Neon Museum & Boneyard
770 Las Vegas Boulevard North | 702.387.6366
Capacity: Up to 400 | Indoor + Outdoor Sites Available | Hosts: Ceremonies + Receptions
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Just the Deets
The Neon Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying, and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, and cultural enrichment. The museum houses a large collection of historic signs from the Las Vegas Valley, spanning the decades, representing hotels, casinos, business and other iconic signage that have graced Las Vegas history. They are a museum first and foremost and conduct guided tours through the museum boneyard daily and nightly, but they are also a popular spot for wedding portraits, engagement shoots and now: weddings and receptions!
With the opening of the new La Concha Visitor’s Center, the Neon Museum features event space perfect for parties and receptions. A new 3,500 sq. ft. outdoor event space located adjacent to the Neon Boneyard offers versatility as well as a striking visual background for events and functions, while the smaller 2,500 sq. ft. Neon Boneyard Park and the 600 sq. ft. La Concha Visitor’s Center offer convenient alternative locations for smaller parties.
The Neon Museum maintains a roster of preferred vendors including caterers, photographers, and special event planners to assist guests in organizing and executing their functions. While tours of the Neon Boneyard are not included as part of the museum’s standard events package, abbreviated tours may be added to certain events for additional fees. We can host wedding event for just the couple, small and intimate for the couple and four guests, or receptions up to 400.
If you are a design geek, love the history of Las Vegas, or are just looking for a quirky, somewhat industrial and retro spot for your wedding, the Neon Museum will strike a lot of the right chords. Beautifully lit at night, the historic, weathered signs are a striking backdrop to your wedding, and limit the need for additional decor. They also make for fabulous photo opportunities!
- For smaller elopements, you might consider the “Quick Wedding Package” where you and your significant other plus up to four guests attend a wedding officiated by Elegant Vegas Weddings. You may bring your own photographer. At the conclusion of the ceremony, you receive a pair of exclusive Neon Museum wedding themed t-shirts, a bottle of chilled champagne/sparkling wine, and a pair of wedding cupcakes packaged to go.
- Catering at the Neon Museum is all handled through one of our four Exclusive Caterers only. Please contact them directly for rates and availability: Di Vine Events, Renaissance Catering, Catering by Bleu, & Art of Cooking.
- The Neon Museum also has a contract with Elegant Vegas Weddings, who are the exclusive officiates for all weddings, commitment ceremonies and vow renewals at the site.
- If you are only interested in hosting a photo shoot at the property, you must book at least two weeks out, and follow a stringent application procedure
Real Weddings + Shoots at the Neon Museum
Searching for the perfect venue for your Las Vegas wedding? Be sure to check out the other posts in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue Spotlight series, or peruse the all-new Vegas Wedding Venue Directory!
Destination DIY weddings make my heart go pitter-patter, so it just about exploded when Gaby J Photography contacted me about Scott and Sarah’s Vegas wedding. Just 16 guests were invited to the couple’s incredibly stylish and personal in-suite ceremony and restaurant reception, where much of the design and ideas were conceived and created by them.
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”, the thoughtful details Sarah and Scott included in their intimate wedding are astounding, including Sarah’s vintage-inspired Sue Wong gown, a choreographed dance routine and an amazing art deco cake. Even the venues were thoughtfully chosen with the theme in mind. The vintage dining style of The Barrymore and The Laundry Room, a private speakeasy bar inside Commonwealth, kept the Gatsby-esque wedding going well into the night.
Why Sarah and Scott chose Las Vegas
We had an intimate wedding and we really wanted to pick a location that was easy to get to from all over the US and could act as our wedding venue! Vegas was perfect because it allowed Vegas to be the venue and us to hop around town. We felt less responsible for making sure everyone was entertained because… it’s Vegas!
Why they chose “The Great Gatsby” for their theme
We felt a Vegas wedding was the perfect excuse for a theme. I am a librarian and Scott and I always felt very fascinated by the roaring 20s and art deco design. “The Great Gatsby” is a book on decadence and lavishness, not the most romantic book actually, but one of our favorite novels. Plus, if there is one time to be lavish, isn’t it your wedding? We felt like celebrating literature and our love, plus everyone looks so great in 1920s clothes!! Scott really wanted all the men in bow-ties.
The Ceremony – Venetian Prima Suite
The ceremony set up in the Venetian Suite was one of the scarier aspects of our wedding! The Venetian doesn’t “allow” weddings in the suites and we had to be a little sneaky about it. Our family drove all of the flowers and decorations in a van and our guests helped us move everything to our room without having the help of bellboys. We were worried our cover would be blown if the maid service or bellboys saw the room decorated.
The Venetian Prima Suite was huge and we booked the room for the day before the wedding and the wedding day. We spent a few hours early the day before the wedding moving the furniture into the bedroom we didn’t need for the ceremony. It took some time rearranging before we checked out, but it was surprisingly easy.
