Have you heard of The Plaza on Whitney Ranch Road? We've booked our Ceremony and Reception there for October. Its a great looking establishment, with a beautiful spiral staircase in the foyer. (they have pics on their facebook page and website) The coordinator Brennon has been THE MOST helpful and accommodating person I've dealt with so far in Vegas. They offer really great deals for small or large receptions. we got a 4 hr open bar, buffet dinner, DJ & photographer deal for significantly less than any all inclusive I could find on the Strip or even off the strip. The package doesn't include a minister but I'm happy to search for my own. We are also doing our own center-pieces, but there is an option to pay extra for The Plaza to contract someone to do this for you. It is about 20 mins drive from the Strip but we've booked shuttle buses through Bell Limousine. $65 for 1 hr for a 24 seater van.
Good luck with deciding your venue :-)
The base package is under $5000 for 60 people. (food, bar, DJ, venue for 4hrs + staff & clean up, inc tips and taxes) But if you have a smaller guest count, in-suite is the way to go. We originally booked MGM grand Skyline Terrace when we thought only 30 people were coming. But our numbers grew! Which is still awesome. The thing I liked about in-suite is, it's cost saving because you can buy your own booze and cater in food of your choice. Just make sure you have someone else do all of this organising for you (meeting the caterer to enter the room, picking up booze and ice etc) And you have a bridal suite for the night all in one, if you choose to sleep there too!! Just remember the clean up the next day. The hotel house-maids may need to b tipped extra if you leave all the mess for them. Or they may advise management and you may get a clean up bill.
P.s The Plaza can really do EVERYTHING for you. The DJ is affiliated with an events company so they do games, announcements, obv. music, and engage the guests a lot. We just opted to do our own centrepiece and minister. Other than that, we just turn up and enjoy ourselves.
Regarding previous notes on this feed about renting a private home: Do your research! We booked a 5 bedroom house for the week through VRBO and the owners are wonderful to deal with and don't mind us having a few gatherings, bbq's & creating noise essentially.
But we had sift through a lot of picky owners to get the one that suited us. Other homes we visited and researched online did not allow music outside after 9pm, Or lights! even though they didn't even have neighbours! The owner said he would be staying in the guest house attached to the main house the entire time, and we were also quoted to pay an additional $500 just for having our "event" wedding in the back yard. One owner wanted to charge us $20 per visitor at any given time and said we'd also be fined if we had too many cars parked in the driveway!! Ridiculous right!? My heart was set on a back yard casual ,fun relaxed atmosphere but these owners turned me off so much that's why we opted for a venue (The Plaza) to have our wedding and just have the house for accommodation.