Tropicana Havana Room Wedding

I had the privilege of meeting Stacy & Charles while setting up for a wedding in this gorgeous space.  They happened to be doing a walk through of the venue and I had a moment to speak to them.  A week later Stacy contacted me and from then on we began planning this beautiful wedding.  Stacy is from California and Charles is a local so throughout the year I had the opportunity to meet with them for planning.  Every time I met with them they were so sweet and both had a twinkle in their eyes at each other.  Charles always had the perfect answer to his bride… “Whatever you want, dear”.

The day began with hair and makeup by Concierge Makeup.  The ceremony and reception took place in the Havana Room at the Tropicana Las Vegas.  The beautiful flowers were created by the ever so talented Naakiti floral who brought all of Stacy’s visions to life.  Stacy provided the vases so all of her local guests had an extra take away from the wedding.  The ceremony was officiated by Stacy’s Stepfather which put the perfect personal touch into the wedding.  During the ceremony since Stacy was not only gaining a husband but also a son, they did a sand ceremony to unite the three of them.  Catering and the exquisite wedding cake was provided by the Tropicana, including the exquisite groom’s cake of a camera (everything edible- see awesome photo below).  Charles is a videographer/videographer and with his surprise there wasn’t a cutting of that cake as he wanted to keep it forever.  The menu consisted of a three course plated dinner featuring: Lobster Bisque, chipotle caesar salad,  guests choice of herb grilled chicken breast or roasted organic salmon.  During cocktail hour the bride and groom’s favorite food chicken wings were served.  The Chef custom made the wings of their favorites: Buffalo Hot, Salt & Vinegar, Lemon Pepper, and Teriyaki.  Also during cocktail hour they had a violinist, Tony B performed.  The signature cocktail chosen by them is their favorite drink of Kentucky Mules. All of the photography in this blog and from their wedding day was shot by Indigo Foto.  They also had cinema created by K+A Creative.  The final personalized touch were their adorable wedding favors of maple syrup.  The story behind it being they are each other’s perfect match because one only likes the outside of a pancake and the other only eats the inside so together they have a whole pancake (with maple syrup of course). Stacy & Charles, I could not thank you enough for having us as part of your perfect wedding day.  I look forward to seeing your future together!

Please enjoy their wedding photos below and thank you Indigo Foto for capturing every moment:

Thank you so much to our amazing creative team for making this day so special:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi

Photographer: Indigo Foto

Videographer: K+A Creative

Floral: Naakiti Floral

Decor: Sit on This

Hair & Makeup: Concierge Makeup

Dj: DJ Pros

Venue: Havana Room at Tropicana

Cake: Tropicana

Violinist: Tony B

 

Bridal Show Checklist

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Are you newly engaged and ready to begin planning?  Typically every bride from the moment that ring hits your finger (if not the day you started dating) you already have ideas of how your wedding will be.  Where do you begin?  Of course being a wedding planner, I highly recommend hiring a planner immediate for Full Service Planning because it just helps make the whole process easier and enjoyable for you.  However, if you feel that is out of your budget or you are not sure right away, a great way to find out is by attending a bridal show or open house.

Bridal shows and open houses are a fabulous way for a couple that does not have an idea of vendors, venues, or styles.  Pinterest is great for ideas but it definitely can not find and book your vendors for you.  First I want to just let you know the difference between a bridal show and an open house.  A bridal show is different from an open house because at bridal shows, there are many different venues there along with vendors.  An open house is actually at the venue and they have a preferred amount of vendors there to use for that property.  You of course do not have to book at the open house that venue but you will also not have information available on other venues.

I want to share a list of helpful information for any of you that plan on attending one or more of these events to make it actually worth your time.

  1.  Before you attend the event have a list made on exactly what you are looking for (photographer, videographer, DJ, and so on).  This way when you arrive and are handed a map, you can circle all the booths you definitely want to see.
  2. Go as a couple!  It is great to get your bridesmaids together and have a fun girls day out but you essentially could be meeting someone that you want to book for your wedding and your fiance will not be there.  This would typically mean that instead of having the initial meeting out of the way, you will have to set up an additional appointment to meet them.  Plus, vendors love seeing couples together because it shows how involved and in love you two are.
  3. Share the correct information.  Although none of us love having tons of spam emails, these emails will be helpful to you as they are from all of the vendors at the show.  Some offer discounts, a free gift or other incentives for booking them so it is a great way to see special offers.  You can always opt out as you are receiving them.
  4. Pricing is key.  If you are on a strict budget, you need to be sure to meet vendors that fall within that budget.  If someone is significantly out of your budget and you want to book them, it will break your heart.  Get information on pricing before you go into getting to know the person.
  5. Shop around.  You are there to find the perfect venue or vendor that completes your style.  Be sure to visit multiple booths for each vendor so you can see their different styles, packages, and personalities in order to find the one that best fits you.  It is not always best to go with the biggest bargain.  Pricing ranges quite a bit, especially in Las Vegas.  Make sure your vendor has the experience and quality of work that you wish.
  6. Ask vendors important questions.  Be sure to ask each vendor if they have a business license as well as insurance.  Most of the vendors at a bridal show will definitely have this but this is great advice whether you are looking at a show or online.  Any one can be a planner or a DJ, be sure that you are actually getting someone that has a reputable company.  Most venues require a copy of the license as well as insurance for each vendor.
  7. Sign up to enter their contest.  The vendors already have your contact information from registration so do not be afraid to enter into their giveaways.  You will get emails from them regardless and you never know if you could be the winner of a free engagement photo shoot from an awesome photographer.
  8. Have fun! Enjoy every minute of these shows.  They are meant for you to take all the stress off you for your planning experience.  Take in everything it has to offer.  Enjoy cocktails, sweet tastings, fashion shows, everything they have to offer.

