When Las Vegas opens for business in the various phases of the Covid-19 crisis there will be essential restrictions in place you need to know about. We have created this article to help our customers navigate the climate during this crisis and share helpful resources. It will help you with useful “in the know” advice about the restrictions you will face when you prepare for having your Las Vegas elopement.
For the past few months, hearts and dreams have been on hold in America as couples with big wedding plans have had to rethink their plans and consider eloping instead of having a large event. There are many stories of wedding couples being creative and making alternative plans for their weddings.
Safety Tips for your Elopement
Las Vegas will be imposing restrictions on gatherings because of the spread of covid-19. One of the major restrictions in the works will be restricting the total count of the wedding party. In Nevada our governor has dictated guidelines businesses need to abide by. For the first few phases of reopening, group gatherings will have a total limit of no more than 10 people. Elopements generally have two people but typically this also includes groups of less than 12 or 10 people. Considering the temporary guidelines, couples who plan to get married in Las Vegas will now be having a Las Vegas elopement instead of a large gathering. Eloping will be the order of the day until restrictions ease and are guidelines are changed.
But there’s new hope for those willing to pull up stakes and relocate to have their wedding in Las Vegas. As of April 27, the Clark County Marriage License Bureau is reopened for business, which means the nuptials are back in Vegas, Baby!
What you need to know about getting your Marriage License in Vegas
But before you start planning your Las Vegas elopement wedding in Glitter Gulch, be aware that there will be some changes that are non-negotiable as far as the approach to your celebration. First, to attain your license, you are highly encouraged to complete the Las Vegas wedding online application before arriving at the Clark County marriage bureau’s office. On the day of pick up, come prepared to wait in line as the bureau. These are the safety measures they have implemented which all must now follow during this crisis.
Mandatory COVID-19 safety protocols at the Clark County Marriage Bureau:
- Only three couples in the lobby at one time
- No children, relatives or guests
- Couples will stand 6-feet apart while waiting
- Anyone with a temperature over 99.9 Degrees will be turned away at the door
- Couples must wear a facial covering/mask (homemade or purchased)
- Counters will be sanitized between couples
- Disposable pens will be issued to each couple
- Only one online marriage license kiosk will be available in the lobby
BEFORE YOU GO:
- Go to mlic.vegas and complete the marriage license application matching the names on your government IDs
- Both people must be in attendance
- Both people must have government ID ready and available
- Couple must have a credit card available to pay for the license. No cash or checks will be accepted. The marriage license is good for one year. No refunds will be issued.
For the latest Covid-19 information or for further information about how to apply for a marriage license in Clark County, go to MLIC.Vegas. For any questions relating to licensing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With temperatures rising into the 90s and even 100s, you are advised to bring water and an umbrella to provide shade. The Bureau will only allow three couples at a time into the interior space and only one licensing kiosk will be open (no children or guests are allowed inside). At the door, your temperature will be taken and anyone with a fever of 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit will be turned away. While in the lobby (and in line) you are required to maintain a social distance of six feet and to wear a mask. Disposable pens are provided for signing documents and counters are sanitized between couples. Finally, payment will only be accepted by credit or debit card. No cash or checks will be accepted.
Click to view this PDF created by the Clark County Clerk’s office in coordination with the Wedding chamber of commerce. Custom Las Vegas Weddings is a proud member of the chamber of commerce. We also plan to implement safety measures to keep our wedding and event clients safe.
For more advice about the weather and preparing to elope in Las Vegas visit this article about Seasonal weather and elopement wedding tips.
Basic safety tips for travel to Vegas
If you’re traveling to our city from another state, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak continues to emphasize (but does not require) a two-week period of self-isolation. Regardless, it is important to practice safety precautions while traveling, particularly if you are using high contact means such as flying. Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, carry personal disinfecting items (such as wipes) to sanitize contact areas, and wear a mask to reduce the likelihood of virus transmission.
This article will provide important travel tips to know to prepare for your Las Vegas elopement.
Keep safe and prepare for your hotel stay
Come prepared with disinfectant supplies and on arrival at your hotel room spend a few minutes disinfecting high touch areas, such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, remote controls, toilets, and sink faucets. If your room has glassware, silverware, or dishes that are not wrapped in plastic, wash them with soap and water before use. And make a habit of washing your hands each time you return to your room to prevent bringing germs in from outside.
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Preparation tips for your Las Vegas wedding venue
Be prepared for your covid-19 Vegas wedding to be a little different. Most venues considered places to elope in Vegas are already announcing that they will limit the number of guests, require attendees to wear masks, and enforce social distancing. You should also be aware that demand is high right now, so check with venues for availability before you make your plans.
