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Saying 'I Do' in Vegas? Here's How to Nail Your Wedding with Expert Tips

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Are you one of the many couples dreaming of saying 'I do' in the dazzling Entertainment Capital of the World – Las Vegas? Well, you're in good company! Las Vegas is a top pick for couples seeking a stylish and unique wedding experience. However, planning a Las Vegas wedding does come with its own distinct charm and considerations. To guide you through the process and turn your dream wedding into a reality, we've teamed up with experienced wedding planning experts to bring you 5 of the most effective tips to ensure your Las Vegas wedding is an absolute hit.

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Timing is Everything

Before you start planning your magical Las Vegas wedding, you'll need to first take into consideration the distinct seasons that will impact wedding costs. Spring and fall are peak seasons for weddings due to the pleasant weather, but they often come with higher venue and vendor prices, so early booking is advisable. While summer and winter are off-peak seasons, they offer more budget-friendly options with potential discounts during these times.

Consider popular upcoming wedding dates like December 31, 2023 (123123), or February 29th, with 2024 being a leap year, which may also affect pricing and availability. For more flexible and cost-saving options, hosting your wedding on a weekday rather than a weekend may prove to be a better alternative.

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Securing a Marriage License

Las Vegas makes it easy to obtain a marriage license, but you and your partner will need to sign for it in person. Visit the Marriage License Bureau with your ID, and you'll receive your license the same day. The Marriage Bureau is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 8 a.m. to midnight, so you have flexibility in choosing when to get your license. To save time, you can pre-apply online for your marriage license up to 60 days in advance and skip the line once you get to the Marriage License Bureau. Fortunately, you can get married the same day you receive your license which can make planning your ceremony even easier.  

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Entertainment Options

Entertainment Options: Dive into the quintessential Vegas experience by infusing your wedding with unique, Vegas-style entertainment. Think beyond the ordinary and consider having an Elvis impersonator rock the ceremony to set up casino gaming tables for some wedding-day gambling fun. You can also add a dash of glamour with Vegas-style showgirls, enchant guests with a world-class magician, or have a Rat Pack tribute show serenade your loved ones. For a more over the top experience, consider a helicopter entrance or exit for those iconic Strip views. Your Las Vegas wedding will truly stand out with these options, tailored to your style and preferences, ensuring an unforgettable and entertaining experience for all. Local Las Vegas photographer at The Light and the Love Photography Britany Maxwell can attest that Vegas offers a wealth of entertainment to keep you and your guests thoroughly captivated.  

The entertainment options are ENDLESS. You can literally walk, Uber, or take a party bus to any hotel or casino, all of which offer unique things to do. You can also go to a restaurant, lounge, bar, club, pool party - you name it.

- Britany Maxwell

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Celebration Options

While your guests are in town to celebrate your wedding, treat yourselves to some of Vegas’ popular nightlife spots for the after-party. Consider hitting up one of the many well-known nightclubs, lounges, or arcade bars in Vegas before satisfying your late night cravings at Peppermill Restaurant or Secret Pizza inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. If you want to skip the crowds, consider renting a private karaoke room to enjoy a fun, intimate experience with your closest friends and family, or end the night with a few poolside drinks at one of the many popular nightclubs that line the Strip. 

The couple I recently photographed a few weeks ago got married at the Little White Chapel by Elvis, popped champagne and ended the night eating at In-n-Out burger with 20 family and friends who came out from England! Then they ended the night by celebrating on the strip and in their hotel room.

-Britany Maxwell
Whether you're up for laid-back, unforgettable experiences or ready to dance your way into the night, Las Vegas has an array of post-wedding adventures to explore. Discover these hotspots for an extra dose of Vegas-style excitement
AZILO Ultra Lounge 
Why we love it: Located in SAHARA Las Vegas, AZILO Ultra Lounge, the latest addition to the vibrant Las Vegas nightlife scene, offers a tantalizing blend of decadent cocktails and an atmosphere designed for an unforgettable night of dancing. Located on the iconic Strip, it's an ideal spot for celebrating with your newlywed partner and your entourage.
JEWEL Nightclub
Why we love it: Located in ARIA Resort & Casino, JEWEL Nightclub is a go-to spot for an unforgettable night out. What really makes JEWEL stand out is its stellar lineup of world-class DJs and performers with a VIP and bottle service options that add a touch of luxury to your night. From special events to diverse music genres, JEWEL Nightclub has all the elements that make a night on the town truly memorable. 

