The article will focus in on what wedding couples can expect when they are eloping in Vegas with Custom Vegas Weddings:
This is how your wedding planning journey will begin. After all, if you are going to put your trust in a Las Vegas wedding elopement planner, you need to know what to expect and be assured the planning will be carried out professionally, the right way.
Working with Custom Las Vegas Weddings is a stress-free experience. After you book your elopement, we’ll help guide every step of the way to make sure everything goes off without any hiccups or surprises!
Photo of Julie Nourish – Elopement Wedding Planner in Las Vegas
Custom Las Vegas Weddings offers an exceptional customer experience from start to finish. Our clients are guided every step of the way in preparing for their elopement, which is stress-free as we provide all services needed on your special day! Once you choose where and when it will be held – including selecting any decorations or floral arrangements that speak volumes about what kind of wedding vibe best reflects who both husband/wife should have at this time–our team creates an itinerary tailored just right so they can enjoy themselves without worries during what should always feel like a dream become reality.
Guidance: Our 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: We start by helping them understand the wedding licensing process and sending them licensing information.
Ceremony wording: Our clients will then choose their ceremony wording and customize the ceremony and vows if they desire that.
Itinerary is created: We 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, we 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 our service to them.
Customization of packages: Our wedding package templates are customizable. We will discuss the customization possibilities with my clients.
Official quote is created for client: After the clients agree on the services,we then write up a quote for them to approve.
Client provides a retainer: At the point of signing the quote, our clients will then place a deposit as a retainer for services. I then start the planning for them.
What services are provided?
Custom Vegas Weddings provides quality services. We offer eloping in Vegas packages as well as other periphery services to customize packages for couples. We have spent time building a network of wedding venues in Las Vegas. The vendors we collaborate with are long standing associates and pros. We provide only the best wedding professionals as vendors for my clients.
These are some the main Las Vegas wedding planning services provided:
• 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.) • Client vendor correspondence and assistance • Arranging the payment for vendors on behalf of the client
Examples of the a la carte services and customized options:
Some examples of a la carte options:
Planning and ordering a wedding cake Additional day of coordinator services
Scheduling specialized decor
How are services customized?
If our customers want to customize their services we have conversation with them first about the ideas and options we suggest. 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.
How involved in planning do the customers get to be?
It’s important for our customers to be fully involved in the details and decision for their wedding. Most people choose our services because they don’t want to have to think about too many details or be too restricted about their choices. Most of our clients choose to be very involved in planning for their wedding. We always welcome their input and creativity.
Fun moment of exchange with wedding party
What’s not involved in the planning services you offer?
Our 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. For the destination wedding couple we recomment clients use online conferencing, email and phone to go over details.
We keep pricing comparatively affordable and cater primarily with couples who want to elope in Vegas. If you are needing reception planning we do collaborate with other full-service planners and will refer people who are looking for that kind of services in touch with my associate planner. The service quote we work up for clients will specify the services provied.
Julie pinning a boutonniere on the groom
How do you differ from other Las Vegas destination elopement planners in Las Vegas?
Our services are a departure from the cookie cutter chapel wedding services in Las Vegas. Being an independent Las Vegas elopement planning service, we provide more flexiblity to think outside the box and offer unique elopement add on services to make your event special at a more affordable price point. For example, adding decor for a romantic setting and scheduling other periphery services.
What are some examples of the packages offered for customization?
For example, this list highlights elopement location choices available to clients.
A photo of Julie, the pilot and a wedding couple eloping in the Grand Canyon
How involved are you in the day of wedding experience?
You can count on us to help you plan your wedding day. From the time of booking, we are reaching out and guiding every step until it’s all over; if need be for an extra set or flower arrangements because let’s face it- nothing looks worse than having empty spaces where flowers should go! A few days before -in case anyone has any last minute questions-, then just one final touch beforehand means everything towards making sure everything goes smoothly during such special times together as marriage proposals begin with “I Do”
How far in advance do couples need to reserve services with you?
Our clients should give at least a months’ notice when they want to reserve one of our venues. More advance notice will secure better results and if you plan on waiting until 3 weeks before the wedding day, it may not be as likely for that venue availability since most people request services within this time frame. You needn’t worry about making full payment right away though because all costs are finalated 3 weeks prior!
Do you handle all the contracts and payment processing for clients eloping in Vegas?
A quote and contract is drawn up for for our 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 we do facilitate sending the documents and helping keep track of signing and payment to the venues on behalf of the client. We also correspond with vendors for our clients, facilitate and oversee all the pertinent permits needed and pay the vendors on behalf of our clients.
Do you handle rentals for clients?
We schedule and set up the vendor rentals for each 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.
What is the deposit for booking a wedding?
All venues and vendors require a different deposit. Deposit terms will be specified in the venue contract the client will sign. We collect all the data and ensure the correct deposits are paid for by the client to reserve the venue and vendor services they want. Intitially, we collect a wedding planning deposit which is a retainer for services. The deposit amount will be determined by the services procured.
When is the final payment due?
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.
Do you help the clients pay the vendors?
Yes, we 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.
Are there additional fees clients should know about?
