Elopements always remind me how spontaneous and magical love is. What is more romantic than taking a plane or a car and getting married in secret? And what better place to say I do than Las Vegas. From a classic chapel wedding to an out-of-the-traditional ceremony in the middle of the desert, Las Vegas has it all for your elopement. If you have made up your mind and decided to elope to this world-renowned city of neon signs, I have the ultimate guide for you.
Make it legal
We often only see the romantic part of escaping to get married in Vegas, but always keep in mind the formalities. If you are a visitor, you may prefer to do it legally at home and only have a symbolic ceremony where you can both exchange vows and express the love for each other without having to travel with documents and apply for a marriage license. But if you are a local or want to do it all in Las Vegas, here is what you need to know:
– Applicants must appear before a Clerk at a Clark County Marriage Bureau location.
– Apply for a marriage license and pay the fee.
– Bring a valid photo ID.
– Provide Social Security Number (SSN)
– Be 18 or older (or have your parent/legal guardian at the time of application to consent).
– If previously married, bring proof of divorce.
– Marriage must be conducted within the state of Nevada.
– Your marriage ceremony may be performed at any wedding chapel, church, the Office of Civil Marriages, or anywhere your marriage officiant is willing to perform the marriage ceremony in the State of Nevada.
– The person conducting the marriage ceremony MUST possess a Certificate of Permission to Perform Marriages in the state of Nevada and be issued by a County Clerk from the State of Nevada.
– Once obtained, your license is suitable for one year.
*Check with the local office for any other requirements.
Now, as you read before, you can get married pretty much anywhere you decide within the borders of the state of Nevada. The most obvious way to have a wedding in Las Vegas is at a chapel on the Strip. But that is not the only option. Here are my top picks for a dreamy elopement in Vegas.
On the Strip
Are you looking for a classic Las Vegas type of elopement? You are not to blame. I love those weddings, with a classic car in the background, neon signs, and the traditional picture at the Las Vegas sign. Here is a list of my favorites spots to say I do.
– Neon museum
Home of legendary and historic neon signs from casinos and resorts, located right in the middle of the city, it is a perfect spot for a festive ceremony.
Before the Strip, there was the historic center of Las Vegas. You can find beautiful spots of the original gaming locations, the arts district full of street art and color, and of course, Fremont Street.
– Las Vegas Boulevard
Iconic, is the word to describe this boulevard. People around the world can easily recognize the Strip from pictures. If you are a big fan of this fantastic city, this is the best part of town for you.
Off the Strip
Are you tired of the lights and the casinos? Las Vegas is much more than nightlife. With multiple State Parks and natural beauty around, you will find the perfect spot to escape and tie the knot.
– El Dorado Canyon
Nelson’s ghost town is the best location for a themed wedding. Imagine old buildings, mining equipment, antique cars, old gas stations, and the desert all around. You will have unforgettable memories of this place.
– Mount Charleston
Hit the road and enter a new scenery. This place offers snow in the winter and green views during spring. Perfect for couples that love the outdoors, hiking, trailing, biking, and even horse riding. You can plan your weekend elopement and stay at this unique oasis.
– Pahrump Valley Winery
Wine in the desert? Yes, Nevada has its winery. You can say I do in a different location than the usual Strip and dessert. You can even stay and have dinner there. Make sure you bring your photographer to capture every moment.
Capture every moment
Many couples forget this tiny and crucial part of eloping. When you organize a traditional wedding, you probably hire a photographer to capture the ceremony and the key events of the night. Why would you not do the same for your elopement? Keep in mind that if you decide to go completely solo, there will not be friends and family to take pictures or videos of you while you say your vows. A wedding is always worth capturing, even if it is a two-guest event.