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Pre-Trip Report - 8/30 to 9/10 for our wedding and honeymoon!

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  1. PSM

    PSM Low-Roller

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    INTRO

    Well, it's just about time to say goodbye to my days as a single guitarist on the prowl for groupies! That's right! After almost a year of planning, my beautiful, very soon-to-be wife and I leave first thing in the morning on a direct Southwest flight out of Bradley (Hartford, CT)!

    Target: my favorite place in the world! Where else can you get such a great blend of high energy city action and jaw-dropping national parks and scenery only 30-60 minutes from each other?! Where else can you wander for miles drinking on the streets and gambling away your hard-earned money on such a variety of addicting games?! Where else can you party like a rock star until 4am and beyond, nursing a hangover the next morning while lounging by top-notch pools in that wonderful, dry desert heat?! Where else has such a huge variety of world-class restaurants only a minute's walk from your hotel room AND the most visited poker rooms in the world?!

    ONLY in LAS VEGAS, NEVADA!!! What better location to say "I do" with the girl of my dreams, whom I've known since we were young and who is my best friend and partner in crime?! There was only ONE option, my friends!!!

    That introduction out of the way, I just figured I'd post this pre-trip report to capture and remember the excitement I'm feeling at this moment, and to give you all a glimpse into the next week and a half, which - not to sound too cliche - marks the beginning of our life together! Let's kick things off with a BANG!!!! (OOOHHH and I intend to! Pun most certainly intended! :D)

    WEDDING SCHEDULE

    Thursday 08/30 - Flight departs 8:30am out of BDL and arrives at McCarran 11:05am Las Vegas time. Pending no luggage issues (which could be semi-disastrous considering all of the wedding items packed), we head to pickup the rental car right away, then straight to the Marriage License Bureau to obtain that most important of documents. Afterwards, a quick stop at the store for basic supplies, such as a case of water, some room snacks, and perhaps some "pre-game" alcohol for the trip, then onto Caesars for check-in. We have an Octavius Tower Deluxe room, which we chose for the Jacuzzi tub. Get settled, then meet up with parents and perhaps a few other family members for dinner. A little gambling in between and probably before bed, but nothing too late.

    Friday 08/31 - Breakfast and lounge by the pool for a bit, then meet up with other arriving guests and family to show them around since most haven't been to Las Vegas previously. Much of the day will probably be spent walking around center Strip area, maybe a little playing, and possibly a trip out to Suncoast to check the place out since that's where my parents, grandparents, and aunt and uncle are staying. I know my uncle wants to get in some poker and blackjack time with me and the bride, so that will hopefully happen. Early to bed! I'm not sure yet where I'll be staying, but potentially at Suncoast since I "can't see the bride" before the ceremony. Otherwise with a friend on the Strip (one's staying at Caesars, another at Flamingo, another at Paris).

    Saturday 09/01 - WEDDING DAY! The limo picks up the bride and friends at 10am to bring them out to Red Rock Canyon, and the ceremony starts at 11:00am. Should be relatively short and sweet and we'll have plenty of video/pictures. Afterwards, we all head back to the Strip for a minute to relax, then on to our small reception in a private room at Mon Ami Gabi. It's really just a get together for food, drinks, more picture time, and to celebrate. No DJ or anything, though the singer from my band is bringing an acoustic to play us a few songs at the ceremony and reception. He rocks. I also figured this would make a good location for reception pictures since the Strip in front of Bellagio and Paris will contrast well with the desert pictures from the ceremony. Afterwards, partying with the "younger" guests into the wee hours of the morning, or whenever the bride and I decide to head back to the room for the aforementioned kickoff. :thumbsup:

    Sunday 09/02 - Most guests begin leaving this morning, but some are staying around for an extra day since it's a holiday weekend and they don't have to work (we were totally fine with this considering how much they were paying to come out and be with us for the wedding). Sunday will likely be a hang out by the pool and casino for relaxing and fun kind of day. I'm sure we'll be exhausted from all of the previous days' (and night's) activities. Eat good food, cool off, and play a bit. Say goodbye to any guests leaving and get in honeymoon mode.

    HONEYMOON SCHEDULE

    After a decent number of trips to Vegas myself, and one together last year, we've come to the decision that we want almost no set plans for the honeymoon part of this trip. We've spent the past 6-12 months planning and planning, so we just want to relax and do what we feel like doing. On previous trips, we've tended to exhaust ourselves trying to get every little thing in that there is to do, and we don't want that this time around.

    My solution has been to come up with a few lists to keep in my phone. I have a list for restaurants, a list for activities, and a list for other locations/destinations. We have a car, we have enough money to enjoy ourselves, we have internet access on my phone to get info and contacts, and we have a full week alone. The plan is to just decide what we feel like doing each day, pick some options off the list, and go do whatever we feel like. And if we are exhausted or hungover, we have plenty of days to just hang by the pool and recover. Being that we both have somewhat stressful jobs and hectic schedules at home, we're REALLY looking forward to this lounging...

    There will also be PLENTY of gambling in this second part of the trip. I'm a big VP fan, slots are always fun, plus I enjoy some table games (Roulette, BJ, I get a kick out of War for some reason, and I just recently started getting into Craps). I may hop into the poker tables a couple times, as well. The bride loves VP, slots, and video BJ, plus she'll sit down at a table here and there with me.

    So that's the trip in a nutshell. It's a wedding, so there are always things that can go wrong, but the beauty of it is that we didn't plan it to have too many concrete bullet points in the schedule. Aside from the actual ceremony and reception time, everything is flexible. As long as we get that dress to the show and I don't misplace all of our money somewhere along the way, we're good to go! :wave:

    PS - Look for a trip report and review sometime mid/late September.
     
  2. Dpin300

    Dpin300 Low-Roller

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    Sounds like you've got everything under control. Have a wonderfull day (and days after of course) and don't forget the tr with pictures!
     
  3. PSM

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    Will do! 20 minutes until super crunch time for final packing and thinking of all the things I forgot to take care of! :thumbsup:
     
  4. sybgal

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    Congratulations!! Sounds wonderful to me....Hope you have a great time and many, many happy years together. :) (Can't wait to read your full TR!)
     
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