Gerry and Brenda met in June of 2014 and began dating and it blossomed into something special. They never gave up hope that they would find that special someone who would the their perfect fit. They came in to the marriage with grown children but their families blended beautifully and even add a 9 month year old miniature golden doodle (Zoey) that has been a joy for all family members.
When I asked them what they liked the most about their relationship they had a lot to say. They started off saying they look forward to sharing each day and experience together. They expressed they now have a best friend to share life experiences with. They also look forward to retiring together and growing as a couple while experiencing the many opportunities for world together (travel to Europe, beach vacations, etc). Best of all sharing laughter and the ability to make the other one smile is something they both value and appreciate in one another. They have no problem laughing at or with each other.
Photo at the Red Rock desert amphitheater location
Gerry and Brenda decided to have their Red Rock wedding at the amphitheater location at Red Rock Canyon visitors center. This is a beautiful setting for any planned elopement or large wedding party looking for a desert wedding in Las Vegas.
Julie at Custom Las Vegas Weddings planned Gerry and Brenda’s Red Rock weddings elopement package. They decided to customize the basic package and include extra services. Their desert elopement wedding included planned transportation, ceremony, photos, flower planning, and a video to capture the moment for a lifetime of memories.
On the day of their wedding the weather was a beautiful 80 degrees at Red Rock Canyon. After the ceremony they walked in to the desert and took romantic wedding photos on the desert pathways. They had a fabulous time exploring the desert around the visitors center overlooking the scenic drive exchanging, romantic kisses and interchanges.
The ceremony begins.
Gerry seals his promise by giving Brenda her wedding ring.
It’s Brenda’s turn to give Gerry his promise and ring.
Gerry and Brenda seal their vows with a kiss.
Here the bride and groom enjoy the intimate moment when they make it official.
They brought along silly glasses to celebrate the occasion with some light fun.
Here the wedding couple poses with the beauty of the desert with the Red Rocks behind them.
Happy newlyweds planned spelling out LOVE with their hands. Creative!
We had to showcase Gerry and Brenda’s fun and comfortable choices of shoes.
Red Rock weddings are very popular and trendy now. The reasons for this lie in the stunning natural beauty of Red Rock Canyon mountain ranges and terrain. A lot of wedding couples don’t know this but this is reserved as a federal park and is overseen by the Bureau of Land Management. The BLM only allows a small amount of permit holders to hold weddings at Red Rock. In fact, there are only 3 locations the BLM will allow wedding ceremonies to take place. They are the overlook, the amphitheater and Ash Springs.
Photo of the tiered seating at the amphitheater by the visitors center at Red Rock Canyon
About this ceremony location: This wedding experience showcases a wedding at the amphitheater of the Visitors Center which is located directly behind the Visitors center. The visitor center features interpretation of cultural history of the area and information about the habitat. The center has exhibits and a gift and book shop.
How about seating? This is the only location the BLM allows as many as 200 guests. This is also the only location that has or allows seating at Red Rock canyon wedding sites. The amphitheater has tiered concrete seating for wedding guests to sit.
Need to know information about the amphitheater location
Are decorations allowed? The BLM stipulates permit holders and their customers are not allowed to engage in throwing bird seed or confetti at wedding ceremonies. They also do not allow natural decorations to be placed in the desert as it may affect the natural habitat of the species that inhabit the area. They do allow carefully placed artificial minimal decorations if they are all removed after the ceremony. The BLM are guardians for the natural habitat at the park and consider it a serious violation to break the rules or engage in picking up or interacting with the desert tortoise, which is protected now under the endangered species laws. There is a $500 fine if this rule is not abided by.
