How to Plan Around the Weather for a Red Rock Wedding Las Vegas

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

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

A Spring Wedding in Red Rocks

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Spring Time Red Rock Weddings Las Vegas

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Summer Red Rock Wedding Las Vegas

Summer is dry and sunny and and as the summer heat builds up it will cause thunderstorms to build as the monsoon season approaches.  Temperatures can feel scorching in the 100’s. In June, the high starts at an average 93° F.

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

Elopement at Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas

To cope with the intense heat we tend to schedule weddings after the sun goes behind the mountains or is close to setting.  Be sure to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.  Consider bringing an umbrella or parasol a part of your wedding day. Some brides now prefer to carry parasols and other personalized alternatives in the place of a bridal bouquet. Many of the allowed locations for weddings in Red Rock State Park don’t offer shade. A desert summer requires sunscreen and grit. 

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

Elope at Red Rock Canyon in the Autumn

Red Rock Canyon Elopement

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

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

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

A Winter Red Rock Wedding Las Vegas

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

Las Vegas Elopement at Red Rock Canyon

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

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

Red Rock Canyon Elopement Weather

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

Let Nature Inspire Your Wedding

Cactus and wedding Ring at Red Rock Canyon

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

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

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

Elope at Red Rock Canyon

 

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

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

Planning Wedding Attire around Red Rock Weather

Accessorize for a Red Rock Wedding

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

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

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

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.

Elopement planning

 

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.

 

Eloping in Vegas

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. 

 

Elope in Vegas

Julie pinning a boutonniere on the groom

 

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

 

Las Vegas Elopement

Elopement at Nelson Ghost Town

 

Las Vegas Strip Wedding choices:

The Neon Museum
• Art District
• Hotel weddings
• Scenic City Helicopter

Elopement Packages Las Vegas

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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Planning a Vegas Wedding – Essential Seasonal Tips

Seasonal weather tips for your Vegas Nuptual Planning

Here are some very useful tips about weddings, conventions seasons and weather here in Tinsel Town.  

Access Temperature Data: Click here to view a website that shows the average weather temperatures in Vegas and more.

What is the seasonal weather like in Vegas? 

To understand what the weather in Vegas is like for weddings read more in this article which covers spring through winter seasonal pros and cons and helps you understand how to navigate the seasons in Vegas for your wedding planning.

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What Spring Weather in Vegas Brings

Planning a spring Vegas wedding  is a mixed bag of pros and cons. Spring brings a host of beautiful flowering buds and intermittent weather patterns. Sometimes you get great spring weather and sometimes it’s not so great. The average temperatures in Vegas in the springtime range from 56 degrees as a low to 78 degrees as a high although it can shoot up to the lows 90’s on occasion. Temperatures can be unpredictable.  March and April are still good months to get married in Las Vegas however you do want to consider the weather and have a back up plan in the event of inclement weather.  May to early June is actually a very good time to have your wedding in Las Vegas during the late morning or afternoon but May does get in to the high 90’s for temperature and the sun starts gaining real strength. It’s advisable to look at the sun index while planning outdoor May wedding ceremonies.  Keep in mind the elderly and young are prone to be sun sensitive. 

Windy Weather in the Springtime

Although March can be very windy, it is still very temperate this time of year. Las Vegas sits in a valley.  It is surrounded by mountains on all sides and resembles a city in a bowl. This causes a weather phenomenon of increased spring winds as the hot air begins its descent into the Las Vegas valley and stirs up trouble. Of course the wind is not predictable far enough in advance to plan a trip.  The winds can happen up until April and part of May. However, we have had beautiful 80 degree days with no wind in March and April. The chance for high winds usually calms down in May through June. The weather is typically very beautiful in May and early June so this would also be an excellent time to plan your outside wedding in Las Vegas.  Just keep the wind in mind and make back up plans for it if you have an outside ceremony or reception. 

Summer Weather – Pros and Cons

planning a summer wedding in Vegas

People traveling here to Vegas don’t realize how HOT the summer can be. It’s SCORCHING HOT!

 

I have a lot to say about summer weddings in Las Vegas. I have noticed that a lot of people tend to plan their ceremony in the summer.  Summer weddings are sometimes unavoidable because they are popular as this is a common time off for vacation typically. I have planned and conducted many summer weddings in Las Vegas. 

