9 Mistakes to Avoid if You Plan to Elope in Vegas

9 Mistakes to Avoid if You Plan to elope in Vegas

Say yes to the idea of an elopement in Vegas!  Many people underestimate simplicity and tie themselves with all sorts expectations. But if you’re familiar with what I’m saying, then maybe this will sound like a good option for your big day instead-especially since it’s less expensive than most weddings (and can be done quicker).

Tying the knot is usually more work than just saying yes.  It typically involves a lot of family and friends, faces familiar or less so; it can be overwhelming to elope in Vegas for your big event when you don’t know what will make everything go smoothly on such an important day!

But if you’re feeling overwhelmed with all these expectations–an elopement in Las Vegas might offer some relief from tradition-driven weddings (and expensive ceremony costs) by letting two people who love each other have their own small celebration without any fuss at all.

One: Not leaving enough time for hair and makeup

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Having a Vegas wedding doesn’t mean you get to forget about stress altogether. Planning the logistics of location, the transportation, and the coordination, all follow a strict schedule. The groom might allow himself a laid-back attitude before the wedding, but in our experience, the bride needs to allow a lot more time to have the make-up session, especially if her bridal party is also receiving services.

As a general rule, it will take approximately two hours to have hair and make-up services rendered.  So remember, it’s best to schedule your glam team at least two hours prior to the ceremony per person receiving services. This is a much-needed opportunity to be pampered, relax, drink a mimosa, and actually enjoy the preparation while savoring the moment.

In Las Vegas, the makeup artists will come to you and provide services in your hotel room. Just remember, no matter how simple you prefer your wedding, hair and makeup services will always require extra time and often more time that you planned.  If you need more advice on how much estimated time,  you are well-advised to ask your wedding planner. 

Two: Not capturing your memories in photos

There are so many options to Elope in Vegas and some ideas include photos and others don’t. But when you look back on your wedding day you might regret it if you don’t capture your wedding day memories. Having a Vegas wedding photographer can go a long way for many reasons.

  • First of all, if you are having an elopement, it will just be the two of you but in Nevada a witness is required.  The photographer will step in and be the witness for your legalities.
  • Secondly, it may be a mistake that you may regret to not have photos as a keepsake of your experience.  Think about it, choosing to have a photographer will give you amazing pictures to share with family and friends. And even better, you may choose some special photos to hang on your wall at home so you can remember your event often as you walk around your house.  You may even decide to go upscale and hire a videographer to make the experience even more cherished and capture it live for posterity. 

Be sure your photographer has a camera that will make a backup of the photos they are taking however. Mistakes can happen and photos can get lost by camera malfunctions. If the photographer is a professional, they will have cameras that provide that function. 

The ceremony itself is the focus of the entire event and capturing poses of the exchange of rings, vows and special moments is essential.  Once again, this is where the photographer will shine in capturing the special moments for you; but be sure to hire a professional photographer to record those special moments in time with the regrets of having sub-par photos. Excellent photographers will be able to provide creative shots that family members most likely will not be able to duplicate.  You will have memories etched in time to remember.

Three: Not considering the first look

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The first look is a tradition where the bride and groom see each other for the first time before a wedding takes place. In these modern times it’s sometimes done privately and many couples choose to have it done in their wedding suite or in a photo session before the elopement takes place.  But first looks also often take place during the processional when the bride walks down the aisle. 

This is a precious moment and you only have the opportunity once. Having the first look when the bride walks down the aisle can often times be a bit tricky though.  It will require great timing and logistical planning to make sure the guests and the groom don’t see the bride at all before the ceremony. 

It would be a mistake for the bride to not have separate transportation to the wedding location. It would also be a mistake to not have another additional coordinator or personal friend be on point as an assistant to time the arrival of the bride to walk in at the right moment.

For the first look, the bride needs to be seen by the groom at an inappropriate time so the expression of the both the bride and groom can be captured as they see each other for the first time on their wedding day.

Grooms get excited to see their beautiful brides dressed up to the nines and have been often known to take a peak too early.  They need to be reminded to look away, otherwise they can mistakenly look too soon and ruin the moment. 

Four: Not being prepared for the formalities

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A Vegas wedding by law requires you to obtain a wedding license. These are issued hustle-free, even to non-residents of the US, but you’ll still have to provide proof of identification. Birth certificates are not mandatory, and any type of official government photo ID will suffice. But there are also specific details you want to know about that are different in Las Vegas. Be prepared by looking ahead and making the necessary arrangements. Click here to find out what you need to know about marriage licensing to help you prepare for getting married in Vegas.

