Things to love about this venue
There is a lot to like about this location as a wedding venue. First off, you have everything you need in one spot: ceremony, reception, guest rooms, food, entertainment and after-hours options. Your wedding guests have no need to leave the property and that is especially good if there will be drinking. Parking is plenty and there is a valet option. The staff is professional and property has a high-energy feel. The catering staff is efficient and the variety and quality of food is excellent. This venue is well suited for events large and small.
The 18th floor Sky Room offers views of the surrounding area from both sides of the room. The Sky Room is a nice space on its own but can be enhanced with uplights and minimal decoration. The hotel has some hidden spots that work well for wedding photos. But remember, all those areas will be accessible by the hotel guests so photos can take longer if waiting for traffic to clear.
Things that keep this from being a better wedding venue
First and foremost this is a casino. Although that makes for great entertainment for your guests, do not plan on taking any photos in any of the gaming areas or any indoor areas where the Hard Rock name can be seen.
One thing to consider when booking your rooms is the location. It is fine to have your after-wedding room in the suites tower, but if you plan on using that room to get ready for the ceremony, the windows are red and tint everything in the room red. This can be an issue for getting ready if multiple people are doing make-up and can't all use the well lit primary mirror. Consider booking your pre-ceremony rooms in the Hard Rock tower rather than the All Suite tower. The rooms will be smaller but brighter and you won't have to worry about the red color tint.
When it comes to the wedding party photos or romantic photos of the couple, you may find that the venue lacks scenic outdoor spaces. There is a golf course nearby but you need to cross a road and climb a small fence to access. It is not ideal and easily accessed for the bride or bridesmaids. It may even be against policy to take photos there, check with your sales rep to be sure if that option is important to you.
Lasly, to be a better wedding venue, the Sky Room would need a larger area for the ceremony. Although there is plenty of space for guests, the area only allows for a center aisle with guest seating extending to the side walls. This setup removes the option for photography from the sides. The photo looking over the brides shoulder at a groom tearing up just isn't possible. Most every ceremony photo in this location will be down the center aisle.
Because it is self-contained, this venue does provide a good option for winter weddings or any time being outdoors is not ideal. Find more information on the Hard Rock website.
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