How To Plan Your Vegas Wedding Menu That's Equal Parts "Wow" and “Yum"
When planning a wedding in Las Vegas, you begin with a huge advantage: the whole city is beyond iconic! Vegas weddings are filled with fun, family, and unforgettable moments. The city boasts hundreds of wedding venues, from cozy and intimate chapels to grand, castle-like manors. This huge variety of choices is what makes wedding planning here so exciting: If you can dream it, Vegas can make it happen!
Admittedly, Las Vegas’ grandness does create some pressure: How do you ensure that your wedding lives up to the hype? For one surefire way to make your wedding a smashing success, find a venue that comes with a stellar menu. Any wedding planner will tell you that wedding guests are increasingly focused on their plates. If the food is good, guests will remember.
Luckily, the Las Vegas dining scene is full of jaw-dropping food. From world-class buffets, to sushi towers, to chocolate and cheese fondue, there’s really no limit to lavishness. To help you narrow down your options, we’ve put together a list of high-impact catering options that are feasts for the bellies and the eyes. Follow any one of these classic categories and your guests will be ‘gramming their plates with one hand while reaching for seconds with the other.
1. Go For A Full Spread
Las Vegas and buffets are synonymous, so this is one option you should definitely consider. Buffets are always a crowd pleaser. They present a choose-your-own-adventure for guests and ensure that there will be something for everyone. (And a big benefit to going the buffet route is that you get to avoid receiving the inevitable RSVP card from a second-cousin who indicates obscure dietary restrictions that you’ve never heard of–in fact, you don’t have to poll your guests for their entree selections at all!)
In Vegas, prepare for your buffet expectations to be exceeded. Sleek and sophisticated venues like Vdara Hotel and Spa offer fully customizable buffet options with sushi, taco, and slider stations as part of their wedding packages, delivering on substance and style. You can't talk about buffets in Vegas without mentioning Bacchanal Buffet, the iconic buffet space in Caesar's Palace. Living up to its hedonistic name, this spread compels you to indulge in it all — from a seafood tower, to a cornucopia of noodles (ramen, udon, and pho), to crepes, and so much more. For a "next day" option, Sterling Brunch at Bally's offers unlimited lobster tail, caviar, and champagne. Literally everyone hits the jackpot here.
2. Find A Built-In Photo Opp
No wedding is complete without a photo opp, so why not pick your venue with that in mind? A private room in an upscale restaurant is sure to impress your guests, and you really can’t do better than Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas. Famous for its roasted beef Wellington, the menu here also boasts a gorgeous shellfish tower and a delectable sticky toffee pudding. Food aside, the ambience here is everything: Deep-red walls are flanked by towering wine racks, and the whole room is capped with a giant dome covered with a Union Jack flag. Another great option for a 'gram-friendly restaurant is Catch at ARIA Resort & Casino. After enjoying a gorgeous seafood tower, wow your guests with some props, and set them up in front of their ultra-photogenic flower wall. They'll be putting that wedding hashtag to use all night.
3. Opt For A Rarified Space
To give your guests an ultra-exclusive VIP Vegas experience, consider one of the city’s famed black-tie cocktail lounges. You absolutely must check out Sara’s, a secret speakeasy at Palms Casino Resort. Brimming with all of the charm of prohibition era, Art Deco-style venues, Sara’s serves up classic cocktails along with an impressive list of vintage wines. Menu highlights include prime rib cut table side and Dover sole. Part of the fun of this venue is locating it: You’ll have to let your guests know how to find the secret entrance. There’s even a hidden back garden with views of the Las Vegas Strip!
If you're looking for something a little less "Roaring '20s" and a little more "high culture," go for the Tea Lounge at Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas! With a full high tea spread in the afternoon, it's a great experience for a post-wedding brunch. Plus, the sweeping views of the Las Vegas Strip can't be beat.
4. Give Your Guests An Experience
One way to raise the stakes for your Las Vegas wedding is to choose a venue as iconic as the city itself. Enter Nobu, located in Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace. Nobu is the most famous Japanese restaurant in the world, with locations in major cities across the globe, so your guests have probably already fought to get a reservation back at home. This location is particularly special: It's the only location in the US that offers Teppanyaki Tables — grill tables around which guests are seated as each course is cooked right in front of them. With dining options including imported Japanese Wagyu beef, a truffle tasting option, and Nobu’s signature black cod served with miso, your guests will be raving about the menu for years to come. The dining area itself is an event in itself: 11,000 square feet of Japanese-inspired style makes for a truly unforgettable setting.
5. When All Else Fails, Go Classic
If you hear “Las Vegas” and think line dancers bedecked with ostrich feathers, you must check out the classic venues on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas. Located inside the iconic Golden Nugget is Vic & Anthony’s, a sleek and stylish steakhouse. This restaurant’s plating game is second to none. Each dish that comes out of the kitchen is a camera-ready work of art. Plus, it's the only place in Downtown Las Vegas that serves Waygu Beef. And as for ambience, Vic & Anthony’s dining room serves up the kind of classic luxury that makes every photo feel timeless.
These are just five of literally hundreds of Las Vegas wedding venues with stellar menus to get you started with wedding planning. In Las Vegas, the sky's the limit, so dream big and have the wedding of your dreams!
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