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Casual Meet and Greet in Lieu of Rehearsal Dinner?

I've been going through all the threads and vegasgroom's awesome pages, but haven't figured out a good location for a Happy Hour-type get together the night before the wedding. We won't be having a rehearsal, but I want the wedding party to all meet and anyone else staying that night, too. Especially important, as we may not be able to pick up the wristbands for the Mob Museum (guests are entitled to view exhibits all day the day of the wedding) until the day of the ceremony, so I want to be sure everyone knows who they can go to/call for info on when they'll be available.

The difficulty is not knowing how many people will make it, and that I'm sure they'll be coming and going at different times. So, reserving a set amount of space is tricky.

I was looking at the Biergarten at the Plaza, since we're mostly staying at The Cal (downtown), and requested some info, though I haven't gotten a response, yet. July will be too hot for the outdoor portion (which otherwise would be perfect), I think, and I'm not sure if they have much room inside. I'd appreciate any information, if people know the Biergarten OR another downtown location that would work? Looking for space, casual and not too noisy and we just can't afford another banquet-type space and the F&B minimums. Thank-you!

Re: Casual Meet and Greet in Lieu of Rehearsal Dinner?

  • What time of day are you thinking?  Heart Attack Grill can be entertaining and they have a lot of room which is not typically super busy.  The drinks are cheap.

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  • Thanks for the quick reply! We'll probably set it for 7pm, most people will have gotten there and checked in, by then. I never thought of HA Grill...probably TMI but I had a mild heart attack a couple years ago, so I kind of cringe when I hear about that place. ;-)
  • trm358trm358 member
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    What about having it in-suite and bringing in a caterer and your own beverages? You can set your times and may not feel so stressed about having a locked down time to arrive and leave?
    xoedendamnthetorpedoes
  • xoedenxoeden member
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    I'm thinking about doing a meet & greet instead as well. We're not going to have a complicated ceremony, let alone a full wedding party, so I think a rehearsal isn't needed. I'm debating hosting it at Times Square Bar at NYNY because I seriously love that bar and want to get it involved somehow in the wedding, but it's not exactly a 'sit down and chat' kind of venue. 

    Maybe having somewhere that you can have as a drop-by like a lounge (if everyone's of age) or a hotel room suite (if everyone's staying close by) might be a better idea.
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  • Thanks, great ideas, I'm trying to keep close to the main hotel, The Cal, because of the heat and we have some family that can't get around so well. I asked about a suite there, but was told they couldn't tell me until a week or two before if one was available? And I think that their suites are fairly small studios. I'll look into suites downtown, and real close lounges.
    xoeden
  • xoedenxoeden member
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    It sounds like they didn't want to do the ground work, unless you're asking for a comp on the suite. If you're booking it, they should be able to tell you right then and there if it's available or not.
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  • xoeden, if I understood correctly, it's because their suites are only supposed to be for their big spender club members or something. I didn't ask for a comp, but maybe they thought I was, I'll see if that makes a difference.
  • xoedenxoeden member
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    That's pretty bad business on their part, IMO. Wouldn't you want to rent them to whoever had the money? I could understand touring the rooms but booking a room is guaranteed money in your pocket in both room bookings and very high probabilities of gambling profits.
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  • Quick update, xoeden, I asked the sales person for rooms directly about the suite and made clear I wasn't asking for it to be comped. She explained that the casino controls their suites, so I guess they really are for the big spenders or really frequent guests. That's ok because from the pics, it wouldn't be enough room. I contacted the banquets staff, even though we're tapped out on another formal dinner. They put me in touch with the managers of their buffet and the Triple Seven Brewery (both at Main Street Station, which is attached to the Cal). We could afford the buffet or appetizers for everyone, so I'm hoping that works out.
    xoeden
  • Whew, done. Triple 7 Brewery at Main Street can do up to 50 people for 2 hours, and we can do ala carte or they have per person packages for appetizers. I'll post up after all's said and done as to how it goes.
    damnthetorpedoesxoeden
  • xoedenxoeden member
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    I guess it's like booking at the mansion at MGM -- it's invite only. At that point, don't advertise it.
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