5 Tips for Planning a Vegas Wedding

An aerial view of Las Vegas at night.

Typically, whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas—except when it comes to your fab wedding. As the wedding capital of the world, getting hitched in Sin City is as glitzy and rock ‘n’ roll as it gets. Of course, weddings in Vegas come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors. It can be as easy and casual as a drive-thru elopement or as elaborate and elegant as any other traditional ceremony (well, not that traditional—this is Vegas after all). If you’re looking to tie the knot in Las Vegas, here are five tips to know!

1. Know what type of wedding you’re planning

It’s key to know what type of event are you planning in Vegas: is it a casual elopement, or do you want a grand, traditional wedding? For the former, most of the major hotels offer all-inclusive packages with everything you’ll need, so if you’re doing something quick and easy, you probably won’t need to plan too much in advance except for maybe where you want to stay. Wedding coordinators at Vegas chapels and churches could even accommodate you on a whim. Vegas does spontaneity very well!

2. Choose the perfect venue

A view of the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas.

If you’re planning a wedding that’s bigger and more traditional, then you’ll need to have a bit more clarity in terms of where you want to host your big day. Vegas has a wide variety of resorts, casinos, and hotels, in addition to a plethora of chapels, churches, and outdoor venue spaces. Keeping your theme and guest list in mind, do your research and figure out which venue can provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding and the right amount of space to accommodate your guests.

3. Don’t forget your marriage license

Getting married in Vegas is like getting married anywhere, meaning that you need to do so legally (regardless of what the Hollywood movies might show). You’ll need to obtain a Nevada marriage license from the Clark County Marriage Bureau. To do so, both parties must be at least 18 years old and will be required to present a valid government-issued photo ID. Additionally, if you’re a U.S. citizen, you’ll need to provide your social security number on the marriage license application. The good news is that after receiving your marriage license, there is no waiting period and the license is valid for one year. Another point to remember: marriage licenses are only good on Nevada soil, meaning if you get married while doing something wacky like skydiving, it doesn’t really count until you get hitched on the ground.

4. Book your vendors ASAP

As the most popular wedding destination, it’s not surprising that vendors like catering and hair and makeup services book up quickly. If you know you want to get married in Sin City, it’s a good idea to vet vendors and start booking your faves at least a good six months to a year in advance. However, one of the best things about getting hitched in Vegas is that there are price points for every budget. You might even want to call ahead to vendors and hotels and ask them when their rates are the lowest.

5. Plan some nightlife fun

A young woman gambling in Vegas.

You’re getting married in Vegas for a reason, right? Chances are you’re ready to play! Whether or not rocking the nightlife is part of your special day (which it definitely could be), if you’re inviting guests to your wedding, it’s a good idea to organize a night or two of downtime. They came to Vegas to have fun, too!

Vegas is no doubt one of the most exciting places to get married. Like any location, it requires some planning and logistics before the big day. But the bottom line is to enjoy yourself and leave room for fun. Because if there’s any place that you can let loose, it’s definitely Las Vegas.

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