21 Tips for Eloping in Vegas the Right Way

Considering the option of eloping in Vegas?

The article will focus in on what wedding couples can expect in their wedding planning journey and how services are rendered by Julie Nourish, the owner and wedding planner of Custom Las Vegas Weddings. If you are going to put your trust in a Las Vegas wedding planner, you need to know what to expect and be assured the planning will be carried out professionally, the right way. 

This post features the an interview from Creative Living Podcast with host Brendan Sick. Brendan is a very talented up and coming professional saxophone player, sound engineer and songwriter. Brendan’s passion is creating and writing custom songs, especially custom love songs. He shares some details about his own business and services in this podcast. Be sure to watch Brendan’s YouTube video about his services in this article. 

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Brendan reached out to Julie for this interview because he was curious and interested about the Las Vegas wedding planning process. He wanted to know the history and how Julie as a Las Vegas wedding planner established the business. He was impressed Julie received over 150 – 5 star positive reviews from happy couples during her time in business since 1996. He also wanted to know why couples who plan an elopement in Vegas can put their faith and trust in Julie to plan their wedding experience. In this interview Julie shares her experience as well as what any potential customer can expect when they hire Julie to plan a Las Vegas elopement.

 

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Photo of Julie Nourish – Elopement Wedding Planner in Las Vegas

 

Question 1. Brendan: What is the overall experience of working with Custom Las Vegas Weddings like?

Julie:

Guidance My customers will be guided every step of the way to prepare for their Vegas elopement.

Stress Free Service: After the couple’s book with us they can then relax and feel confident the services will be planned.

Wedding Licensing: I start by helping them understand the wedding licensing process and sending them licensing information.

Ceremony wording:  My clients will then choose their ceremony wording and customize the ceremony and vows if they desire that.

Itinerary is created:  I guide them to understand how the day will unfold and create an itinerary to help them know the timeline of events.

Help planning periphery services: If the customer needs hair and makeup assistance or tux and gown, I match them with those vendors.

Vendors are planned for clients: Then the vendors are planned for the event. It’s all done for clients as a part of my service to them.

Customization of packages: My wedding package templates are customizable. I will discuss the customization possibilities with my clients.

Official quote is created for client: After the clients agree on the services, I then write up a quote for them to approve.

Client provides a retainer: At the point of signing the quote, my client will then place a deposit as a retainer for services. I then start the planning for them.

I am available to correspond by phone, email or chat with customers.

Question 2. Brendan: What services do you provide?

Julie:  I primarily provide services such as eloping in Vegas packages as well as other periphery Las Vegas wedding planning services to customize packages for couples. I have spent time building a network of wedding venues in Las Vegas. The vendors I collaborate with are long standing associates and pros. I provide only the best wedding professionals as vendors for my clients.

 

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These are some the main Las Vegas wedding planning services I provide.

• Procuring booking with established venues and planning the event 
• Creating an itinerary for the client and vendors
• Helping with the preliminary details before the event
• Assisting customer with hair/makeup, tux/gown
• Guidance to help client choose flowers for event
• Setting up all vendors (photographer, transportation, etc.)
• Day of coordination services 
• Client vendor correspondence and assistance
• Arranging the payment for vendors on behalf of the client

Question 3. Brendan:Would you give me some examples of the a la carte services you offer for customization?

Julie:  If the customer wants to add in additional services above and beyond the package listed on my site, these would be considered a la carte options.

Some examples of a la carte options would be:

• Planning and ordering a wedding cake for the event
• Additional day of coordinator services
• Helping the client get tickets for entertainment
• Booking a restaurant for the event
• Help planning the reception
• Help running errands

If the client wants a la cart services, I will go over the details with them and work up a quote for services.

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Question 4. Brendan: What type of budget do your clients typically need if they are planning a Vegas wedding?

Julie: I attract couples who want services ranging from Las Vegas wedding packages for two people, which start at the $500 price point to customized packages as much as $3500 or more for an upscale elopement experience. It just depends on what the customers want and their budget limit. I try to work within a budget if it’s possible to offer what the client wants and tick all the boxes.

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Question
5. Brendan:  How do you customize services for couples?

Julie: First, I offer templates and suggestions on my website. Then the customer can modify the package based on their needs and guest count and circumstances. If they want to add in a la carte services, they may do so. For instance, transportation, design elements, video, more photos, a cake, etc.

Question 6. Brendan: How involved in planning do the customers get to be?

Julie: I think it’s important for the customers to be fully involved in their wedding. Most people choose my services because they don’t want to have to think about too many details. But some of my clients have been very involved and want to have a lot more input. I always welcome their input and creativity.

 

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Fun moment of exchange with wedding party

 

Question 7. Brendan:  What’s not involved in the planning services you offer?

Julie: My clients are primarily Las Vegas destination wedding couples, traveling to Vegas from other cities and countries and don’t live in Las Vegas. Sometimes, they do want pre-wedding meetings and if they do, there is an hourly a la carte charge for that service. I recommend my clients use online conferencing, email and phone to go over details and I meet my clients on the day of the event typically.

My associate planners work with me to provide larger event planning if you need a planner to scout for vendors and provide in depth services such as a large full-scale ceremony and reception. I primarily focus on the venues and experiences listed on my site. For instance, if someone needs a planner to find a specific venue and help them visit and interview vendors, taste cake, put together a full-scale event with RSVP services, stationary, and invitations, etc. they are looking for a full-scale wedding planner. I keep my pricing comparatively affordable and cater to a certain demographic of elopements or clients who don’t need a full-scale large event. I do collaborate with other full-service planners though and will refer people who are looking for that kind of services in touch with my associate planner. The service quote I work up for clients will specify the services they get and those can be customized based on their needs.

