Last time, I reviewed a great chapel on the Las Vegas Strip: The Chapel at Mandalay Bay. Not all of Vegas’s wedding establishments are as elegant as Mandalay Bay, however, so if you are thinking about traveling out to sin city for your nuptials, a little research is pertinent. Don’t stick with the first place you see – the perfect Vegas chapel, like a good Christmas tree, is hardly ever in the first lot.
The Chapel at the Luxor, for example, would not be my first choice for tying the knot in Las Vegas. Here’s why:
Unlike the quiet location of the Mandalay Bay chapel, the Luxor’s chapel is located right next to the food court. The chapel is over the main hotel lobby and directly behind the seasonal hotel attractions. Though the main rooms of the chapel seemed more or less soundproof, don’t expect your entrance to be subtle or private.
I was invited to look around, but no one seemed particularly eager to help. I was told that there were three chapels, but I’m still not sure where the third was. (If you’re doing your own research in Vegas, pay attention to how you’re treated by the staff. If they don’t seem to care that you’re there while you’re looking around, think about the kind of service you’ll receive on your wedding day.)
The decor was also not really what I expected. The main lobby was a little cramped, mainly because of the floral cooler (Unlike Mandalay Bay, which hid their hardware in some other part of the chapel).
I felt like I was in an old, important house – the kind with overstuffed chairs and couches that look like they should be comfortable, but aren’t. Everything looked more French than Egyptian, and what could have been classic and elegant ended up looking and feeling more old-fashioned.
The detailing in the ceiling was pretty, but it disappeared once I entered one of the first chapels. The chapel was nice, but I wasn’t really blown away. The carpet looked very much like the kind you put in a hotel room because it’s easy to vacuum, and the chairs were about as comfortable as benches. I’m sure the chapel looks nice in final wedding pictures, but it felt stuffy and cold while I was there. The two cut-out cubby holes at the front of the room had big cameras in them, and it wasn’t as subtle as it could have been (though the bunches of dusty silk flowers did try to, unsuccessfully, hide them. I hope they’re tucked away better when there’s a ceremony on).
Their packages were about the same in price as the ones at Mandalay Bay, but I never really understood what they included. If you’re doing research for your own wedding, make sure you know what the price pays for. If all you’re getting is an minster and a DVD, consider taking your business somewhere else. There are plenty of options in Vegas for your big day – don’t settle without doing your research!