Remember, also, that holidays are a peak season, when it’s harder to find, schedule, and orchestrate a Vegas wedding with all of the details included –especially if you are doing it by yourself. For instance, in December we have a flood of cowboys come in for the yearly rodeo here.  You need to book your hotel reservations well in advance or try to avoid having the event during that time of December or your hotel rates will be sky high.  

It’s also important to be prepared for seasonal weather fluctuations.  Not knowing specifics about what you will face with the weather could put a huge damper on your event.  For instance, when the weather changes from the cold season (which doesn’t last long) to the warmer weather, we experience tremendous winds in Las Vegas.

If you want some more important tips on the times various conventions are held in Las Vegas, click the link below to visit my blog post that covers that information and provides valuable links to convention information. 

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Five: Scheduling the celebration dinner too soon

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Restaurant overlooking the Bellagio Fountains 

Though not exactly busy like New York or Los Angeles, traveling through the city of Vegas still takes longer than expected to travel from location to location. Getting from the wedding location to the wedding reception can easily become super stressful if you forget to schedule the celebration and leave enough time to account for traffic congestion and other unplanned incidents.

This is where a wedding planner will be invaluable asset to you because they create an itinerary for you to keep your event on track. When you are eloping, almost anything can happen and often the unexpected does happen which may circumvent a well-planned itinerary. In these circumstances, last-minute revisions will need to be made.

One problem I have experienced happening at events is delays with the limo or the Las Vegas wedding venue you are using. God knows what else can and will happen. If you are brave enough to plan it yourself, it’s best to leave enough room in your schedule to make last-minute improvising to keep your celebration timeline on track. It is well worth your time and money to reduce the stress of the occasion to hire a simple wedding coordinator to plan your wedding in Vegas ahead of time.

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Six: Not using the complimentary hotel concierge services

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A helping hand can easily turn what seems to be Herculean effort into a solution only one phone call away. Note that prices can vary greatly depending on which hotel you are staying, but even the small services a hotel concierge provides for free can be a lifesaver. Some of the planning assistance they may offer, depending on the hotel are some of the essential referrals you may need such as dress and tux, salon and spa services, and more. Also, use the valuable services of a concierge to help you when setting up reminders for appointments.

As you get closer to your event the stress usually becomes higher in intensity. Then it may be harder to remain as calm and coordinated as you would like to be. You may always ask the concierge service to help you with reminders and notify you about important deliveries.  We at Custom Las Vegas Weddings also offer an all-in-one day of planning service to our couples.  So whether you go with the concierge at your hotel or decide to avail yourselves of an all-in-one solution like ours, it is a service you might not want to overlook.

Seven: Not having enough limousine time

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With traffic being such a frustration, you’ll need more time to travel from one point to another. More than likely since you don’t know the city well you would be smart to leave it to a professional planning company to make a day of timeline.  A professional will be able to estimate more accurately how much time you will need for the limousine. This is an invaluable service and will help avoid the pitfalls of being late to the wedding, restaurant reservations, or shows.  But that’s one side of the coin. The other is more about having fun, enjoying Vegas for what it is, and allowing the experience of the ceremony to sink in before continuing with your special evening.

Be careful not to over-drink though. It is easy to forget about limits altogether when you are driving through Vegas, at night, experiencing the hidden rhythm with all of those lights shining. If you do happen to drink too much, however, here is a great Vegas resource for recovering from your Vegas hangover.  This company is mobile and will come to your location in Vegas.

Eight: Elopement Las Vegas Jitters – avoid partying too much and lack of sleep, dehydration

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A wedding day, complex or less so would still require lots of energy. And the magic of Vegas and the partying or gambling it offers is more alluring than any other when it comes to keeping you awake. Nothing can zap your energy more than these top three things:

  • Drinking too much:  Save the drinking for the night of or the night after the wedding.
  • Not getting enough sleep: Get the needed amount of sleep the night before the wedding and be clear the day of.
  • Not drinking enough water: Whenever you travel, you need to keep hydrated. Any travel and climate change will require more water intake.

If you want a memorable and enjoyable wedding day, take this advice – you must pay heed to these cautions. No matter what! There is always time for late-night partying after the wedding.

