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A Colossal Las Vegas Marriage Proposal at Bally’s

Last updated: July 22, 2011 at 6:24 pm. Posted by in Bally's Las Vegas, Gaming, Las Vegas Casinos, Paris Las Vegas, Things to Do in Las Vegas. 1 Comment on A Colossal Las Vegas Marriage Proposal at Bally’s.

Las Vegas weddings are the stuff of legend, with a wedding for every style and budget. But Vegas can also deliver epic marriage proposals, as a couple from San Diego discovered at Bally’s Las Vegas.

Jim Canfield, a business consultant, knew he wanted to propose to his girlfriend Paige in Las Vegas (who wouldn’t?), but he also wanted to propose in a unique and unforgettable way. He did some research and contacted the team at Bally’s Las Vegas. After some creative thinking and extensive planning, Jim got to propose in a way we think is entirely awesome.

Las Vegas wedding proposal

Thanks, Jim, for setting the bar impossibly high for every other guy on Earth.

Jim cooked up a story about a special promotion where those having a birthday would be able to take a spin of the giant slot machine at Bally’s. Little did Paige know, earlier in the day, slot machine techs had turned off the slot machine and replaced the usual symbols with the message, “Will you marry me?”

The wedding proposal went off without a hitch, and we’ve got exclusive video to prove it!


This Las Vegas blog has personally spoken to several people who have deemed this the “Most Romantic Wedding Proposal Ever.” Hey, it’s a huge slot machine, so who are we to argue?

Following the proposal, and Paige saying “yes” (of course), her first call was to her father. Jim had already asked her father for her hand, which we kind of think is old-school fabulous.

Vegas proposal

Jim reels in his bride-to-be. Reels. See what we did there?

We couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to find out more about the colossal slot machine that was such an integral part of this couple’s big day. Come to find out, the nickname of the machine is “Colossus.” We’re told it’s also called “Big Bertha” by those who work at Bally’s.

This isn’t the first time a proposal has been done via slot reel, but the last time was a decade ago. Shutting the slot machine down costs the hotel an estimated $100 an hour. The machine was originally made by IGT, but they’re no longer being manufactured. In fact, there used to be two large machines at Bally’s, but one had to be dismantled for parts to keep Colossus operating. If these big machines were made today, they’d probably cost in the range of $80,000 to $90,000.

Slot tech Bally's

Sal, a slot tech at Bally's, works his magic to provide the proposal of a lifetime.

Colossus is a true attraction. It’s so popular, in fact, that the marble floor tiles in front of the giant slot machine’s “arm” are actually worn down from the traffic.

We couldn’t help but wonder, “If they can make ‘Will you marry me?’ appear on the reels, what’s to keep a casino from finessing the wheels at other times?” We were assured that in order to make the message appear, the machine had to be set to a special, seldom-used and closely-monitored test mode. The wheels can’t be manipulated by the casino for normal play. Hey, we thought we’d ask.

But enough about Colossus, and more about Jim and Paige’s colossal time in Vegas!

The canoodling couple followed up their winning proposal with dinner at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant in the adjoining Paris Las Vegas. Of course we followed. That’s how this blog rolls.

Eiffel Tower Restaurant

Just one of the spectacular views from the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris.

The Eiffel Tower Restaurant is known as one of the most romantic spots in Las Vegas, and the couple snagged a window-side table so they could enjoy the jaw-dropping views of the Bellagio’s dancing fountains during dinner.

Bellagio fountains

Photo op! Times, oh, infinity.

Thanks to these lovebirds for letting us tell their heartwarming story, and we hope they’ll invite us to their wedding. Which we can only assume will take place in Las Vegas. Hint, hint.

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