Finally I want to just add, if you still need help finding some vendors you can always hire a wedding planner for partial service planning to help you out.  Regardless if you need that or not I always highly suggest having a day of coordinator from an independant company.  All venues come with wedding coordinators but most of their responsiblilties fall on the venue side and does not include assisting in setting up any DIY decorations or making sure all of your vendors know how the day is going to flow.  Please feel free to contact me for any assistance in planning your gorgeous day!

If you are traveling for a bridal show or open house, please visit Las Vegas Travel Packages to book your stay.  Contact me also if you need any assistance on planning your wedding day or vacation stay.

Also save the date for the following upcoming shows and open houses:

Revere Golf Club Open House– Sunday February 26, 2017

The Kosher Bridal and Mitzvah Expo– March 26, 2017

Bridal Spectacular Veils & Vino– August 18-19, 2017

Photo courtesy of Elegant Entertainment

Rochelle & Mark

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Rochelle and Mark found me all the way from the UK.  I didn’t actually meet them until a few days before their wedding but I felt like I knew them forever.  I planned their wedding about a year ahead of time so we had lots of contact back and forth.  I heard mostly from Rochelle except it was so cute right before they came out to Vegas Mark was planning wedding day morning gifts for his bride to be.  We planned a foot/leg massage while she was getting her makeup done that really made her day.  He also wanted her favorite sparkling wine and bouquet of flowers delivered to her that morning.  It was so sweet.  Their wedding was unique because it essentially was a week long for them and all their guests.  They all came together and left together on the same flight so this celebration was truly an amazing group of friends and family.  Thank you Rochelle and Mark for choosing us to plan your wedding day! Here are a few of my favorite photos from their wedding day.

A special thanks to everyone that helped make this day so perfect:

Wedding Ceremony: Caesar’s Palace Bella Luna 

Wedding Reception: Rao’s at Caesar’s Palace

Photobooth: Elegant Entertainment

Photographer: Friend of Bride and Groom

Elvis: All Night Long Entertainment

Wedding Traditions- Not the typical bouquet and garter toss 


After the gorgeous wedding we had this weekend, it had me thinking about wedding traditions. I don’t mean the typical garter and bouquet toss or the first dance. There are so many ways to start your own traditions and it truly brings meaning for your family and friends.  You see last night a cousin of the bride came up to me during the mother/son dance and asked if in the middle of the song we could call up all of the sons that were there with their moms to join them on the dance floor then the same for the fathers and daughters. It was so sweet and the groom also danced with his “new” mother. They share this at all their family weddings and it is the perfect touch especially when some songs are longer but the bride and groom want to keep the length of it. Another tradition I know of is very close to me as we did it at my sisters wedding. Her and her high school friends all sing to each bride at their wedding “Ain’t no mountain high enough”. It is sweet and entertaining (especially after a few drinks).  Traditions do not have to big something that is done either. It can also be something you wear such as jewelry, a purse, garter, etc. It’s just important if your close friends or family members you want to start a tradition with pass the item along to each person next in line. Also it will double as an engagement present with meaning. 

If you are getting married soon just think of how cool it would be for your wedding to begin a new tradition with your friends and family. Each time you do it at weddings it will get bigger and better and really add that special touch of love. Please contact me for any planning advice or assistant at desi@desirableevent.com. 
Bouquet made by the talented Mylo and Shino  http://www.myloandshino.com/

Wedding Send Off Items Your Guests will Love

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Many couples try to add their little touches to their wedding and one way to do so is having a send off at the end of the night or after pronounced husband and wife.  There are so many different ideas out there that I wanted to provide a list to help you find the right fit for your wedding style.  Please keep in mind to check with your wedding venue before you choose something that is thrown or flamable because many venues do not allow these items.

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Rice- Throwing rice is one of the earliest traditions for fertility rituals.  If you choose to throw rice, please make sure it is safe for animals.

