Many wedding couples are now considering having a DIY wedding. Some wedding couples may start the research and desire to book cheap Las Vegas wedding venues on their own.
Las Vegas with its Casino world, the hub of glamorous shows and foodie hotspots can be a perfect destination for your wedding in Las Vegas. You see fireworks and stars when you look at your partner. So, why not take advantage of the spot where the lights never die?
Preparing for any wedding is oftentimes is an uphill task. It can create a lot of stress for couples who don’t know the wedding options available for a city they don’t live in. I have spoken to many engaged couples who tell me they feel overwhelmed with the options when they start to research where to get married, especially if they are looking for cheap Las Vegas wedding venues. So, I decided to create this guide to help my wedding couples with essential advice they need to choose the best location that will be accommodating for their needs if they are on a tight budget.
Almost every wedding facility in Las Vegas comes at a hefty price for most couples. Having a $2000 budget is a very low one to have for a Vegas wedding and if you want to incorporate food and alcohol you will need to increase your budget if you are considering a venue for your Las Vegas wedding on the strip. If you plan to have a large guest count you will need a larger budget than $2000 and still have a wedding in the heart of the city.
If you want to have a larger guest count and still have a wedding within this budget there are some options to consider however. That is when the appeal of cheap Las Vegas wedding venues emerge. Choosing any of these options presented in this article will keep your ceremony costs down and allow you to implement more embellishments for your reception. However, we at Custom Las Vegas Weddings help out customers plan their Vegas wedding in this price range and even below this price range frequently. You will find out in your research however, even a $2000 budget will turn out to be a deficient budget if you have 50 guests and want a sit down dinner with alcohol included on the Vegas Strip. If you are willing to venture away from the Vegas Strip and will consider pairing your ceremony venue with a buffet or restaurant away from the main boulevard then you will have more luck planning your wedding within your budget successfully.
Weddings can turn out to be very expensive for couples on a tight budget. So, understandably, many couples are searching for alternate options. Chapels seem to be the go- to solution for a lot of couples. However, chapels typically only cover the ceremony and not the reception. Banquet facilities also offer all in one solutions but seem to get expensive with the periphery items like buying photos after the wedding.
So, what do you do? Where do you go to plan your Las Vegas event if you have a tight budget? Those are great questions. If you desire the answer, read this article for great ideas to fit your budget.
Affordable Las Vegas Venue Ideas
Using a Wedding Planner is a great solution for the budget conscious wedding couple. Having a wedding planner actually does help save couples money because they get special pricing discounts through the expertise and connections of a planner. Planners know the budget saving options and pass them along to their clients so you win in the end to have one.
The following 10 Las Vegas wedding venue ideas may help you brainstorm if you are considering a DIY wedding and are preparing to wed in Las Vegas but are cash strapped:
- Hotel suite: Have a Las Vegas Strip wedding and consider having your ceremony and reception in your hotel suite, and host the reception in a local restaurant or buffet. Loved ones will be on time and not have to worry about travel costs. Many restaurants also have separate rooms to rent for receptions or can make a section of the restaurant work for you.
Photo taken at MGM Signature suite
- Hotel/Casino banquet room: Use a hotel ballroom for ceremony and reception. Some Las Vegas banquet rooms offer great options and Custom Las Vegas Weddings knows which ones are budget conscious. It’s an all-in-one solution, and you don’t need to spend more for the ceremony space separately. Give yourself the Disney Princess treatment without the crazy costs.
- Theme weddings and Vegas wedding venues: There are quite a lot of themed ideas you might consider ranging from Elvis to impersonators. You may consider having your ceremony in a Western Town, Las Vegas Vintage Ghost Town, Mystic Falls Garden, Wax Museum, High Roller, Haufbraus House, Sugar Factory and more. Only a local wedding planner would know how to assist you in pulling it together well. The planner will help you pair your theme wedding with a small reception and perhaps even a photo tour to showcase your memories.
- Party bus tour: Have the ceremony in a party bus, and host the reception at a theme restaurant or buffet. The party bus will take you on an excursion, and the final destination will be the restaurant theme of your choice. What about a climate controlled beer garden or many of the theme restaurants in Las Vegas?
- Local Parks: Use a local park for the ceremony and reception. This is a great choice because it gives you the freedom to customize the ceremony to your theme and vision. For example, a Red Rock State Park DIY wedding provides a beautiful backdrop as the sun sets to play with primary colors and enjoy the natural scenery. Click here to view more Las Vegas elopement ideas.
Click this link to view Las Vegas local park wedding packages or customize one based on your needs.
- Iconic Retro Vegas: Pair your ceremony with an iconic landmark like the Las Vegas sign or the Las Vegas art district or Neon Museum with a Las Vegas wedding for two, followed by a private foodie tour. Foodie tours are popular and can be customized to let you experience a variety of Las Vegas food and restaurant experiences. Turn your wedding into an adventure.
- Pair your ceremony with an Elvis Theme ceremony and personal Elvis guided memorabilia tour. Elvis will provide the theme ceremony with songs and keepsake souvenirs. It’s a Vegas classic.
- Utilize a rental home to host the ceremony and reception. Using a rental home to stay and economize by sharing the house with family is an excellent idea. Many couples don’t realize they can do this in Las Vegas. There are many homes available to rent. Just look on VRBO or Home Away for homes for rent in Las Vegas for weddings. Contact the owner and negotiate the details yourself to save money. Then hire a Las Vegas wedding planner for day of coordination services for only the essential support you need. This will save you a lot of money in many aspects.
- Enjoy a scenic wedding excursion and pair it with a restaurant after your scenic marriage ceremony. Destination weddings are about the experience, and the picturesque scenery will make the journey all the more memorable. You may even have a Vegas wedding coordinator plan the event affordably. A good coordinator will offer customers a variety of cheap Las Vegas wedding venues, transportation options and collaborate with many other wedding vendors to provide everything you need for and excellent experience.
Photo taken near Ash Springs by KK Photo
- Combine a ghost town wedding with an old school hometown barbecue picnic for your reception. Enjoy the whimsy and haunting, vintage mystery of the environment which you can reflect in your decorations and wedding attire. You never hear anyone complain about barbecue, either.
Keeping Within Your Budget
From minister fees, extra photo payments, DJ payments and Las Vegas officiant fees to boutonniere and a bouquet for the bride, hidden fees are commonplace. To stay safe from paying for what you hadn’t budgeted for, ask for a breakdown of everything that you will be charged for. Additionally, research the company well and let them know of your concerns.
Finding the Right Vendor Through Good Reviews and Feedback
It is possible to get robbed blind in the midst of the confusion about hosting a memorable wedding in Las Vegas. However, when you use a trusted vendor, you will not experience any glitches.
A reputable vendor often has a solid reputation as a professional with excellent reviews, a website and doesn’t charge lower or exorbitant rates. Use the web and ask for reviews from those who have been there before.
Just because you’re budget conscious doesn’t mean that your wedding has to be bland or boring. Plan a DIY Vegas wedding and use a Las Vegas wedding planner for your most essential needs. Simple doesn’t mean boring with a little outside of the box creativity, especially with our know-how at Custom Las Vegas Weddings.
As an update Custom Las Vegas Weddings has written an article as a resource during the Covid-19 pandemic. Click the image below to read and get update on the latest news.
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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 Canyon wedding or photo shoot.
A Spring Wedding in Red Rocks
Spring Time Red Rock Weddings
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.
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 Canyon 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 overlook or the Amphitheater area does.
Read our blog post about seasonal Las Vegas weather to prepare you before visiting Las Vegas.
Photo courtesy of WeatherSpark.com
A Summer Red Rock Wedding
Photo taken near Ash Springs by KK Photography
A desert summer requires sunscreen and grit. Only the strong survive. Temperatures can feel scorching in the 100’s. In June, the high starts at an average 93° F.
Definitely bring umbrellas and stay updated on the weather. 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.
To cope with the intense heat 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.
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.
A Fall Red Rock Experience
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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
Photo taken near Calico Basin – Ash Springs
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.
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.
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
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.
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
- 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, 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.
Couple eloping in Vegas at Red Rock Overlook
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.
For suggested Vegas hair and makeup resources, visit this link to see our recommended vendors.
