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#1 Tami

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    Posted 16 March 2011 - 05:32 PM


    My fiance and I are getting married in the VoF on May 14th 2011. We are planning to get  a hotel suite (Vista or Media suite) at Mandalay Bay for the night to hold our reception in. I am just wondering does anyone know if hotels in Vegas allow you to bring in food from other places into a suite you've booked for the night?

    Mandalay Bay's catering looks pretty pricey so we are looking into other catering companies (suggestions on reasonably priced caterers would be appreciated). I am just worried that the Mandalay Bay staff might have a problem with us bringing outside food into our suite to feed our guests.

    If anyone knows the hotel policies or has run across this before any information you can provide would be great.




    #2 imara11

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      Posted 22 March 2011 - 08:32 PM

      Hey Tami! When I first started looking into having a Vegas wedding I was searching for the exact same thing.  It is very expensive if you go through the hotel, and finding a nice one that has a strip view or any decent view is very expensive.  I looked at the MGM for their terrace room, and it looks nice, but pretty pricey as well.  Anyway, after several months of looking at alternate places I came across these options, which were my favorites:


      Planet Hollywood inside the Ceasar's Palace:


      it is very affordable, semi-private, they provide a DJ


      Hard Rock Cafe:


      It's beautiful! Right on the strip, amazing view, semi-private, no DJ availalbe (just the bar's music) and a bit expensive, unless you do passed appetizers.  


      Little Chapel Receptions: (my choice!)


      They have several options for receptions, and seem to be adding more.  I chose the Platinum Hotel Reception package.  I'm getting the exact same service I would if I booked directly from the hotel, but at a MUCH lower price.  Believe me, I checked directly with them and would not be able to afford their prices.  So far, Little Chapel has been great!!! Oh, and the room (Misora) is gorgeous! Wrap-around deck, strip view although it's not on the strip, it's directly behind Bally's, a beautiful banquet room, and completely private. :)

      #3 KimOz

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        Posted 06 May 2011 - 11:11 PM

        Hi Tami,

        My fiance and I are thinking of doing the same thing. (Valley of fire ceremony and in-suite reception). Our wedding is not until July 2012 though. It would be great if you could pass along any information regarding who you went throughfor the VoF ceremony, what catering company you used and how many guests you could fit (comfortably) in the Media or Vista suite at the Mandalay Bay. Good luck with everything and I hope you have a memorable day!


        #4 Tami

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          Posted 18 May 2011 - 08:07 PM

          Hi Kim,

          My wedding went great. I'll give you a quick run down of who we used for what and you can check out more of my reviews in the review section once I get it all written. We booked our Valley of Fire wedding through Scenic Las Vegas weddings. Trey Tomsik was our photographer, he was awesome. Very friendly and really good at what he does. Karolynn in the office and Melissa Tomsik were also really friendly and quick to respond to emails, phone calls, questions, etc.Dirk the limo driver and the pastor (whose name I can't recall) were both very friendly and personable. The wedding went fantastic.

          We used Canyon Coachlines for the bus company to get our guests out to the VoF. I didn't ride on the bus but heard the driver was friendly despite not speaking much in the way of english. The company was good to deal with via phone and email and quite reasonably priced. We got them to put a cooler with ice in it on the bus for an extra $5 so we could supply our guests with some cold water which was nice.

          I got my bouquets from the Palette and they were gorgeous. I happened to see a picture online of a bouquet that I wanted so with only 6 days until the wedding I messaged Pam at the Palette and she set it all up. The flowers were gorgeous and she was really accomodating.

          We used Jason's Deli for the food. Everyone loved the food there was way more of it than we were expecting. They suppllied warmers for the pasta and paper plates, napkins, plastic forks etc with the food for no extra fee.

          We ended up going with the L Suite in THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay for the reception and it was gorgeous. Everyone had a great time partying in the penthouse level suite and there was plenty of  seating and tables for roughly 25 people. You could easily fit upto 35 in there.

          We got a two tiered cake from the Retro Bakery it was delicious and looked fantastic. My only complaint is that we were very specific about what time it had to be delivered as we would be gone out to the VoF and the delivery driver just decided to change the delivery time so we had to pay a bellboy to accept it and deliver it into the suite while we were not there as we were gone to the VoF.


          It all worked out well and our family and friends were super impressed with everything. We had a great time and all the companies we used worked out really well.

          PM me if you have more questions.


          #5 leahaubrey

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            Posted 08 August 2011 - 01:29 PM

            We're looking into the same thing right now. Our first choice is the Cosmopolitian with an INSUITE reception. They did reply back with pricing but now I am waiting to hear back if I can bring in my own food.


            If I do remember correctly I think the Hard Rock allows outside catering..and maybe PH as well.

            #6 Aimee S

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              Posted 18 August 2011 - 08:34 AM


              I saw your post and so glad to hear that your wedding went off so well! I'm with Chapel of the Flowers and just wanted to put it out there for the other brides that we can help you arrange it all! We also do VoF weddings, and are services come with the minister, photographer, flowers and limo for you and your guests (up to 8 can fit in one, but we can add more limos). We also work with a variety of reception venues, can arrange your cake for you, and more. Most hotels here don't have a policy regarding bringing in your own food and beverages - it's Vegas afterall - so you should be set there! We would love the chance to work with any interested brides to make this an easy process where you would only have to work with your personal wedding planner to get all the details coordinated. 

              Congratulations to everyone on here! 

              Aimee S. 

              #7 Tramella

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                Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:17 PM

                Hi,  i wanted to know if any one knew if in suite receptions were allowed at the Cosmopolitan. I loved their wraparound suite. I was also looking at both the vista suite and media suite at the Mandalay Bay. My wedding is May 18, 2013 and i plan on booking it at the skyline chapel. Can anyone post information and prices about these suites.

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