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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!
For more modern Las Vegas wedding venues, visit the Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide. See all posts in the 5 Favorites series here.
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.
See real weddings at Aria featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
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.
See real weddings at The Neon Museum featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
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?
See real weddings at DISCOVERY Children’s Museum featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
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.
See real weddings at the Bellagio fountains featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
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.
See real weddings at The Mob Museum featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Photo: Mob Museum
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Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide! Today the focus is on restaurant receptions on the south Strip.
Restaurant receptions are common for many smaller Vegas weddings, as almost every Las Vegas restaurant offers some kind of private dining, and they make it easy to host a reception for 30 or fewer people. Instead of everyone swimming in a room that is too large for the group, these restaurants tailorsized their venues to smaller groups. You get all the benefits of the restaurant’s decor and location in addition to customized menus, the ambience, service and privacy.
Here are five of my favorite restaurants on the south end (and center) of The Strip for wedding receptions of up to 30 guests. You can read Part One: North Strip restaurants here.
For more suggestions, be sure to check out the Little Vegas Wedding venue guide restaurant listings or 140+ restaurants perfect for Vegas wedding receptions
Border Grill — Mandalay Bay
(Caesars Palace Location: Opening September 2014)
It’s no secret I love Border Grill. Great Mexican food with a vibrant atmosphere and indoor and outdoor options: what’s not to love? The best options for smaller weddings are the Ciudad Dining Room (34 guests) or the covered outdoor Cantina Patio for up to 60 guests.
- Breakfast, lunch, cocktail and dinner menus available.
- Price per guest: $21-69
- Dancefloor: Yes | Patio: Yes
- See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
- Cuisine Style: Mexican. Don’t miss: the Cadillac margaritas or chile relleno. Innovative action buffet stations for tacos, desserts and paella are available for banquets
- Decor: Funky with bright colors and expansive windows overlooking the Mandalay Bay pools
Verandah — Four Seasons Las Vegas
This intimate dining experience inside Verandah offers two private dining rooms for weddings: La Luna for up to 12, and La Sala for 26. The serene and calming atmosphere with views of the lush pool area cannot be beat.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus available, served à la carte, buffet or family-style.
- Price per guest: Contact venue for current pricing
- Dancefloor: No | Patio: Yes (for larger parties)
- See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
- Cuisine Style: Italian. Don’t miss: the housemade pastas! Gluten free menu options are available.
- Decor: Tropical country club chic
Aureole — Mandalay Bay
Aureole is a breathtaking restaurant inside Mandalay Bay a world unto itself. A four-story wine tower, outdoor garden and fountain area with swans and modern cuisine make it unforgettable, like a secret garden. The terrace hosts up to 40 guests while the Center Room hosts up to 30.
- Price per guest: $85-120, bar packages from $25 an hour
- Dancefloor: No | Patio: Yes (for larger groups)
- See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
- Cuisine Style: New American. Don’t miss: Charlie Palmer’s signature French Onion soup. Tasting menus and wine pairings from their extensive list are available
- Decor: Modern, with natural light from oversized windows overlooking Swan Court
Boardroom at Jean Georges
Jean-Georges Steakhouse — Aria Las Vegas
A classic steakhouse inside Aria, Jean-Georges is a masculine space (as you might expect for a steakhouse) with two options for wedding receptions: a 20 seat boardroom and 12 seat chef’s table.
- Cocktail receptions and dinner menus available.
- Price per guest: $30-165
- Dancefloor: No | Patio: No
- See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
- Cuisine Style: Modern Steakhouse with an Asian twist. Don’t miss: broiled bone marrow or black truffle and comté fritters. A/V equipment for slideshows is available
- Decor: Sleek and chic with dark woods, metal details and bull accents
Mon Ami Gabi — Paris Las Vegas
The French bistro Mon Ami Gabi offers a fantastic view of the Bellagio fountains or the Eiffel Tower replica. Two private dining rooms accommodation up to 24 at a long table and Cafe Halle for up to 40 guests. There are also semi-private options.
- Lunch, brunch, cocktail receptions and dinner menus available.
- Price per guest: $25-75
- Dancefloor: No | Patio: Yes (for larger weddings)
- See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
- Cuisine Style: French Steakhouse. Don’t miss: steak frites
- Decor: Classic bistro with red velvet drapes, and rich woods. Linens, candles, menus and table numbers included in private event rentals
Get inspired with these real Vegas weddings with restaurant receptions. 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!
These days I get quite a few emails from readers asking for advice, but I still clearly remember one of the first couples who wrote me. Neal and Bobby had a tall order: they wanted to have a midnight wedding ceremony during their short layover in Las Vegas before flying on to Asia. The date was significant, and midnight was the only time it could happen. They wanted help finding a suitable officiant and a photographer who could capture a certain style of another elopement they saw on LVW — could I help?
