Dry Lake Bed Wedding & Elopement Guide (2023)

January 17, 2023

We love helping our clients find the most amazing, unique places to tie the knot both inside Las Vegas and out. Now, we’d like to share another such place, and we’d like to help you plan out what you’ll need to do for a ceremony there. With that in mind, this is our dry lake bed wedding and elopement guide!

Dry Lake Beds Near Las Vegas

The four closest areas for your dry lake bed wedding or elopement are the El Dorado Dry Lake Bed, Jean Dry Lake Bed, and Roach Dry Lake Bed. The El Dorado Dry Lake Bed is about 30 minutes from Vegas, and the Jean and Roach Dry Lake Beds are about 35 minutes.

Reasons To Go For A Dry Lake Bed Wedding Or Elopement

These are not the only reasons to consider a dry lake bed wedding or elopement, but they’re the top ones. Take a look!

#1 – A Unique Blank Canvas

Your dry lake bed wedding or elopement can be designed just the way you like. With a completely blank canvas like that, you can do whatever you want and design your special day around your ideas and visions.

Groom lifts bride up as they smile at each other during their shoot organized by Elopement Las Vegas

#2 – Close To Las Vegas

Whether you’re inviting guests to join you at your dry lake bed wedding or elopement ceremony or not, it’s always nice to have a wedding within close proximity to Las Vegas.

Dry Lake Bed Wedding & Elopement Guide. Bride and groom holding hands with their entourage behind them.

A lot of couples that choose a dry lake bed wedding or elopement head to the strip or to a local restaurant to celebrate the occasion. Plus, after their wedding or elopement is done, Vegas offers a TON of things to do!

#3 – Plenty Of Space

Dry lake beds are HUGE! They’re popular spots for weddings and elopements because of that. For example, the El Dorado Dry Lake Bed covers approximately 20 square miles, so there’s plenty of room to tie the knot without having to worry about someone coming in and messing it up!

Bride and groom holding hands during their Dry Lake Bed elopement shoot

#4 – Capacity

A dry lake bed wedding or elopement is not restricted to a certain number of guests. However, because of how huge the area is, dry lake bed weddings and elopements are great for those folks looking to have a smaller or more intimate wedding or elopement.

Here at Elopement Las Vegas, we have a capacity of up to 50 guests for a dry lake bed wedding or elopement.

Newlywed couple holding hands as they walk back down the aisle during their wedding ceremony organized by Elopement Las Vegas

#5 – Freedom To Choose Your Date

When you choose a dry lake bed wedding or elopement, you won’t have to worry about your wedding date not being available because there’s enough room for everybody. You can choose the best date at the best time of year, and you won’t have to worry about it being booked up.

Dry Lake Bed Wedding & Elopement Guide. Bride walking towards the wedding arch with groom and officiant smiling at her.

Other Things To Consider For A Dry Lake Bed Wedding Or Elopement

We always want our clients to feel as prepared and comfortable as possible, no matter where they choose to hold their wedding or elopement. So, here are some things you’ll need to know when planning your wedding or elopement.

The Weather

Like with any wedding or elopement in the desert, the weather will play its part, so you’ll want to make sure you select the best time of year. We also always recommend being flexible with your date too. You just never know what the weather’s going to do. Lots of couples like working with us for this very reason. We know how to adapt to Nevada weather, and we know how to plan for it. 

Restrooms

It is important to note that there are no restrooms at the lake bed. So this can be problematic if you are out there for long periods of time or have small children/large groups. 

Accommodations

The El Dorado Dry Lake Bed is in Boulder City, so there are plenty of great hotels and Airbnbs available nearby. You could also book a great stay in Vegas. Whatever your needs are, make sure you’ve got them taken care of well before arriving and especially after you settle on a date.

Bride and groom smiling as they cut a slice of their wedding cake during their Dry Lake Bed wedding reception

Transportation

You can easily get to your dry lake bed wedding or elopement by car. It’s up to you to choose what kind of car that is though. Maybe you choose something more off-road or something a little more traditional.

It is important to note that some vehicles cannot drive on the lake bed. So, be sure to check with transportation companies in advance. If you book with Elopement Las Vegas, we provide these recommendations for companies after booking.

Whatever you choose, make sure it’s able to get you there and that you’ll have it available on the day.

Dry Lake Bed Wedding & Elopement Guide. Couple posing in front of white vintage car.

Marriage License

Before your wedding or elopement, you’ll need to get your marriage license from Clark County. This needs to be sorted at least 60 days before you tie the knot. Then, you can pick up your license from the Las Vegas Marriage License Bureau.

You’ll need an ID showing your birth date and a picture of you. The cost is around $102. However, if you choose to work with us at Elopement Las Vegas, we help you with your marriage license and your permits. If you’re interested, take a look at the all-inclusive packages we offer.

Celebrating After Your Wedding

After your dry lake bed wedding or elopement, you have a couple of choices for your reception. You could go all adventurous and spend the night camping in the desert. You could spend your time in Boulder City, enjoying what it has to offer. Or you could do what most people do and find out what Vegas can offer you.

Bride and groom popping open a bottle of champagne at their wedding reception setup by Elopement Las Vegas
Newlywed couple holding hands and raising them during their Dry Lake Bed elopement shoot

It doesn’t matter what your personality is or what you have envisioned for your wedding celebrations, the Vegas and greater Nevada area has something for everyone.

Final Thoughts: Dry Lake Bed Weddings And Elopements

It doesn’t get any simpler than a dry lake bed wedding or elopement. These unique spots offer the perfect setting for anyone looking for an outside venue and one that’s open to whatever look they’re going for. When you choose a wedding or elopement at a dry lake bed, you’re totally surrounded by nature and away from any distractions. That just leaves the two of you to settle into your love for one another. And to settle into the moments of sharing that love with one another. 

This is what we love to help our clients do. To give them opportunities to enjoy their special day with one another. Wherever you plan on holding your wedding, we want to help you do the same. Feel free to contact us at any time, so we can get started planning!

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