The best Places to get Married in Las Vegas

For decades, couples in love have chosen Las Vegas for their weddings. From movie stars to perhaps your grandparents or parents, they’ve all made the trip by car or air to The City That Never Sleeps. Las Vegas and weddings go together like Elvis and the Hawaiian Wedding Song. From traditional to campy, Las Vegas offers every type of ceremony you’ve ever heard of and then some. If Elvis the King is your choice, he’ll be happy to pick you up at the airport in his Pink Caddy, drive you to the hotel or church, serenade you with several love songs and then do the marriage ceremony.

Of the over 150, 000 weddings performed in Las Vegas every year, there are as many variations as there are brides. Would you like to float to your wedding in a gondola? Then, choose the Venetian. Or, for a larger body of water, book the Gondola Wedding on Lake Las Vegas. Want to get married in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon? Or how about on horseback in Red Rock Canyon? From the simple church ceremony to the most elaborate royal, Egyptian, or Celtic wedding, your special day is as close as the many wedding planners who advertise online.

For one price starting in the low hundreds upward into the thousands, your wedding package will include everything from an airport limo pickup to flowers, photos, music, and clergy or judge to officiate at the service. Most hotels like the Hilton, MGM, Caesar’s; Bellagio, etc offer their own packages. Many include lodging wedding and honeymoon on one credit card swipe. Las Vegas weddings are favorites for destination weddings worldwide. Few guests need persuading to come for your wedding in Vegas followed by a couple of fun-packed days on their own. Las Vegas offers everything for a dream reception. Every hotel and wedding planner has caterers they work with and there are event rooms in abundance. Outdoor weddings can be held in gazebos, at ranch resorts or high in the mountains. So let’s look at a few sample choices after you take care of the basics.

You must purchase a Nevada marriage license for $55 at the Marriage Bureau at 201 East Clark Ave. They’re open between 8 in the morning and midnight. They’ll want to see your photo identification and social security numbers. There’s no waiting, so you can do it the day of the wedding. So, now assuming you know the number of guests, your budget, and your dining preferences, let’s look at one simple wedding; one medium cost one, and one fairytale wedding.

At the Wee Kirk O’ the Heather Wedding Chapel (800-843-5266) you can book a wedding ceremony with up to 16 guests for $179. The price includes the ceremony (but not the gratuity for the person performing it), the services of a wedding coordinator, traditional wedding music, a six silk rose bouquet and a groom’s boutonniere, a professional photographers (you’ll get 10 photos on a CD but can buy others), and a souvenir Las Vegas scroll. Of course you can add extras like cake, real flowers, etc., but if you’re really on a budget, this will get you legally hitched. Then it’s on to the buffet or restaurant with your friends and family.

For as little as $999, you can have an outdoor wedding amidst acres of gardens at the newly created Springs Preserve (702-222-4449). The Springs Preserve has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1982 and is on 180 acres about three miles west of downtown Las Vegas. Choose your own ceremony location from bridges to one of the many floral settings. Your package will include round trip transportation in an 8 passenger stretch limo (but not the gratuity) which will take you to the Marriage License Bureau first and then to the wedding site and back to your hotel at the end. A minister (and the gratuity) is included, plus a professional photographer who will present you with 100 poses on a CD. A 12 rose cascading bridal bouquet, a groom’s boutonniere, and a 6 inch round wedding cake are all part of the deal. Wolfgang Puck is on the premises if you choose to have a dinner there.

The Bellagio is a more expensive, but definitely elegant choice. Whether you choose their elegant South Wedding Chapel which holds up to 130, their intimate East Wedding Chapel which accommodates 30, or the Terrazzza Di Sogno overlooking the lake and fountains, Bellagio wedding staff will make your wedding truly a thing of your dreams. $3900 will buy you an hour in the chapel, the minister, bridal bouquet and groom’s boutonniere, a walkway of fresh white pedals for the bride’s entrance, a DVD of the ceremony, live broadcasting of the event on the internet, wedding music, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Champagne, Beverly Clark Toasting Flutes, gourmet chocolates, a Bellagio wedding certificate, a photography package, limo service to and from the Bellagio and the Marriage License Bureau, one half hour in bridal dressing room, a rehearsal, buffet for two at the Bellagio, and a Bellagio custom made tote bag.

If you choose Las Vegas as your wedding destination, you’ll be joining millions of young and old lovers who have done so over the decades. Let the honeymoon begin and best wishes to the bride and groom!