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#1 wededbliss2010

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    Posted 31 January 2009 - 05:30 PM

    After much consideration...I think I may be getting married in Vegas Baby! I looked at all the Caribbean island, and could not find a location that I would be completely happy with. One location would have nice aspects to it, but there was always something (blood test, translations, mandatory stays etc.). While, I still believe that getting married abroad is still appealing, to ask people to spend money on passports and possible visas during a time when many may be watching every dollar, was in part why I decided against an wedding abroad. We will still honeymoon abroad (most likely Hawaii).

    I would love to hear from the Vegas brides on their experiences. And from anyone else as to if these decisions played a part in your final decisions.

    Thanks ladies for reading my rants....LOL

    #2 michellepicksbrent

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      Posted 02 February 2009 - 08:20 PM

      Yay, another Vegas bride (potentially)!!

      FH and I knew we wanted to have a DW but neither my parents nor his were big 'beach people'. We also wanted to afford our guests the flexibility to travel for any duration and the freedom to stay at any hotel without having to pay for a day pass, and we both love Las Vegas so the choice was a no brainer for us. We still have 6.5 months until we get married and so far everything has been a cake walk for us. Our wedding coordinators at the Wynn are prompt in returning emails and answering our questions and our reception venue has the most fantastic group coordinator. Honestly, it has been so effortless it almost seems too good to be true!

      Hope your wedding planning goes as smoothly as mine has!

      #3 FoxyBride

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        Posted 02 February 2009 - 10:41 PM

        Congrats on your decision! When I was looking into an island wedding I was considering Puerto Rico since it is a part of the US so there aren't all the special rules.

        #4 lolkitteh

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          Posted 03 February 2009 - 07:13 AM

          Quote:
          Originally Posted by michellepicksbrent
          We still have 6.5 months until we get married and so far everything has been a cake walk for us. Our wedding coordinators at the Wynn are prompt in returning emails and answering our questions and our reception venue has the most fantastic group coordinator. Honestly, it has been so effortless it almost seems too good to be true!
          Well, here's another Wynn bride! I, too, have found that Vegas has been an effortless destination to plan a wedding, and that was one of the main reasons we chose Vegas in the first place.

          We got engaged over Christmas, and didn't want to spend a year planning for a wedding. that made Vegas immediately bubble to the top of the list. We also briefly considered Hawaii and Bali, but Vegas stood out as a destination where guests would have an easier time attending, both in terms of the travel and expense, plus we don't have to worry about people not having FUN!

          I also have to say that it's only been a little more than a month since we got engaged, but we are more-or-less 90% done with the planning! It's all about outsourcing, baby! this is all thanks to booking with a hotel that is well-practiced at the art of weddings. Booking at the Wynn gave us the confidence that we would be getting good service and a 5* experience. It has been well-worth the money to let them handle everything, since we can do this quickly, yet have things done right at the same time. I didn't go with Wynn catering for the reception - we will instead have a reception at one of the Wynn's Michelin-rated restaurants, and then a party up in our suite in the evening. (The rates for suites at the Wynn are a steal when compared to 5*'s elsewhere)

          I'm sure that if I booked with a similar 5* elsewhere, such as in Hawaii, our costs would have gone way up. I posted my estimated costs in the stickied "budgets" thread, and I must say I am spending more than I thought I would once I added *everything* up. Nonetheless, I've been quite satisfied with the value for the money we are getting. And, we are still spending far less than the national average, so I feel we are ahead.

          I think Vegas is the perfect place to have a DW at any budget, and many of my prospective guests have all expressed excitement about going.

          #5 wededbliss2010

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            Posted 04 February 2009 - 06:08 PM

            Hello:

            After much consideration, my FI and I decided that Vegas is the best place for us to get married. There was just something about flying in to Vegas and that being your wedding day if you wish. In my opinion Vegas is a lot less hassle than getting married abroad and definitely a lot less hassle then doing it at home.

            Our original wedding date was April 24, 2010, but while checking out wedding sites I saw packages for 09/09/09. We both liked the idea, so we have now changed our wedding date. We got engaged on New Years Eve 2009, so it really doesn't leave me a lot of time to prepare.

            I have a few questions to ask my fellow Vegas Brides (past & present) is this? Where are (did) you getting married? Would you recommend the venue? Were the packages the offered reasonable. How many guest? If you have recommendations, I would love to hear them.

            Thanks
            Z

            #6 montegobay09

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              Posted 04 February 2009 - 06:13 PM

              Congratulations on your wedding plans and welcome to the forum! I don't know anything about the Vegas weddings but i'm sure if you search the forum you'll find everything you need!

              Welcome!

              #7 TATrisha

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              Posted 04 February 2009 - 06:28 PM

              Congratulations on your decision to have a wedding in Vegas! that's awesome!
              A friend of mine got married in Vegas and about 50-75 people went. It was SO much fun!
              Her wedding was at the Little Church of the West I think? It was a little chapel located just down the strip from Mandalay Bay. It was so cute... however only sat about 20 people, so the rest of us had to wait outside.
              Her reception was then held at the Fitzgerald. It was really good and obviously seated us all! :)

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              #8 JessicaM

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                Posted 04 February 2009 - 07:08 PM

                Congratulations! Vegas is so much fun! THere are some Vegas brides on here who can hopefully help you with some of your questions. Happy Planning!
                 

                 


                #9 canadianheather

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                  Posted 04 February 2009 - 09:04 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by michellepicksbrent
                  Yay, another Vegas bride (potentially)!!

                  FH and I knew we wanted to have a DW but neither my parents nor his were big 'beach people'. We also wanted to afford our guests the flexibility to travel for any duration and the freedom to stay at any hotel without having to pay for a day pass, and we both love Las Vegas so the choice was a no brainer for us. We still have 6.5 months until we get married and so far everything has been a cake walk for us. Our wedding coordinators at the
                  Wynn are prompt in returning emails and answering our questions and our reception venue has the most fantastic group coordinator. Honestly, it has been so effortless it almost seems too good to be true!

                  Hope your wedding planning goes as smoothly as mine has!


                  Yeah!!! Another Canadian plus a Vegas wedding!!! I picked Vegas for the exact same reason. Very flexible for all our guests. We hope to have 50-60 guests although our guest list is close to a hundred. Expecting some people not to come but you never know!!
                  We choose Caesar's Place for the wedding and our reception is at Joe's in the Forum Shops. We too have had wonderful experience planning everything.

                  Heather

                  #10 lolkitteh

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                    Posted 05 February 2009 - 11:19 AM

                    Hi - I think you'll find Vegas planning very easy and you have a LOT of time to plan it. I got engaged over Christmas, plan to be married in May, and have about 90% of my wedding done. This is one of the reasons we chose Vegas - we didn't want to spend a lot of time planning a wedding!

                    One thing I would caution about the 09/09/09 date - you might want to google "07/07/07 wedding vegas" and "08/08/08 wedding vegas" to read about how mad it gets on dates like these - it sounds like brides could end up on an assembly line getting married as the chapels get you in and out to accomodate as many as they can. I'm sure venues will continue to milk the situation on 10/10/10, 11/11/11 and 12/12/12, too. It may or may not be the best experience for you. OTOH, the 9th of september is on a wed this year, so it might well be less popular of a day. (7/07 was on a weekend, as was 8/0 It's something to ask your WC once you get setup with one.

                    Good luck and congratulations!




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