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Do Las Vegas for an incomparable 'I do' on Valentine's Day
For those who have endless means, a starlit Vegas sky is no limit when you ask for the hand of the one your heart desires. Will the event you tell your grandkids about take place overlooking the Bellagio fountains or as you cruise over the lights of the Strip in a helicopter? Here are some over-the-top ideas to help you surprise the one you love, whether you'll be toasting the answer with Korbel or Cristal.
And if you do pop the question and the answer is yes, you might consider the ultimate Vegas wedding -- with Elvis, of course.
Give roses, Champagne and a touch of Italy
Profess your love on a private balcony overlooking Bellagio's Lago Di Como with the fountains going off in the background. The Proposal Terrazza di Sogno package includes half an hour on the terrace, a bag of rose petals, a dozen long-stemmed roses and your choice of Waterford or D&D Collection Champagne flutes with Champagne and chocolates to celebrate with. The package costs $1,000 and can be booked through the Bellagio wedding chapel.
Contact: Wedding Chapels at Bellagio, (888) 987-3344
Buzz the Strip in a copter
Will she or won't she? Ask her in VIP style with the lights of the Las Vegas Strip beneath you. Helicopter excursions can be short and sweet, or last for hours with a winery tour and dinner. Prices from $83 to $460 or more per person depending on length and destination. Feeling flush? What the heck, ask her over the Grand Canyon.
Contact: Maverick Helicopters, (888) 261-4414; Papillon Helicopter Tours, (888) 635-7272
Heat things up at a romantic fire pit
Ask your girlfriend to be your bride at the Peppermill's famous Fireside Lounge. Couples come to make googly eyes at each other in front of the bubbling fire pit or canoodle over mai tais in back-room booths hidden by fake trees. This lounge is as cheesy as all get-out, but worth the trip.
Contact: Peppermill Fireside Lounge, 2985 Las Vegas Blvd.; (702) 735-4177 www.peppermilllasvegas.com
Take a cruise at the Venetian
Transport yourself to the canals of Venice with a gondola ride at the Venetian. Most gondola rides accommodate four passengers, but you can have the whole boat to yourself for $60. The Venetian will make gondola reservations for you if you can prove that you are staying in the hotel; otherwise, queue up at the ticket booth at St. Mark's Square.
Contact: Venetian Gondola Rides, (702) 414-4300
Find VIP luxury at a pauper's price
The balcony off the House of Blues Foundation Room at the top of Mandalay Bay has one of the most spectacular Strip views in Las Vegas. It is a member's-only club, but open to the public every Monday night. The cost is $10 for locals and $30 for tourists; doors open at 11 p.m. Dance the night away after she says yes.
Contact: House of Blues Foundation Room, 3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd; (702) 632-7600
Hop aboard a hot-air balloon
Take a Champagne flight with your sweetheart and propose to her at sunrise high above the Las Vegas Valley. The flights are 45 to 60 minutes long, and passengers are treated to cake and Champagne at the end of the flight. Flights cost $175 per person September through May and $200 per person June through August.
Contact: Adventure Balloons, (702) 247-6905, www.smilerides.com.
From atop the Strip and the Eiffel Tower
Whisk your sweetheart 460 feet off the ground to the top of the Eiffel Tower and get a unique view of the Bellagio fountain show. Romance can get a little pinched if the tower is too crowded, but you can save yourself some line-time by buying your tickets ($9) in advance.
Contact: Paris Eiffel Tower, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; (877) 603-4386