After a long day spent looking at venues or poring over flower arrangements, you may have joked with your significant other about high-tailing it to Las Vegas and getting married on the quick. The more that planning the wedding starts to eclipse the joy of actually getting married, the more attractive a Vegas elopement gets. If the jokes youâ€™ve been making about Vegas are turning into â€œjokes,â€ here are a few things to consider.
Get the marriage application in advance
Even though Las Vegas is known for its quickie weddings, you still have to fill out a marriage application and turn it in, at the Clark County Marriage Bureau. You can print out the applications online–one for each member of the couple–but youâ€™ll still have to file them in person. Once you turn in the application, youâ€™ll get the marriage license, which means you can get married at the chapel of your choice.
Yes, you can rent a wedding dress
Vegas weddings are all about no hassle, no pre-planning, no-stress convenience. Donâ€™t feel like dropping thousands of dollars on a wedding dress? Rent one! You can still be a stylish bride on the big day, but you wonâ€™t have a makeup-stained dress sitting in your closet for the next twenty years.
Itâ€™s not all Elvis impersonators
The classic image of a Vegas wedding is the officiant in a white jumpsuit, rocking the aviator glasses and sideburns, crooning his way through the wedding vows. But these days, itâ€™s not all about Elvis. Get married by Michael Jackson, Judy Garland or Britney Spears (possibly the actual Britney Spears). Or, you know, just a regular Justice of the Peace, minister, rabbi, or Wiccan priestess.
Itâ€™s in the desert
Las Vegas looks so fabulous on TV and in the movies that itâ€™s easy to forget itâ€™s in the middle of the desert. George Clooney and Brad Pitt didnâ€™t break a sweat in their fancy suits in Oceanâ€™s 11, but if youâ€™re having a summer wedding in the desert, youâ€™re going to run the risk of heatstroke in a tux. Itâ€™s a good idea to keep the ceremony indoors, at least until nightfall.
Plan on around $600 for the whole shebang
Sure, $600 isnâ€™t exactly chump change, but itâ€™s definitely a bargain compared to what a wedding can cost. Most chapels run a package deal–theyâ€™ll pick up the couple and the wedding party in a limo, transport them to the chapel, provide a service with flowers, music, sparklers, and witnesses, then drop you back at the hotel when the deed is done.
Roll right into the honeymoon
What is the best part of a Las Vegas wedding? Youâ€™re already at a premium location with tons of hotels, scenic views, mountains of stuff to do, and people ready to cater to your every whim. If youâ€™ve got the bankroll to do it right, your Vegas wedding can turn into a Vegas vacation with ease. Make sure to tell your bartenders, servers, and everyone else that you just got married, and watch the perks roll in.
A runaway Vegas wedding isnâ€™t for everyone. But if getting away from it all and just getting married with a minimum of hassle sounds good to you; keep these tips in mind as you book your Vegas wedding.