Las Vegas Party Planning Tips Category

Smoking at Weddings

Lots to consider when planning a Wedding; what venue to choose, what menu items, bar package, décor etc. Your tastes and desires should be fulfilled, but so should the desires and pleasures of your guests. We recommend you not enforce your personal inhibitions or distastes on your guests. If your guests smoke and drink alcohol and you do not; accommodate them anyway. If certain guests require a gluten-free or vegetarian meal; accommodate them. It is a classy move and will be appreciated by your guests.

There are an estimated 43 Million Cigarette Smokers in the United States. In places like Eastern Europe and Japan, the percentage of people that enjoy smoking per capita is even higher. Chances are, there are many friends and close loved ones in YOUR family that smoke; whether you do or not. Despite recent attempts to inconvenience smokers and with all of the warnings and potential health problems associated with smoking cigarettes, it is clear that smokers will not be denied.

With these facts in mind, guests that smoke must be considered if you are inviting them to your Wedding in Las Vegas for the following reasons:

  1. You love them and you want them to attend your Wedding
  2. You want guests that smoke to have a good time (which may include smoking, drinking and socializing)
  3. You do not want your guests to leave your party early or disappear for long lengths of time because there is nowhere to smoke nearby.

Many grooms like to enjoy a cigar with their groomsmen and uncles to celebrate their marriage. We have seen families request on-site cigar rolling which is available in Las Vegas. Truth is, for many smokers; it is not a “vacation” or a “party” if they cannot do what they enjoy. Many heavy smokers refuse to fly or even visit other people’s houses for family get-togethers if they cannot smoke as they wish.

Having your Wedding in Las Vegas is a Win-Win. Nevada has some of the loosest smoking laws in the United States with plenty of protections in place for children and non-smokers. Most of the newer casinos have high ceilings and excellent smoke-filtration systems. Almost every Las Vegas Hotel Casino has smoking hotel rooms and/or smoking hotel floors, something that may be hard to find in other cities. Although most restaurants in Las Vegas remain smoke-free, smoking in casinos is virtually unlimited (except in smoke-free sections.) Smoking outdoors in Nevada is also permitted. Some states in the Northeast are “punishing” smokers; making it so inconvenient for them, that many smokers must endure freezing temperatures, wind, snow and rain outside the confines of a bar…….just to enjoy a cigarette!?!?!? Some airports out West (like Portland International) offer no place to smoke inside, not even at bar establishments. And the distance to find a smoking area can be a far walk away. The good news for smokers????? McCarran Airport in Las Vegas DOES allow smoking at most all of their airport bars. Aside from Smoke-Free Convention areas, many Las Vegas Casinos and Banquet Facilities also offer convenient smoking areas for their guests.

Listed below are our Top 10 picks for Smoker-Friendly Las Vegas Wedding Venues (with a close convenient area to smoke) so your guests can enjoy a cigarette, smoke cigars and not miss any of your Wedding Reception:

Eastside CanneryHuge Glass balcony with a magnificent view of the Las Vegas Strip. 10 feet from dancefloor.

Montelago VillageSpacious walkways right on Lake Las Vegas. 15 feet from dancefloor.

BellagioMonet Rooms. Huge patio overlooking the pool.

Wellington PlaceWide Balcony on 2nd Floor. Spacious first floor walkway.

Lake Mead Cruises Smoking permitted on Balcony of the cruiseship.

Binions Pool Deck25th Floor. Great View from Downtown. Wide Open. Private.

Maggiano’sHuge Patio directly atop the Las Vegas strip. 20 yards from Banquet Rooms.

Border Grill at Mandalay Bay15 Foot walk. Secluded area. Choose the Rooms on the Ground Floor.

Most any Las Vegas Golf CourseMost have open patios right outside. Eagle Crest/Bears Best/Angel Park etc.

Most any Private Mansion in Las Vegas (Parisian Palace, 2810 Resort)

– John DeRosa is the Owner/Operator of Bruno Productions and Wedding DJs of Las Vegas. Call 702-878-4845 or e-mail at For information on smoking in other cities and countries, visit





When the Guests Leave Early

Unless your Wedding Guests all came in a Party Bus together, there may be cases where your family will leave your Las Vegas Wedding Reception early. The reasons could be many; some personal, some not. We have heard of cases where the family “blames the DJ” as a reason for guests wanting to leave sooner than the bride and groom would have liked. It could be. More than likely, it is something else. Planning a Wedding in Las Vegas is a very exciting yet delicate and almost scientific test of human behavior. Consider the following:

  • Do all of your guests party late into the night, some or none?
  • Will your guests have adequate rest before your Wedding Day, or will they be flying in hours before, or even the same day?
  • Is your Wedding Ceremony during the day, or late at night?
  • Is there a long wait in between the Ceremony and the Reception?

These are all valid and important things to consider when planning your Wedding Reception in Las Vegas. Here are (5) Things you can do to ensure your family enjoys every minute of your Wedding Reception and stays ‘til the end:

1. Adjust your party length in proportion to the number of guests:  Example: If you have 200 people attending your Wedding Reception, it will take longer to serve them, longer for them to eat and longer for them to get drinks. Our attention span as a society has become greatly reduced and the convenience of a smartphone allows plenty of opportunities to be distracted. Consider a 4-5 hour Reception for large parties. 3 – 4 hour party for guests under 50 people.

2. Try to have your Ceremony and Reception in the same vicinity with no downtime in between. If your Ceremony is at Noon and the Reception doesn’t start ‘til 3pm, your guests will become distracted during the downtime and may be tired halfway through your Reception. Take pictures immediately after your Ceremony and do your Grand Entrance no later than 30 minutes after the start of your Reception. This will allow dinner to start on time and provide you more mingling time and dancing time with your guests. We recommend Daytime Receptions for Conservative families and Evening Receptions for wilder crowds. A Daytime Reception in Las Vegas from say 2-7 pm will ensure your older guests are attentive and alert during your party. An early start time will also allow the new couple and their guests the chance to explore the Las Vegas nightlife after the Reception.

 3. Allow the DJ to play music for all guests. Some couples want to plan every detail of their wedding Reception and may go too far by demanding a song-by-song playlist of their selections AND ONLY their selections be played. This can turn off your guests in a hurry if they do not share the same musical tastes as you. At Wedding DJs of Las Vegas, we will play a nice variety of songs and artists for the bride and groom as well as requests from your guests.

4. Consider an Open Bar with alcohol for your guests. Paying for beverages for your guests can really put a dent in your Wedding Budget, but it is the least you can do to thank your guests for traveling and supporting you on your Wedding Day in Las Vegas. A recent Gallup Poll shows 7 out of every 10 Americans drink. Take our advice. Your guests will not appreciate a price chart listed at the bar. For limited budgets, please consider an Open Bar for the first hour or two. It has been our experience that parties with Cash Bars end in the 2-3 out-of-10 range in terms of fun whereas couples that provided an Open Bar are regularly an 8 or 9 out-of-10 on the fun factor scale.

5. Keep speech lengths to a minimum. Witnessing different people give the toast at your Wedding Reception can be meaningful and entertaining. In many cases the more people that speak, the funnier the content becomes as more guests come forward to share stories and keep the laughs and energy level going. However, one person giving a 5-8 minute speech written on 4 pages of loose leaf can cause people discomfort if they are sitting too long without a chance to participate, move around, drink, mingle and dance. This site provides some valuable tips on toast length and etiquette: Toasting Tips. –  John DeRosa is the Owner/Operator of Bruno Productions and Wedding DJs of Las Vegas. Call 702-878-4845 or e-mail at