If you’re planning a destination wedding, you may not have thought about the possibility of a casino as your venue. Yet when you think about it, casinos offer many advantages as potential wedding venues: they’re licensed, they’re often attached to hotels, they have a sophisticated and high-class feel to them and you’ve got your evening’s entertainment sorted! Some of the world’s top casinos can be found in luxurious and beautiful locations that are popular with newlyweds. So if you fancy taking a gamble and choosing somewhere unique for your wedding, here are some casinos to consider:
Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Las Vegas is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world and, of course, it’s renowned for its gambling scene. The Vegas skyline is dominated by its casinos, which are spectacular both outside and inside. In short, if you’re looking for an exciting wedding destination, you can’t really go wrong with Las Vegas. And when it comes to casinos, you’re spoilt for choice.
There are around 40 casinos on 'the Strip' alone. One that is specifically geared towards wedding parties is Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. With an exterior decked in LED screens and Hollywood memorabilia in every room, Planet Hollywood epitomises the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. The wedding chapel has room for up to 60 guests and the hotel offers a range different wedding packages.
Planet Hollywood is slap bang in the middle of the Strip and has over 2,500 rooms as well as a 100,000 square-foot casino and 10 restaurants including Gordon Ramsay BurGR. It’s also connected to the Miracle Mile Shops mall, so your guests have endless things to do. Elvis and Priscilla Presley got married here in 1967 (when it was known under a different name), so if it was good enough for the King…
Macau is known as the ‘Las Vegas of the East’ and for good reason. In fact, the special administrative region of China is now the world leader in terms of revenue from gambling, attracting tens of millions of visitors every year who want to try their luck in one of the region’s many casino halls. Many of the visitors are from mainland China and Hong Kong as Macau is the only Chinese territory where casinos are allowed.
It also attracts its fair share of Western tourist too, particularly as Hong Kong is a common stopover point for people travelling from Europe to Asia or Australia. One of its largest and most well-known casinos is the Sands Macao, which in 2004 became the first Western-owned casino in Asia after the Macau government ended the monopoly in the gambling industry.
This mega casino comprises 229,000 square feet and 289 rooms, making it one of the largest in the world. With so much space, there’s plenty of room for weddings. Sands Macao offers state-of-the-art facilities and exquisite cuisine. A wedding here is guaranteed to amaze your guests. Aside from gambling, Macao is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, so there are plenty of reasons to choose the Sands Macao for your destination wedding!
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
When you think of a destination wedding, you probably picture somewhere in the Caribbean. Renowned for its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, this country on the island of Hispaniola has long been a popular choice for weddings and honeymoons – or both! What’s not so well-known about the Dominican Republic is that it’s also the gambling capital of the Caribbean, with more casinos than any other country on the continent.
Most of these are located in the capital Santo Domingo or in the luxurious resort of Punta Cana. While many are fairly small, slots-only casinos, there are also a few bigger ones. The resort's largest casino – and the second-largest in the Caribbean – is the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana. As well as 40 tables, including roulette and blackjack, and over 450 slot games, the resort boasts 13 swimming pools, nine restaurants, a golf course and a spa, so there are plenty of other things to do for guests who aren’t into gambling.
Situated on one of the Dominican Republic’s most beautiful beaches, the Hard Rock Punta Cana is a picture-perfect destination for your big day. You can choose to tie the knot on the beach or in one of their floating wedding gazebos and you can even have your day designed by celebrity wedding planner Colin Cowie. Three stunning casinos in three different corners of the world. If you’re dreaming of a luxurious and glitzy wedding at a top casino, hopefully this guide has given you some inspiration to help turn that dream into a reality!