Weddings, Las Vegas
One reason that Las Vegas became a marriage location was due to the ease of obtaining a license at all hours of the day and night. The lack of a waiting period, no blood tests, and the need for only one witness add to the attraction of using LV as a place to get hitched. But as August 30, 2006, the marriage bureau plans to close its all-night counter. County officials approved a new 8 a.m.-to-midnight schedule that will take effect next Wednesday, eliminating 24-hour marriage license service. From what I've seen, you will still be able to obtain a license duirng weekends and holidays, but only during the working hours specified.
LV: Rules of getting married in LV (info for US citizens and international travelers)
Here is another oddity found in Nevada. Marriage and divorse are quick and easy. The famous wedding chapels are quite interesting to see. Located mostly on the northern end of the Strip, they are rather tacky. But I couldn't resist having a look.
Many people come to Vegas to get married. For this reason, there are lots of wedding chapels that cater to everyone's taste. Get married by Elvis, the drive through wedding and the wedding chapel/motel. Also, many of the large hotels, Bellagio included, have their own wedding facilities. I saw four or five couples taking their wedding photos on one Friday afternoon.
Over a hundred thousand marriages are performed in Las Vegas each year. Having a Vegas wedding has become a byword for tongue-in-cheek chic, and there are indeed drive-thru chapels where bride and groom do no more than roll down their car windows before being serenaded on their way by Elvis himself.
You don't have to be a local resident or take a blood test to get wed in Las Vegas. Assuming you're both at least eighteen years old and carrying picture ID, and neither of you is already married - US citizens are expected to know their Social Security Numbers.
To get a divorce in Las Vegas, you have to have been a Nevada resident for at least six weeks.
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Getting married in Vegas is a relatively simple process. Head to the Las Vegas Marriage Bureau located at 200 S. 3rd Street, telephone 702-455-4415. They are open Mon-Fri 8am-12midnight and are open for 24 hours on holidays. You need proper identification like a driver's license, passport, original or certified birth certificate and/or military i.d. Any foreign documents must be translated into English. The fee is $50.00 for a wedding license and it's good for one year. We had to stand in line for about 1/2 hour to get the license and from what I was told, the line can be much longer during peak times like holidays.
We picked our wedding chapel by cruising the strip in our rental convertible. Not a bad way to get acquainted with Vegas. After selecting the Candlelight Wedding Chapel and booking a 11:30pm wedding, we spent the rest of day just enjoying Vegas and having a delicious meal at the Luxor in the Isis Restaurant. Of course, a few days later, we passed a wedding chapel that I like better but I always said the wedding is not anywhere as important as the marriage.
I would definitely recommend that if you get married in Vegas, get a certified copy of the wedding certificate for $4 once you get home for legal purposes. Especially if your husband is taking your last name like mine did. Created quite a stir at the local Social Security Office when he went to get a new SS Card with his new name.
In Las Vegas to get married or divorced is so easy as buy a wedding ring in a shop and after return it. This step is really easy only fill a form. Of this way, authorities attitude for gambling people is inusual. Gambling started in Las Vegas in the year 1931 to entertain the future divorced men that were waiting 42 days in Las Vegas. Flamingo's Casino was one of the biggest that nowadays today you'll see
This seems to be a local custom in Las Vegas! And there are many wierd and wonderful opportunities for venues. This scene, on the Grand Canal in the Venetian Hotel, is but one!
Marriage licenses granted in Las Vegas since 1984 are available online. You can search by groom or bride name at http://www.co.clark.nv.us/recorder/mar_srch.htm