Las Vegas Private Estate Wedding

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Sarah contacted me while she was stationed overseas serving our country.  After just one email she sent I instantly felt connected to not only her but her soon to be family.  Sarah was lucky enough to not only gain a husband but she also gain two twin daughters in this unity.  The original photo she sent me of the family to get to know them just melted my heart.  Then when she was off tour, all four of them visited Las Vegas and the meeting was just what I expected.  The four of them were the perfect little family.  The girls were so sweet and well behaved.  They sat through a day of wedding planning but in the end they did finish it off with cake tasting so what little girl wouldn’t love that.

Now let’s talk about their wedding weekend.  The venue they chose was the 2810 Private Resort.  It was perfect for their guest list of 60.  The mansion is a three day rental which made it perfect to have their rehearsal and rehearsal dinner there the evening before.  For the rehearsal dinner, they had Cut & Taste (my favorite caterers in town) host a fancy BBQ.  The menu consisted of their Caesar Salad (spiced apples, brioche croutons, apple cider caesar dressing), Fingerling Potato Salad (crispy bacon & gorgonzola), Braised Brisket (caramelized onion, mashed potato and sweet BBQ), Smoked Chicken (three cheese mac n cheese, crispy shallots), Dark Chocolate Pot de Creme (macerated raspberries, toasted almonds).  I had to share this menu as it was just as delicious and amazing as their wedding day menu (that I will of course describe below).  After dinner, guests had the opportunity to have cocktails and swim in the pool. It is the perfect place for a laid back evening before the big day.

Onto the wedding day, which took place on a hot summer day in July.  The weather was actually beautiful and although over 100 degrees, it wasn’t too hot for guests since we added some cooling options.  Their ceremony took place on the bridge over the pool while guests watched from the beach area.  This is the perfect spot for an intimate ceremony.  During the ceremony, the twins came up for a special unity where Sarah & Craig placed lockets around their necks as a sign of unity for their new stepmother.  Cocktail hour & reception took place just inside of the home in the living room that already has a built in bar.  During cocktail hour passed Hors D’oeuvres of Mini Chicken Tostadas, Short Rib Barbacoa Empenadas, and Cut and Taste’s version of Pigs in a Pillow (Mustard Seed Biscuit, Ball Park Mousse, Cheddar Tuile, Pickled Mustard Seed).  I can only say it is a true amazing explosion of flavors in your mouth that you would never guess by looking at it.  The dinner took place outside the house on the patio where the toasts were made and the area was dressed up by RSVP rentals and the gorgeous florals from Mylo Fleur.  My favorite wedding dinner menu from the fabulous Cut and Taste was deliciously made of Heirloom Tomato Salad, Rootbeer Braised Short Rib (our favorite) with potato puree & carrots, and their take on Rice “Krispy” (see photo below).  Following dinner, the guests went back indoors to dance the night away.  Sarah & Craig had a sparkler send off and actually drove away in a limo to a hotel for a romantic evening alone.  This was truly a fun, gorgeous, intimate wedding.  The venue is the perfect spot for anyone looking to marry away from the Las Vegas Strip.  Please see photos below of this incredible day by Adam Trujillo.

 

 

A very special thank you to our amazing creative team:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi / Photographer & Cinematography Team: Adam Trujillo  / Floral: Mylo Fleur  / Rentals: RSVP / Catering: Cut and Taste /Bar: Liquid Courage  /DJ- DJ Kyd Wicked  /Officiant: Pastor Pete  / Cake: Las Vegas Custom Cakes / Hair & Makeup: Sarah Redzikowski / Venue: 2810 Private Estate / Rings: Tacori

A very popular trend right now in Las Vegas seems to be Private Estates and Mansions.  Many couples believe that they will get more for their money at a private estate.  It is important to note that many houses require a minimum stay of 3 nights for events.  This is perfect for couples who have the budget as it offers an intimate setting for all of your guests.  Please contact us to plan the wedding of your desires!

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Sick of my Husband?!