Photo by Matthew Seeman
About the scenic drive: The amphitheater ceremony location is located inside the guard gate entrance for the scenic drive. Red Rock Canyon scenic drive is a one-way 13 -mile drive with a 35 MPH enforced speed limit by park rangers. The BLM does allow wedding customers to enter the scenic drive with the photographer after the ceremony is done but it has to stipulated on the wedding permit by the wedding planner. The wedding permit covers the entrance fee for all guests to go on the scenic drive. The scenic drive is the place where you will get the most unique and beautiful wedding photos. To choose this option you may drive yourselves to Red Rock canyon and have the ceremony there and then move on to the scenic drive with the photographer. This will allow more flexibility for you and will be a cheaper option if you are on a tight budget. Otherwise, if you plan to use a limousine service and want to include the scenic drive for photos you need to reserve the limousine for at least 4 hours of time. Limousines will require a minimum vehicle booking of 4 hours to travel and take in the ceremony and the scenic drive. This is due to the fact that it will take 45 minutes just to drive around the scenic drive as it is a one way drive. This does not include stopping and walking to get photos, which lengthens the time spent on the scenic drive.
Guest limits for the amphitheater location: 200 guests are allowed. The maximum number of vehicles for wedding couple and guests is 20 and limo buses count as 2 vehicles.
Times change for availability based on the season. Here are the seasonal hours for amphitheater weddings. The amphitheater closes at 4 pm therefore weddings need to be done by 4 pm and scheduled at the latest for with a 2 hour permit from 2-4 pm. This means sunset weddings will not be possible for this location during spring and summer up until fall when the sun sets earlier in the sky.
Nov – Feb – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM March – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Apr – Sep – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Oct – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
This package showcases an example of a Red Rock wedding package that incorporates the scenic drive into the experience. However, Custom Las Vegas Weddings also provides other options starting with basic elopement services.
If you are having a desert wedding in Vegas, here are preparation tips to avoid problems
For couples who want to manage a limited number of guests but still keep their weddings in style, Las Vegas desert elopements provide the perfect and popular option to tie the knot for destination couples traveling to Vegas. This article outlines some essential things to bring and get reminded of to have your perfect desert wedding elopement in Vegas.
1. Prepare for a jet lag
If you are flying from other countries, a desert wedding in Vegas can be exhausting. Being jet lagged can negatively impact your wedding. It may ruin the moment you have been waiting for so long. You may not be able to avoid jet lag though. People traveling from England or Australia for instance are awake more than 24 hours to travel here. But one way to minimize the effects of jet-lag and recover more quickly is to bring melatonin supplements along and use them every day up until the wedding. Take them at least an hour before falling to sleep and make sure you allow plenty of time to sleep them off to avoid that feeling of grogginess on your wedding day. Melatonin resets your body clock but it does take a couple days to do that.
When my clients visit Las Vegas they often travel from a distance or live in climates that are less extreme. The climate in Vegas is very dry and if you are traveling here take this fact in to account and be sure to prepare to drink more water while you are here. Take extra care on your wedding day to drink more water. As a Las Vegas desert wedding planner I will make sure your limousine company supplies basic water but it’s a good idea to bring more to keep you from being dehydrated. If you don’t have a limousine you need to take even more care to bring extra water along and a small cooler or bottle wrap to keep it cold and avoid having it turn out to be like tea water.
3. Bring sunscreen
Wear sunscreen to protect your skin from getting sunburned on your special day. Sunscreen comes in so many great options now and can even be tinted or laced with glitter to give you the extra color and glow to your skin. You wouldn’t’ want to experience a sunburn on your honeymoon night. Being in the desert sun for more than 10 minutes can leave a mark that stings and may cause you hot flashes and discomfort for days. Use a sunscreen factor of at least 30 to protect you and bring it along in your bag of essentials to apply it again if needed. You may also opt to bring a moisturizer to keep that glow on your skin.
Umbrellas are surprisingly a great protection from the hot desert sun. It’s like having instant shade, which is a commodity in the desert, believe me! I think my clients have underestimated how hot the sun is and how much like a blow dryer the wind can be in Las Vegas. It’s scorching hot. When you live in a colder climate and have never experienced the Vegas desert heat, you may not realize how hot it really does get, so take my advice and be prepared. I have taken the care and effort to acquire 2 white umbrellas for the bride groom when I am their planner but you may caution your guests they might want to get an umbrella if they are attending your desert marriage ceremony and sitting or standing in the hot desert sun for any long period of time.
