Hello, I'm recently engaged and me and my fiancé are undecided about where to get married. We both love the idea of going to Vegas and getting married, but we're worried about whether or not our friends and family would be happy to travel all that way and spend money doing so. We both know that we don't want a traditional wedding and would love something quite quirky and unique to suit us both. We also want a wedding that is fairly intimate and small and that isn't going to cost us lots of money.
I have a few questions please...have any of you got married in Vegas or are you planning to get married over there? If so, did you use a certain provider to arrange the wedding or did you arrange it yourself? Secondly, does anyone know of any quirky venues in the U.K. that would cater to what we're looking for please? We really like the idea of getting married on a beach if we have our wedding over here, but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :) (sorry it's such a long question) thank you so much in advance
Stephanie Smith - I don't know about Vegas but I know in England you can not get married outside. Only a permanent structure can hold a licence for people to marry. How about alternative venues. My cousin got married in the local safari park which was quirky x
Cat Thompson - I got married in Vegas (planned entirely by my husband and I) and had about 20 guests! Way more than I anticipated ? our friends and family couldn't wait to book and everyone had an amazing time! We also had an evening reception when we got home with cake, speeches and a first dance which was really well attended. Weddings abroad are so popular now I think most people are used to it ?
Lindsy Vernon - Someone in my family got married in vegas and they just took a few family members over. Maybe you could do that and then have a wedding party for everyone when you get back? You won't please anyone no matter what you do so just go with what you'd like x
Chloe Holmes - Why not go to Vegas as planned tell people your plans and those that want to join will. Hold a party then when your home. We're off to mexico for ours told people our plans and only have 14 joining us which i like then having a party back home x
Vicki Woodface - You can get married anywhere "safe and respectful" in scotland. We're getting married in an orchard garden, and the registrar has previously married people whilst standing in a lake (I presume with long wellies on!!). Stephanie is right about England though.
Lauren Elise Coulson-Smith - My sister got married in Vegas with just a few family members who flew over then had a party back in the uk. I'm getting married in dubrovnik on an island with family and friends flying out for their yearly holiday. I think the UK outdoors weddings that have been suggested sound great. Do more research, you could even get married on a vineyard in Italy. There are so many choices, anything is possible. Your dream setting will come with a bit of research. Pinterest is helpful to. Good luck and congratulations! X
Vivian Smith - I got married in Vegas a month ago and had a elvis wedding in the little vegas chapel . Such a great day with our friends . When we arrived home we had an evening reception
Eden 'Corleone' Elyse - I got married in Vegas at the Valley of fire and it was great. I got in touch with a company and they planned everything for me. It was intimate, different and stress free. We got married, went to a restaurant for dinner then to a Zombie burlesque show! We didn't have to deal with family politics and it suited us on a budget. We just wanted to marry each other ?
Gemma Redford - I got married in Florida. We didn't officially send invites so not to put pressure on anyone, we said we are going and your more than welcome to come. It's lots of money to go to a destination wedding and you don't want people to be pressured it might not be somewhere they want to go. However if they want to be there they'll make the effort xx
Alanna Atkinson - I'm sure you can find a venue that accommodates a beach wedding over here, I've heard of people doing that. You would need a venue that does this though because you need somewhere with a licence to marry you both. Many venues have outside areas you can get married so look at venues along the coast? Sounds like a lovely idea!
Heather Crosby - I got married in Vegas 2 years ago at the chapel of flowers amazing place and I was like you wanted it small. 21 of our family and friends decided to take the trip with us. We had a reception when we got home and the wedding was streamed live so our family and friends at home could watch. Amazing place to marry xx
Carla Shaw - You can have a humanistic ceremony anywhere but would then have to go to a registry office to do the legal stuff. If you want quirky check out the Rock n Roll Bride blog for loads of inspiration. Not sure where your based but Brighton has some good venues for quirky themes.
Helen Bailey - We got married at the zoo! We didn't want anything to formal as it's just not us, we had about 40 people in the day and about 80 in the evening, wasn't a big wedding as it just wasn't what we wanted, everyone had a great time wondering around the zoo in there wedding gear!
Rach Alltimes - We looked at doing Vegas a few years back too, it wasn't as cheap as I thought it would be. It was around the same price we're paying now to have an intimate wedding at home xx
Carla Barratt - I get married in a gazebo in Vegas next month. There's so many places. We are going with chapel of the flowers, who do so many packages. Sooo much cheaper to do this in Vegas. X
Sarah Du Cassé - It is possible to get married on the beach in England, although of course you can never guarantee the weather http://www.beachweddingsbournemouth.co.uk
Rebecca Wilson - We're getting married in Vegas next April, in a suite in the MGM and have planned it all ourselves x
Jodie Redwood-Maloney - Why not have a Vegas- themed wedding in the UK instead?