Real Couples Reveal Why They Got Married in Las Vegas

These newlyweds share how they turned their wedding dreams into reality.
by Cassie Kreitner
couple overlooking las vegas during their wedding reception at the mandalay bay
photo by KMH Photography

Looking to plan an unforgettable wedding weekend for friends and family? From desert oasis vibes to breathtaking skyscraper views, there’s a distinctive and meaningful way for every couple to say “I do” in Las Vegas. Here, couples share why they came from near and far to get married in Vegas and how the setting inspired their special day.

  1. An Intimate, Majestic Wedding at Mandalay Bay

    couple kissing at the end of their mandalay bay wedding reception in las vegas
    photo by KMH Photography

    Shannon and Jesse traveled from Los Angeles to get married in a private club on October 11.

    The ideal getaway: “We wanted to have an out-of-town wedding that everyone would still be able to attend,” Shannon says. “Las Vegas is a quick flight or a short drive away and somewhere guests of all ages could enjoy—for not just one night but an entire weekend. The wedding was the only scheduled event because we wanted everyone to have flexibility to do things they would enjoy; our flower girl and ring bearer thought the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay was the greatest thing ever! We loved giving friends and family an excuse to make new memories during our wedding weekend.”

  2. couple at their wedding reception at the mandalay bay in las vegas.
    photo by KMH Photography

    Venue with a view: “It was important to us to find an unconventional reception space, somewhere that would make our 50 guests say, ‘Wow, this is different and beautiful,’” Shannon says. “The Foundation Room checked all the boxes: that Vegas flair you can only get there, a relaxed, partylike atmosphere, intricate details and an amazing view from the 64th floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The venue coordinators also sold us; they were beyond helpful in every way and had an answer to every question I threw at them—and I'm not one to hold back my questions. Plus, they served a world-class menu and standout cocktails.”

  3. the foundation room at the mandalay bay wedding reception details
    photo by KMH Photography

    DIY Details: “We chose a gold and deep purple color scheme to complement the space, and I designed the decorations and centerpieces,” Shannon says. “I sent a picture of our invitation suite to Las Vegas Custom Cakes and let them work their magic from there—they did an awesome job! The two-tier cake definitely captured the old Las Vegas vibe I was looking for, and the final product was stunning and delicious. Hosting our wedding in Las Vegas was the best decision we could have made. It will always be a memorable day for us, and our guests still talk about our wedding, saying it was one of the best they’ve ever attended.”

  4. A Romantic Garden Oasis Wedding at Springs Preserve

    october wedding ceremony at springs preserve in las vegas
    photo by KMH Photography

    Local couple Jenna and Brett got married on October 8 in this cultural center.

    Hidden gem: “We grew up here and met here, so we looked for a local venue people wouldn’t think could be found in Las Vegas,” Jenna says. “We took our 97 guests—from eight states—away from the bright lights and big city for a destination wedding in the place we’re lucky enough to live.”

  5. wedding reception room at springs preserve in las vegas.
    photo by KMH Photography

    Enchanted escape: “Our rehearsal dinner was on the outdoor patio at Public School, a gastropub in Downtown Summerlin with amazing food and an awesome beer selection,” Jenna says. “We and most of our guests stayed nearby at one of our favorite hotels, the JW Marriott; we go there every few weeks, so that was an easy choice. When it came time to search for venues, the Springs Preserve was the only place we saw—it immediately felt like ‘the one.’ It had the botanical garden feel we were aiming for but with the small touches of the Mojave Desert. You didn’t feel like you were in Las Vegas, but when you stepped into the reception room, you were greeted with a perfect, uninterrupted view of the Strip.”

  6. floral details at springs reserve in las vegas reception.
    photo by KMH Photography

    Forces of nature: “We wanted to incorporate the nontraditional elements of Las Vegas into the day,” Jenna says. “We love the nearby natural areas of Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston and Lake Mead, so it was important to us to find a venue with this type of scenery, and local floral design studio Layers of Lovely complemented the natural setting with beautiful flowers and greenery. Our ceremony was held next to the preserve’s butterfly habitat, so we released butterflies from a box after our ceremony. They didn’t want to leave the box, which made our guests laugh.”

