HOW TO PLAN AN AMAZING DESTINATION WEDDING Vera Wang Dress [SIMILAR] • Cathedral Veil [SIMILAR] • Veil Hair Comb [SIMILAR] • Drop Earrings [SIMILAR] | Aaron’s Daswani Custom Tux [SIMILAR] • Michael Kors Tie [SIMILAR] | Calibrate Patent Leather Derby | Photography: The Emerics | Videoography: Ariel Amaro
When Aaron and I got engaged, we always wanted to elope and avoid all the stress that followed wedding planning. However, we realized quickly weddings were not just about the bride and groom it was more importantly about family, so we decided to have one. We, however had stipulations—it had to be a destination wedding in a place with perfect weather, only invite a maximum of a hundred guests, and the spending budget be frugal [I was especially adamant about the last stipulation—I wanted to be realistic, I knew that our wedding would be special but I also knew it was only one day of the rest of our lives together].
PICK A DESTINATION—If you want a beach wedding, there’s Cabo in Mexico. If you want a barn wedding, there’s The Hideaway in Brookhaven. We decided on Viva Las Vegas. It was a city that was easy to get to from all four corners of the country with numerous options for nonstop flights. Since Vegas is in the west coast, it was close enough for my family from Australia and the Philippines to travel too. In addition, no one had to rent a car and everyone took a shuttle to the strip. The bonus is that we didn’t have to worry about keeping our guests entertained. Las Vegas, with all its glitz and glamour was a vacation destination on its own. We chose the Venetian as our designated hotel, which was so elegant as every room was a suite. Aaron and I joked that everyone decided to take a holiday to Vegas and it just so happens they decided to go to our wedding. Basically, we wanted a destination wedding that was as convenient as a destination wedding could be.
PICK A DATE—Aaron wanted to have a long engagement and I wanted to make sure everyone I loved was going to be there [my brother is in the Army and was getting deployed in early February—even when we set the date, it wasn’t until two weeks before our wedding he was approved to attend]. We compromised and Aaron realized that a shorter engagement [10 months] was better than having to plan a wedding for a year or so. People forget that even though the city is sunny year-round, it’s a desert and can get really hot or cold in certain seasons. Highly consider the weather! Even though our wedding was in January, the weather was more than perfect in Vegas. My favorite season is fall and ideally wanted to get married in October. However, January was a great decision as the weather was crisp just like what a fall day would have been.
PICK A VENUE—Ironically we found our venue when Aaron decided to google ‘Las Vegas Wedding Venues’. We wanted a venue that offered inside and outside accommodations as well as a memorable backdrop. Wedgewood at Stallion Mountain was just that. When we visited the venue and saw the area we would have our ceremony, we instantly knew it was the place we wanted to get married. The BEST part was that the venue was ALL INCLUSIVE—this meant the total price paid included the venue rental, entertainment, wedding cake, catering, florist, and wedding day planner, etc. Literally EVERYTHING. All we did was show up to every vendor, picked out what we wanted [decor, flavor, food, you name it] and they did all the rest, including coordinating the times of delivery and pick up. The all-inclusive price ended up being under budget, it was such a good deal that my parents wanted to spend more on additional things. Honestly, an all-inclusive venue is the way to go.
PICK YOUR MOTIF AND COLORS—I believe that less is more and simplicity is beauty. I followed this motto from the centerpieces to the bridesmaids dresses. The colors I chose were gold, champagne, and ivory. I wanted a whimsical type of decor and thought these colors would be perfect for the look we wanted for our wedding. During the process, Aaron would repeatedly say ‘you have great taste, you haven’t let me down yet’ and gave me the creative freedom [although he may have been tricking me to get out of planning, lol]. When all was said and done I chose baby’s breath flowers because of how dainty it was and how it accented the ceremony aisles and tables. We used candle lit lanterns as our centerpieces and in addition we had gold mercury candle holders, votives, and cake stand. It added the perfect pop of color to the ivory and champagne.
THE ATTIRE FOR THE BRIDAL PARTY—Aaron and the groomsmen were easy, we wanted it to be formal so we chose black tuxes with a black tie. For the bridesmaids, I chose a short champagne gold iridescent lace dress and paired it with gold strap heels. My favorite detail about their dresses were the scalloped lace hem and the fact that they could wear it again. The girls looked beautiful and it kept with the ‘whimsical’ theme.
Vera Wang Dress [SIMILAR] • Cathedral Veil [SIMILAR] • Veil Hair Comb [SIMILAR] • Drop Earrings [SIMILAR] | Aaron’s Daswani Custom Tux [SIMILAR] • Michael Kors Tie [SIMILAR] | Photography: The Emerics | Video: Ariel Amaro
My dress was by Vera Wang [SIMILAR] and it was indescribably PERFECT with its asymmetrical layers, soft mermaid form, and chiffon material. I had the boutique alter the top into a sweetheart, which made the dress even more beautiful. I knew that I always wanted a Vera Wang wedding dress because she knew a dress could be simple but elegant without the need for frills and extra material [I also didn’t want to feel like I was working out carrying a fifteen pound dress all night and to have our first dance at arm’s length].
Vera Wang Dress [SIMILAR] • Cathedral Veil [SIMILAR] • Veil Hair Comb [SIMILAR] • Drop Earrings [SIMILAR] | Aaron’s Deswani Custom Tux [SIMILAR] • Michael Kors Tie [SIMILAR] | Photography:The Emerics | Videoography: Ariel Amaro
OTHER DETAILS—Photography and videography were our big splurges and I’m glad we did because the pictures and trailer made our wedding look even better! The Emerics Photography and Ariel Amaro Videography went above and beyond to capture our special moments, plus they were so easy and pleasant to work with! I will definitely be going back to them for our other special occasions.
The bride/bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnières, and additional decor were made by me, I’m a do-it-yourselfer and love that I was able to contribute some artistry to our wedding in some way. Michael’s Arts and Crafts have great sales and a majority of their fall flowers were 60% off! I decided on fake flowers because they don’t wilt or turn brown during an eight hour wedding event [I’m currently using mine as flower decor in our guest room—you can say it was a souvenir from Vegas] and the fact that any florist would easily charge you $100+ for each bridesmaid bouquet and $250+ for a bride’s bouquet. It was a logical decision remembering our last stipulation.
We got our invitations from Minted, they have an infinite amount of designs you can personally edit yourself. There’s an option to send it to your guests or have it mailed to you. After we designed ours, we had it sent to the house as I wax sealed every envelope then placed it in a clear cellophane envelope for protection [guests complimented that the seal and clear envelope was a nice touch].
Lastly, we hired a shuttle service for all our guests from the strip to the venue [an eight minute ride]. This prevented anyone from getting lost and arriving late and also from driving after drinking at the reception. This made it convenient and safe for everyone, plus no one had to be the obligated designated driver.
Hopefully this was helpful in inspiring you for your wedding or event. I hope you enjoyed looking at my pictures as much as I enjoyed having my wedding! Please be sure to sign up for email updates and like this blog on Bloglovin and Facebook. Don’t forget to share this on Pinterest!