Bridal Club Magazine
Taking Your Vows in Vegas
1. Las Vegas Weddings Are Fun
Mention that you're thinking of getting married in Las Vegas and
your family will probably recoil in horror at the thought of you
and your fiancé exchanging vows before a pelvis shaking, Elvis
impersonating celebrant in a tacky little wedding chapel. You can
of course, have an Elvis-themed wedding but there are a million
other ways you can be wed. Trekkie fan? Live long and prosper after
being married by a Starfleet officer in Las Vegas Hilton's Star
Trek: The Experience Wedding Chapel. Adrenaline junkie? Take the
leap (literally) and get married whilst bungee-jumping off a tower
in the middle of the Las Vegas strip.
2. Las Vegas Weddings Are Fast
How about a Las Vegas wedding faster than you can say Big Mac?
There are many drive-through altars you can pull into to get
hitched without a hassle. Even chapel weddings in Las Vegas are
speedy as you are usually only allocated half an hour. Nevada law
does not require couples to undergo a waiting period before getting
married which makes the whole process even quicker.
3. Las Vegas Weddings Are Easy
You don't need a blood test to get married in Las Vegas. You
don't need parental consent if you are over the age of 18. You only
need one form of identification such as your passport to confirm
your age and you only need one witness (which most wedding chapels
provide anyway) for a Las Vegas wedding. How easy is that!
4. Las Vegas Weddings Are Cheap
Well, if you take the cost of the flights and accommodation out
of the equation (consider those your honeymoon expenses) and if
you're prepared to have a no frills ceremony, Las Vegas weddings
can be extremely good value for money. The marriage license fee is
only US $55.00 and there are chapels that offer wedding packages
for as little as US $45.00. Las Vegas wedding packages usually
include the use of the chapel, the services of a celebrant, music,
the bride's bouquet and the groom's boutonniere, a set amount of
wedding photographs or a wedding video and transportation from the
hotel to the wedding chapel. Quite a few chapels now have web cams
so that your families back home in Australia can watch the ceremony
live over the Internet too.
5. Las Vegas Weddings Are Convenient
Once you arrive in Las Vegas, check-in to one of the larger
casino hotels and you'll be able to co-ordinate, prepare for and
conduct your entire wedding without having to leave the complex.
The bigger hotels have dress shops, beauticians and
wedding hairdressers all within the premises who will primp,
pamper and fit you for a bridal gown so you'll look like a million
dollars on your wedding day. They also feature a wedding chapel for
the ceremony and will be able to host your wedding reception too.
Most importantly, they have sumptuous honeymoon suites just waiting
to be frolicked in by amorous newlyweds.
6. Las Vegas Weddings Are Warm
Las Vegas is mostly gorgeous and sunny all year round so your
wedding won't be at the mercy of the weather. The heat can be a
little stifling during the summer but most wedding chapels are
air-conditioned or you can get around this by having your nuptials
7. Las Vegas Weddings Are Multicultural
If you're from an ethnic background and English isn't your first
language, or you'd just like to recite your vows in your native
language for sentimental reasons, than Las Vegas is the place for
you. Lots of chapels hold foreign language wedding ceremonies and
you can say 'I do' in Spanish, French, Japanese or any other
language you please.
8. Las Vegas Weddings Are Round The Clock
Who says you have to get married during the day? Imagine how
romantic would it be to share your first kiss as man and wife at
the stroke of midnight instead. In Australia, there aren't too many
celebrants willing to give up their beauty sleep to conduct your
ceremony at that hour but in Las Vegas, anytime is a good time to
9. Las Vegas Weddings Are All Natural
Want to enter the wedding chapel the same way you entered the
world? As unbelievable as it may sound, you and your husband-to-be
can turn up for your Las Vegas wedding as naked as a newborn baby -
without getting arrested for indecent exposure.
10. Las Vegas Weddings Are Followed By Las Vegas
The one thing that is guaranteed about a Las Vegas wedding -
they're never boring - and your honeymoon won't be either if you
stay in Vegas for it. Share a glass of champagne as you hover over
the Grand Canyon in a hot air balloon. Ride a rollercoaster 100
stories above the ground at the Stratosphere Tower (guaranteed to
be scarier than standing at the altar for even the most reluctant
of grooms) or just stroll down the Las Vegas Strip and take in all
the dazzling lights of the world's brightest city (over 15, 000
miles of neon tubing is used to bring the Strip and the downtown
Las Vegas area to life).
With over 120,000 marriage licenses issued every year, Las Vegas
is the undisputed wedding capital of the world. If Elizabeth Taylor
(an expert at eight marriages) found Vegas charming enough to marry
in, then a Las Vegas wedding will surely enchant you and your