The lure of a Las Vegan wedding is not just for the impetuous or worse for wear a la ‘The Hangover’ or ‘What Happens in Vegas’. Many choose to get married in this city that never sleeps, and the beauty of Las Vegas is that you can get married all year round and within hours of arrival.
However, if you are planning it, you might want to consider avoiding getting wed in the middle of the summer, when temperatures can hit 43°C+, and on Valentine’s Day, which is so popular that you can queue for up to six hours to get married! Wedding dresses and tuxedoes can be hired if you aren’t bringing your own, but hair and beauty makeovers are harder to organise on the spur of the moment.
The tourist board and all the hotels offer a wedding service, as do many of the individual chapels. If you plan to marry in one of the wedding chapels, assume it’ll be a short ceremony, as most only allow a half hour service.
One of the most popular chapels is still Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, which specialises in exuberant Elvis weddings and other wacky, magical and imaginative themed weddings… worth a peek even if you’re not getting married!
• You must present identification and proof of your age, such as a valid passport.
• You must be over 18 years old. You can be married if you are 16 or 17 years old only if you are accompanied by at least one of your parents or if you have an official document verifying your parent’s permission.
• If you were previously married and divorced, you must have a copy of your final divorce decree that clearly indicates the date and place that the final decree is registered.
• Both the bride and groom must appear in person at the Marriage License Bureau at 200 South Third Street downtown. The office is open from 8AM until midnight on weekdays and from 8AM Friday until midnight Sunday every weekend. They are also open 24 hours on all holidays. A marriage license cost $30.
• Once you have the license, any person authorised by the State of Nevada can perform the marriage ceremony. One witness must be present at the ceremony. Most wedding chapels will supply the witness if you have none and some chapels will even supply an imitation Elvis Presley to be your witness, so it’s worth asking around!
To officially register your marriage in your home country:
• When you return home, you will need a copy of your Nevada marriage certificate as proof of your marriage. It can be purchased at the Clark County Recorder’s office for $7 before you leave.
• Some countries require a certified copy of your marriage certificate and an Apostilles, so check with the marriage officials in your own country! Both documents are available from the Clark County Recorders office for a modest fee.
A list of wedding chapels is available from Las Vegas Online Entertainment Guide.