Fabulous hotels, year‐round sunshine, a hue choice of chapels… and where else can you get married by Elvis?
Getting married in Las Vegas
Why get married in Las Vegas?
Las Vegas really is the city that never sleeps, where casinos never close, fabulous shows are performed all night and you can gamble around the clock. What was once little more than dusty gambling den is today the hottest destination in the US, with some of the finest hotels, restaurants and shops in the country ‐‐ and a huge range of chapels in which to get married.
Las Vegas is also well situated for exploring the south‐west. The surrounding landscape is stark and forbidding yet strangely beautiful. For instance Red Rock Canyon, just twenty miles away, looks just like a Hollywood scene from a cowboy movie.
What kind of wedding ceremony can I have in Las Vegas?
There are as many places to get married in Las Vegas as there are types of wedding ceremony. You can have anything from a short simple civil ceremony to an elaborate, romantic wedding. The simplest way to get married is a brief civil ceremony performed by the Las Vegas Marriage Commissioner, which only takes half an hour and will cost about $50.
Wedding chapels are a part of the myth of Las Vegas and most of the casinos and hotels contain at least one. These tend to be very elegant and much grander than the small independent chapels, so there is something to suit all tastes.
For an unforgettable wedding, you could try one of the special wedding services on offer from Vegas wedding consultants. You can choose anything from an Elvis or Star Trek theme to a ceremony held in a helicopter flying over the Las Vegas strip or on the rim of the Grand Canyon. Just let your imagination run as wild as Las Vegas itself.
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Do I need a visa to enter the country?
US visa or waiver form required.
What’s the wedding paperwork?
- Residency There are no residency requirements, but you must obtain your marriage licence first.
- Medical checks None required.
- Proof of ID Valid passports are required, as are birth certificates. You need to prove your age, for which a passport or birth certificate is acceptable.
- Divorced If either of you is divorced, you must bring along a copy of your Decree Absolute, clearly indicating the date and place that the decree is registered.
- Widowed If either of you is widowed, you must show the death certificate of your former spouse.
- Age restriction You need to be at least 18 to marry without parental consent.
How do I obtain a marriage licence?
Marriage licenses are available from the Marriage License Bureau (see Where can I find further information), which opens 8am‐midnight Monday‐Thursday, and non‐stop from Friday 8am to midnight on Sunday, as well as on all public holidays. The licence costs $55. Once you have your licence any person authorised in the state of Nevada can perform the marriage ceremony, which must take place within one year from the date your licence is issued.
When you return home you will require a copy of your Nevada marriage certificate as proof of your marriage ($10), and an apostille from the Nevada Secretary of State ($20), also from the Marriage License Bureau.
Where can I find further information?
Marriage License Bureau
201 Clark Avenue
northwest corner of Clark Avenue and Third Street
Tel: 00 1 702 671 0600
24 Grosvenor Square
Tel: 0207 499 9000
Las Vegas Tourism
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