By Jim McMichael
“Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas.”
You know the phrase well, as does most anyone who’s seen the iconic sign while experiencing the perfect getaway in the world’s most exciting destination.
But you also know it’s much more than a sign, or a slogan. It’s how you feel with every visit to Las Vegas, capsulized in one word.
With open arms, you know you and your partner have always felt welcomed here. Every visit provides a chance for some intimacy and romance, where you and your special someone can express your love for each other openly and unconditionally.
But now, it’s time to take the next step. The biggest step you’ll ever take. You’re ready to share your love with the world and make the ultimate commitment by leaping into the bonds of matrimony. And Las Vegas is ready, too.
Have the Las Vegas marriage you deserve and celebrate your nuptials in the undisputed “Wedding Capital of the World.” You and your partner can officially tie the knot in any number of venues, in any number of ways.
But the ceremony is just the beginning. Before you tie the knot, you definitely need to let loose a little. No place can help you do that quite like Las Vegas.
What better place to have a bachelor or bachelorette party?
For bachelors, starting the evening with a show, like the outrageous and politically incorrect Absinthe at Caesars Palace, is a great way to kick off the party. Hosted by the zany Gazillionaire and his raucous assistant, Absinthe delivers raunchy comedy and old-world burlesque. Then, you’ll be ready for Thunder From Down Under at Excalibur and the perfectly sculpted male dancers with their mesmerizing accents, or Chippendales at the Rio All Suite-Hotel & Casino, the classic male revue show in a custom-built theater. Continue the party at Liaison Nightclub inside Bally’s Las Vegas, the first nightclub catering specifically to GLBT patrons inside a Las Vegas Strip resort. For more dancing, drinks and high-energy fun, slide over to The Bank inside Bellagio or Body English at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Bachelorettes, grab your girls and enjoy a complete dining experience at Andrea’s inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, with a full menu of contemporary American favorites, desserts for any sweet tooth and, of course, signature cocktails. Then, head out for the late shows of Fantasy, X Burlesque or Crazy Girls and experience what makes Las Vegas an adult playground.
A little recuperation time at the spa may also be in order. Check out Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian Las Vegas for massage, skin care and body treatments. ESPA at Vdara Hotel & Spa celebrates the calming power of water with several signature treatments, and Drift Spa & Hammam at Palms Place at Palms Casino Resort features a traditional Turkish hammam. You can also enjoy live entertainment at Beauty Bar in the Fremont East Entertainment District. While downtown, be sure to pop by Commonwealth or Hogs & Heifers Saloon for some rowdy times with a round of shots or pitcher of beer.
And, when you’ve danced, lounged, and libationed yourself silly, there’s always shopping. The Fashion Show mall boasts seven anchor stores and 250 specialty stores and restaurants. Department stores include Macy’s, Dillard’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus. The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino includes H&M, GUESS by Marciano, and more.
When the big day comes, you’ll be ready. A wedding in Las Vegas is sure to leave lasting memories, so be sure to take your sweetheart on a gondola ride inside The Venetian Las Vegas, snap pics at the Bellagio fountains, or enjoy your first meal courtesy of Wolfgang Puck. The possibilities are endless.
Don’t forget the honeymoon! Las Vegas has everything you need, including the GLBT honeymoon package at Paris Las Vegas, where you can begin your married life while enjoying the breathtaking views from the Eiffel Tower observation deck.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a true Las Vegas experience without enjoying some of the signature dining options that have made this city a gourmet lover’s paradise. Las Vegas has the most comprehensive collection of celebrity chefs and world-class restaurants and master sommeliers than any other city in the world.
There are plenty of places to get cozy and share an intimate meal with your partner. Say it with a rose! Experience exquisite service in a casual setting at Hugo’s Cellar at the Four Queens Hotel & Casino, where every lady is presented with a red rose when they arrive. Show your special someone that you’re on Top of the World—and then eat there, too—at the restaurant more than 800 feet above the Strip at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower. See unparalleled views of Las Vegas as the restaurant revolves 360 degrees in one hour and 20 minutes.
For more inspiring views, dine at Alizé at the top of the Palms Casino Resort, overlooking the Las Vegas Strip while you enjoy world-class cuisine, or watch the magnificent Fountains of Bellagio while dining across the street at the charming French Bistro, Mon Ami Gabi inside Paris Las Vegas.
It’s all waiting for you in Las Vegas, where you can walk down the aisle confidently, celebrate joyfully, and where you and your spouse will always be welcome.
Jim McMichael is the Diversity & Cultural Marketing Manager of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). For more information, go to www.lasvegas.com.