 

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Julie pinning a boutonniere on the groom

 

Question 8. Brendan:  How do you differ from other Las Vegas destination elopement planners in Las Vegas?

Julie: I like to be very creative and offer unique customization services for Las Vegas wedding packages.  This is a departure from the cookie cutter wedding planning that is a standard in Las Vegas for smaller elopement companies and venues. Because I am an independent Las Vegas elopement planner, I am more flexible to think outside the box and offer ways for clients to make their elopement event special. For example, adding props to their decorations, decorating the client’s room to make it a romantic setting, making reservations for restaurants after the elopement. 

Question 4. Brendan: Would you give me some examples of the packages you offer for customization?

Julie: I offer a variety of packages on my website. Many are scenic outdoor wedding packages and some are on the Vegas Strip or in local venues in Las Vegas. 

For example these are only a small list of elopement location choices I will customize for clients.

Scenic outdoor wedding choices:

• Reflection Bay at Lake Las Vegas
Red Rock Canyon Wedding
• Valley of Fire Helicopter Wedding
• Grand Canyon Helicopter Wedding
Local Las Vegas Parks or home weddings
• Mount Charleston wedding
• Lakeside weddings
Nelson Ghost Town wedding

 

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Elopement at Nelson Ghost Town

 

Las Vegas Strip Wedding choices:

The High Roller
The Sugar Factory
Madame Tussaud’s
The Neon Museum
• The Mob Museum
• Art District
• Hotel weddings
Wedding Photo Tours
Scenic City Helicopter
Oasis Event Center

Elopement Packages Las Vegas

A photo of Julie, the pilot and a wedding couple eloping in the Grand Canyon


Question 9
. Brendan:  How involved are you in the day of wedding experience?

Julie:
Prior to the day I touch base to make sure my clients have arrived safely to Las Vegas. Then I make sure I am in touch with my wedding clients by phone or text on the day. I will guide the clients with any last-minute questions or concerns that arise and typically I am there on site with the couple during the event. If I am not, I ensure that there is an assistant coordinator to run the show who knows what to do.

Question 10. Brendan:  How far in advance do couples need to reserve services with you?

Julie: For some scenic and Vegas Strip wedding packages it is recommended my clients give at least a months’ notice. More advance notice will secure better results for having a venue available. If the client waits until 3 weeks prior to the wedding to reserve, it will be less likely the venue they want will be available. The client needs to realize the full payment will be due 3 weeks before the wedding and if they are requesting services within that time frame the entire payment is due.

Question 11. Brendan: Do you handle all the contracts and payment processing for clients eloping in Vegas?

Julie: Yes. First, I create a quote and contract for clients to view, approve and sign. The quotes are itemized for clients. Some Vegas wedding venues require the clients sign the contract directly with the venue but I do facilitate sending the documents and helping keep track of signing and payment to the venues on behalf of the client. I also will help correspond with vendors for clients and facilitate and oversee the venue contract signing for clients as well as overseeing paying the vendors on the clients behalf. 

Question 12. Brendan: Do you handle rentals for clients?

Julie: Yes, I schedule and set up the vendor rentals for the event. This includes the scheduling, correspondence with the vendors for scheduling the rentals, delivery, arrival and set up, and breakdown of rentals. A good example would be for props to be used for custom photo events, floral items, decorations such as chairs, floral, musicians, etc.

Red Rock Canyon Wedding

Question 13. Brendan: What is the deposit for booking a wedding?

Julie: All venues and vendors require a different deposit. Deposit terms will be specified in the venue contract the client will sign. I collect all the data and ensure the correct deposits are paid for by the client to reserve the venue and vendor services they want. I also collect a wedding planning deposit which is a retainer for services.  The deposit amount will be determined by the services the client hires me for. 

Question 14. Brendan: When is the final payment due?

Julie:The final payment is due 3 weeks prior to the event. If the client initiates services within the 3-week timeframe of the event, the full amount is due then.

Question 15. Brendan: Do you help the clients pay the vendors?

Julie:Yes. I handle the planning and payment on behalf of the client for the vendors. The more services the client receives, the more itemized the invoice will be and the client will be able to see the charges for each service received.

Question 16. Brendan: Are there additional fees clients should know about?

Julie: Because I have the client agree to a quote, they will have all the charges up front when they sign the contract. The only time there would be any additional charges would be if the client requests more a la carte services after the quote has been signed. In this case I will revise the invoice and the client will see the charges and agree to them at that time.

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Question 17. Brendan: What happens if the customer needs to change the date of the event?

Julie: As the elopement event planner, I will step in and advocate for the client to re-arranged the services and change the date or time. I just ask the clients to try to give me at least 3 weeks’ notice, if possible. I have often done this for clients and it’s dependent on many factors, not the least of which is whether the date is available with all the vendors and venue as well as my own schedule. This might happen if the couple has to postpone or change the event date.

Question 18. Brendan: Is the deposit or final payment refundable?

