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Sunday, February 23, 2014

A Las Vegas Wedding Convention for Brides-to-Be? Yes!

Las Vegas is not only a great place for a wedding, it probably is one of the best places to plan your marriage. There are a number of shows throughout the year where brides-to-be can get great ideas. The next one, sponsored by Spectacular Bride is:

March 21, 2014
Friday Evening 6PM to 10:00PM
Veils, Tails & Cocktails

Held at the Aria's Pinyon Ballroom, It's a chance for prospective brides to enjoy tapas, cocktails, a fashion show, while boutique wedding agencies will have presentations and booths on Bridal Apparel, Tuxedos, Wedding Cakes, Flowers, Invitations, Photographers, Videographers, Disc Jockeys and other wedding-related specialty items.

Tickets range from $15-$20 and brides-to-be receive some swag.

Can't make that one? There is another scheduled for August 15 and 16, 2014 at the Cashman Center.

More details as they come.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Book Review: Las Vegas Weddings: A Brief History, Celebrity Gossip, Everything Elvis, and the Complete Chapel Guide

I recently read a copy of "Las Vegas Weddings: A Brief History, Celebrity Gossip, Everything Elvis, and the Complete Chapel Guide" by Susan Marg, published in 2012. Here is my review:

WHAT IS IT ABOUT? This book is 304 pages of everything about Las Vegas weddings: history, famous celebrity weddings from the posh to the farcical, with special attention to all of the scandalous goings on of such celebrity icons like Liz Taylor, Elvis Presley and Britney Spears, as well as a look at the matrimonial industry of Sin City. A new book is $14.39 on Amazon while used books are available. There is no ebook addition.

WHY SHOULD YOU READ IT? If you want to know which chapel the brightest stars got hitched in,and what happened when they tied the knot, then this is the book for you. Yeah, Liz and Brittney get some extensive coverage, but the king of Las Vegas Weddings is definitely all things Elvis Presley. Elvis lovers (and I am one) will love the details of the "The King's" life that Marg shares.

WHY SHOULD YOU NOT BUY IT? This is Marg's first book and it shows. The research and the stories are well done, however this book is part Las Vegas Wedding, part celebrity gossip and a large part history of Elvis. A more experienced author would probably have done a better job of melding the three elements into a more seamless and enjoyable whole. Also, the information on Las Vegas wedding chapels is a few years old and needs updating.

MY BOOK RATING (0-10): Fine stories and a lovely look at a fascinating historical topic. This is a debut book and no doubt the author will improve for the next time around.


LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIP: Careful What Guests You Invite

It seems that what happens in Las Vegas does not always stay in Las Vegas, as two wedding guests fund out: there are times you should not act crazy. This can only come from the news of the absurd as the Las Vegas Sun passes on an Associated Press report that two men have been sentenced to probation from an altercation at a Las Vegas Wedding.

It seems that the two defendants were one time wanna be Hells Angels but had been denied membership to the biker clan, so they crashed the Las Vegas wedding of a rival. It didn't take long before the wedding turned into a brawl with rival gangs members from Hells Angels and Mongols squaring off against each other. Well, the wedding would have been memorable.

Lesson learned? Be careful in inviting Hells Angels and Mongols as guests. Otherwise your Las Vegas wedding might get more memorable than you bargained for.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Valentine's Day is for Las vegas Weddings - But Also to Pop the Question

The upcoming Valentine Day is not only one of the big Las Vegas Wedding events of the year, but it also seems to be a popular day to pop the question. All around the city young couples tend to catch the romantic air and end up getting tied. So where is a good place to pop the question in Las Vegas?

This really depends on what you like and what your budget is. Just like planning a wedding in Las Vegas, planning the spot to show your romantic chops and impress your significant other depends on what the two of you like. However I have my own opinions, and I still think the best place is a romantic dinner. My favorite romantic places are: 

Jasmine - at the Bellagio, modern fusion Asian food with a lovely dining room opening to an astounding view of the Bellagio lake. Time the question for when the dancing fountains.start their show. 

Eiffel Tower Restaurant - across the street at Paris. Great view of the strip and the staff regularly works with people to make the meal take a romantic turn: roses, champagne, delivery of a ring in a dessert, etc. 

Hugo's Cellar - classic Vegas steakhouse at the Four Queens downtown. Impeccable service and the restaurant normally gives the ladies a rose. 

But, uff-da.Romantic dinner on Valentine's Day? On Valentines Day? Yeah, better get a reservation well in advance. Like, well now.

Valentine's Day Weddings in Las Vegas

The Venetian has several Valentine's Day wedding packages available if you are doing last minute plans to get married in Las Vegas.  Their top end package is called Cupid's Bliss and at last word there are still a few slots to fill.

Cupid's Bliss is designed to be one of those super-romantic Las Vegas Weddings, complete with a trove of extra services. Here is a list of what a couple getting married at the Venetian on Valentine's day will enjoy:

Exclusive use of one chapel for thirty minutes
Private use of our bridal room prior to the ceremony
Personal event planner to assist you with ceremony details
Custom-created bouquet and matching boutonniere*
Aisle runner adorned with simulated luminaries and rose petal treatments
One hour of professional photography including a walk-around of the property**
Twelve 5”x 7” color prints** 
One 8”x 10” color print**
Wedding photo album**
Live violinist for your ceremony
Champagne gift set
Chocolate-dipped tuxedo strawberries delivered to your guest suite
One hour of limousine service***
Up to 20% discount on bride and groom suite accommodation
Exclusive invited guest check-in for the bride and groom 
Celebrant to perform your ceremony

In this package there is a maximum of 25 Guests. The price is $2,650 and is only valid on Thursday, February 14, 2013. To find out more you can visit the Venetian website at: 

Venetian Cupid's Bliss Wedding Package

You have to call the Venetian to actually book the Cupid’s Bliss ceremony, 702.414.7109 or 866.548.1807.