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If it’s always been your dream to become part of the annual statistic of 100,000 couples getting married in Las Vegas, then we have a few tips for you.
It’s much simpler in Vegas than most other places. All you need are official identification papers to prove you are 18+ and an instant license which can be purchased once you arrive in town. The Las Vegas marriage bureau office is open every day from 8a.m. until midnight for you to purchase your $60 license. Same sex marriage isn’t recognised in Las Vegas by the way but the Gay Chapel of Vegas can organise a commitment ceremony.
There are around 50 wedding chapels in Las Vegas, some independent and some within hotels or casinos. Some of the most well known include:
Graceland Wedding Chapel
This independent chapel has been on The Strip for 50 years and seen many couples married including a few celebrities like Jon Bon Jovi, Jay Leno, Robert Trump. An Elvis impersonator officiates, naturally.
A Little White Wedding Chapel<
Perhaps the most famous of Las Vegas’ wedding chapels, the Little White Wedding Chapel offers a number of packages including a drive through wedding and a choice of five chapels. Celebs who have tied the knot here include Britney Spears, Ricky Lake, Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.
Little Chapel of the Flowers
You can have a traditional or a Vegas style wedding complete with Elvis impersonator at this chapel in one of their three ceremony chapels. Basketball player and reality TV star Dennis Rodman was married here.
Planet Hollywood Wedding Chapel
Historically this is the chapel where Elvis himself got married to Priscilla way back in 1967. The ceremony now officiated by an Elvis impersonator takes just eight minutes. Hopefully the marriages last a little longer.
Skyline and Sierra Chapels at the Imperial Palace
The Imperial Palace has opened two new chapels. The Skyline holds 80 people whilst the much smaller Sierra Chapel holds up to 20 people.
There are two wedding chapels and an outside courtyard and terrace where wedding or commitment ceremonies can take place. The hotel offers 12 different packages including a proposal package. As you can imagine these ceremonies are very grand and the prices match.
• You can have your ceremony at the top of the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas with between 30 – 90 guests
• Or on a Gondola wedding at the Venetian Hotel and Casino
• Or a pirate themed wedding at the Treasure Island Casino even if you aren’t marrying Johnny Depp
• Tie the knot on Nevada’s 5th highest mountain, Mount Charleston just a short way from The Strip
• Another option for an outside wedding is at The Grove, where the ceremony takes place under a wooden gazebo
• Have your ceremony at the bottom of the Grand Canyon courtesy of Maverick Helicopter Weddings who will fly you in and out again once you’re hitched
When to do it
It’s best to avoid holiday times like Valentine’s Day or New Years Eve or New Year’s Day. If you are planning one of these dates you will need to book well in advance or you could face queues of up to 5 hours. That’s a good test for your relationship.
Remember temperatures can soar to 40° plus in the summer months so it would definitely need to be in an air conditioned environment. Or think about an evening wedding when temperatures will drop to the slightly more bearable low 20s. Alternatively the temperatures in winter (November to March) are around 15 – 20° or in October and March-April when it is warm but not scorching.
Weddings are the second biggest industry in Las Vegas after gambling with 300+ ceremonies taking place every day. Packages range from the budget to the outrageous. There’ll be something to match yours, so you can get married on holidays to Las Vegas if you chose.
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