The room had enough seating for all of our 16 guests! We didn’t need to rent or borrow anything. Even the altar was a console table in the room. It all turned out perfectly. I made the aisle runner so it would look more like a wedding than a hotel suite.
We had a Jewish ceremony and two of our friends read poems “I carry your heart with me” by E.E. Cummings and “Touched by an Angel” by Maya Angelou. Our cousin Michael played ”Canon in D” on the guitar while I walked down the aisle. Afterwards we toasted with champagne! Very Gatsby. It was a beautiful and meaningful ceremony. Having it in our hotel suite made the space feel very sacred because it was also our room for our wedding night.
Our wedding dance! We went to secret private dance lessons (with choreographer Gigi Burton) and did a two song routine with rumba, swing, and the lindy hop. We found the perfect spot in the Venetian and just busted it out. Only a few people knew and we just blew everyone away. It was such an amazing feeling and a relief when it was over – we were so worried we would mess up and fall because we were in our wedding clothes for the first time!
The Reception – The Barrymore and The Laundry Room|
Let me tell you, I contacted about 50 places but my mom found The Barrymore. We wanted somewhere classic, vintage, and intimate: The Barrymore was just right. They only have room for 50 people at a time and had amazing prices on pri-fixe menus. The pictures looked amazing online and we just trusted their event coordinator Heather with all of the details. The cake was AMAZING and the food beyond delicious. We are so happy we chose them.
Afterwards, we reserved the private speakeasy inside Commonwealth called The Laundry Room for two hours of open bar. All of the drinks were 1920s inspired and they allowed us to play music on the sound system that Scott and his best man Chris had curated. After our stay there was over we just wandered down to the Fremont Experience dancing and taking pictures. This is what Vegas is about.
Scott and Sarah’s #1 tip for other couples planning a Las Vegas wedding
Research! Go with your gut and if you have a bad vibe at all with a place or vendor, listen to it. There are so many options in Vegas it can be overwhelming. We wanted to make it our wedding and used different vendors rather than one for the ceremony, dinner, and drinking. Let the city be the venue and have FUN!
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Gaby J Photography / Ceremony Venue: Venetian, Prima Suite / Reception Venue: The Barrymore / Cocktail Party: The Laundry Room, inside Commonwealth / Wedding Dress: Sue Wong / Hair + Makeup: Makeup in the 702 / Bride’s Shoes: Antonio Melani / Groom’s Suit + Menswear: Vera Wang for Men’s Wearhouse / Cake: The Barrymore / Celebrant: Rabbi Mel Hecht / Dance Choreographer: Gigi Burton / Bouquet: LaPlumeEthere / Ketubah: Doodlage / Wedding Favors: Copies of “The Great Gatsby” by Penguin House / Ornaments: Mama Made Them
Since the Neon Museum began hosting events at their boneyard last year, I’ve heard of weddings being held there, but this is the first one shared on the blog! The venue is a popular spot for engagement and post wedding portraits, but is a pretty special place to hold an event as well. You are surrounded by the sights and signs of vintage Vegas, making for a great atmosphere for a reception with a built in theme and decor!
Kristin and Corey held their modern wedding ceremony and reception at the retro museum recently, and threw in an Elvis officiant for good measure. I love the modern mix of Kristin’s glitzy gold sequined kate spade dress and stylish low decor of the reception surrounded by the glowy neon lights.
Read on for more from Kristin on planning a wedding at the Neon Museum and for lots of photos from Brilliant Imagery of the wedding, plus the welcome dinner at the Sugar Factory and the trash the dress shoot in the arts district of Vegas with all the girls post-wedding!
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Little Vegas Wedding has featured weddings at St Joseph Husband of Mary Church before – it is one of my personal favorite spots for a classic church ceremony. The space is magnificient and perfect for the solemn exchanging of vows to one another, as Mishella and Carlo did in June.
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Do you remember this incredible Day of the Dead wedding? The one full of totally amazing handmade items reflecting rockabilly Vegas wedding style? Well many of those items – the boutonnieres, the hair flowers, the bouquets – were made by Little Asian Sweatshop.
I asked Fenny, the designer, shop owner and maid of honor at the featured wedding a few questions about her geek chic designs. I know many of you are always looking for a little bit of Sin City style to include in your wedding day accessories and fashion, and Little Asian Sweatshop designs are just that: quirky and cool with just the right little touch of Vegas! She also does styles for men, including bow ties and boutonnieres.
Fenny doesn’t just do Vegas, though. Her designs also incorporate hugely popular fandoms like Doctor Who, comic book characters like Wonder Woman and Green Lantern, even Magic the Gathering and Harry Potter. They’re a perfect add on for your wedding day (or everyday) attire as a hint to your favorite TV show, video game or other wonderfully nerdy passion.
