Las Vegas Wedding Planner and Destination Wedding Consultant Andrea Eppolito spotlights the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.

Ah ~ The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas! If you ask them or visit their webpage they will share the following blurb and photos:

Weddings at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas redefine typical Las Vegas nuptials. As a two-time triple Forbes Five-Star resort, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is the ideal location for a couple seeking an unforgettable, luxurious location to celebrate their special day. Whether you are envisioning an intimate gathering or a lavish celebration, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas offers a host of elegant wedding packages tailored to each couple  making their wedding celebration stunning and memorable.

Images Courtesy of The Mandarin Oriental, Studio ATG and J and J Photography.

Images Courtesy of The Mandarin Oriental, Studio ATG and J and J Photography.

Now ask me...And I will tell you that it's not only is what they say true, but they sell themselves short!

Having personally had the experience of staying and playing (playing as in fun, not gaming! There is no casino here!) and wining and dining at the Mandarin Oriental, I can tell you that the property just cannot be beat if you are looking for pure, unadulterated class, calm and sophistication in the midst of the energy of The Strip.  From the moment you enter the building (underground, natch!) you breathe a little lighter. There is no overblown entry way or manufactured theme - just the simply smile and gracious hospitality of the valet and greeters at the base of the elevator.  Everything from the lightly scented air to the very quite, almost undetectable hum of music tells you that you are far away from the chaos which exists below, and yet you are in the very heart of the city, the center of the action, surrounded by all of the excitement of the city!

The Sky Lobby. Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental.

The Sky Lobby. Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental.

The lobby, over 20 floors up, is accessible via elevator and opens to a visually stunning gold-gilded wall.  It is by far one of the most majestic backdrops in the city, and often mentioned when you begin talking about the locations a couple wants to visit for wedding photos!

Sabrina & Frank enjoyed their wedding weekend at the Mandarin Oriental, stopping to do their first look in front of the wall. Photo by www.altf.com.

Sabrina & Frank enjoyed their wedding weekend at the Mandarin Oriental, stopping to do their first look in front of the wall. Photo by www.altf.com.

Anchored by a welcome desk and flanked by Twist restaurant, a traditional tea lounge and bar, the lobby is serene.  Floor to ceiling windows offer sweeping views of Las Vegas, and you can easily access the rooftop pool deck, spacious and luxe suites, and spa all with the touch of a button!

The Emperor Suite.  Photo courtesy of the Mandarin Oriental.

The Emperor Suite.  Photo courtesy of the Mandarin Oriental.

What really sets Mandarin Oriental apart from the other spectacular venues on Las Vegas Boulevard is this - There is only one ballroom in the property.  Only. One.  Which means that your wedding, should you be able to book it here, will be the only event taking place in the resort, guaranteeing you the complete attention of each and every member of their team.

The corridor leading up to the space is long , opening wide with floor to ceiling windows on your left, and the doors to the ballroom on the right.  High above are hundred of glass ball bubbles lighting the way, and for a moment you feel like you've stepped into a champagne glass.  Dressed in golds, ivories and amber, the palette is neutral enough to play off of any color combination you can conceive, making the space ideal for your ceremony, cocktail party, or even post wedding dessert display or after party.

The hallway leading to the ballroom envelopes you in bubbles of light and showcases stunning views of Crystals and the Strip. Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental.

The hallway leading to the ballroom envelopes you in bubbles of light and showcases stunning views of Crystals and the Strip. Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental.

The ballroom is just...in a word...Magnificent!   Everything from the softly carpeted floors to the high-backed banquet chairs oozes luxury.  Your eye is naturally drawn to the ceiling, where those same bubbles of light appear again, clustered together and hugged by interlocking circular structures forming the most modern and decor "chandeliers" you could find.

The Ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental features windows and a view of Las Vegas Boulevard. Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental.

The Ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental features windows and a view of Las Vegas Boulevard. Photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental.

Wedding Ceremony at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of www.RonDillonPhotography.com.

Wedding Ceremony at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of www.RonDillonPhotography.com.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito showcases the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, a unique venue for a luxury destination wedding.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito showcases the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, a unique venue for a luxury destination wedding.

This same ballroom opens up to reveal a wrap around balcony hovering 3 stories above the lights of Las Vegas Boulevard - just high enough to give you a gorgeous view of the northern strip, and low enough for you to feel the energy of the crowds.

And have I mentioned the food?  Forget about 5 Star dining - which they offer in Twist - but the culinary team on site is one of the best, offering thoughtful, well planned menus guaranteed to tempt any and every palette.  Craving something different?  Just ask!  The chef's at Mandarin Oriental go above and beyond to ensure that they present your meal exactly as you want it.

Proof that we eat with our eyes first! Delicious morsels from the culinary team at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of www.RonDillonPhotography.com.

Proof that we eat with our eyes first! Delicious morsels from the culinary team at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of www.RonDillonPhotography.com.

I love the Mandarin Oriental, and the team that works putting together beautiful weddings! They have never failed to impress whether they are hosting a daytime luncheon, a swanky dinner party, cocktails on the rooftop pool deck or a lavish ballroom wedding.  For more information on the Mandarin Oriental you can email me directly, or visit their website at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Weddings.

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Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito is often published, with works featured by the likes of BRIDES, Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, The NY Times, LA Times, Junebug Weddings, and more. With an eye catching style that shares not only the story, but the soul, of a wedding, Andrea's clients praise her for being their wedding planner, event designer, advocate, and friend.

An internationally acclaimed speaker, Andrea appears and speaks at events for The Engage Luxury Wedding Summit, NACE, The Knot, the Wedding MBA, and more.  Named the Best Wedding Planner in Las Vegas (2013, 2015, 2016), Wedding Professional of the Year (2011) and ranked as one of the top 50 wedding planners world-wide, Andrea works with celebrities, athletes, executives, and all people in love!

Based in Las Vegas, and working as a destination wedding planner world wide, you can learn more at www.AndreaEppolitoEvents.com.