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Scouting Locations for a Wedding - PreTrip

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Sonya, Mar 5, 2003.

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  1. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

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    My Trip Report

    I thought I'd post our plans here. We're T-just a few and I'm exhausted already. Should be interesting.

    We're staying at Paris for 2 nights and flying on Alaska Air. On our trip we plan to see the following (by hotel):

    Aladdin-
    Chapel
    Panorama Suite
    Elements
    Tremezzo
    Meet with catering dept

    Bellagio-
    Chapel
    Penthouse Suite
    Fontana Lounge
    Olives
    Meet with Leslie re: hospitality

    Mandalay Bay -
    Chapel
    Parlor Suite
    House of Blues
    China Grill

    Monte Carlo -
    Chapel
    Diamond Suite (big enough for cocktails?)
    Market City Caffe

    Paris -
    (Staying here)
    Chapel
    Le Rendezvous Lounge
    Napoleon's
    Le Provencal
    Mon Ami Gabi

    Rio Suites -
    Chapel (?schedule problem)
    Voodoo Lounge
    Masquerade Suite
    Meet up with Stacie in catering?

    Treasure Island -
    Chapel
    Banquet room & Paul in catering
    Buccaneer Bay Club
    Restaurant manager?

    Venetian -
    Rich at Grand Lux

    Freeds Bakery for cake tasting & consultation

    Obviously that's in alphabetical instead of chronological order but the schedule keeps changing around so much it's easier for me to look at it that way. [​IMG]

    Basically we're looking at seven chapels and 14 restaurants. Think we can eat at all of them in 48 hours? [​IMG]

    I'll report back with pictures and stuff at the end of next week.
     
  2. maxpiette

    maxpiette Tourist

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    WOW!!

    What the hell is going on??? another NEW Reality TV Series???

    How many times can a woman get married/divorced in 48 hrs... man.. i think i'm onto something...

    Got to make a few phone calls... later all!!

    Have fun!!!
     
  3. stacy67

    stacy67 Low-Roller

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    Sonya-
    I hope you have a great time and are able to make sense of everything after you get home! Hopefully one or two places will stand out among the rest so you won't have such a hard time making a final decision. [​IMG] Don't stress so much that you don't enjoy your trip!
    Can't wait to hear what you think of Freed's. It is on our list of things to check out on our next trip. :D
    Have a safe trip!
     
  4. Joyce Mutch

    Joyce Mutch Newbie

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    Sounds like fun to me....
    Remember
    ENJOY! ENJOT! ENJOY!
    That is what it is all about. No stress, have fun with it.
    [​IMG]
     
  5. Lmadrid

    Lmadrid Tourist

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    if you need a fill in food tester you can count on me!! ;) [​IMG]
     
  6. HoyaHeel

    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    Sonya--Do you have a wedding journal? I know I'm incredibly anal (I LOVED planning my wedding!! :D ) but I put EVERYTHING in my wedding journal (in addition to what I kept in my Access database ;) )You are doing so much in your Vegas trip--you need to make sure you can write down your thoughts immediately or all the food will blend into each other.

    And I second the above suggestion--HAVE FUN!!! If it's not fun, you're not doing it right! This is Vegas, you LOVE Vegas, and that's why you're going to enjoy it and have a fabulous time!!
     
  7. Billy from TX.

    Billy from TX. Tourist

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    Sonya

    I hope that you enjoy your short trip. Will there be any time for gambling? If not, I'm sure that you'll have time just feeling the vibe of Vegas.

    Have Fun!!
     
  8. Andsen

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    Gotta hit the tables. That's what the hours from midnight to 5am are for! [​IMG]
     
  9. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

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    Thanks everybody! I'm starting to look forward to it. I just hope GWB holds off on the war until we get home. [​IMG]

    Hoya - I'm an organizational nut. I have a binder all set up with spaces for notes and info. I don't have one of those fancy planners from the store because none of them had everything I wanted so I just made my own. [​IMG] I've got extra memory for the digital camera and the cables for a recharge of the batteries... and extra pens for the notebook.

    Billy - We're taking a little bit of gambling money, so I'm sure we'll be doing some. Just don't know how much yet. I'm sure we'll find the time. Who needs sleep after all? [​IMG]
     
  10. Pimp_N_M

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    WoW it's funny you should mention those choices Sonya. I went out to Vegas about a week ago, and checked out almost the exact same places. I also stayed at the Paris! I gave the check in lady a green chip and she upgraded me to a Calais Suite! If you have a sharp tongue and some extra greenies I suggest the same 935 square feet of absolute beauty. Perfect view of the fountains, and in the bedroom the television pops out of the foot of the bed! According the the front door the max room rate was $3,750.00 per night. I was impressed with what $25 could by you in Vegas. My opinions were as follows...

    The Aladdin chapel was one of the tackiest I saw during the whole trip. Mostly pink and the benches were uncomfortable. Definitely an afterthought chapel. The Panorama Suite however was absolutely incredible. Definitely worth the money. As I remember, it was 1250 square feet, and you can get the room next to it for another $150 a night bringing the total square footage to 1800 square feet.

    The Rio chapel was entirely worse though. When I got off the elevator for some horrible reason it stank. Stank like musty... Well forget it. It just smelled bad. There was garbage and old food outside of one of the suites, and the chapel was merely adequate. Yet again however, the Rainforest suite was spectacular. Call me a sucker for kitsch but I love rocks coming out of the walls, and waterfalls in the bathroom.

    But everything mentioned above was blown out of the water by the Chapel by the Bay of the Mandalay Bay. A beautiful little chapel right by the beach. My Father (don't ask me how he was able to do it) was able to talk one of the casino hosts into reserving us a suite that is reserved for preferred casino guests only (1 Million dollar credit line with the casino). It is called a Vista Suite. Not only does it have 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a marble entry, marble bar. Free bathrobes, steam showers, blah blah blah blah blah. But the one thing that absolutely blew me away. They have Bulgari soap, shampoo. lotion. and all the other goodies in the bathrooms. Unbelievable! So in late August my future wife and I are going Mandalay Bay all the way! Word to the wise Catering is pretty ridiculous though.

    I also checked out the Paris chapel after the Mandalay. It was nice, but suffered because everyone was in love with Mandalay. I didn't even check out the rest of the places on my list. They included Caesars, and Bellagio. I did also check out the Tropicana Chapel. If you are interested in 100 percent kitsch, and also walking about 7 thousand miles to the chapel, and then another 7 thousand to get to the suite.

    I hope you enjoy yourself Sonya. Try to procur a free Calais Suite. It is absolutely wonderful.
     
  11. vegasbound

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    Sonya, I hope your trip goes well and that you & Dan find the perfect location. It sounds like it'll be a very busy trip, don't forget to take a break and relax...remember it's Vegas.

    Also, I look foward to your comments on the different chapels. I have to wait until May to do my scouting. Although our hearts are set on Bellagio, I want to see the chapels at Paris and Mandalay.

    Have fun and win lots too!
     
  12. HoyaHeel

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    Oh, I didn't have a fancy store bought journal either--I needed one that would fit in my bad easily so I could take it everywhere :D I just had a small notebook from a stationary store. My husband is begging me to get rid of all the wedding planning stuff I saved--he says it makes him nervous that I'm keeping it, like I might be planning another one in the future ;) Boy, all this discussion almost makes me wish I'd given in to the hubby and done a Vegas wedding! Have a fabulous time!
     
  13. Lmadrid

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    ...i'm anxious to hear how things went!!...
     
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