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 eloping in Vegas and some ideas include photos and others don’t. But when you look back on your wedding day you might regret it if you don’t capture your wedding day memories. 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
Frank & Elizabeth Eloped at Red Rock Overlook
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.
Click here to find out what you need to know about marriage licensing to help you prepare for getting married in Vegas.
Remember, also, that holidays are a peak season, when it’s harder to find, schedule and orchestrate a Vegas wedding with all of the details included –especially if you are doing it by yourself.
Five: Scheduling the celebration dinner too soon
Restaurant overlooking the Bellagio Fountains
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.
If you do happen to drink too much, however, here is a great Vegas resource for recovering from your Vegas hangover. This company is mobile and will come to your location in Vegas.
Eight: 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, making your experience eloping in Vegas stress free.
Check out our Cost of eloping in Vegas budget calculator here to get an idea what you want to set for your budget.
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.
Read 11 Valuable Tips for Eloping in Las Vegas
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.
Click here to view some simple Vegas elopement wedding ideas.
For the most recent updates regarding Covid-19 restrictions relating to your Las Vegas Elopement read the article below by clicking on the photo.
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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.
Contact Julie here to help you plan your Las Vegas wedding.
This article will help you think through the essential wedding budget plan for your Vegas wedding. As a wedding planner, I decided I needed to offer a wedding checklist to my clients. Couples often don’t know what is needed or leave out essential details when they plan their wedding.
When I ask my couples what their budget is, the response I normally get is silence. I think this is because they don’t think through the essential tips about costs for a Las Vegas wedding and don’t know the costs in Las Vegas until they call a ton of venues and get pricing. If you are a wedding couple and don’t know what you will need, this article will present much-needed information to help you plan your wedding. I admit, this is one of my longer articles but I felt the information was needed as a valuable client resource.
The information in these articles provide Las Vegas wedding budget advice as well as many useful resources to plan your Las Vegas wedding. There are many elements to planning your occasion. You will have to factor in a lot of things you may not have thought of. What questions do you need to ask yourself to determine the essential needs you may need to pull off a wedding in Las Vegas at any popular Las Vegas wedding venues?
Read this article to view more inexpensive Vegas wedding ideas.
Las Vegas is an excellent all in one solution for weddings because it has cornered the market on easy and done for you solutions. Tens of thousands of people flock to the city of lights each year to get married in Vegas, making it a popular choice for those searching for a great location for their wedding day.
There are many wedding planning companies in the United States. East Wind Long Island wedding planners recently contributed an article to us written to help their customers. They share their expertise, knowledge and experience budgeting for a wedding in Long Island. Click here to read their article, How to get the most from your money when planning your wedding.
Having a wedding in Vegas doesn’t need to be expensive. Vegas is an ideal place for wedding couples who don’t want a massive, typical white wedding with loads of people staring at them. In the past weddings in Las Vegas have been known for being primarily small and intimate affairs. A lot of people prefer it that way but now since Vegas has grown and evolved in many ways, there many more options available than there ever have been to choose a Las Vegas elopement wedding planner for your wedding.
What is the Cost of a Vegas Wedding?
With the average wedding in the USA costing a pricey $37,000 in 2018, it is not surprising that many couples are looking for cheaper alternatives for their big day. The trend for couples in 2019 is to set a strict budget and make sure the venue ticks all the boxes.
Typically when couples have a wedding they calculate in everything required for the wedding day itself. This could include the price of the couple’s chosen honeymoon, which could add thousands on top depending on where they decide to go.
If cost is an issue, getting married in Las Vegas can be a fantastic option. However even people with more money to spend will find a variety of higher-end done for you solutions. People often use Las Vegas as their honeymoon location and wrap the accommodations into the price of their budget. Vegas Strip wedding photography packages and really does become a quick and simple solution. The option to elope to Las Vegas makes creating a budget for your wedding simple.
The Cost of Eloping in Vegas
Last Minute Solution – One reason that couples love to head to places like Las Vegas to get married is that the ceremony can be held at a moment’s notice, making it perfect for people who want to tie the knot quickly, and with minimum fuss.
Eloping in Las Vegas option
If you are considering the option to elope to Las Vegas, it is a great solution for wedding couples. Keeping your guest count under 4 will keep your wedding costs within reason. Las Vegas elopements are simple, and require little planning and very few guests, if any, usually attend.
