for the entire room. This is, of course, where the ceremony was held, directly underneath. It was beautiful.The ceremony was incredibly emotional. The love that Pat and Taylor have for each other was tangible in those moments, and they came through exceedingly well in the photos.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . The Amberlight Collective
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . Havana Room at Tropicana Las Vegas
OFFICIANT . Peachy Keen Unions by Angie Kelly, Rev / WEDDING PLANNER . Weddings and Events by Emily / FLORAL . Miss Daisy Flowers and Weddings and Events by Emily / HAIR + MAKEUP . Amelia C & Co, / ENTERTAINMENT . Elegant Entertainment
Shai and Kali both live and work in Las Vegas, and elected not only to have a very Vegas wedding … they had four days of Vegas wedding! After all, if you’re inviting friends and family from all over the world, best to be a good host, right? Their wedding itself took place in Tropicana’s chic Havana Room, which was a nightclub at one time but is now just for private events. Not surprisingly their wedding was full of music, very appropriate for the venue. Love all the moments and personal stories Kali shared from her wedding in this post.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
We picked our date solely because it was on a three-day weekend, so people could stay longer and enjoy time in this fantastic city. We had a dinner and table service for about 40 people on Thursday; a rehearsal dinner and hotel suite party on Friday; a fantastic wedding Saturday; and a private room with a bar and brunch for football Sunday.
Anytime someone asked me where we were getting married, I would say Las Vegas followed immediately by, “…but not like a Vegas wedding, we’re not getting married by Elvis!” In our own way, though, it was a very Vegas wedding. After all, we rented a venue on the Strip that used to be a nightclub! The Havana Room at the Tropicana is now used for private events and the moment we stepped into it and saw the incredible chandelier at the center we were sold. My husband, Shai, was born in Jerusalem and so while I am not Jewish, having a Jewish wedding was a no brainer for us.
THE CEREMONY — The Havana Room at Tropicana
While the venue was modern and glamorous, we had many personal and DIY touches, starting with my dress. I had three dresses for the evening, my ceremony gown, my mid-reception dress and my post-reception dress. We wanted to do a first look but I didn’t want Shai to see me in “my” dress before the ceremony so I wore my mid-reception dress … which just happens to have been my grandmother’s wedding dress from 63 years ago. My grandparents were too frail to travel to Vegas for the wedding so I had her dress altered ever so slightly (only change was to fit my bust) and it came out more incredibly than I could have ever imagined. All of our grandparents were/have been married for over 50 years and so they have been such strong examples of love and marriage for us.
Our ceremony was a sweet 20 minute Jewish ceremony. The ceremony was probably my favorite because it was so us. I loved looking around at all of our guests!
THE RECEPTION — The Havana Room at Tropicana
For our first dance, we had a choreographed routine to “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles. While it was always my husband who messed up when we practiced, it was me who almost messed up at the wedding and he saved us. There is one picture of us dancing when I am laughing that was from this moment. Everyone kept coming up to us saying how much they loved it. For the father-daughter dance we started with “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath; a song I grew up singing with my father, before fading into “Daughters” by John Mayer.
I had a garter with a mini flask on it so Shai took off the garter and took the shot! Then, as we are both in the Air Force, my groom and all of his groomsmen serenaded me with “Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” straight out of Top Gun.
With family flown in from Israel we did some Israeli fold dances as well as the hora, when they lift us up in chairs — that was such a blast! The rest of the night was spent dancing nonstop. We put the lighting and sound systems to good use.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
All of the signs were chalkboards that I wrote and some that I even painted. I also handpainted all of the candle holders throughout the venue (over 50) as well as painting all of the bottle and putting together all of the centerpieces. I also made all of the bouquets and boutonnieres. We had custom kippot (yalmukes) with our names and wedding date for the guests to wear if they wanted and to keep. I didn’t want a white aisle so instead I had a purple one with gold and purple petals, leading up to our beautiful chuppah dripping in crystals to flow with the chandeliers throughout the venue. In addition to wearing my grandmothers dress we had pictures of all of our grandparents framed on our card table. It was our way of having them with us.
My husband had a videographer for our engagement and so before the ceremony started, the projection screen came down and played our video. It was kind of like bringing everything full circle. When everyone else was out, my dad and I had a moment just to ourselves that was really special. I had him take a selfie so we could remember it. I think it really helped calm him. When we finally started walking the aisle (to “Hold On” by Michael Buble) I may have been the only one not crying! I was just so excited I could not stop smiling!
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM SHAI AND KALI
Our advice for couples looking for a wedding in Vegas would be to really take the time to look at all the venues. There is probably no where else in the country where you can find so many venues in such a concentrated area that range in every possible aspect. I had a binder of all the places I inquired with. From there we picked our top seven venues to visit, then we picked the one that fit us the best.
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We had about 120 guests and our budget was about $40,000.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . gaby j photography member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . Havana Room at Tropicana
CAKE . Layers Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Casablanca from Patricia’s Boutique, vintage; shoes – Christian Louboutin / HAIR . Hallee Chenowyth at Haute Fringe Salon + Spa / MAKEUP . Kim Katuniss at Square Salon / BRIDESMAIDS . New York and Company / GROOMSWEAR . Express / VIDEOGRAPHY . George Street Photo
If you have never seen the fantastically modern interior of the Havana Room at the New Tropicana Las Vegas, today’s wedding inspiration shoot is a perfect introduction! Emma and Josh Photography set up this bold peacock-infused styled wedding shoot there, bringing in bright teal and purple colors, towering floral arrangements by Gaia Flowers and even a high-flying bride.
The Havana Room is a breathtaking nightclub available for wedding ceremonies and receptions, and includes oversized chandeliers and chic furniture, making this stylized wedding shoot (and real weddings) look extra polished. Find out more about weddings at Tropicana’s Havana Room and other nightclubs in the Vegas wedding venue guide.
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer and Shoot Organizers: Emma + Josh // Styled Wedding Reception Venue: Havana Room at The New Tropicana Las Vegas // Wedding Dresses: Angel Rivera Couture // Tuxedo and Menswear: Tuxedo Junction // Wedding Cake: Chef on the Run // Event Designer + Planner: Designs By Daniele // Floral Designer: Gaia Flowers // Hair Stylist: Hair by Lizz, Sue Pyne Makeup and Letty Lopez Makeup // Wardrobe Stylists: RJF Fashion Stylist and Donashow Girlmafia
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.