Julie: The planning fees are not refundable. The initial planning deposit is taken as a retainer to pay for wedding planning services that are rendered before the wedding takes place. The initial planning involves effort. It will require computer time, outreach to vendors, scheduling the venue, helping the client sign contracts, taking payments, email correspondence, scheduling vendors, creating the itinerary and in many cases more. The planning is done prior to the 3-week timeline before the wedding day, if the clients give such notice. I do not refund the planning fee to clients for this reason if their plans change.  I will however credit the initial planning deposit payment toward future services if a postponement or date change is needed and is possible.

The final payment for the event and venue is typically due within the 3-week timeframe prior to the wedding. At that time, the final payment becomes non-refundable. If the wedding needs to be rescheduled, in most cases the venues will work with the clients.  Each venue differs in their credit and refund policies. It is best to clarify these details from the venue before you book to know what to expect if there is a disaster beyond your control. The planning deposit may be applied to future wedding services within one calendar year.

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Elvis Rocks this wedding couple at the Vegas Sign


Question 19.
 Brendan: Will planning the wedding be stress free and fun for clients?

Julie: I think so. I have many reviews from happy couples who indicated their experience was seamless and stress free. Many clients tend to worry because they don’t know Las Vegas and who to trust. They plan from a distance and can get overwhelmed. I am happy to ensure the client feels at ease and confident their event will go on without a hitch. If the client is planning well ahead of time, I check in with the client and they may check in with me with questions whenever needed. I get more interactive with my clients about a month ahead of their event and keep in touch to make the client feel excited and at ease about traveling to Vegas and knowing what to do.

Question 20. Brendan: What was the biggest takeaway you can share? What was your greatest Challenge, and takeaway?

Julie: I would say logistical and technical issues have been the biggest challenges for me. One of the biggest hurdles I have had to contend with is having my website hacked about 10 years ago. My ranking and business literally went dead. Google penalized me and dropped my ranking almost overnight, regardless of whether it was my fault I got hacked or not.

I have also had challenges trying to build up my company and try to run my business and wear all the hats necessary to streamline and run my business economically. Technical challenges with my website, trying to rank on Google and also making myself available to answer my clients and be out in the field doing the work have been challenging.

The biggest takeaway is, collaborating with other professional associate and vendors I can depend on has made a huge difference.   I have found great professional and talented vendors through networking in the community and word of mouth. That has been very helpful.

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Photo of Julie with wedding couple after a wedding at Red Rock Overlook


Question 21.
 Brendan: What is your greatest moment of success?

Julie: One of the highlights of my work has been I think I have had success come in waves and it still fluctuates. Being able to reach a high domain authority which has helped me be found in Google has helped drive business. Having couples give me great reviews and feedback has been very motivating and I am grateful for that. Reviews have helped me start to build success. I am optimistic as time proceeds, my wedding business will succeed.  Ultimately, I consider making people who are eloping in Vegas happy and satisfied my greatest success of all!

Thank you Brendan for your thoughtful interview.  If you want to learn more about Brendan Sicks love music and visit Brendan’s creative love songs website here

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11 Justified Reasons and Valuable Tips for Eloping in Las Vegas

This article shares 11 noteworthy, justified reasons and valuable tips to set your mind at ease about the thought of eloping in Las Vegas. You may not have thought of these reasons but if you are on the fence about making the final decision to elope in Vegas, here are some valid reasons to do so to help justify your decision. This article will help If you need some justification or just want some great tips and Vegas elopement advice.

For instance, where will your wedding take place? What are the essential items you need? Where do you plan to eat and be entertained after you are married?  These are just some of the elements of information you need to prepare beforehand.

1. Eloping in Las Vegas is easy to do 

Even though choosing to elope in Las Vegas is is easy to do, it does require sufficient planning to make it stress-free and enjoyable. Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and offers all the benefits and perks of a well-established hospitality mecca at your fingertips. The novelty of eloping in Las Vegas is the wonderful options you have and the myriad choices of things to do and places to experience your nuptial celebration.  It’s a great place to start your journey and experience a fantastic story to cherish for a lifetime of memories to share!

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2. Eloping is the no-guilt, stress-free solution

You don’t have to feel elopement remorse when you come to Las Vegas to get married.  When you are prepared to tell your loved ones, they can hardly be upset when you tell them you got eloped in Las Vegas because it’s an accepted trend.  Eloping in Las Vegas is an accepted option for many couples and you should be able to enjoy the experience without remorse. Vegas is the perfect place to come if you are planning to elope because it’s set up to accommodate your needs at a moment’s notice.  Knowing it is the right choice for you and your partner is all that matters.

3. Not upsetting the VIP in your life:

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  Break the news about your elopement to your VIP’s gently and wisely


Not upsetting anyone of your friends and loved ones is a concern but if no one is coming then everyone is being treated equally.  This actually makes it an easier choice for you to make and many people love the ease of it. Create a plan to tell your VIP after the wedding. This will help you work through the process of how you want to tell them and how you want to say it. You can even create a script. This will allow you to carefully choose your words and to give you the chance to get out everything you want to say first before they start firing questions at you. Telling the people closest to you in person is the best idea.  Telling them in person is much more caring and personal and should make a huge difference. Sending out cards or emails is appropriate for those you consider acquaintances.

4. The legal preparation is easier in Vegas:

There is a lot that goes into planning your wedding and the ceremony but one thing you can’t forget even with eloping is the legal prep. You need to ensure you register in advance, figure out what ID and paperwork that you would need to bring along and then once that is all done, you need to obtain the marriage license before going to the event location to do the ceremony.

Click the photo link below to visit our FAQ Las Vegas Marriage licensing page.  This page provides a great resource and guide to get help preparing to get married in Las Vegas.

