In this era of social media, you might think that you have already seen almost all kind of grandiose traditional weddings out there. For some couples who want to take a refresher from all the usual, experiencing a Las Vegas desert elopement is definitely a must-try!
1. Nelson Ghost Town Desert Wedding
Nelson Ghost Town – Photo at Crashed Airplane
The quaint, vintage Nelson Ghost Town sits near a previously known gold mine. With its abandoned buildings, antiques, old vehicles, and a desert landscape, this looks like a place straight out of a film set. This iconic location is near Las Vegas and is still utilized as a backdrop for films and commercials. The variety of props, trucks and old memorabilia makes it a fantastic option for a rustic vintage desert wedding setting near Las Vegas that is perfect for wedding ceremonies.
This is one of the upscale resorts in the elegant Aston Montelago Village, which is located at the romantic Lake Las Vegas. Its cobblestone streets, historic-looking buildings, fountains, and a gorgeous view of the lake. Choosing this venue and pairing it with an in suite wedding or booking one of their gazebos or private areas are options to consider. We would pair the ceremony with breathtaking photo book memories of the experience in this Mediterranean style resort setting. It will bring an Italian vibe to your Las Vegas desert wedding experience.
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3. Red Rock Canyon Desert Wedding
Photo at Red Rock Canyon Overlook
Red Rock Canyon is named as a National Conservation Area by the Federal Government. The Bureau of Land Management governs the park and administers permits for wedding ceremonies. It’s a perfect and very popular location if you want to experience a Las Vegas desert elopement. Its mountain ranges are part of the Mojave Desert and its geological features were formed by the Keystone Thrust Fault.
On top of that, its 13-mile scenic drive with breathtaking panoramic views is one of the reasons why many couples choose this unique wedding venue in Las Vegas. Many wedding couples will combine a wedding ceremony at Red Rock Canyon with a scenic drive photo tour or other areas near to capture the romance of your day and experience an elopement in the Las Vegas desert.
4. Ash Springs Desert Wedding
Ash Springs at Red Rock Canyon
Ash Springs is part of the Red Rock Canyon. It’s a bit more secluded in this area of Red Rock Canyon but it is one of the three areas approved by the Bureau of Land Management to have a wedding at Red Rock Canyon. This area will require you and your guest to take a hike for at least 15 minutes one way to reach the romantic tree where most ceremonies are done. There are many other nice spots to have a ceremony there as well.
The romantic view at the top is worth the hike after all. However, the weather can be unpredictable. My clients often ask me if there a is a plan B in the event of inclement weather. Any time you have an outdoor desert wedding you take a gamble, but this is Vegas, so to hedge your bets you want to pick a great season to have the wedding for starters.
Read this article to learn more about preparing for the weather for a Red Rock wedding. This article will give you essential tips you need to know which will help guide you to make a decision on the right month to prepare for a Red Rock Canyon desert wedding.
For those who think of getting married here during spring, Ash Springs would be the perfect choice. Red Rock Canyon may still get windy, though, in springtime. During this season, an air conversion happens and increases the wind to the Las Vegas valley and its surrounding areas. Ash Springs is a place where everyone can be protected from the wind, making it an ideal venue for your wedding.
If you are looking for cheap outdoor wedding venues in Las Vegas, the typical, old Western style of Spring Mountain Ranch is the answer for you. The natural beauty of this scenic historical park has made it an outdoor desert wedding venue choice for many couples. This Ranch had several illustrious owners owners ranging from Chester Lauck of the comedy team “Lum & Abner,” German actress Vera Krupp and millionaire Howard Hughes. It was awarded the designation of state park in 1973 and became a part of the Vegas historic district in 1976.
A desert wedding at Lake Mead in Nevada would be better if it’s paired with a scenic photo tour at Lake Las Vegas. Lake Mead and Lake Las Vegas are two different lakes however both have spectacular scenic views. If you are the more adventurous type of couple, a helicopter ride overlooking the panoramic views of Hoover Dam is also highly suggested. The breathtaking colors of pastel blues, browns, yellows and greens of this favored destination will surely make your wedding even more dramatic and dreamy. We know of a magical place to go where we have a spectacular scenic view of the Lake Mead recreation area.
Let us customize a package for you at this little known desert wedding location in Las Vegas.
7. Valley of Fire Helicopter Desert Wedding
Valley of Fire Desert Elopement Photo
The Valley of Fire state park is one of the most spectacular places to consider having a Las Vegas desert elopement wedding. Flying over a desert of reds and pastel blues, nature, and sunset feels like the two of you are in heaven. The Valley of Fire Helicopter Wedding includes:
· Overlooking breathtaking scenic views · Flying over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and extinct volcanoes · Sunset view of the Land at Valley of Fire State Park for Champagne · Flying over the illuminated lights of the Las Vegas strip during sunset
8. Grand Canyon Helicopter Desert Wedding
Grand Canyon Desert Elopement Photo
The Grand Canyon is located in Arizona, cutting across the Grand Canyon National Park. It is carved out by the Colorado River and is nearly 1,500 meters deep. Its geological history of over 2 billion years ago can be retraced on its strata. Pairing this kind of experience with the Valley of Fire is a one of a kind desert wedding idea. It is about a half hour helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon which and is actually located in Arizona. Even though the wedding ceremony takes place in Arizona you are legally pronounced married in Nevada. You will also get to enjoy spectacular views of the Las Vegas city skyline.
