Las Vegas is known as much for its weddings as it is for its bright lights and megaresorts. With approximately 80,000 marriage licenses issued annually, Las Vegas is recognized as the “Wedding Capital of the US.” Whether it's eloping on a secret rendezvous or planning an elaborate ceremony for hundreds of family and friends, there is no place quite like Las Vegas to make it official.
Las Vegas is also a destination for LGBT weddings. On Oct. 9, 2014, Clark County began issuing licenses to same-sex couples looking to marry. The 1,000th same-sex marriage license was issued Jan. 7, 2015, the 5,000th license was issued on Dec. 30, 2015 and the 10,000th license was issued on Jan. 20, 2017.
Part of the allure of getting married in Las Vegas is that it offers the ultimate freedom of choice, ranging from an Elvis impersonator presiding over a 24 hour, drive thru chapel to a lavish soirée at one of the premier resorts. Additionally, Las Vegas has minimal pre-ceremony requirements and no waiting period, making Las Vegas an ideal wedding destination for all couples.
Nearly every major casino resort in Las Vegas has its own unique wedding chapel and ceremony spaces, offering an array of experiences from simple celebrations to elaborate affairs for brides and grooms of every taste and budget.
The recently renovated Wedding Chapel at ARIA Resort & Casino features just one chapel to ensure exclusivity to the special couple and their guests. This venue combines sleek and modern design with lavish décor for an elegant and sophisticated experience. Lovebirds can also reserve other venues, including the Fireside Lounge and Poolside Verandah.
Everlasting love can be sealed with a kiss at several venues at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, but a favorite is the Forever Grand Chapels. Professional wedding planners help couples take a step back in time for a vintage wedding, complete with hair, makeup and dramatic lighting to mimic the ambiance of the 1940s. Those looking for an unparalleled intimate setting should consider Joël Robuchon’s Parisian Terrace. This package includes a private dining room where the wedding festivities continue with a five-course dinner menu.
The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas are most widely recognized for transporting couples to Venice for their vows in the White Gondola ceremony. A gondolier will perform the intimate ceremony complete with Italian song while gliding along the Grand Canal. Wedding planners also host lavish ceremonies at The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium, Venezia Pool Gardens, Wedding Terrace and other romantic indoor and outdoor locations.
From Venice to Paris, lovebirds can say “je t’aime” atop the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas. This imitate ceremony includes the couple and their 12 closest friends and family, 460 feet above the Las Vegas Strip on the tower’s observation deck. Couples can also select a guitarist or violinist to accompany their special day.
Brides looking to make a statement on their wedding day should consider the volcano package at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. Daytime weddings offer a serene tropical setting, while evening weddings bring the heat as vows are exchanged overlooking the erupting volcano and cascading waterfall.
For thrill-seekers, imagine taking the plunge at 67 miles per hour, while riding the Big Apple Roller Coaster at New York-New York Hotel & Casino. Family and friends can join couples as they embark on the ride of a lifetime.
Some other unforgettable backdrops include Mandalay Bay Beach and Seascape Ballroom, with windows into the shark tank at Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
At Tropicana Las Vegas, couples are offered a tropical yet modern feel inside the resort’s wedding chapel. Guests are taken to paradise with its white plantation shutters, stylish palms and dark wooden chairs. The island oasis continues outdoors and through several additional venues onsite.
The JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, located a short drive from the Strip, offers 54 acres of lush gardens, waterfalls and streams. The property boasts multiple wedding locations, both indoor and outdoor. Once the newly wedded couple walks down the aisle, guests can celebrate in one of eight reception venues. These all-inclusive wedding packages also come with a restaurant discount for rehearsal dinners.
Station Casinos offers engaged couples two amazing options to celebrate their union. Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa offers a beautiful ceremony space off the casino floor with access to a private pool area. This former club has been transformed into an event space, with the perfect lighting and sound system; it even includes a DJ booth. The Wedding Suite at Green Valley Ranch boasts the backdrop for couples who want to enjoy the Las Vegas skyline during their vows.
The Chapel in the Clouds at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower offers breathtaking views of the Strip and surrounding valley from over 800 feet above Las Vegas. Dine in the only revolving restaurant in Las Vegas, Top of the World, and raise the excitement for guests with a one-of-a-kind experience.
Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort stuns guests with its breathtaking backdrop that highlights the natural desert beauty and mountain range in the distance. The resort offers unique and elegant ceremonies and receptions, working with each couple’s individual style and needs. Other beautiful golf courses include Bali Hai Golf Club, Reflection Bay Golf Club in Lake Las Vegas and many others.
The first traveling pop-up wedding company in the United States, Downtown Las Vegas’ Flora Pop is a delightful and easy way to “get hitched.” Pick the place and Flora Pop will send “The Teardrop,” a built-by-hand mobile chapel modeled after a 1950s Kenskill trailer complete with a neon sign and flowers. From the middle of the desert to the Springs Mountain Range and anywhere in between, Flora Pop will meet the party wherever they wish.
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts hosts some of the greatest acts in performing arts and wedding masterpieces. Ceremonies can take place in one of the complex’s seven stunning art deco style locations, from the Grand Lobby to the Troesh Studio Theatre, creating an elegant and sophisticated backdrop for vows. For an over-the-top ceremony, the Carillion tower is the place to say “I do” as the bell rings during that special kiss.
Lovers inspired by the glittering lights of the Las Vegas Strip can promise forever surrounded by restored vintage neon signs at the Neon Museum. The vintage signs bask the ceremony and reception areas in colorful light creating a truly only-in-Vegas memory.
Located in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, the Mob Museum is housed in the historic former federal courthouse and U.S. Post Office and was meticulously restored to its original grandeur. The Museum offers ceremonies and receptions with a truly unique backdrop as it presents a view of organized crime’s impact on Las Vegas history and its imprint on America and the world through interactive and engaging exhibits.
Steps away from the Mob Museum and two blocks from Fremont Street Experience is Downtown Grand Casino and Hotel. Brides and grooms looking for an elegant, vintage Vegas wedding have an array of locations to pick from at Downtown Grand. From intimate rooms to celebrating beneath the Vegas lights, literally, with the option to close down 3rd Street for a truly unforgettable event.
Taking love to new heights, Sundance Helicopters whisks couples by the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, the Mojave Desert and other landmarks to the stunning Grand Canyon or Valley of Fire via helicopter for exchanging of vows. The majestic red and orange rock of the desert provides a lovely setting during the wedding. Sundance provides a private helicopter and takes care of all the details, including champagne toast and wedding cake.
From the skies to the seas, Silverton Casino offers the enchanting Underwater Ceremony in a 117,000-gallon aquarium. Those making the plunge can trade in the bridesmaids for mermaids and be surrounded by their friends, family and thousands of exotic aquatic creatures.
Voted "The Best Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas," by the Las Vegas Review-Journal readers’ poll and “Best of Weddings” by The Knot, Chapel of the Flowers has made dreams come true for more than 50 years. With three chapels to choose from, Chapel of the Flowers specializes in vow renewals and customizable traditional wedding ceremonies.
Since opening in 1942, Little Church of the West has become a legendary spot to say “I do.” Betty Grable, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Dudley Moore, Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere and many others have exchanged vows there. Listed on the National Registry of Historical Places, The Little Church of the West was originally built as part of the Last Frontier Hotel but has since been moved three times and still maintains its original integrity.
A Little White Wedding Chapel, known around the world as one of the most famous places to get married, has been the site of numerous celebrity weddings, including Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. and Michael Jordan.
Open for more than 16 years and the only gay owned and operated wedding chapel in Las Vegas, the Gay Chapel of Las Vegas offers a wide selection of commitment ceremonies, weddings, themed weddings and vow renewals for couples from all walks of life. The chapel specializes in weddings that are custom fit for each couple and their desires.
The most popular wedding days in Las Vegas are Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve and dates with repeating numbers (for example, 10/10/10, 11/11/11, 12/12/12). One of the most celebrated wedding dates of all time, 7/07/07, was a big day in Las Vegas due to its implied luckiness (it's the ultimate jackpot!) paired with the fact that it landed on a Saturday.
- Proof of age (driver's license, passport or birth certificate)
- Must have a social security number; foreigners who exchange wedding vows in the U.S. may need additional or special documentation to guarantee the marriage is recognized in their country
- Parental consent and court order (if under the age of 16)
- No blood test
- No waiting period
- Marriage License/Clark County License Bureau: $77
- Clark County Marriage License Bureau
- Laughlin, Nev. Marriage License Bureau
- Address: 101 Civic Way
- Main number: 702-671-0500
- Monday, Friday and Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Closed on holidays