How to Plan Around the Weather for a Red Rock Wedding

You finally decided on the perfect destination wedding experience and chose a Red Rock wedding. But there are details you need to know to plan for having a wedding at Red Rock Canyon and this article gives important facts, tips and ways to make it a more comfortable and successful experience. 

Compared to the Las Vegas Valley, there is typically a seven degree difference to prepare for in elevation and sometimes the difference can be greater. Each season brings its surprises. Here are a few seasonal tips for planning around the weather for a Red Rock Canyon wedding or photo shoot.

A Spring Wedding in Red Rocks

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The spring welcomes wildflowers in the lower elevations that pop out of the ground like butterflies from their cocoons. The remnants of winter chill the early morning. The wind picks up and the day is cool with clear skies.

If you don’t mind crisp air, a spring Red Rock wedding is beautiful among the wildflowers. Enjoy milder weather and sunshine between noon and mid-afternoon. Though cool, the sun’s rays can still burn your skin, so be sure to bring sunscreen.

The temperature steadily rises in spring. Click here for an hourly temperature guide from the official Red Rock Canyon site. This is an accurate and very helpful resource to keep updated on the weather.

In March, the high reaches 65° F. In April, the high is 73° F, and in May, the temperature reaches up to 82° F.

Springtime is a great time to get married at Red Rock Canyon however it may still be windy.  As the colder winter conditions subside, there is an air conversion effect which causes increased wind to come in to the Las Vegas valley and surrounding areas. You may want to have your wedding in the valley at Red Rock Canyon. A great place to have your wedding ceremony that is more protected from the wind is at Ash Springs.  It does require a small 10 minute hike to get there however.  Being closer to the rocks does seem to provide more refuge from the wind than the Red Rock overlook or the Amphitheater area does.

Read our blog post about seasonal Las Vegas weather to prepare you before visiting Las Vegas.

Red Rock Canyon Weather Temperatures

Photo courtesy of WeatherSpark.com

A Summer Red Rock Wedding

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Photo taken near Ash Springs by KK Photography

A desert summer requires sunscreen and grit. Only the strong survive. Temperatures can feel scorching in the 100’s. In June, the high starts at an average 93° F.

Definitely bring umbrellas and stay updated on the weather.  There is no avoiding the heat and summer also brings a good dose of humidity when the monsoon season hits.  Monsoon season in Las Vegas officially starts early to mid-July from early to mid-September.  July and August are the most humid months in the Las Vegas Valley and Red Rock Canyon also experiences the same conditions if not worse. The mountain ranges there seem to attract in the storms.

To cope with the intense heat be sure to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.  Consider bringing an umbrella or parasol a part of your wedding day. Some brides now prefer to carry parasols and other personalized alternatives in the place of a bridal bouquet. Many of the allowed locations for weddings in Red Rock State Park don’t offer shade.

Whenever Custom Las Vegas Weddings plans your wedding, they will make sure your limousine provides bottled water and a glorious invention that pushes out cold air, commonly known as air conditioning. We definitely recommend getting an early start. Late weddings can be beautiful and when the sun isn’t directly shining on you it can seem less scorching, but the rocks still hold the heat of the day to be careful when sitting or lying on the rocks.

A Fall Red Rock Experience

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As summer temperatures fade, a fall Red Rock wedding will feature mild and lovely weather conditions. Mid-September, the entire month of October up until mid-November seems to be Red Rock Canyon weathers sweet spot.  The weather is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a very comfortable temperature as a standard with low wind.

Monsoon weather is usually over by the 1st week of September and raises only the occasional concern. Don’t get caught in the rain near a body of water or you may end up in a flash flood.

It will be the responsibility of your Las Vegas wedding planner to guide you in getting the timing right for your wedding in the desert. In September the sun sets around 7 pm.  By October the sun sets around 6:30 and the later in the month it’s around 6 pm.  November brings a time clock change and clocks roll back an hour with sunset at 4:45 pm.

A Winter Red Rock Wedding

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Photo taken near Calico Basin – Ash Springs

The winter weather at Red Rock Canyon tends toward chilly and sometimes wind accompanies the rain attracted to the mountain areas. Layering is strongly advised and bring a warm coat.  You can find fashionable wedding cover-up garments that will keep you nice and warm. It is also advisable to bring a hat or wrap around for your head. The wind can be sharp and cold on some winter days.