  7. A Glam, Modern Fusion Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental

    couple posing outside at the mandarin oriental during their wedding reception in las vegas
    photo by Images by Edi

    Tuyen and Jacob had been in a long-distance relationship (she lived in California and he lived in Minnesota) for five years before their August 13 ballroom wedding.

    Romantic return: “Las Vegas was the first of many vacations we’ve taken together, and it was where we fell in love,” Tuyen says. “We wanted to recapture that special moment on our wedding night and knew it would be a destination our 100 guests would enjoy.”

  8. couple having their first dance at their wedding reception at the mandarin oriental in las vegas.
    photo by Images by Edi

    Time-honored tradition: “The celebration started with a tea ceremony at our sister’s home in Henderson, Nevada, the day before our wedding, a nod to my Vietnamese heritage,” Tuyen says. “It allowed our families to meet and come together before the actual wedding. We also hosted a dinner the night before the wedding at Bacchanal Buffet in Caesars Palace. Most of our guests had never been to a Vegas buffet before, so we wanted to take them to one of the top-rated spots.”

  9. room set up for wedding reception at the mandarin oriental in las vegas
    photo by Images by Edi

    Style and substance: “The Mandarin Oriental was the ultimate wedding experience for us: an intimate venue with a modern and classy look that we were able to customize to our tastes. They really ensured that all aspects of our multicultural wedding were attended to,” Tuyen says. “We loved having the Strip as our background to our reception. Guests could step outside and see the Las Vegas lights then return to the reception to party with family and friends. It truly was a memorable and magical day, and we couldn’t have chosen a better city for our wedding.”

  10. A Lively, Elegant Wedding at Mandalay Bay Chapel and Joe’s Stone Crab

    couple having their first dance at their wedding in las vegas
    photo by KMH Photography

    York, Pennsylvania, couple Kristina & J.J. celebrated their April 23 wedding with four days of festivities up and down the Strip.

    Dare to be different: “I used to be a wedding coordinator at a small hotel, and I knew a typical wedding like the ones I had worked on wasn’t for me,” Kristina says. “Since my family and I have always marked special occasions with Vegas visits, it seemed like the perfect location. We wanted our 50 guests traveling from across the country to take advantage of the trip and treat it like a vacation. Most of our guests stayed at the Luxor and we stayed at the Mandalay Bay, but the area had so many activities and places to keep guests busy. We traveled there a year in advance to look at venues that were easily accessible, fun and within our budget. We chose Mandalay Bay Wedding Chapel for the ceremony due to location, friendly and easy-to-work-with staff, and the chapel itself—we liked that it was beautiful, elegant and simple.”

  11. wedding reception table setting and champagne flutes
    photo by KMH Photography

    Citywide celebration: “We kicked things off with a welcome party at my parents’ Wyndham Grand Desert Resort timeshare because we wanted a location where we could provide our own food and drinks,” Kristina says. “The night before the wedding, we held a rehearsal dinner at Maggiano's Little Italy. We ate there when we were scouting locations and the food was delicious. It was the perfect setting for a rehearsal dinner for our families and friends to get to know each other. We were able to do a taste testing at our local Maggiano's in Pennsylvania, which was also very convenient. For the reception, we wanted a location with a private room and a view of the strip and Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab was perfect.”

  12. just-married couple standing under the welcome to las vegas sign
    photo by KMH Photography

    Memorable moment: “The first look was one of our favorite details,” Kristina says. “We were able to have our moment to ourselves and then just relax and enjoy the rest of the day and take pictures. Some of my favorites were in front of the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign, Caesars Palace and the Bellagio fountain. We’re returning to Vegas this year for three major celebrations rolled into one: our one year anniversary, my thirtieth birthday and our baby moon! We can’t imagine celebrating these milestones anywhere else.”

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