In 2019, over 85,000 marriage licenses were issued in Clark County—more than any other county in the U.S. According to the Clark County Clerk’s office, it’s issued more than 4.78 million licenses since 1909. Those numbers are made more interesting by the fact that most people who get married here aren’t Nevada residents; in fact, more than triple the nuptials are historically between Vegas visitors.
This has a lot to do with the ease of getting married here. There’s no waiting period, blood tests are not required (although you will need proof of Social Security and a birth certificate or passport), and some chapels offer pre-wedding transportation to and from the courthouse. Pop-up wedding services have even allowed visitors to snag a license before they exit their airport terminal.
This being Vegas, you can find an officiator that will dress as Darth Vader, rent a dress in under an hour, get betrothed to your sweetheart on the proposal balcony at Tiffany & Co. in The Shops at Crystals, and enjoy a free Grand Slam breakfast if you get married at the Denny’s on Fremont Street.
And while Vegas weddings range from the cheap and cheerful to timeless and sublime, a spontaneous merger doesn’t mean it won’t last. The city has plenty of success stories, like Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, who were married 50 years until his death; Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley, 31 years; and Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, who married 23 years ago in Chapel of the Bells. Here are some of the best venues, from fun to thoroughly fabulous.
You can’t miss A Little White Wedding Chapel, right on Las Vegas Boulevard, whose sign reads “Joan Collins and Michael Jordan were married here” (presumably not to each other). Open since 1951, this wedding business will outfit you and provide a full-service floral, DVD, and photo service—with virtually no notice if all five chapels aren’t booked. Famous for its 24-hour drive-thru "Tunnel of Love" wedding window, you can pull up and get hitched in a pink Cadillac for just $95.
Dying for an Elvis wedding? At least five of them share the duties at Graceland Wedding Chapel. Packages here range from the basic “Viva Las Vegas," in which Elvis escorts the bride down the aisle, to the more extravagant “Famous Dueling Elvis,” where a gold-clad young Elvis and a jumpsuit-wearing older Elvis stage a sing-off on your special day. Bonus: We tried and were able to reserve online for a ceremony only 48 hours in the future.
Wedding planners for the city’s more extravagant venues, such as Wynn Las Vegas, recommend planning about a year in advance. The Wynn's packages start with the simple “Elopement Affair,” an intimate ceremony that includes photography and videography. Alternatively, you could for the 50-guest “Elegant Affair” package and be treated to a reception in Wynn’s Primrose Courtyard, a canopy with floral arrangements, salon services, and custom florals. Of course, the resort specializes in custom décor and the like, so their on-site wedding planners, master bakers, and floral team can whip up just about anything.
The marble Grand Staircase at the Four Seasons Las Vegas is one of the most photogenic locales for wedding memories. Pick your venue (options include the fountain terrace, press patio, and the Palm Lounge), and an entire wedding team will coordinate everything from the flowers to the cake to the hors d’oeuvres. They’ll also work with you on group rates for your wedding guests.
The Chapel of the Flowers is arguably one of the prettiest walk-in wedding venues on the Strip. With a gazebo, greenhouse-inspired garden chapel, and traditional Victorian chapel (featured in Carrie Underwood's "Last Name" music video) on-site, you can enjoy a simple exchanging of vows or opt for the more regal ceremony package (limousine service and post-ceremony photoshoot included). They even have a webcam so anyone who didn't make it to the wedding can watch it online.
The wedding chapels at Caesars Palace will provide a coordinator, photographer, music, limo service to the Marriage License Bureau, hair and makeup at Color Salon by Michael Boychuck, and more—but a more unusual package can be found at Nobu Hotel, the boutique within Caesars. Here, you can join in the Japanese wedding custom of San San Ku Do, which traditionally consists of a sake toast to bring the two families together. The package can get as involved as you want; for $10,000, you can spend the night inside the very desirable Nobu Penthouse, with food provided by Nobu Matsuhisa’s own team.