It takes work to stand out in the wedding capital of the world. If you’re looking for something different, you could have your nuptials in a cannabis-themed chapel, at a Denny’s or inside a Taco Bell. Just because you could, however, doesn’t mean you should. Instead, try some of the most exclusive locales and deluxe wedding upgrades Las Vegas has to offer.
Showered with love
The Terrazza Di Sogno is elegant in its own right, but the marble-floored terrace overlooking Lago di Como offers a rather impressive bonus: The Fountains of Bellagio going off during the couple’s first kiss. Weddings on the terrace incorporate two of the pre-programmed fountain shows — one for the kiss, one for photos a few minutes later — with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Tiesto among the most requested, according to Haben Asghedom, director of the wedding chapel at Bellagio. “It sets up a backdrop for just a magical moment.”
The Terrazza Di Sogno is available as a $500-$2,000 upgrade to Bellagio’s wedding packages. 702-693-7700
Take a star turn
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts may be the city’s most exclusive wedding venue. “Our performance schedule is so busy and so hectic — especially on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays — that it’s so difficult to really carve out time to do many weddings,” says Harrison Harvey, associate director of hospitality and events. “But the ones that we do are exemplary.” Virtually every area of the campus is available for weddings, from photos with the Art Deco elements to ceremonies in the Grand Lobby to receptions in Cabaret Jazz. The most difficult location to book remains the Reynolds Hall stage, right, which can include the use of the auditorium’s sound and lighting systems and video projection. “It feels like you’re the star of the show,” Harvey says.
Prices vary. 702-749-2222
Custom Jimmy Choos and Champagne
For brides desiring more flair, the wedding team at Waldorf Astoria can help with a unique pair of Jimmy Choos — with added jewels, lace or crystals, and their initials or wedding date on the soles — from the adjacent Shops at Crystals. For another personalized touch, the hotel’s Moet & Chandon vending machine is available for receptions with custom-made labels celebrating the couple on each of its 360 miniature bottles of champagne. Says Karin Gillard, the hotel’s director of catering, “The wow factor of having such a high-end experience and taking a moment to celebrate that, it’s just not something you get to do every day.”
Jimmy Choo shoes, $950-$1,800 a pair; Champagne bottles, $25 each, plus customization. 702-590-8888
Boatloads of roses
The most popular wedding venue at The Venetian and Palazzo is also the most intimate: the resorts’ signature gondolas. Even those, though, demand floral arrangements, which can include two roses exclusive to the hotels. The Palazzo, says Dana Beatty, executive director of floral operations, is “a deep-red rose with a really high petal count” bred in Amsterdam, while the Venetian is “a coral color with kind of a champagne undertone” from Ecuador. The hotels go through a thousand of each during an average week, but a single event can demand 5,000. Beatty says the hotel has orchestrated weddings that topped $1 million just on floral expenses. “We have no limitations,” she admits. “It’s quite nice to be able to say that.”
Floral packages start at $2,000; gondola weddings start at $4,850. 866-548-1807
Luxury is owned by the family of Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson. Las Vegas Sands operates The Venetian.
Whether you’re in need of a location for your wedding, reception or honeymoon — or all three — the Nobu Villa has you covered. The 10,300-square-foot accommodation boasts three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a sauna and its own art gallery, as well as a terrace with a zen garden and a Japanese-inspired onsen tub. And, of course, it comes with around-the-clock butler service. “It’s very exclusive,” says Martha Morales, general manager of Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace, “but we want it that way.”
The $35,000 Nobu Villa wedding package includes a one-night stay and any of the Caesars Palace weddings that range from $1,500 to $15,000. 877-279-3334