Tying the knot usually takes far more work than just saying yes. Usually, it involves a lot of family and friends, faces familiar and less so, and a logistical behemoth which takes months to put together. If you plan to get married in Vegas and dread the thought of a large ceremony, spending a fortune, and moonlighting through your special day, you might want to elope in Vegas as an alternate consideration.
People routinely underestimate the beauty of simplicity and tie themselves with all kinds of social expectations. If you are familiar with what I’m saying, and understand the burlesque of an expensive ceremony all too intimately, this article might come handy rather soon.
And regardless of whether or not you’ve made up your mind about eloping in Vegas, some things you do have to be reminded of. We’ve seen far too many people going over the same mistakes time and again, so our goal is to pave the road even more and give you valuable advice to elope to Vegas. Here is where you should pay attention.
One: Not leaving enough time for hair and makeup
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 a bride should know better. No matter how simple you prefer your wedding, hair and makeup will always require extra time.
Do remember, therefore, to schedule your glam team at least two hours prior to the ceremony. That way you can relax, drink a mimosa, and actually enjoy the preparation while savoring the moment.
Two: Not capturing your memories in photos
There are so many options for the Vegas Wedding experience 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. Hiring a Vegas wedding photographer can go a long way, since you’ll have amazing pictures to show, and even a video of the ceremony to stream online.
Extremely popular, nowadays, is the Las Vegas wedding photo tour as an option to elope in Vegas and also capture memories for a lifetime. Why not add on more limousine time and include a scenic wedding photo tour? This can be planned for you affordably and include an unforgettable scenic trip to places you don’t normally get to see when you are typical tourist in Las Vegas. This can all be easily planned and coordinated for you by a professional Las Vegas wedding planner.
Three: Not considering the first look
The ceremony itself can offer a degree of distraction, which though easy to handle is enough to prevent a creative and memorable photo session. A first look, therefore, which is a reunion between the bride and groom hours before the ceremony, is ideal for capturing those memories.
You can arrange a creative Las Vegas wedding photo tour, and savor the moment without having to rush and panic.
Four: Not being prepared for the formalities
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 a 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.
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.
Five: Scheduling the celebration dinner too soon
Though not exactly busy like New York or Los Angeles, it still takes longer than expected to travel from location to location in Vegas. Getting from the wedding location to the wedding reception can easily become super stressful if you forget to schedule the celebration at least one hour later.
During a wedding, almost anything can happen and often does. You might want to take more pictures, there might be a delay with the limo or the Las Vegas wedding venue you are using … or God knows what else. Leave enough room, therefore, to get to your celebration on time. 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.
Six: Not using the complimentary hotel concierge services
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 small services can be a life saver. Think in the lines of planning assistance, dress and tux assistance, referral for cake and flowers…
Also, do not rely on yourself when setting up reminders. It’s harder to remain calm and coordinated with your special day getting closer. You can 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
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 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.
Eight: Elope in Vegas Jitters – avoid partying too much and lack of sleep, dehydration
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 up front, 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.
Vendors have an easier time collaborating with wedding planners, arranging dozens of discounts for transportation, flowers, or a garden variety of small perks and time savers. This will take the burden off your shoulder and help you relax and save money in the long run.
A Vegas wedding planner can help you plan to elope in Vegas or plan whatever you have in mind within a reasonable budget. They will take your wedding event and provide it with the extended treatment it deserves and it won’t cost a fortune to use their services if you choose the right company.
Be specific about what you want and don’t want with your wedding planning assistant. Share your preferences with your planner. They know how to plan a simple Vegas wedding.
We at Custom Las Vegas weddings love to provide our couples with scenic Vegas wedding packages, Vegas strip elopement photo tour wedding packages or just simple Vegas elopement package at your resort.
The wedding 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, photo shoots and logistical solutions to every step of the way.
Need to know tips to help you choose the date and accommodations for your wedding in Las Vegas
Selecting your accommodations
Of course, this is the first step you want to do when considering having your wedding in Las Vegas. When you prepare to choose both your date and accommodations there are important factors to consider you may not have thought of.