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Choosing the Right Venue

The key to an unforgettable Vegas wedding is selecting the right venue. Choosing a venue that offers a wedding package is the best course of action for couples planning their destination wedding. For those who are unsure of their options, Britany wants couples to be reassured that there are endless venue options to fit any budget.

There truly is nothing like the Strip at night with all the lights shimmering, the vibe, and the history. It is iconic. We have a gorgeous desert landscape, but a lot of people don't realize we also have beautiful sand dunes, mountains, and dry lake beds. People truly make an experience out of getting married here.

- Britany Maxwell

From elegant chapels to luxurious resorts, couples can find the venue of their dreams in the wedding capital of the world. If you dream of having a romantic, intimate wedding, then consider exchanging your vows in one of the city's charming chapels like the Chapel of Crystals or in a gorgeous outdoor venue such as The Grove. For a more modern or extravagant vibe, consider saying your “I Do’s” in one of the many luxury resorts and hotels that offer irresistible wedding packages. Not sure where to start? Here are our recommendations for some of Las Vegas’ top wedding venues. Keep in mind that some of these locations offer multiple venue options within them.

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

The Venetian in Las Vegas is a superb wedding venue due to its elegant Italian-inspired architecture and a range of romantic settings, including gondola rides along picturesque canals, creating a memorable and enchanting backdrop for couples to tie the knot.
Why we love it: We love this venue for its all-inclusive packages and diverse venue options. From the romantic Fountain Terrace that whisks you away to Italy, to the Chapel overlooking the pool gardens, and the unique backdrop of the LOVE sculpture in front of the waterfall, there's something for every couple. For a more intimate affair, the white gondola is perfect for a private minimony with just you and your significant other.

Wynn Las Vegas

The Wynn is an exceptional venue for weddings due to its luxurious and elegant atmosphere, world-class service, and stunning surroundings, making it a dream destination for couples seeking a memorable and romantic celebration.

Why we love it:
 The Primrose Court offers an oasis experience right on the vibrant Las Vegas Strip. Here, you can exchange your vows under a lush canopy of trees and amidst blooming flowers. And the best part? Once you step out, you'll find yourself immersed in the lively energy of the Strip, and for your reception, you have the option to choose from one of the fantastic restaurants inside the Wynn or Encore. 

Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa

The Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa offers a unique wedding venue with stunning Mojave mountain views for those looking to take a scenic and relaxing break from the Las Vegas Strip. Its lakeside location, proximity to MonteLago's amenities, and resort features like a pool and spa make it an ideal choice for a memorable wedding celebration.

Why we love it: 
This location offers an escape from the high energy of the city; set on Lake Las Vegas it’s sure to set the tone for a romantic wedding weekend. 

Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa

Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas makes for an ideal wedding venue with its stunning Strip and mountain views, a skilled catering team creating delectable menus, and an award-winning events team dedicated to crafting your dream day with meticulous care, ensuring a personalized and flawlessly executed celebration.

Why we love it:
 This iconic location boasts gorgeous views of the Strip and Red Rock Canyon - capturing two iconic parts of Las Vegas in one venue.

Caesars Palace Las Vegas

Getting married at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas is a dream come true with its five unique chapels, both indoor and outdoor options, and inclusive wedding packages featuring a wedding coordinator and officiant services. Set against the backdrop of this iconic resort, you can exchange your vows in a place steeped in luxury and history.

Why we love it: What screams Vegas more than Caesars Palace? It’s a unique combination of the glitz and glam of Vegas and the romance and charm of Rome. With nine venue options and multiple all-inclusive wedding packages, you might also want to contemplate hosting your reception at Bobby Flay's Amalfi or Peter Luger Steak House.

Springs Preserve

The Springs Preserve, celebrated for its Botanical Garden, scenic trails, and vibrant scenery, has earned global recognition as an oasis of natural beauty within the vibrant heart of Las Vegas. It has emerged as a top spot for couples seeking a nature-inspired location to celebrate their love with friends and family.

Why we love it:
 Nestled right in the heart of the city, this venue is a slice of natural paradise in the midst of the urban hustle and bustle. What's even more fantastic is that it offers the convenience of hosting all your wedding events in one place, with a variety of unique event spaces to choose from.

For those already envisioning the glittering lights of the Las Vegas Strip as the backdrop to your dream wedding, our comprehensive guide is designed to transform your vision into a reality and make your Vegas wedding an unforgettable celebration that highlights the best that the city has to offer. With our expert insights on seasonal planning, simplified license acquisition, entertainment options, and top-notch venue recommendations, your journey to a perfect Vegas wedding will be easier than ever, allowing you to focus on creating beautiful memories with your loved ones!

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