From mid-January to the beginning of March Red Rock can experience periodic bouts of rain in the forecast.  The mountain range tends to attract the storms. If you have a wedding scheduled when there is rain in the forecast it is advisable to keep a close eye on what is happening as flooding often occurs in the wash areas of Red Rock Canyon.  The Bureau of Land Management controls the permits for weddings in Las Vegas.  If there is any danger they will contact your Las Vegas wedding planner who is helping you and issue a warning.  They will also work with the planner to reschedule the wedding if needed due to safety reasons.

In winter temperatures usually reach the mid-fifties by day, but warmer weather can occur. It’s best to have a winter Red Rock wedding in the early to mid-afternoon to take advantage of warmer temperatures.

From mild to cold weather, you don’t need to worry about sunscreen too much. Of course in winter the sun goes down earlier and ducks behind some of the tall mountain range by 3:30 to 4 PM. You will want to consider having your Las Vegas desert wedding earlier in the afternoon if you want to capture some warm from the sunlight to offset the cool weather.  Even in the desert, blankets of snow cover the Red Rock Canyon mountains after a snowstorm and snowstorms do happen then.

Let Nature Inspire Your Wedding

Red Rock Canyon Mountain range

Red Rock State Park is made up of 286 sprawling acres with stunning scenery. Trails meander through juniper and manzanita to the edge of Oak Creek. The creek travels around the park, enriching the riparian habitat with abundant wildlife and native plants.

Do be careful with the natural habitat at Red Rock Canyon.  There are hefty fines in place established by the BLM for breaking the rules so don’t feed the burros.  You also need to know that the desert tortoise at Red Rock is considered endangered and you must not stand within 5 feet of them or else there is a hefty fine.

This ancient and scenic environment provides several beautiful backdrops for a dream outdoor wedding in nature. Take advantage of warmer weather and walk the trails several months or a year before your wedding to get ideas about theme, color scheme and possible weather conditions.

Red Rock Canyon Nature Trail

Keep in mind that only certain areas of the park permit weddings and no weddings are permitted on the scenic drive. Custom Las Vegas Weddings is one company that is approved to perform weddings at Red Rock Canyon.  They hold a permit for 3 of the designated areas to have a wedding in Red Rock. They will be able to guide you in very creative and romantic experiences at Red Rock Canyon.

Red Rock State Park visitor’s center website is a great resource and place to learn about the history of Red Rock. It is located at the entry of the scenic drive which is a must see if you have the time. You are instructed on the various life zones of the park, which include plant life, wildlife, history and archaeology. Make note of the plant life and colors you see. If you’re a fan of birds, bird walks and hiking trails abound. Remember to always leave the park as you found it.

Planning Wedding Attire around Red Rock Weather

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  • It’s a popular idea to showcase the backdrop of the scenic mountain range with a cactus bouquet or artificial flowers as natures alter. Have your Vegas wedding planner style your wedding at Red Rock and help you create your own unique vision to match the environment.
  • Be creative and incorporate blush or pastel colors into your theme, bouquet and wedding attire or have Custom Las Vegas Weddings help you plan a Las Vegas desert wedding that will be very private and unique for you.
  • Imagine the use of blue and yellow primary colors against the red rocks of the park. Blue, violet or silver hues would also look lovely in a winter wedding. Let the natural dusky hues bring out the wild romantic in you.
  • You must keep your attire choices in mind as you plan around the weather. Don’t sacrifice your dream wedding wear, but do remain conscious of your fabric choices. Be prepared to carry wedding gown trains.
  • Imagine custom-made vegan or leather boots or pastel color dress and tux styling for your wedding that match the desert landscape.
  • If it’s a little rainy and muddy, you don’t want to sacrifice delicate and expensive shoes. Bring along an extra pair of shoes to walk the trails and put your expensive shoes in a carry bag or tote.  Then when you are ready to start the planning for the wedding ceremony and photos get those beautiful shoes out and let your style shine. Don’t forget umbrellas or a stylish parasol.
  • Layer up for chilly weather, and wear SPF makeup and sunscreen for hotter months. Umbrellas or parasols also come in handy to provide instant shade from the scorching sun.

