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Vegas Vision: Stylish Cosmopolitan Elopement

One of my favorite wedding venues to feature on the blog is Cosmopolitan. It’s fresh, modern and perfect for a stylish elopement! I used my love for the hotel as  inspiration for this week’s Vegas Vision wedding board. Because what’s more modern than sneaking off to Vegas for your elopement in a stunning architectural gown and post-wedding cocktails for two, instead of cake?

Vegas Vision” inspiration boards are inspired by the different resorts, casinos and locations around Vegas. They’re not really based in reality, but that’s the fun!

If you would like to make your own, the theme is Modern Elopements. If you want to share, you can create it on Pinterest and tag the board #VegasVision or tag me @lilvegaswed. You can also email me the board: kelly AT littlevegaswedding DOT com

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Location: Cosmopolitan Las Vegas // Modern crepe wedding gown by Lanvin // “Mayan” cocktail at Vesper Bar by FoodSpotting // Metal “bouquet” by J Amber Conger at Refinerii // Bold graphic “Fracas” wedding announcement by Minted // Cosmopolitan sign photo by me


In-Suite Elopement for Two Canadian Lovebirds {THEhotel}

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I’ve been going a little elopement crazy over here at LVW, as I’ve been getting so many elopement submissions. But can you blame me? Couples like Stacey and Cy today who eloped in Las Vegas at THEhotel are so likeable I want to post ALL THE ELOPEMENTS.

This Canadian couple decided to do it Vegas-style after being together a quarter century. Yes – you read correctly. They’ve been together for 25 years. I think you’ll agree they barely look that old themselves.

McKenzi of Taylored Photo Memories documented the memories of this special Vegas elopement and shared this chic little in-suite ceremony with me. You might recognize a face at the party too – that’s Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions presiding. Family members unable to make the trip joined in via FaceTime and the internet. Following the ceremony there were cupcakes and candles and Canadian Club. All the good C’s to make a great wedding go down!

The wedding ceremony was modern, fun and intimate. One of the things I like best about elopements is that you really focus on the couple and you get to see the emotion in every photo. Check these photos by Taylored Photo Memories out!

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Wedding & Reception Venue: THEhotel H Suite/ Photographer: McKenzi Taylor of Taylored Photo Memories /  Celebrant: Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions

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In and Out Wedding {Las Vegas LDS Temple}

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The flutter of a peacock feather, a trip to In-N-Out, beautiful post-LDS ceremony portraits and handcrafted, arty details are the highlights of this wedding – oh, and a totally adorable and jubilant couple. The photos from Rachel at Brilliant Imagery are just that – brilliant.

The couple, Spencer and Stephanie, are Vegas locals who were married at the Las Vegas LDS Temple one beautiful winter morning. Stephanie rocked a very sculpted modest gown accented with amethyst purple shoes and a coordinating bouquet. Rachel took the couple to the Smith Center for some more portraits following their private ceremony inside the temple. The rainbow sculpture/installation by Las Vegas artist Tim Bavington is a beautiful spot for bridal portraits, isn’t it?

Of course, you get hungry when you’re getting married (depending on your anxiety level!) so where else to go but get it on animal style at In-N-Out?  The kind staff made sure the bride and groom got a complimentary meal during their pit stop and a caricature artist eating at the fast food restaurant even provided a little sketch documenting the day. The whole wedding was full of little momentos like that, though – instant photos, chalkboard drawings, little books that kept the kids busy at the reception, a photo booth – all documenting a day full of love and memories.

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Wedding Venue: Las Vegas Nevada LDS Temple / Reception Venue: LDS Chapel Hall /Photographer: Brilliant Imagery / Hair + Makeup: Ali Ortiz / Post Wedding Snack: In-N-Out Burger / Catering: Catering Bug / Event Design: Forever Yours Wedding Decor / Cake: Brittany Cozzens


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!









8 Ultra-Chic, Modern Vegas Wedding Venues

Here are eight fabulously fresh Las Vegas venues you may not have considered for your wedding. Did we leave out your favorite modern Las Vegas venue? Share it in the comments!

Update: here are 7 More Modern Wedding Venues! You might also like to browse through the coolest wedding venues in Las Vegas for ceremonies and receptions in the brand new Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide! We’ve got them all, from modern industrial style warehouses to funky historic museums!

1. Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

Photos courtesy Mandarin Oriental
Las Vegas’s Mandarin Oriental hosts one of the most expensive wedding packages in Vegas, but for those of us with more modest budgets, they also offer affordable options in one of the newest, most modern hotels on The Strip.

There is an air of exclusivity due to the design of the hotel, and the lavish, thoughtfully designed spaces and furnishings make for an opulent, clean feel. The ballrooms and restaurants feature unique spaces for wedding parties of 10 people through 600, and the catering features gourmet food that is a step above. View More Photos & Real Weddings at Mandarin Oriental

On Strip: Yes | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Accommodates: up to 600 people banquet style | More Information

2. CityCenter Las Vegas

Photos by Gaby J Photography, Brian Leahy and Aria.