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5. A Vegas wedding elopement simplifies planning

Planning an elopement in Las Vegas is much easier than planning a large wedding in Vegas but you still don’t want to forget the small details. That small detail could end up being a bigger issue down the road. Using a Vegas wedding planner that knows the ins and outs of the wedding industry in Las Vegas will best guide you if you are eloping in Las Vegas and will ensure your elopement is a safe and fun, stress-free choice. They can help you if you’re trying to budget your money because they know the local wedding vendors. A Vegas planner also will also be proficient enough to guide you and help you navigate the process and provide important advice on overall preparation. An experienced planner will offer an array of services and essential guidance making sure you simple wedding for two is an experience to remember for all the right reasons.

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6. The
advantage of informality:  One of the greatest things about eloping in Las Vegas is your dress and wedding attire don’t have to be traditional or formal. Wear something unique and weather appropriate for the Las Vegas desert setting. A lot of wedding couples keep their elopement attire simple and opt for a simple vest or dress shirt and semi-formal dress.  There is an assortment of dress options when you elope but none of them are required or expected. That is the beauty of eloping. If you end up needing some clothing assistance, there are many dress, tux and gown shops that provide last minute services.  They will provide mobile, last minute services such as picking up your clothes and steaming them or providing the attire completely.  This makes your decision a breeze and you don’t have to stress about finding the right outfit or not having choices if you forget to bring something along. 

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The weather in the Las Vegas desert setting is probably different then what you’re typically used to as well.  Las Vegas weather is typically warmer than most places. If you want advice about the seasons in Las Vegas and average temperatures, view this article for more information.  This article will help you prepare for the Las Vegas climate with essential seasonal tips for your wedding preparation.

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The information may change the way you decide to dress while here. If the climate in Vegas is drastically different to your own at home, the difference may make you brave enough to be super creative. You might just want to come up with a unique look that will rock the desert.

7. A simple Vegas wedding saves money

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The allure of choosing to elope in Vegas is the expense savings you reap the benefits of.  There are many things you won’t have to contend with when you decide to elope. You will incur less expense if you elope in Vegas than if you decide to have a large formal affair. Below you will see some comparisons of each option. You will still have some expenses if you elope but less of them.

Expenses you will avoid if you elope:

  • Pre-wedding dinners and parties (bachelorette and bachelor parties).
  • A large reception with DJ:  Reception venues typically cost $2000 or more for 4 hours.
  • Food for all your guests:  Food per person on the Vegas Strip starts at about $70-$100 per person unless it’s a buffet and buffets have disadvantages at times.
  • Alcohol expense:  Alcohol is a huge expense if you have an open bar.  The more people you have the more expensive it will get for your budget. 
  • Decorations: The flowers, lights, dance floor and staff to accommodate setup and breakdown can be high dollar items in the end.
  • Transportation for guests:  Your guests need to get there and back. If it’s a large party of people (30-50) bus transportation is in the $550 range just for 3 hours.
  • Receptions take 4 or more hours and cost on average $5-$10,000.  Most receptions last around 4 hours. 
  • Entertainment:  Typically, it’s a DJ although other entertainment can cost a pretty penny.
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Expenses you will have – but less expensive:

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8. Saving on venue costs:

Venue costs will be much less expensive if you elope in Vegas. The cost of eloping in Las Vegas and choosing a simple venue is cheap compared to the cost of using a venue for a large group of guests. Las Vegas wedding venues typically cost $2000 and upward to several thousands of dollars to rent for a large event.

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Renting a reception venue for a full blown form affair costs more because the duration of the event usually lasts 4 to 5 hours. The choice to elope means your venue will not be needed as long. The time spent at the venue for an elopement is usually one to two hours at the most but usually no more than an hour.  Even if you have a unique elopement experience in Las Vegas, it will still be much cheaper than a full blown formal wedding.  There are many great elopement venue choices in Las Vegas and they are much cheaper to use.  You may also use the venues in creative ways that won’t break the bank.

For instance, a Nelson Ghost Town elopement is a fun experience and the venue for up to 10 people costs only $100 to rent the venue for an elopement. There are quite a lot of great options to choose for eloping in Vegas with fun venues that will fit your budget.

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9. Saving on vendor expenses:
  Oftentimes your best deal when thinking of a Vegas Elopement, one often thinks of keeping it simple. 

Hiring vendors as a DIY project is time-consuming and gets expensive. Hiring a planner that offers all in one service will make the overall experience more relaxing, enjoyable, and memorable for the right reasons.

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Choosing this option will give you the experience and expertise of a professional wedding planner who knows the vendors and can negotiate down the costs for you. It’s even better if you choose a pre-determined and cost effective choice of a Vegas elopement package. Las Vegas elopement packages for two provide everything you need without the hassle of finding all the vendors yourself. For example, professional photographers can demand fees starting at $200 to $400 per hour. If you choose an all inclusive Las Vegas elopement package, your planning will be stress free and you’ll reap the benefits of the savings you desire.

10. Not putting people out:  Some couples feel they don’t want the fuss of a wedding registry or feeling like they are making others obligated to give gifts.  Some people just don’t want to put other people out and ask for gifts. Nonetheless, it is customary for a bride and groom to give one another a small gift.  

