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.]
Wynn + Encore – Zen Ceremony
Located in Tranquility Hall at Encore’s east Asian and Middle Eastern inspired spa, the serene space is perfect for intimate elopements and very private ceremonies of up to 10 people. Surrounded by Buddha statues, golden Moroccan inspired décor and plush Persian carpets, this is sure to be an unforgettable option. This ceremony only takes place after 9pm daily, with a maximum of 10 guests. Wynn does allow outside photographers, but there is an additional fee.
Wynn + Encore – Tryst
Next to a private lagoon and a 90-foot waterfall, Tryst nightclub is an
exciting and unique location for very modern wedding ceremonies. Ceremonies are Thursday through Saturday only and must conclude by 9pm, before the club opens. Tryst is also available for receptions, with a 100 guest minimum and a beverage minimum of $8000. Wynn does allow outside photographers, but there is a fee.
The Smith Center
The Smith Center is one of Las Vegas’s most unique venue choices, and is actually a world class theatre and performing arts site that just happens to host weddings from time to time. The venue hosts a number of features including packages with rentals included, well-appointed halls with incredible architectural details in limestone, bronze and wood. Indoor and outdoor spaces are available, and as one might expect for a theatre venue, grand stages and awesome acoustics. The art-deco style architecture, inspired by the design of the nearby Hoover Dam, was designed to evoke a sense of the 1920s & 1930s.
Each venue is incredibly unique and range from the intimate to the grand, including a jazz club complete with a second balcony level, a grand lobby with marble flooring and steel accents as well as two outdoor locations. These extremely versatile rooms hold anywhere from 7-500 seated guests for ceremonies and receptions. Some rooms have windows or balconies with views looking at downtown Las Vegas or Symphony Park, others have elaborate staging and lighting set ups to make your grand wedding a very memorable affair. It is important to note that the Smith Center requires you use a planner for your event, and that most spaces are available for both ceremonies and receptions.
Venue fees for exclusive use of the Reynolds Hall, Grand Lobby, Mezzanine and Upper Lobby: $6,500. The Courtyard, Symphony Park and Troesh Studio Theater: $4,500. This cost includes: Space rental for 10 hours for event set up, chameleon chairs, tables, parking, house lighting and more.
Reception Options: The Smith Center works with three preferred catering vendors: Wolfgang Puck Private Dining & Catering, Four Seasons Las Vegas and Culinary Arts Catering.
For more information and photos, visit the venue spotlight on The Smith Center.
Historic 5th Street School
The Historic 5th Street School originally opened in 1936 to service the booming population flocking to downtown Las Vegas. Now, the Mission-style building houses several local arts organizations, and it also serves as a venue for events, including weddings. The stucco, clay roof tiles and long low building with numerous arches ringing a courtyard make it a very picturesque and rustic spot, well-located to downtown hotels and amenities.
A variety of indoor and outdoor space is available including courtyards, an auditorium, gallery space and conference rooms. The adjacent 16,000 sq.ft. Centennial Plaza is also available for events. The auditorium hosts 240 banquet style, 400 reception for $2,250. The gallery hosts 160 banquet style, 200 reception for $1,000. The Frank Wright Memorial courtyard hosts up to 200 reception style for $750, with other courtyards for $250, and Centennial Plaza hosts up to 400 reception style for $1,000.
Read more about the Historic 5th Street School and see more photos in the Venue Spotlight.
See real weddings at the Historic 5th Street School featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Photo: Opulence Studios
The Arts Factory is located in a very funky area just south of downtown Las Vegas known as the Arts District. The area is thriving with creative people and ideas, the epicentre probably being the Arts Factory, which hosts First Friday every month. The warehouse-style building is composed of art galleries and studios and various other spaces, plus a restaurant. Mixed outdoor patios and indoor spaces with an industrial loft-like feel feature unfinished ceilings and rustic brick walls with arts all over and are large enough to host weddings.
Catering is provided exclusively via Bar+Bistro, the on-site restaurant, which also has an events space.
There’s no venue like The Mob Museum! Now you can throw a wedding that will top the most wanted list. Located in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, The Museum is housed inside the restored former federal courthouse and U.S. Post Office, one of the few historically significant buildings left in all of Las Vegas. It’s a part of Las Vegas’s amazing history, and it could be your perfect venue. Ceremonies can take place indoors or outdoors; in the Courthouse, front steps of the Museum or elsewhere around the property. Reception spaces include the Board Room, First Floor Lobby, 2nd Floor Corridor as well as the police lineup room, an on site Saloon or in the Courtroom, and more. You can buy out the entire museum if need be (400+ guests), but there are a number of alternate venues that would be great options for smaller groups between 12-175 people.
Live music, audio and lighting setups, linens, draping, cakes, floral services and more can be easily provided to make your wedding day dream come true. They can even do Mob themed wedding favors, or set up some mobsters to show up at the ceremony.
Reception Options: Plated or buffet luncheons and dinners are available. No outside caterers allowed.
Keep Memory Alive Center
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Keep Memory Alive Center at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health offers an incredibly modern and unique venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The building itself facilitates extremely unique photos taken inside and outside of the space, and the location provides easy access to nearby downtown. And it’s nice to know that the venue fees go to a good cause, funding the center’s research.
Venue rental rates include an amazing array of items: use of the custom LED lighting system, upgraded china and luxury linens, and in-house furniture composed 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. Ceremonies might be held in the breezeway or Betty Fulton Reflections garden, with a reception indoors.
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