Cost variation – Wedding ceremonies, to include the space and ceremony can cost as little as $500 here in Vegas. If you have a lot of guests, say 30 – 50 guests, a good budget for eloping in Vegas would be $3000. This is factoring in options to eat affordably and typically this means eating away from a Las Vegas Strip location or choosing a buffet option.
If you decide to step outside the norm and not have a chapel wedding there are options you may not know about. Having an outdoor Las Vegas Wedding experience away from the Vegas Strip is great budget saving idea. Choosing this option will still enable you to have the most enjoyable stress-free experience and add in embellishments you may have to omit if you choose a Vegas Strip wedding. There are some ideas explored below with links to read about a lot of ideas you might consider to stay in budget and still have a unique wedding in Las Vegas.
Here is are two great solutions to have a Las Vegas wedding on a budget and elope in Vegas:
- Read this resource article regarding 8 Fun and Simple Ideas for Eloping in Vegas for ideas you probably don’t know about.
- Another great idea is to consider that includes a photographer, limousine and personal event planner. These ideas provide a great solution for a simple Vegas wedding experience that includes Vegas Strip wedding photography package ideas.
Built-in Entertainment – Las Vegas is a really fun place to get married as the party never stops! Wedding celebrations can carry on the way into the night, and the following morning, or for days if that’s what you want since Vegas is a 24-hour town!
What are your essential needs?
What is most important for you?
How much you are willing to spend altogether?
What Additional elements do you want to add after essentials?
Wedding Budget Checklist: I have created a Las Vegas wedding budget checklist info-graphic to help you answer these questions and help you determine what is essential for your wedding here in Vegas.
When planning weddings for clients I find many couples can’t really tell me their entire budget. I think it stems from being confused about what alternative all-in-one solutions are available for weddings to fit their individual needs.
Las Vegas Wedding Planning Essentials:
Of the many couples I have helped, I have found there are budget essentials they need to know about. Here are lists of items that may help you decide what is essential for you.
Hotel Accommodations: Keep in mind often your accommodations may be suitable as a location for your ceremony and reception. There are many travel and hotel package deals on offers advertised on the internet.
If you are researching hotels to be suitable for a ceremony and reception choose wisely as this can be a budget saver. Often times, it’s best to also check the season before you plan.
“Be sure to read my informative article on accommodations and Las Vegas seasonal hotel pricing tips for weddings.
Accommodation Options – Vegas resorts offer amazing accommodations that can double for reception space, complete with city views and plenty of room to entertain guests. For those who have very little money having a ceremony at your resort is an excellent solution. This is ideal for couples who would rather have a cheaper ceremony and spend the majority of their budget on celebrating, and their honeymoon.
Venue Choice: This is one of the most important considerations. You can’t have a wedding without someplace to hold it. Your venue will determine many things and should be decided first. There are many options for wedding venues in Las Vegas. Literally, it can make you crossed eyed to try to decide. You need to determine what your Las Vegas wedding budget is before you start planning. Research wisely or use the services of a wedding planner to help you choose venues that are good economical solutions.
If you are on a budget an want click this link for Las Vegas elopement wedding package ideas.
Wedding attire: You may make your own dress, buy one cheaply online and bring it or rent a tux and gown in Las Vegas. Renting seems to be the most popular and cost-effective choice for many. Often companies that rent tux and gowns will deliver to your hotel for you or offer transportation services to and from your hotel, complete with tailoring and steaming options for wrinkles.
Makeup and Hair: You may opt to do your own hair and makeup or splurge on your wedding day and go to a spa to have the spa vendors pamper you. The other option is to hire a mobile hair and makeup specialist to come to your room and pamper you in your own private accommodations. Click here to view my recommended Vegas hair and makeup vendors.
Officiant: Who will perform your ceremony? How important are their expertise and experience to you? Mobile Ministers and officiants in Las Vegas to come to your location. The price ranges for officiants vary tremendously. The price quoted you will be based on the officiant’s experience and expertise.
