Special Theme – Las Vegas Weddings!
For some brides, a Vegas wedding is a dream they’ll never fulfil, for others it’s a total cop-out of kitsch meets karaoke Elvis and they would kill anybody who suggested it for them. But one thing you can say about a Vegas wedding … it’s unforgettable, even for those who were so wasted they forgot they got married, like Britney Spears and Jason Alexander who got their Las Vegas nuptials annulled 55 hours after the wedding bells rang!
So whether you fancy a trip to Las Vegas, a wedding full of glitz at home or a non-holds-barred reception theme, here’s our round-up of the best, the cheapest and the most innovative and exciting ways to stage a Vegas wedding.
Going to Vegas
• There are many Las Vegas wedding packages available that include paperwork for the wedding, flights and air travel – this can be a cost-effective way of getting the basic planning done, but there will still be the need to choose your wedding dress, decide if you’re going to invite guests and if so, whether they should be asked to pay their own way entirely or if you’re going to contribute to the expenses of some guests.
• Read online reviews of wedding packages and wedding chapels carefully – there have been some awful disasters, usually where a couple have decided on the spur of the moment to ‘go and do it’ and have grabbed for the first deal they came across. Often, if a Vegas wedding package looks too good to be true, it’s because it is!
• Allow enough time to get over jet-lag and to have a quick tan top-up and find a hairdresser you can trust, if you’re planning a formal wedding look. It’s very easy to get to Vegas and be overwhelmed by the glamour of the showgirls and the bright lights and go into a big panic about how pale/pasty/plump/dowdy you are. That’s usually not true but you may be ‘tired’ if not emotional and that’s never good for your bridal look.
Making Vegas happen at home
More relaxed wedding venues are usually happy to play along with a certain amount of theme, but the Vegas wedding can be one that pushes a venue to its limits of tolerance. Find out in advance what is and isn’t acceptable. A Fake Elvis best man might be a step too far, while an Elvis impersonator at the reception would be perfectly acceptable and a lot of fun.
If your venue is happy for you to go all out, consider:
• Convertibles for wedding cars
• Bridesmaid with showgirl touches – while it might be too much to ask them to get their tushes and tassels out, you can suggest neon coloured tiaras and sashes, sparkly high heels and bright elbow length gloves with feather fans and/or hair accessories.
• A Vegas themed guest invitation: featuring the hotels of the city or casino accessories, and inviting your guests to come dressed as their favourite Vegas character (you might like to give them a list to choose from such as headline Vegas acts or characters from films set in Vegas)
• A true Vegas bride and groom attire – shades, sharp suit and coloured shirt for him, a sassy short wedding dress, high heels and showgirl make-up for her.
Las Vegas reception – our top ten theme tips
1. Go wild with the décor, even if you’re using a village hall or other apparently unpromising venue. Vegas details can be built/borrowed/bought from all kinds of locations – many amateur theatrical companies have stage scenery that can be used to ‘Vegas up’ a venue and will hire it out to you for a reasonable fee
2. Have playing cards as place settings for your sit down meal
3. Declare each table as a different hotel or casino from Las Vegas and have a game, theme or detail on each one that matches the name (eg a ‘fountain’ for the Bellagio could be a chocolate fountain!)
4. Use neon lights and glow-stick jewellery to give your reception the real kitsch effect
5. Mobile casinos can be a lot of fun but are expensive to hire. A better idea may be fun versions of casino games such as a roulette wheel with chocolate poker chips – rope in the bridesmaids and ushers to act as croupiers
6. Have dice box shaped wedding favours
7. Get your caterer to make wedding biscuits in the shape of poker chips
8. Put together a Vegas dress-up box and invite your guests to be polaroid photographed dressed in Vegas gear; the photographs can then serve as wedding favours as well as featuring in your final album
9. Hire an Elvis and a Monroe to take round champagne
10. Put on a cabaret with a couple of Vegas impersonators like Elvis, Sinatra and Liza Minnelli and then get your guests to karaoke the rest of the entertainment from a selection of Vegas themed songs. Your video will be priceless!