Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 6, 2006
Go totally over the top in the capital of kitsch
If it’s kitsch glamour and excess you’re after, look no further than the lights of Las Vegas. This oasis of decadence is home to 19 of the 20 biggest hotels in the world and, of course, endless casinos.
If you are unwed when you arrive there’s a good chance you’ll get hitched before you leave, for here is a place that caters to every possible nuptial whim. The local Yellow Pages guide has 14 pages of wedding possibilities, ranging from The Little White Chapel, where you’ll be following in the footsteps of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, and Jack and Vera Duckworth, through to marriage in a hot‐air balloon, or the highly functional 24‐hour drive‐thru wedding window (get married without leaving your car!). And with 120,000 hotel rooms available, there’ll be no shortage of places to stay for any wedding guests either.
There is fierce competition for your holiday dollars here in Vegas, which means you’ll never have to pay more than a fiver to eat plenty, often from an all‐you‐can‐eat buffet. It’s possible to find every cuisine known to mankind here, from burgers to kosher to Vietnamese, and there are over 800 restaurants to do it in. The Golden Gate Diner on the Strip is the home of the shrimp cocktail, served in the classic tulip glass.
For a romantic setting, try Manhattan of Las Vegas, which has a candle‐lit sunken dining room, chandeliers and a stained glass ceiling. Picasso in the Bellagio hotel, meanwhile, boasts original paintings and ceramics by the master himself. And while you’re here, why not pop into local boy Andre Agassi’s All‐Star café for a drink?
No, it’s not quite Paris but the Eiffel Tower Experience is a half‐sized replica of the real thing and has an observation tower atop its 50 storeys. The setting may not be real ‐‐ but your intentions doubtless are. Pourquoi pas?
Vegas has spawned hundreds of romantic films, from Indecent Proposal to Honeymoon in Vegas to the darker Leaving Las Vegas. Then, of course, there was the hour‐long episode of Friends, with its cliff‐hanger ending leaving Ross and Rachel married (by mistake), and Chandler and Monica on the brink. As for music, there’s the lounge songs of Sinatra and anything by the King himself, Elvis Presley. Viva Las Vegas!
Who loves ya baby?
Jackpot! = congratulations!
Uh‐uh‐uh! = I do!
When you eventually drag yourself away from the casinos, Vegas has lots of other attractions for groups. Speedworld has a variety of virtual racing rides, including Star Trek ‐‐ The Experience, an intergalactic journey aboard a virtual shuttlecraft. There’s also a casino called Spacequest that’s got futuristic slot machines and characters from your favourite episodes popping out at you all over the place. And those who fancy experiencing the sensation of being flung over the edge of a 900ft building will enjoy Insanity, the white‐white knuckle ride at the Stratosphere Tower.
If a picturesque Alpine setting followed by a winter‐sports honeymoon is your thing, then Switzerland could be the ideal venue......