Creativity, passion and, above all, fun are the names of the game when you decide to tie the knot in Las Vegas. The city is even easy to get to, making yours a destination wedding guests will find hard to miss.
When you decide to have your big day in Las Vegas, you’ll find so many ways to make it perfectly unique, totally you and with absolute ease. Who says planning a wedding needs to be stressful? Las Vegas is the uncommon destination where you cannot just imagine a celebration without limitations, but bring it to life with a huge pool of resources at your fingertips too.
Knock out your planning now – from the bachelorette party to dress shopping to RSVPs and more – so when the day arrives, it seamlessly transforms into the party of your dreams.
Take a look at just how exciting, easy and memorable your day can be with the early-start “I Do” Itinerary here.
1. Pick the Date
First order of business: picking the date. Select the season that inspires you most and the day that’s best for you. Armed with this simple logistical detail lets everything else that follows fall into place.
Spring and fall are mild and can set the scene for some spectacular outdoor spaces where your guests will stay comfortable. Winter, on the other hand, means it’s time for rodeos in Las Vegas, making it perfect for those seeking a western theme, plus Vegas still sees lots of sunshine throughout the whole of this cooler season. Or enjoy a summer wedding at a gleaming banquet hall, where poolside nightlife awaits nearby for the after-party.
No matter what you do, pick what’s best for you and stick with it.
2. Visit Vegas Early
Once your plane lands at McCarran International Airport, just a short drive from the Strip itself, get right in touch with your wedding planner or venue coordinator to start seeing the bigger picture of what’s required to make the day sparkle. They’re the pros, so leave it to them to advise you on what’s best––from flowers to linens, lighting and every bitty details in-between––and then use their expertise to book your favorite venue and get the final headcount on guests to make your RSVP list complete.
3. Rock Your Bachelorette Party
Double-up the visit, not just for logistics, but to throw the bachelorette party too! It’s so easy to move from the nitty-gritty tasks getting ticked off your list to a day or night of fun allocated to all the ladies.
Indulge them with a spa day at the immaculate Canyon Ranch Spa at The Venetian that offers services designed especially for a bachelorette event. There’s even a VIP Bridal Suite, replete with services and stylings that’ll make everyone feel like royalty for a day.
If you want a little more provocation before the girls’ night ends and the planning begins again, there’s something for that too. To wit: Magic Mike Live at Hard Rock, the show inspired by the hit films themselves. It is a 360-degree striptease that will knock you out of your seat and put your jaw on the floor. Encore!
4. Pick the Perfect Dress
Oh, the dress – to which one will you say yes? On your pre-wedding visit to Las Vegas, rest assured there are a bounty of shops and stores to make sure you find the right one. Las Vegas is renowned, in fact, for its shopping, and bridal wear is no exception
Look for the luxe of the luxe at The Forum Shops at Caesars, aka “The Shopping Wonder of the World.” It’ll show you the latest couture from around the globe that includes about 160 specialty shops and restaurants, plus the big call to fame: the Fendi Shoe Boutique – the only of its kind in the country.
The Shops at Crystals at ARIA takes you on a tour of shops from so many top designers up to and including Tiffany & Co., should you need to add a little extra glimmer and romance to your search for the perfect gown or dress. And at the Fashion Show, find the specialty Tadashi Shoji wedding boutique, booted up and ready to cater specially to you. Whatever your style or personality, it’s a wedding fashion haven ready to bring imagination and emotion alike to your search.
5. Select a Rehearsal Dinner Spot
Half the fun of a wedding is the rehearsal dinner itself, bringing together everyone you love for a special evening of mingling and light-hearted preparation. Las Vegas has so many restaurants that fit the bill, including Bazaar Meat by José Andrés at SLS. There, go on a carnivorous culinary adventure everyone will remember, with its seductive setting and savage creations off the grill.
Vetri Cucina at The Palms Casino Resort means you’ll sample northern Italian fare from acclaimed chefs in a venue that overlooks the city from the 56th floor. This is truly high altitude and high class for a glamorous dinner to savor. Or have the master himself, Wolfgang Puck, present the perfect cuts at, well, CUT at The Palazzo. Expect a practically ceremonial serving of his inventive food that remains one of the most coveted reservations in the city.
When all is said and done and checked off the to-do list on this first pre-wedding visit, all you will have to look forward to now is enjoying the celebration ahead. Cheers, to total convenience, to creativity – to you.