I knew right away who to recommend, and I did so, with great enthusiasm. I didn’t hear anything about how it went until recently, when I saw the photos of Bobby and Neal’s midnight elopement and I nearly keeled over from the romance. Their ceremony was simple, meaningful and it made me really happy to see that everything came together just as they had hoped. A beautiful reminder that it’s not necessarily where a wedding is or how it looks that holds the power, but rather who is there and what is said.
Why Neal and Bobby Chose Las Vegas:
We wanted a lightning trip where we could get everything we wanted with minimal stress or fuss. Also, we had already booked our flight out for Indonesia from LA for the next day. The wedding plans actually grew from there. We realized that if we got married at midnight on 4/11 we could lock in the date of our 10 year anniversary and still fly to LA in the morning. Where else could you make that happen but Vegas?
We chose Aria because we were attracted to the modern, classy look of the CityCenter area and wanted to capture that vibe in our wedding. We had visited it before, and also checked out more pictures online, so we had a good idea of the space. We knew our way around Vegas, so it was easy to plan without actually being there. We’re very happy with how it all turned out.
The Ceremony — Outside Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria
We scouted out Aria and a few other CityCenter spots the night before to hone in on a specific location. We found a beautiful spot outside of Jean Georges restaurant there and had our officiant, Angie, and the photographer, Brandon, met us there at about quarter to midnight. It was an iffy proposition because we didn’t book the spot or anything—we just thought we’d do our thing and hope we didn’t get the boot. Our back up plan was to use our suite at the Cosmopolitan if that failed.
Angie did a great job presiding over the ceremony and we each wrote our own vows…which were of course only revealed to each other at that moment. After 10 years together and planning the event together, we wanted to keep a few surprises to keep things fun. We also didn’t see each other all glammed up until the night of our wedding. Although the ceremony was brief, about 10 minutes, it felt very intimate, as if the moment and space were truly ours only.
Reception — Secret Pizza at Cosmopolitan
Our whole honeymoon was a celebration, but at around 2 or 3am, after our photographers left, we headed over Secret Pizza in the Cosmopolitan and grabbed a slice. That was our first meal as husband and wife!
Favorite Wedding Memory
The best part was definitely the ceremony itself. We felt great and ready for our moment. Putting our feelings into words and making a statement of love and commitment to each other was a truly special moment. It felt intimate, special and authentic — despite literally being outside of a restaurant. Gladly, we were not shooed away, and given the late hour, there were no distractions. Everything went off without a hitch.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Gin & Sake Productions, memberss of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Outside Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria
RECEPTION VENUE . Secret Pizza at Cosmopolitan
OFFICIANT . Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions / FLORAL . Gaia Flowers / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – David’s Bridal / HAIR + MAKEUP . Makeup in the 702 / GROOMSWEAR . The Black Tux
Krista and Austin show us how an in-suite wedding reception is done in Las Vegas in today’s post! After a ceremony at Aria’s wedding chapel (and a double decker bus ride) they brought their guests back to a Skyline Terrace suite at MGM Grand for an evening of dancing, food and cake, enjoyed from the patio with a fantastic panoramic view of the Strip.
Photos from Tyler Freear show off this fabulous family and their amazing wedding day. Don’t you just love Krista’s incredible feather shrug? Just one of the many things that make this Vegas wedding feel like chic old Hollywood. Read on for Krista and Austin’s wedding tips, vendors, budget and more!
Ceremony: Aria Wedding Chapel | Reception: MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite
Why Krista and Austin chose a Las Vegas wedding
We love Las Vegas! Austin proposed in the Eiffel Tower restaurant, which was another added memory. We went with Aria based on the resort itself actually, the chapel was not complete when we booked our date, but I just knew it would be wonderful, modern and chic just like Aria. My mom and I do a lot of wedding planning and day of coordination here in Washington state (editor’s note: Krista didn’t give herself a shoutout, but I will! Every Last Detail Events, check them out! -Kelly) so after doing so many weddings I wanted something different and unique. Our guest list for an at-home wedding would have been well over 200 guests, and that sounded too big. We wanted a smaller group to really be able to enjoy everyone.
The Ceremony – The Wedding Chapel at Aria
We had a short but sweet non-religious ceremony where we said our own vows, and it was perfect. The bridal party walked in to a piano version of Suit and Tie by Justin Timberlake and I walked down with my dad to Avril 14th by Aphex Twin.
The Reception – MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite
Before we went to MGM we had a short tour of the strip on a double decker bus. Our guests enjoyed themselves but we cut it short and headed to the suite. My aunt and her sister-in-law made all the food for the reception at her condo. We had a selection of hors h’oeuvres including bacon wrapped prawns, caprese skewers, smoked salmon dip, hot artichoke crab dip and more. We brought our own alcohol and hired a bartender through Culinary Pros, to serve up drinks all night long. A friend was our DJ, and we danced the night away with a beautiful view from the terrace!
