In Vegas, it’s eat, drink, and get married. Yes, weddings have become as big as gambling in Las Vegas.
Just like in the movies, lovestruck couples from all around the world flock to Vegas to tie the knot. In 2012 alone, the Clark County Clerk’s Office issued more than 85,000 marriage licenses. That’s four times the number issued in Orange County.
While some couples opt to get married on regular days, a good number prefer to exchange vows on the day of hearts itself - Valentine’s Day.
Where to get married in Vegas
In Las Vegas, you don’t have to worry so much about where to hold your ceremony. Many hotels, such as The Plaza Hotel and Casino, have wedding packages personally tailored to fit the couple’s liking. You can get married in a hotel ballroom, by the pool, on a rooftop, or do them all together, like this couple.
Aside from hotels, there are wedding chapels on just about every corner. There are hotel chapels, drive-thru chapels, little white chapels on the side of the road - even mobile chapels!
If you don’t want to tie the knot indoors, you can also take the wedding outdoors, whether on land, air, or water. Wedding venues can be public like in restaurants or very private like in your hotel room.
If you plan to get married on the 14th of February, expect a lot of Valentine’s Day discounts and surprises.
Making your Las Vegas wedding one-of-a-kind
Do you want an Elvis impersonator to pick you up in a limousine and walk you down the aisle? Or maybe have a mermaid swim by your side while exchanging vows? Do you want to start a new chapter of your life ziplining down Fremont Street? Or perhaps while screaming on a roller coaster with all twist and turns? Vegas can make your deepest wedding desires come true, whether traditional or totally outrageous.
Legal information needed to get a Las Vegas marriage certificate
Like in any other place, couples would need a marriage certificate to make their union legal and valid. The following are the requirements and important information to be legally married in Vegas:
- Individuals must be unrelated, and both at least 18 years old
- Individuals aged 16 and 17 may marry with the consent of either parent or legal guardian.
- Those below 16 may marry if either parent or legal guardian files action, pays court fees, and presents a court order from the local court
- Proof of name and age is required. You may present your driver’s license, passports, and government-issued IDs. An original birth certificate or security card may be presented as well.
- No waiting periods
- No blood tests are required
- Marriage license costs $60 and is payable by cash, money order, cashier’s check and credit card
To save time, couples may do the online marriage pre-application process. Within 60 days after the application, you can go directly to the “Express Window” of the Marriage License Bureau.
Ready to say “I do” this Valentine’s day? Head to Las Vegas for a fun, exciting wedding without all the hassle!