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Mo had been planning her Las Vegas Wedding for over a year, and when the day came, everything was how she had imagined it to be.  Planning a destination wedding from Australia was not an easy task, but Mo was up for the challenge, and she came through with flying colors. She had her wedding ceremony at the lovely Flamingo Garden Chapel. Just a couple of hours later, they renewed their vows with Elvis as the officiant at the Graceland Wedding Chapel. Party and celebration was at Maggiano’s Restaurant on the Strip.  Festivities included a photo booth, an Elvis performance, showgirls, and a visit from Darth Vader and a couple of Stormtroopers for a world class lightsaber battle.  Her reception screamed Las Vegas…and everyone loved every minute of it. Guests came from around the world – Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Africa, and the United States. We wish Mo & Casey a lifetime of happiness…and may the force be with you always.

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In Las Vegas, via Texas, Adriana & Ernie welcomed family and friends to their destination wedding at Caesars Palace’s Venus Garden Chapel. They had their after ceremony dinner at Trevi italian restaurant at The Forum Shops, and celebrated with their reception at the Skyline Terrace Room at the MGM Grand Hotel.  A beautiful view, great weather, and entertainment provided by a Las Vegas Showgirl, Elvis, and a magician.  Everyone had a great time and we wish them both all the best!!

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Photos taken directly from their wedding video.  Large or Small, book your wedding video today.  www.langdonvideo.com

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 What advice can we give to the many destination brides booking a Las Vegas wedding? Plenty. Here are just a few suggestions for those brides planning a “Vegas” wedding.

Double Decker Bus: Fun, excitement, and frivolity. Well, in reality, it’s a tour bus that inches itself along the strip….especially on the weekends. Most of your two hour tour is spent idling at stop lights. Our advice? If you are going to book a DDB, do it at night. Like most big cities, Las Vegas can be a little bland during the day, but at night, that’s when the Las Vegas Strip really shines. Book some entertainment on the bus. It may cost a bit more, but having someone like an Elvis performer along for the ride will enhance the experience two-fold. Should we book a photographer/videographer along for the ride? Not really. The DDB doesn’t allow standing in the bus, so any photos or video will be of your guests sitting down oooooing and aaaaiiiinnng at the sights. Your photographer and videographer aren’t allowed to stand either….which can make for ordinary photos and not very exciting video footage. Our advice? Send your guests on the DDB bus for the tour, while you…the couple….take a limo(along with a photographer/videographer) down to Fremont Street. Lots of photo opportunities, and the makings of a fun video.

In Suite Reception: If you have a small group with you, this is an excellent alternative to a large reception room. Just beware. These rooms may look large in the photos on the hotel website, but actually, they aren’t as big as you may think. We recently did one in a 1500 sq. ft suite. Sounds big. Subtract the bedroom, the bathrooms, the entry hall, staircase(there was one in this room), the tables, furniture, etc…, and the room isn’t quite as large as you may think. If you can, get one with a patio, that adds more room for your guests to roam around. Our suggestion…don’t plan a suite reception if you have more than approximately 40 guests.

Outside Vendors: Getting married in a Hotel Chapel? Most will not allow outside vendors, which means you are at the mercy of their hired hand photographers…sorry, a lot of the photos we’ve seen from these photographers are basically snapshots. That’s because you are just another wedding to them. They are not personally invested in you like an outside photographer you can hire would be. Same goes for video. Most chapels have 3 cameras highly mounted on their walls looking down on your ceremony. Not a pleasing angle, and makes for a dull video. Like with the photographer, there is no personal investment there (or creativity). Look for a hotel that will allow you to bring in outside vendors (Officiant, flowers, photographer,videographer), this is your wedding, try to keep it as personal as possible. There is an extra cost in this, but in our opinion, well worth it. Locations we know of that lets in outside vendors (at a cost) are The Flamingo, Caesars, and The Platinum Hotel. There are probably more…just check with each hotel.

Best Practice: Las Vegas is a very busy place. Your wedding day can be stressful enough. Relieve some of that stress, on you and your guests, by planning your wedding day all in one location if you can. Your hotel rooms, your ceremony venue, and your reception…all in one location. No need for shuttling you and your guests around town…especially with our traffic….which will also save you time and money. Want to take pictures at the sign with your guests? Hire a party bus to and from your hotel. Want to do a photo tour with your wedding party? Plan your photo tour between your ceremony and reception. While you are on your tour, your guests can partake in the Vegas activities, or go to their rooms to get ready for your reception. Photo Tours usually last around 2 hours. Best time for that Double Decker Bus ride? Plan it after your reception. It’ll be nighttime, your guests will be somewhat “loosened” up, and it would be a fun way to end the night.

If you have other suggestions, or would like to ask us about anymore ideas, contact us anytime at kelly@langdonvideo.com, or reply to this blog.

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