Getting Married in Las Vegas? See This Bride’s Tips for How to Pull It Off
Las Vegas is one of those special places where you can really be anyone or do anything—there are no limits. And weddings are no exception. You can have a traditional, kitschy, glamorous or even a simple celebration in this little oasis in the middle of the desert. Vegas can do it all.
So when my fiancé and I decided to get married there, we wanted to have the most “Vegas” wedding of them all—fun, short and just us. We’ve been together for almost eight years and a big wedding never felt right. For our special day, we wanted to do something that was just for us and yet out of the ordinary, so Las Vegas felt like a natural choice. Even with all its glitz and glamour, this city doesn’t take itself too seriously. And that’s exactly what we wanted. Thinking of planning your own Vegas wedding? Here’s my guide to where to tie the knot, celebrate until dawn and even what to wear.
If you’re going to do something, you might as well do it right. And when it came to getting married in Vegas, we knew we wanted the classic chapel experience. Our pick for the ceremony was the Graceland Wedding Chapel. Enough said.
Thankfully, Vegas makes it possible to have the wedding of your dreams—whenever you want. Booking a chapel is just as simple as making a dinner reservation online. Then all you have to do is get a marriage license and unlike in many other states, there’s no waiting period. You’re issued a license the day you come in to apply, and it’s valid for one year. For more info on the Clark County marriage license process, visit the website.
What you do after your ceremony depends a great deal on how many guests you invited to this wonderful celebration. If you’re eloping like us and want to do something romantic with your sweetheart, the Bardot Brasserie at ARIA (by Michael Mina) is the place to go. From the amazing service, the delicious food and the knowledgeable sommeliers, you will have a fantastic evening. But be warned, this is a very hot restaurant, so you definitely need a reservation. If you’re with a larger crowd and want a space better equipped for mingling, head to Jaleo by José Andrés at The Cosmopolitan. The colorful Spanish tapas-themed restaurant accommodates private parties of 13 or more.
Opulence comes naturally in Las Vegas. There are thousands of different luxury accommodation options available. But for us, we wanted the perfect combination of both classic and modern Vegas. And that meant the Sky Suites at ARIA, a modern luxury Vegas resort. A Forbes five-star hotel, the Sky Suites offer an elevated level (literally) of attention and service to its guests, all with spectacular views from high above the Strip. From the private entrance and check in experience, to the modern décor of the suite, they provided just the level of glamour we wanted for our special day.
Honestly, if you’re getting married in Vegas, I truly believe you’re missing out on half the fun if you don’t go at least a little crazy with your fashion while you’re there. Pick a designer you love and don’t be afraid of being a little untraditional. A Vegas wedding is supposed to be fun and all about you. So go wild! My wedding “dress” is actually a two-piece outfit by Graciela Rivas, a local Boston designer. But if you’re looking to buy something sharp on the spot, the luxury offerings at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace are a great place to start.
When all is said and done, you’re not really going to want what happened in Vegas to stay in Vegas—you’ll want to share the memories with everyone! We recommend heading to these fab spots for the best photo ops in town: the Fountains of Bellagio, the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, the volcano at The Mirage, somewhere out in the desert (like Red Rock Canyon) and more. Las Vegas is loaded with Insta-worthy locales, so consider booking a shoot with a local photographer to get some pro-level shots.
Las Vegas and extravagance go together like champagne and caviar, so of course there’s no end to the special extras you can add to your wedding. We took a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon and snapped some more amazing pics at the Neon Museum (yes, they have one). The great thing about both of these activities is that they’re super easy to plan remotely or even once you’re already in town. The helicopter tour can be quite spontaneous; we went with a company called Papillon and they seem to have availability even for flights booked same day, as long as you’re willing to be flexible with timing.
Las Vegas has something for everyone. So if you’re looking for a unique and different approach to your wedding day, I’m sure you’ll be able to find it here. Viva Las Vegas!
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