Getting Married in Las Vegas
The how tos of getting married in a Las Vegas chapel, with tips for a smooth trip.
Weddings can be intensely involved, stressful, and expensive. The arrangements, the guest lists, the reception, the seating arrangements, and all of the minute details that need to be remembered can drive a couple crazy before they ever get to walk down the aisle. With plenty of stress in their everyday lives many couples are opting to elope. Las Vegas is one of the most popular locations to elope to because of the simplicity and swiftness with which a marriage can take place. A Las Vegas wedding needs little preparation and a couple can get married at any time of day or night. Las Vegas weddings can be as elaborate or as simple as you desire from a drive-thru wedding to a complete immersion fantasy. A little planning goes a long way and there are a few pitfalls to avoid along the way.
One thing that people don’t realize about Las Vegas is that you will need some sort of deposit on almost everything. A credit card with a sufficient balance is key when you are getting married in Las Vegas. Hotel rooms often charge a deposit of a few hundred dollars or more on your credit card that remains held against your balance until you check out. Most hotels will not tell you about the deposit until you check in unless you inquire about it ahead of time. Don’t be caught by surprise with this practice or you may find yourself looking for a new hotel at the last minute.
If you rent a car in Las Vegas you may also need to have a deposit charged on your card. A rental car deposit is usually around a hundred dollars. Check to make sure your automobile insurance covers rental cars before you go to avoid paying a high insurance fee to your rental agent. You will definitely want to rent a car while you are in Las Vegas since taxis are quite expensive and you will get tired of walking very quickly.
Getting a marriage license in Las Vegas couldn’t be simpler. You will need to bring your birth certificate and a driver’s license and the marriage license fee in cash. The marriage license bureau is located in the old downtown section of Las Vegas near the Golden Nugget and you can get your license from 8 am until midnight any day of the week and all night long from Friday to Sunday. There are no blood tests or waiting periods required and your marriage license is good for up to one year after you get it. You will need to fill out a simple form and probably stand in line for a while. Don’t wait until the last minute to get your marriage license because you never know how long the line at the license bureau will be.
Wedding chapels are everywhere in Las Vegas. If you want to get married in a particular chapel be sure to reserve it ahead of time. Some chapels will broadcast your wedding on the Internet for a fee so that your friends and family at home can see the wedding. Most chapels will videotape your ceremony for an added fee. You can rent tuxedos and wedding gowns at many chapels but beware. Most chapels will not let you remove rented clothing from the premises without a deposit on a credit card. The deposit can be a few hundred dollars so make sure you have enough room on your card. If you do not leave a deposit you will have to get dressed for your wedding at the chapel and you will not be able to leave the chapel in your tux and gown afterwards. One of the most exciting things to do after getting married in Vegas is to go out on the town in your wedding clothes and receive abundant congratulations from people who pass by you on the streets. You might even get a few free glasses of champagne from local establishments!
Your wedding chapel will most likely sell flowers for marriage ceremonies but they are ridiculously over priced. Unless you are in a hurry you can make your own bouquet for much less. Prices for flowers at a chapel can be over $35.00 for a single rose. You can drive over to the local Wal-Mart located just a few miles down the road and for less than ten dollars you can have a beautiful bouquet of roses or create your own bouquet from the various cut flowers sold there. Wal-Mart sells bouquet holders for less than two dollars.
There are many beautiful places to take wedding pictures in Las Vegas. Most wedding chapels will not allow you to take your own photographs within the chapel and they charge a high price for pictures taken by their own photographers. The Conservatory at the Bellagio hotel has a gorgeous botanical garden. There are sculptures made from flowers, topiaries, fountains and beautiful murals that will provide beautiful backdrops for your wedding pictures. Take a few shots in front of the Paris hotel for a wedding picture in front of the Eiffel tower or in front of Bellagio’s beautiful dancing fountain. If you go alone simply ask a passer-by to take the pictures for you.
If you do careful research before eloping to Las Vegas you can have an experience you remember fondly for years to come. If you don’t have a credit card with a large limit available you might need to adjust your plans accordingly. It can take a lot of research or a lot of extra cash to find establishments that don’t require deposits. So many people travel to Las Vegas that the businesses need to protect their property with these deposits to prevent theft and damages. Don’t let the surprise of deposits and hidden costs ruin the happiest day of your life!