Calculating distances between resorts is difficult in Vegas and is deceiving. Wearing comfortable shoes is highly suggested while you are visiting but when it comes to your special day it’s even more important to be prepared. The desert is full of dusty sand that is very fine and works it’s way in to your shoes. So when you are walking from the limousine to the place you are getting married in the desert, you will most likely get sand in your shoes. It’s a given. As a standard, most of the desert locations we have ceremonies are at least 20 feet or more and in some cases as much as a quarter of a mile away from the vehicle. You may also opt to walk up on the rocks like when you are getting married at Red Rock Canyon, the Valley of Fire or the Grand Canyon or Nelson Ghost Town. This also applies to getting married at Lake Mead or any location that is in a desert setting. One way to avoid having tired feet but also keeping safe and not tripping over rocks or getting sand and pebbles in your high heel shoes is to bring along flat shoes that are easy to walk in. Once you are at your destination and have walked from point A to point B then you can take your beautiful high heel shoes out of your carry bag and voila, you are all set and looking classy and clean. Also, consider this tactic when you plan to have an celebration after the ceremony so you may dance during the reception and not suffer with uncomfortable shoes. So, to recap, comfortable shoes are certainly a must!
6. Bring hand wipes
This is an underestimated item to have in your bag of essentials for your occasion. Your hands will most likely also get sticky and dirty from the too much sweat your body. Also, while you are standing in the desert sun or hiking to the destination of your ceremony in the desert dirt and sand sticks to you. Make sure to clean them so you have nice dry and clean hands to hold the hand of your partner in style. It’s also handy to have the wipes to clean off the items you may bring that also will get dirty as you walk through the desert. Consider using it to wipe away and sweat or tears on your face as well or adjust any runny makeup, heaven forbid that will happen. I think this item is an essential one to ensure you don’t get as dirty during your desert wedding in Vegas.
7. Bring lip balm
Too much heat or cold can get brutal in the desert. Don’t let your lips get dry during your wedding kiss! Consider getting lip balm that has tint in it to give you that shine on your lips that is more upscale than regular lip balm. There is even lip stick that has an SPF factor formulated in to it that will work just as well as lip balm. This is one item you may need to bring for your partner. More than likely your partner may forget to do this for themselves so do this as a gift to them to show you care. For brides, you may also want to bring more beauty kits, such as a concealer stick, water-resistant mascara for your tear-jerking wedding vows, and a makeup remover.
8. Multi-layer clothing
Vegas is a place where the desert heat can get as high as 120 degrees. It’s not typically quite that hot unless you go to Death Valley but it certainly is common to get to 110-115 degrees. One element most people may not realize if they don’t live in the desert is you will be moving from the hot desert to the air-conditioning units of your hotel or limousine frequently. This also applies to the cold weather situations. The wind in Las Vegas sees the extremes of both hot and cold. With the temperature variance, you can be hot one moment and freezing the next. One way to deal with this situation well is to be prepared and bring extra clothes and multi-layer. That way when you step from one climate condition to another you can adapt easily and be more comfortable. You may see the natives of Las Vegas actually wearing long sleeves and wonder why. It’s because wearing long sleeves makes them sweat and the water makes their skin cooler. I’m not saying it’s good to sweat on the day of your event but it will help to add an extra layer of protection from the sun as well.
9. Bring sunglasses
The sun is always shining bright in a desert. This is true whether it is summer or winter, although the sun is less severely bright in the winter and spring. Nonetheless, it’s a great idea to protect your eyes with a pair of sunglasses that have a good rating for sun protection. Sunglasses also make a remarkable wedding souvenir. Of course Las Vegas is full of souvenir shops everywhere you look. So, you can get a classy pair or a cheesy pair of souvenir glasses to remember your experience. Consider giving sunglasses as a wedding favor to your guests with your names on them so that your guests will get protected from the sun as well.
