We got back from our honeymoon last week and it’s taken me that long to recover!!
Our wedding was amazing – we had 39 people in total (including the two of us) mostly from the UK, but I have family in the US as well so about 10 were from California/New York/Pennsylvania.
We arrived on the Friday ahead of the wedding on Wednesday, October 8 and had the BEST time with all our family and friends including lots of drinks at places like Coyote Ugly, Hakkasan, Cleopatra’s Barge, Parasol Up/Down and various MGM bars, dancing with Big Elvis and winning the mini competition, Titanic exhibition, slushies from big cowboy boots, and just a lot of laughing!
It honestly was the best week of my life and I am so glad we decided to get married in Vegas.
Vendor reviews from the actual wedding day below (I loved everything as you can tell!). I'll post some other reviews separately as this is quite long already!Wynn – Ceremony: A++++ The Wynn was AMAZING and I honestly cannot thank them enough for giving us such a beautiful wedding. We had the Primrose Courtyard booked for a 3pm ceremony. We wanted somewhere outside as it’s not something you can generally do in October in the UK! We fell in love with the courtyard after seeing a picture of it all decked out in flowers with the arch, so tried to recreate as much as possible. I was blown away when I saw it all decorated for us. It was expensive, but I think it was totally worth it. Our wedding coordinators were Ann-Marie and Zhely and they were fantastic. They were quick to respond to all my questions and they were very helpful and friendly at all times. Rev Phil Shuart was our minister and he was great. Considering we had only corresponded by email a few times beforehand and then met 30 mins before the ceremony, he did a great job at making it feel like a really personal ceremony. We also ordered some Prosecco for our guests to drink while we were having our photos taken, which was a nice touch. I loved the ceremony, it was everything we wanted and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
Maggianos – reception: A++++
This was a perfect location following the Wynn ceremony as it is located just across the street so we didn’t have to transport people anywhere.
We booked the Calabria and Di Carlo rooms from 5pm-10pm. Earlier in the week, I had dropped my table decorations, place names and cards etc up there, as well as our poster guest book. My mum and aunt went across just before the reception started to check everything, and they said it was all fine. I loved the way the room looked – having the windows was great as we could see out on to the strip.
Beth and the staff were very accommodating! We wanted the first hour to be our appetizers buffet style with a host bar. We ended up being under our minimum spend for the room on food, so we put the host bar towards it and upgraded to the super premium drinks package which worked out really well. I also love rose wine, so swapped out one of the reds on the Venetian package for that. They were also great with special requests – we needed a gluten free meal for one of the kids and they were happy to do that as well.
After the appetizer buffet, we had a sit down meal and dancing until 10pm.
Everyone LOVED the food here!!! We had the mozzarella marinara and bruschetta for appetizers, and added 2 platters of the Italian grilled vegetables. The vegetables went down really well as I think most people had been making the most of all the not so healthy food available in Vegas!! We then had Caesar and Italian chopped salads served when we sat down, the grilled chicken, balsamic glazed salmon, four cheese ravioli and spaghetti with meatballs. And the dessert table for afters, which came out as people were dancing as we had stuffed ourselves too much after the apps and main course. I think this worked well and helped us maximise our time partying!
The only thing I ever questioned on the night was the wine service. The food was coming out and no one had received any wine – as part of the Venetian package we had, it was supposed to be poured with dinner. They said they wanted to get the food out first, but we were a group of drinkers so the wine was important. It was swiftly resolved as soon as I asked. Maybe it’s a US v UK thing – in the UK, we would always have the wine out before the food starts being served.
For those of you using an iPod, I recommend checking the sound in the exact room where your dancing will be. We had the Calabria and Di Carlo rooms, but when we went to drop the stuff off, the doors were closed between the rooms. We tested the iPod in the dock and it was loud. However, the dancing area was the Di Carlo room, but the speakers are located in the Calabria room. This meant the music wasn’t as loud on the dancefloor as we would have liked, but we soon got used to it and it wasn’t a big deal.
We loved the food here so much that we went to the LA branch when we were there as part of our honeymoon!