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Hi everyone!

Before I start this thread, I mean to say that it is mainly a record of my inner ramblings to help me keep track of how my elopement-planning is coming. So I do appreciate any well-wishers, and advice from experienced Vegas-women such as Tara and ChristineK, among others!

OK, so here's what we're up to so far:

I scratched the Expedia idea, because after searching Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity I decided I could probably find a good deal if I paid for the trip separately. So I tried Southwest airlines, and looked at hotel prices online.

Finally, I found this site:

http://www.mgmmiragevacations.co m

...which is actually a site for booking your vacation package directly through the hotel with your choice for the airline.

So I checked it out and decided that is *definitely* the cheapest way to go so far as we have looked, so long as we go ahead and fly through Southwest Air (not my favorite, but I'll live).

We have decided to stay at Treasure Island at the Mirage, and after checking out the website (www.treasureisland.com) I can safely say that from the pictures, the rooms look the very nicest of any of the hotels that have been in our price range. They are beautiful and I am sure that it will be the nicest hotel I have ever stayed in (considering that I have never stayed in a nice hotel - I have, however, stayed in some real ****holes). The pool is also heated year-round, according to Tara, and there is a lot of free entertainment there. And it's right on the center of the strip!

So ANYWAY, we went on to check out the whole site for Treasure Island and it turns out that they have a pretty darn classy wedding chapel. Double bonus! AND if we book through the mgm/mirage vacations website, we can get a discounted rate. The package we are looking at includes use of chapel and officiant, bridal bouquet and groom's boutonniere, music, small photography package, etc. And I read online that the courthouse is like 3 miles away.

We would also want to purchase videography though. I want to be able to share it with my family - especially if my mom throws a reception for us.

I like the idea of being able to get married at the hotel we are staying in! I already have my dress and veil (though I am thinking about not wearing the gloves due to their formality), and we purchased a three-button charcoal suit for Aaron with a silver tie. The silver in the tie looks beautiful with the brocade in my gown. I still need to get shoes, and so does he. And before we get married, we will both want to have our wedding apparel pressed (mine may need dry-cleaned too, you never know!). I know there is a hair salon in the hotel but I don't know what the prices are like. So I will need to find somewhere to get my hair done.

Anyway, we are going to purchase our tickets so that we arrive in the afternoon (~4:00 pm) on Monday, November 25. We will probably get married in the afternoon on the 26th, then stay the 27th, and will return on the 28th (Thursday).

We have decided that since our funds are rather limited, we are going to choose our entertainment carefully. We both want to see all the cool, free stuff, but we also decided we want to go to a couple shows.

The one "big expensive" show I want to go see is Cirque du Soliel's Mystere. If anyone has seen that one, your input would be greatly appreciated! It is like $88 per person and the only night it will be playing when we are there is Wednesday (the 27th). We might dress all formal and go to a fancy dinner beforehand too! My mom is sending me my one formal dress, and we bought Aaron a navy-gold-and gray tie to match.

I also want to see one of those shows with those showgirls who have the big plumes on their heads. If anyone knows of a good one (not too expensive), LMK!!!

I also want to go to the Stratosphere tower, hopefully to eat there.

I anticipate that the girls at work will want to have a bridal shower for me (they all seem to love baby/bridal showers). So I'm going to ask for a ton of film for my camera, some trashy lingerie, and some of those cute matching underwear that say "bride" and "groom."

Anyway, enough wedding rambling for now...

Em

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RE : Planning the elopement to Vegas...
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That's fantastic! I'm so glad things are working out well for you.

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Em, you are going to have so much fun. congrats on your decision!!


We went to vegas this past august and saw La Femme (topless dance show, NOT strip show) and it was really good. Make sure you eat at the Paris buffet, suppose to be the best breakfast buffet on the strip. The free 10 min pirate show at treasure island is really fun and cute.

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CONGRATS!!!! And some input....
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Hey, Em, I haven't been around much, but I am originally from Vegas and in the process of moving back (Sept 17th).

