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Has anyone had a Vegas for under $4000? Including ceremony and reception with food and drinks? If so please advise on how it is possible?

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    edited December 2011
    Has anyone had a Vegas for under $4000? Including ceremony and reception with food and drinks? If so please advise on how it is possible?
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    aerinpegadrakaerinpegadrak member
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    edited December 2011
    How many people are we talking?  This question is probably better asked on the Vegas board.  But be warned that it's really not cheap; if you're going through one of the hotel chapels, $4K will pretty much cover the ceremony.
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    edited December 2011
    I depends like arein said...how many people etc.... We got married at Mandalay Bay and could have make $4K work if we had cut the guest list etc...
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    edited December 2011
    Let's assume that you have 40 total guests including yourselves and let's assume you feed your vendors and they are in this count too.

    Okay, assume $1500 for all ceremony costs, venue cost, decor, flowers, attendant and parent gifts, hair/makeup, entertainment, photog, service charges, taxes, officiant, coordinator, attire, dress shipping and care, etc.  Then you are left with $2500K.  Assuming that your recetion venue charges an 18% service charge and an 8% tax, then you are left with $1,962.  That works out to $49/head. 

    You need to find a place that can do food and beverage for, let's say, $15/head for beverage and $34/head for food.  Obviously if your ceremony costs go up or you want to include other things in the cost of ceremony, then you have less to play with.  Or if you decide that any of the items I listed aren't included in the wedding budget, then you have more money.

    I am sure you can find a venue that does that.  Consider an in-suite reception which a lot of women around here are doing.  I am pretty sure that you could do a pretty good spread for the $1962. 
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_nevada-las-vegas_vegas-under-4000?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:91Discussion:3b50e068-2741-4315-87dd-ab069f631bb2Post:dc3dd5a3-15fc-4e0a-b36a-cd7ebe187e48">Re: Vegas under $4000?</a>:
    [QUOTE]Let's assume that you have 40 total guests including yourselves and let's assume you feed your vendors and they are in this count too. Okay, assume $1500 for all ceremony costs, venue cost, decor, flowers, attendant and parent gifts, hair/makeup, entertainment, photog, service charges, taxes, officiant, coordinator, attire, dress shipping and care, etc.  Then you are left with $2500K.  Assuming that your recetion venue charges an 18% service charge and an 8% tax, then you are left with $1,962.  That works out to $49/head.  You need to find a place that can do food and beverage for, let's say, $15/head for beverage and $34/head for food.  Obviously if your ceremony costs go up or you want to include other things in the cost of ceremony, then you have less to play with.  Or if you decide that any of the items I listed aren't included in the wedding budget, then you have more money. I am sure you can find a venue that does that.  Consider an in-suite reception which a lot of women around here are doing.  I am pretty sure that you could do a pretty good spread for the $1962. 
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    smokeybaileysmokeybailey member
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_nevada-las-vegas_vegas-under-4000?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:91Discussion:3b50e068-2741-4315-87dd-ab069f631bb2Post:bbbdb10d-b1b9-4995-973f-14d4a783089a">Re: Vegas under $4000?</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Vegas under $4000? : Smokey.... I just want to say that when I was planning it would have been great to see how you break this shitzz down! So just giving you some kuddo's
    Posted by stinkerbell6879[/QUOTE]

    Guuuuuurl, I got spreadsheets for days!  One of our deciding factors was service charge and tax.  Here in CA, our tax is 9% and the service charge of our venue was 21% vs the 8.1% and 18% respectively at the Golden Nugget.  Those charges add up.

    Honestly, I don't think that $1500 up there is really a honest number of ALL of that which is included.  I just use that as a round number.  I am assuming that someone wants all those things.  My sister did her wedding for around $5k-$7k in Lake Tahoe, NV so I know it's possible.  But her consumption bar for 3 hours with beer and wine was only $500.  BUT she only had around 30 people there....She also had a friend do free photography, didn't have a cocktail hour, and was married at 1:30 in the afternoon on a Tuesday.

    It's definitely possible.
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    edited December 2011
    It is possible if your heart is not set on having all of your venues on the strip. 

    We're planning for 20 guests. The chapel we chose is off the strip and closer to downtown. The cost of our ceremony is roughly 400 dollars.

    Our reception will be a dinner reception at Firefly down on Freemont street. 30 dollars per person for dinner reception, 25 per person for open bar, plus a 200 dollar room rental fee.  

    There are some reasonably priced photographers and cake places as well. It's all about researching venues and finding one thats within your budget. But if you have your heart set on a hotel chapel and strip venue it will probably hard to keep it under 4K.
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    edited December 2011
    A Vegas wedding under $4000 is viable - depending on what you're willing to consider.  How many people?  Are you doing tons of flowerss?  Are you willing to forgo photograghy, professional makeup, a bridal party & gourmet food? Are you willing to have your reception at a restaurant instead of a ballroom?  In a Suite instead of a restaurant?  Are you willing to forgo alcohol?  Maybe have it on a weeknight (or Sunday)?

    Seriously, if you're willing to open up to possiblities - ethnic food, off-strip location, cermony & reception at the same place, daisies instead of imported lilies, etc. - it's entirely possible.
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    lsvenssonlsvensson member
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    edited December 2011
    Smokey, good point about taking the tax/service charge into account.  The tax and service charge alone for many of the reception places I'm considering adds up to $5800ish, which really depresses me (and eliminates many of the venues I wanted, right off the bat).  Good to know beforehand, though, and factor that into your budget, so you're not stuck with a nasty surprise at the end of your wedding. 
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    edited December 2011
    How many guests are you including? I think our ceremony, reception, food and drink was around $4000. That doesn't include upgrades we made at the chapel like extra flowers, and my bouquet upgraded + extra music. It does include 2 nights in the Vista suite (where our reception was) and cake.

