Planning a Wedding in Las Vegas

November 27th, 20101:12 pm


Planning a Wedding in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is the capital for gambling, entertainment and weddings!  If you have announced to your friends and family that you want to have a wedding in Las Vegas, there’s a good chance that you have already received the snide comments about being “married by Elvis”.

Here’s the good news: to be married in Las Vegas does not mean having to be married by Elvis.  A lot of classy wedding receptions reside in Las Vegas, and for a fraction of the amount of money it would cost you to have the same food and services at home.

Before you start making calls to a travel agent to book a hotel in Las Vegas for your wedding, here are some things to consider:

Getting a License

Though the Nevada State law is rather lenient in giving wedding licenses compared to others (thanks to everyone running to Vegas to be wed) you still have to do your research and make sure that you and your future spouse will be able to get married in the state.  Look into how many hours prior to the wedding ceremony it has to be purchased and allot enough time to excuse any slight hiccups that may occur along the way.  This is especially true if you are an outside visitor who is not from the United States or Canada.

Finding the Right Chapel

A lot of chapels in Las Vegas will appear to be tacky, especially over the internet where their web pages all seem to be at least 10 years old.  Feel free to ask for some more recent pictures if they have any, as well as any other questions that you may want to ask.

For a classier Vegas wedding, you can check out hotels either on the strip or off the strip and see if they offer a wedding reception and/or ceremony at a price that you can afford.  Chances are that the hotels in Vegas will still be less expensive than a hotel that you would choose at home.

There are also a lot of different establishments “off” of the Strip that only perform weddings.  One of the most popular is The Grove, which is approximately 25 minutes off of the Las Vegas Strip.  All you have to do is arrange for a party bus to swing by and pick up your guests, and you are all guaranteed a great time.

Booking a Hotel

Though flights and hotels to Las Vegas may seem rather inexpensive already, consider this: you, the bride and groom, staying in a hotel FOR FREE!  If you plan for a group rate, then this is something that you may very well be able to indulge in.  A lot of hotels will offer a free night, or two nights, or multiple nights to couples if they book at a group rate and guarantee a certain number of guests.  Once the guests call in and make reservations, you will be finding that the honeymoon suite you thought you would be paying for is absolutely free!