Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide! Today is one of my absolutely favorite luxury wedding venues in the Las Vegas area, the amazingly architectural and classy Keep Memory Alive Center at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (what a mouthful!)
Keep Memory Alive Center at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
888 West Bonneville Avenue, Las Vegas | 702.263.9797
Capacity: Up to 400 | Indoor + Outdoor Sites Available | Hosts: Ceremonies + Receptions
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Just the Deets
The Keep Memory Alive Center is one of Las Vegas’s most exclusive and sought after wedding venues. It is located in the futuristic Cleveland Clinic building which was designed by famed architect Frank Gehry. Primarily serving as a center for research and treatment of Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, the event center is attached to the clinic through a breezeway courtyard, but is separate from the clinic and does not feel like a medical facility in the slightest.
Spaces available include the Kenneth Baldwin Breezeway (capacity 400 people, outdoor) and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center (capacity 400 seated, 700 cocktail style.) Perfect for ceremonies is the adjoined Betty Fulton Reflections Garden (capacity 400, outdoor.) The spaces are versatile and can be designed to meet your specific wedding vision.
The Keep Memory Alive Center is technologically advanced, and offers huge plasma TV screens for displaying photo slide shows, in addition to incredible sound and a customized light setup for both inside and outside the building. Included in the center venue rental fees are additional custom decor touches: Gehry-designed furniture, custom linens, dishes and glassware featuring the first sketch that inspired the building’s design.
Custom Gehry china
Although the space is very uniquely shaped, it is tremendously versatile and well-suited for round tables, long tables or cocktail receptions. 199 differently sized windows let in light, adding to the airiness in the space.
Menu-wise, catering offers up delectable dishes and gourmet favorites like lobster risotto cakes with chive lemon aioli, curried chicken with toasted coconut, filo cup and raisins, roasted top sirloin with peppercorn sauce and more.
You can expect the best in decor, dining, service and uniquely modern venue space for your wedding all while feeling good about supporting medical research at the Keep Memory Alive Center!
Betty Fulton Reflections Garden at the Cleveland Clinic
Facility rental rates for Keep Memory Alive are $5,000 for events Mondays through Thursdays and $7,500 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for four hours. Additional time is $500 an hour. This includes use of the in-house furniture which is a fabulous array of modern lounge furniture including Frank Gehry designed sofas, Pedrali chairs, tables and bars. But that’s just the start; an entire decor list can be provided upon request.
Also included in the venue rental rates are: custom Gehry designed linens in various colors, exquisite custom-designed Narumi china, Reidel glassware and flatware. You are also granted access to the custom LED lighting package which offers various pre-programmed colors and completely changes the space. (Seriously, it’s incredible.) Audio/visual setups are possible, but the costs are additional.
Keep Memory Alive Center works with a list of preferred vendors for decor, catering and more, but if you wish to work with someone in particular, please contact them to inquire further.
Full service all-inclusive catering is available for a 40 guest minimum from $140-165 per person including a cocktail hour with butler passed hors d’oeuvres and wine, three course plated dinner, wedding cake, champagne toast and three hour open bar. Cocktail menus from $55 per person, plated and buffet menus from $90 per person. A mandatory 20% staffing fee is added.
Preferred caterers include Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining, Master Chef Gustav Mauler and Four Seasons. If you wish to work with another caterer, approval must be received from the Keep Memory Alive event staff, and an additional $25 per person charge with 200 person minimum is applied to your bill.
Since they serve as a non-profit organization, the Keep Memory Alive Foundation only allow 500 hours a year for profit events, such as weddings. As a result, it is recommended you book early if you are set on holding your event at this one-of-a-kind building. It is also suggested you consider an event planner to make the best use of the space.
Revenue from special events support the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s core mission and help fund medical research into brain disorders.
Real Weddings and Photo Shoots at Keep Memory Alive Center
Keep Memory Alive Center at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Credit: Little Vegas Wedding
Custom serving dishes feature the initial sketch for the building by Frank Gehry. Credit: Little Vegas Wedding
Interior and stage of Keep Memory Alive Center
Interior of Keep Memory Alive Center
Betty Fulton Reflections Garden
Searching for the perfect venue for your Las Vegas wedding? Be sure to check out the other posts in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue series, or peruse the Vegas Wedding Venue Directory!
Watermarked photos taken by me, all others courtesy Keep Memory Alive Center
Here are eight fabulously fresh Las Vegas venues you may not have considered for your wedding. Did we leave out your favorite modern Las Vegas venue? Share it in the comments!
Update: here are 7 More Modern Wedding Venues! You might also like to browse through the coolest wedding venues in Las Vegas for ceremonies and receptions in the brand new Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide! We’ve got them all, from modern industrial style warehouses to funky historic museums!
1. Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
Photos courtesy Mandarin OrientalLas Vegas’s Mandarin Oriental hosts one of the most expensive wedding packages in Vegas, but for those of us with more modest budgets, they also offer affordable options in one of the newest, most modern hotels on The Strip.
There is an air of exclusivity due to the design of the hotel, and the lavish, thoughtfully designed spaces and furnishings make for an opulent, clean feel. 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. View More Photos & Real Weddings at Mandarin Oriental
On Strip: Yes | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Accommodates: up to 600 people banquet style | More Information
2. CityCenter Las Vegas
Photos by Gaby J Photography, Brian Leahy and Aria.
CityCenter with three hotels (four if you count Mandarin Oriental) offers a range of options for those seeking a modern, chic venue for a wedding ceremony, reception or cocktail party. You could use a ballroom or rent a suite at Cosmopolitan, Aria or Vdara and hold your ceremony there, and do a photo session amongst the modern art pieces and sleek lines of CityCenter. Aria opened a dedicated wedding chapel in 2013, as well.
Cosmopolitan has a variety of modern art which makes for fantastic photos and sets the mood of the event, while Aria and Vdara have gorgeous modern waterscapes and landscaping details that look great in photos. Head over here for more information, pricing and photos of real weddings at various venues at ARIA, Vdara and Cosmopolitan.
On Strip: Yes, plus a host of on-site restaurants | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1,000 | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Booking Information
3. Rumor Boutique Hotel
Photos courtesy Rumor Hotel Las Vegas
The Rumor Boutique Hotel offers glamorous modern spaces for weddings and receptions, with elegant finishes and electric colors. It’s a very “Miami” feeling hotel, with contemporary furniture, on site catering and a smaller more intimate property with stunning views of the Strip. Due to its slightly off-Strip location, it remains a great option for those on budgets, too
On Strip: No | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1,000 | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Booking Information
4. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Photos courtesy Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay is primarily a tropical themed hotel, but it actually features a very chic wedding chapel with modern touches and neutral colors. Mandalay Bay offers a number of unique options for wedding ceremonies and receptions, but their chapel itself is quite modern. With cubic touches and neutral colors, it has a definite modern slant.
They have more than ten different venues for ceremonies, so if you are not fond of the chapel, check out the many other Mandalay Bay wedding ceremony locations, indoors and out. View More Venue Photos and Real Weddings at Mandalay Bay
On Strip: Yes | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, plus a host of on-site restaurants | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1,000 | On Site Catering: Yes, outside catering allowed in suites | Booking Information
5. Platinum Hotel
Photos courtesy Platinum Hotel
Platinum Hotel, just a stone’s throw off the Strip, not only offers a non-gaming boutique hotel experience but vista views of the Strip, as well as modern furnishings and colors. With indoor and outdoor venues, there is a wide selection of choices, and anything from a rooftop cocktail reception to a pool top ceremony on a lucite catwalk is possible. View More Venue Photos and Real Weddings at Platinum Hotel
On Strip: No | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1,000 | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Booking Information
6. Las Vegas World Market Center
Photos courtesy Asha Efia, World Market Center
World Market Center Las Vegas offers modern, clean spaces, on-site catering, indoor and outdoor spaces and event planners. Special features like state of the art entertainment an A/V setups as well as indoor water features and Strip views make this a unique venue you might otherwise consider.
Contemporary design, geometric shapes, unique lighting and modern steel and stone finishes make for beautiful photo backdrops. View More Venue Photos and Real Weddings at World Market Center
On Strip: No | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 1600 | On Site Catering: Yes, no outside catering allowed | Booking Information
7. The Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Photo courtesy Smith Center
The Smith Center is one of Las Vegas’ newest venue choices, and is actually a world class theatre and performing arts site. The venue hosts a number of features including packages with rentals included, well appointed halls with incredible architectural details, indoor and outdoor spaces and as one might expect for a theatre venue, grand stages and awesome acoustics.
Nearby are some fantastic photo opportunities, including but not limited to “classic” Vegas, urban streetscapes and the ever popular Neon Museum. These are in addition to the grand ballrooms, popular rainbow sculpture and Indiana limestone architecture. View More Venue Photos and Real Weddings at the Smith Center
On Strip: No, near Fremont Street | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: 2 to 500 | On Site Catering: Yes, with Culinary Arts Catering and Four Seasons | Booking Information
8. Keep Memory Alive Center at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Interior of Keep Memory Alive Center Credit: Little Vegas Wedding
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is a testament to the architect’s design sense and will wow any fan of modern architecture you know, both inside and out.
Part research center for degenerative brain diseases and part event venue, the Keep Memory Alive Event Center portion of the building can be rented for weddings and other special occasions with the proceeds going to fund the center’s research. For 4 hours the facility rental rates are $5,000 for events Mondays through Thursdays and $7,500 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Additional time is $500 an hour. This includes use of the in-house furniture which is a fabulous array 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.
Furnishings are as modern as the exterior and a breezeway courtyard allows the space to “breathe.” The building itself facilitates extremely unique photos taken inside and outside of the space, and the location provides easy access to the nearby downtown district and Neon Museum. And it’s nice to know that the fees go to a good cause. Head here for more information and photos of the event space at Lou Ruvo Center.
On Strip: No | Banquet and Cocktail receptions: Yes, both | Wedding Ceremonies: Yes | Accommodates: up to 700 standing, 400 banquet style with indoor and outdoor spaces | On Site Catering: Yes, KMA Center works with three companies for on-site catering. Outside caterers are allowed after permission is granted, but there are extra fees | Booking Information
Looking for yet MORE modern venue choices? Check out 7 More Modern Wedding Venues in this post.
And if none of these venues fit the bill, check out our mega-directory of unique Las Vegas wedding venues including country clubs, chapels, desert locations and more!
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Last Wednesday I shared a totally sweet engagement photo shoot at Lake Las Vegas. Today is another engagement shoot at the brand new Smith Center in downtown Vegas. This area has made leaps and bounds in recent years and has become a popular spot for photo shoots of weddings and otherwise. Modern architecture, bright colors and other elements make up some stunningly original backdrops.
LorenzFoto got this sexy couple to pose in front of the Smith Center for the Arts and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. I love that they incorporated their initials in one of the photos. So easy to turn that into a Save the Date card design!
Some more photos from this hot engagement shoot are over here at LorenzFotos’ blog!