    Including invitations, attire, a little decor, and gift, I think we were around 7000 (this doesn't include travel or accomodations for the other nights).
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    edited December 2011
    Oh wow! Thank you for all the feed back. I never took into account taxe and service charges. =( It would definitely been a BIG surprise lol.

    I plan to have anywhere from 25-50 people attending my wedding, but I sent out a "send me your info" via Facebook and I got a ton of replies - even from people I didn't want to invite. So take note - NEVER announce your wedding this way lol.

    Our wedding date is Feb. 19, 2012 so we have plenty of time to plan and research. Since my wedding will be relatively small, I was considering holding a lil reception in a suite. I looked at packages with Caesars, Mandalay, MGM and the smaller chapels on and off the strip. There are affordable packages some less than $1000. The more appealing wedding packages are running 2300-4000 not including reception and food.

    I think I will just need to do more research and be more creative and try to utilize friends and family.

    Now the next question is:

    Anyone know of a great baker for an awesomely delicious wedding cake???
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    edited December 2011
    We are coming in under $5,000 for our whole wedding (not just ceremony & reception). But that said we are having an Elvis wedding at the Las Vegas sign and going to a buffet for the reception dinner. We have invited 82 people and if everyone comes we will just scrap in under $5,000. This includes bridal party outfits as it is etiquette where I come from for the B&G to pay.

    If we had chosen to marry in a chapel with the bells and whistles (ie flowers etc) and have the reception in restaurant we would not have been able to afford it and would have had to wait another 3 years to get married (and possibly have to do it at home).

    But I am sure for 30 guests you would be able to scrap in your budget.
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    smokeybaileysmokeybailey member
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    edited December 2011
    j_jaye,
    how are you going to get 82 people around the sign?  I don't think that median is very big.  And it's loud out there too.  How will thta work?
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_nevada-las-vegas_vegas-under-4000?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local Wedding BoardsForum:91Discussion:3b50e068-2741-4315-87dd-ab069f631bb2Post:48c46459-30ed-42f6-b4c1-761eb947f0ba">Re: Vegas under $4000?</a>:
    [QUOTE]j_jaye, how are you going to get 82 people around the sign?  I don't think that median is very big.  And it's loud out there too.  How will thta work?
    Posted by smokeybailey[/QUOTE]

    Yeah the loud thing can be a pain especially if it is windy but the chapel has mics (portable things) that they assured me work.
    As for space I have been there before and they will fit. The last time I was there they had bus loads of asian tourists there.

    Honestly I don't think that 82 will come. A lot were the family and friends we would love to come but since it is such a big expense coming from Australia they wont be able to make it (due to personal financial situations). I also did not want to invite one lot of people to Vegas and others to the AHR. I think that is rude and basically telling them they weren't good enough to join us at the wedding but we are happy to take your gift.
    Also my dad's side of the family (12 brothers and sisters) are farmers and most of the males wont be able to leave the farm for that long to come to the USA......which my Aunty's are all happy about to have a girls trip to Vegas! lol I offered to move the month but nothing seemed to work so I stuck with when we wanted to have it.
    At most I think we will have 30-40 people.
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    edited December 2011
    Did this include your dress and rings as well? I was thinking of also doing a buffet brunch since my wedding is on a Sunday or a sit down dinner with everyone who comes.
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/local-wedding-boards_nevada-las-vegas_vegas-under-4000?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Local Wedding BoardsForum:91Discussion:3b50e068-2741-4315-87dd-ab069f631bb2Post:7f0bc6aa-9a3e-4bb6-9600-507616e3458b">Re: Vegas under $4000?</a>:
    [QUOTE]Did this include your dress and rings as well? I was thinking of also doing a buffet brunch since my wedding is on a Sunday or a sit down dinner with everyone who comes.
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    Yes but I got a bargain dress for $300 (discontinued floor stock) and my BM dresses were a bargain at $50 each!  I also only bought a pair of shoes from a chain store here for $25 as I hate high heels and could not bring myself to pay more for a pair of shoes I would only wear once. I got a bright colour (fuschia) instead of going for detail on my shoes. My ring was only $130 as we brought it about 9 months ago as it is the wedder that matches my engagement ring and they were discontinuing it. I am a bit of a bargain hunter and try and talk my way into a discount for everything (comes from spending too much time in Asia)! I never take the price as set! I even asked the buffet catering manager if we could use 2 for 1 coupons and she said if we had them we could use them. I am still thinking about this as it means I can spring for more than one round of chhampagne.
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    edited December 2011
    That is amazing!!! I give u much kudos =) I'm going to start looking for the 2 for 1 couppons now! Thank you for the insight =)

    I also know there are a few buffets in Vegas that do an "All Day buffet ticket for around $25-$40" Thats breakfast lunch and dinner. Im gonna have to get more info on these. Thought u might want to check those out too.
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    edited December 2011
    I have seen those...I think it is Harrahs properties!

    We are having our reception at Studio B because it includes beer and wine (which will be a big big saving given how much everyone drinks!) and it has reviews as one of the best buffets in Vegas. It is way off the main part fo the strip but it is not far from our ceremony sight.
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    kareevankareevan member
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    edited December 2011
    totally doable with about 30 guest, lots of do-it yourselfs and not using bar staff, buying own liquor and not going overboard with decore and all of the unecessary wedding stuff that everything thinks you need like escort cards, menus and programs etc. We did ours insuite reception and chapel of the flowers for 5000 and thats including my dress! use coupon/promo codes when you can and always sign up for mailing list and wait a week for specials (on everything you do)
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