Well, after 4 weeks away... Im back at work and the wedding and holiday are all a distant memory! Here are my reviews... but before I get started a couple of notes:
I'm still waiting on the photos from Bentley & Wilson, and the photographer and video from the Flamingo. I will review those separately when I get them next week (I've been told they are on their way). Secondly. If I can offer anyone ANY advice for the day... WEAR IN YOU GODDAM SHOES!!! I was in SO much pain all day walking around the strip because my shoes were brand new... and I hadn't bothered to wear them in at ALL. It almost ruined my day. That and the fact that I had a stomach bug on the big day - and for a week after... so all I wanted to do was curl up and go to sleep! But the show must go on. Apart from that, everything just fell in to place.... and nothing went astray!
The Flamingo – Hotel – B
This is for the hotel only. When we checked in (after travelling for almost 30hrs) we went to our room and someone else's stuff was in there. Ill cut a long story short and say that after 45 minutes of arguing with the hotel manager, who was an incredibly bad liar and clearly did not give 2 hoots about giving our room away (which they did, because our infant crib was in there ready to go!), we were put in another room for one night, had to check out of that in the morning and wait until the afternoon to check back in. It was a nightmare.... especially with a 2 year old. Same thing happened to my bridesmaid and her husband. We then waited 2 days for the cot to turn up in our room – our son had to sleep with us for 2 nights. The manager was possibly the worst customer service person I came across. He had no empathy and clearly couldn’t care less.
That aside. Once we were in our correct room – the Go Mini Suite – I couldn’t fault the hotel. The room was clean, the housekeeping was great.
Double Decker Bus – A+
We did a “Welcome Tour” when we arrived in Vegas. The guys bought 2 coolers full of ice, and we bought the drinks on the night. You can only have beer and wine – no hard liquor or glass. The guide played some music off our ipods and brought drinks up to everyone as needed. They also supplied 2 carseats for the 2 kids we had on board. We had a 3 hour tour and had plenty of time for the sign (photos) and then about 45 minutes down at Freemont street. They were very friendly and helpful via email when booking too.
The Flamingo Chapel – A+
Having not seen the venue or be able to get there to check it out before hand... my coordinator at the Flamingo (Iliana) was always happy to answer my millions of questions. I met with a coordinator (Iliana was not working) when we arrived and she walked me through what would happen and how everything would run. The coordinator on the day was also great organising everything. The officiant they provided was great too. Can’t complain about anything to do with the ceremony.
The Wicked Spoon – A+
I didn’t deal with any staff here on the night. But emails to Rose were always replied to promptly. They allowed us in earlier to decorate the room (private dining) and had the tables set up as requested. As I was sick all day, I barely ate anything. But numerous people raved about it being the best wedding food they have had. Our server was awesome. We had heaps of money to spend on alcohol to make the minimum spend... but he kept us up to date on how much we had... and even gave us a couple of bottles of wine at the end to make up the rest. He was fantastic. Definitely recommended.
The Cosmo – Wrap Around Suite (Premium View) – A+
Can’t fault the staff or the room. We stayed 2 nights and the suite was amazing – and so was the view. Now – everyone wants to know how many people fit in here... we had 28 people they were all comfortably on the balcony... and no one was inside. You could easily fit 40 people in this suite – if its not too cold outside! There isn’t heaps of chairs... but everyone was mingling outside, so I don’t think they were missed. The mini bar in the big fridge cant be emptied and its all on sensors... so you need to make sure no-one touches it at all – unless you have time to argue the bill. We just made it really easy to get drinks from the counter for guests so they didn’t need to go to the fridge. We left $20 (and about 6 bottles of wine) with a note for housekeeping apologising for the extra trash. We weren’t charged any extra cleaning... so they must have been happy with their tip.Presidential Limo – B+Service was fine... the guy driving was really nice. My bridesmaid delivered a carseat to the depot the day before and they brought it along and installed it. We then picked it up from them the next day. They had no issues doing any of that. The reason they got a B+ only was because when we were picked up the driver asked for a credit card. I didn’t have one as I assumed it would be charged to the card I gave them when booking. He insisted on a credit card imprint, but said the card on file would be charged... so my sister in law handed over hers as we thought it wouldn’t be charged. She was then charged the full price of the hire. And I was charged the full price of the hire, twice, as well. So we paid 3 times for the car! I had to call them a few days later, and they took the hold off the money on my card straight away... so that was easily sorted. Not a huge deal, but annoying! Make-Up in the 702 – A+ If anyone has emailed Megan, you will know she is VERY enthusiastic about EVERYTHING. So her emails are a bit over the top! BUT she replies every time, and when I arrived in Vegas and called her to add my Mum to the booking, it was completely fine. I can’t remember the girls names that came, but they were both amazing and had the 3 of us done with hair and make-up done really quickly – and perfectly. I can’t fault them at all. They were super friendly too.