Las Vegas weddings aren’t only fun and memorable, they can also be a piece of (wedding) cake to plan due to the destination’s robust offerings and reputation as the Wedding Capital of the World. If you’re tying the knot in 2023, check out these wedding trends to help plan how you’ll say “I do” in Las Vegas.
Your wedding colors will touch almost every facet of your special day, from the bridal parties’ attire to the floral displays to the accents on the tables, and everything in between!
Earthy color palettes are currently in fashion and offer a lot of flexibility. If you’re drawn to cool shades, consider emerald, dusty blue, deep sea or purple. If you want a warmer palette, consider rust, burnt orange, mustard yellow, Bordeaux or lilac.
Petite bridal bouquets are popular right now, paired with statement making, grand arrangements that vary in height that are used in both the ceremonies and reception area. Most, if not all, resorts have in-house florists that are often part of their wedding packages, such as The Venetian Resort Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
Size and Location
Intimate ceremonies and receptions continue to be on-trend, with many couples choosing to have destination-based micro-weddings. And if that’s the trend, then a Las Vegas wedding is perfect!
Wedding venues in Las Vegas are vast and diverse, with some of the popular options including the Primrose Court at Wynn Las Vegas maxing out at 100 people, Mon Bel Ami with space up to 50 or get married high above the Strip in a cabin on the High Roller at The LINQ Hotel + Experience fitting up to 40 people.
Outdoor weddings in Las Vegas are always in fashion, as the destination boasts beautifully landscaped gardens and over 320 days of sunshine. And if you’re looking for something unique, Vegas has you covered – an Eiffel Tower wedding at Paris Las Vegas is just one example!
You can say “yes” to the wedding dress in Las Vegas, which has several bridal boutiques to choose from. A few shops to start with are Brilliant Bridal, Couture Bride and Grey Pearl A Bridal Gallery.
Bows, off-the-shoulder, detachable sleeves and sheer layering are all the rage this year. In lieu of a veil, many brides are opting for a cape, a sheer fabric showcasing the dress details underneath.
Don’t get boxed into traditions, though. Pastel pink or blue dresses might be the new white. Brides, now is the time to make a bold statement so don’t hold back, it’s your wedding day! Push the bounds and wear what you want, like even a dress with a colorful pattern.
Remember that the destination also has hundreds of stores and boutiques in its many malls. You just might find something at The Shops at Crystals or Fashion Show Las Vegas. Or maybe you’ll find your second dress of the evening – a costume change for the reception continues to be popular.
You simply must snap some photos at a few Only Vegas locations! Pose with a 50-foot-tall, semitruck art installation at Fergusons Downtown! Better yet, bask in the shimmering lights of Plaza Hotel & Casino’s porte cochère. Or, go for a swanky vibe at The Shag Room, a stylish mid-mod lounge at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.
A few trending shots are outlining the bride with the bridesmaids’ bouquets, having a “first look” with your significant other, other family members, the bridal party, role models and even pets!
Want to make sharing photos easy for you and your loved ones? Consider a shared album allowing guests to contribute or access photos via a QR code. Also, many Las Vegas wedding packages will include photos - another convenience to consider.
Dining and Catering
Las Vegas is a dining mecca, so your menu will be magnificent. Start off at cocktail hour with elaborate charcuterie tables or cups, or get creative with “cakes” made of wheels of cheese.
As for the main fare, most resorts have in-house catering teams, allowing you to build your meal with a catering manager. Many, such as Wynn Las Vegas, offer the opportunity to have your reception catered by a restaurant – either in a private dining room or unique space elsewhere in the hotel.
The current rage is to bring in the couple’s favorite snack at the top of the night to refuel after some time on the dance floor. With multiple locations, Nacho Daddy is a top choice.
Grand cakes remain popular, but with a fun twist on the traditional flavors. Skip the vanilla for red velvet, peanut butter or a tropical flavor. Incorporating a mixture of fruit and chocolate is also trendy – and tasty! Better yet, go all out with the latest trend, rainbow sprinkle cake, the perfect way to make a sweet statement.
But who’s baking it? TV chef Buddy Valastro’s masterpieces can be found at Carlo’s Bakery at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. Freed’s Bakery in Downtown Las Vegas has various wedding cake options, from classic to rustic to whimsical. There’s also Pastry Palace, which can make your dessert dreams come true with a custom-made cake.
Focusing on providing a memorable, exciting, and unique guest experience continues to stretch wedding planners and brides to infuse new creativity into the wedding landscape. Live performances keep the energy up and everyone engaged. Hired performers could entertain during your cocktail and dinner hours. Vegas is home to many, from musicians to magicians to dancers.
As for your reception, DJs and live bands, including local performers such as Lucky Devils Band, Sonic Shakers and The Vegas Duo, are aplenty in the destination. Looking for something more unique? Have a sno-cone bar; hire a mariachi band; or let your guests do some entertaining with a little karaoke.
While you’re planning your special day, browse the absolute essentials for getting married in Las Vegas. And if you’re still not sure where to start planning, start by figuring out which venue matches your zodiac sign.