Anyway, my best friends sister in law works as a stylist at a salon called Euphoria in Green Valley, and I think they even have a spa there. I hear there awesome and I have had my hair cut at a different location and with all the natural curls they are one of the few places that have done a fab job!! Another one I have heard good things about is Dolphin Court up near the Lakes. These are about 20-30 minutes away from Treasure Island, and since I don't know your price range, I can't say if they are too expensive or not. I know for my cut and style with really really long hair it was about 60, but I think I bought some supplies too.

It sounds like you have the chapel all picked, but I thought you might like to see the chapel at Excalibur. You can go online and see photos if you already haven't, and if you need help locating their websit let me know. I have to say when I was searching around for a venue for my wedding, it was one of the most beautiful impressive chapels in Vegas. Having lived there with the reputation of being the wedding capital of the world I really wanted something traditional and normal outside of slot machines. And even though it is located in a casino... it is really breathtaking. So please take a look

I hope I have helped, and if you need anything, just message me!!!

Best Wishes,
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Ok I couldn't stand it!!!!
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Here is the link... I REALLY hope you like it!!! I know I am awful


http://www.excaliburlasvegas.com /weddings/

I don't think I ever saw any of the Treasure Island pics, so if ya could... would you post a link ???

Thanks and Good Luck,
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That is beautiful!!! Not sure if it's in your price range or not Em, but worth a look. I really like that! If I didn't have my heart set on a Disney Wedding I would look into different options in Vegas!! Good luck Em!!!
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Hi Jess!

It *is* in our price range and we looked at that one, but from online pics we liked the one at Treasure Island better. I originally liked Excalibur best though. Of course, I'm only judging these things from online.

I can't post a picture because it's too hard to figure out! But if you go to the website and click on weddings, you'll see.

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RE : Planning the elopement to Vegas...
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What a wonderful idea! It sounds like you've got alot of things planned out already. I've never seen the "Mystere" show but I have seen the "O" show at the Bellagio and I've seen alot of the Cirque du Soliel's shows and "O" is my absolute favorite!!! It is the only show that cannot travel because the whole show is done from a water tank (the performers enter & exit from this tank - you have to see it to believe it!) I would HIGHLY recommend that show. Another one is "LaGuardia" - very interactive with the audience and high energy (just don't wear anything nice to it because you will get wet! )
Another show would be the "Blue Men Band". Just a few thoughts...

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We were married at the MGM March 01, and it was a blast! Vegas weddings can be as beautiful as you want them to be, so congrats on a great choice! Treasure Isle chapel is very nice, so is Excalibur. I think the best location is either the Bellagio or the Venetian, but those wedding packages are very pricy. You can't go wrong with the hotel you picked. Have a blast...try to see Blue Man Group.


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Cirque...
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Em:

It sounds like it is all working out for you! I have been kind of following along...

We have seen several of the Cirque shows... Allegra, Drallion, and just recently 'Quidam'. Bill saw one of their smaller shows in Hawaii too! I am a huge fan of Cirque... you really can't go wrong. I actually suggested tickets for Quidam for bill's mom's birthday (she who thinks nothing can be any good unless it is on Broadway... :rolleyes She was extremely reserved when she got the tickets... but they went last week and loved it! She is now a total fan! I have heard that Mystere is awesome! Blue Man Group is also a must see if you can. It plays in a theatre here in Boston, and is excellent!

I am sure you are going to have a blast in whatever you decide to do... Enjoy!

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You go, Em! A few thoughts...

Treasure Island is a nice, middle-of-the strip (literally!!) place. We stayed next door at the Mirage, but we did spend some time there at TI. As you said, great location on the strip. Pretty nice pool, which would be important to us. You will have to splurge and take the Gondola ride across the street at the Venetian. Very romantic!!

We saw Mystere. It was one of the FHs favorite shows of all that we've seen, which includes some Broadway. Get there early enough to enjoy the pre-entertainment as people are being seated. I hear that the show is basically the same as O, with no water.