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Being in love and married is a wonderful thing. Getting to work with each other and being around each other all day is just an added bonus that I wouldn’t have any other way. We get asked non stop, “How are you not sick of each other?, Don’t you ever get time alone?, etc”. Well if you love someone as much as RJ and I love each other every minute we are not together is hard for us. We each own our own business so primarily all of our work is done from home. I love it though. We get to make our own schedules, plan trips whenever we want, we stay focused in getting our work done but we have the luxury of it being on our time. I am not writing this to brag about how awesome our lives are because yes there are a few times where I would like to say “Don’t you have to be somewhere”. I am sick of getting asked how I can stand being around my husband all the time. Think about it… Why would I have married someone only to never see him or be around him. How could I marry someone that “should” annoy me all the time so I need to spend time apart?! I don’t get how people judge us nor do I care. I am confused as to how we can so quickly be frowned upon because we are always with each other. We love each other and we honestly work best off each other. Every event and wedding that I plan he is my assistant and I love it. I’m so lucky he gets to share all the wonderful experiences I do. I think it helps him too get a break from just plastic recycling to share moments with my clients that are important to them. Each event brings us closer and closer together. I am so lucky to have an amazing assistant, supporter, cheerleader, and husband. Next time you are too quick to judge someone think maybe you just are not happy and secure in your relationship. Maybe you need a quick spice up your relationship or maybe you two grew apart. My advice, don’t judge people and try to make their positives a negative. Thank you RJ for being the most amazing and genuine person I have ever met.

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Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Wedding

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Gina and Corey found Desirable Events by Desi a little over a year prior to their selected wedding date. We met over Skype as they were from Virginia and instantly clicked. They are such a beautiful couple and their wedding just turned out gorgeous.  They wanted their wedding in Las Vegas because it is their home away from home as they travel here quite often and it is where Corey proposed to Gina.  It made for the perfect destination wedding for them.  When I first met Corey in person he had two requests: a Jager Bomb station and a Flair Bartender. Right then and there I knew this was going to be such a fun wedding to plan.  Although they did not have either one of Corey’s requests, we came up with a ton of fun ideas for the couple and their guests, which I will get into later in the post.

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The wedding was held at the 5 star hotel, the Mandarin Oriental in the center of the Las Vegas Strip. Walking into the hotel alone, it takes your breath away by their decor but this couple added their personal touches and beautiful decor to make their event perfect. Naakiti Floral was hired to do all the beautiful centerpieces, bridal party flowers, parent flowers, and ceremony decor. With the strong winds outdoors for the ceremony, I had the news to either bring the wedding indoors to have the beautiful floral reveal the couple wanted or to just do without flowers and get married outside as planned. Corey and Gina both said rain, wind, or shine they wanted to have their ceremony outside. With the help of Naakiti, Mandarin, and my team, we made their request happen and they still had beautiful flowers down the aisle. Their ceremony was performed by Reverend Jimmy Mac. He made the ceremony so personal and memorable.  It was fabulous and Gina’s Vera Wang dress was gorgeous in the gusts of wind. Brio Strings was their string quartet that performed during the ceremony and cocktail hour. The lovely quartet works through T Entertainment.  It was a very romantic ceremony and with a hundred people still felt very intimate.

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The reception was in the ballrooms at the Mandarin with a beautiful view of the strip. With all of the gorgeous decor and personal touches, it was such a fun and memorable event. The unique table set up of a mix of long rectangular tables and circular tables half with blush linen and the other with sequin blush linen fit beautifully with their style.  They also had gorgeous centerpieces of mixed floral from white hydrenga, sahara roses, cream spray roses, white phals and white anemones.  Along the dance floor, Sit on this provided comfortable lounge furniture for the perfect look and so guests could rest their feet during dances.  Dj Miss Joy performed throughout the wedding with club inspired music that the bride and groom requested.  To add that extra special touch and tie the whole room together, Bliss Entertainment provided blush uplighting.

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Gina and Corey were so thoughtful of their guests and had favors for them throughout the night. They started with their place cards being mini bottles of Chandon Rose. After their 5 course dinner that was served as the guests danced the night away they brought out glow sticks to add the Las Vegas club scene. These were by far a big hit with even the oldest guests. At the end of the night, they wanted to make sure each guest had another final treat with gourmet donuts.

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Throughout the entire day, Heidi Ann and John Michael with Alt F photography took breathtaking photos of the couple.  They captured all the details throughout the event and left everyone involved with the most memorable photos.  All photos in the post were provided by them.

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This wedding was absolutely perfect and the couple was wonderful to work with. We made a lasting friendship out of this.

A special thanks to all who helped create this couples desires!
Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi
Photographer: Alt F
Floral: Naakiti Floral
Furniture: Sit on This
DJ: DJ Miss Joy
Strings: Brio Strings (T Entertainment)
Uplighting: Bliss Entertainment
Venue: Mandarin Oriental

Please visit http://www.desirableevent.com to book your wedding or event.  You too can have a gorgeous event with the best of the best vendors in the industry.

Hire a Las Vegas Wedding Planner

Hire Las Vegas wedding plannerHave a Budget and really need a Wedding Planner? Please read and see how wedding planners benefit you while not scaring you away because of the price.