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Rose Petals- This doesn’t have to only be the flower girls job.  Many couples choose to have gorgeous rose petals thrown at them to brighten up photos and match the ceremony floral pieces.

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Bubbles- A very common trend today, bubbles are a great way of keeping the ceremony space clean but yet help your photographer capture that special send off with beautiful bubbles in the photos.

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Ribbon Wands- These items are not only a fun ceremony item but can double as favors and make great dance photos during the wedding reception.

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Leaves or Seeds- If you are getting married outside in a natural mother nature setting, try using leaves or bird seed as your throw item.  This way it is natural and harmless to the environment.

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Confetti- If your venue allows this, it is a must.  I have a venue in town that has the confetti cannons already there and one of my couples will have the send off at the end of the night for their farewell exit.

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Silly string- This is only to be used if you have a super fun group and you as well as your guests don’t mind getting a little dirty.

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Sparklers- This although is very popular and at so many weddings really creates the perfect exit photos for a couple.  Be sure to use if your wedding ends after sunset as they will not turn out if the daylight is still there.

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Dove or Butterfly release- This is a beautiful way to celebrate the unity of your marriage and have a symbol of love.  One of my couples did a dove release after their ceremony and it was truly breathtaking.

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Bells- Although these don’t make a great photo opportunity, they are a really cute and traditional memory to have.  If you don’t mind the whole kiss during the reception, these also can replace the banging on the china.

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Chinese Lanterns- If you have a large wedding, these make a beautiful send off for you and awesome photos.

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Balloons- Having your guests all get a balloon and you get a group shot with them then release is another great example for wedding photos.

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Glow Sticks- Great way to send off at the end of the night after partying on the dance floor with them.  These are fun favors for the guests as well so a great way to use as everything.

If you like any of the items above but do not want to DIY, just click on the photos and it will take you to the link.  I can also help create a wedding item for you.  Contact me at desi@desirableevent.com for all your wedding planning needs.

Christina & Matt

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Christina and Matt are a gorgeous couple who met in Las Vegas but both have midwestern family roots.  I met them a while back but ran into them again just as they were finishing up all their wedding details.  Christina seemed a little flustered on how the day would actually turn out and who would direct her vendors, bridal party, and guests.  I suggested hiring a day of coordinator and that is how I ended up with this gorgeous event.  She needed some advice on the little things such as rentals, table numbers and place cards so I offered my assistance in gathering the few details they had left.
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This gorgeous wedding took place on May 9th, 2015 at the Westin Lake Las Vegas.  Their guest list of nearly 130 filled up the romantic ceremony space that overlooked the golf course and Lake Las Vegas.  It was decorated with flowers and draping by Layers of Lovely, lanterns and mirror stand from Sit on This, and the garden chairs from the Westin.  The floral with the lit candles made for the romantic look along with the lake in the background, which was so perfect for this 6pm wedding.  The aisle also was alined with rose petals and the entrance for the bridal party was a grand walk.  Christina’s Uncle was the officiant for the ceremony and Matt’s sister did a reading which made the two families come together and brought a heart felt touch to the wedding.  Prior to the wedding, Christina and Matt did a letter exchange where they shared their love for one another that Matt’s Brother (the best man) exchanged with Christina and they each read aloud for the videographer.  They did this in place of their own vows to omit any nervous tension.
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Following the wedding the guests stayed in the space and were served cocktails while Christina and Matt took their photos together.  About 30 minutes into the outdoor cocktail hour the wind really picked up and eventually we had a few rain sprinkles.  The room was ready so most of the guests didn’t even feel a drop of rain as they headed to the ballroom reception space.  I was worried about photos of Matt and Christina because there were a ton of outdoor spots they were going to use. Moxie Studio was their photographer and as windy/rainy as it was, they couldn’t have done a better job getting the shots in.  They had gorgeous clouds and even a rainbow in their shots.  We may not be able to control the weather, but they couldn’t have asked for more perfect timing.  Plus, a little rain is good luck right!
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The reception was set with similar flower arrangements and lanterns from the ceremony with a few additions.  As guests entered they were greeted with a Thank you sign made by one of the bridesmaids as well as their blush glitter place cards that the bride put lots of detail in.  Guests sat in beautiful gold chiavari chairs with an ivory cushions and had gold chargers at their place settings. The sweetheart table had a very elegant chandelier above it provided by Sit on This.  The reception began with a grand entrance from the large bridal party of 13 plus the cutest little flower girl and ring bearer.  Then it was time for the new Mr. and Mrs. Bees to be announced by the amazing DJ Harry O.  They look absolutely gorgeous and so in love as they entered.  They immediately took the dance floor and danced a choreographed dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”.  It was adorable and they danced so elegantly.  Following this was a blessing by Christina’s father followed by dinner. After dinner, the best man and maid of honor speeches were made along with a thank you from the couple.  The cake cutting of their chic wedding cake by Las Vegas Custom Cakes took place next.  Then Christina did a father daughter dance as Lighten Films captured this along with the entire wedding.  Finally the dance floor opened for guests to dance and I must say this dance floor was never empty.  In the middle, Christina (a former sorority member), asked her Alpha Chi Omega girls to join her on the dance floor.  They entered the dance floor with glow sticks which were their wedding favors and danced away to Dj Skrilla’s “Alpha Chi Omega Anthem”.  Guests were also handed glow sticks to join in on the fun and they sure danced the night away.  I haven’t planned a wedding where when the lights came on and every single guest were still on the dance floor wanting more.  They eventually were sent to the hotel bar to continue the celebration.  It was such a great group of people and truly an honor to be part of such a gorgeous event.
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Thank you so much to all of the Vendors that helped bring this beautiful event together:
Wedding Planner- Desirable Events by Desi
Photographer- Moxie Studio (all photos provided by them…special thanks!)
Videographer- Lighten Films
Chairs- Rosalio Rivera
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For more information on planning a gorgeous wedding like this, please feel free to contact me at desi@desirableevent.com or (248) 836-8605.  Visit our website to see more of our weddings and events along with our packages.

