10 Questions About Eloping in Las Vegas Answered!

October 23, 2020

It’s no secret that Las Vegas elopements are extremely popular, especially this year! But if you’re not from the area, there’s typically a few questions we get from couples while planning the details of their elopements. To help make things easy, we’ve rounded up the 10 most popular questions we receive and answered them for you below!

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Do I have to elope at a location on The Strip?

Absolutely not! The Las Vegas Strip is such an exciting place with incredible hotels, restaurants and entertainment. But if it’s not the vibe you’re going for, we offer a variety of locations located off the strip as well! We’ve had couples get married on this dry lake bed, in the middle of stunning rock formations and five-star golf resorts. Looking for some more inspiration? Check out the locations tab on our website and our blog post, The 10 Best Places to Elope in Las Vegas.

What kind of dress should I wear for a Las Vegas elopement?

Whatever style makes you feel beautiful! For our brides choosing outdoor and canyon locations, we do advise you consider the terrain when choosing a dress – avoid cathedral-length trains to lower the risk of slipping on rocks or ruining your dress. Since dress rentals are not as common as suit/tuxedo rentals and multiple fittings may be needed, we recommend our brides purchase a dress beforehand. Usually wedding dresses from bridal stores start at $1,000 and sometimes take 6-8 months to arrive depending on where they are coming from. 

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When is the best time to get married in Las Vegas?

If you’re planning an indoor elopement – any time of year works! For those planning for an outdoor elopement, the best weather conditions are typically in April, May, September and October. If those dates are unavailable, you should also consider booking during the cooler months from November through March. During the summer months there can be extreme heat waves, especially for our canyon locations, to take into consideration when planning.

How do I obtain a marriage license?

To get married in Las Vegas, visiting couples should go together to the nearest clerk of the circuit court office to obtain a marriage license. Nevada marriage licenses are good for one year. The standard fee is around $77. The state of Nevada doesn’t have a waiting period to marry after receiving your marriage license.

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Do I need a witness in Nevada for my ceremony?

In the state of Nevada, there must be one witness present in addition to the person performing the ceremony.

Is there a day of the week that is best to elope?

While there isn’t one particular day that is better to elope, it’s important to consider the location for your ceremony and if crowds are a possibility. In most cases. wedding venues, hotels and parks will be less busy on non-weekend dates. If you are considering a wedding along the strip, we recommend planning for a weekday to avoid crowds on the weekends (especially during any holiday timeframe).

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What do couples normally do after their elopement?

The options are endless! Las Vegas offers newlyweds their pick of luxury hotels, entertainment, upscale dining and spas. Stay at any of our Top 10 Places to Stay During Your Las Vegas Elopement and enjoy the chance to relax and unwind while sipping a yummy cocktail. Adventurous honeymooners can even hike throughout the nearby canyon locations or plan a day-trip to see the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon. There’s truly activities for everyone! 

What is the difference between an elopement and micro-wedding?

A microwedding, like its name suggests, will typically include a guest list of up to 50 guests— often immediate family and close friends. Many couples who throw microweddings will end up splurging on the details, including top-shelf bars, elaborate floral displays and multi-course sit-down dinners. Microweddings are perfect for couples who want to spend most of their budget on the details of their day, which becomes much easier with a smaller guest list. Elopements have changed so much over the last decade! What used to be secret, unplanned weddings are now being completely personalized to each couple’s style. While some elopements are still planned just for the couple, others are now involving their close friends and family for both the ceremony and reception. The beauty of elopements is that they can be planned to fit any budget!

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What if it rains on my wedding day? 

Since most of our elopement locations are outdoors we have a rain or shine policy. Luckily in Las Vegas we don’t get much rain and if we do it is during monsoon season in the Summer. Under the rare instances where rain is in the forecast, we require our couples to make a decision two days before the wedding on whether or not they want to move locations. Most alternate locations will incur additional charges. We keep large clear umbrellas on hand in case there is light rain, it makes for great photos! We try to be flexible with timing on rainy days and will often “wait out” the rain until the storm passes so we can still do the outdoor ceremony. 

How do we even begin to start planning an elopement in Las Vegas? 

That’s what we’re here for! We’re all about making things easy for our elopement couples from start to finish. We offer amazing all-inclusive packages that cover everything from the cake to fine art photography. You can learn more about all of our packages on our website here

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