It’s the ritual of romance on a weekend of weddings! Only Las Vegas could turn Monday’s Hallmark holiday to tie the knot into a four-day weekend of wonders. And it gets even hotter with Jersey Shore stars adding to the fireworks.
Even though Las Vegas takes on the mantle of marriage central, with well over 100,000 ceremonies and wedding licenses, there’s numerous other activities that we’ve rolled into one with the Valentine’s parties with a heart-shaped package tied in red ribbon that we affectionately refer to around here as the Royal Robin Rundown — and here it is delivered by Cupid himself.
First, though, a quick look at some of my favorite Valentine’s Day weekend highlights, as thoughts turn to love for sweethearts with red roses, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. The marriage license bureau is open around the clock, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., but can anything top Love itself from The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage as the ultimate Valentine’s date?
If tempting teddies and thongs, sizzling lace-topped stockings, burst-out bras and naughty negligees are the lacy lingerie on your love’s must-have list, then whip out your credit card for the high-priced sexcitement of Agent Provocateur in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Love Jones at the Hard Rock Hotel with its outrageously sex-themed Provocateur Suite in the HRH Tower, the back-room delights of a sex boutique at the Wynn and Kiki DeMontparnasse at Crystals at MGM’s CityCenter.
There’s nothing more romantic than the love story of Jack and Rose onboard the ill-fated Ship of Dreams — the RMS Titanic — and the exhibit is one suggestion at the Luxor alongside Bodies: The Exhibit, where you’ll see some real heart .
Love doesn’t have to come with a high roller-sized price tag. Enjoy romance for free at the world famous fountains of the Bellagio. Every half hour, the water, music and light show blasts off from 3 to 8 p.m., and then every 15 minutes until midnight with opera, classical and whimsical music choreographed to explosions. The price is right: Nada!
Good luck, go fall in love, and enjoy everything that romance has to offer. Here are some of the party highlights:
Saturday, Feb. 12
*Jersey Shore stud Ronnie Ortiz-Magro guest hosts at Chippendales at The Rio and has promised to join the handsome hunks and strip down to his skivvies.
*Peepshow and Holly’s World star Holly Madison shares kisses at a Valentine’s Day Affair at Tryst at the Wynn.
*The 6th Annual KLUC Love Affair with Rose Royce, The Delfonics, Deniece Williams and Bloodstone brings back yesteryear’s romance songs at The Orleans Arena.
*DJ Kaskade produces a Valentine’s special at Marquee at The Cosmopolitan.
Sunday, Feb. 13
*Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker co-stars Rachel Federoff and Destin Pfaff host at Lavo at the Palazzo and might even match a couple who could go right off to get a license!
Monday, Feb. 14
*Television’s top reality star Kim Kardashian will sizzle in red for her big blowout Valentine’s Day party at Marquee. Big question is will there be a new beau on her arm, or is she still looking for love with Mr. Right?
*Combine MAGIC of Fashion Week starting with MAGIC of romance, as the AG Adriano Goldschmied designer group launches its backstAGe line with a special performance by The Black Keys at Marquee.
But it’s not solely about love this weekend. Here are other highlights:
Friday, Feb. 12
*Country queen Crystal Gayle brings her sweet sounds to South Point for three nights.
*Superstar Barry Manilow, who has sung and written more love songs than anybody, returns for three nights at the Theatre des Arts at the Paris.
*Engelbert Humperdinck will obviously croon some of his love song hits for the next three nights at The Orleans.
*Comedian Ron White gets the laughs with his blue-collar humor late night today and tomorrow at The Mirage. TV improv expert Greg Proops is fast on his feet for two nights at the Palms. TV’s Mr. Cooper star Mark Curry continues through Sunday night at the Las Vegas Hilton.
*Nashville Unplugged featuring Aaron Benward and Brian McComas with their guest country stars has its monthly show at Green Valley Ranch.
*Local favorites The Scintas are back for three nights at Suncoast.
*American Idol’s Ryan Starr performs at Aliante Station, while Guitars and Saxes sounds off at Boulder Station.
*Rap royal Sean Kingston celebrates his 21st birthday at Tryst as part of its 5th anniversary, and now he can stay to enjoy the fun legally.
*Chuckie “Dirty Dutch Red Light District” is guest DJ at Marquee.
Saturday, Feb. 12
*Singer Cee-Lo flies in from Saturday Night Live to perform hits, including “Forget You,” from his new solo album at Haze at Aria.
*“Teach Me How to Dougie” will be the plea from fans of Cali Swag District at The Bank at the Bellagio when they perform.
*Sports rules with the USA Sevens International Rugby games at Sam Boyd Stadium through tomorrow, plus the Full Rules Muay Thai: Battle in the Desert at Star of the Desert Arena in Primm.
*It’s a big night for music with Nelly at Mandalay Bay Events Center, Christopher Cross at Sunset Station, Johnny Gill at Texas Station, Georgia Satellites at Red Rock Resort, Will Downing and En Vogue at the Hilton and, after last weekend’s smash debut, One Too Many at Midnight starring Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block and Emanuel Kiriakou at the Palms.
*For something completely different and thoroughly educational and beneficial, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Oprah Winfrey’s celebrity doc, and Dr. Roizen host Why We Do What We Do on The Dr. Oz Show at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
*Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio hosts and plays guest DJ at Moon at the Palms, and The Hills star Lauren Conrad celebrates her 25th birthday at Pure at Caesars Palace.
And for an extensive list of Valentine’s Day dining options, check out colleague Allison Duck’s guide at LasVegasSun.com.
Go enjoy it all — or as much as is possible — but leave room for love! Happy Valentine’s Day weekend, everybody!
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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