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!
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.