If you are planning a Vegas wedding in the summer there are some things you need to be aware of.  On the plus side it’s very nice on summer evenings typically unless it’s humid. The atmosphere of Vegas is alive and hopping.  On the negative side there are chances for a bad sunburn, heat stroke and a lot of sweating. My advice is to be prepared and know what you are in for.  It’s best not to have an outside wedding in the highest heat of the day. Many times  I have felt very sorry for grooms in their suits and brides with running makeup.  Quite a few couples I have planned weddings for have decided to have their ceremony in the hottest part of the day without shade.  Those who have pulled it off were prepared mentally and physically for the heat. They made it through but preparation and understanding the consequences were essential to a happy outcome. 

For Fashion and Preparation tips the information in this article will help you be more prepared for your trip to Vegas

Summer Monsoon Season:  July through August is monsoon season in Vegas. It typically gets hot as blazes and builds up billowing clouds of moisture from the South.  This moisture gathers quite a punch! We get rains that make our roads into rivers and often cause wind damage. Be prepared for monsoon weather in case you are planning an Las Vegas outdoor wedding. It’s good to have an indoor backup plan as an alternative in case the sky gets black and the monsoon visits.  When we plan a Las Vegas wedding during the summer we have backup solutions to offer for inclement weather. 

summer monsoon weather and weddings in vegas

Summer Heat Tip: I would recommend you wait until the sun goes down behind our mountains and not have your wedding ceremony outside at the height of the day.  The sun index is way too hot for sitting in a wedding audience in the heat of the afternoon from 11am to 5pm. It is best to avoid having an outside wedding in the summer unless you have shade or a vehicle or building you may access to regulate your body temperature.  Drinking plenty of water keeps you hydrated and avoids heat stroke. It gets dark around 8 pm.   Summer peaks in Vegas July through the end of August.  

Summer Room Rates: Usually you will find cheaper room rates during summer time. You can usually get a cheaper rate Sunday to Thursday than from Friday to Sunday. You can find great hotel deals in late July and August because it is hot.  A lot of hotels realize they have to reduce prices and lure people in that way.  A lot of people prefer to come in early spring and fall to get optimal weather but if you can handle the heat, there are good deals to be found. 

Summer Planning Tip:  For planning weddings in Las Vegas during the summer months the best idea is to choose a climate controlled location for your wedding in Las Vegas.  

There are no really large conventions during the summer months in Las Vegas so it is typically a good time to get cheap hotel rates. Keep in mind it still is tourism season and people travel to Vegas on vacations in the summer, even though it is hot. That means the streets will be packed with tourists, all trying to get a great deal.  Conventions and sporting events do however happen year round so it’s always best to ask the hotel if there are any conventions in town while you research making your reservations.

Excellent Hotel Choices: You might want to also read this article about 6 fantastic hotels to get married in Las Vegas to find out what hotels might be a great option for a summer or outdoor wedding with access to shade as an option.  Another great tip is to tell the hotel booking agent at the hotel you are considering you are planning to get married in Las Vegas. They might just upgrade your room reservations complimentary as an incentive for your patronage. 

Autumn in Vegas is Gorgeous and Popular:

Planning an autumn wedding in vegas

Planning a wedding in the Autumn is a lot less daunting and more feasible.  First of all, the weather is gorgeous.  The average temperatures range from 58 degrees for the average low and 81 degrees for the average high temperatures.  This makes it a very popular time to travel to Glitter Gulch and have a wedding. Usually Autumn is a peak season for travel and hotel fees as well. During the Autumn in Las Vegas it is advisable to plan ahead for your wardrobe. Since temperature varies, layering is a great idea. Bring a sweater or use a wrap to put over your shoulders during the wedding. 

Winter Las Vegas Weddings 

Planning a wedding during the winter months also has its pros and cons. Let’s face it, just after the Thanksgiving Holiday in late November, most people are focusing on family and getting ready for Christmas, holidays and winter.  For this reason most people choose not to come to Las Vegas in December.  This is good news for you if you are considering getting married in Vegas then. Holidays and winter is typically off season in Vegas with New Year’s Eve being an exception to this rule. But for the most part the winter months are an inexpensive time to have a wedding in Vegas. During the Christmas season, with the exception of New Year’s Eve holiday, hotel room rates are cheaper as well.

planning a winter wedding in Las Vegas

Winter Weather Pros and Cons

National Rodeo: Also, you need to know this; during the month of December there is one convention that wreaks havoc in Las Vegas and that is the National Finals Rodeo.  This is a 10 day event and is considered the Super Bowl of rodeos that happens the first couple weeks in December. During this time you would be very lucky to book any rooms at the best or even cheapest hotels. Prices spick for transportation and traffic is a nightmare.  

