Thanks to its lack of waiting period between picking up a license and getting hitched, Vegas developed a rep as a matrimonial destination as early as the 1940s. With couples traveling from around the country to tie the knot in the Marriage Capital of the World, naturally, venues catering to all tastes popped up along the Strip and beyond. Today, as ever, a wedding tops the list of things to do in Vegas.
Today, you can ring the wedding bells with Elvis as your officiant, exchange vows from a mountaintop amid the desert’s red rocks, or go the all-American route with an efficient drive-thru ceremony. Plan ahead to book the venue of your dreams, or, if you happen to find your soulmate on the dance floor, good news—the Clark County marriage bureau is open until midnight, so swinging through on your way to the chapel is as much an option for you as it was for Britney Spears. Embrace the kitsch—and each other—with nuptials at one of these fabulous spots.
Exchange rings with the King
You’re in Vegas, baby, and the wedding bells are ringing—just one Elvis won’t hardly do! Put on your wedding gown (or, you know, whatever!) and head on down to Graceland Wedding Chapel, where a pair of dueling Elvis impersonators are sure to make your nuptials an affair to remember. With you, your bride or groom, and the King of Rock n’ Roll (times two) in attendance, this is the kind of only-in-Vegas celebration you can’t help falling in love with.
Go old-timey about it
Embrace the spirit of the Wild Wild West with a ceremony in the charming chapel of Bonnie Springs Ranch. Organized by the planning pros at LV Wedding Connection, an intimate ceremony at idyllic Bonnie Springs is the perfect way to seal the deal with your cowboy or cowgirl. Follow your country ceremony with a reception at the town saloon, which comes equipped with an outdoor grilling area for a meal with the mountains as your backdrop.
Add a spook factor
To up the ambiance ante, take the western theme to the next level in Nelson, an old-timey ghost town complete with wooden boardwalks, old mining gear, and even a plane crash. Pose for photos among the tumbleweeds—who knows, the glimmering light of a paranormal specter might even appear in your wedding album. What a souvenir!
Make it active
You and your spouse-to-be love the outdoors? Well, why not top off a leg-burning hike through the stunning landscapes of Valley of Fire State Park with a ceremony beneath a red rock arch? Your hiking guide doubles as your minister, and with the whole park at your fingertips, you can settle on the ceremony site that feels just perfect to you. After navigating slot canyons and clambering up sandstone cliffs, there’s no marital strife you two won’t be able to handle. Love Hikes organizes unforgettable wilderness weddings for hikers of all ability levels, whether you want an extreme hike for the ages, a moderate workout on your way to your wedding, or a mild jaunt over the rocks on your way to happily ever after.
Wear a wedding dress in the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon’s pretty spectacular, but your love is the real wonder of the world. Hop in a helicopter operated by Vegas Rock Star to be whisked away from the Strip and into the remote, breathtaking terrain of the canyon. Land at the base, miles away from anyone, soaking in the serenity and the scenery as you wed beside the winding waters of the Colorado River. Sip champagne, kiss the bride, and then jump back in the chopper to look down over Lake Mead and the vast Nevada desert on the flight back to Vegas. Extraordinary wedding photos guaranteed.
Viva the classic Las Vegas wedding. At the aptly named A Wedding Chapel in Vegas, planners handle all the details, including picking up rose bouquets and boutonnieres. Choose from an array of wedding packages that include special details like a unity candle ceremony, a red carpet, cake, and bubbly. If you’re eloping and keeping the gathering small, friends and family back home can tune in to watch the ceremony unfold via a live webcam—just like being there in person.
In a hurry? That’s fine!
Marriage is long, but weddings don’t have to be. If all the pomp and circumstance of the full-fledged ceremony seems like kind of a lot, A Special Memory Wedding Chapel—and their quick and easy drive-through wedding window—is for you. Pull up to the window, do the deed, and drive off into the sunset with your soulmate by your side. This iconic Vegas landmark has appeared in movies and commercials, and you could make the case that it’s the most Las Vegas of all the venues on this list.
Where would you exchange vows in Vegas?