Sorry this is really long. There aren't many reviews on it yet, so I wanted to be really detailed for anyone that may need it. It made me crazy when I was trying to decide because I couldn't find any info on it.
Skyline Chapel / Silver Sky Chapel / Imperial Palace Chapel (or whatever it's called!): A
The coordinator that I had been emailing (Veronica) was great. She answered all my questions quickly and was very helpful. When we got to Vegas we went to the chapel to check it out on Thursday and Veronica wasn't there. The lady that we spoke to was nice also, but she seemed a little less organized than Veronica. We also got to meet the Pastor that day, which was nice.
On wedding day (Saturday) everything went very well. I paid an extra $50 to "rent" the sound system and use our own songs. I had four songs on an iPod for the sound guy. I think it helped that I re-named the songs to what I wanted them used for. (ex: "Ring of Fire" was re-named "Wedding Party Walking In" and that seemed to avoid a lot of confusion)
The chapel is beautiful! It is much smaller than any pictures on the internet make it look, which is makes it feel very intimate. They have lighting on the walls that can be changed to 5 different colors, we chose blue. I saw a couple people mention the ugly picture of the strip on the back wall behind where the pastor stands. It was covered with white curtains for us, so it wasn't very noticeable. I can see how it would look weird if it was removed, though. It is a backlit picture so turning off the light would just make a big dark spot on the wall. You can see it in a couple of our pictures but it doesn't bother me at all, PM me and i can send one to you. We had 38 people, but I'm sure that the claim that it will hold 80 is accurate. The hallway leading up to the chapel has obviously not been renovated like the chapel itself. It's not bad, just older looking. We did have some confusion on where everyone was supposed to wait while the previous wedding was still in there. We were told to have everyone there at 4:45 for our 5:00 wedding but the previous wedding didn't have to be out till 4:45, which left us with about 30 people just standing around in the hallway. Luckily, it is a very wide and long hallway so we were able to stay out of the way of the other people. I was told by the coordinator that we met on Thursday (I wish I could remember her name) that if we started late they would charge us a fee ($200 I think?) if we started late, so I was glad that most people were able to find the place by 4:45. We started on time and the ceremony lasted about 15 minutes. Pastor Leslie did a great job. I asked for a civil ceremony since we aren't religious and he had no problem doing that.
I really don't think we could have done any better on the chapel, especially for the price. The casino itself is a different story, though. See below.
Imperial Palace: C
In it's defense, they are under some major construction right now. But construction doesn't mean that you can take down all your signs (or maybe there were none to start with?). I know that most Vegas casinos are designed to be a maze to keep you in there for as long as possible, but this was getting so ridiculous it was comical. First off, the front of the building is completely blocked off by the construction and you have to walk down a strange hallway to actually get to the casino floor from the strip. There were concrete barricades all the way down the front of the building so we couldn't drop off the older people in front of the building. Then there's the parking garage. Valet was full so everyone had to self-park. Just finding the correct parking garage was a mess. If you drive too far and miss the tiny little sign you will end up in the Harrah's garage. And the elevators that go to the garage spit you out on the wrong side of the casino, so you have to walk through the smoky casino maze to the other tower. (follow signs to the Pagoda Tower) We stopped 2 or 3 times to ask for directions and they were all very confusing.
Note: The casino smells like cigarette smoke pretty badly, but the chapel is on the 4th floor and does not smell at all. Also, not all the elevators go to all floors. It took us 20 minutes to find the chapel on Thursday, and then 25 to find it on Saturday. Good thing we got there early! Also, once you're on the 4th floor you will have to walk past the room where they do horse race betting. It was a little odd, but everyone thought it was funny.
Hopefully once the renovation is complete it will be easier to get to the chapel. Or at least put up some signs!
Imagine Studios: B+
They did photography (as as 2nd shooter to our photographer) and video services for us. I think that the photographer didn't really try that hard because he knew that our photographer was there (we had to pay $150 outside vendor fee for her to come in). I don't think they even uploaded all of the photos to their site for proofing. It was average photography. If you're not really picky, it will probably be ok for you. He used a flash for everything, which I thought was kind of strange. The lighting is so beautiful in the chapel, why would you want to wash it out with a giant flash? If you want to see the proofs they sent PM me and I'll send you the link and password.
The video service was decent. I didn't expect too much for $150, so I was pleasantly surprised when it had pretty good sound. They put a microphone on my husband and it was able to pick up both of us. The video was available 3 days later online, and they are going to send us a DVD. The intro to the video is pretty cheesy, but I guess that's to be expected with a Vegas wedding. If you want to see it PM me and I'll send you the link. (I just don't want our wedding all over the interwebs forever. Lol.)
Anyways, that's what I have for you guys right now. I have several other reviews to do, but I figured that since everyone has been waiting for a review that I would do it first.
If anyone has any questions that I didn't answer just PM me.