10. Bring snacks
Weddings in the desert may take a lot of your time. Because of this fact you may want to consider bringing along a simple and easy snack to ward off the hunger pains and give you more energy for your event. It also helps to keep your guests happy and more comfortable. When thinking about what you will bring realize limousines may charge you if you make a mess. Many limousine companies actually may charge as much as $250 or more in a security cleaning fee if you plan to bring snacks and eat them in the vehicle. One way to avoid this is to bring along the snacks in a carry bag and distribute them to your guests outside the vehicle. That way you won’t have to pay the security cleaning fee and everyone will be comfortable and not hungry. By bring prepared and bringing simple snacks like plastic wrapped crackers or health bars, trail mix or something similar, your desert wedding in Vegas will be a more lively and enthusiastic event everyone will always remember they enjoyed.
Las Vegas is becoming today’s most chosen desert destination wedding experience. Why wouldn’t it be? Couples have been getting married in almost the same venues and styles that have more expensive price tags. No wonder, a desert wedding as unique yet affordable as the outdoor desert wedding is capturing the attention of many couples right now.
In this era of social media, you might think that you have already seen almost all kind of grandiose traditional weddings out there. For some couples who want to take a refresher from all the usual, experiencing a Las Vegas desert elopement is definitely a must-try!
1. Nelson Ghost Town Desert Wedding
Nelson Ghost Town – Photo at Crashed Airplane
The quaint, vintage Nelson Ghost Town sits near a previously known gold mine. With its abandoned buildings, antiques, old vehicles, and a desert landscape, this looks like a place straight out of a film set. This iconic location is near Las Vegas and is still utilized as a backdrop for films and commercials. The variety of props, trucks and old memorabilia makes it a fantastic option for a rustic vintage desert wedding setting near Las Vegas that is perfect for wedding ceremonies.
This is one of the upscale resorts in the elegant Aston Montelago Village, which is located at the romantic Lake Las Vegas. Its cobblestone streets, historic-looking buildings, fountains, and a gorgeous view of the lake. Choosing this venue and pairing it with an in suite wedding or booking one of their gazebos or private areas are options to consider. We would pair the ceremony with breathtaking photo book memories of the experience in this Mediterranean style resort setting. It will bring an Italian vibe to your Las Vegas desert wedding experience.
To view wedding photos we have taken for our previous clients and view the beauty of the hidden jewel, Lake Las Vegas. To view spectacular photos of a desert weddings near Vegas click here.
3. Red Rock Canyon Desert Wedding
Photo at Red Rock Canyon Overlook
Red Rock Canyon is named as a National Conservation Area by the Federal Government. The Bureau of Land Management governs the park and administers permits for wedding ceremonies. It’s a perfect and very popular location if you want to experience a Las Vegas desert elopement. Its mountain ranges are part of the Mojave Desert and its geological features were formed by the Keystone Thrust Fault.
On top of that, its 13-mile scenic drive with breathtaking panoramic views is one of the reasons why many couples choose this unique wedding venue in Las Vegas. Many wedding couples will combine a wedding ceremony at Red Rock Canyon with a scenic drive photo tour or other areas near to capture the romance of your day and experience an elopement in the Las Vegas desert.
4. Ash Springs Desert Wedding
Ash Springs at Red Rock Canyon
Ash Springs is part of the Red Rock Canyon. It’s a bit more secluded in this area of Red Rock Canyon but it is one of the three areas approved by the Bureau of Land Management to have a wedding at Red Rock Canyon. This area will require you and your guest to take a hike for at least 15 minutes one way to reach the romantic tree where most ceremonies are done. There are many other nice spots to have a ceremony there as well.
The romantic view at the top is worth the hike after all. However, the weather can be unpredictable. My clients often ask me if there a is a plan B in the event of inclement weather. Any time you have an outdoor desert wedding you take a gamble, but this is Vegas, so to hedge your bets you want to pick a great season to have the wedding for starters.