As a local vendor here in Las Vegas, this is information you need to know from a locals perspective.
Questions to determine when deciding on your expectation for accommodations: Decide what is important to you when you are choosing your hotel accommodations.
Do you want to splurge and be pampered when you stay in Las Vegas?
Does it matter if there is a concierge service to help you with the small details you might need to know about Las Vegas?
Do you want to be centrally located in the newer more modern section of Las Vegas or would you prefer the Vintage Las Vegas?
Will you be using the accommodations for double for having your wedding ceremony? If so, size of the room may matter and you would be better off booking a suite.
How far is the hotel from the other properties you want to visit while here? Is your hotel within walking distance to your planned outings?
Do you only want the bare minimums and are just looking for a deal? In this case you would want to choose an internet deal on your room. This appeals to those people who don’t plan to spend much time in their room.
Don’t let it overwhelm you: My advice is, don’t let it overwhelm you. When you start calling and researching hotel accommodations consider this, you are on vacation and you need to think it through before you call and be on the same page with your spouse as to your expectations for your stay here in Las Vegas.
Budget hotels in Las Vegas: If you want to have an elegant experience and not spend a fortune, you may want toread this article from Trip Advisor which gives an overview of budget accommodations in Las Vegas.
Hotel Suite:When you procure a hotel suite you may arrange the furniture in such a way to clear a space to stand for your ceremony. A lot of hotel suites have balconies to offer a view of the strip as well. You will save money if you have all your services in one location. It provides many benefits and savings to you.
Pool or Cabana:Your resort may also let you have your wedding ceremony by their pool area. Some couples rent a cabana if their wedding guest count is small. This keeps it intimate and private. Most of the smaller or off strip hotels might allow you to use the pool area. Sometimes timeshares will let you rent a suite and also let you use their pool area.
Your guests don’t have to travel and you save transportation costs
You can get ready and have your hair and makeup done in your room or in a spa at the hotel
Your photos may be done in the room and after photos around the hotel property or choose to go on a city photo tour for a fun alternative.
Tip: If you are eloping during a holiday, you may want to consider staying off of the Las Vegas strip at one of the local hotel resorts. There are many nice resorts off the strip but still close enough to visit. Often these hotels have lower pricing and amenities.
The Resort Choices: Off or on Las Vegas Boulevard
Hotels off the Vegas Strip: This may be a great choice for you if you want to avoid the traffic and limitations you may encounter in the heart of the city. There are some great local hotels that might suit you well if you are having a scenic wedding in Las Vegas. For instance, if you are getting married at Red Rock Canyon you might want to stay close at the Red Rock Casino. This casino is a local favorite nestled in the upscale area of Summerlin Las Vegas. The hotel is luxurious, boasting an excellent pool, spa and concierge services and is close to Red Rock Canyon. Is it also close to much shopping in the Summerlin area.
The Orleans Hotel, Gold Coast, Rio Hotel and the Palms Hotel are a few of the hotels you may consider which are just down the road from the Vegas Strip but closer to the off strip amenities you might need while visiting. There is benefit to not playing the part of the captured tourist staying on the main part of the Vegas Strip. These hotels are still very close to the heart of activity but because they are not in the heart of the busy areas, there are benefits. First, you are close to convenience stores and restaurants that will provide cheaper alternatives for food. These hotels all have very nice properties and amenities you might want to consider for your wedding ceremony.
On the Strip:If you still want to stay in the heart of the strip, and these hotels can double for a place to have your wedding ceremony if you don’t have a large guest count. Some of the suites do accommodate and give enough standing room for visiting guests there for a wedding ceremony.
The Polo Towers is an affordable and great option to consider. I have performed ceremonies there at the pool area. It’s a nice option to consider.
The Cosmopolitan Hotel (this link shows a video) has a beautiful wrap around suites overlooking the Bellagio Fountains and Paris Eiffel Tower resort.
The Aria Hotel: Their suites can accommodate a good size guest count and provide indoor views of the Vegas Strip as a backdrop for your nuptials.
