From drive-in chapels to some of the world’s most luxurious resorts, Las Vegas offers you a dizzying array of venue choices for your destination wedding ceremony and honeymoon.
The city of Las Vegas actually hosts approximately 120,000 marriage ceremonies a year, which breaks down to about 300 weddings a day. So it’s little wonder that Las Vegas has earned a reputation for being the Marriage Capital of the World.
Las Vegas is located in the middle of the Mojave Desert, so temperatures during the summer months can be scorching. For example, the average high temperature is 98 F in June; 104 F in July and 102 F in August. Low temperatures in the summer typically range between the mid-70s to the low-80s. Of course, air conditioning is ubiquitous in Las Vegas, so escaping the heat is easy.
You’ll enjoy the best weather in Las Vegas during the spring and fall. During the months of October and April, for example, high temperatures are typically in the low-80s. Make sure to bring a sweater, however, because just like in any other desert setting, there is little humidity to trap in the heat at night, which means that temperatures do plummet into the low-50s once the sun goes down.
As for the winter months, Sin City can actually get downright chilly, especially at night. High temperatures range between the mid-50s to the mid-60s during the day, with low temperatures ranging between the 30s and the low-40s at night.
As for rain, chances are typically very slim that precipitation will mar your wedding day. The average rainfall annually for Las Vegas is a scant 4.19 inches, and while snow does occasionally occur, it is very rare.
Local Tradition to Add to Your Wedding
One of the best ways to add a little Las Vegas to your wedding is by playing up the gambling theme. Your cake, for example, can be decorated to resemble dice or with hearts, clubs, spades and diamonds. And some couples like to pass out poker chips personalized with the names of the bride and groom and the wedding date as party favors.
Las Vegas has a resort that would be perfect for just about any wedding theme that you could possibly imagine. Love everything French? Then you’ll want to hold your wedding in the Paris Hotel. Prefer an Italian theme? Then you’ll want to book the Venetian, instead. Of course, there are also numerous unusual sites where you can get married in Las Vegas, including:
- The Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. Las Vegas is all about the glitz and sometimes the kitsch. And if you’re a fan of the latter, why not have an Elvis impersonator perform your marriage ceremony? At the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, you can actually choose from 25 different Elvis impersonators, including black leather-clad Elvis or an Elvis in a gold jacket.
- Pirate Ship. Ahoy, matey, if you’ve always wanted to get married aboard a pirate ship, then you’ll want to book Treasure Island’s Song Ship for your wedding. There is even a chance that a pirate might “swing” by your ceremony on a rope.
One of the reason why Las Vegas is such a popular destination for weddings is because it is extremely easy to get hitched in Sin City. Blood tests are not required, and there is no waiting period. And obtaining a marriage license usually only takes about ten minutes. You do, however, have to:
- Apply in person at the Clark County Marriage License Bureau, which is located at 201 E. Clark Avenue in downtown Las Vegas on the ground floor of the Regional Justice Center. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to midnight every day. You can speed up the process by completing an online marriage pre-application form, which can be found here: http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/clerk/Pages/PreApp.aspx
- Pay for a license. As of 2016, the cost was $77. The following are the only accepted forms of payment: cash, cashier’s check, traveler’s check or money order.
- Bring valid IDs for all parties. Accepted identification include: driver’s license, passport, military identification, United States or foreign identification card that bears your birth date and photo, or resident alien card.
- Be 18 years of age. If you are 16 or 17, you must have the written consent of at least one parent. The consent may be given in person or by a notarized statement.
- Certain days are more popular than others for weddings in Las Vegas. The most popular — not surprisingly — has historically been Valentine’s Day, February 14. The next most popular date is New Year’s Eve. So if you want to get married on either of those days, you may want to book your venue and vendors early.
- Most resorts offer excellent wedding packages that are very competitively priced and may include fun extras such as tickets to a show for the bride and groom. Some venues will even live stream your wedding for families and friends who can’t make your ceremony in person.
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