Teela and Robert hosted exchanged their vows backed by a panoramic view of the Strip from their MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite. With over 800-square-feet of patio space, it was more than spacious for their intimate guestlist of family and friends. Luxury details filled the suite, from the bride’s silver heels to the sophisticated wedding cake. Perfect for the modern space.
After getting emotional on the terrace, the party continued indoors with a chic cake and Champagne reception. They celebrated their marriage by sharing their first dance outdoors, the lights on the Strip flickering on hotel by hotel behind them.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . Skyline Terrace Suite at MGM Grand
OFFICIANT . Peachy Keen Unions‘ Norma Rivera
Kimberly and Jamie hosted a small group of their closest friends and family for an intimate ceremony in a suite at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. Vows before Champagne and cupcakes and that view! While I am jealous of their fabulous wedding venue I have to say I’m even more jealous of Kimberly’s bridal shoe choice. Comfortable custom Chucks? Sign me up.
The next day the couple had a post-wedding shoot at The Neon Museum’s Boneyard. Perfect way to wind down after a hectic few days.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Erik and Alicia Photography
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . Wraparound Terrace Suite at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
FLORAL . Anemone Paper Florist / CAKE . Freed’s Bakery
Ah, Las Vegas. City of views. For some, nothing but a suite overlooking the iconic Bellagio fountains will do. But I think the view is better just a few blocks off the Strip from a hotel such as Hard Rock, MGM Signature or today’s feature hotel: Palms. Watching the lights flicker on as the sun goes down is an amazing sight. I’ve long been curious about the suites high in the sky at Palms with their cantilevered pools hanging off the edge so precariously. Today’s reception brings you right into those amazing SkyVillas.
Madi and Tim ditched their traditional wedding when planning got too intense. Opting for a huge suite and a small guestlist, they exchanged vows in just a few minutes at Chapel of the Flowers, barely pausing the party on the bus to do so. I love the energy these two bring and am so happy to be finally sharing their wedding. (Seriously, I’ve been putting this post off forever, I’m so excited to finally hit publish!)
And if you can’t get enough of this suite, head back in the archives for this other feature wedding in a SkyVilla.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
Originally we had a huge wedding planned at home, with a down payment on the venue and everything. It was becoming too stressful doing the guest list, seating arrangements, centerpiece designs and everything else. Vegas has always been special to my husband and I so one morning when we woke up I just asked, “Do you want to get married in Vegas?” He replied, “I thought you’d never ask!”
THE CEREMONY — CHAPEL OF THE FLOWERS
It was perfect: five minutes, in and out. We said our “I dos” and go back on the party bus.
THE RECEPTION — SKYVILLA AT PALMS
Our reception was magical. We stayed in the Palms SkyVilla. It’s 6,000-sq.-ft. with a pool hanging off of the side. We served In-N-Out Burgers and Chronic Tacos, the best reception food ever.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
My mom made awesome gift baskets to place in everyone’s room when they got to Vegas, it was great.
Honestly, I can’t choose a favorite memory, it was the best day of my life. If I had to choose one it would possibly be twirling under these huge pillars on the Strip with my husband. Just the Strip in general, actually. And of course the fantastic villa with a butler, and having 30 of our closest friends and family there. See, I couldn’t pick just one!
A TIP FOR YOUR VEGAS WEDDING FROM MADI AND TIM
DON’T PLAN. Book a room, get a reservation for where you want to get married…and enjoy the moment. Nothing else needs to be planned. Your wedding should be stress-free, it should only be about love, laughter and happiness. Vegas is the perfect place to get married if you want to have the best wedding ever.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Apaige Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Chapel of the Flowers
RECEPTION VENUE . SkyVilla at Palms
The bright pops of neon orange the bridesmaids wore to Mercedes and Cody’s Ceasars Palace wedding were the first thing that caught my eye. Then I fell in love with the bride’s rosette wedding gown, their desert bridal session and the amazing suite they chose to party in!
These Canadians came to Las Vegas to be married in a garden ceremony at Caesars, which was followed by a casual reception inside a spacious Emperors Suite. It’s the room that served as the basis for the villa seen in “The Hangover.” This amazing penthouse-style, two-bedroom suite with wet bar and circular seating area turned out to be the perfect amount of space for this wedding with 50-some guests; I love the dance party that got going!
WHY LAS VEGAS?
We picked Las Vegas for our destination to get married because we really wanted to do an away wedding that would be affordable for guests to travel and because there were so many different options for weddings there. You could have a really elegant wedding, or a more laidback wedding, or a fun wedding, whatever kind of “theme” or “feel”; the options in Vegas were endless. We went with Caesars as our spot because I definitely wanted an elegant outdoor wedding, and that is exactly what we got with the location we picked.
THE CEREMONY — Venus Gardens at Caesars Palace
The gardens were beautiful. It did not feel like we were on the grounds of a Vegas hotel! The space was perfect, the music sounded good, everything that day turned out awesome! The wedding co-ordinator was so easy to work with and helped make me feel at ease the day before when we met with her. The location itself was exactly how I envisioned my outside wedding: simply stunning.
THE RECEPTION — Emperors Suite at Caesars Palace
Our reception was in the Emperors suite and it was well worth the money spent! Our reception turned out way better then i could have pictured it. The suite was amazing and all my guests had such a blast dancing the night away at our gorgeous Las Vegas penthouse reception.
