Weddings, Las Vegas
After 20 years of marriage we decided to get our vows renewed on our holiday to Vegas in July. We chose the Elvis - Burning Love package at the Wee Kirk and we chose well! It was such a lovely experience in the quaint little chapel. We and our children (ages 16 and 18) had so much fun. Elvis, Lynn and the photographer were great. Thank you all for making it a very special day. Highly recommended!
We arrived in Las Vegas between Christmas and New Year at Bally's Hotel. We were happy to find that our bags had arrived ahead of us, after being lost on flight to LA, and that all our wedding clothes were still OK.
We thought it would be a great idea to marry in Vegas, as we had both been married before, and this way we could have our honeymoon in Vegas, and a wedding without having to worry about trying to keep both our families and friends, happy.
We looked up and down The Las Vegas strip to find a good wedding chapel, and we asked around too. We settled on A Special Memory Wedding Chapel. They hold all kinds of wedding, including a Drive Thru would you believe, but we wanted a Traditional Wedding, and that's what we got.
I had a video camera that wasnt any bigger than a mobile phone, and as we weren't allowed to video our wedding without paying an extra fee, I just told them that my camera was a basic thing and not really much of a video camera, and I asked if I could just stick it in the corner on a tripod.
They agreed, and I got our wedding in Full HD, thanks to my Kodak z8. I know, what a tightarse, but we had better things to spend our money on than someone else holding my camera.
The wedding was lovely, and service was very good. We had hired a car in LA for our 3 week road trip, and made sure it was white so we could put balloons and tape on it, as our wedding car.
It was a great experience, and one that I hope I wont be doing again. But if I were to do it again, this would be the way. I have uploaded a little bit of our wedding video, but only a bit, so take a look.
Las Vegas hosts more than 100,000 weddings a year.
Theme weddings are really big in Vegas. Among the many choices are a Elvis wedding, Drive-thru wedding, a Star Trek wedding, a gangster wedding, a Harley wedding, a beach-party style wedding, a Camelot wedding, a rock 'n roll wedding, a Gondola wedding, a Pirate ship wedding, or even a nude wedding and "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign wedding!
Note: If you want to get married at Valentine's Day or New Year's Eve, you have to book well ahead.
las vegas is famous for it's "quickie" marrages and also it's "quickie" divorces. neighboring california has stringent divorce laws and many californians travel to las vegas to get a divorce. pictured is the clark county court house which handles these transactions. former football player and actor o. j. simpson was tried at the clark county courthouse and is now serving a 33 year sentence at nevada's loveland correctional center.
There are many wedding chapels in Las Vegas. There are independent chapels which are not directly connected with the hotels and there are also chapels inside the hotels.
Make sure to check the hotel's website and check out the policies of getting married lawfully and legally in the State of Nevada! There are requirements!
My (now) husband and I wanted to get married, but not at a cheesy chapel complete with Elvis officiating...although I wouldn't have minded Elvis, but that's another story!
We chose A Vegas Wedding and were married on top of a mountain outside Vegas at sunrise. As we were saying our vows, the sun was rising over the mountains. So romantic!
We opted for the Sunrise Champagne wedding. All fees were included in the price: the chauffered SUV to the site, the photo-journalist, a CD of photos, a DVD of our wedding and the drive up, and the minister.
On the way back, we stopped by Boulder City for a few photos...check them out on the Boulder City Parks link. *g* Hey...keep in mind that we had an hour of sleep the night before. We arrived in Vegas late in the afternoon, rushed all over town for last-minute wedding essentials (like a tux--oops, no such luck) and finally got to sleep only to wake up way before the crack of dawn to drive out to the site.
Don't get me wrong...this was perfect...It was different, which is fabulous! Highly recommend the Champagne Sunrise wedding!
My wife and I were recently married and we had loads of friends who wanted to come but not get caught in the gambling trap the casinos lure you into. We did this through renting a house near the Strip and had the time of our lives whilst saving money at the same time. We were all able to get together and even take midnight swims. It was fantastic and luxurious!
As it was ours for the two weeks, we saved money and could keep a watchful eye on our friends' children. We would never go in a hotel again after this wonderful experience
pictured is a wedding chapel on las vegas blvd. one interesting aspect of las vegas is that nevada has very liberal marrage requirements. as a result people from all over the country come to las vegas to get married. las vegas hosts hundreds of wedding chapels for "quickie" weddings. if you are in a hurry some offer drive-thru services. considering the expenses of a traditional wedding and reception a las vegas wedding may be a bargain.
We renewed our vows with Elvis Presley at the Graceland Wedding Chapel. They did an excellent job, from the limo to the King himself. Loved it, it was very romantic, and then my brother surprised his wife by having them renew their vows.
My husband and I are locals, and often have friends in town. So I was totally oblivious to the fact that he was going to pop the question one night on the town with friends. They wanted to ride the gondolas at the Venetian, so we went in seperate gondolas and my husband proposed. It was really sweet and romantic cruising along with people clapping for us from the bridges. Our gondolier had a beautiful voice and serenaded us while we rode. I'd recommend it to anyone who is planning on proposing to that special someone.
The Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel is also a wonderful place that will help coordinate your proposal. For a price they can arrange everything from champagne to roses and work hard to keep your plans discreet.
The beautiful, historic chapel was the only terrific thing about our experience. The office staff was rude. The flowers were dead! We confirmed months prior and even in person a few days before. The officiant was pleasant, but don't purchase the DVD, the air conditioner VAROOMS over any of the audio. The staff is in the background doing all sorts of stuff, including talking over the ceremony. Rushed through, limo driver was late picking us up at the Venetian and the dressing room was filthy. A big disappointment in every regard save the man I married!
Even if you don't get married in Las Vegas, at least visit and see some of its typical wedding chapels! There are many weddingg chapels in Las Vegas. they are usually small and very funny.
If you're not planning to get married there, drive around to see them and get to know its funny ambiance. We did that and had a good time!
From the sublime to the ridiculous, whatever sort of wedding you want you`ll probably find it here, indeed if you arrive in Las Vegas without a prospective spouse and find the one of your dreams while you are here getting a license seems to be quick and easy. there are an amazing number of wedding chapels, all the major hotels have their own, and everything for your special day can be bought or hired....even the flowers. You could be married by an Elvis Presley impersonator, or in a car at a drive through ceremony..... then you could go to Mc D`s drive through for your wedding dinner ! the only limit is your imagination and your budget
our vow renewal ceremony was at the Shalimar Wedding Chapel, the $160 cost included limousine, photographs, video of the ceremony, silk flower hire and a garter, but the main reason we chose the Shalimar was the live webcam link which enabled family and friends not able to attend to share the ceremony with us. the fee for the Minister and the gratuity for the limo driver were extra
So, on the 10th of April 2006 at 5pm Las Vegas time we re-took our wedding vows in Las Vegas surrounded by a bunch of dearly loved VT friends, our `real` wedding 28 years ago was a civil ceremony, without the beautiful words of the wedding service spoken this day by the Minister who had such a rich warm resonant voice,
did anyone cry ? Oh yes, we all did
it was a very moving ceremony
sharing our day with us were rexvaughan and Sacra [Rex was the Best Man]
Keida84 and Lumpmeister [Kat was Matron of Honour and Paul was camcorderman fot the day] Kat`s dear friend Kris [TazMocha]
Kymba [Kymbanm] and her friend Missy
CatherineGC and her lovely hubby Jay
Vegas is a great place to get married. It provides elegant pre-packaged weddings ranging from simple to extragavant, traditional to themed offering practically everything that you would want from a conventional wedding except the local location, the expensive pricetag and the hassle. I didn't time our stay in the chapel but, I'm sure that it was over an hour vs. typical Vegas half hour. The photographer starts taking pictures of bride in the dressing room throughout the marriage and several poses after the wedding. They present to you a spectacular 100+ picture show set to music. What they don't tell you is that you either have to stick to your original package which doesn't include the DVD, buy DVD and CD with pictures or just the CD. If you get either the DVD &/or CD they will not give you photos that were originally promised in the package. They say that the photos are discounted from DVD &/or CD. The DVD&CD were $600 cash and just the CD was $450. This marriage was well worth it but I did feel deceived because the package was compromised. If I knew about the DVD, I would have bought the cheapest package. The I bought the $299 package because it offers extra photos and a video recording of the ceremony. I almost never watch or show the video recording. I show the DVD presentation all the time. It is a much better keepsake than the video recording of the ceremony. The disc(s) are better to show to family, friends and co-workers. Overall, we made the best of things. I made sure that the photographer got pictures in front of the murals that I wanted. For a wedding at home, the average photographer starts at $700. Other chapels in Vegas either do the same thing or limit you to 30 minutes which isn't time for many pictures. Pictures are most important keepsake of a wedding. Although things weren't exact, I was still fullfilled and would recommend it to anyone just understand what you're getting.
There are wedding chapels all over Las Vegas .. in every hotel, casino, and along street corners. You can find Elvis, do a drive through like ordering a fast food burger, go for costumes and themes, or find simple and elegant. The former is what my VT friends chose for their vow renewal.
The Shalimar chapel has an unassuming locale: inside a Howard Johnson's motel north of the touristy part of the Las Vegas Strip. Despite this location, the chapel itself is lovely and photographs well. Add to this the webcam feature, and it made a perfect venue for Berni and Carl's vow renewal!
The minister provided touching words, and added to the ambience of the moment. His clear, deep, loving voice added more emotion that we could handle! We were already on the edge of tears - he just gave us a nudge into full fledged waterworks ;)
Like most LV wedding services .... they offer packages as well as a la carte services. Don't expect to bring your own flowers .... they make money offering those things so won't allow it! But we were allowed to photograph to our heart's content ;)