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Ceremony + Reception = one hotel?

Hello Everyone,

I am new to the board and plan a wedding in LV in May 2012. I have so many questions that I don't know where to begin.

I plan a 20-30 person wedding and I would like to have the ceremony and reception in the same hotel if possible. I am looking for a more sophisticated, private area ceremony and not too sure how to handle a reception - would I book a restaurant for the dinner and then a pent house for later? Not sure how it works and how long we can stay in a restaurant. Any ideas?

My budget is $15K excluding the dress.

Any pointers would help me a lot!

We are going in December to look at some of the potential venues and I want to have a good idea of what we are looking for by then and book appointments. Is it too late to book a May venue in December?

Thanks!!!

Annie

Re: Ceremony + Reception = one hotel?

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    edited December 2011
    Hi there, welcome to the board!
    I'm going to paste the link to the vegas knotties bios (past and future), look around to get ideas for your wedding... there are literally countless options :)

    I also had a "one venue" kind of wedding, ceremony in the chapel, formals around the property and reception in a big suite. 
    Your wedding is only a few months away so I suggest you make your decision sooner than your December scouting trip since Vegas venues book FAST. The bios will help knowing more about the hotels and we're here to answer all your questions.
    Happy planning!

    edited to add: I would call the venues you're most interested in and see what their availability for May is. Most of them will hold your date for a couple of weeks, without a deposit, as a courtesy while you make your final decision.
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    edited December 2011
    If by 'sophisticated' you mean a modern/contemporary look, I think your best bets would be Mandalay's chapel or Platinum.  Most of the other resort chapels have a more traditional look.  Platinum seems to be very anxious to take business away from the other resorts so there have been several great reviews of them recently.

    Married in Vegas - June 2011


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    edited December 2011

    Misora at the Platinum is at the top of the hotel- the 17th floor. I didn't see it personally, but pictures look gorgeous. I just got married at the Platinum (in Kil@Wat and the pool deck), and for the price, I can't imagine a better experience. They have an all-inclusive package now, for people who don't want to spend time researching vendors, but you can also do it all on your own. There's a small rash of girls getting married there in the next couple weeks, so stick around for more reviews!

    Misora is smaller than my location and there's plenty of room for dinner and dancing in one space.


    If you want a weekend, I think December would be too late to book for May. I booked the Platinum without ever having been there (despite taking a scouting trip). It's not ON the strip, but I didn't feel like I was robbed of any strip experience. It was lovely.

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    edited December 2011
    I have heard amazing things about the Plat- If we werent renting the house this would of been my location of choice- Nice rooms, reasonable prices for a suite, and they were always very nice on the phone.
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    edited December 2011
    We're getting married at the Las Vegas Hilton next month.  We originally wanted to have the wedding there and the reception elsewhere.  However, we thought about the ease of having everything in one location.  A lot of people have booked rooms there and really like the idea of not having to go to too many places, being able to dress and just ride the elevator down, as well as being able to party and have fun without having to worry about drinking and driving.  Now, drinking and walking will be another story.  lol
    Good luck with the rest of your planning.  :)
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    edited December 2011
    Ambrose- love the new signature pic!!! I just saw it :):)
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    edited December 2011
    I think with your head count and budget, you could have a wedding in one of the casinos on the strip. You just need to click around to start getting an idea of what you want. I'm also a Platinum bride, and $15K should go pretty far. That is our budget (but included the dress), and we have a head count of 45.
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    anniejekovaanniejekova member
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    edited December 2011
    Ladies,

    thank you so much for your ideas! I am going through the list of Las Vegas Knotties and I see what are the preferred locations.

    I like the packages that Paris offers (with receptions at a Bally's penthouse) and I also like Wynn and Platinum as well as Mandalay Bay. I think I will concentrate on those...

    I just hope that these hotels will allow me to cater my own food if I am doing the reception at a penthouse. Would you do a restaurant and then penthouse for after dinner? Or would you serve dinner at the penthouse? Wouldn't dinner there be more uncomfortable since there won't be formal tables/chairs? I am struggling with that a lot - should I have a formal dinner or just finger foods at the penthouse? Hmmm

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    edited December 2011
    It seems that most places will "officially" say that you cannot have outside catering. But "unofficially" there is a don't ask, don't tell policy. Personally, I would be stressed out about being kicked out during my wedding reception (but we're going to try it for our welcome reception at THEhotel). I don't know all of the policies of the specific places you've listed. Mandalay Bay is starting to get more strict...and there have been stories of brides getting bumped to smaller rooms recently.

    I like the idea of going to a restaurant and then back to your suite for an after party...for what it's worth.
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    edited December 2011
    I'm a Wynn bride, I can tell you that they don't allow outside catering. 
    As far as dinner plans it depends on your guest list. We had an in-suite reception for 10, so everyone was comfortable. Their tower suites can accomodate up to 25 people, if I'm not mistaken. Or you can go the traditional route and have a seated dinner (3+ courses) in one of the restaurants, opting for a private room. downtownbebe's wedding is coming up, she's having a seated dinner at Lakeside.

    We decided to hold our reception in a suite 'cause I wanted to have some music playing from my iPod, take crazy pictures (like when I jumped on the bed) and keep it untraditional. The catering department came up to the suite during our ceremony and set up all the food. After the reception, which consisted of heavi appetizers, cake, toast etc. my husband and I went to dinner on our own and later met up with a couple of guests at one of the Wynn's nightclubs for dancing. 

    If you contact the Wynn's wedding salons the ladies there will help you and advice you on various options, they are fantastic! 
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    edited December 2011
    **UPDATE** As of last night, we officially decided to go back to our orignal reception venue instead of having everything at 1 location.  It works out so much better for us in every way.  Stress officially lifted off our shoulders!  :)

    Good luck with your continued planning.  :)
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    anniejekovaanniejekova member
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    edited December 2011
    Thank you knotties!

    I think I am liking the all inclusive Platinum package (although I will need to get a florist and a cake separately as well a photographer). Their pricing seems to work for our budget so I will be calling them to schedule a viewing during our scouting trip in December. We have decided that we are ok with moving the date to September if nothing is available in May by the time we decide to commit (December).

    I am starting to think that a restaurant reception would work better for us but I just LOVE the idea of the pent house...still torn about it!
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