11. Choices open up for creative options

For instance, when you have a small wedding for two people your choices for creative, fun and unique wedding experiences open up. You may choose to have adventurous or scenic wedding like a Las Vegas desert wedding elopement experience

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Fun Vintage wedding elopement:
  There are a lot of scenic choices you may consider if you want to be more adventurous.  I have written other articles about this topic. Rather than thoroughly explaining all the different scenic wedding location options in Las Vegas available to choose from I recommend you visit this wedding blog for more Vegas elopement advice and ideas.

Making your experience unique doesn’t necessarily mean you need a lot of people there or that you have to spend a lot of money on a venue. First, ensure you’re doing what you and your partner want to do then let the decision go and enjoy it. If you want to make your experience especially unique customize your ceremony or pick a special location that means a lot to you and your beloved. There are a lot of fantastic ways to elope in Las Vegas. Choosing a fun and unique location to elope will make the experience memorable.

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If you choose one of these Las Vegas desert elopement wedding packages, the planning will all be done for you. This means you will have a stress-free wedding experience.  For a desert city, Las Vegas has a lot of different desert terrain options to choose from around it.  It has Lakes, Mountains, stunning red rock formations, and an assortment of resorts that resemble a dreamy oasis setting and beautiful nature preserve settings. To many people who visit Las Vegas, it’s surprising Vegas and the surrounding areas offer so much natural beauty.

Las Vegas city resort elopement:  When people think of getting married in Vegas, they typically think of having their wedding on the Vegas Strip with all the excitement and pizzazz.  What researching couples don’t realize until they put effort into the search is, a Vegas Strip wedding costs a pretty penny, even if you go to a chapel.  For that reason, many couples opt for a unique Vegas elopement and choose to have their wedding in a suite or resort setting.  If this option sounds appealing

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Get a plan before you commit

Choosing a Las Vegas wedding wedding company that provides dedicated wedding packages is the best choice for a wedding elopement in Las Vegas. Getting advice, guidance from a Vegas wedding vendor you can trust and implementing a good plan you can count on is going to be your safest option. This option will help you if you are trying to stretch your dollars as well as ensure you have the best experience you can possibly have.

Use a reputable elopement wedding planner:

It may be a surprise to hear this but if you use a reputable Las Vegas wedding planner, the decision will save you money and time in the end. Vegas wedding establishments can cost a lot of money and there is a lot you don’t know. A good wedding elopement planner will know the vendors you need and all the hidden expenses you will run into and will create a cost effective all-in-one planning in conjunction with vendor services to save you a pretty penny.  A good wedding planner that is geared toward offering wedding deals is a fantastic bargain.  This choice will save you money because a good planner will recommend and plan independent vendors that offer discounts.  Those discounts will be passed on to you as a part of their services.

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    Wedding couple at Caesars Palace 


Wedding planning is a stressful endeavor but when you choose to work with a Las Vegas wedding planner who knows the area.  This way the planner will take care of all the details and stress for you and wrap up all the services you need and make your experience effortless.

If eloping in Las Vegas is your dream then we hope these 11 tips make it an even easier choice for you!

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10 Essentials to Prepare for Your Desert Wedding in Vegas

If you are having a desert wedding in Vegas, here are preparation tips to avoid problems 

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For couples who want to manage a limited number of guests but still keep their weddings in style, Las Vegas desert elopements provide the perfect and popular option to tie the knot for destination couples traveling to Vegas. This article outlines some essential things to bring and get reminded of to have your perfect desert wedding elopement in Vegas.

1. Prepare for a jet lag

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If you are flying from other countries, a desert wedding in Vegas can be exhausting. Being jet lagged can negatively impact your wedding.  It may ruin the moment you have been waiting for so long. You may not be able to avoid jet lag though.  People traveling from England or Australia for instance are awake more than 24 hours to travel here.  But one way to minimize the effects of jet-lag and recover more quickly is to bring melatonin supplements along and use them every day up until the wedding.  Take them at least an hour before falling to sleep and make sure you allow plenty of time to sleep them off to avoid that feeling of grogginess on your wedding day. Melatonin resets your body clock but it does take a couple days to do that.

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2. Keep hydrated

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When my clients visit Las Vegas they often travel from a distance or live in climates that are less extreme.  The climate in Vegas is very dry and if you are traveling here take this fact in to account and be sure to prepare to drink more water while you are here.  Take extra care on your wedding day to drink more water.  As a Las Vegas desert wedding planner I will make sure your limousine company supplies basic water but it’s a good idea to bring more to keep you from being dehydrated.  If you don’t have a limousine you need to take even more care to bring extra water along and a small cooler or bottle wrap to keep it cold and avoid having it turn out to be like tea water.

3. Bring sunscreen

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Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from getting sunburned on your special day.  Sunscreen comes in so many great options now and can even be tinted or laced with glitter to give you the extra color and glow to your skin. You wouldn’t’ want to experience a sunburn on your honeymoon night. Being in the desert sun for more than 10 minutes can leave a mark that stings and may cause you hot flashes and discomfort for days.  Use a sunscreen factor of at least 30 to protect you and bring it along in your bag of essentials to apply it again if needed. You may also opt to bring a moisturizer to keep that glow on your skin. 

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4. Consider using umbrellas

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Umbrellas are surprisingly a great protection from the hot desert sun. It’s like having instant shade, which is a commodity in the desert, believe me!  I think my clients have underestimated how hot the sun is and how much like a blow dryer the wind can be in Las Vegas.  It’s scorching hot. When you live in a colder climate and have never experienced the Vegas desert heat, you may not realize how hot it really does get, so take my advice and be prepared. I have taken the care and effort to acquire 2 white umbrellas for the bride groom when I am their planner but you may caution your guests they might want to get an umbrella if they are attending your desert marriage ceremony and sitting or standing in the hot desert sun for any long period of time.

