Buffet before the ceremony?
I am currently in the process of planning my October Vegas wedding all the way from Florida! I am planning to have the ceremony and reception at the MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite (already have it booked). The hardest challenge, though, is figuring out food. I am budgeting for 20 guests.
Originally I wanted to do catered food in the suite, but I heard the table space at the MGM is very limited in the terrace suite. Then I thought about doing the MGM buffet, but it wasn't that great, and because of a conference they are having that day the buffet is way more expensive than it needs to be ($1,000 for 20 people)
So I figured for the costs we would spend on the MGM buffet, I could instead just get a party bus and take people to a much better buffet. I've heard really good things about the M Resort, which is about 20 minutes away. Because I really wanna enjoy the balcony terrace at night, I was thinking we could start the day at 1, take everyone to the buffet and stuff themselves, leave at 3:00, stop at the sign (3:30), and then head back to the MGM at 4. Photographer would meet us at 3:30 at the sign, get some party bus shots, and then follow us back to the hotel. Ceremony would start at 5, and I could get some pictures in before then. Reception would be from 6-9 with open bar, light snacks (cheese, crackers, veggies, etc.) , and a wedding cake. Afterwards we were gonna head to Freemont to get some more shots, and that would be an optional thing. If people wanted to come, they could come down and be in some shots. But since a lot of people will be from the east coast, and it will be midnight their time, they could peace out too. Before we went to Freemont, we were gonna stop at the Bellagio (just the two of us) and get some more shots with the photographer there and at Paris, and some general strip shots.
So anyway, that's my rough timeline right now. I know it's a little weird to eat before the ceremony, but I don't see an easy way to have food in the suite without it being crammed or going to the MGM buffet, which was just okay. Plus, a party bus definitely sounds very "vegas"-y.
Does anyone have any thoughts about that? It's still a work in progress, so I'm open to advice.
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