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Hi! I'm getting married at the Flamingo in las vegas in march. I want to do a small cake and drinks get together in the MGM skyline terrace suite after the ceremony around 8-10. I've seen multiple posts about getting alcohol and cake past security and it all worked out; however, all of the posts were before the mandalay bay shooting. Does anyone have any information about how security is now? I've been to vegas since it happened, but not in a suite. We will have to get about 35 people up to the room. Thanks in advance. 

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  • MRDCleMRDCle
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    Hi! I'm getting married at the Flamingo in las vegas in march. I want to do a small cake and drinks get together in the MGM skyline terrace suite after the ceremony around 8-10. I've seen multiple posts about getting alcohol and cake past security and it all worked out; however, all of the posts were before the mandalay bay shooting. Does anyone have any information about how security is now? I've been to vegas since it happened, but not in a suite. We will have to get about 35 people up to the room. Thanks in advance. 
    Wait, you're wanting to smuggle food and drinks into a room where it's not allowed? This is a terrible idea! Even if it's worked for some, what would you do if it didn't work for you? This might be my anxiety talking but holy shit, I wouldn't get a good night's sleep from now until March if I were you. 

    Please have your reception in a place where it's allowed.
    The bolded makes it seem like they're even sneaking the people up there as well.  Agreed that this sounds like a terrible plan. 
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  • Deleted user, I’m sure you’ll come back to lurk.  Time is on your side.  You have almost 9 months to find a venue to properly (openly) host your guests who’ve traveled (I assume) to attend your wedding.  The proposed plan doesn’t work. 
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  • Ditto PPs, I wouldn't risk it. The reception is a thank you to your guests for attending the ceremony, and sneaking in food and booze (and some guests?) doesn't seem like much of a thank you. 

    It also seems crass to mention the shooting so flippantly. (Though it may be me being over-sensitive; I have a friend who was a nurse in the ER that night and her fiance worked at the Mandalay.)
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  • ShesSoColdShesSoCold bend over and I'll show ya
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    Since it is a deleted user now, I don't expect a response.  But, if this is basically a destination wedding and nobody lives in Vegas, that reception needs to stepped up to a real hosted dinner.  When everyone is spending chunks of time and money to attend, cocktails and cake don't cut it.

    Is the OP talking about their own room (suite)?  Because I can't picture most suites being anywhere near large enough for 35 people.  Especially for seating.  Or are they talking about a lounge on the suite floor?  If the latter, "sneaking in" cake/alcohol would be the least of their worries.  Floors like that are usually restricted to just hotel guests that have a room on that floor.  They'd run a real risk of security barging in and throwing everyone out.  Including them. 

    It's very possible there are pieces I am misunderstanding.  But I'm picturing being a guest paying $400-$800 on flights for me and my H.  Maybe another $600 for 3 nights at a hotel.  For a good friend's wedding.  That sneaks us into a hotel area we're not supposed to be in.  Only serves everyone cocktails and cake...though we were probably at the ceremony during dinner time and are starving now.  And then, 30-60 minutes into the festivities, security comes in and throws everyone out.  My H and I leave, feeling like mortified teenagers who got caught sneaking a flask into the movie theatres.

    At least it would be a reception to remember, lol.  Though I would try to forget!

    Sorry to be harsh, OP, and I am having a bit of fun.  But if anything I said rings true, it's time to re-think some/all of the plans.

    I googled the suite, and it looks like one of the giant, bigger than my first apartment, crazy expensive hotel room suites. 

    OP, if you're lurking, get yourself a cheaper room and host your guests properly in a place where they're allowed to be. 
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  • @ShesSoCold, interesting!  All the more reason this is a bad idea.  Unless they got an okay from the hotel to have that many people in the room for a party, which I strongly suspect would not be granted for that many people, there's definitely a potential that they'd all be kicked out.  AND the couple might lose their fancy, expensive suite on their wedding night.

    And, as a guest, just when I thought I couldn't side-eye any harder.  When I get to the $1,000+/night room.  For a 2-hour reception.  And only get served cake.  I'll smile nicely and exclaim over the view.  But my H and I are going to be stunned at how egregiously y'all put your own comforts above your guests.

    I'm going to hold out hope that the OP merely meant they'd all be going to dinner first.  And then going back up to the suite (still a bad idea for that many people) for drinks and dessert.

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  • Hi there! Vegas local AND hospitality professional here. Just want to clarify a few things.
    • That specific suite is often used for ceremonies and receptions (in fact, mine will be there), so ~35 guests is fine
    • While the hotel would rather you go through their chapel / catering & banquets people, they know and understand that many people will have get togethers, parties, weddings, baby showers, you name it... As long as there are no guest complaints or security issues, you are fine... if your group is really raucous, please don't do an in-suite!
    • All you have to do is escort your guests to the suite - there's no need to "sneak" anyone up there
    • People bring alcohol and food up to their rooms all the time to party etc. Again - you'll be fine. It's when you have to get something delivered from an outside caterer that gets a little weird, but cake and alcohol is regular celebration stuff (aka business as usual)
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