Nine: Not having a planner help you coordinate your wedding day

If you are in Vegas for the first time, try to make the calculations upfront, and see whether or not you’ll fare better with a Vegas wedding planner. They can handle the wedding day coordination down to detail, and even pass you discounts for coordinating vendors, saving you money in the long run, making your experience to elope in Vegas stress-free.

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If you are in Vegas for the first time, try to make the calculations upfront, and see whether or not you’ll fare better with a Vegas wedding planner. They can handle the wedding day coordination down to detail, and even pass you discounts for coordinating vendors, as well as local knowledge of the good and bad side of Vegas. The city is constantly changing and we are known as one of the largest “scam cities” in the world. Unfortunately, that title comes with most major tourism sites. Hiring a Vegas planner is like taking the hand of a friend who has lived through it all.

Your planner will give you invaluable advice to steer away from the dark side of the city and into those dazzling lights that you really came to see! For example, beware of texts or phone calls following your ceremony from the “Marriage License Bureau” requesting that you send them additional money to validate your marriage license for an additional cost! This is a recent scam that has plagued a few traveling couples. Having a planner as your ally will help in saving you money in the long run even in ways you could never think of, making your experience eloping in Vegas stress free.

Utilize our eloping in Vegas budget calculator to get an idea what you want to set for your budget.

 

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Vendors have a more relaxed experience when collaborating with wedding planners, who can provide dozens of discounts for transportation and other small perks. This saves you money in the long run while also putting your mind at ease by taking care everything from start to finish – all within an affordable price tag! A Vegas elopement planner will take what’s needed out there; they’ll make sure it falls within budget too so don’t worry about overspending on this special occasion as much because their services include extended treatment plans just like any high-end chef would do during food preparation time: making every detail count–and staying true no matter how many obstacles come along (“What could go wrong?”).

If you want to make eloping in Vegas easier, consider going through a professional elopement wedding planner. They can help you plan every detail of your special day, including finding vendors, venues, photographers, transportation, etc., They take care of the logistics too, like creating and overseeing your itinerary and making sure everything runs smoothly . Plus, they can save you money by negotiating lower rates with vendors and offering discounts to couples.

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We at Custom Las Vegas weddings love to provide our couples with scenic Vegas wedding packages or just a simple Vegas elopement experiences.

Click here to view some simple Vegas elopement wedding ideas.

 

The elopement planner you choose should let you share your vision, and offer lots of different places to elope in Vegas, as well as exciting Las Vegas elopement packages for two, including transportation, photoshoots, and logistical solutions to every step of the way. Contact Julie here to help you plan your Las Vegas wedding.

Eloping in Vegas with Custom Vegas Weddings

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!

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Photo of Julie Nourish – Elopement Wedding Planner in Las Vegas

 

What is the overall experience of working with Custom Las Vegas Weddings like?

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.

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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
Scheduling specialized décor

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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.

 

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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 provided. 

 

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How do you differ from other Las Vegas destination elopement planners in Las Vegas?

We pride ourselves on offering more creative and unique elopement services and customization. View our Las Vegas Elopement wedding packages here.

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 flexibility 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 décor 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.

Scenic outdoor wedding choices:

Red Rock Canyon Wedding
• Valley of Fire 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 Neon Museum
• Art District
• Hotel weddings
• Scenic City Helicopter

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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 finalized 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.

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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. Initially, 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.

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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.

 

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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.

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How to Make the Most of Cheap Vegas Wedding Packages

Many couples who choose to get married in Las Vegas are looking for the best deals they can get. When they start looking they realize there are many Cheap Vegas wedding packages and choices available. These package and companies are abundant in Las Vegas, but do you really want to sacrifice style and elegance for your one and only wedding by settling? Many couples want to know the cost of getting married in Las Vegas.

Most likely your budget is tight, but understandably, you don’t want to let go of those details that will make your marriage truly unique, special and memorable.  Not to say there is anything wrong with the choice of utilizing a great deal either.  After all, it serves you well to know you are receiving the best deal and are educated about the lowest cost wedding and reception venues in Las Vegas.

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Oasis Banquet Hall in Las Vegas

Look at the reviews of the company you are considering when determining who to trust when you are planning your Las Vegas event.  

Quite a few of the cheap Vegas wedding packages that you will come across and consider in your research may not have what you’re looking for. So, why not think about using a company that offers customizable services?  This idea will give you the choice to go all out for the most important aspects of your day, giving you the freedom to decide what those are for yourself. 