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5. Bring extra comfortable shoes

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Calculating distances between resorts is difficult in Vegas and is deceiving. Wearing comfortable shoes is highly suggested while you are visiting but when it comes to your special day it’s even more important to be prepared.  The desert is full of dusty sand that is very fine and works it’s way in to your shoes.  So when you are walking from the limousine to the place you are getting married in the desert, you will most likely get sand in your shoes. It’s a given. As a standard, most of the desert locations we have ceremonies are at least 20 feet or more and in some cases as much as a quarter of a mile away from the vehicle. You may also opt to walk up on the rocks like when you are getting married at Red Rock Canyon,  the Valley of Fire or the Grand Canyon or Nelson Ghost Town.  This also applies to getting married at Lake Mead or any location that is in a desert setting.  One way to avoid having tired feet but also keeping safe and not tripping over rocks or getting sand and pebbles in your high heel shoes is to bring along flat shoes that are easy to walk in. Once you are at your destination and have walked from point A to point B then  you can take your beautiful high heel shoes out of your carry bag and voila, you are all set and looking classy and clean.  Also, consider this tactic when you plan to have an celebration after the ceremony so you may dance during the reception and not suffer with uncomfortable shoes. So, to recap, comfortable shoes are certainly a must! 

6. Bring hand wipes

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This is an underestimated item to have in your bag of essentials for your occasion. Your hands will most likely also get sticky and dirty from the too much sweat your body. Also, while you are standing in the desert sun or hiking to the destination of your ceremony in the desert dirt and sand sticks to you. Make sure to clean them so you have nice dry and clean hands to hold the hand of your partner in style. It’s also handy to have the wipes to clean off the items you may bring that also will get dirty as you walk through the desert. Consider using it to wipe away and sweat or tears on your face as well or adjust any runny makeup, heaven forbid that will happen.  I think this item is an essential one to ensure you don’t get as dirty during your desert wedding in Vegas.

7. Bring lip balm

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Too much heat or cold can get brutal in the desert. Don’t let your lips get dry during your wedding kiss! Consider getting lip balm that has tint in it to give you that shine on your lips that is more upscale than regular lip balm. There is even lip stick that has an SPF factor formulated in to it that will work just as well as lip balm.  This is one item you may need to bring for your partner.  More than likely your partner may forget to do this for themselves so do this as a gift to them to show you care. For brides, you may also want to bring more beauty kits, such as a concealer stick, water-resistant mascara for your tear-jerking wedding vows, and a makeup remover.

8. Multi-layer clothing

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Vegas is a place where the desert heat can get as high as 120 degrees.  It’s not typically quite that hot unless you go to Death Valley but it certainly is common to get to 110-115 degrees. One element most people may not realize if they don’t live in the desert is you will be moving from the hot desert to the  air-conditioning units of your hotel or limousine frequently.  This also applies to the cold weather situations. The wind in Las Vegas sees the extremes of both hot and cold. With the temperature variance, you can be hot one moment and freezing the next.  One way to deal with this situation well is to be prepared and bring extra clothes and multi-layer. That way when you step from one climate condition to another you can adapt easily and be more comfortable.  You may see the natives of Las Vegas actually wearing long sleeves and wonder why.  It’s because wearing long sleeves makes them sweat and the water makes their skin cooler.  I’m not saying it’s good to sweat on the day of your event but it will help to add an extra layer of protection from the sun as well. 

9. Bring sunglasses

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The sun is always shining bright in a desert.  This is true whether it is summer or winter, although the sun is less severely bright in the winter and spring. Nonetheless, it’s a great idea to protect your eyes with a pair of sunglasses that have a good rating for sun protection. Sunglasses also make a remarkable wedding souvenir.  Of course Las Vegas is full of souvenir shops everywhere you look. So, you can get a classy pair or a cheesy pair of souvenir glasses to remember your experience.  Consider giving sunglasses as a wedding favor to your guests with your names on them so that your guests will get protected from the sun as well.

10. Bring snacks

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Weddings in the desert may take a lot of your time. Because of this fact you may want to consider bringing along a simple and easy snack to ward off the hunger pains and give you more energy for your event. It also helps to keep your guests happy and more comfortable.  When thinking about what you will bring realize limousines may charge you if you make a mess.  Many limousine companies actually may charge as much as $250 or more in a security cleaning fee if you plan to bring snacks and eat them in the vehicle.  One way to avoid this is to bring along the snacks in a carry bag and distribute them to your guests outside the vehicle.  That way you won’t have to pay the security cleaning fee and everyone will be comfortable and not hungry.  By bring prepared and bringing simple snacks like plastic wrapped crackers or health bars, trail mix or something similar, your desert wedding in Vegas will be a more lively and enthusiastic event everyone will always remember they enjoyed. 

Las Vegas is becoming today’s most chosen desert destination wedding experience.  Why wouldn’t it be? Couples have been getting married in almost the same venues and styles that have more expensive price tags. No wonder, a desert wedding as unique yet affordable as the outdoor desert wedding is capturing the attention of many couples right now.

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9 Scenic and Romantic Las Vegas Desert Elopement Ideas

In this era of social media, you might think that you have already seen almost all kind of grandiose traditional weddings out there. For some couples who want to take a refresher from all the usual,  experiencing a Las Vegas elopement is definitely a must-try! This article presents a variety of elopement ideas to consider that might be right up your alley.