Lots of fun, free entertainment. One of my favorite things to do there is walk the whole newer part ot the strip at night (from where you are to Bellagio) and check out the fun night displays outside of the hotels. As you probably know, Treasure Island features a pirate battle, the Mirage and exploding volcano, and the Bellagio an amazing coreaographed light show that you must see (several times!!) to truly appreciate. The lobbies are also quite amazing and fun to tour. Bellagio has beautiful gardens, Paris is supposed to be like Paris...Las Vegas is pretty fun!! You have to pose for pics with the hotties (him too!) who stand (scantily clad, of course) outside Caesar's Palace to attract people.

FYI, there is a Tiffany at the Bellagio. I took all of the money I had set aside to lose gambling, and bought a bracelet with it! I win!

Have fun; I'm sure it willl be amazing!

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This one looks gorgeous too!!!!! You are gonna have such a cool wedding!!!
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The Water Show at the Bellagio.....
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I have to say it is breathtaking!!!! You really have to see it to believe it. It is impassioned, romantic and all incredibly set to music. This is one show you have to take in at night with the park type lamps on illuminating along the strip. Your going to have a blast!!!

Here I have attatched a photo of a the water dance....

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My husband and I were in Vegas this July, for both Canada Day and the 4th. We stayed at the Luxor (very nice) and our friends were next door at the Excalibur. If I had to choose, I would probably go for Treasure Island, mostly because of the kids. The Excalibur was chock full of little tykes running around the shops, the food court area, even the casino! I couldn't believe the number of strollers around...I think that might take away some of the romance, but that's just my opinion.

We saw Mystere and absolutely loved it. I was constantly amazed at the control and coordination some people have! If you can fit it into your wedding budget, I think it would be worth seeing. It made my trip (I didn't make any money gambling--so no trip to Cartier or Tiffany's for me).

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Yay, Em!! You are going to have such an awesome wedding trip!! Treasure Island's rooms and chapel look beautiful!!

Be sure to tell the reservations clerk at the time of check-in that you guys are there for your wedding. Oftentimes, if they have a room upgrade available on the day of (like a posh suite that hasn't been taken), they'll let you stay in the suite, or at least give you a room that's higher up / with a better view. It never hurts to mention it.

Lastly, I TOTALLY agree with Lisa. The Bellagio fountain show must be seen to be believed. Jeff and I had just done our vow renewal that afternoon, and we wandered over to the Bellagio. The first song they played (the songs for the show change every show - every 15 min) was their signature song. It was SOOOOOO romantic. Jeff and I liked it so much that we immediately looked it up after we got home and downloaded it. It gives me chills.

For those who'd like to hear it, it's "Con Te Partiro - Time to Say Goodbye - by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli.

Don't leave the fountain show until you hear this song! *siiigh*

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How could I forget??!! The water show at the Bellagio is so beautiful. You and Aaron have got to see it.

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It is beautiful!!! I still remember the commercials for the Bellagio before it opened, and I have to say the song fit in beautifully with the show, and the surroundings, all if it is just so elegant. Ahhhhh *deep sigh*......

I have to say it will be on of the first things Charles and I will see when we get back into town Can't wait!!!

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As I sit here thinking of the most romantic spots in Vegas, I can't believe I forgot to meantion one. I don't know if you are using taxis or renting a car. BUT for one day, you need to rent a car, there is so much to do and see outside of Las Vegas. And then at night head up Bonanza (going East) from the strip, and go up to the LDS Temple. Even though you may not be LDS the view from up there is INCREDIBLE!!!! You don't even have to go onto the grounds, but next to is it is a desert lot that provides and extrodinary view of the city!!! IT IS A MUST SEE!!!!

P.S. If you need some advice on good rental companies, I used to assist-manage Allstate on E.Sahara, not far from the strip. And Alamo was good too, I got some of my pre-manager training there. Best Luck~ Lisa

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What about food?

I've been poring over the sites Tara posted on my "expedia" thread and have found interesting information on dining and prices.

So far it looks like while the Stratosphere is incredible, it would also be a lot better to have lunch there than dinner. On one site, the person said that lunch is ~$10/pp and you get a free ride to the top, but dinner is one of the most expensive in Vegas.