Can you have your cake and eat it, too? Yes.

It can be costly to get married in Vegas, especially if you’re considering a royal-style wedding in Las Vegas. (Who designed Meghan Markle’s dress again?) But you can still feel and look royal on a budget.

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Overcoming Vegas Wedding Sticker Shock

A lot of wedding couples start their search looking for wedding packages in Las Vegas. Then, they get overwhelmed. The time spent searching on Google, calling and waiting for return correspondence from all the companies is enough to feel like pulling your hair out.  A lot of people just give up. People researching getting married in Vegas are inundated with Las Vegas planning companies reaching out to them via email and voicemail.  If this describes you, perhaps the thought, “Maybe we’ll just let Elvis marry us and go to a chapel after all.” Sometimes the overwhelm leaves people feeling they can’t deal with the stress of planning it all and they settle for receiving less photos or service just so they can make a final decision and let the stress go.

Choosing the cheap Vegas wedding packages option may be the wisest choice for many due to economic concerns of the day. And you can still have an elegant and classy celebration. Those two words do go together. Consider these desert elopement ideas here as affordable alternatives to the expensive options traditionally considered. 

It’s natural to worry about how much your event will cost. The average American wedding costs over $25,000 and the average wedding in Nevada is just under that at $23,008. The dress purchase averages $1,183 in Nevada. Is there such a thing as an inexpensive wedding venue in Las Vegas?

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Don’t close your browser window just yet. Sticker shock is understandably a thing when you get a little too happy with your Vegas research. You’d much rather put that kind of money toward a house, student loans, retirement and other dreams.

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Floyd Lamb State Park in Las Vegas

Bundling in the case of choosing a package isn’t like bundling your cable, internet and phone. The price to get married in Vegas can be affordable and you don’t have to sacrifice quality and what you need and desire the most.

Budgeting for affordability

Cheap Vegas weddings packages can give you the most bang for your buck. You should prioritize what you want most for your wedding. Start with making a list, but don’t immediately disregard an idea because you assume the idea will cost too much.

Venues can be one of the most costly aspects of planning, but imagine your event at a national park with the beautiful colors of the desert. Affordable and beautiful? Check. The same goes for your photos, flowers, reception and stay.

There are cheap places to get married in Las Vegas, like wedding chapels for instance, but if you want a more elegant and unique choice for your experience in Las Vegas you will benefit from the guidance of a Las Vegas event planner who will show you the way to have an elegant wedding without the high price.

Do you have to settle for less?

No, you don’t have to settle for a cookie cutter wedding package.  The first thing you need to do is figure out what your budget is. How much do you have to spend and what is most important for you to spend it on? 

To have an exceptional experience on a budget and figure out what your Las Vegas event budget really is read this article.  It will guide you to determine what you consider most essential.  

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A professional Las Vegas wedding coordinator can help you budget your event.  Here are some ideas below you may consider to get started planing your ceremony in Las Vegas without breaking your budget:

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There are wedding event companies in Las Vegas that do allow you to customize your wedding experience.  These companies will help you find the lowest cost event and reception venues there are to find. Let’s go back to that desert scene. Many couples are drawn to Red Rock for their destination wedding. Flowers can be customized based on native plants or your favorites in the form of fresh flowers or a silk bouquet. If you’ve been planning the bouquet to match your dress since the age of six, you don’t have to give that dream up.

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Red Rock Canyon outdoor wedding location for a simple wedding wedding in Las Vegas

You don’t have to sacrifice that childhood dream. Have the ceremony right as the sun is about to set, and take photos along a scenic drive one of Las Vegas’ scenic parks. This is a great idea if you are looking for a Las Vegas wedding venue for a small occasion. Imagine those beautiful dusky orange and red hues of beautiful Red Rock canyon for instance, as a backdrop against something borrowed and blue. Red Rock is the perfect location to experience a Las Vegas desert elopement wedding. Those are just a few examples of how you can customize your experience.

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Being able to customize your experience is not the standard experience many couples find when they start searching in our city. Many chapel weddings will not allow customization of wedding packages.  They force  you to stick to the packages they offer, which is more of a cookie cutter approach. You may not want to settle for that experience if it means you are losing out on the greatest experience possible for your dream wedding.  You might prefer to have your vintage wedding experience in Las Vegas, for instance. 