1. Nelson Ghost Town Desert Wedding

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Nelson Ghost Town – Photo at Crashed Airplane

The quaint, vintage Nelson Ghost Town sits near a previously known gold mine. With its abandoned buildings, antiques, old vehicles, and a desert landscape, this looks like a place straight out of a film set. This iconic location is near Las Vegas and is still utilized as a backdrop for films and commercials.  The variety of props, trucks and old memorabilia makes it a fantastic option for a rustic vintage Las Vegas elopement idea near Las Vegas that is perfect for wedding ceremonies.

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2. Lake Las Vegas Desert Elopement Wedding

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Lake Las Vegas Montelago Village Lakeside Photo

This is one of the upscale resorts in the elegant Aston Montelago Village, which is located at the romantic Lake Las Vegas. Its cobblestone streets, historic-looking buildings, fountains, and a gorgeous view of the lake. Choosing this venue and pairing it with an in suite wedding or booking one of their gazebos or private areas are options to consider.  We would pair the ceremony with breathtaking photo book memories of the experience in this Mediterranean style resort setting.  It will bring an Italian vibe to your Las Vegas desert wedding experience.  

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3. Red Rock Canyon Wedding

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Photo at Red Rock Canyon Overlook

Red Rock Canyon is named as a National Conservation Area by the Federal Government. The Bureau of Land Management governs the park and administers permits for wedding ceremonies. It’s a perfect and very popular location if you want to experience a Las Vegas desert elopement. Its mountain ranges are part of the Mojave Desert and its geological features were formed by the Keystone Thrust Fault.

On top of that, its 13-mile scenic drive with breathtaking panoramic views is one of the reasons why many couples choose this unique wedding venue in Las Vegas.  Many wedding couples will combine a wedding ceremony at Red Rock Canyon with a scenic drive photo tour or other areas near to capture the romance of your day and experience a Las Vegas desert elopement.

4. Ash Springs Red Rock Canyon Wedding

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Ash Springs at Red Rock Canyon

Ash Springs is part of the Red Rock Canyon. It’s a bit more secluded in this area of Red Rock Canyon but it is one of the three areas approved by the Bureau of Land Management to have a Red Rock Canyon wedding.  This area will require you and your guest to take a hike for at least 15 minutes one way to reach the romantic tree where most ceremonies are done.  There are many other nice spots to have a ceremony there as well.

The romantic view at the top is worth the hike after all. However, the weather can be unpredictable. My clients often ask me if there a is a plan B in the event of inclement weather.  Any time you have an outdoor desert wedding you take a gamble, but this is Vegas, so to hedge your bets you want to pick a great season to have the wedding for starters. 

Read this article to learn more about preparing for the weather for a Red Rock wedding.  This article will give you essential tips you need to know which will help guide you to make a decision on the right month to prepare for a Red Rock Canyon wedding

For those who think of getting married here during spring, Ash Springs would be the perfect choice. Red Rock Canyon may still get windy, though, in springtime. During this season, an air conversion happens and increases the wind to the Las Vegas valley and its surrounding areas. Ash Springs is a place where everyone can be protected from the wind, making it an ideal venue for your wedding.

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5. Spring Mountain Ranch Desert Wedding

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Spring Mountain Ranch

If you are looking for cheap elopement ideas in Las Vegas, the typical, old Western style of Spring Mountain Ranch is the answer for you. The natural beauty of this scenic historical park has made it an outdoor desert wedding venue choice for many couples.  This Ranch had several illustrious owners owners ranging from Chester Lauck of the comedy team “Lum & Abner,” German actress Vera Krupp and millionaire Howard Hughes. It was awarded the designation of state park in 1973 and became a part of the Vegas historic district in 1976. 

This is a great location to set up decorative props for a very customized wedding experience.  View our wedding design gallery and view some prop elopement ideas.

6. Lake Mead Scenic Desert Wedding Tour

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Lake Mead Scenic Desert Overlook

A desert wedding at Lake Mead in Nevada would be better if it’s paired with a scenic photo tour at Lake Las Vegas. Lake Mead and Lake Las Vegas are two different lakes however both have spectacular scenic views. If you are the more adventurous type of couple, a helicopter ride overlooking the panoramic views of Hoover Dam is also highly suggested. The breathtaking colors of pastel blues, browns, yellows and greens of this favored destination will surely make your wedding even more dramatic and dreamy.  We know of a magical place to go where we have a spectacular scenic view of the Lake Mead recreation area.  

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7. Valley of Fire Helicopter Desert Wedding

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Valley of Fire Desert Elopement Photo

The Valley of Fire state park is one of the most spectacular places to consider having a Las Vegas desert elopement wedding. Flying over a desert of reds and pastel blues, nature, and sunset feels like the two of you are in heaven. The Valley of Fire Helicopter Wedding includes:

·         Overlooking breathtaking scenic views
·         Flying over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and extinct volcanoes
·         Sunset view of the Land at Valley of Fire State Park for Champagne
·         Flying over the illuminated lights of the Las Vegas strip during sunset

8. Grand Canyon Helicopter Desert Wedding

Grand Canyon Desert Wedding Photo

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The Grand Canyon is located in Arizona, cutting across the Grand Canyon National Park. It is carved out by the Colorado River and is nearly 1,500 meters deep. Its geological history of over 2 billion years ago can be retraced on its strata. Pairing this kind of experience with the Valley of Fire is a one of a kind desert wedding idea.  It is about a half hour helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon which and is actually located in Arizona.  Even though the wedding ceremony takes place in Arizona you are legally pronounced married in Nevada.  You will also get to enjoy spectacular views of the Las Vegas city skyline.

