Getting Married in Las Vegas – Where Elvis is Optional

When we tell people that we got married in Las Vegas, they usually look as us with a mix of shock, horror and surprise!

A destination famous for Little White Chapels, Elvis Impersonators, and tacky souvenirs, Las Vegas may deserve its title of ‘Sin City’ or ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’, but it also has a sophisticated side, and your wedding in Vegas can be just as special as a traditional ceremony – it’s just a whole lot easier to organise!How to Get Married in Las Vegas

We had the complicated task of trying to please everyone, I am from England, my husband from Austria, and we were living in Spain at the time – so trying to organise a wedding destination that would suit everyone – well it was mission impossible!

So after much deliberation we decided that we were going to get married, rather than have “a wedding”, and found that the easiest place to do this was good old Las Vegas! A valid passport is all you need to get a marriage licence in Vegas, and after standing in line for a mere 30 minutes, we were armed and ready to head down the aisle.

We had pre-booked our wedding ceremony at the Hilton Garden Chapel, and as we had decided to get married in the evening (6pm) we had the whole day to enjoy a champagne brunch with our Best Man and Maid of Honor (the only guests invited!), before heading off to get ready for our special event.

The flowers, the priest, the videographer, the photographer and the pianist were organised for us, and so we simply had to dress and “get to the church on time”.

Walking through the hotel casino in my wedding gown was perhaps more nerve-wracking than the ceremony itself, with endless calls of “congratulations” and “don’t do it” as I passed through the crowds – but once I made it to the chapel and the pianist began to play, I knew we had made the right choice.

A wedding in Las Vegas can cost anywhere between $50 and $5,000,000 – it’s all up to you, and as your Nevada marriage licence is recognised across the world, you simply need to register your marriage when you get back home to become husband & wife or partners for life.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. josiesvoice says:

    I always believe that wedding planning is mainly the idea and decision of the bride and groom. it’s personalized and which should symbolize their love story and what their incoming marriage would be of meaning to both of them.Personally, I really don’t want other folks to do ‘backseat driving’ on how your wedding should come out. It’s really none of their business. It’s not coming out of their pocket either. If you invite them and they politely(I emphasize on the word ‘polite’) respond back RSVP since they can’t tolerate how your wedding would appear like, it’s no loss to you,believe me.Good for you that you decided to get married in Vegas. Nothing wrong with that. I know someone who got married and had the reception in one place(a lodge) so as to save on extra costs. What was impt was that they were both happy!

    1. Equatours says:

      Well said Josie! You are absolutely right… We saved on the wedding and splurged on the honeymoon – 4 weeks driving from LA to Key West! Thanks for stopping by our blog and leaving a comment. 🙂

      1. josiesvoice says:

        You’re very welcome. I felt that I had to say something about this subject. Am happy for you.

  2. Dana S. Hugh says:

    Congratulations and many happy years!

    1. Equatours says:

      Thanks Dana… 9 Years and counting 😉

  3. Awesome, I was just in Vegas and saw so many wonderful weddings took place! It isn’t what people would expect!

    1. Equatours says:

      Thanks for stopping by Jess!

  4. raastha says:

    Congratulations!!! That was romantic……and different….I believe the best thing about marriage is not the place what other thin off, rather, the choice of the couple getting married. Our marriage too was not a grand affair but definitely some thing that is special.

    1. Equatours says:

      Ahh, thanks Raastha! It was romantic, and it little bit crazy – just like us really! 😉

      1. raastha says:

        The whole idea of doing or being crazy is superb….because after many years, when we look back there should have been something exciting one could tell their children and grandchildren. Importantly, for ones own self that “Yes, we lived a life we want”.

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