While I was planning my wedding, I found the reviews on this board to be incredibly useful, so I thought I would return the favour. My husband and I got married on January 20th at the Chapel in the Clouds, we had our reception at the Vista Suite, Mandalay Bay, which was catered by Masterpiece.
Chapel in the Clouds
I had read that the Stratosphere were not good at returning emails and I definitely found this to be the case. It usually took at least 2 or 3 emails before I got a response. They also raised the price of the package after I had paid the deposit - but to compensate us, they provided free wristbands for unlimited thrill rides for our guests after the ceremony. On the day, they were wonderful. We had the ceremony live streamed (which worked wonderfully, but did cost extra) and our friends and family all remarked how great the celebrant was (he opened with "let's get loose"). The ceremony was short and sweet, exactly what we wanted. Cashmans took photos before, during and after the ceremony. They also took our friends and family pictures. I was quite pleased with them, having read some terrible reviews. The photographer was professional, quick and clearly knew his work. Overall, while I could have done without the stress in the lead up to the wedding, I was very happy on the day.
Vista Suite, Mandalay Bay
Our experience with Mandalay Bay didn't start very well, we checked in and went to the suite, only to find it was still being cleaned from the previous guests. We pretty much lost the afternoon and we had quite a lot that needed to be done to prepare. In hindsight, we really should have complained, but we didn't want to draw attention to ourselves. The suite itself is a little tired looking, but at around $1000 a night less than comparable suites in other hotels, it's still really good value. It is huge and we had more than enough room for our 30 guests. There were plenty of seats, so we didn't bring in any extras. We did get in 3 tall tables and they were a really good idea. The suite does have an odd, green tinge because of the gold windows outside. It does have an impact on pictures taken during the day, but at night the view is absolutely stunning.
We loved everything about Masterpiece, communication from day one was amazing. The food was awesome and the price was really reasonable. Our captain, Scott, went above and beyond to make the night fantastic. He was also the bartender for the night (we supplied the alcohol). They set up quickly and efficiently, served the food and drinks and then packed up quietly, taking everything (including rubbish) with them. I honestly cannot recommend them enough.
Next review will include Bentley and Wilson, Neon Boneyard, Presidential Limos and Freed's Bakery