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Vegas Wedding

Vegas is a popular wedding spot due to its warm climate, luxurious accommodations and night life.

Las Vegas is a popular destination for those looking to get married. [©Shutterstock, 2010]
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Las Vegas is a popular destination for those looking to get married.

Vegas Wedding

Although some may think a Vegas wedding is only for those in a hurry to tie the knot, many couples choose Las Vegas as a destination wedding spot for its spectacular hotels and night life. A Vegas wedding can be an elaborate affair in a luxury hotel, an intimate ceremony in a quiet chapel or a fun-filled theme wedding officiated by Elvis. With so many wedding options from which to choose, couples can plan a Vegas wedding to fit into almost any budget.

Vegas Wedding Themes

Las Vegas is home to many wedding chapels that offer theme weddings. Elvis theme packages can be found at Graceland Chapel and Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. Vegas.com provides information on a variety of themes, including gondola and pirate ship weddings. The ultimate in quickie weddings might be the drive-through variety, such as the Tunnel of Love offered by the Little White Wedding Chapel.

Prices for chapel weddings range from less than $100 for chapel rental and the services of the officiant to more than $1,000 for a full-blown theme wedding. Some chapels also offer an a la carte menu of additional options, including professional photography, videography, flowers and cakes.

Adventure Weddings

The adventurous couple may want to have a helicopter wedding that flies over Vegas, the Grand Canyon or the Red Rock National Conservation Area. Some chapels offer wedding packages that transport the wedding party by limousine to one of the beautiful landscapes in the area, including the Valley of Fire, Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon. The wedding can also take place in a limousine while the couple and their friends tour Las Vegas.

Vegas Hotel Weddings

Couples who want to wed and honeymoon all in one spot may opt to utilize the wedding services at one of Las Vegas many luxury hotels, including the Bellagio, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand and Treasure Island.

Vegas hotels typically have wedding planners to help make all the wedding arrangements. In addition, they offer packages for affordable, intimate weddings and lavish ceremonies and receptions. Prices vary, but couples should expect to pay from $200 for a basic package to well over $9,000 for a deluxe package that includes all the amenities of a traditional wedding. Since every hotel's package is different, couples should make sure they understand what is included and if any discounts will be offered on room rates while staying in the hotel. In addition, some packages may only be available on certain days of the week.

The Las Vegas Destination Wedding

As a destination wedding location, Las Vegas offers all the entertainment the bride and groom and their guests could want. The Knot lists the casinos, the buffets and famous chefs, the shows and concerts, shopping, and the proximity to attractions, such as the Grand Canyon and Lake Mead, as some of the many reasons to choose Vegas for a destination wedding. The Official Las Vegas Tourism website offers tools and information to help couples plan a Vegas trip.

Vegas Wedding Tips

Getting married in Las Vegas can be quick and affordable. However, Brides.com reminds couples to make hotel reservations early since Vegas is a popular convention city. Vegas.com offers these additional tips for a successful Vegas wedding:

  • Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve are popular wedding holidays, so couples should either book those dates early or schedule for another time.
  • With so many Vegas weddings going on, couples need to remember that they will typically be limited to a half an hour for the wedding, unless they pay more for a longer wedding.
  • Chapels and hotels normally provide either a civil or religious officiant and don't allow the couple to bring in their own minister or other officiant.
  • Most chapels provide witnesses for the wedding.

The weather should also be taken into consideration when visiting Las Vegas. Summers are hot and may make a tuxedo and traditional wedding gown uncomfortable. Temperatures routinely exceed 100 F from May to September. November through April usually feature the best weather.

The Wedding License

Even a spur-of-the-moment Vegas wedding requires a marriage license. Fortunately, the requirements for acquiring the license are few. The Clark County Marriage Bureau requires couples to provide proof of identity (such as a driver's license, passport or birth certificate) and a Social Security number. Parental consent is required if the bride and/or groom are under the age of 18. As of 2008, the cost of the license was $55 and must be paid in cash. Couples planning a hotel wedding should ask if the package includes a limousine ride to pickup the license.

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