Las Vegas is a popular wedding spot, and for very good reason: iconic chapels, speedy marriage licenses, and out-of-this-world venues. Whether your heart is set on a minimony (with 10 people or less), a micro wedding (up to 50 guests) or you’re planning an elopement, there’s a Vegas ceremony with your name on it.
Thinking of getting married in Sin City? Here’s what you need to know right now, according to the experts.
“One of the many reasons Las Vegas is an appealing destination to tie the knot is how easy it really is”, says Reverend Arnold Garcia, a Vegas wedding officiant for the past decade and owner of Love Story Wedding Chapel. “With no waiting period, you can decide to get married the same day. Every legal ceremony begins with a marriage license issued from the Clark County Marriage License Bureau.
Currently, for your safety, the County Clerk is asking all couples who want to get married in Las Vegas to start by pre-registering for their marriage license on their website. From there, it’s a quick trip to the bureau (located at 201 E Clark Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101) and with that license in hand, you can legally marry anywhere with a licensed officiant,” Reverend Garcia continues.
The Clark County Marriage License Bureau is open seven days a week from 8 am until midnight. To apply, each partner will require one valid form of identification (driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate). If a birth certificate, the person would need a document that contains the name and photograph of the person or any document for which identification must be verified as a condition of receipt of the document. Your license will be prepared with your legal name exactly as it appears on your identification. You can get married immediately after receiving your license and it remains valid for one year.
Couples are required to bring their Las Vegas-issued marriage license with them on the day of their wedding. No minister (not even Elvis) can perform a ceremony without a valid Clark County license present on the day.
The current maximum capacity for events in the state of Nevada is 50 people (including the officiant and all vendors). Kirsten Bulock, long-time Vegas wedding officiant and co-owner of #MarriedInVegas Studios, advises that “face masks are required at all times in public for everyone over the age of two as per CDC guidelines and mandates by Governor Sisolak.” She adds that many places (including the marriage license office) are no longer accepting cash, so couples should ensure they have other payment methods available.
Vegas venues are following safety regulations such as non-invasive temperature checks upon entry, distanced tables, and limiting the size of groups that can be seated together. To track Nevada’s regulations regarding public events, follow the Nevada Health Response page or local media like the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
How to Prep
Though many venues will accommodate you without a booking, it’s advisable to make reservations for your wedding ceremony before you arrive in Vegas. “The more you plan ahead, the less stress you’ll experience on your special day, particularly if you’re planning to get married around a holiday or special event,” says Bulock, who has conducted thousands of Vegas ceremonies. Prior research will help you track down dedicated planners like #MarriedinVegas Studios, which has all-inclusive, wacky, and wonderful packages including helicopter elopements over the Grand Canyon and minimonies at the 7 Magic Mountains.
Rodney Antonio Arnett, the Corporate and Social Event Curator at The Mob Museum, notes that hotel and transportation pricing is more expensive based on the conventions, concerts, or major events happening in Las Vegas. “You could save a good amount of money by moving your wedding date up or down a weekend and then you can use that money for your honeymoon.”
On the topic of saving money, Arnett suggests that couples should ask for all of the fees upfront, especially with your hotel rooms. “Resort and parking fees can quickly increase the overall budget of the weekend for you and your guests.” He also adds that booking your hotel accommodation close to your wedding location helps to alleviate stress from getting stuck in traffic on the busy strip.
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