I would be remiss if I didn’t include a list of my personal favorite Vegas wedding venues, for both ceremonies and receptions. These are a mix of places I would consider re-doing my wedding at, places I had my wedding at and just really cool spots that seem like great value for money. Please remember that all information is accurate as of publishing, but be sure to contact the venue for the latest pricing, package options and policies. Contact me at kelly AT littlevegaswedding DOT com if you have any questions, comments or corrections on any of the listings. [Return to the main directory.]
Cosmopolitan – Wedding Suite
The Wedding Suite on the 36th floor on the Eastside Tower of Cosmopolitan puts an original twist on the classic ceremony. Purposefully designed without the traditional aisle and ceremony seating, guests stand in awe as vows are exchanged either in-suite or on the private wraparound terrace overlooking the heart of Las Vegas Boulevard.
With breathtaking backdrops and gorgeous views, the Wedding Suite provides the perfect venue for a memorable wedding experience or vow renewal. In addition to the stylish common area and terrace, there are also separate lounge spaces for the Bride and her party, or for guests to mingle and relax. The Suite can be customized with your selected décor and amenities and accommodate up to 40 for a luxurious cocktail reception feel or up to 25 for a seated, intimate ceremony.
Reception Options: Wedding suite bar packages start at $30 per person per hour. Hors d’ouevres from $35 per person. In-house catering for buffet and plated meals from $105 per person, with charcuterie, mixed hot and cold items, seafood displays, and mezze being additional add-ons.
Mandalay Bay – Shark Reef Aquarium
15 species of shark, and 1.5 million gallons of seawater surround the ceremony and reception venues at Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef aquarium. Weddings in the aquarium must take place before 9am, Sunday through Thursday, and only have space for 10 guests who must stand as the ceremony takes place inside the shark tunnel in the aquarium.
The Seascape Ballroom opened in 2013, with an expanded reception space (and patio!) that envelopes you in marine splendour as sharks swim by you and your guests “under the sea” past floor to ceiling windows. With space for 80 guests, ceremonies and receptions are possible here from 7am to 11pm daily. Receptions are only possible in this space as an add-on to an existing Mandalay Bay ceremony package.
Mandarin Oriental – Mandarin Bar
Mandarin Bar, located 23 floors above the Strip offers amazing views in a glass and wood heavy space. The hotel’s zen-like design and modern feel extends to the bar. You may either hold a ceremony and/or reception in the bar, or in a private room within the bar, called The Edge, made for more intimate gatherings of up to 30 people.
Reception Options: 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. Plated and buffet dinners from $115, breakfast and lunch available as well. Hosted bars starting at $30 per person.
See real weddings at Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Venetian + Palazzo – Atrium Waterfall
Not for the bashful or shy, this wedding ceremony takes place in the upscale shopping center attached to Palazzo and Venetian called Shoppes at the Palazzo. There is a beautiful, large atrium there with a tall two-story waterfall and preset decor that changes with the seasons. January and February celebrates Chinese New Year, March through May is an ode to spring, June and July offer a patriotic theme, July and August are summer, September through November are autumn harvest and December is a Christmas/winter display. The Venetian website does not do the best job of featuring photos of the various locations and options (watch this video for a good tour), but there are some very lovely indoor and outdoor options, many of which are quite public, so be warned if you are a private couple.
Reception Options: In-house catering begins at $76 per person, hosted bars from at $31 per person. Popular on-site restaurant options include Canaletto, Bouchon, Carnevino, CUT, Delmonico and Grand Lux Cafe.
Discovery Children’s Museum
Located steps from The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and not far from the lively Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, the DISCOVERY Children’s Museum is a new venue that is hosting eclectic and imaginative weddings and events. It’s perfect for couples seeking the unusual and offbeat for their wedding as it’s a three-story museum packed with crazy colors, educational displays and interactive exhibits promoting science, art and culture for kids.
The venue best suited to hosting wedding ceremonies is likely Fantasy Festival, a theatre-style event with a stage for puppet shows you can get married on. Receptions are best in the 5,000 square foot Traveling Exhibit Hall. Classrooms can convert into bridal suites and groom’s rooms. However, the entire museum is available for customization and the special events staff will work with you to find the best set-up for your wedding. There are no outdoor sites at Discovery, but there are courtyards at the nearby Smith Center available.A full museum buyout is $10,000 and can hold up to 1,000 guests, for a five hour event, but packages can be customized for the couple. A list of preferred vendors is provided upon request.
For more information and photos, visit the venue spotlight on DISCOVERY Children’s Museum.
Border Grill at Mandalay Bay is a Mexican restaurant with many options for private dining space, both indoors and outdoors. 9,100 square feet of dynamic and flexible dining areas and colorful murals created by artists Su Huntley and Donna Muir make for a hip and lively backdrop for any celebration. The wedding chapel at Mandalay Bay also offers combined ceremony and reception packages, from $8250-23250 for 20-100 guests. The restaurant has a great variety of catering options available, including vegan and vegetarian meals, and upgrades like ice cream sundae bars, taco, paella and carving stations, premium bar packages and more. Brunch and lunch menus available, and dinner menus ranging from $58-69 per person.
Indoor and outdoor semi-private and private dining options include seated and cocktail receptions: Ciudad (34 guests), South Dining Room (40 guests), North Dining + Patio (120 guests), South Dining + Patio (80 guests), Cantina (50 guests), Cantina Patio (60 guests) or combined for 180 guests and entire restaurant for 500 guests. View: Group Menu, Room Descriptions and Photos
Tropicana – Havana Room
For a venue that can accommodate both ceremonies and Las Vegas wedding receptions, there is the elegant Havana Room. This breathtaking venue with grand chandeliers and dark wood floors also features state-of-the-art technology that allows you to change the lighting in the room to match your bridal party colors – or any other colors that you may choose. With support from the on-site wedding professionals, who are dedicated to making sure that you don’t have to deal with the details, Tropicana Las Vegas weddings are designed to make your special day a dream come true – from the walk down the aisle to the final toast at your reception.
The Havana Room’s lavishly designed space is anchored by an enormous crystal chandelier as the focal design element and surrounded by more than 40 custom-built banquette-seating areas, three full-service bars, a dark wood dance floor and premium audio-visual technology. It is available for ceremonies and receptions.
Reception Options: Inquire with Tropicana for catering costs.
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