Red Rock provides an inspiring landscape for a stunning destination wedding. Let nature inspire your Red Rock wedding, but keep the changing seasons in mind as you plan.

Contact Custom Las Vegas Weddings for more tips on navigating the changing weather at Red Rock during your Las Vegas wedding planning process. They will make sure you get  there in style and comfort, so you can focus on making one of the most important memories of your lifetime.

Romantic Client Story in a Las Vegas Garden Wedding Venue

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.

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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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Las Vegas Red Rock Wedding Adventure

Red Rock Wedding Story

Chris and Alyssa traveled from Wisconsin with family and friends to get married in Las Vegas.

They chose to have a Red Rock wedding and decided to let us plan for an all inclusive Red Rock wedding package. They absolutely loved it.

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Chris and Alyssa traveled from Wisconsin with family and friends to get married in Las Vegas.

They chose to have a Red Rock wedding .and decided to let us plan for an all inclusive Red Rock wedding package. They loved it

We planned Chris and Alyssa’s Red Rock wedding which included transportation for 20 guests.  In the end they decided on having the ceremony at the Red Rock amphitheater. The amphitheater is one of the more private location choices at Red Rock. It is located outside of the visitors center which is very close to the scenic drive. After the ceremony we planned a photo tour for them and their guests to enjoy. They had a fantastic time and experience.

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Alyssa’s father walked her down the aisle and presented her hand in marriage. 

Hugs were in order after the presentation.

The rings are always central to the importance of a marriage.

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A serious moment of commitment and reflection.

Red Rock wedding highlights to cherish.

Alyssa pledged her love to Chris with a ring. 

The ceremony is complete. Congratutions!

We now present Mr. and Mrs. Koehler. 

Bridal party photos at the amphitheater.

Chris & Alyssa are listening intently during the ceremony. 

Family gives a shout out of congratulations at the amphitheater. 

This photo was taken on the scenic drive. 

A romantic kiss at the scenic drive after Red Rock wedding. 

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

Photo taken during the scenic drive tour.

Their family and friends had a fantastic time during the wedding and scenic tour. 

Red Rock Canyon Simplicity

This is the bare minimum elopement package for Red Rock Canyon.
Simplicity $500.00 
  • Licensed Officiant
  • Ceremony choices
  • State Permit Fee 
  • Use Silk Flowers

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About Red Rock

Red Rock Canyon has been designated as a National Conservation Area by the Federal Government. It is governed by the Bureau of Land Management and they oversee administering park permits for weddings. The mountain ranges that make up Red Rock Canyon are a part of the Mojave Desert. It’s beautiful mountain peaks and geological features were created by the Keystone Thrust Fault. One of the highlights of Red Rock is the scenic drive which is a 13 mile one way journey.  Visitors may stop at many  beautiful viewing spots designated along the drive. The site known as Ice Box Canyon showcases seasonal waterfalls and there are many beautiful red rocks to climb on and an assortment of hiking trails to venture on to.

Helpful information about Red Rock Canyon

There are 3 designated ceremony sites

There are three areas the BLM has authorized for wedding ceremonies to take place. At this time the three areas are Red Rock overlook which is a picnic area close to route 169. All three choices require permits by law. As wedding planners we are authorized to obtain permits on our clients behalf.

 The overlook is approximately one mile past the scenic drive entrance. If you choose to have your ceremony here.

 The second place the BLM allows wedding ceremonies is the Amphitheater.  The Amphitheater is located inside the scenic drive guard gate entrance. Ceremonies may be performed at the Amphitheater without venturing in to the scenic drive.  The scenic drive is 13 miles long and one way driving is required.There are three areas the BLM has authorized for wedding ceremonies to take place.

 The third option requires a half mile hike to get to and is a part of Calico Basin. This option requires hiking on a dirt trail and is not optimal for the elderly or formal occasions with a large guest count.

 As wedding planners we are authorized to obtain permits on our clients behalf.

