Mr. B, congrats on getting married in Vegas! We think your lady is going to loooove the surprise that you have in store for her. So we totally understand you want to get this squared away as soon as possible...but not so soon that you will miss out on a great deal. Here's what we found:
We started off checking the rates at Encore (pictured above) for May 9-16th. Those were $357 a night. However, Encore was advertising an "Earlybooking" promo code for reservations booked 60 days in advance. That gets you 20 percent off the room rate or about $286 a night. That's a killer deal for Encore. When we tried to use that code on the website, it said it wasn't available. Maybe because it's eight months away but we bet if you call up their reservations line in person, you'd get the deal. Either that or set your alarm clock for February 9th.
Then we skipped over to the Cosmopolitan. No dice as they are only accepting reservations up until April 30. Considering that Cosmo is hot right now and will be through the next year, we'd say start looking for deals on this place in the early days of 2012 when Vegas is in a bit of a lull.
The Palazzo, however, is accepting reservations now and for $209 a night. Again, a very good deal for the Palazzo (just remember there's a resort fee.)
If you want to splurge for a room with a view, you can get that for an additional $40 a night. Or you could just mention that you're a newlywed, having gotten married in Vegas, to the agent at check-in and see what they can do for you.
Of course, you can also watch the rates go up and down by saving trip alerts on booking sites like Travelocity, Expedia and Hotwire. Vegas rates tend to be higher when booking two to three weeks out and then they will drop as the date gets closer. (That's because they got a lot of rooms to fill and will drop them last-minute to at least get some bodies in the rooms.)
Yet we strongly recommend you book through the hotel either online or in person. God forbid, the booking sites screw up or lose your reservation. That will not be a fun honeymoon.
Secondly, if the hotel over the course of the next few months begins to offer a better rate or a better package deal, it's much easier to have your existing reservation adjusted. We did this once with Aria when we booked a package they had been advertising only to see them come up with a better package deal a few weeks later. Since we were already charged a deposit, the reservations agent just adjusted the difference that we would owe upon checkout. Easy peasy.
Hopefully this help you out in booking your spot. If any readers have other good tricks, leave 'em for Mr. B in comments below. Oh and Mr. B? Don't forget to send us your wedding photos!