Las Vegas Bachelorette Weekend with out the Crazy Club Scene

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Natalie is one of my best friends and not only do I have the pleasure of assisting in planning her wedding but I also am one of her bridesmaids. Natalie lives in Las Vegas but is from Michigan as well so her Las Vegas bridesmaids including myself, through her a Las Vegas Bachelorette/bridal shower weekend. Seeing that we are all in our 30s, we wanted a fun weekend but not the crazy packed clubs that Vegas has to offer. After lots of planning, we came up with the following itinerary see in this photo (also her invites and edited so address doesn’t show):

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For Saturday our day began with a Cabana at Daydream. This is the adult pool located at the M Resort. It’s a perfect spot that  us locals typically go to all summer long. There aren’t kids there and it is not overly crowded like the strip club pools tend to be. We decorated the cabana in balloons and banners. (Side note in case you are planning a pool: do not bring picture frames or anything with glass because they will take it). I bought Natalie Bride sunglasses and decided to get sunglasses favors for all our attendees. We ordered a few bottles of vodka (only $95 each)and a few bottles of champagne ($40 each) for the perfect mix for any bachelorette. Pricing at the M is very reasonable and our cabana only was a $400 minimum which was easy to hit for a group of 16 girls. The manager even surprised Natalie with a complimentary bottle of champagne. We had perfect weather that day and it turned out to be such a fun day.

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After the pool and getting ready, we went back to the M Resort for dinner. We chose to go to one of Natalie’s favorite restaurants, Jayde Fuzion. Here they specialize in sushi and Asian dishes with three menu options: All-You-Can-Eat Sushi and Nigiri for $24.95, All-You-Can-Eat Jayde Specialties (no sushi) for $24.95, or All-You-Can-Eat Sushi, Nigiri and Jayde Specialties for $32.95. They are Gluten sensitive friendly as well. It is a very delicious restaurant with a great ambiance. We had the private dining room for the 16 of us.

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Following dinner we went to Ravello lounge at the M. I would describe this as an ultra lounge because it’s in between a chill lounge and a nightclub. They had live music and we had bottle service there as well. Which they do not require to have a table but it is again so reasonably priced why not get a bottle. Everyone had so much fun dancing the night away.

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The next day we had a bridal shower for Natalie at Ashley’s house (one of her bridesmaids). The food was all made by Her bridesmaid Laura as Ashley and I decorated the house. Looking through these photos you will notice the “Puffs”, I would definitely do these ahead of time or make sure you have plenty of people to make them. They look cute but they are a pain to decorate with. We set up a mimosa bar with different juices and fruit. This way guests could enjoy drinks of their liking. As favors, we had mini bottles of sparkling wine for each guest to take with them. Our theme was blush and gold and we displayed this throughout the day in decor, favors, and invites. We played 2 games, Who knows the bride best and we asked each girl to decorate a bottle of champagne that describes their friendship to Natalie and she would pick the best bottle.  We had about 14 girls attend the shower and Marc (her fiancé) came to open presents with her. His favorite being the lingerie of course. We had a guest book alternative that is pictured below of the letter C for her soon to be new initial.  After gifts anyone who wanted to stay brought swim suits to use the pool at Ashley’s. It was the perfect way to ending the perfect weekend.

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Planning any event can be so much fun but sometimes with larger groups it may be hard to all agree on something. This is what I am here for and I love planning the perfect Bachelorette and Bridal Showers. If you have stumped or having issues planning any events, please contact me at desi@desirableevent.com or (248) 836-8605. I would love to be part of planning any event you desire!

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