Every major city in the world has its own unique reputation. Paris is known as the city of love, New York is the city that never sleeps, and Las Vegas…well, let’s just say that what happens there, stays there.
Vegas is known as a nonstop party town, where there’s always a new adventure around the corner. You can enjoy a 5-star meal, see your favorite singer during their residency show (Britney, Gaga, Celine—the gang’s all here!), win big at the blackjack table, and even get married at a moment’s notice.
In fact, Las Vegas is a popular choice for couples who want to say “I do.” According to Nevada’s state marriage records, Sin City performs an average of 10,000 weddings every month—that’s 300 a day! If you want to get married in fabulous Las Vegas, here are a few tips to help you plan it properly!
Find Your Vegas Vibe
As I mentioned, Las Vegas performs 300 nuptials every single day. However, this doesn’t mean that every wedding is exactly the same; while Vegas is known for its impromptu ceremonies at drive-thru chapels, there are actually many options for a Vegas wedding.
If you’re looking to have a very small ceremony or an elopement, those classic Las Vegas chapels might be just what you’re looking for. But if you want to have a larger ceremony (maybe even make a weekend of it, gambling and partying with the family), you can book a larger chapel or event space at one of the many casinos on the strip.
Obviously, the type of wedding you want to have is a very personal thing. Talk with your partner about the style of wedding you’re dreaming of, and do plenty of research on the many, many chapels in the area. There’s bound to be one that’s perfect for you!
Decide on a Date
Like most wedding venues, Vegas chapels are available all year round. In theory, this means that you can get married any time that suits your fancy—but in practice, you’ll want to pay special attention to the date you choose for your big day.
Firstly, take some time to think about the weather. Las Vegas is smack dab in the middle of a desert, and temperatures in the summer easily exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). If you’re hoping for an outdoor event, or if being in the heat just isn’t your thing, you’ll want to avoid a Vegas wedding in the summer months.
Another issue plaguing Vegas-bound couples is the city’s popularity. Vegas is a city chock-full of hotels, which makes it a popular place for business conferences, festivals, conventions, and more. Before you decide on a wedding date, you may want to Google that weekend and see if any major events are already planned.
Book a Venue (or Don’t)
Getting married in Vegas can be a carefully planned event with a ceremony space, reception venue, and hotel rooms for all your guests booked well in advance. It can also be a spontaneous endeavor, with every moment happening on the spur of the moment. The kind of wedding is totally up to you, but they both come with their own pros and cons.
If you book a venue in advance, you have much more control over your special day. Many casinos have wedding packages you can choose from, so you can select a ceremony that suits your taste and budget. Some even have in-house wedding coordinators to work with you before the event, making sure everything is perfect for you and your partner. However, these packages are often quite pricey, and if you aren’t careful you can end up blowing your budget with extras and add-ons.
As for the spontaneous wedding, well…I did mention that you’d be one of 300 couples, right? Getting hitched at the last minute in Vegas often means waiting in line with a lot of other lovebirds. But if you don’t mind the wait, you can actually get married for a decent price (and get a fun story out of the evening)!
Get the Right Paperwork
Whether you decide on a scheduled ceremony at Caesars Palace or an impromptu visit to Graceland Wedding Chapel, you’ll have to make sure all your paperwork is in order. Anyone getting married in Las Vegas will have to have a marriage license from the Clark County Marriage License Bureau.
To get your license, both you and your partner will have to visit the Marriage License Bureau in person (and for those couples who want to do a little gambling first, don’t worry – the Bureau is open from 8 a.m. to midnight). Both parties must be at least 18 years old, and both must present their government-issued IDs and social security numbers (for U.S. citizens) to obtain the license. This license is valid for one year and once you’ve got it, there is no waiting period; you’re good to go get married!
Like most other nuptials, a Vegas wedding can be whatever you want it to be. If you want a simple ceremony that doesn’t cost much, there’s a place for you. If you want something traditional, there’s a chapel for that. If you want something lavish and extravagant, there’s definitely something for you! At the end of the day, a Vegas wedding is just like any other: a ceremony for two people who want to spend their lives together.