a Vegas Wedding –
something No One Tells You
Congratulations you are engaged!
The proposal, the ring, everything is picture perfect, right? Well, maybe NOT – now the real fun begins! The wedding planning, the seating charts, the flowers, dresses and tuxes, and heavens do not forget the shoes! What are some worries? The cost? Perhaps flights for those out of town guests? Wedding superstitions (everyone knows the bride isn’t supposed to see the groom before the wedding)?
But, what if you tie the knot in Las Vegas? We all know the stereotypes about being intoxicated and having a “Vegas Wedding”, but we want to end all stereotypes—at least at Wee Kirk o’the Heather. In this week’s blog, we will be telling you about some of the things people do not tell you about weddings and marriage.
a Vegas wedding is romantic
When couples elope or plan a Las Vegas Wedding, it is just as romantic and delightful as a traditional wedding at home. Fun fact: in the state of Nevada, it is a much shorter wait period to get your marriage license (which you must have before being married—debunked stereotype one (you can’t show up drunk, without out a license and be legally married – Sorry Hollywood). According to the Clark County website, you can actually get your marriage license the same day. Here is what it says verbatim:
A marriage license is issued the same day a couple applies. There is no waiting period to get married after the marriage license has been issued. Marriage licenses are good for one year from date of issue.
And that is from the Clark County website here: http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/clerk/services/Pages/MarriageLicenses.aspx
Another perk getting married in Las Vegas, is that it also makes your wedding a destination wedding! Isn’t that cool?! You will be surprised by how many friends and family now want to join you! Depending on your budget for your special day, you can make it a simple or as extravagant as you want. Eloping or planning a Las Vegas wedding is a unique way to celebrate the love you have for your partner in crime (not literally of course) while still being able to enjoy yourselves without the hustle and bustle of a huge ceremony with lots of guests, having to look for a caterer/reception venue, and sending out mass amounts of invitations. After all, the wedding is supposed to be about the two of you.
Now while many Las Vegas visitors see the overwhelming number of casinos and gamble until their hearts are content, others decide they want to marry the person who makes their heart happy. Did you know many celebrities have been married in Las Vegas? It’s true! Kirk Douglas wed Ann Buydens in 1954, Jon Bon Jovi wed Dorethea Hurley in 1989 just to name a few celebrities who are still married. I think most famously though, was Elvis Presley marrying Priscilla Beaulieu in 1967. Just imagine: you and your beloved getting married in the same city as a celebrity! How many people can say that?!
an Outdoor Vegas wedding is beautiful
And speaking of getting married in Las Vegas, what season is the best time to do so? If you’ve always wanted an outdoor summer wedding, Las Vegas may not be the best choice, only because of the heat. June, July, and August are the hottest months of the year for a Vegas Wedding, ranging anywhere from 80(at night) to well over 100 degrees (yes, it’s a dry heat, but so is an oven)—we highly recommend you stay indoors with air conditioning and drink plenty of water (we already know you are going to be consuming plenty of the other beverages) for the summer months so you, your new spouse, and any guests do not become ill. Ideally for outdoor weddings, March, April, May are beautiful for scenery and climate, typically between 60-70 degrees. Outdoor weddings in September, October, and November can be stunningly beautiful as well and typically stay between 70-80 degrees. You can see the colors on the leaves change (although the palm trees always remain green) —especially in the mountains, but be careful so you do not ruin your outfits! If you wanted a winter wonderland anniversary without the snow, getting married outdoors in Las Vegas is the place! While it generally stays between 50 and 60 degrees during December, January, and February you still get beautiful scenery without the freezing temperatures (if you are from somewhere that gets snow). An amazing place to get those outdoor pictures is Red Rock Canyon or Mount Charleston the views are spectacular! On the other hand, indoor weddings always work, whatever season you would prefer! You can even have Elvis sing about your blue suede shoes and your hunk a hunk of burnin’ love!
Now let us say you and your significant other decide to go the more traditional route and go with the whole shebang. We have talked about doing outdoor ceremonies versus indoor and the photography, but about lodging, flights and the reception? All this and more can be arranged for a Las Vegas Wedding.
When you send out the invitations, you would supply information about flights and hotel accommodations. Typically, you send out invitations six to eight weeks in advance to your intown guests, but to out of town family and friends you want to give up to three months advance, so they can make the proper arrangements. Many of our international customers book their reservations a year in advance. More friends and family will want to join you for your Vegas wedding than you think. Be sure to inform those out of town friends and family for cheap flights to book for approximately 54 days in advance; however, for the absolute cheapest flights are within 21 days of the wedding. Airlines call this the “prime booking window.” The more important part of guests’ night, besides food of course ha-ha, is the hotel room. Most hotels will give you a discounted rate when you inquire for large groups. Here is a snippet of an article that www.brides.com provides just the right tip when reserving hotel rooms:
a Vegas wedding is easy
Call the selected hotels once again and inquire about the rates for a large booking. Don’t quote the rate you were originally given; instead allow the reservation agent to provide you with another rate quote. If the second rate is higher than the first, inform the agent of the rate you were given during the previous call. Most hotels will honor this original rate, particularly for a large block of reservations. Inform the agent that you want to block off rooms for your wedding guests.
Consider the make-up of your guest list when blocking rooms. If several of your guests have children, be sure to book rooms with double beds as well as king or queen bed rooms.
For more detailed information you can visit: http://www.brides.com/story/how-do-i-reserve-hotel-rooms-for-guests
So we have covered lodging and flights, the seasons and photographers, celebrity weddings, and of course elopements. Now the biggest decision is up to you and your spouse. Always remember: viva Las Vegas! And check out our fabulous wedding packages at www.weekirk.com/packages/chapel-weddings
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