Andrea Eppolito at Andrea Eppolito Events
Favorite venues: Mandarin Oriental, which is all things modern and cutting edge (the ballroom, with a stunning wraparound balcony and a bubble light system, makes guests feel as if they’re in a glass of champagne). Also the Four Seasons because it’s a legacy brand—for over 100 years they have stood as a benchmark for class, luxury and impeccable service. As nongaming properties, both allow you to experience a change of scenery for a few hours, Eppolito says, “then step right into the heart of the city for your after-party.”
1. Everyone loves Las Vegas! Eppolito says destination weddings here tend to have a higher RSVP rate than other areas, so be prepared for a big percentage of your guest list to say “yes.”
2. Give guests some downtime. “With so many great things to do, your guests will appreciate having an afternoon or evening free to explore on their own. For my clients, I create a ‘See, Dine and Do’ document to share with their guests on the website or via email. It recommends the couple’s favorite things to see in Las Vegas, some of the best restaurants and a few fun activities that the couple think their guests would like,” Eppolito says.
3. Times have changed. “These days, the city specializes in bespoke events, curated menus, beautifully decorated ballrooms and live entertainment,” Eppolito says. “There’s a team that specializes in every level of wedding style and budget, from the intimate, elegant elopements you’ve seen in the past to the most luxe and over-the-top affairs you can imagine. Do your research, and I guarantee you will find a team that can deliver exactly what you are looking for.”
What makes Vegas weddings so special? “As a city, we are limitless in our ability to create,” Eppolito says. “The teams planning your wedding are made up of the same people who produce the foods in our finest restaurants and the magnificent displays in our most over-the-top resorts and productions. Las Vegas is imagination come to life.”