Hosting a destination wedding is no small feat, but once you’ve arrived at your destination and are celebrating with your favorite people in the world, the experience is priceless. You can think of it as not only your wedding, but an amazing vacation that you and your guests will remember forever.
Follow the steps below to plan a Las Vegas destination wedding that your guests will rave about for years to come.
LAS VEGAS HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: THE PERFECT LOCATION
The first step to pulling off an unforgettable destination wedding is choosing a location that appeals to everyone. With a destination like Las Vegas, the world is your oyster. Guests of all ages and interests can find activities they’ll enjoy here, whether it’s going to the hottest nightclubs and VIP lounges, shopping, playing a round of golf, seeing a show, visiting museums, or touring the Strip by helicopter, Vegas has it all. The entertainment isn’t limited to the Las Vegas strip, either—outdoor-loving guests can venture beyond Vegas to Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon , or the Hoover Dam.
Leading up to the wedding, get guests excited for the trip by listing various activities and sightseeing spots on your wedding website. Include any group activities that you’re planning, like a welcome cocktail hour or wedding after-party, to help guests plan out their itinerary.
KICK OFF THE FESTIVITIES WITH A PARTY
There’s no better way to welcome your guests to your destination than with a party. This is a great opportunity for you and your guests’ to mix and mingle before the big day arrives. Not sure where to host your party? Consider hosting it at:
- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas overlooks the Strip and has numerous award-winning restaurants, plus five different bars and lounges to choose from—each one with its own unique theme.
- If you had something off the cuff, check out the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino for a fun experience for guests young and old.
- For something a little more intimate, kick off your celebration at the romantic Paris Las Vegas, and take a ride up the Eiffel Tower.
PUT TOGETHER A VEGAS THEMED-WELCOME BAG
Welcome bags are a nice way to thank your guests for making the trip to attend your wedding. Include your wedding itinerary, nearby activities, and any personal recommendations you want to share (like your favorite restaurant, bar, nightclub, show or coffee shop). To top it off, consider including you and your partner’s favorite treat from the destination, like personalized M&M’s from M&M Las Vegas or an incredible, tasty pastry from Carlo's Bakery inside The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. VEGAS ON shares a glimpse at the amazing creations from Buddy V below.
Pick Resorts That Have Tons of Amenities
Make life easier for your guests by choosing room blocks at resorts that don’t require them to leave the property. Not only does this allow more time for everyone to relax and unwind (spa and restaurant on-site? Check!), but it also allows for all of your guests to be in the same place at once, so the festivities never have to end.
There are dozens of resorts in Las Vegas that have everything your guests will need during your destination wedding. Our personal list of favorites begins with Wynn Las Vegas. With 260,000 square feet of event space ranging from grand ballrooms to romantic gardens, Wynn Las Vegas can accommodate weddings of any size and style.
Nearby, your fashion-obsessed guests will love the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, where they can pick up designs from Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Burberry and more. If there are any foodies on your guest list, they’ll love exploring all of the culinary options at Golden Nugget in downtown Vegas. From the award-winning steaks at Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse to the seafood specialties at Chart House, there is a menu to please everyone’s palate.
Couples looking for an intimate Las Vegas wedding will love ARIA Resort & Casino. This property has four different spaces that are perfect for smaller or micro ceremonies, including a private wedding chapel, fireside lounge, French brasserie, and swanky poolside verandah. When it comes to downtime at the resort, your guests have it all, from getting pampered at the hotel’s spa and salon to dancing the night away at the ARIA’s bars and lounges.
Foodies will love eating their way through the hotel’s variety of restaurants, including the exquisite Jean Georges Steakhouse, a top Vegas dining experience. VEGAS ON takes you on a tour of the elegant dining room and showcases one of Jean Gorges’ signature appetizers - the Wagyu beef carpaccio, with truffle aioli, a balsamic glaze, and some shaved winter truffles.
Of course we have to talk about the hotel’s rooms themselves—particularly the ARIA Sky Suites, which provide the ultimate luxury experience for your guests (we’re talking personal concierge, exclusive lounge access, a private pool, and more).
Don't Jam Pack the Itinerary
When you’re creating your destination wedding itinerary, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to spend the entire time with your guests. Yes, they traveled specifically for your wedding, and while you definitely want to acknowledge that, it’s also nice to give your guests a little freedom to explore on their own. After all, a destination wedding should feel like a vacation for you and your guests—not to mention that you’ll probably be pretty busy with wedding prep and last-minute details. Depending on how long the majority of your guests are staying in town, one or two scheduled group activities is a good balance for everyone (consider adding a third activity if the trip lasts more than several days). Give your guests a list of optional activities and let them take care of the rest!
As you plan out your dream Las Vegas Wedding, check out the various wedding venues in the destination and where to shop for the perfect dress to say, “I do” in. Once you’ve finalized a few more details, be sure to share these deals with your guests as they plan and book their trip.