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What you need to know about restaurants during Covid-19:
Be advised, most restaurants that are reopening are emphasizing social distancing by placing tables at least six feet apart. Unfortunately, it won’t be business as usual for a while. With demands already high and seating space now more limited, you will want to book as far in advance as possible. You should also prepare yourself for servers to arrive at your table wearing masks and protective gloves.
Read the contract and venue or policy closely
As you plan ahead for your wedding, be prepared to be flexible and it’s best to understand the deposits required by your wedding planning venues. If you are hiring a wedding planner, they will help you educate you on the rules. This way you will understand what is non-refundable and what is not. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has announced her intentions to reopen the city’s entertainment establishments, but that does not mean that everyone is prepared to reopen under covid-19 restrictions. New restrictions combined with what will almost certainly be high demand means that it may take you time to find availability for venues and to work through agreements that incorporate virus protocols.
Consider buying wedding insurance:
Most entertainment and wedding venues and planners require retainers or deposits that are non-refundable to hold spaces. If you have to postpone, most venues are allowing deposit credits toward future Las Vegas elopement wedding packages. It is customary for our wedding planning to also ask for a retainer. This partial up-front retainer (AKA deposit) is for planning your wedding and arranging vendors. But we also will credit your deposit toward future planning and vendor services if you find out you have to cancel and reschedule at a later date due to an emergency or re-emergence of the Covid virus later in the year. It is always the best practice to be prepared and know what you are agreeing to because this crisis may re-emerge and present similar impositions further down the road. Because there is a likelihood of a resurgence of the virus, it is highly advisable to purchase wedding insurance in case venues are forced to shut down again or you can’t find an alternate date that works.
Benefits of having wedding insurance
With COVID-19 still ongoing, couples have modified their initial plans following all the recommended precautions, and others have just opted for postponing the special day altogether for a later time. We can all agree that this has been a situation that nobody saw coming and it was nearly impossible to determine at firs how was it going to impact across the board. The restrictions are slowly starting to get lifted as things change by the day and upcoming weeks. However, this opens up the conversation regarding wedding insurance and why it is needed.
Although the global pandemic is not a covered reason, there are other scenarios that some wedding insurance companies may cover, such as inclement weather, sudden illness, withdrawal of military leave, job loss, or venue bankruptcy.
It is really important to make space in the planning process to see wedding insurance options that are within the budget from the couple and that has everything they need. Now, it could seen difficult to search and navigate this topic but you can check out this research on several wedding insurance companies including their policy options, customer service and cost.
At the end of the day, wedding insurance is great to have it and not need it than not have it and need it. Being prepare can reduce the worry of the “what if this [fill the blank] happens?”. Now, before buying a policy check with your homeowner’s insurance or credit card provider just in case you have wedding coverage with them. If there is no coverage any of those, there are two important questions to keep in mind when planning to purchase wedding insurance:
How much wedding insurance should you buy?
This question is important because it depends on what you’re looking for. Generally insurers offer different levels of coverage that can match the total wedding expenses. You will have to make an assessment of the risks first. And why is it? Because it helps to organize and choose the right coverage and make sure that you don’t fall short on coverage.
Do you need wedding insurance?
This answer to this question is straightforward. If you are concerned about booking a wedding and not knowing if the environment for travel and wedding planning is unstable, it may be worth the money to invest in wedding insurance. This is not only for your wallet but peace of mind as well.
In conclusion, being prepared will help minimize problems. When there is no protection, little things can seem larger than what they are.
The future of weddings in Las Vegas
As Las Vegas reopens, remember that it is a high traffic city, welcoming travelers from all over the world and from all walks of life. People are familiar with the popular phrase, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Well, in this case, we don’t want to “keep it in Vegas.” We ask you to please follow the best hygiene practices and we will follow suit and help keep you safe. We are hoping and praying Covid-19 leaves our glitter gulch and all places worldwide soon and our blessings go out to people everywhere to keep safe and sound during this crisis. So, if you are preparing to have a wedding in Las Vegas and think it’s the right fit for you, it’s the safest bet for all concerned to keep celebrations modest now and choose to have a Las Vegas elopement. You can always throw the big bash at a later date. However, if you decide to “tie the knot,” in Sin City, on your return, be mindful of others and self-isolate for two weeks before returning to normal life. You can call it a “honeymoon,” make yourself some quarantinis, and tell each other stories of your Sin City union.
If you don’t know what a quarantini is, this article shares 10 inventive recipes for making a Quarantini alcoholic tonic for the Covid-19 crisis.
Megan Glenn contributed toward this article for Custom Las Vegas Weddings
Megan is a freelance writer with extensive expertise in a plethora of subjects, including: home decor, business, lifestyle, and more. I’ve been writing professionally for over a decade, and have had the pleasure of working with incredible publishers over the years, including Discount Two-Way Radio.