Today’s venue spotlight falls on my five favorite museum wedding venues in Las Vegas. I’ve always loved museum and gallery-style spaces, and Vegas has a number of beautifully modern venues perfect for hosting ceremonies and cocktail receptions. If you are looking for a loft-style or museum-inspired wedding space in Vegas, check out these options!
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Chihuly Gallery at Aria Las Vegas
Dale Chihuly is the artist responsible for that amazing glass sculpture inside Bellagio (and in a few other Strip hotels). He also has an ultra-modern gallery space at Aria featuring his incredible work in a contemporary setting. The gallery is well-suited for ceremonies as well as long-table style receptions for around 50 guests.
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Photo: Sergio Mottola Photography
The Boneyard at The Neon Museum
We can’t talk about museums without mentioning an incredible part of Las Vegas history: The Neon Museum! This outdoors walk-through museum is home to hundreds of neon signs from throughout Las Vegas history, providing an industrial-chic setting with a vintage backdrop for your vows. It’s popular for wedding photos, but getting married here (especially at night with the signs turned on) would be perfect for any Vegas, architecture or design fans.
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Photo: Gin and Sake Productions
Discovery Children’s Museum
I think museums angled to kids are a fabulous space to get married in. They’re unique, playful and memorable! Las Vegas has the wonderful DISCOVERY Children’s Museum which features several different exhibit halls and stage venues perfect for a one-of-a-kind wedding. Who says getting married has to be an grownup affair, anyways?
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Photo: DISCOVERY Children’s Museum
Origen Rotunda at Springs Preserve
Set on 180-acres just a few miles off The Strip, Springs Preserve is a museum featuring desert botanical gardens, family events, traveling exhibits, trails and — you guessed it — weddings. There is an amazing array of outdoor spaces and gardens, but the Origen Museum Rotunda is the most gallery-style space. It features a high vaulted ceiling, and a room ringed with kinetic granite sculptures floating on water and sculptured cattails, all etched with the names of museum donors.
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Photo: The Springs Preserve
The Mob Museum
Not only is The Mob Museum (National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement) a symbol representing a colorful part of Las Vegas history, it’s a fun place to get married! The architecturally important building (a former US Postal Office and federal courthouse) is a gorgeous reminder of the early days of Vegas and offers some unique venue spaces within, like an accurate replica courtroom.
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Photo: Mob Museum
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I like to daydream about weddings … a lot. Is that apparent? Probably! One of my favorite things to do is think about what kind of gown would be best suited to a certain venue because it combines the fun of online window shopping and some amazing Las Vegas wedding venues! Although I had weddings more in mind, these looks would be just as great for rehearsal dinners, engagement shoots or bachelorette parties at these locations.
All dresses for the four looks are through Rent the Runway (now with a convenient location in Cosmopolitan!) or ModCloth, so they are all under $300. Budget Vegas weddings with style…that’s how we do here at Little Vegas Wedding!
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Party on the rooftop and dance the night away at your reception with a clear view of the lights and action of the one and only Las Vegas Strip: let’s talk rooftop weddings in Las Vegas!
When I first started to compose this post, I truly believed there were just a handful of venues that would allow you to host a Vegas wedding with a birds eye view of the city. Truth of the matter is, there are dozens of them, suitable for every size and budget, and scattered across the city with a variety of views.
These venues allow for indoor and outdoor rooftop, patio and sometimes even poolside weddings and receptions.
Of course, if you are afraid of heights a wedding in the sky may not be the best choice, but sweeping views of the lights of the Strip and a complete feeling of being on top of the world combines for an absolutely unforgettable experience for your wedding. And maybe you can conquer those fears…
Unless otherwise specified, most of these venues offer combined indoor and open air, outdoor spaces, and are available for ceremonies or receptions – or both!