I actually found out i was pregnant with our second baby about a month before the wedding. The day we arrived in Vegas, just two days before the wedding, I ended up having a big scare. As I was just three months pregnant I was still in that time frame when anything can happen, and I ended up spending the day before the wedding at the hospital. The doctor recommended bed rest; little did he know I had just flown in from Canada to get married! I was so grateful and relieved that the baby was okay, but there was no way that I would be able to stay off of my feet and “relax” these next few days! The entire planning timeline ahead of the wedding was upset but the wedding planner and photographer made me feel like I didn’t need to worry or stress about everything and that everything was handled. The day of the wedding I nearly tripped walking to the ceremony — scary! Knowing I had to be particularly careful that day, and not to mention no celebratory drinks with my girls while we were getting ready for my wedding, put a different “feel” on the day for me. But once I got out to the gardens and saw my soon-to-be husband standing at the end of the aisle, I just felt a big wave of calmness come over me, and the rest of the day was perfect.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM MERCEDES AND CODY
Look at everything before you book the ceremony and reception. When I first started planning my wedding I was looking at only venues that would accommodate both a ceremony and reception and I am so glad I broadened my horizons! Aside from my walk down the aisle, the best part of the day was our reception in the penthouse. It is definitely an untraditional reception choice and is not good for a really big wedding but it was such a fun experience for everyone who came! It really helped make out wedding that much more memorable. So my advice if you’re doing a Vegas wedding: don’t be afraid to do something different!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Belinda Louann Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Venus Gardens at Caesars Palace
RECEPTION VENUE . Emperors Suite at Caesars Palace
BRIDAL SESSION LOCATION . Red Rock Canyon / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Alfred Sung / HAIR + MAKEUP . NY Hair Company / BRIDESMAIDS . Jessica Simpson from PromGirl.com / GROOMSWEAR . Le Chateau / BOUQUET . Michael’s
Krista and Austin show us how an in-suite wedding reception is done in Las Vegas in today’s post! After a ceremony at Aria’s wedding chapel (and a double decker bus ride) they brought their guests back to a Skyline Terrace suite at MGM Grand for an evening of dancing, food and cake, enjoyed from the patio with a fantastic panoramic view of the Strip.
Photos from Tyler Freear show off this fabulous family and their amazing wedding day. Don’t you just love Krista’s incredible feather shrug? Just one of the many things that make this Vegas wedding feel like chic old Hollywood. Read on for Krista and Austin’s wedding tips, vendors, budget and more!
Ceremony: Aria Wedding Chapel | Reception: MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite
Why Krista and Austin chose a Las Vegas wedding
We love Las Vegas! Austin proposed in the Eiffel Tower restaurant, which was another added memory. We went with Aria based on the resort itself actually, the chapel was not complete when we booked our date, but I just knew it would be wonderful, modern and chic just like Aria. My mom and I do a lot of wedding planning and day of coordination here in Washington state (editor’s note: Krista didn’t give herself a shoutout, but I will! Every Last Detail Events, check them out! -Kelly) so after doing so many weddings I wanted something different and unique. Our guest list for an at-home wedding would have been well over 200 guests, and that sounded too big. We wanted a smaller group to really be able to enjoy everyone.
The Ceremony – The Wedding Chapel at Aria
We had a short but sweet non-religious ceremony where we said our own vows, and it was perfect. The bridal party walked in to a piano version of Suit and Tie by Justin Timberlake and I walked down with my dad to Avril 14th by Aphex Twin.
The Reception – MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite
Before we went to MGM we had a short tour of the strip on a double decker bus. Our guests enjoyed themselves but we cut it short and headed to the suite. My aunt and her sister-in-law made all the food for the reception at her condo. We had a selection of hors h’oeuvres including bacon wrapped prawns, caprese skewers, smoked salmon dip, hot artichoke crab dip and more. We brought our own alcohol and hired a bartender through Culinary Pros, to serve up drinks all night long. A friend was our DJ, and we danced the night away with a beautiful view from the terrace!
Favorite Vegas wedding memory
It was all just so much fun! I woke up the morning of the wedding and felt so fabulous, it was a really stress-free day (thanks to my mom and a few of her friends) and everyone had a ball.
DIY and handmade touches at Krista and Austin’s wedding
I added glitter to our invitations, our cake stand an wooden letters that spelled “LOVE”. Having help from my aunt and her sister-in-law for the catering was amazing! My cousin also did our flowers.
Krista and Austin’s #1 tip for other couples planning a Vegas wedding
Hire a day of co-ordinator! Let me say it again: HIRE A DAY OF CO-ORDINATOR. Haha! And if you’re doing an insuite reception get the suite the day before. Remember to have fun, it’s Vegas! Take lots of pictures of the events before the big day — we wish we had more!
Krista and Austin’s Guestlist and Budget
We invited about 80 people and 45 people attended, including the wedding party. Budget was $7,500 and we ended up spending around $11,000
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Tyler Freear Photography / Ceremony Venue: Aria Wedding Chapel / Reception Venue: MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite / Wedding Dress: I Do Bridal, Seattle WA / Alterations: Romashka Bridal, Everett WA / Day of Coordination: Laurie Andersen / Hair: Katie Sarpy of Essential Organic Earth Salon, Tulalip WA / Makeup: Bobby Pin Beauty by Francesca Lombardo / Bride’s Shoes: Aldo with DIY Swarovski detailing / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Davids’ Bridal / Groom’s Suit + Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse / Floral: Bride’s Cousin from Mayesh Wholesale Floral / Catering: DIY / Cake: Retro Bakery / Cake Topper: Chicago Factory / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Door Hangers: Brown Paper Moon / Rentals (ice chest, chafing dishes): RSVP Party Rentals / Transport: Presidential Limousine / Videographer: Langdon Video