Keep your wedding all about the two of you in Las Vegas.

How to Get Married in Las Vegas with Just the Two of Us

by Zora Hughes

If the stress and ever-increasing costs of a typical wedding doesn't sound appealing to you, perhaps a simple ceremony with just you and your fiance is more your style. Las Vegas is famous for its one-of-a-kind, no-fuss wedding chapels, ideal for couples with few or no guests. Only in Vegas can you get your marriage license in the morning, find a wedding chapel by noon and get married and honeymoon by dinnertime.

1. The Marriage License

Las Vegas is one of the easiest places to get married in. All you need to do is pick up a marriage license from the Las Vegas Marriage Bureau, which is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to Midnight, as of publication. You can fill out the marriage license application on the Clark County website, which will save you time when you arrive at the office, allowing you to go to the express window. In order to obtain a license, you and your spouse must be a heterosexual couple, both be at least 18 years of age, and you must provide a valid ID, such as a driver's license, and your social security number. No blood test is required. You must pay a marriage license fee of $60, as of publication. You will be issued a marriage license the same day you apply.

2. The Wedding Chapel

There is a ton of Las Vegas wedding chapels for you to choose from, both on and off the Las Vegas Strip. Choose a chapel based on the style of wedding you are interested in. One of the most famous is The Little White Wedding Chapel, which includes five themed wedding chapels. You can even get married in your car at their Tunnel of Love Drive Thru chapel, or have a celebrity impersonator attend your wedding, or even act as a witness. For a more elaborate Vegas wedding, the Chapel of the Flowers features three elegant, well-appointed chapels, including two with marble floors and high ceilings. Another notable chapel is Graceland Wedding Chapel, which features Elvis-themed weddings. Make sure that whichever chapel you choose has a witness available, as you are required to have at least one witness you get married.

3. The Ceremony

You'll need to shop for what you and your fiance are going to wear to your wedding, if you haven't already. In Las Vegas, anything goes for wedding wear. You can go the traditional route with a big dress and a tuxedo, or you could get married in jeans and cowboy boots at nearly all of the wedding chapels. You need to think about transportation to the chapel, whether you want to go in style in a limousine, hop in a cab or drive to the chapel in a rental car. Many of the wedding chapels offer packages that include transportation from your hotel to their venue. You can also opt for photography packages.

4. The Honeymoon

As Las Vegas is a major vacation destination, you can stay and enjoy your honeymoon there after the ceremony. Since you didn't spend money on a big wedding with hundreds of guests, splurge on a luxury honeymoon suite. Many honeymoon suites include private hot tubs, fireplaces and a host of other amenities. In addition, you can choose from tons of shows, spas, live entertainment, shopping and casinos all along the Las Vegas Strip. You can also head outside of the city to explore the desert surrounding Vegas. Enjoy a romantic picnic lunch with the view in the vast Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, or take a day trip to the Grand Canyon.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.

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