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You Want To Do What? Get Married In Las Vegas!!!


That’s right. After much deliberation, thought, and research it looks like it might be a Las Vegas wedding.

I am sure I am like most people in that my wedding is important to me. It is something I only plan to do once and it should be beautiful and meaningful.

However, since we already have three kids and we are saving for a house, I am very realistic about the amount of money I want to spend. We set the budget at about $5000 dollars.

Several discussions, emails to wedding venues, and lots of reading later I realized $5000 gets you squat! I almost feel like I am being charged just to say the word wedding.

And I am not thinking grandiose by any means. I am talking about only 50-60 people (we both have small families and few friends). Since I am vegetarian, I am not planning on spending hard earned money on steak or lobster either. Nope, just small and fun.

Already feeling somewhat overwhelmed after only one week of “wedding planning” I thought, how much easier would it be to elope to Vegas?


Suddenly my joke made a lot of sense. A lightbulb lit above my head and I heard angels signing ahhh.

I went to Las Vegas last year for a conference and I loved it there. I was pregnant with the girls at the time so I wasn’t “sinning” in Sin City either. Nope it was just good, clean fun.

Fiancee and I have never really travelled together or taken a “vacation”. In fact, last year’s trip to Vegas was my first time on a plane! How amazing would it be to go to Vegas and have a wedding/honeymoon in one? We hadn’t planned on a honeymoon since we couldn’t afford it, but this gave us an option.

And no, I don’t want a cheesy, hokey “Vegas” wedding (like where we get married by Elvis or something). If I wanted lame we could just go to city hall and be done with it (no offence).

There are lots of great wedding packages you can buy ranging from $1000-$10000.Β  You can get married at all the big hotels from the Bellagio, to the Luxor or the MGM Grand. They take care of everything from make up to flowers, your photos and an officiant. You just get to relax and enjoy the ride. Then afterwards it’s party time πŸ™‚

I am so exited just writing about it. However, this plan isn’t without its flaws.

1. Who will watch the kids? It would have been nice to have them in the wedding, but we would not take the whole family.

2. My parents don’t fly. So they wouldn’t be able to come. I would really like to have my parents around on my wedding day. On the plus side, they could watch the kids.

3. It may be an issue for my brother to come.

4. Everyone may hate us! While the other problems are minor, the reaction to our plan has been…well…you read the title. We thought since its our wedding it should be about us and we should do what we want to do. We are not religious per se and we have been living together for years and now have three kids, so it’s not like we are just starting out of the gate.

I have always found it ridiculous that your wedding is supposed to be all about you, but you bend over backwards and go broke making everyone else happy. Could you imagine it if your family said they wanted to throw you a birthday party and then at the end told you that you were going to foot the bill?

So the “wedding planning” continues as we weigh our options. I keep telling everyone that nothing is decided yet, but in the back of my mind I am already thinking about champagne on the strip and shopping at the premium outlets (yay Ed Hardy).


So what do you think? Would you ever leave it all and have a romantic destination wedding in Las Vegas?


About Shannon

I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.


11 thoughts on “You Want To Do What? Get Married In Las Vegas!!!

  1. There are many venues here in Etobicoke/Mississauga/Toronto that you could plan a wedding at and there are alternatives to banquet halls. You should look into these options or ask someone who is willing to help guide you through these ideas before you decide to elope without your parents and brother there to witness it. Just saying. For instance….you can have a really pretty antique/vintage type wedding at Applewood Estates in Etobicoke, it’s cheap and the upstairs holds around 45 people and there is also a downstairs they can rent for like $200. Then you get it catered (so many options for great value – especially if you are doing something simple like chicken and vegetarian/pasta/ like dishes). You could have someone you know πŸ˜‰ make cupcakes and a topper cake (to keep costs low) and provide multiple flavours for your guests as a dessert option. There are so many things you could do, a backyard wedding, talk to friends see who can help with things like canopy for outside, catering, cooking, setting up, etc. Sometimes if you utilize your friends and relatives you will be amazed at how things can get done. Every year I have my son’s birthday at my dad’s farm (which has also been the site of my brother’s wedding and many other events). You can make your own centerpieces/flowers for a great price by using costco’s flowers and some simple supplies from michaels arts and crafts store (using their 40% or even better 50% off coupons). If you ever want to get together Shannon, I am here for you and I would be willing to help you plan a wedding that is beautiful for your $5000 budget. I have many ideas and solutions to budget issues. This is something I love doing. Just let me know.

    Posted by Sarah | August 30, 2013, 11:51 am
    • I think you have the wrong impression. I am not choosing this because of money or as a second rate option. This is my dream wedding. It is not “eloping” in that all of our friends and family will be there except my parents. It will be glitz, glamour and unforgettable, we will be spoiled like celebrities and get a vacation something we will not get here for such little money, and with no work on our part. I am sorry you don’t share my excitement, and it does suck that my parents can’t be there but I am so excited to have a Hollywood wedding. I don’t have time to plan a wedding, nor do I want to. Why should I when they will do it all for me? No one should have to settle. I know that I won’t settle. Thanks anyways for your offer but that’s not for me.

      Posted by Shannon | August 30, 2013, 4:20 pm
  2. OmG it sounds awesome! The only thing that really matters is that at the end of your day, you are married to the person you want to share your life with. Enjoy!

    Posted by momasteblog | August 30, 2013, 11:53 am
  3. Honestly, keeping my wedding within the 10K budget was tough, I can’t imagine 5K. After it was all said and done though, both of us agreed that we would have rather spent more money on the honeymoon rather than the wedding. I am all in favor of eloping or a destination type of wedding. If you’ve never been to Mexico, I would recommend it. My honeymoon in Mexico was the most relaxing, enjoyable vacation I have ever been on (and I mean that, after being all over the US and Europe) and I could imagine that for 5K you’d be able to find a resort that would fit perfectly within that budget.

    Posted by nebrtwin | August 30, 2013, 2:51 pm
  4. Sounds great ! Go for it..

    Posted by journey2dfuture | August 30, 2013, 3:01 pm
  5. Is it sad that I had never considered that Vegas could provide anything APART from the Elvis wedding?? There is so much to think about when planning a wedding, so if someone who knows what they are doing can do it all for you, then it sounds wonderful!! Those big hotels look awesome too πŸ™‚

    Posted by linbritt | September 1, 2013, 9:08 am
    • Thanks! That’s why I am kind of referring to it as a destination wedding because that’s what it is, it’s just the destination is Vegas. Most people just see Vegas for eloping but it is a great city and not too far for our friends and family (mostly).

      Posted by Shannon | September 1, 2013, 11:12 am


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