Yesterday I shared some tips and thoughts on hosting a wedding reception in a sweet Las Vegas hotel suite. Following up on that post, here are some suite options for hosting your wedding reception.
These rooms were chosen based on their price point, ease of access and the amount of success brides and grooms have had pulling off their own receptions in them. There are a multitude of choices around town though, so be sure to share your favorite suite in the comments!
Mandalay Bay – Vista or Media Suite
These are, arguably, the most popular suites for couples to use for DIY reception parties. And well they should be! They’re well priced, it’s fairly easy to cater yourself and the views can be spectacular. The Vista Suite has a slightly better layout the the Media Suite and a larger bar area, but the Media seems to have better sound proofing if you think things will get rowdy. You may be tempted to get the Hospitality Suite, but it’s not recommended. The hotel will almost certainly know you are ONLY hosting a party and will need food and beverage. It could be very difficult to cater this event with anyone but Mandalay Bay’s planners
# of People: Media Suite with 1035 square foot living room area, with seating for 22 people, will hold up to 40 people. Vista Suite with 949 square foot living area: seating for 21 people, will hold around 40 comfortably
Special features: Expansive views of the Strip, pool or south Las Vegas/airport. The Media Suite has a mini theatre room with a huge TV and sound system, plus a bar area. Vista Suite has three huge TVs, a large dining table and bar.
Cost: $480 – 780+
Be aware: Hotel security shows up around 9pm, make sure you have escorts with keycards to get straggler guests up.
MGM Skyline Terrace Suite
These are newly renovated two-story suites with a nearly 800 square foot open air patio (hence the “terrace” part of the name) showing off the Las Vegas Strip in all its glory. Lots of seating both indoors and out, there are limited amounts of these suites available, making them unbookable online.
Best for: 30 people in a 2086 square foot room, including terrace. The wedding chapel staff told me in March 2013 that they were best for 25 people, though…
Special features: That magnificent outdoor patio! Those views!
Be aware: Only 14 of these suites available, and they must be booked via phone.
Cosmopolitan Wraparound Terrace Suite
Cosmopolitan is the Strip’s hipster darling hotel at the moment (April 2013), with their Wraparound Terrace Suites featuring panoramic 480 square foot verandahs sporting views of the Bellagio fountain and Strip, making them an attractive option for wedding ceremonies and proposals. They are a little pricey, but they are beautiful rooms with lots of high tech upgrades.
Best for: 40 people in this 1680 square foot room (including terrace) Seating for 17
Special features: The huge balcony with coveted Bellagio fountain views. Wine fridge.
Be aware: The floors the suites are on are keycard access only, so you will need someone to bring guests up to the room. The fairly small casino has quite a bit of security, you might get questioned if you are seen carrying large amounts of booze and party goods up to the room. On the upside, wraparound suites in the east tower might be easy to access with party supplies – it’s a straight shot up from the parking garage to the room
Mirage Hospitality Suite
At 1105 square feet and on a special floor, the Mirage Hospitality Suite is the perfect setting for guests planning a small gathering. With entertainment in the form of a sound system and DVD player, a dining table for 8 well as a wet bar, these rooms are stylish and open.
Best for: 1105 sq ft, 20-30 people, seating for 15
Special features: Sound bar with USB port and DVD/CD feed with surround sound set up for being your own DJ, 2 large TVs, wet bar and personal fridges. Available in 1 or 2 bedroom versions
Be aware: This is another hotel with security after 9pm. The suites are on the top two floors of Mirage and require keycard access as well. Only one bedroom Hospitality Suites are available for online booking, to book two bedroom Hospitality Suites you must do so over the phone
The D Suite
The D hotel was renovated and reopened in 2012 on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. For those who choose to have a ceremony at the Golden Nugget or at another nearby downtown location like Neon Museum, The Smith Center or World Market Center, this would make a great choice for a small post-wedding party. The hotel has a retro Vegas vibe, and the suites reflect this.
Best for: 15-20 people, seating for 10
Special features: A wet bar with 2 fridges, three TVs, and a well located central downtown location
Be aware: Again, the lobby is quite small so be aware when you are bringing supplies up to the room. The elevators are kind of small and slow, too.
Things to keep in mind: these suites are not just for wedding ceremonies or receptions, they would be great for bachelorette or bachelor parties, meet and greets for your guests, post-rehearsal parties, dessert receptions and cake cuttings. I’ve even seen day after wedding brunch spreads!
Be sure to read tips and tricks on hosting your own wedding reception. Or perhaps you prefer to host your wedding at a mansion or private home.
If you are are not set on doing everything yourself, Planet Hollywood’s Apex and Panoramic suites area really fun game-centric rooms with great mid-Strip views. They are only bookable through a coordinator, though, and you must use in house catering. Palms and Hard Rock have AMAZING suites that are super pricey, but offer one of a kind amenities. You could even rent one of the fantasy suites at Caesars Palace, including the same room used in the movie “The Hangover” or the Absolut themed suite.
Another choice is Orleans, which is slightly off Strip. Their Stardust suite is huge and is “free” with the requirement of a $4,000 food and beverage minimum, and must be booked through catering. Probably not so hard to spend since it’s all inhouse catering and liquor, though.
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