MGM Sky-loft Suites has great balconies that fit a large crowd of guests.
The Mirage Hotel has a tropical atmosphere and beautiful landscaping with waterfalls and palm trees. It also has a habitat for animals and dolphin shows.
The Mandalay Bay also has a tropical atmosphere and boasts a beach with a wave pool and beach parties during the summer as well as a shark habitat.
The Luxor Hotel is a very unusual property that is a pyramid and it’s located on the Southern end of the strip across from Mandalay Bay and both are near the Las Vegas Sign.
Here is an article you might want to read which showcases what they consider to be the Best 15 hotels in Las Vegas. These hotels tend to be the more expensive choices but most people will want to splurge a little when it comes to their accommodations if they are getting married in Las Vegas. During your time here in Vegas you might want to get pampered and these hotels are sure to meet that expectation for you.
Guidance to choose your wedding date
Nothing is more crucial than picking out a wedding date. It is essential for planning to book your vendors. Most vendors need at least a couple weeks’ notice. If is even better to give notice of a month or more.
Photo taken from balcony at MGM Sky Loft Suites
Consider the season : You need to know, there are busy and slow times in Las Vegas that can affect your wedding plans. Be in the know about the busy and slow seasons.
Busy Seasons: The busiest times of the year are when holidays fall on a weekend. Try to avoid these times and the busy holidays. Hotel Costs rise due to supply and demand issues.
Valentine’s Day – this is a popular time for weddings, book well in advance and gets advice from a planner.
4th of July – It’s not as busy as New Year’s Eve but still more costly to book a hotel this time of year.
Memorial Day – Since it always takes place on a long weekend there are always droves of people and higher rates for everything.
Labor Day – The same circumstances as Memorial Day. Be cautious when booking.
New Year’s Eve – Las Vegas Boulevard is shut down to traffic from 5:30 to around 1 pm New Year’s Eve.
Major convention seasons dates are busy times of year:
Check the Las Vegas Convention Victors Authorities website ( http://www.lvcva.com/) to see if your chosen wedding date might be a busy time of year for travel and booking a hotel. The conventions listed below are some of the busiest times but there are also other conventions so be sure to check before booking dates.
CES – Consumer Electronics Show takes place from January 5th through the 8th. Approximately 130,000 attendees descend on Vegas
AVN – Adult Entertainment Convention – January 18th – 21st. Approximately 25,000 people attend.
March Madness: the dates are March 14 – 19th. This is the time sports fans travel to Vegas to celebrate and bet on events.
Rodeo Finals in December – Weekends of December 7th – 9th and 14th – 16th. Choose the weekday for your wedding and avoid the business or the last weekdays of December before New Year’s Eve.
Slow Seasons: Consider the slow season for your wedding:
There are several very slow seasons in Las Vegas. Each period of slower activity is due to various differing reasons. Consider the following facts and decide if it’s worth it to plan to have your wedding in a slower season.
The weekdays before Christmas are slow. Not many people want to travel this time of year for a wedding. They are typically home for the holidays. Travel during the holidays may not be as pleasant but it is a very good time to get married in Vegas. You do want to consider, however, a lot of shows go dark during these holidays. Some restaurants also close down during this time. It is recommended you do your research and decide what is important to you first before you decide.
The first few weekdays after New Year’s holiday: This is a slow time which may be of benefit to you. You are more likely to find better hotel deals this time of year. This may be a great deal if you decide to have your wedding ceremony and celebration in the hotel suite. Your hotel might also be more willing to upgrade your room as well if they know you are celebrating a wedding.
The weekdays in July and August: These times tend to be less busy because of the heat here in Vegas. Nonetheless, this is summer and people often have time off then. You will most likely get summer hotel and travel deals at this time. Vendors typically are more available at this time as well.
A slow gap in December: In between the end of the Rodeo Finals and a few days before New Year’s Eve in December are slow times and may give you a better rate for travel and hotel.
I do hope this article has helped you decide your date and accommodations to plan to get married in Vegas.