Las Vegas Wedding Venues
There are many choices out there for wedding venues. Also a lot of questions. Some about food, capacity and new Covid rules ( which these are current as of this article and may change of course as things progress)
Today I am going to talk about two of my favorites. That way you are not having to look to 20 different places for 20 different things.
Now this isn’t your regular blog where I go on and on about how stunning these Venues are.. Cause believe me.. Pictures are not doing them justice today! Because to be blunt, I didn’t take a ton of pictures because I wanted to spend more time getting to know the questions I would ask if I was holding my own wedding there!
First on our list.
J.W. Marriott Resort las Vegas
A casino and Hotel, this venue has it all. Not only can you book your entire wedding there, but if you have out of town guests it is a hotel and they can walk to the wedding! ( or stumble back to their room after an awesome reception!)
We spoke with KERI MACANAS, CPCE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CATERING SALES, who gave us an AMAZING tour to add some images to this article to help give you some ideas.
Between the indoor and outdoor options, the sit down dinners and the fact you can stay ON SITE at their gorgeous Hotel..prepare your hair and makeup as well as relax in the spa with one of their talented /spa salon specialist, ( attached is a wonderful PDF of the packages they offer for brides and grooms!)
We asked her a few questions about simple things you want to know up front
1: How many people can this location accommodate?
Each venue differs on capacity
2: What is the rental fee and what’s included in that price?
Typically there is no room rental as long as food and beverage minimums are reached. Inclusive or room for 4 hours/5 hours for weddings, standard tables/banquet chairs, white linens, setup/breakdown, china/glassware/silverware, dance floor if requested, standard riser-if requested
3: How many hours does the rental fee include, and is there an overtime fee if I stay longer?
We really like to party. 4 hours for social/5 hours for weddings- Additional $500 per hour after – ** note that open bars are only allowed for 5 hours
4: How much is the deposit, when is it due, and is it refundable?
20% of contract total – non-refundable – due upon signing contract
What’s the payment plan for the entire bill? What forms of payment do you accept?
40% payment 90 days prior to event / 40% payment 30 days prior to event / any additions to contract due 2 weeks prior to event. Payment preferred is credit card – all major cards accepted.
5: Can I have my ceremony here, too? Is there an additional cost?
Yes – ceremony is included in full wedding package, or if ceremony only $2000 on non-peak days/times
6:Are there changing areas for the bride, groom, and/or wedding party?
One hotel suite is included in wedding package – additional suites can be booked at discounted price
7: Can we have our rehearsal dinner here? What about a morning-after mimosa brunch?
Yes – wonderful restaurants on property for rehearsal dinner – brunch options not open yet due to COVID
8: How much time is allocated for the rehearsal?
1 hour rehearsal (time based on availability of venue)
9: What’s the cancellation policy?
Initial deposit non-refundable. No other deposits due if cancelled prior to 90 days.
10: What’s your weather contingency (backup) plan for outdoor spaces?
A backup space is always planned for any outdoor event. Actual venue will be confirmed 30 days prior.
11: Do you have an in-house caterer or a list of “preferred” caterers, or do I need to provide my own?
Even if there is an in-house caterer, do I have the option of using an outside caterer instead?
In house Executive Culinary team – no outside food is allowed unless it is dietary or cultural items – will be discussed on preferred vendors for outside catering and what the requirements are
12: If I hire my own caterer, is there a kitchen available for them?
Discussed case by case with approved caterer
13: Is there a food & beverage minimum?
Yes each venue has a food and beverage minimum
14: Can we do a food tasting before we finalize our menu selection? Does it cost extra?
Wedding packages of $20k include a tasting complimentary for 2 – if tasting is not included, it can be arranged upon availability $75++ per person, max up to 4 guests.
15: Can I bring in a cake from an outside baker or do I have to use a cake made on site?
Outside cakes are allowed – $2 cake cutting fee charged
16: Can we bring our own wine, beer or champagne? What about hard liquor?
No outside liquor/beer is allowed. Wine can be brought in – corkage $25 per bottle
17: Are we allowed to bring in our own decorations? ( or how does decor work)
Own décor is allowed as long as nothing causes damage to the venue – If outside vendor is hired for décor they must provide a minimum $1,000,000 liability insurance and venue must be listed as certificate holder
18: Can we use candles/confetti/sparklers/fireworks/animals/lawn games/bounce houses/food trucks/insert your own fun-but- potentially-dangerous liability here?
Live flame candles are allowed as long as in a container/vessel and flame is 2” below the top of container/vessel. No confetti or small décor items that would incur tedious clean up. No sparklers/fireworks allowed.