Since today is Black Friday I thought we’d get our own hype going and Little Asian Sweatshop has teamed up to host a giveaway for readers of the blog, so be sure to enter to win a one of a kind playing card hair accessory below!
But, onto the Q&A!
Little Vegas Wedding – Hi Fenny, thanks so much for taking the time to let us get to know you and about your designs! What would you categorize your design style as?
Little Asian Sweatshop – I like to think of my design style as “nerd meets rockabilly”. I’ve always been drawn the rockabilly aesthetic (seriously ladies, I have yet to find a body-type that doesn’t look totally adorable and sexy in rockabilly style!), but I am a *huge* nerd at heart. I think the juxtaposition classic and feminine with geeky and boyish makes for a fun and exciting look.
Like chocolate covered bacon (with less calories!) :D
LVW - When and why did you start designing wedding accessories?
LAS – I started designing wedding accessories when my best friend Paige got engaged! I wanted to come up with something fun and new for her wedding. At first, I tried to make a dress out of playing cards but I just couldn’t get it to work.
As I was sitting in my work-room, wondering where I went wrong, I noticed that all the cards scattered on my floor looked like a blanket of petals…and after a couple days of experimenting, I texted a picture to Paige my first prototype for the Playing Card hair flower, and I could practically hear her squealing via text!
Together, we made those Playing Card flowers as party favors and for her wedding bouquet. As I was pulling these looks together, it brought back how much I loved making wedding bouquets and corsages (my family owns a florist, where I worked from high school through college). It sounds corny, but there’s something so magical about knowing that you’re making something for a couple’s most important day together.
LVW – Do you do special orders? What are some of the items you’ve done by request?
LAS - Yes! I *love* special orders! It’s what challenges me and makes what I do so fun! My craziest order was to make centerpieces from my playing card flowers for a casino-themed party. The party planner’s original plans fell through, so last minute, she contacted me to come up with a whole concept for 300 guests – and have it delivered … within a month. I was exhausted by the end of it, but it was also such a rush to pull together something so much in such a short amount of time!
My favorite (besides Paigey’s wedding of course) was making the wedding bouquet for a friend’s wedding. She didn’t know what she wanted, but she knew she wanted to incorporate New York City, comic books, novels, and Doctor Who (all the things they love) into a bouquet.
It was so much fun to come up with different ideas, and play with colors, shapes and textures with all these elements to create a cohesive and beautiful look that also reflected her personal style. These are my favorite types of projects; when I get to stretch creatively while helping a bride figure out what is her vision for her wedding. I love sending them progress photos and then hearing back “I wasn’t sure what I wanted…until I saw your photos!”
LVW – Are your products made by hand?
LAS- Yes! I make everything by hand! It’s the only way I can ensure that each petal, feather and rhinestone is placed exactly where I need it to be – and that it won’t fall apart at the first gust of wind. At the risk of sounding like a hipster, I try to buy handmade as much as possible, since that gives me a greater sense of confidence for the quality.
LVW – Will you be appearing at any crafting shows this fall and winter?
LAS - Nothing in the next few months. My last show for the year is usually Baltimore Comic Con or Mobtown Greasers Ball in September. I need October through November to prep for the holiday rush and to get cracking on creating new products and playing with new ideas.
Starting in January, I’ll be at a couple local roller derby bouts (Charm City Roller Girls and the DC Roller Girls), before kicking off the spring and summer road shows. If anyone would like to see me at a show near you, please contact me! I’m always looking for new shows to vend (plus I just love traveling and this is such a great excuse to visit new places!)
Thank you so much Fenny! I love her designs and the idea of incorporating fandom and pop culture into a wedding!
If you’re as big of a fan as I am, be sure to enter the giveaway, below!
Win a handcrafted hair fascinator made out of authentic vintage casino poker cards by Little Asian Sweatshop. The hair flower features a clever lucky die nestled in the heart of each poker card rose. This fascinator is secured to a metal clip that is easy to use, yet strong enough to hold even in silky straight hair.
This 4.5″ (approximately) “Luck Be a Lady” poker card hair flower comes in any of the four suites (hearts, diamonds, spades, clubs), or as mixed suite. The prize includes shipping anywhere in the world.
Contest Details and Legal Stuff:
Prize: One lucky reader will win a handcrafted hair fascinator made out of authentic vintage casino poker cards lovingly created by Little Asian Sweatshop. Prize includes shipping directly from the Little Asian Sweatshop headquarters.
To Win: One winner will be selected at random via PunchTab and announced on the blog on December 11 2013.
Open to: All entrants from all countries.
Contest Closes: Tuesday December 10 2013 at 8:00am (Pacific Time)
To Enter: Enter the contest by entering your email or Facebook info. You can also receive bonus entries by liking Little Asian Sweatshop or Little Vegas Wedding on Facebook, or by favoriting Little Asian Sweatshop on Etsy. Use the widget below to make entering easy and cycle through the options at the bottom extra times.