Las Vegas, Nevada is known as the “Wedding Capitol of the World.” You can pretty much get married almost anywhere. It can be as big or as small as you want. Vegas is also great for any budget. You can get married for a little or a lot.
Jesse and Jenni decided Las Vegas was the place for them. They chose to get married at the Taco Bell Cantina on Las Vegas Blvd. This isn’t a Taco Bell you may be used to seeing, this one is a 2 story restaurant with a modernized design. It is also open 24 hours a day! The couple also had a fun reception in a hotel suite!
Where are you two located?
What made you pick Las Vegas?
We love going to Vegas! We know we wanted to keep the wedding small and still do a destination that everyone could afford. Our thought with a destination wedding was being able to spoil everyone who did come and who are really close to us rather than inviting a ton of people to a traditional wedding here.
What made the ceremony space special?
We got married at the Taco Bell Cantina on the strip. It was unique because it is a fast food place but honestly people were shocked at how nice it was. I (Jenni) am a huge lover of Taco Bell which is the reason we chose it. They close down the entire second floor of the restaurant and go through a mobile company called Flora Pop for the minister. It was super simple and the ceremony was cute and short. We ordered tacos for everyone after the ceremony to hold them over until the reception. They don’t make you go through a certain photographer either which a lot of the chapels in Vegas do. We hired Vincent from New Romantic to take our photos.
What made the reception space stand out?
We actually had a cocktail reception in a Horizon suite at Mandalay Bay. It is a 1500 or so square foot suite complete with multiple couches, many places to sit and a bar. It was perfect for around the 30 people we had. Masterpiece Cuisine catered heavy appetizers to our suite, and we hired a bartender through Bar Spirit. All our liquor we bought from Total Wine when got to Las Vegas. We also had Elvis come and perform (Roland from the Mobile Minister). He was awesome!
Did you do any DIY projects for your ceremony or reception? If so what?
I made my own bouquet out of sola wood flowers and transported it to Vegas. I also made welcome bags for everyone and filled them with hangover kits and just general information about Vegas.
What type of decor did you have?
Only battery operated candles which were put around the suite.
Did you have a theme or color scheme? If so what was it?
Not really, I didn’t have a wedding party or very many decorations or anything.
What kind of cake did you have?
We bought several desserts from Freeds Bakery. I did a small Married in Vegas cake, but the real hits were the Oreo cheesecake and the flourless chocolate torte. I figured wedding cake can get kind of boring so why not do something different.
Bride’s most memorable moment?
I think it was when Elvis showed up and surprised everyone at the reception. My husband’s grandma LOVES Vegas and she was so excited. It was fun to see everyone having such a great time.
Groom’s most memorable moment?
Seeing Jenni for the first time. She looked amazing! Otherwise, the suite where we had our reception was pretty awesome. We definitely did Vegas right.
Is there something you wish you had done differently or didn’t stress so much about?
No, it came out pretty perfect. The only bummer was it wasn’t warm enough the day after to go to the cabana we had booked for everyone at the MGM pool. We did the brunch instead, but we love going to the pools in Vegas.
What was your budget and guest count?
27 guests. I think overall we spent about $10,000. This included a ‘Disco Bus’ the night before for three hours and dinner the night before for everybody at In N Out Burger. The Disco bus is the best party bus ever, DJ and bar right on board. Everyone had a blast and it kind of broke the ice for everyone to meet before the wedding. We also bought those that were still around the day after the wedding brunch at the buffet at the Cosmopolitan, the Wicked Spoon.
Any tips for those planning a wedding at the same or similar location?
My main tip is to check out the Las Vegas wedding message boards on websites like the Knot, and join the Las Vegas wedding Facebook groups. These resources were incredibly helpful and I never would have even thought to have my reception in a suite had I not read those posts.
Did you have a honeymoon? If so where?
We didn’t do one immediately after the wedding. We are going on a cruise to the Caribbean this January instead.