 

Nelson Ghost Town Elopement – Fun Adventure in Nelson Nevada

A Nelson Ghost Town elopement is trending:

Having a Nelson Ghost Town elopement is an easy and stress free. That is why it is becoming an increasingly desired spot for Vegas destination wedding couples looking for a unique, fun and picturesque backdrop for their nuptials. It is also considered one of the most romantic places to elope in Vegas. Nelson is on a private property located about an hour away from Las Vegas and is a historical landmark becoming increasingly popular with wedding couples.  Nelson is located in the mountains of Eldorado Canyon, Nevada.  It has a rich history making it very popular tourist attraction.

In this blog post I will share some of the photos we took from an Eldorado Canyon ghost town wedding I planned for one of my clients, Henk and Iris this summer. 

 

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Nelson Ghost Town is cradled in the mountains of Eldorado Canyon

Nelson is still used to this day as a Hollywood studio and backdrop for music videos.  In fact 3000 Miles To Graceland was filmed there.  This funny and entertaining YouTube video gives a walk through of Nelson Ghost Town also known as Eldorado Canyon Mine. 

Check out this YouTube video showing the plane blowing in 3000 Miles to Graceland. It’s a clip from the movie and the plane crash at Nelson is what is left from the explosion.  

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 had a blast seeing their love and admiring the fun they had there during their Nelson ghost town elopement.  What a joy it was to be around them.  They were such fun loving people and had quite a laugh. They especially love the romantic vintage atmosphere at Nelson Ghost Town.  As you see from the photos, they are so in love and had the time of their life posing and exploring the props and site. 

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Henk and Iris Peel traveled from the Netherlands to get married at Nelson Ghost Town

Nelson Ghost town in Eldorado Canyon has an old mine on the property which has daily guided tours. It showcases vintage relics such as old cars and buildings, old buildings,  rusty antique trucks and more including a great collection of vintage signs.  This makes a great backdrop for Nelson Ghost Town wedding photo tours, creating fun and romantic memories of a lifetime. 

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Romance – good times – memories to be made at Nelson Landing Ghost Town

Nelson Ghost Town showcases quite a variety of old used vehicles and equipment, even mining equipment that was actually used back in the day when the Techatticup gold mine was operational.  There are a host of props to use for the backdrop of a wedding as you can see from the photos below.  

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Fun times and cheeky peek a boo at Nelson Landing Eldorado Canyon Nevada

Having a Nelson Ghost Town elopement was the best choice for Henk and Iris.  Iris is a photo officinato in the Netherlands and loved taking photos herself, even during  her own wedding. She loved the vintage theme and it was her love of the idea that prompted them to have a Nelsons Landing wedding.  They had such an incredible time exploring and posing for photos with the old props, crashed airplane, air-stream trailer and they even decided to get in the old rusty tubs.

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   A perfect ending to a beautiful day. Congratulations you two!

Some people say it only takes only 20 minutes to get to Nelson Ghost Town. I will caution you here on that and add, it really depends on where you start from and what the traffic is like on the day.  It has always taken me 1 hour to travel there because the road used to get there is under construction and Las Vegas traffic has become more congested recently.

Here is a map below showing directions to Nelson’s Landing where the Ghost Town is.  You will want to leave extra time to get there if you are traveling in your own vehicle. 

map and directions to Nelson Ghost Town

To get to the Nelson’s Landing take US-95 South toward Boulder City. You will want to keep alert because the Searchlight exit comes up quickly on the right just before you reach Boulder City. It’s a very small sign and easy to miss but if you do miss it you have to go to Boulder City and do a U-Turn.  As you travel toward Searchlight there is a large dry lake bed (on your right) at about the ten mile marker. When you pass the dry lake bed, you will a large solar panel field and that is your marker to look to the left. On the left is a very small sign (Exit 165) that says Nelson on your left. Take that exit and drive another 10-12 miles and it will take you right into the town of Nelson, Nevada where the ghost town is.

Custom Las Vegas Weddings helps you plan your for a Nelson Ghost Town wedding.  So, if you are feeling overwhelmed call us and we will put together a custom Ghost Town wedding package for you.  

We hope to have the opportunity to meet you and be a part of your special day.