Las Vegas weddings

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Las Vegas, Nevada came to be known as the Marriage Capital of the World as a result of the ease of acquiring a marriage license and the minimal costs involved. The city continues to be known as a popular wedding destination for the same reasons, but also as a result of the various types of weddings available.

Marriage license[edit]

Nevada marriage licenses are notoriously easy to get; there is no blood test or required waiting period. Las Vegas has streamlined the process further. Once a short form is completed and submitted to the marriage license bureau along with $60 cash and a government issued photographic identification, a marriage license may be obtained within minutes until midnight every night.[1]

Within one year of receipt of the marriage license a wedding ceremony must be performed in order to have a legal union, and marriages are legal and binding worldwide.[2]

Wedding licenses issued[3]
Year Clark County United States Clark County %
1996 104,789 2,344,000 4.5
1997 109,378 2,384,000 4.6
1998 108,717 2,244,000 4.8
1999 114,465 2,251,000 5.1
2000 120,629 2,376,000 5.1
2001 121,547 2,345,000 5.2
2002 119,759 2,254,000 5.3
2003 114,544 2,187,000 5.2
2004 125,967 2,224,000 5.7
2005 121,282 2,230,000 5.4
2006 112,531 2,160,000 5.2

Wedding venues[edit]

Chapel of the Flowers, one of the many wedding chapels in Las Vegas

There are numerous options for wedding ceremonies in Las Vegas. The least expensive option, costing $60, is to marry at the Office of Civil Marriages.[4]

Most weddings performed in Las Vegas may be a civil or religious service depending upon the wedding venue selected.

With an average of 115,000 weddings a year, the Las Vegas wedding industry is competitive and ceremony locations are plentiful. Most of the city's major hotels have wedding chapels and many of the local restaurants offer wedding ceremonies. Weddings may also be performed in the local churches, at one of the many golf courses, or at a free standing wedding chapel. Drive-thru weddings are also available.

Wedding chapels[edit]

The majority of the newer wedding chapels are located on the Las Vegas Strip. A local law in the 1970s made it impossible to build a free standing wedding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip. The older wedding chapels will be found downtown.

Themed weddings[edit]

Many chapels also offer themed weddings. Common themes include Hawaiian, fairy tale, Star Trek, goth, and weddings with an Elvis or Michael Jackson impersonator.

Outside Las Vegas[edit]

Second in popularity to the wedding chapel option, is to have a ceremony performed outdoors somewhere in the surrounding Las Vegas area.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "County Clerk – Marriage Licenses". Clark County, Nevada. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
  2. ^ "County Clerk – Marriage Licenses". Clark County, Nevada. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
  3. ^ Choate, Alan (January 10, 2008). "Fewer going to the chapel". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved March 8, 2008. 
  4. ^ "County Clerk – Civil Marriages". Clark County, Nevada. Retrieved November 27, 2012.