Want to wow your guests?
Then don’t settle for anything less than a wild, wacky or wonderful wedding in Las Vegas, the crazy wedding capital of the world
Couples seeking a wedding with a difference come to Las Vegas from around the world to tie the knot Las Vegas style. And Sin City has plenty of amazing wedding ceremony options to offer, in venues of all shapes and sizes – from ballrooms in the themed hotels and famous wedding chapels to helicopters, and for those in a real hurry, in the drive-through lanes of fast track kiosks! The decision to marry in Las Vegas seems to bring out the inner wild-child in the soon-to-be-wed!
Some choose to be serenaded by Elvis as they glide down the aisle – just one of the fun ways to get hitched in one of the many wedding chapels along the Strip, including the Graceland Wedding Chapel (www.gracelandchapel.com) and The Little White Wedding Chapel (www.alittlewhitechapel.com). You can even marry at the Aladdin Hotel Chapel where the real Elvis got married to Priscilla in 1967 during an eight-minute ceremony – but if you are not an Elvis fan there are so many other ways to marry in Las Vegas – after all, this is the city where ‘anything goes’!
Many of the well-known hotels On the Las Vegas Strip offer Wedding Packages that vary in cost and wow-factor, from the simple and traditional to the wild and off-the-wall. The hard task will be choosing just how classy or crazy to get when planning your Vegas wedding.
Marry atop the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas hotel (www.parislasvegas.com) where the ceremony takes place on the 50th story outdoor observation deck with amazing views of the Las Vegas Strip; Say “I do” aboard the replica Pirate Ship at Treasure Island (www.treasureisland.com) with a ceremony performed by the ship’s captain. Or have an explosive wedding service amid the fire and flames of an erupting volcano at The Mirage (www.mirage.com). You can step back in time with a medieval ceremony at the Excalibur Hotel (www.excalibur.com) or for a little tranquility exchange your vows aboard an authentic Italian gondola at The Venetian (www.venetian.com), or in front of the dancing fountains at The Bellagio (www.bellagio.com). For the ultimate thrills, adrenalin junkies can marry on a rollercoaster ride on top of the Stratosphere, 1,149ft above ground level (www.stratospherehotel.com).
Away from the hotels and chapels, you can marry at the Vegas Welcome Sign (www.thelasvegasweddingcompany.com) and in the Harley Davidson Café (www.harley-davidsoncafe.com), have an all-night wedding celebration at the Mob Museum – the national museum of organized crime and law enforcement (www.themobmuseum.org) or as we mentioned before, with a drive-through ceremony – the Little White Chapel has a custom built tunnel of love for cars and bikes! (www.alittlewhitechapel.com). You can dress up, dress down, or if you happen to be a naturalist, not dress at all (www.nakedweddingsusa.com)! The choice is yours.
Up, up and away
The Helicopter Wedding Package is a popular option in Las Vegas, offering the opportunity to say “I do” high above the Las Vegas Strip or further afield to the Grand Canyon to marry overlooking the Colorado river or at Red Rock Canyon. Helicopter weddings are available from: Maverick (www.maverickhelicopter.com), Papillon (www.papillon.com), Sundance (www.sundancehelicopters.com) and Heli-USA (heliusa.grandcanyondeals.com). Helicopter weddings can also be arranged through UK wedding planners and tour operators.
Marry in Las Vegas
Adding to the allure of Las Vegas as a popular wedding destination is the fact that blood tests and waiting periods are non-existent in Nevada and the Marriage License Bureau on South Third Street is open until midnight 7 days a week. And many of the popular Vegas wedding venues will be happy to provide witnesses for you at very short notice. Many Vegas chapels offer you the choice of a civil or a religious ceremony. The only stipulation is that if either of you have been married before, you’ll be required to provide proof of its dissolution by divorce, death or annulment. It’s worth remembering that if you marry during the hot summer months it may be best to have an indoor celebration or exchange vows beneath the evening sky, as it can get extremely hot between May and September.
Thanks to the marvels of technology and the Internet, your wedding can now be simulcast to the Internet screens of your friends and family back home who have been unable to join you in Las Vegas – so now they won’t miss out on a single moment of your wedding ceremony.
10 Celebrity Vegas weddings
- Richard Gere & Cindy Crawford
- Dennis Rodman & Carmen Electra
- Demi Moore & Bruce Willis
- Elvis Presley & Priscilla Anne Beaulieu
- George Hamilton & Alana Collins
- Jane Fonda & Roger Vadim
- Frank Sinatra & Mia Farrow
- Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
- Mickey Rooney & Ava Gardner
- Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor
- Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward