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My Mother and the Vegas Wedding

We just booked our wedding and reception at the Wynn for September 2010.  Both myself and my fiance are wickedexcited, but my mother can't get past the fact that we're not doing a "traditional" wedding.  She's convinced no one will be willing to travel to Vegas (she lives in CT as does most of my family).  Any suggestions on how to get her on board and convince her that getting married in Vegas is not such a crazy idea?

Re: My Mother and the Vegas Wedding

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    edited December 2011
    I am having the same problem with my FMIL.  She is actually kind of annoyed at the whole idea, even though we checked with her before we began planning.  I have been able to slightly convince her that it is not a crazy inconvenient idea by talking about how excited my family and friends are and how they have already booked their flights/hotels etc.


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    kaburns1214kaburns1214 member
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    edited December 2011
    She's convinced that the only people there will be our immeadiate families and the bridal party.  I'm hoping that once the save the dates go out and people get excited, she'll feel better about the idea.


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    edited December 2011
    We had the same problem but with FI grandparents.  We just explained that this is what we want and that we weren't getting married by Elvis in a drive through chapel because that's what she pictured...Hopefully she'll come around! :)
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    edited December 2011
    Have her watch some of the Wynn weddings that are webcast so she can see it's not cheesy or campy.  We wanted to have a smaller more intimate wedding so Vegas was the perfect place.  I think we'll end up around 40-50 guests.  That's pretty good in my opinion.  We're also webcasting the wedding for all the friends and family not traveling down to the wedding so they can be included.
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    RachNRichRachNRich member
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    edited December 2011
    We had a difficult time explain it to Rich's parents---despite the fact that the choice to go to LV was actually Rich's! They are more on the conservative side--and I think when we explained our reasoning to them, they thought we'd be better off with a justice of the peace wedding (we didn't want some big affair).

    Some people still give us the side-eye when we tell them we are getting married in Vegas; the assumption is that our wedding will take place in a drive-thru with Elvis. But, we just keep maintaining that while we are getting married in Vegas, it will not be a "vegas themed" wedding.
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    edited December 2011
    Since I actually live here, getting married in Vegas was a done deal.  However, FI and I did get some flak from my granddad and his family about not having a church wedding and "traditional" reception. 

    Like many brides, we're using a casino package and restaurant dinner because it was the cheapest way to still have a nice wedding.  We had some employment issues in the last year, and we figured on taking advantage of our location to save some money.

    It doesn't hurt to share photos and webcasts from the casino chapels to those who still think Vegas = cheesy.  There are so many options here, it's ridiculous!
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    edited December 2011
    Yeah....I think most of us girls have had this problem.....Show the web casting, the wonderful pic's that can be taken and mention how excited other friends and family are. Things will work out Laughing
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    edited December 2011
    i agree - show her pictures and web videos of ceremonies.  that's how i fell in love with the idea of having a Vegas wedding :)


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    aerinpegadrakaerinpegadrak member
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    edited December 2011
    FI actually had kind of a hangup with Vegas.  I finally convinced him that we weren't "running off to Vegas" to get married any more than our original plan was "running off to Yosemite."

    The first two questions from our wedsite FAQ:

    Q: So why Vegas?

    A: Why not?  Our initial plans to hold the wedding in Yosemite fell through due to budgetary reasons, so we needed another plan.  Luckily, we'd just come back from Vegas and had a blast, so we started looking into our options there.  Also, as far as hotel and entertainment options for guests, Vegas made a lot more sense than Oakhurst.

    Q: Will Elvis be there?

    A: Elvis Aaron Presley passed away on August 16, 1977.  I'm--I'm sorry you had to hear it this way.
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    edited December 2011
    aerin- You made me LOL at your Elvis reply. I need to remember that one =)
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    kaburns1214kaburns1214 member
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    edited December 2011
    I'm totally stealing the FAQ for out wesite -- FANTASTIC!
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    edited December 2011
    My FMIL has asked me several times if Elvis will be marrying us, even after I showed her pictures of the beautiful chapel at Caesars!  I just think she is having a hard time picturing the whole event.
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    edited December 2011
    I'm a September 2010 Wynn bride too. :)

    My mom initially had problems with it too (visibly, even though she said she didn't)... although FI and I have been telling everyone for 5 years that we'd get married there when we got engaged... why didn't anyone believe us?

    The more people start to realize that it's not a tacky wedding, the more they open up to it. My family hasn't been to Vegas either (they're east-coasters as well)... and they've having a hard time envisioning it.

    Why Vegas? Because we love it. :)
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