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Nelson Ghost Town wedding location

The cost of getting married in Las Vegas can give you sticker shock at first. It’s like relying on Dr. Google to diagnose what’s probably the common cold. But your wedding should be anything but common, and it shouldn’t cost you your dreams. It doesn’t have to, either — whether that means choosing a cheap Vegas wedding package or going with a company offering customizable wedding services.

Yes, you can have your wedding cake and eat it, too. You can prioritize the items you’ve been dreaming about while maintaining your wedding budget. All you need is a little help to get you there.

Custom Las Vegas Weddings has an important update if you are getting married in Las Vegas pertaining to the current Covid-19 pandemic. Click the image below to read over the latest news.

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If you still want to get married in Las Vegas and need help getting over sticker shock, Reach out to Custom Las Vegas Weddings.  Let us reassure you and help you strategize your dream wedding.

 

 

11 Valuable Tips for Eloping in Las Vegas

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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 elope to Las Vegas. 

1. How to Elope to Las Vegas 

Even though choosing to Eloping in 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 in Las Vegas is the no-guilt, stress-free solution

You don’t have to feel Vegas 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 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 not as much planning to elope to Las Vegas than if you were to have a wedding with many guests and a large reception but you will still have important things on your to do list. The one most essential 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 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.

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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.

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.  

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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 elopement

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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.

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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 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.

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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Custom Las Vegas Weddings has been named a top winner for elopement planning services since 2009 via WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®

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Simply Amazing!   6-11-2020  5.0

Julie is so AWESOME! She coordinated everything so BEAUTIFULLY in less then 2 weeks simply AMAZING! Our original plans were to fly out to California to visit family, but we ended up incorporating Los Vegas to get married since we were so close to that area. I searched online for different places to get married in Vegas and came across Julie’s information and read the reviews and knew at that moment I wanted Julie to coordinate our wedding. I called and after we talked the rest was HISTORY! Julie made our wedding so very SPECIAL! She is very professional, organized, and inexpensive, we LOVED everything!  The option of our vows, professional photographer Jack and the BEAUTIFUL photos he took, the florist and limo driver! .Julie made planning our wedding STRESS FREE that was PRICELESS!  You are the best Julie!/ You will come highly recommended to any of our friends or family members wanting to get married in Vegas! Thank you again Julie!

 

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When my husband and I decided to get married in Las Vegas, one of the main things we wanted to do was a photo shoot at The Neon Museum. I had no clue how to go about this being in PA and there were a lot of things needed such as permits and such. After some google searches I found Custom Las Vegas Weddings. I reached out and Julie made this dream possible! She made it so easy for us and was always in contact and extremely professional! I’m so so thankful for her and all the work she did to make this possible! We got our pictures back so fast as well, they are stunning, and our photographer was just amazing!! This was seriously a dream come true thanks to Custom Las Vegas Weddings, Julie, and Jack! Thank you all!

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Weddings are one among the most important and significant events in a person’s life. Typically weddings are not a piece of cake when it comes to the planning process.

Many wedding couples opt to have the traditional full blown wedding but it’s becoming a popular trend to downsize the wedding in many ways. Custom Las Vegas Weddings has created a large variety of Las Vegas elopement packages and wedding planning services. Many couples want to elope in Las Vegas or have a mid-size wedding that doesn’t break the bank. This company is a premier Las Vegas wedding planner serving couples from all over the world.

The preconfigured wedding packages on Custom Las Vegas Weddings website showcase a variety of customizable options. Customers may look over the packages and customize services based on their needs. The Las Vegas elopement packages are tailored to make them the most unique experiences. 

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The company has collaborated not only with the most professional vendors but also the most trendy Las Vegas Strip wedding venues and outdoor scenic wedding venues. They also will create one-of-a-kind elopement packages for the many outdoor Las Vegas wedding venues here in Vegas to include romantic and upscale styled photo sessions to accompany the experience. These experiences create amazing photo keepsake memories which you will treasure and hold close to your heart forever.

The customized services will make your wedding day stress free and easy to plan from a distance as your services are planned with care and attention to detail.

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These services are supplemented with modern choices for flower planning and decoration, tux and dress planning, makeup and hair planning and specialized limousine services to customize your wedding experience. We also will make restaurant reservations and recommendations for you.

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These are Las Vegas elopement a la carte services:

Custom Las Vegas Weddings provides destination wedding couples customized elopement services without the large price tag. 

Contact the company here to discuss your vision and trust us to provide excellent, caring service.

With over 140 positive reviews to our credit we have your needs covered.

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