Many brides want to have a DIY wedding but do not have the time to meet with all the vendors, pick out the decor, and definitely do not have time the day of their wedding to walk around and make sure everything is perfect. By hiring a wedding planner/designer, you will not be stressed out at all and have the opportunity to enjoy every part of the process of your wedding.

I am writing about this because lately, brides have been contacting wondering pricing and packages related to planning services. However, many brides budgets may not fit the price of hiring a full on planner. Do not fear though, many planners may work something out with you to give as much of their knowledge and assistance to fit in your budget. Do not hesitate to contact planners for questions concerning your wedding, just understand how much work goes into full service and how they can help you save money in other ways.

Breaking it down (all pricing varies based on location of wedding and the planner… this is an estimate):

Full Service Wedding Planning/Design- ($4,000-$10,000) services provided for this could include planning your entire event. Think about all the time you do not have because work, school, kids, etc. This would be why you are hiring a planner to do your wedding for you. Many hours and meetings go into full service design so do not be afraid of the price because although it may seem high, a planner who is designing your entire wedding will definitely have opportunities where you can make up the price elsewhere. As planners, we have many connections with vendors and venues where we can get discounts and deals at a better rate since we work with them on multiple events. Therefore, the $5,000 you may spend on a planner, you will make up savings on the venue, vendors, and entertainment.  Full service also almost always includes the day of coordination to make sure everything is done exactly how you envisioned it.

Partial Service Planning- ($2,500-$5,000) Maybe you have the venue picked out already or a few vendors but do not have time to meet with them and make sure they know when to be at your wedding or tell them exactly what you want. This is when you want Partial service so you have someone to review all your contracts and someone to tell the vendors when to arrive.  This will typically also include day of coordination as well.

Day of Coordination- ($800-$2,000) This service usually will include a rehearsal along with of the wedding day of activities. A coordinator is hired to be sure the wedding schedule is going smoothly and everything is on time to the best of their ability.

*Your wedding day may be one day, but it is the most important day in anyone’s life. You do not want any last minute worries or stresses because your flowers didn’t arrive, your maid of honor is missing, or your DJ came an hour late. By simply hiring a planner, you will not need to worry about anything. Just showing up with your dress on and walking down the aisle to the man of your dreams. (And that is not a worry at all) Enjoy your day and check with Wedding Planners in your area for their specific pricing. Trust me, do not be scared at the price, it will help you in so many other ways!

Tips for Outdoor Las Vegas Weddings

Tips for Outdoor Vegas Weddings:

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  1. Choose non summer months.  Late May through early September the temperatures reach  over the 100 degree mark; which is too hot for formal wedding attire. April and October are the best months to have outdoor weddings because temperatures arat between 75 and 85 degrees and sunset is around 6pm.
  2. Provide a favor to cool the guests. Handing out fans as favors or as programs are a great way to show guests you care and give out information on the wedding.
  3. For outdoor ceremonies offer guests a welcome cocktail or even just flavored water. One wedding I did provided guests with cucumber water as they entered the outdoor ceremony space and guests loved the refreshing touch.
  4. Have a backup plan. Although Vegas has mostly beautiful sunny days, there are still times that it may rain or is extremely windy. For rain, it is definitely a wise choice to take the wedding indoors instead. For wind purposes, it is a great idea to check with the venue to see if the location is a wind trap or if I actually blocks the wind. Wind will cause microphone problems that will lose intimacy in your ceremony.
  5. Decor choices. If you plan on using the beautiful natural look of a venue be sure that what you see months before the wedding is what will be there on your day. Most flowers in Las Vegas bloom certain times of the year and may only last a few weeks. By even seeing your venue a year away will not guarantee the natural scenery will be the same. It’s best to check with the venue on their opinion and also a week before make sure it is how you want it so you have the opportunity to add decor where needed.
  6. Food. Outdoor weddings sometimes do not have a kitchen facility right at the location so keep in mind food will be transported from somewhere else. You do not want your guests to have cold food that is supposed to be hot or warm food that should have been cold. Check with your caterer before deciding on venue and get a list of recommended food items so that your guests will have a memorable experience.
  7. Provide sunscreen and/or sunglasses. A cute touch and great favor to five guests are sunscreen packets and sunglasses. This will not only protect them from the sun but later in the evening make for props for photos.

Remember to make sure your day is everything you have desired and also think of the tiniest things to make your wedding stand out to guests. Everyone always appreciates how couples think of all the little things to keep their guests happy. For more advice on planning a Las Vegas outdoor wedding or tips to creating a memorable lasting experience contact Desi at desi@desirableevent.com.