As someone who is wedding obsessed all day, every day, there are so many things that I love and find inspiration in every day. Some, like certain designers, shoes, and vendors, I am able to work with directly. Others don't quite meet my client's needs, but I find myself referencing them and referring them often. They all have a place in the wedding world, and I from time to time when I am truly moved by something I am going to showcase it here as a part of the Things I Love series.
Having entered the wedding planning industry as a teenager, my first "big girl" job was as a Wedding Coordinator at The Bellagio. It was 1998, luxury weddings in Las Vegas were truly coming into their own. Since that time, the wedding market in Las Vegas has grown and matured, developing it's own unique sense of style, creating a vast array of choices for couples seeking all inclusive, well thought out options on the strip. If you were a couple looking for the ability to design your day, work with top of the line food and beverage professionals, have beautiful decor and exquisite service, then Las Vegas was (and is) one of the best choices you can make.
But what of the wedding chapels in Las Vegas? With quite a lot of options for the quick and easy, stereotypically cheesy options and a selection of hotel chapels that are dressed in heavy brocades and feel almost too much like a funeral parlor, the city lacked a range of modern, elegant options for contemporary couples seeking something classic, beautiful, and timeless.
What options exist for couples without planners that are seeking a curated, well thought out experience that is both all inclusive and flexible, with options to customize and a clean palette to build upon? The easy answer is The Wedding Chapel at ARIA.
Designed by Dayna Lee & Ted Berner of Powerstrip Studio and Gensler, in conjunction with MGM Resorts International Design, The Wedding Chapel at ARIA is truly a breath of fresh air, and unlike any other in Las Vegas. With sleek modern lines and a soft, lavish décor, the space is both sophisticated and inviting. As someone who favors neutrals and elegance, the warm chocolates and creamy whites are soothing and relaxing. The only color found is a purple, which is an inspired choice as it blends well with both bold jewel tones and soft, dreamy pastels. For added glamour, metallic accents enhance the environment, giving it the feeling of cool penthouse chic.
Guests enter the chapel through chrome, gated double doors backed by mahogany wood. Guests are greeted by a sense of natural light streaming through frosted glass windows etched with a blossoming tree. It's dotted with flowers and displays, leading back to the chapel which seats 60 guests. The furniture is stylist and comfy, with a contemporary, high-end residential feel. There is an elegant, sexy bridal dressing room outfitted with a spectacular vanity that's perfect for hair and make up, and spacious enough so that family and the bridesmaids can gather as the bride gets dressed. For the men, there is private gaming lounge complete with a pool table and wet bar. Not one detail has been missed.
I have had sad experiences when I wander through a resort, and come to the chapel only to find that it feels like an after-thought to the rest of the property; something thrown together or added on later in a banquet room. But not here. At Aria, there is a real sense that people put thought into this, and the team redefined what it means to have a chapel experience in the best way possible.
“The Wedding Chapel at ARIA provides a welcome departure from the stereotypical Vegas wedding venue,” said Colleen Kestel-Raidmae, ARIA’s wedding chapel director. “The completely modern and ultra-luxurious setting will make our chapel a top choice for couples seeking an innovative and unexpected wedding experience.”
Additionally, with only one chapel, The Wedding Chapel at ARIA allows couples a completely exclusive space for their event.
Wedding Coordinators will act as personal concierge for each couple ensuring every wedding is executed flawlessly, resulting in a beautiful and momentous experience for each guest. Packages range from the affordable $1,500 for those seeking a quick trip down the aisle to an extravagant $21,000 for those looking to have an over the top affair.
Still not a chapel fan, but looking for personalized service without a wedding planner? The coordinators at ARIA are also able to offer weddings pool side, beside the spa fireplace, inside the Chihuly Gallery surrounded by stunning works of glass art, and in front of the resort’s 270-foot-long curved water wall made of highly textured stone.
Are you planning a chapel wedding in Las Vegas? Is there a favorite place that we should check out? Was your ARIA wedding over the top and amazing? Let us know below!