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Elegant City Terrace Elopement on a $12K Budget

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This elegant elopement is giving us such glam vibes. The couple had travelled from Illinois to Las Vegas for a destination elopement! They looked at several venues for their ceremony, including an in-suite ceremony, but ultimately settled on the Bellagio’s gorgeous Terrazza di Sogno, a private balcony just for weddings. They got some seriously stunning photos, so enjoy this Elegant City Terrace Elopement on a $12K Budget!

– Team B$B

Sara+ Paul

February 27th, 2020
Las Vegas | Bellagio Las Vegas

What was your total budget? Please provide a budget breakdown.

Venue: $4000
Venue fee for outside photographer: $500
Flowers: $60
Photographer: $1350
Planner: $1000
Groom’s attire: $1300
Bride’s attire: $700
Bride’s hair and makeup (including trials and tip): $750
Hotel (4 nights): $2000
Dinner: $200

Total Budget: $11,860

How did you meet?

We matched on the dating application Bumble. We talked on there for a couple of weeks before finally meeting in person.

What is your proposal story?

Paul popped the question at a cute little park in uptown Normal, IL. It was around the holidays which made for nice scenery because the trees in the park were lit up with Christmas lights.

Tell us about your wedding vision.

When we decided we wanted to elope, Vegas was the obvious choice. The first thing we researched after deciding on Vegas was a photographer. It was really important to us that we have excellent photos to share with our loved ones due to the fact that we were eloping. We found Kristen on The Knot and knew without a doubt that we wanted her as our photographer.

Our original plan for the location was to get married in our hotel suite on a balcony, but we eventually realized it would be tough to get great quality pictures with this option. We then looked at photos from previous weddings Kristen had done and were inspired by the Bellagio greenery arches.

Once the Bellagio was on our radar, we looked at reviews from previous couples who got married there and saw that pretty much all reviews were positive. Many reviewers highly recommended upgrading the ceremony to the Terrazza di Songo, which is an intimate area overlooking the fountains and the strip, and this is what we ended up going with.

Tell us about your attire choices.

Paul did a custom suit from Robert Redding, which is a men’s boutique in Bloomington, IL. Paul knew from the start that he wanted to get a custom suit because he likes suits to fit a certain way. The suit was purchased during a time when the store was running a promotion and helped save on the cost.

Sara wanted a dress that was simple, yet elegant, and ended up purchasing a dress online from Tadashi Shoji. This designer has its own bridal line and has many different options that could please most brides. Her main reasoning for purchasing her dress online was because of convenience, but the price point was also a perk.

What was most important to you two? Was there anything you chose to splurge on or skip?

As mentioned previously, photography was our top priority. In fact, the Bellagio and many hotels on the strip provide a photographer with most wedding packages. It was important to us to know the quality of work we would be receiving for the photos, so we did not mind having to pay the photographer of our choice to be on site.

The main thing we skipped was decor, which in our opinion wasn’t necessary due to the nature of our wedding.

What were your favorite parts of the day?

Our favorite part of the day was being able to relax and enjoy each other.

Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?

For couples that are considering eloping, we highly recommend it! Having a big traditional wedding was never an option for us because we didn’t like the idea of being the center of attention in front of so many people. We also wanted to be married sooner rather than later, so eloping made the most sense.


Photography: Kristen Marie Weddings + Portraits | Ceremony Venue: Bellagio Las Vegas | Event Planning: Desirable Events by Desi | Floral: Bellagio Las Vegas | Hair: Glammed up las vegas | Makeup: makeup by rose c | Videography: Bellagio Las Vegas | Wedding Dress: Tadashi Shoji | Groom’s Attire: Robert Redding | Bride’s Shoes: Something Bleu Shoes | Headpiece: AngelBridalShop | Submitted via: Matchology


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