Here are the balance of my reviews--I hope you find them helpful too!
Bentley & Wilson Photography--what can I say that already hasn't been said about Todd--he's amazing went over and above my expectations--he seemed to be everywhere. He told me he took about 1000 pictures--we had him for 4 hours but he stayed longer. Can't wait to see the pictures I am sure based on how many he took that there are many I will love. If I remember the total cost was under $700
The Orleans Hotel-Stardust Suite--I worked with Pamela Eddy via email 100% she was extremely easy to work with. Our reception was technically from 6pm to 10pm. The room is stunning--has an amazing view and a balcony that allows the smokers to enjoy as well as some great pictures. We had 50 people and ordered the traditional buffet with 3 options----salmon with mustard cream sauce, short ribs and grilled chicken breast--everyone raved about the food and not just one entree they loved ALL of them. The buffet also came with some other side items as well as a dessert table that consisted of 2 pies, fruit and 4 cakes. The price for the buffet prior to tax/tip etc....was $43 per person. We had a 3 tier wedding cake 2 tiers white with bavarian cream filling with strawberries and 1 tier red velvet--it feeds 75 people so we had alot left over and it cost $275 prior to tax/tip. We had an open bar that we capped at $1500 prior to tax/tip--that got us about 4 hours. The prices are very reasonable but make sure you are very clear about what you do and do not want---I specified no martini's and no shots in my contract---when I get to the reception I see everyone with martini's that the bartender recommended, towards the end of the evening everyone is doing shots. It was my wedding day and I wanted everyone to have a good time so I didn't say anything but I think our $1500 would have gone a lot further otherwise. Also we bought punch which they passed around on trays along with ice tea (included in the package) and SMALL bottles of water--which cost $3 EACH---and they were pushing them---so make it clear if you don't want them handing out bottles of water as if they were free that you tell them ahead of time. There were a few glitches---no knive,cake cutter,plates with the cake but once we told them they were quick to get it for us. The servers couldn't have been nicer and overall I think a great deal for the money. For the champagne toast they let you bring your own champagne for a $7.50 corking fee per bottle or they will provide champagne for $25/bottle. Any upopened champagne is returned to you--we bought 1.75 liter size champagne bottle and only opened 3 bottles out of 5 purchased.--reception was about $5500 including tax and tip. They do include their Presidential Suite if available for the night of the wedding. It is huge with 2 sleeping areas,a living room, dining room and 3 bathrooms with a huge shower as well as huge oversized roman jacuzzi tub--the finishes were a little cheesy and i'll be honest we were going to get in the tub the next morning but it looked dirty so we decided to pass. The bed wasn't very comfortable--but our friends loved hanging out in the suite for a reception after party.
The Orleans Hotel---we provided a group rate at the Orleans and the prices were ridiculously low--I think most people paid an average of of about $150 for three nights including resort fee and taxes. Now if you are expecting luxurious this is not and it is off the strip but for the price the guest that stayed there thought it was a great value. They had a lot of inexpensive food options including a good breakfast buffet for the cost of $7.99 per person--a true bargain.
DJ Godzilla--One of my favorite vendors--I gave him a playlist and he used it as a guide--we like old school funk, R&B and top 40--the dance floor was packed the entire time and everyone had a great time. My family is Colombian and they wanted to listen to latin music he was able to keep everyone including my family happy. His fee was $350 but he really should charge more--a true bargain!
The Verandah Restaurant at the Four Season's--we went there for breakfast one morning at it was delicious. The atmosphere was beautiful and relaxing. Breakfast for two was about $60 with tip and worth every penny.
Border Grill Cafe at Mandalay Bay--we liked this place so much that we went there 3 times----overlooks the pool and the food is delish---this is upscale Mexican--and we live in Dallas so we are picky--no complaints at all but it is pricey. Even my new 7 year old Stepson said his cheese quesadilla's were delicious! High praise from him he's picky.
Lupo's Restaurant at Mandalay Bay--we went there for dinner with a group of 12 the night after the wedding. By that time we didn't want much alcohol so our bill including tax/tip was about $420---their chicken marsala and pizza was delicious.
The Bathhouse Spa at TheHotel--went with 3 friends the day after the wedding. I had a 50 minute massage and a 25 minute relaxation bath. I recommend taking the bath first and then the massage for a truly relaxing day. We spent 4 hours hanging out in the Spa but got in trouble for being a little loud--that being said we had a great time. They were having a special buy one treatment and get the next one for 50% off so I spent about $240 including tip---a bargain in the spa world!