Here is a breakdown of some of the elements you will enjoy with this type of Las Vegas desert elopement in a scenic setting.

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·         Sightseeing the scenic views of the entire Grand Canyon
·         Flying over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and extinct volcanoes
·         Enjoying a romantic picnic lunch, cake, and champagne toast
·         A stunning return flight over the Mojave Desert
·         Flying over the illuminated lights of the Las Vegas strip during sunset

9. Mount Charleston Log Cabin Wedding

Mount Charleston Desert Wedding Photo

Mount Charleston is a haven of invigorating mountain air, ice-cold springs, and acres of noble evergreen forests. Its rugged mountain scenery extends across the crest of the Spring Mountains. It also boasts of towering crags, deep and wide canyons, narrow slot canyons, and steep hillsides.

The cabin is a great option if it’s cold outside. It is private and rustic, with great balcony views of mountain scenery. A well-planned customized outdoor desert wedding at Mount Charleston amidst the cool pine trees in this natural romantic setting would be also a great experience. Whether it’s a low cost wedding for two or even for a small group of people, we have a huge selection of great reception venues that can cater to your needs.

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What is your wedding style?

Weddings do not have to be luxurious. Most importantly, no one should dictate you on what type of wedding you must have. Whether it’s a traditional or a unique desert wedding, the thing that happens after it is what really matters–the start of a new beginning with the love of your life.

Are you still struggling to choose a venue? Let us help you make up your mind! Contact us at Custom Las Vegas Weddings for more elopement ideas and we will make your dream wedding turn into reality.

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About Springs Preserve

Roger and Jane wanted a private elopement experience in a Las Vegas garden wedding venue with just a couple guests. In the end they chose Springs Preserves for it’s beauty and variety of botanical gardens and trails for their small elopement in Las Vegas. Springs Preserves is located 3 miles west of the downtown area in the heart of Las Vegas.  It is owned by the Las Vegas Water district and features 180 acres of green museums, galleries, and botanical garden displays.  It is perfect for a wedding because it has many beautiful backdrops such as a traditional gazebo, arbor, rose gardens and a host of botanical displays. 

About Roger and Jane They decided to Elope in Las Vegas and I talked them into having a garden wedding at Springs Preserve.  They traveled from England and wanted to have a fun destination wedding with two close friends in attendance as witnesses. It was an intimate garden experience. It took place in the heart of the summer so they were brave to take on our Vegas heat but they weathered it well. You can’t tell from the photos the weather was hot that day. The thoroughly enjoyed getting married in this Las Vegas garden wedding venue.  They were very happy they chose Springs Preserve to get married in Las Vegas. 

Julie planned Roger and Jane’s garden elopement to include their transportation, flowers, photography, venue, officiation and itinerary. The photos were taken by Constantine Photography in collaboration with Custom Las Vegas weddings. Springs Preserve offers a fantastic option as a Las Vegas garden wedding venue choice. Jane and Roger has a fantastic experience to cherish for a lifetime of memories. Constantine photography collaborated with us for these excellent photos.

Gallery 

Springs Preserve Garden Arch

This is the garden arch area where Roger and Jane had their private garden ceremony with their friends. 

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Jane was Roger were both thrilled to finally receive their rings and promises from each other.

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They had their ceremony customized with their personal story and laughter lightened the mood.

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After traveling thousands of miles they finally came to the part where they sealed their promises with a kiss.

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We present Roger and Jane Till. Happily married newlyweds.

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Congratulations are in order. 

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Traditional photo keepsake of wedding rings.

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Time for some fun posed shots around the botanical garden. 

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This photo was taken on the scenic drive with the Red Rocks close by. 

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Springs Preserves has a beautiful garden arbor to showcase poses.

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This is a such a romantic, traditional garden wedding gazebo in Las Vegas.

Springs Preserves Botanical Gardens

Springs Preserves in Las Vegas is truly a beautiful botanical garden setting for a wedding in Las Vegas. It’s a great location to consider for a small intimate elopement in Las Vegas or for a larger wedding event. Many couples traveling to Las Vegas probably don’t know about this local Vegas jewel in the desert. If you are considering this Las Vegas outdoor wedding venue for your event here are some things to know about Springs Preserves.

It showcases uniquely landscaped botanical demonstrations of desert trees, flowers and shrubs with beautiful  trails that encompass 1.8 miles of picturesque landscape.

  • There are many choices for having an affordable Las Vegas elopement ceremony.  The elopement area may be reserved or we may choose it spontaneously on the day of the wedding.
  • Springs Preserves also has other locations that may be reserved for a more upscale experience.  Even saying that it may be customized to meet your  needs with chairs, music, flower decorations and more.
  • They showcase a beautiful garden wedding gazebo, a rose garden arbor, desert fountain area, amphitheater and inside event space for more formal larger weddings.

Las Vegas Garden Elopement

 

Springs Preserve wedding
Garden Elopement $1100

Non-reserved garden space for 2

Professional Photographer 1 (hr.)

All digital photos

Printing rights released

Gallery for sharing

Officiant & Witness

Choice of Ceremony

Planning and day of coordination

6 passenger limousine  (2.5 hrs.)

Limo company provides champagne (1)

Flower planning

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