Vegas Vacation

They say that Vegas is the answer no matter the question. Now I’m not sure if I agree with that but I have to say we have been to Las Vegas several times and always have a great time. I couldn’t be farther from a party animal if I tried, yet we find that there is always tons to see and do that don’t require getting a liver transplant afterward or putting a second mortgage on your house.

As I am writing this, my daughter and her husband are vacationing in Las Vegas Nevada. This is a combination 25th birthday/late anniversary trip. Believe it or not, Las Vegas has been the site of some important days in my daughter’s life.

Her first trip to Vegas was in 2013. We decided to go there on a family vacation and it also happened that she would be turning 21 while we were there. It might seem odd to take a family to ‘Sin City’ but honestly there are a lot of things to do for families. That being said, walking down the strip can be quite an eye opening experience but my kids were grown, 19 and 21 at the time, and we stayed together the entire time so I felt ok with the situation.

Some of the favorite things we did that trip was visit some of the sites that we watched on TV. Pawn Stars and Rick’s Restoration were a couple of the shows we loved and getting to see them in person was a lot of fun. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see any of the ‘stars’ of the shows but it was still cool seeing the locations in person.

We also visited all of the tourist hot spots like Fremont Street, the Hoover Dam and of course the Las Vegas sign.

That trip was one of the best vacations we have ever taken. In fact it was so great that when my daughter was deciding where to have her wedding, Las Vegas was an obvious choice. She was wanting a destination wedding, something that would be affordable and have lots of things for people to do. Las Vegas definitely meets all of these requirements.

June 11, 2016 my daughter’s last name changed and our lives were forever changed as well. I thought I was prepared for my oldest getting married and moving out of the house, but boy was I wrong! I cried like a baby the week before the ceremony and I look miserable in all of the pictures taken during the wedding. But something kinda magical happened immediately after the “I do’s”. It was as if a weight was lifted and the complete mood changed. Everyone was happy and excited.

They were married at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and it really was beautiful. The chapel has gorgeous glass flowers and we got to customize our flower/color choices and they coordinated great with my daughter’s not typical lavender wedding dress! One important aspect to us was having a christian ceremony and the minister that officiated it was really wonderful and supportive to a nervous bride and groom.

Included in the wedding package was a suite with unbeatable views of the strip. This was also the location for the reception following the wedding. It was very relaxed and provided exactly what we needed. We all had a blast exploring the suite that was filled with movie memorabilia throughout.

The following day allowed all of the guests an opportunity to explore Las Vegas and since for some guests this was the first visit to the city we enjoyed playing tour guide. We visited Caesar’s Palace, watched the fountain show at the Bellagio and explored the New York, New York Hotel and Casino, to just name a few of the sites we took in.

It was a quick weekend getaway and of course busy with lots of wedding details so when my daughter and her husband were deciding where to vacation this year they were excited to revisit Las Vegas. I’m sure they are having a great time and of course remembering their special day.

The most important thing is that they are together and making memories that they will take with them throughout their marriage. So until next time, in the words of the great Elvis Presley, “Viva Las Vegas!”

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