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$500,000 for a wedding? Believe it—this is Vegas


The average wedding in the U.S. currently costs around $30,000, according to, that somewhat staggering bill going to thousand-dollar dresses, guest entertainment and more than a few Mason jars. Stick the words “wedding” or “bridal” in front of your noun of choice and the price immediately ratchets up; add the word “diamond” to your party package and, well, it’s going to cost you.

The Wynn recently revealed its redesigned Wedding Salons and with them the new Diamond Extravagance Ceremony, a five-day party package that includes a first dance choreographed by Le Rêve performers, a rehearsal dinner at Bartolotta, Cartier wedding bands and more for a gasp-worthy price tag of $500,000.

Crazy, right? Perhaps not. Few people will drop a half-million dollars to walk down the aisle, but offering over-the-top extravagance is a well-worn Vegas tradition, from Burger Bar’s $5,000 burger to XS’ $10,000 Ono cocktail to the $750 cupcake at Palazzo. We roll our eyes, but we also might tell our friends, building just the kind of word-of-mouth marketing that a $500,000 wedding aims to create. And then, even if no one ever books the Diamond Extravagance Ceremony, it’s already a glowing success.

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