Read this article to learn more about preparing for the weather for a Red Rock wedding. This article will give you essential tips you need to know which will help guide you to make a decision on the right month to prepare for a Red Rock Canyon desert wedding.
For those who think of getting married here during spring, Ash Springs would be the perfect choice. Red Rock Canyon may still get windy, though, in springtime. During this season, an air conversion happens and increases the wind to the Las Vegas valley and its surrounding areas. Ash Springs is a place where everyone can be protected from the wind, making it an ideal venue for your wedding.
If you are looking for cheap outdoor wedding venues in Las Vegas, the typical, old Western style of Spring Mountain Ranch is the answer for you. The natural beauty of this scenic historical park has made it an outdoor desert wedding venue choice for many couples. This Ranch had several illustrious owners owners ranging from Chester Lauck of the comedy team “Lum & Abner,” German actress Vera Krupp and millionaire Howard Hughes. It was awarded the designation of state park in 1973 and became a part of the Vegas historic district in 1976.
A desert wedding at Lake Mead in Nevada would be better if it’s paired with a scenic photo tour at Lake Las Vegas. Lake Mead and Lake Las Vegas are two different lakes however both have spectacular scenic views. If you are the more adventurous type of couple, a helicopter ride overlooking the panoramic views of Hoover Dam is also highly suggested. The breathtaking colors of pastel blues, browns, yellows and greens of this favored destination will surely make your wedding even more dramatic and dreamy. We know of a magical place to go where we have a spectacular scenic view of the Lake Mead recreation area.
Let us customize a package for you at this little known desert wedding location in Las Vegas.
7. Valley of Fire Helicopter Desert Wedding
Valley of Fire Desert Elopement Photo
The Valley of Fire state park is one of the most spectacular places to consider having a Las Vegas desert elopement wedding. Flying over a desert of reds and pastel blues, nature, and sunset feels like the two of you are in heaven. The Valley of Fire Helicopter Wedding includes:
· Overlooking breathtaking scenic views · Flying over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and extinct volcanoes · Sunset view of the Land at Valley of Fire State Park for Champagne · Flying over the illuminated lights of the Las Vegas strip during sunset
8. Grand Canyon Helicopter Desert Wedding
Grand Canyon Desert Elopement Photo
The Grand Canyon is located in Arizona, cutting across the Grand Canyon National Park. It is carved out by the Colorado River and is nearly 1,500 meters deep. Its geological history of over 2 billion years ago can be retraced on its strata. Pairing this kind of experience with the Valley of Fire is a one of a kind desert wedding idea. It is about a half hour helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon which and is actually located in Arizona. Even though the wedding ceremony takes place in Arizona you are legally pronounced married in Nevada. You will also get to enjoy spectacular views of the Las Vegas city skyline.
· Sightseeing the scenic views of the entire Grand Canyon · Flying over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and extinct volcanoes · Enjoying a romantic picnic lunch, cake, and champagne toast · A stunning return flight over the Mojave Desert · Flying over the illuminated lights of the Las Vegas strip during sunset
9. Mount Charleston Log Cabin Wedding
Mount Charleston is a haven of invigorating mountain air, ice-cold springs, and acres of noble evergreen forests. Its rugged mountain scenery extends across the crest of the Spring Mountains. It also boasts of towering crags, deep and wide canyons, narrow slot canyons, and steep hillsides.
The cabin is a great option if it’s cold outside. It is private and rustic, with great balcony views of mountain scenery. A well-planned customized outdoor desert wedding at Mount Charleston amidst the cool pine trees in this natural romantic setting would be also a great experience. Whether it’s a low cost wedding for two or even for a small group of people, we have a huge selection of great reception venues that can cater to your needs.
What Type of Wedding You Must Have
Weddings do not have to be luxurious. Most importantly, no one should dictate you on what type of wedding you must have. Whether it’s a traditional or a unique desert wedding, the thing that happens after it is what really matters–the start of a new beginning with the love of your life.