Consumer Electronic Show: Another convention time you will want to avoid is the Consumer Electronic show which typically takes place the second week of January.  So unless you are attending the show and are planning a Vegas wedding in conjunction with attending one of the conventions you might want to avoid coming to Vegas this week. Your room rates will be higher in Vegas then because the convention people take a huge block of rooms in most hotels.  The traffic is also a nightmare here then.  So if you are planning to get married in Las Vegas I would recommend doing it either after or before the convention to save yourself hassle and make it more enjoyable. 

Visit the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authorities site for a reliable resource to check what conventions are in Las Vegas before making plans to have your wedding in Las Vegas.  You might want to make sure you are not scheduling your wedding during a convention for many reasons. 

Holiday Season: December through February is one of the slowest and other optional off season but it’s not great pool weather. It’s simply too cool for most people to enjoy the pool. If you enjoy Las Vegas shows, also be aware that some shows take an extended break and go dark and some casinos think it’s a great time to undertake their renovations.  Check with your intended hotel before you some and ask if they are planning any renovations.

Super bowl weekend is also a very busy one here in Las Vegas.  It usually takes place the first weekend of February.

NASCAR race weekends: You would do well to avoid traveling to Las Vegas during the NASCAR racing events. Once again, the traffic tends to be tied up and it can be very crowded than. I have married quite a few couples that were huge fans of NASCAR and came to Vegas to get married because there was a big race in town. The races take place a couple times during the year. These type of sporting events can wreak havoc on hotel room rates, so beware of that.

Here is the complete and ongoing schedule for Nascar racing in Las Vegas.

New Year’s Eve:

Planning for New Years Eve in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is incredibly busy on New Year’s Eve. The entire Strip is shut down to traffic and it becomes like one giant block party for you and 300,000. This makes traffic an especially crazy mess. Fortunately there are a lot of ride share and alternative traffic solutions to get around but the roads are still crowded. It makes it especially challenging to have a Las Vegas wedding ceremony on New Year’s Eve.  In my opinion the best solution is to choose a hotel away from the main part of Las Vegas boulevard. 

Las Vegas Boulevard from Sahara Avenue to Mandalay Bay Road is totally blocked off to traffic by barricades and closed down from 6 pm to 3 am. Also many side roads that intersect with South and North Las Vegas Boulevard as well as some freeway entrances and exit points close to traffic.  This makes having a wedding ceremony on the Vegas Strip especially challenging to do for many.  Be prepared to have all your affairs in order and stay put for many hours in one spot. If you do plan a wedding on New Year’s Eve and want mobile Las Vegas wedding vendors to serve you be prepared to hear a lot of no’s or to pay more for their services. The other alternative is to book a hotel away from the mayhem in sections of the city not impacted by the traffic and celebration as much.  

Learn more about the traffic closures on New Year’s Eve here.

If you want to know more statistics about Las Vegas at New Year’s Eve click here. 

What Seasons Do You Get the Best Room Rates in Las Vegas?

The answer to that question is off season.  

Timing: Come to town when it’s off season and you will find better hotel room rates and a good supply of rooms available. It is cheaper to stay during the week opposed to the weekend. 

Travel and weather resource: View this website to better understand the best time to travel to Vegas for weather, this site has essential information and graphs

Visit the article below for updates on the Covid-19 restrictions that will be implemented during the various phases of reopening Las Vegas for business.

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The take away from this article is to make sure you know what you are up against regarding the weather seasons in Las Vegas as well at the dynamics which will affect the cost of planning your wedding in Las Vegas as well as the decision on where to have your Las Vegas Wedding. 

Timing it wisely will be the best idea.  Now you are armed with more information to choose.

 

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11 Tips for a Las Vegas Destination Wedding

Here are some Las Vegas wedding preparation tips to help you prepare for your wedding experience.

Planning a Las Vegas destination wedding from out of the country or even from a different state of the union is a thrilling proposition but there can be challenges at times. This article is helpful with some of the best Las Vegas wedding preparation tips to make your experience better.

Las Vegas is a dream city and getting married there is a memorable experience no matter where you come from around the world. Here are great Vegas wedding planning tips to help you prepare accordingly.

