The first image that comes to mind when thinking of a Las Vegas wedding is an Elvis lookalike officiating in his blue-suede shoes. But a destination wedding in Sin City can allow bridal couples to personalize their wedding celebration with ease and enjoyment.
Vegas is a city like no other, filled with outlandish attractions, renowned restaurants and beautiful cityscapes. Couples can have a unique wedding experience tailored to their budget and desires, whether they're looking for a quick and quirky elopement, a special renewal of vows, a small, private ceremony or a lavish affair.
When it comes to planning a wedding, it's all about the details. Many venues offer a full range of wedding packages, which can take much of the burden of organization and cost off the bridal couple's shoulders. On the Bridal Guide website, Karen Tina Harrison describes the extensive amenities offered at some popular establishments. At the Monte Carlo, she says: "Wedding coordinators and an on-site florist are available to fulfill every last-minute request a bride can imagine. The chateau-inspired chapel seats up to 100 guests. ... For your rehearsal dinner, reception and morning-after brunch, take your pick of the hotel's luxurious suites and divine world-cuisine restaurants." Down the road, couples can tie the knot at the Bellagio's Terraza Di Sogno overlooking Lake Bellagio, with a fountain display cued to your kiss. Hand over that Sharpie and checklist to a professional, so you can prep for your big day by relaxing by the pool or enjoying a showing of Cirque du Soleil.
More exotic locales are offered for those couples looking up to spice up their nuptials. In one Thrillist article, "Weird Weddings: The 10 Strangest Places to Get Married in Vegas," Rob Kachelriess describes how couples are taking outdoor weddings to a new level. Say "I do" on a pirate ship at Treasure Island, or lift off in a helicopter ride from the Strip to the Grand Canyon. Thrill seekers can take a trip to The Gun Store, which has its very own wedding chapel. Rockers can exchange vows during KISS Monster Mini Golf, which is exactly as it sounds: a few rounds of putt-putt adorned in Gene Simmons-esque face paint. The city abounds with opportunities to make whatever adrenaline rush or scenic journey a couple desires into a reality.
Though Las Vegas is commonly chosen as the locale for a boisterous bachelor or bachelorette party, why not make it a one-stop shop for all wedding events? The Strip is essentially an adult playground for you and your guests. Fly in a few days before the wedding to enjoy a spa day with your bridesmaids or a round of golf with your groomsmen. Instead of a traditional rehearsal dinner, step out with your bridal party for an elegant meal followed by an exciting show or nightclub. After the wedding, enjoy a luxurious honeymoon stay at the Four Seasons, complete with Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries against a stunning city backdrop. Keeping these events in one central location could minimize travel cost and organization and maximize the quality time you spend with your family, friends and partner.
What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but the memories will last for a lifetime.