Themed weddings are quite normal these days, but it doesn’t seem like many of them choose a casino as the theme. We find these quite unusual since casinos and weddings have a lot in common when you think about it.
First of all, the gambling capital of the world, Las Vegas, is also known as the marriage capital of the world. Second, the glamor and the dress codes of casinos are perfect for a wedding as well. Not to mention the lavish drinks and the tasty food. And lastly, both organizing a successful wedding and winning in a casino take preparation accompanied by a little luck.
Now that you see how these two things go perfectly together, it’s time to consider the essentials you need for an amazing casino-themed wedding. Find them in the next lines.
Setting a budget will help you with venue selection
No matter what the theme of your wedding is, you must start by deciding your budget. This will of course decide what venue you can afford, as well as the wedding attire of the guests, the food and drinks, etc.
If you are comfortable with money, we suggest you book a casino as the wedding venue. This really is the simplest way to have everything you expect in a casino. It doesn’t have to be some over-the-top Vegas place. A local casino will do, too, and this could be a great solution if you want to keep more of your budget for something else.
Brush up on your casino knowledge
Some couples opt for a casino theme because that’s what they share the love for. Others do it just because they like the glamor and the vibe. No matter which group you fall into, but especially if you fall into the latter one, we suggest you do your homework and check your facts. You don’t want your wedding to be remembered as the one where the roulette table had too many numbers right?
Even if you have a real casino as a venue and even if there is a wedding planner, we still suggest you keep things under control by checking some gambling terms and phrases and brushing up on your knowledge of the basic rules of poker and other popular casino games. This will just improve the overall experience and make your wedding flawless and unforgettable.
Make sure your guests understand the task
Not everyone is a huge fan of themed weddings, we get that. Not everyone is a fan of weddings in general, of course. But you need to gently remind your guests that it’s your day and that you will do anything you can to serve them the best food and drinks as you celebrate your love. All they have to do is be patient with the process and then have some fun.
In order to help your guests fit the theme you selected, make sure they know what is expected of them to wear in the casino of your dreams. Casino dress codes are many, so state clearly in the invitations how glamorous is the one you chose.
If you think there are guests who won’t enjoy this theme much, motivate them to come by mentioning some casino features they would love. You might even want to make sure some games can actually be played at the venue, for those who don’t enjoy dancing as much.
Food, drinks, and music
We mentioned food and drinks a couple of times before, but this is such a crucial part of a wedding party, that it deserves its own paragraph. So, make sure the food and drinks are casino-style, no matter what kind of menu you decided to pay for.
Keep in mind that most casinos have buffets where their patrons can serve themselves in breaks between games. This is ideal for a wedding, as guests won’t lose much time they should use for mingling, dancing, and playing while dealing with food or ordering drinks.
When it comes to music, you can draw your inspiration from Vegas again and make sure the repertoire is full of hits of those musicians who once had a Las Vegas residency. From Frank Sinatra to Britney Spears, there is a lot your guests will enjoy dancing to.
Include prizes for guests
So, yes, we mentioned that some actual gambling should be involved for the right effect. They should use fake chips and even fake money for this, which shouldn’t be too hard to supply, considering all the equipment you should have.
A beautiful addition to the whole process is if you could give the option to the guests to exchange their winning chips for something they will take home as a souvenir from your wedding.
Another great option is to include real money in prizes, but make sure everything your guests lose, goes to a cause or charity you care about. This will be a good wedding memory for all involved as well.
If a glamorous wedding is something you always wanted, going for the casino theme is a great choice to make sure you have all the right things in one spot. Just follow this small guide we compiled.