Alexis Park Resort: A hotel with a rooftop space that makes up for elevation with its sheer size and views of the nearby Strip
Venue: Parthenon Rooftop Terrace | On Floor: 2 | Best for: Ceremonies and Receptions | Capacity: 1,000
Binion’s: A historic downtown hotel with a newly revamped and reopened rooftop pool area with views of downtown Vegas and the surrounding mountains
Venue: Binion’s Rooftop Pool Deck | On Floor: 25 | Capacity: 150 guests | Best for: Ceremony and Receptions | Downtown
East Side Cannery: This former skybar space at an off Strip hotel in east Vegas is now a dedicated event venue, offering expansive views of the Strip and mountains
Venue: One Six Sky Lounge | On Floor: 16 | Indoors | Capacity: 200 guests | Off-Strip
Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas: On Strip and ready to rock, the Hard Rock Cafe offers a selection of indoor and outdoor venues, but the 2nd and 3rd floor patios are most alluring, just a few floors above the bustling Strip
Venues: 2nd and 3rd floor patios | Best for: Ceremonies and Receptions | Capacity: 45-65 guests | On Strip
JW Marriott Las Vegas: Although this off Strip resort may not seem to offer the best views, I’m told the views of Vegas and the glittering Strip lights from this suite are actually really beautiful
Venue: Suite 6200 | On Floor: 6 | Best for: Ceremonies and Receptions | Capacity: 30-50 guests | Off-Strip
M Resort: In south Las Vegas, this venue on the top of new-ish but very stylish M Resort show off the Strip and desert landscape
Venue: LUX Event Space | On Floor: 12 | Indoors | Capacity: 50-200 guests | Off-Strip
Mandarin Oriental: Be surrounded by the fantastic modern architecture of City Center while nestled in the serene pool side space at the Mandarin
Venue: Pool deck | On Floor: 8 | Capacity: 150 guests | Best for: Ceremony and Receptions | On Strip
Mandalay Bay: Mix has long been a favorite venue to have a cocktail and look up the Strip, so why not make it your wedding venue?
Venue: Mix lounge and restaurant | On Floor: 64 | Best for: Ceremonies and Receptions | On Strip
Mandalay Bay: The House of Blues runs this private club at the top of a Mandalay Bay tower with amazing views of the Strip
Venue: House of Blues Foundation Room | On Floor: 43 | Capacity: 100 guests | Best for: Ceremonies and Receptions | On Strip
Palms: Although fully outfitted with new decor and design, ghostbar still boasts extraordinary views from its skydeck, as does Moon nightclub.
Venues: ghostbar, Moon Nightclub | On Floor: 55 and 53 | Capacity: 75 on ghostbar sky deck, 170 indoors at ghostbar | Best for: Ceremonies. Receptions are possible, but are subject to restricted hours | Off Strip
Platinum Las Vegas: Just east of the Strip, Platinum’s view paints the sky with neon as the sun goes down from its two separate venues with a view
Venues: Kil@wat Restaurant and Pooldeck, Misora Room and Rooftop Terrace | On Floor: 17 | Best for: Ceremonies and Receptions | Capacity: 80-120 | Off Strip
Plaza: In the heart of downtown, the Plaza rooftop is just a few floors above the madness of Fremont Street, adding to that crazy Vegas wedding feeling
Venue: Plaza Hotel Rooftop Pooldeck | On Floor: 5/7 (depends which tower) | Best for: Ceremonies and Receptions | Capacity: 45-65 guests | Downtown
Red Rock Casino: Closer to Red Rock Canyon, Red Rock’s venues show off the gorgeous mountains nearby
Venues: Pavilion Terrace, Terrace and Veranda AB, DE, C and F Terraces | On Floor: 5 | Best for: Ceremonies and Receptions | Capacity: 30-200 | Off Strip
Rio: Another favorite spot for drinks, VooDoo lounge will also host weddings with the Las Vegas Strip skyline in the background
Venue: VooDoo Lounge | On Floor: 51 | Capacity: 75 guests | Best for: Ceremonies, only between 10am and 2pm | Off-Strip
Riviera: The penthouse level Top of the Riv has incredible views of the north Strip from its glassed in ballroom
Venue: Top of the Riv Ballroom | On Floor: 23 | Indoors | Capacity: 550 guests | On Strip
Stratosphere: Stratosphere is the tallest building in Las Vegas, so you know the views are going to be spectacular. Get married indoors or outdoors here, depending on your ability to deal with wind
Venue: Chapel in the Clouds | On Floors: 103 and 104 | Capacity: 95 guests | Indoors | Best for: Ceremonies and Receptions | On Strip
Stratosphere | Venue: Observation Deck | On Floors: 108, 109 and 112 | Capacity: 1,000 guests | Best for: Ceremonies and Receptions | On Strip
World Market Center: Located just a little bit off the Strip, this modern building hosts a very modern sky garden and terrace as well, perfect for weddings and functions, with views of the mountains, Strip and downtown Las Vegas
Venues: WorldView on Sixteen and SkyView Terrace | On Floor: 16 | Best for: Ceremonies and Receptions | Capacity: WorldView’s is 525, SkyView is 468 | Off Strip
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.