Any particular suggestions? Keep in mind we can't afford to spend big $$$ on food every night.

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[QUOTE]Originally posted by emnightingale
[B]What about food?



Well, I don't know a thing about food in vegas, other than there are lots of cheap buffets. I just wanted to say congrats! As one who is just starting wedding planning, I think I may be asking you for advice in 5 or 6 months on where to go in Vegas! That's not the current plan, but may end up to be it.... Best to you and Aaron.
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I have heard that the Stratosphere is about 100 per person for dinner, but I also know that ONE OF THESE days it is something I want to do. If your looking for $$, try one of Emeril Lagasse's resturaunts in Vegas, he has 3. One in MGM, one in the Venetian and one in ???? I went to the one in MGM and we spent about 120 for two, but I have to say it is one experience I won't forget!!! The food was too die for!!!

As for buffets, the Sunset Station is REALLY good, they are out in Henderson, just off the 95, and run about 8.99 for dinner. The Boulder Station, off of 95 and Boulder Hwy., has a GREAT Mexican resturaunt called the Guadalajara (sp?) and they are reasonable priced, and yummmm. In the Texas Station, way out in the NW, they have a seafood/mexican resturaunt called the Laredo Del Mar, I don't remember much about the food, but there Coconut Margaritas were OMG!!! They dip the glass in honey, pour in the slushy mix, and then sprinkle cocnut on the rim.... MMMMMMMM. With kids I didn't get out much, but those were some of my favs, aside from Olive Garden, TGIF, Outback, Macayos (mexican), and Red Robin. There's also a Macaroni Grill there too. Just about anything you can find anywhere will be there too. The casinos tend to be pricier on food then commercial resturaunts, but you can find reasonable places to eat just check around and there will always be someone around to recommend a good place to eat as well

You haven't said much, but I hope all my info is helping....

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It is normally about 8 for a ride to the top for non-residents and 4 for residents. The view is incredible, but it is something to keep in mind.

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Em,

I've been to LV many times. Both Cirque shows are considered among the best in LV. It sounds expensive, but it is certainly worth it. You will feel like you got your money's worth and more. As long as you are staying at TI, then you owe it to yourselves to see at least one of the Cirque shows.

Want a romantic dinner with a great view? Go to the Voodoo Cafe on top of the Rio Suites. A very elegant romanic restaurant, great food, not cheap, but much less expensive than the Stratosphere restaurant. After dinner you can go to the adjacent Voodoo lounge and listen music and dance.

When checking in at your hotel, ask for a room on a high floor with a view of the strip. If you don't ask for a view, they will assume that you don't care and give you the 2nd floor view of the parking lot.

Don't rent a car, taxis are everywhere. But don't tell the driver it is your first time in LV, they might take the long way. When going to/from the airport, under no circumstances should they take you through "the tunnel" on the south end of the airport.

The rooms for late November should be *very* cheap, $45/night? I would try to avoid a package deal, because you will be locked in to a certain rate. The main thing is get a good flight at a good price first. Getting a room is never a problem during mid week. Once you have a flight, then call the hotels directly and get their best price. The rates change all the time and you will not be locked into that rate. The rates can change hourly, sometimes the rate depends on who you speak to in reservations. One or two weeks before your trip, the hotel may be desparate to fill the rooms and they will slash the rates. Keep calling every day, if the rate is lower, then cancel and rebook. The TI is nice, but the Mirage is nicer, and the Bellagio nicer yet. Check the rates at all three, you never know if the Mirage will run a special rate that beats TI. Have fun. Good luck.

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Reading Photogold's post reminded there is *supposed* to be a garden type resturaunt at the top of Sam's Town off of Flamingo and Boulder Hwy. While I agree with everything else that was said in Photogold's post, I still think you should rent a car for one day. It is true there are taxis everywhere, but if you want to go to further scenic places like Hoover Dam, Red Rock, Mt. Charleston or Lake Mead, it would probably be best to drive it yourself. And besides it would give you great *christening* stories of your honeymoon all over scenic places in Las Vegas.... hehehe

Haven't seen many more posts from you on here, hope all is well~

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