Favorite Vegas wedding memory
It was all just so much fun! I woke up the morning of the wedding and felt so fabulous, it was a really stress-free day (thanks to my mom and a few of her friends) and everyone had a ball.
DIY and handmade touches at Krista and Austin’s wedding
I added glitter to our invitations, our cake stand an wooden letters that spelled “LOVE”. Having help from my aunt and her sister-in-law for the catering was amazing! My cousin also did our flowers.
Krista and Austin’s #1 tip for other couples planning a Vegas wedding
Hire a day of co-ordinator! Let me say it again: HIRE A DAY OF CO-ORDINATOR. Haha! And if you’re doing an insuite reception get the suite the day before. Remember to have fun, it’s Vegas! Take lots of pictures of the events before the big day — we wish we had more!
Krista and Austin’s Guestlist and Budget
We invited about 80 people and 45 people attended, including the wedding party. Budget was $7,500 and we ended up spending around $11,000
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Tyler Freear Photography / Ceremony Venue: Aria Wedding Chapel / Reception Venue: MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite / Wedding Dress: I Do Bridal, Seattle WA / Alterations: Romashka Bridal, Everett WA / Day of Coordination: Laurie Andersen / Hair: Katie Sarpy of Essential Organic Earth Salon, Tulalip WA / Makeup: Bobby Pin Beauty by Francesca Lombardo / Bride’s Shoes: Aldo with DIY Swarovski detailing / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Davids’ Bridal / Groom’s Suit + Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse / Floral: Bride’s Cousin from Mayesh Wholesale Floral / Catering: DIY / Cake: Retro Bakery / Cake Topper: Chicago Factory / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Door Hangers: Brown Paper Moon / Rentals (ice chest, chafing dishes): RSVP Party Rentals / Transport: Presidential Limousine / Videographer: Langdon Video
You have to think outside the box when it comes to Las Vegas weddings sometimes, especially if you are seeking the escape that old chapel cliche. Jessica and Gordon are graphic designers, so it’s probably not a surprise that their wedding had such a fresh, contemporary feel.
They were married in the modern Chihuly Gallery at Aria (which at the time was not even hosting weddings, trendsetters, these two!) and then had an intimate cake and cocktails party in a suite at Aria afterwards. So much was DIY I’ll just let Jessica take it away so she can explain all the choices she made with Gordon to make this Vegas gallery wedding come to life just as they envisioned it.
Why Las Vegas?
Neither of us necessarily like being the center of attention so we wanted our wedding to feel more like a party among close friends than a big to-do. That being the case, naturally Gordon and I decided to have our wedding in Vegas, and we knew two things: one, we were having our reception at Aria – although we weren’t sure of the logistics yet – and two, we didn’t want the typical Vegas ceremony that comes to mind when one pictures Vegas weddings.
The Ceremony – Chihuly Gallery at Aria
We flew out to find a ceremony location (and get our marriage license,) but quickly discovered that all of the chapels have contracts with local photographers, which you have to use for your ceremony. Period. Except we had already booked our photographer so that was a non-negotiable item for us.
After spending an afternoon trying to find the “right” location we decided to stop into The Gallery. The instant we walked in we knew it was the right spot for us. Since we’re crazy planners and do-it-yourselfers we asked to be put in contact with the owner and ask about private events. Luckily, he was available the next day so we got everything set up just from a conversation with him only hours before we flew back to San Diego. Easy-peasy. Of course now Aria offers wedding packages, which include The Gallery as a ceremony location option, but at the time we got married everything was still brand new and there was nothing in place yet. We had to contact MGM rentals on our own to set up chair rental for the space.
The Reception: Hospitality Suite at Aria
Our plan all along was to have our reception in one of the Aria suites, but again, Aria was brand new at the time and didn’t have wedding packages in place. So we toured a bunch of suites and the Hospitality Suite was perfect for the size and nature of our wedding; plus a view of The Strip wasn’t too shabby either. The rest was all DIY. We brought all the booze, desserts and decorations with us from San Diego.
Our reception was a cocktail and dessert reception so our guests were on their own for dinner, and what better place than Vegas? Most actually tried Aria restaurants, but a few ventured over to Cosmopolitan since it’s a quick walk. The DIY part actually took a ton of planning and preparation since we executed everything ourselves (while everyone was at dinner), but the result was exactly what we were hoping for! An super fun, intimate night with our closest friends and family, Vegas-style!
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Sergio Mottola Photography / Ceremony Venue: Chihuly Gallery at Aria Las Vegas / Reception Venue: Hospitality Suite at Aria Las Vegas / Makeup: Bobbie Pin Beauty / Floral: Lula Mae Flowers (San Diego, no longer in business) / Cake + Desserts: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company (San Diego) / Celebrant: Reverend Paula Gold (friend to the couple) / Ghost Chairs: MGM Resorts Events / Stationery + Graphic Design: The War on Mars (Jessica and Gordon’s company!)