1. Jet lag preparation

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Flying to Vegas from out of the country or from another state to have a Las Vegas destination wedding can be a long, tiring journey. Jet lag can dramatically affect how you feel and if you aren’t prepared it may make your Las Vegas marriage experience be less than desirable. Avoid jet lag symptoms by carrying melatonin supplements. Traveling often disrupts the circadian rhythm of melatonin in the body. This often causes severe jet lag for those that travel long distances. Use between 0.5 mg and 5 mg of melatonin an hour before sleeping and only after reaching Las Vegas. Vegas hotels can be noisy with a lot of disruptions from foot traffic and hotel pool parties. Whatever sleep aids you use, take it with you for a refreshing slumber. This will ultimately be a life saver if you want to get married in Vegas without feeling groggy.

2. Enough time to sleep and recuperate

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Flying to Vegas means crossing different time zones. Crossing more than one time zone will disrupt your circadian rhythm and your body will require a few days to acclimatize. Our advice is allow enough time to lapse between arrival and your wedding day.  Allow at least two to three days to recuperate. It’s also a great idea to prepare yourself physically ahead of time by exercising regularly, enjoying a healthy diet and getting as much adequate sleep as you can. 

To help heal your Las Vegas jet lag check out the Las Vegas Visitors Authority spa page resource.

3. Keep in mind the time difference when communicating with family

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Calling family and friends in Las Vegas can be confusing depending on the time zones and time differences there are. The United States has a total of seven main country time zones. Flying to Vegas to get married at a Las Vegas destination wedding locationdepending on where you come from,  could mean crossing varied time zones. Note the time difference to call your family at a proper time.

This resource will show the time zone map of the United States to give you a reference point for time zone comparison.

4. Keep hydrated

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The desert environment, hot sun and swelling temperatures in Las Vegas can be hard on people who are used to a dramatically different climate. It’s very important to drink enough water to keep  hydrated. Becoming dehydrated in Vegas is a common problem. The climate is hot and dry and hydration is highly critical for a person from out of the country. If you don’t stay hydrated jet lag effects may worsen, fatigue will result and your excellent experience to enjoy your Vegas marriage could be in jeopardy.

This a great company to try out if you need to restore your hydration levels in Las Vegas and feel better. 

5. Exchange money to have dollars before you arrive

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Before you arrive in Vegas, exchange your home currency to the U.S. dollar. You will normally get better rates exchanging your money at home than you will get trying to do so at the main cashier cages in Vegas casinos, for instance. It’s also important to call your credit card provider and bank before you travel to alert them about your travel. It is commonplace for banks to flag and put a hold on bank credit card purchases originating from using your debit card or credit card in a foreign land. Banks and credit card companies are quick to suspect fraud and freeze your money.  You don’t want that to happen to you so it’s best to come prepared and know what to expect. 

This article gives advice on the best places to exchange currency in Las Vegas once you are here. 

6. Knowing about public transportation

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Getting around Vegas is usually not a problem because there are plenty of travel options available.  Knowing your options and preparing beforehand is much better than arriving and make spontaneous decisions that end up costing you more in the long run. Uber and Lyft are approved rides in the city. Both companies offer phone apps to pick your driver to get you where you want to go. Lyft can pick you from the airport but won’t show the price range. Uber lets you know beforehand what you’ll pay before you call a specific driver. Beware of surge pricing that could charge you an extra $30 up to a high of $100. You can also get around with monorail if you’re travelling within any of the seven spots it starts from. The monorail starts at a cost of $5 for a single ride pass or $12 for a day pass. Here is an article with valuable Las Vegas tram information and links to help you. Taxi options are abundant and virtually anywhere although the cost varies depending on the time of year and traffic. If you request a taxi from the airport it will cost you more. Deuce is Vegas public transportation that is a very inexpensive option and it covers most of the city areas you will need to get to.  The cost of Deuce is $6 for a two-hour pass, $8 for a 24-hour pass or a $20 for a 72-hour pass with ticket purchase available on the bus. There’s also a loop trolley bus service in Vegas with costs ranging from $2.50 to $20 for one-way tickets to 4-day passes.

