Vegas weddings have been the subject of many jokes over the decades, but the industry is still going strong with several options for a wedding ceremony or vow renewal, from cheesy to classy. Here are a few ideas for how to tie the knot in Sin City.
Follow in the footsteps of Rita Hayworth, Paul Newman, Jane Fonda, Elvis Presley (naturally), Jon Bon Jovi, and Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford, along with countless other celebrities, with a ceremony at one of the many chapels on and off the Las Vegas Strip. Graceland Wedding Chapel is one of the most favored and famous, while others include A Special Memory Wedding Chapel and Chapel of the Flowers. For something outside Vegas but still a little kitschy, consider a wedding at the Western-themed Bonnie Springs Ranch chapel, just west of the city.
Photos and flowers are typically included, and packages may also include a limousine ride, DVD, wedding coordinator, and a tour of the city. The marriage license fee, which you must get at the Clark County courthouse, is not usually included, nor is the minister's fee.
Take a regular chapel wedding up a notch with an Elvis wedding, where an Elvis impersonator plays a role in your ceremony by escorting the bride down the aisle and serenading you and your new spouse. Depending on the wedding package you choose, there may be options for how many songs you want performed, as well as photo options, flower options, and more. Note that while Elvis does typically perform songs, the impersonator does not usually perform the ceremony and that the the minister fee is typically not included.
Grand Canyon Weddings
For some truly spectacular wedding photographs, get married at one of the world's greatest natural wonders with a Grand Canyon wedding from Las Vegas. Packages often include helicopter transportation from Las Vegas, flowers, cake, photos, and bubbly, as well as the license and officiant fees, which aren't usually included with chapel weddings. Some Grand Canyon wedding packages even offer an upgrade option to include an Elvis impersonator.
If you don't want to go as far as the Grand Canyon but want a similar outdoor experience, consider a ceremony at Red Rock Canyon or Valley of Fire, which are closer to Las Vegas.