Photographer: There are many excellent Las Vegas photographers to choose from. The prices for photographers vary greatly but the market is flooded with options. Be sure to take your time and ask about the photographer to find out their background, style and what they or the company they work through offers before you hire them and get it in writing. There is a popular trend emerging here in Las Vegas and many destination locations are to release all photo rights. This option saves couples an immense amount of money but not all venue or vendors offer this option. Their styles and pricing vary a great deal. Be clear on how many photos you want and what style you want for your photos. Do you require more candid shots or posed shots? Do you want all your photos in one package price or do you want to buy prints and get the photos later? Do you want extra editing done after the wedding? Will the printing rights to the photos be released for your own printing options later? Chapels and casinos often make their money on photos after the wedding. My advice is to think it through carefully before you decide to avoid hidden costs and know the costs up front.
Videographer: There is many options couple face when planning a video of their wedding. Videographers range in price greatly, depending on your needs. The simple videos you may get from a chapel will be just that, simple and unedited. You need to decide if you want a video only of the ceremony or if having a reception the cost of determining how many hours you want the video to cover. To keep it cost effective many choose to have the video only of the ceremony. Then once the decision is made you need to decide if the video should be standard definition or high definition and how you want the video delivered.
Wedding in the Cosmopolitan Wrap Around Suite
The trend here in Las Vegas for many wedding companies is to deliver the video electronically. However, there is also a trend to supply it on a small disc drive that can go with the couple directly after the ceremony which is great if you are technically savvy. The downside is it won’t be edited for you if you take it directly. The disc drive option will play directly to your modern TV. So will a Blue Ray disc if you have a Blue Ray player. Most couples decide to have the video edited and special music placed on it. After all, it will be a cherished memory for a lifetime that will be played over and over for many years. I highly recommend capturing your important occasion by getting a video recording of it. I have cherished my wedding video and am so happy I decided to get it after all. It has many family members who have passed on and are no longer with us so it’s a cherished keepsake to my husband and I.
To get married in Las Vegas you must acquire a wedding license before the wedding day. You and your fiancé must visit the Las Vegas Marriage Bureau in person to obtain the license. This must be done before the wedding and presented to a certified and approved licensed wedding officiant or Minister. The cost is $77 and you need to both present a government-issued photo ID. You may pre-apply for a license electronically online at the clerk’s website page. One of the questions I am often asked is, if you get married in Vegas is it legal everywhere? The answer is yes. When you get married in Las Vegas the legality of your marriage is recognized worldwide.
If you need to know more, here is a resource for you. This page will help you find the answers you need to know regarding the popular question, what are the requirements to get married in Las Vegas?
Flowers: Typically I find brides don’t realize the true cost of flowers. Flowers are seasonal and range in price according to availability and season. With our premade planning services we can make planning for flowers in Las Vegas easy and within your budget. The florist we work with is full service and offers us a discount as a Las Vegas wedding planning venue. We pass those savings on to you and itemize your services so you know all the charges up front. Flowers for the larger wedding parties often incur a hefty price tag. Once again, wedding planners will get you a discount and should pass that discount on to you.
Knowing your budget for your Vegas Wedding is a starting point
Guest list: How many people do you want to attend? There are many other simple options that will reduce your costs when factoring in the amount it will cost to accommodate your guests. Do you want to provide a venue with comfortable seating for your guests or have a simple solution where the guests stand during the ceremony? What is the cost of sending out invitations and providing party favors, etc.?
Transportation: Will you need to provide transportation for all your guests to get to the ceremony? What will that transportation consist of? Will it be a party bus? Do you need separate limousine service for you and your bridal party? How will the timing of arrival to the location be planned? Do you want to try to plan it yourself or have a planner help you? You might consider having the ceremony at your resort to avoid transportation costs.
Vendor Tipping: I think most people realize the wedding industry standard is to tip vendors at least 20 to 30 percent for their services. It is standard to give limousine drivers about $20 per hour for their service. It is wise to figure this in for your vendors, especially the transportation services as they rely on this for income.
