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A loyal VegasChatter reader is coming to town and hunting for a good place to renew his wedding vows. This got us thinking about the perfect Vegas-y place to tie (or re-tie) the knot. This writer happened to have a lovely ceremony at A Little White Wedding Chapel where she married a Capriotti’s sandwich. (Really.)
This venue proved to be a classic Vegas wedding chapel complete with the obligatory Elvis and cheesy outdoor gazebo. A bonus for couples who don’t bring the whole family: you can stream your wedding live on the Internet so friends and family can join in. There are two different Elvis packages featuring a ceremony in a vintage pink Cadillac and tunes from The King himself (well, the next best thing). Packages range from $55-$1,179.
Everyone loves a wedding, right? That's why we especially get all giggly and teary eyed when hearing about your Vegas weddings. So, when VegasChatter reader Jennifer C. sent us her story we absolutely had to share it.
Jennifer had the right idea from the get-go: Reaching out to VegasChatter on Facebook for advice during the planning stage. Things were going swimmingly. Her ideas, our suggestions. Her dream itinerary was forming. What could go wrong? Then fear set in that her big weekend may not be so Beautiful when she realized a large music, art and food festival might alter many of her downtown plans. Road closures, neighborhood lockdowns, and curfews. Oh my. The Mob Bar was on her hit list, too, but with a then-pending move to Downtown Grand there was uncertainty there, too.
Now, that the palindrome wedding craze is officially dunzo, Las Vegas is looking at other interesting sequences of dates to convince people to get married up. Next up? 11/12/13.
The Neon Museum has already put together a package called "The Magic Day" which will offer a 30-minute wedding ceremony for the couple and four guests inside the two-acre Neon Boneyard, along with a 30-minute photo shoot amongst some of Las Vegas' old neon signs. The package also throws in a bottle of champagne, cupcakes and an exclusive pair of his-and-her Neon Museum wedding-themed shirts. Total cost: $111,213. Kidding! It's actually just $650.
Only in Vegas can you celebrate every occasion involved with getting married all at once and in the most over-the-top way. But, isn’t having a bachelor(ette) party/wedding/honeymoon in Vegas tacky, you ask? Absolutely not! Vegas is notorious for its debauchery, but countless five star restaurants and legitimate wedding chapels (not just drive-thrus!) prove that Sin City has an elegant and romantic side, too. Here are are five reasons an all-in-one Vegas wedding extravaganza is the best thing ever.
1. Bachelor(ette) Parties
Long before The Hangover, brides- and grooms-to-be flocked to Vegas for one last wild escapade before tying the knot. And, why wouldn’t they? Men have their choice of strip clubs and steak houses. (Both, even. Hello, Treasures!) And, let’s not forget that ladies can have their beefcake and eat it, too. Don a veil and a tube dress and the Chippendales will be all over you, and the whole city will probably offer to buy you shots!
Nothing says till death do us part like a "Good Fellas Blood Oath Ceremony" bachelor party.
Downtown's Mob Museum is now hosting weddings. And, not just publicity stunts. They can be themed or just fancy. Accoutrements for your special day might include cellists, actors dressed as hit men and cupcakes instead of a wedding cake. Plus, your photo album has the potential to be very unique.
While the planners seem very open to let you customize your experience, the Museum offers four simplified package options. And, no Elvis in sight. (Pretty sure they'll book you an Elvis if you need one, though.)
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When Aria opened in 2009, it did so without something that had become a standard amenity within Vegas resorts -- a wedding chapel. Whatever the thinking, the CityCenter hotel-casino must have tired of seeing couples in love spend wedded bliss
and dough elsewhere because it built, and recently opened, a chapel of its own.
The Wedding Chapel at Aria was culled from convention space, but despite coming several years after the resort, looks as if it's been there all along. Located on the first floor of the convention center, an oversized frosted glass window, two dark-colored wooden doors and a simple plaque provide a discreet facade for the 2,750-square-foot venue hidden away from sight.
Stepping inside reveals a small, yet elegant reception area as well as a meeting room for planning sessions, both adorned in neutral hues. The understated decor subtly impresses through a chic mix of textures and patterns rather than too bright colors and trite floral designs. (Although, we did fall in love with the vivid, amethyst-colored light fixtures floating overhead that reminded us of jewels.)