19: Can I hire my own vendors or is there a preferred vendor list we need to stick to?
Outside vendors are allowed – If outside vendor is hired for décor they must provide a minimum $1,000,000 liability insurance and venue must be listed as certificate holder
20: Also seeing as you are attached to a hotel casino is there a special discount on accommodations and is transportation provided to the hotel from the casino?
Based upon availability, the Resort will provide a courtesy block of 10 rooms at a reduced room rate for out‐of‐town friends and family. Any unused rooms will be released 30 days prior to your event. If additional rooms are required, this can be contracted with an attrition requirement. The number of guestrooms, specific dates and rates will be outlined in your contract and only applies to events booked through banquets & catering.
Transportation can be booked to airports or casinos but not included in resort fees.
Just a quick rundown of all covid precautions ( Valid as Of May of 2021 please check with Venues as State and Federal Mandates change)
As required by Nevada State Law all attendees must adhere to the following: (restrictions will be evaluated at the time of the event and adjusted as required)
• Masks/face coverings are mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public areas throughout the hotel to include but not limited to lobby areas, meeting space, casino and dining experiences. Masks may be removed while enjoying a meal within one of our dining experiences or while seated in the casino only while drinking and/or smoking.
• Social distancing required (minimum of 6 feet) where posted and in meeting space
• Meeting planner or designee to provide communication to attendees prior to arrival informing them of NV State Laws. This includes mandatory masks/face coverings, temperature checks and social distancing guidelines to ensure compliance. Please copy Hotel on this correspondence prior to distribution to verify all published information is accurate.
• Planner designated on site contact to enforce restrictions during the entire event. Designee name to be provided to the hotel to partner with the Event team to ensure adherence to all policies.
• Hotel reserves the right to pause or conclude the event for non-compliance with local or state guidelines. In this event, the group would still be fully responsible for all contractual terms.
It is a long read, however these are some of the most important questions I think brides and grooms overlook on their special day.
If you would like to learn more for yourself or schedule a tour contact
KERI MACANAS, CPCE
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CATERING SALES | JW MARRIOTT LAS VEGAS RESORT & SPA
Keri.email@example.com | Tel 702.869.7022 |
Next up we have:
Emerald at queensridge
We spoke to Bree Romero -Events Director and we were just as excited as her to see weddings coming back in full swing.
You have some beautiful options from opulent to simple here. Indoor and Outdoor options.
1: What does all inclusive mean?
This will include your Taxes, Gratuity and photographer. ( though you are allowed to hire your own outside photographer)
2: Is it plated meals or buffet
You have the option of either
3: Is there a curfew or time limit at night for music
We have tavern License so we have 24 hour no curfew or noise policy.
4:Where do I get ready? Can I dress on site or do I need to come ready?
We have suites for both the brides and grooms on site to accommodate on location preparation.
5: What about transportation to and from the venue?
We do offer an add-on Limo service.
6: Back to the food, will I get to taste my menu beforehand?
We offer group and private tastings.
7: I see photographers are included in the price, what if I hire my own?
Because it is all inclusive it will not affect price.
8: What sets you apart from other venues?
Here at Emerald at Queensridge , we were designed and built specifically for weddings with brides and grooms and their guests in mind!
9: Is there a rehearsal dinner?
There is no rehearsal dinner however we do offer a dress rehearsal the day before.
10: Do you offer discounts or offers depending on the day we plan for?
Yes, Monday through Thursday offers a lower rate than Fri-sun
11:Can I bring my own decorations:
We just do not allow outside chairs or linens.
12: Is there a bar minimum:
No min you can run a cash bar or open.
13: Are pets allowed?
Absolutely we do not want to forget any family members!
14: Can we use candles or hand sparklers?
Yes Sparkler exits are amazing and on table candles are loved.
15: What about accommodations for restrooms for guests
We have both private mens and womens rest areas.
16: What about music?
We work closely with our DJ to run the show efficiently and make all the announcements!
17: Am I planning all this or is there help
Planners are included to help fine tune and make a stress free wedding!
18: Is there someone to coordinate the day of?
19: Will we have a timeline?
Our coordinator will make sure that your timeline runs smoothly.
Covid policy (Valid as of April 2021 please check with Venues as State and Federal Mandates change)
Staff and vendors masked
Courtyard social distancing
Buffet served by staff
Outdoor ceremony / indoor reception.
To book with Emerald at Queensridge
Contact Bree Romero
There you have it ladies two Gorgeous stress “ Freeish” ( because really all weddings are gonna have it lol) Venues with indoor and outdoor spaces to create your fairytale day!
We hope to soon be capturing your day at one of these amazing spots!