CityCenter with three hotels (four if you count Mandarin Oriental) offers a range of options for those seeking a modern, chic venue for a wedding ceremony, reception or cocktail party. You could use a ballroom or rent a suite at Cosmopolitan, Aria or Vdara and hold your ceremony there, and do a photo session amongst the modern art pieces and sleek lines of CityCenter. Aria opened a dedicated wedding chapel in 2013, as well.

Cosmopolitan has a variety of modern art which makes for fantastic photos and sets the mood of the event, while Aria and Vdara have gorgeous modern waterscapes and landscaping details that look great in photos. Head over here for more information, pricing and photos of real weddings at various venues at ARIA, Vdara and Cosmopolitan.

On Strip: Yes, plus a host of on-site restaurants | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1,000 | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Booking Information

3. Rumor Boutique Hotel

Photos courtesy Rumor Hotel Las Vegas

The Rumor Boutique Hotel offers glamorous modern spaces for weddings and receptions, with elegant finishes and electric colors. It’s a very “Miami” feeling hotel, with contemporary furniture, on site catering and a smaller more intimate property with stunning views of the Strip. Due to its slightly off-Strip location, it remains a great option for those on budgets, too

On Strip: No | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1,000 | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Booking Information

4. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

Photos courtesy Mandalay Bay

Mandalay Bay is primarily a tropical themed hotel, but it actually features a very chic wedding chapel with modern touches and neutral colors. Mandalay Bay offers a number of unique options for wedding ceremonies and receptions, but their chapel itself is quite modern. With cubic touches and neutral colors, it has a definite modern slant.

They have more than ten different venues for ceremonies, so if you are not fond of the chapel, check out the many other Mandalay Bay wedding ceremony locations, indoors and out. View More Venue Photos and Real Weddings at Mandalay Bay

On Strip: Yes | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, plus a host of on-site restaurants | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1,000 | On Site Catering: Yes, outside catering allowed in suites | Booking Information

5. Platinum Hotel

Photos courtesy Platinum Hotel 

Platinum Hotel, just a stone’s throw off the Strip, not only offers a non-gaming boutique hotel experience but vista views of the Strip, as well as modern furnishings and colors. With indoor and outdoor venues, there is a wide selection of choices, and anything from a rooftop cocktail reception to a pool top ceremony on a lucite catwalk is possible. View More Venue Photos and Real Weddings at Platinum Hotel

On Strip: No | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1,000 | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Booking Information

6. Las Vegas World Market Center

Photos courtesy Asha Efia, World Market Center

World Market Center Las Vegas offers modern, clean spaces, on-site catering, indoor and outdoor spaces and event planners. Special features like state of the art entertainment an A/V setups as well as indoor water features and Strip views make this a unique venue you might otherwise consider.

Contemporary design, geometric shapes, unique lighting and modern steel and stone finishes make for beautiful photo backdrops. View More Venue Photos and Real Weddings at World Market Center

On Strip: No | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2  to 1600 | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Booking Information

7. The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Courtyard reception. Credit: Smith Center

Photo courtesy Smith Center

The Smith Center is one of Las Vegas’ newest venue choices, and is actually a world class theatre and performing arts site. The venue hosts a number of features including packages with rentals included, well appointed halls with incredible architectural details, indoor and outdoor spaces and as one might expect for a theatre venue, grand stages and awesome acoustics.

Nearby are some fantastic photo opportunities, including but not limited to “classic” Vegas, urban streetscapes and the ever popular Neon Museum. These are in addition to the grand ballrooms, popular rainbow sculpture and Indiana limestone architecture. View More Venue Photos and Real Weddings at the Smith Center

On Strip: No, near Fremont Street | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2  to 500 | On Site Catering: Yes, with Culinary Arts Catering and Four Seasons | Booking Information

8. Keep Memory Alive Center at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Interior of Keep Memory Alive Center Credit: Little Vegas Wedding

Interior of Keep Memory Alive Center Credit: Little Vegas Wedding

Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is a testament to the architect’s design sense and will wow any fan of modern architecture you know, both inside and out.

Part research center for degenerative brain diseases and part event venue, the Keep Memory Alive Event Center portion of the building can be rented for weddings and other special occasions with the proceeds going to fund the center’s research. For 4 hours the facility rental rates are $5,000 for events Mondays through Thursdays and $7,500 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Additional time is $500 an hour. This includes use of the in-house furniture which is a fabulous array of Frank Gehry designed sofas, Pedrali chairs, tables and bars – but that’s just the start, and an entire decor list can be provided upon request.

Furnishings are as modern as the exterior and a breezeway courtyard allows the space to “breathe.” The building itself facilitates extremely unique photos taken inside and outside of the space, and the location provides easy access to the nearby downtown district and Neon Museum. And it’s nice to know that the fees go to a good cause. Head here for more information and photos of the event space at Lou Ruvo Center.

On Strip: No | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: up to 700 standing, 400 banquet style with indoor and outdoor spaces | On Site Catering: Yes, KMA Center works with three companies for on-site catering. Outside caterers are allowed after permission is granted, but there are extra fees | Booking Information

Looking for yet MORE modern venue choices? Check out 7 More Modern Wedding Venues in this post.

And if none of these venues fit the bill, check out our mega-directory of unique Las Vegas wedding venues including country clubs, chapels, desert locations and more!

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