Just beyond these rooms are the chapel's biggest selling points, contemporary his and her spaces for the bride and groom. For him, a room dominated by a pool table. For her, a plush boudoir filled with plenty of seating and, likely more importantly, plenty of mirrors. Another big plus? There is only one wedding hall (the muted design continues here with touches of cream, beige and mauve) meaning you won't bump into other couples nor need to compete for attention. Your union will be the sole focus while you are there. Photos of all the spaces can be found in the gallery below.
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Vegas offers some unusual ways to tie the knot, from drive-thru chapels to ring-dispensing gumball machines, but an Austrian couple plans to partake in perhaps the town’s most unusual ceremony: an underwater wedding in a 117,000-gallon aquarium at the Silverton on April 18.
Donning a weighted bridal gown and tuxedo along with full scuba gear, the couple will exchange vows underwater as friends and family watch and listen via microphone. The sharks, stingrays and tropical fish that call the tank home round out the guest list.
Talk about a wet and sloppy first kiss.
In a city where tying the knot is limited only by your imagination, it's no surprise that you can now start your forever after at a... Denny's. Denny's on Fremont, specifically. The same one that so surprised us, we hailed it as our most unexpected find of 2012.
Four months after its Neonopolis debut, America's diner is now offering a healthy serving of wedded bliss to go alongside your rasher of eggs and bacon. Denny's on Fremont will host its first wedding on April 3. And, you can reserve yours now for the Grand Slam starting price of $95 bucks.
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Don't know how we missed this one. How'd you like to get married by the former hizzoner Oscar Goodman? Vegas' favorite, controversial, thrice-elected official is now officiating wedding ceremonies at the Plaza, for anyone willing to pony up the extra bucks.
We actually had to dig around to find the cost, but The "Mobster Ceremony" includes the wedding and the chance to "enjoy a specialty martini toast for up to 12 guests." Oscar really, really enjoys Bombay Sapphire gin martinis. Cost of becoming part of Vegas lore? $3,000. That's an add-on to their regularly priced wedding packages. But, you'll have an anecdote that rates a step higher than a fake Elvis minister in our book.
Missing from our list of 61 things to do this Valentine's Day, is number 62. Valentine's Day at Goretorium. Which is odd as creator Eli Roth told us himself it would be an important re-branding touchstone for the Strip's only horror-haunt attraction. Their last seasonal re-vamp was their Christmas theme built around an Evil Santa.
But, we've received no notice of any special V-Day events. Instead, they are pushing their year-round opportunity to get married in a zombie wedding. Or twisted fantasy of your choice. A handful of former matrimonial ceremonies are available for viewing on YouTube. So, if this video gets you in the mood, packages start at $666. You can even choose between a "scary" or "vampire" minister. All sorts of add-ons can also be added on. Including a symbolic bloodletting ceremony. If you go ahead with that on the 14th, do send us pictures.
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Google is filled with images of couples in love (and in full bridal regalia) around CityCenter. But, while they've been the picture of wedded bliss, they could never actually wed in a true chapel there. Neither Aria, nor Vdara, nor Mandarin Oriental offer one. Well, at least until April when Aria will debut one.
The appropriately named Wedding Chapel at Aria will be culled from meeting space and situated on the first floor of the resort's convention center. There will be only one chapel meaning only one marriage will happen at a time. A good thing for brides who don't want to share the spotlight. The venue will be capable of accommodating up to 60 guests and will feature special retreats for bride and groom:
Doyenne of all things domesticated, Martha Stewart, is currently sleeping at the Wynn Las Vegas while in town for her niece's wedding, which is also taking place at the Wynn. How do we know all this? Why, we have Martha on speed-dial. Psych. She's putting it all out there for us to see on Twitter.
And boy is she
getting a serious comp deal from Steve splurging while in Vegas. For starters, she's in a two-room villa at the Wynn complete with a private massage room and a private pool. She and her niece also spent serious time getting prepped for the wedding at the hotel's beauty salon. Lastly, while tweeting a pic of her bedroom she let us know that Steve Wynn is "one of Las Vegas's most famous people." You don't say! Other than that, Martha is taking it rather easy in Vegas. We'll see where she ends up late-night tonight.