Eloping in Vegas: Ultimate Guide (2022)

June 14, 2022

It’s no secret that Las Vegas is one of the country’s most popular wedding venues. After all, saying your vows in front of the bright lights of the Strip can be bewitchingly romantic. However, what you may not know is that eloping in Vegas, beyond the iconic chapels, is also something that a lot of couples are starting to discover. So, whether you’re looking for a traditional ceremony or a scenic elopement both on the bustling Strip or on the city’s outskirts, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in Sin City!

The Two Sides of Vegas (Venues)

For those who want to go all out, there are plenty of hotels that offer lavish wedding packages, complete with everything from a bouquet to a five-course meal. And if you’re looking for something a little more romantic, you can always head off the Strip and tie the knot against the backdrop of the stunning desert landscape.

On the Strip

There’s something incredibly romantic about eloping in Las Vegas. Maybe it’s the glitz and glamor of the city, or maybe it’s the dramatic beauty of the surrounding desert, or maybe it’s the endless opportunities for celebration. Whatever the reason, more and more couples are choosing to elope in Downtown Las Vegas.

The Bellagio – We’ve actually partnered with the Bellagio Hotel for some of our packages so that you can get married on a beautiful terrace overlooking the iconic fountains. The ceremony will be timed around the fountain show so you have the magic in photos.

Ceremonies are available before 3 pm, and there’s no better way to start your life together than with a little bit of fun and excitement. But, if you want a just-the-two of us experience, you can also arrange for an elopement on the balcony of your Bellagio room.

The Doyle – You probably wouldn’t even expect that in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Strip lies a gem of an elopement venue in the Doyle. It’s an industrial space with a rustic vibe with wood accents all over the place, making it an excellent place to elope or even host a micro-wedding in.

Couple sharing a kiss as they are pronounced husband and wife during their elopement ceremony in Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas – For an intimate and colorful experience, let’s hit the streets in the historic center of Las Vegas. Full of character and quirky charm, this is a great option for a ‘just the two of us’ type of elopement!

There are so many other incredible options for eloping in Vegas on the strip — check out our complete list here!

Bride and groom share a smile as they hold hands in front of the Welcome to Downtown Las Vegas sign during their elopement shoot

Off the Strip

If you’re looking to elope in Las Vegas, there’s no need to confine yourself to the Strip. While there are certainly plenty of chapels and churches to choose from, you’ll find that there are plenty of other unique venues off the iconic Strip as well.

From scenic parks to secluded ranches, there’s an elopement venue to suit every couple’s taste. And best of all, you won’t have to worry about the tourists when you say your vows! So if you’re looking for a truly unique and intimate elopement, consider one of these non-strip venues. You’ll be glad you did.

Nelson’s Ghost Town at El Dorado Canyon – The town has a rich history, dating all the way back to the early 1800s when it was first established as a mining town. These days, the abandoned town has become extremely picturesque with its wild west vibe. It’s no wonder it’s become a popular venue for couples eloping in Vegas. 

Eloping in Vegas: Ultimate Guide (2022). Bride and groom sharing an embrace as they lean against a car with sunglasses on.

Desert Love Land at Cactus Joe’s – Cactus Joe’s Nursery is famous for two things: its sprawling collection of cacti and succulents, and its Desert Love Land and Chapel. The Chapel is a popular spot for couples looking to elope, and it’s easy to see why. It is nestled among the cacti and the expansive desert with a view of the Las Vegas mountain range, providing a unique and incredibly romantic setting.

Bride and groom smile as they raise their glasses during their elopement shoot in Las Vegas with their wedding cake and a sign that reads Just Married in front of them

Red Rock Canyon Overlook – This stunning landscape is home to towering red sandstone peaks, the Keystone Thrust Fault, and Native American petroglyphs – making it the perfect place to tie the knot.

Newlywed couple holding hands as they walk along a path in the Red Rock Canyon Overlook

Plus, with its incredible scenery and ample opportunities for adventure, Red Rock Canyon is sure to make eloping in Vegas an event to remember.

Getting a Marriage License

While most people believe that love is all you need to get married, the state of Nevada has a few additional requirements. According to state law, you’ll need a marriage license and at least one witness to the ceremony. But if you’d like to keep things as intimate as possible, I’d be more than happy to serve as your witness. After all, who could be more qualified than the person arranging the whole thing?

One of the best things about eloping in Vegas is that acquiring a marriage license is so convenient. For one thing, the Clark County Marriage License Bureau is open from 8 am to 12 midnight, seven days a week, making it easy for couples to apply for the license at their most convenient time. But, it’s advisable to schedule at the bureau’s website to make it even easier.

Eloping in Vegas: Ultimate Guide (2022). Close-up shot of the bride sliding the wedding band into the groom's finger.

Furthermore, marriage licenses are also immediately valid once it’s issued. A lot of couples eloping in Vegas fly in and get their marriage licenses the same day they’re scheduled to get hitched.

To apply for a marriage license, couples just need one valid identification document each. It can either be a passport, driver’s license, or birth certificate. However, if all you have is a birth certificate, then you’ll need a supporting identity document with your exact name and photo.

Things to Do After Eloping in Vegas

Las Vegas is known for its casinos, shows, and nightlife, but there is much more to this city than meets the eye. Luckily for newlyweds this versatility makes Vegas the ultimate honeymoon destination too!

Have a Lavish Dinner

After eloping, it can be nice to have a fancy dinner. It’s a way to celebrate your love and new status. Plus, it gives you a chance to dress up and feel like royalty for a night. And who doesn’t want to feel like royalty? After all, you are the king and queen of your own little kingdom now.

Groom smiles as he feeds a slice of pizza to his bride during their lavish dinner after their Las Vegas elopement

Luckily, Las Vegas is a culinary powerhouse with the world’s best chefs opening restaurants left and right. If you’re in the mood for some spaghetti and meatballs, Capo’s Italian Steakhouse and Speakeasy and Maggiano’s is a great place to start. But, if you want to dine with panache and history, you can opt for the Golden Steer. It is a restaurant frequented by Baby Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra himself. There are plenty more culinary options in Sin City that you can check out. Here are 15 Incredible Spots to Eat After Eloping in Vegas

Explore the City and Beyond

There is plenty to see and do in the city. The nightclub scene, for one, is one of the best in the world and can be an excellent way to cap off an elopement. However, city attractions aren’t the only thing that newlyweds can explore. Here are a few of the most exciting places to visit after eloping:

– Hoover Dam

– Red Rock Canyon

Old Town Fremont Street Experience

Newlywed couple sharing an embrace as they look out into the fountain during their elopement shoot with Elopement Las Vegas

Gamble

There are many reasons to explore Las Vegas. However, the chief among them is the opportunity to check out some of the most famous casinos in the world. So, why not place a bet or two. Who knows? This seems like the perfect weekend to get lucky!

Final Thoughts: Eloping in Vegas

There are many reasons to consider getting married in Las Vegas. For one, it’s a great place to get hitched on a whim. Whether you’re eloping or just looking for a quick and easy way to tie the knot, Vegas has everything you need. 

And if you’re planning a micro-wedding and worried about your guests, don’t be. There’s plenty for them to do in Vegas too. From casinos and shows to hiking and outdoor exploration, there’s something for everyone. Plus, there are plenty of wedding packages available that can make planning your big day a breeze. So if you’re considering tying the knot, think about doing it in Las Vegas. It just might be the perfect place for you. 

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