Because we 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.
What happens if the customer needs to change the date of the event?
As the elopement event planner, we 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.
Is the deposit or final payment refundable?
The planning fees are not refundable as it is considered a planning retainer for the event. The initial planning deposit is taken as a retainer to pay for wedding planning services that are rendered before the wedding takes place. Planning for an event requires behind the scenes office work, outreach to vendors, scheduling the venue, helping the client sign contracts, taking payments, email correspondence, creating the itinerary and much more. The planning is done prior to the 3-week timeline before the wedding day. For this reason we do not refund the planning fee to clients.
The final payment for the event and venue is typically due within the 3-week timeframe prior to the wedding. At that time, if the final payment has been made, it 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.
Photo of Julie with wedding couple after a wedding
Will planning the wedding be stress free and fun for clients?
We know that many couples worry about planning an event from afar. After all, if you’re not familiar with Las Vegas or what to trust it can be difficult! But Julie and her team will make sure your stay here goes off without a hitch and stress-free experience so don’t hesitate any longer – let us help plan today!
We pride ourselves in providing excellent customer service which is why we consistently get positive reviews. There are many ways to plan an event in Las Vegas, but most people don’t know how important it is that the planner has done their research and knows what they’re getting themselves into. We pride ourselves on ensuring our clients feel at ease before any big day arrives by checking up with them often throughout planning stages so we can answer any questions or address concerns right away if anything arises unexpectedly.
You’ll want someone planning your event who cares enough about making sure things go smoothly as possible.
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
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 desert elopement idea that is perfect for wedding ceremonies. We have performed hundreds of wedding ceremonies at Nelson and our couples absolutely love the relaxed atmosphere. The photo opportunities are endless.
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.
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 Red Rock Canyon 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 Red Rock canyon wedding ceremony 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 Wedding Experience
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.
If you are looking for cheap elopement ideas in Las Vegas, we provide styled elopement packages at an assortment of local Las Vegas parks. Our wedding couples who travel to Las Vegas find it surprising we have as many parks as we do. Lamb State Park, also known as Tulle Springs features a lake and mature shade trees as well as a myriad of nature. There is a small gazebo there and a white picket fence with peacocks and desert wildlife. The natural desert scenery and beauty of this scenic historical park has made it an outdoor desert wedding venue choice for many couples. There are other parks we also recommend such as Wetlands park. This park is not well known to Las Vegas visitors but showcases a beautiful bridge, a small pond and many trails to explore. The desert mountain views surrounding the park make a natural backdrop for engaging and scenic photo opportunities.
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
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.
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 Elopement Photo
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.
· 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 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.
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 for more elopement ideas and we will make your dream wedding turn into reality.
Learn 9 Mistakes to Avoid When You Plan to Elope in Vegas
This article shares 11 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. Having an elopement in Las Vegas
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!
Las Vegas Sign Wedding
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:
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.
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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 elopement 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.
Learn about 8 simple elopement ideas for Las Vegas
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.
Photo at Art District – Old Downtown Las Vegas
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.
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
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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Hair and makeup (typical costs vary but average at $225 for traditional and $255 for mobile hair and makeup services in Las Vegas. Shop around for great deals.
Tux and gown (for both around $300 to $500). Some dress shops offer evening gowns to rent and you may not need a tux if you go casual.
Transportation: The most you will need will be a 6-passenger limousine which is not expensive.
Cake: The cake will be much less if you decide to still have one. Many couples who elope have the cake at a restaurant. Some couples decide to order one and have it delivered to their hotel to enjoy later.
Dinner: You will still want to go out to eat but the cost will be much less than feeding all your family and friends.
Gifts: Since you won’t have a huge guest count for an elopement service, you won’t be receiving wedding gifts from your guests, unless you have some attending. However, it is customary for a bride and groom to give one another a small gift. If you brides have a hard time choosing a gift for your groom there are some great gift ideas on this site.
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.
10 affordable and Popular Las Vegas Elopement Venues
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.
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.
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. Red Rock Wedding
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.
Read more Las Vegas Desert Elopement Ideas
Fun Vintage wedding at Nelson Ghost Town: 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.
Read a fun Vintage wedding elopement story
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
Wedding elopement at Springs Preserve
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.
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!
If you are having a desert wedding in Vegas, here are preparation tips to avoid problems
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Do you need more reasons to justify eloping in Vegas?
Las Vegas Garden Wedding Venue – Roger and Jane’s Story
Roger & Jane
Springs Preserve Wedding
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.
This is the garden arch area where Roger and Jane had their private garden ceremony with their friends.
Jane was Roger were both thrilled to finally receive their rings and promises from each other.
They had their ceremony customized with their personal story and laughter lightened the mood.
After traveling thousands of miles they finally came to the part where they sealed their promises with a kiss.
We present Roger and Jane Till. Happily married newlyweds.
Congratulations are in order.
Traditional photo keepsake of wedding rings.
Time for some fun posed shots around the botanical garden.
This photo was taken on the scenic drive with the Red Rocks close by.
Springs Preserves has a beautiful garden arbor to showcase poses.
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.