7. Save money by renting a vehicle

Car Rental

It may be easier and less expensive in the end to hire a rental car for your Las Vegas destination wedding.  You may do this easily when you book your hotel as a airfare rental car package or get the rental car from the airport upon arrival. The local shops on the Las Vegas strip can gouge you. You will find the best prices for staples you need will be local shops away from the Vegas Strip therefore having a rental car is preferable and will save a lot of money in the end.  Having a rental car will also open up your restaurant choices. There is a big price difference from restaurants on the Vegas Strip verses off the Vegas Strip.  Therefore it would be cost effective in the long run to have your own vehicle and not be confined to buying only from Las Vegas Strip establishments.  You could rent a car from as low as $7 a day depending on the dates you’ll be in the city. You may find applicable coupons to use which will lower the cost of renting a car thus paying much less in the long run. Stay diligent to keep pricing checking as you might get the cheapest car rental rates this way. Some rental companies allow prepayment options which can give discounts up to 25% off the cost of a full week rental.

8. Make show reservations ahead of time

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Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world. There’s always a show going on, from live music, concerts, city headliners, comedies, movies and other events. Making prior reservations to most shows attracts the best ticket prices. Find out upcoming events in the entertainment casino or hotel you intend to visit by visiting these sites below to book well ahead of time.

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9. Do your Las Vegas wedding pre-application before you arrive

Once you’ve made up your mind to get married in Vegas, make a marriage license pre-application online. You can actually do this about 60 days before the ceremony, giving you ample time to prepare. Bring your foreign country issued ID and ensure you’re at least 18 years of age. While making the online application ensure information entered matches the details on your ID. Avoid spelling errors on the form or leaving out any required information. 

For other helpful FAQ’s about the Las Vegas marriage licensing process click here. 

Here is a complimentary link to do the Las Vegas marriage pre-application

10. Have comfortable walking shoes and bring a variety of clothes to layer

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The hot and dry climate of Las Vegas can be a chore to keep up with. The temperatures in the desert climate sometimes can be as high as 120 degrees in summer months. Plan to stay hydrated and wear sunscreens even for pool visits and short walks. Don’t forget to bring along comfortable walking shoes. Las Vegas has large city blocks and the distance between resorts is deceiving to calculate. You want to have shoes that are soft on your feet. It’s also a great idea to layer your clothes and bring a sweater along, even in the summer.  The air conditioning in Las Vegas hotels often feels freezing due to high-tech air conditioning. These establishments keep the temperature cool indoors to offset the summer heat.  It is a good idea to bring a light weight wrap or easy to carry sweaters to have as you visit casinos, theaters or restaurants.

To prepare to travel to Las Vegas read this article about Las Vegas seasonal weather tips.

11. Be prepared to tip

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Tipping customs or giving gratuities varies across the world.  Some countries do not give gratuities as a standard.  Most service industry workers in Las Vegas including the vendors in the wedding industry expect gratuities and some depend on gratuities to make a decent living.  For drinks, tipping $1 each is more or less the norm. If you are buying from hotel kiosk vendors show tickets will cost you from $5 to $10 in tips, $2 to $5 for dinner reservations and $20 for getting sold-out top shows or tough-to get dinner reservations. Maid or housekeeping service attracts $2 to $5 nightly tips. Tipping a limo driver 20% of the total cost is considered good etiquette. Regardless of your opinion about tips realize service providers will expect a gratuity.  Restaurant waiters and waitresses typically get a 20% or more gratuity. Wedding vendors will also typically expect a 20% gratuity as well. 

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Gerry and Brenda’s Desert Elopement

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Gerry and Brenda’s romantic wedding story

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About Gerry and Brenda

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.

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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.

Gallery 

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The ceremony begins. 

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Gerry and Brenda seal their vows with a kiss.  

Wedding kiss at Red Rock Canyon

Here the bride and groom enjoy the intimate moment when they make it official. 

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Here the wedding couple poses with the beauty of the desert with the Red Rocks behind them.

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Happy newlyweds planned spelling out LOVE with their hands.  Creative! 

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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 3 locations the BLM will allow wedding ceremonies to take place since Covid has happened.  They are the overlook, the Red Springs Boardwalk and Ash Springs.

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.

Entrance to Red Rock canyon scenic drive

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.

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Red Rock Scenic Drive Photo

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.

Red Rock Canyon Weddings 
Scenic Wedding $1650.00

  • Planning and coordination
  • All photos | digital delivery
  • Photos reproduction rights released
  • Photos gallery for viewing |sharing
  • Professional photography (2.5 Hrs.)
  • Photos at 2 scenic locations
  • Licensing preparation guidance
  • State licensed officiant
  • Choice of wedding ceremony
  • Bureau of Land Management Permit
  • 12 passenger escalade limo (4.5 hrs.)
  • Limo company provides Champagne
  • Limo company provides water for 12
  • Entrance fee paid for you and guests

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