Get pampered in a luxury limousine for your Vegas Wedding
Food: If you are providing food to your guests this will be a big factor in your budget. In Las Vegas, you can figure it will be at least $20 to $50 per person for food. Buffets in Las Vegas are phenomenal and they range from simple to elegant. My two favorite choices for buffets that may be used for a reception are “the Paris Hotel Buffet” and “the M. Resort Buffet”. One nice aspect about the M buffet is alcohol is part of the price which will save you a lot of money in the end. Some restaurants and even buffets like the M will allow you to deliver a cake from an outside vendor. Some restaurants’ also let you have the wedding ceremony there if you have a larger party of guests, which may save quite a bit of money. For this reason, to keep costs down, you might consider having the ceremony in the restaurant of your choice.
Cake: The wedding cake has been prized as a focal point of the wedding celebration for many years. The pricing of cake can add up to a bundle.
You may obtain a wedding cake for your wedding in Vegas cheaply in some cases but typically it’s best to use a local bakery rather than a casino bakery. You will save a bundle and they do deliver to your hotel.
Wedding Cake with background view from the Palms Hotel Suite
Advise on ordering the cake: Consider how many people you have attending and then decide what your budget is for the cake. Cake vendor pricing ranges dramatically from vendor to vendor. Couples eloping typically only need a small one tier cake, although many decide to customize them Vegas style or with their own vision and style. Of course, there are many choices and styles to choose from. I recommend you make the decisions about the most important items on your list first, like ceremony items, venue, and photographer and then find out how much you have left to spend for the cake.
Alcohol: Providing an open bar is an expensive option. The cost will depend on the venue you choose. Venues and restaurants on the Las Vegas strip will charge more for alcohol and so will restaurants. Another option is to choose a buffet that includes alcohol in its price. For instance, the M Resort buffet includes alcohol in their buffet. Another good solution is to offer only 2 drink coupons and champagne for the toasting.
View from a restaurant at the Bellagio Hotel
Reception Space: Casinos and resorts have a variety of reception space available. If you choose to get married at a Casino resort this will be a higher-end choice. There are many gorgeous ones to choose from in Las Vegas. My favorite location in Las Vegas is Lake Las Vegas which is actually in Henderson, NV. Of course, most people want to get married on the Las Vegas strip. Reception space on Las Vegas Boulevard is pricey. The choices are endless and so is the price range. A good wedding planner will be able to find solutions to meet your needs. Even a concierge at your hotel will help you but there may be a price for that as well. Once again, it all hinges on your budget.
Entertainment and DJ: These two items will typically be a larger ticket item reserved for the reception room and larger wedding. Services will be invaluable because music is a large part of the celebration guests expect from a wedding. Las Vegas has a lot of options for entertainment. You won’t find a lot of other cities that offer as many alternative choices as Las Vegas for a variety of music and entertainment options. If you opt not to have a large reception hall and DJ you will still have a lot of other options that will be cost effective for your guests.
Las Vegas Wedding Planner:
Las Vegas Wedding planners perform a variety of services and functions. These services range from simple assistance, the day of coordination or full-scale planning for the large affair. There are many wedding planners in Las Vegas to choose from. We at Custom Las Vegas weddings offer simple assistance and day of coordination and specialize in planning for the smaller events to the mid-size customized events. Our specialty lies in helping couples with home events and small locations or restaurants that allow outside vendors. Please call or contact us for more information.
At this point, you should have a good idea what elements of your wedding are most essential.
1. Write a list of essential items.
2. Call vendors to get pricing or hire a planner to get quotes.
3. Review the quotes and determine what best suits your needs.
4. Voila, you have your budget and may get on the next stage which is meeting your vendors and signing a contract for services.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that you want your wedding day to be one that you look back on with happy memories, and ensuring that you organize your budget to include all that you need to make your day special is one way to guarantee that this will happen.
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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 to read this article from Trip Advisor which gives an overview of budget accommodations in Las Vegas.
Consider having an in suite or resort wedding 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 having a Red Rock Canyon wedding, 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 and the Westgate Hotel Las Vegas 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.
Vegas Strip weddings: 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 and are considering a Las Vegas elopement. 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.
- The Venetian Hotel offers beautiful sunken living rooms in their suites.
- 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.
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Hopefully, it will help you avoid many of the common problems couples experience when they are unprepared. If you would like more assistance to plan your event here, please don’t hesitate to contact Custom Las Vegas Weddings to plan your Las Vegas wedding.