· Sightseeing the scenic views of the entire Grand Canyon · Flying over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and extinct volcanoes · Enjoying a romantic picnic lunch, cake, and champagne toast · A stunning return flight over the Mojave Desert · Flying over the illuminated lights of the Las Vegas strip during sunset
9. Mount Charleston Log Cabin Wedding
Mount Charleston is a haven of invigorating mountain air, ice-cold springs, and acres of noble evergreen forests. Its rugged mountain scenery extends across the crest of the Spring Mountains. It also boasts of towering crags, deep and wide canyons, narrow slot canyons, and steep hillsides.
The cabin is a great option if it’s cold outside. It is private and rustic, with great balcony views of mountain scenery. A well-planned customized outdoor desert wedding at Mount Charleston amidst the cool pine trees in this natural romantic setting would be also a great experience. Whether it’s a low cost wedding for two or even for a small group of people, we have a huge selection of great reception venues that can cater to your needs.
What Type of Wedding You Must Have
Weddings do not have to be luxurious. Most importantly, no one should dictate you on what type of wedding you must have. Whether it’s a traditional or a unique desert wedding, the thing that happens after it is what really matters–the start of a new beginning with the love of your life.
Having a Nelson Ghost Town elopement is an easy and stress free. That is why it is becoming an increasingly desired spot for Vegas destination wedding couples looking for a unique, fun and picturesque backdrop for their nuptials. It is also considered one of the most romantic places to elope in Vegas. Nelson is on a private property located about an hour away from Las Vegas and is a historical landmark becoming increasingly popular with wedding couples. Nelson is located in the mountains of Eldorado Canyon, Nevada. It has a rich history making it very popular tourist attraction.
Check out this YouTube video showing the plane blowing in 3000 Miles to Graceland. It’s a clip from the movie and the plane crash at Nelson is what is left from the explosion. I am my vendor team of professionals at Custom Las Vegas Weddings had a blast seeing their love and admiring the fun they had there during their Nelson ghost town elopement. What a joy it was to be around them. They were such fun loving people and had quite a laugh. They especially love the romantic vintage atmosphere at Nelson Ghost Town. As you see from the photos, they are so in love and had the time of their life posing and exploring the props and site.
Henk and Iris Peel traveled from the Netherlands to get married at Nelson Ghost Town
Nelson Ghost town in Eldorado Canyon has an old mine on the property which has daily guided tours. It showcases vintage relics such as old cars and buildings, old buildings, rusty antique trucks and more including a great collection of vintage signs. This makes a great backdrop for Nelson Ghost Town wedding photo tours, creating fun and romantic memories of a lifetime.
Romance – good times – memories to be made at Nelson Landing Ghost Town
Nelson Ghost Town showcases quite a variety of old used vehicles and equipment, even mining equipment that was actually used back in the day when the Techatticup gold mine was operational. There are a host of props to use for the backdrop of a wedding as you can see from the photos below.
Fun times and cheeky peek a boo at Nelson Landing Eldorado Canyon Nevada
Having a Nelson Ghost Town elopement was the best choice for Henk and Iris. Iris is a photo officinato in the Netherlands and loved taking photos herself, even during her own wedding. She loved the vintage theme and it was her love of the idea that prompted them to have a Nelsons Landing wedding. They had such an incredible time exploring and posing for photos with the old props, crashed airplane, air-stream trailer and they even decided to get in the old rusty tubs.
A perfect ending to a beautiful day. Congratulations you two!
Some people say it only takes only 20 minutes to get to Nelson Ghost Town. I will caution you here on that and add, it really depends on where you start from and what the traffic is like on the day. It has always taken me 1 hour to travel there because the road used to get there is under construction and Las Vegas traffic has become more congested recently.
Here is a map below showing directions to Nelson’s Landing where the Ghost Town is. You will want to leave extra time to get there if you are traveling in your own vehicle.
To get to the Nelson’s Landing take US-95 South toward Boulder City. You will want to keep alert because the Searchlight exit comes up quickly on the right just before you reach Boulder City. It’s a very small sign and easy to miss but if you do miss it you have to go to Boulder City and do a U-Turn. As you travel toward Searchlight there is a large dry lake bed (on your right) at about the ten mile marker. When you pass the dry lake bed, you will a large solar panel field and that is your marker to look to the left. On the left is a very small sign (Exit 165) that says Nelson on your left. Take that exit and drive another 10-12 miles and it will take you right into the town of Nelson, Nevada where the ghost town is.
How To Make More of Nelson Ghost Town Weddings By Doing Less
For those of you who want to explore alternatives to the traditional wedding setting that is offered within urban areas, Nelson ghost town represents a unique and unforgettable experience. An abandoned town, located near a former gold mine, this popular location offers a secluded and private venue for your wedding ceremony.
The setting itself is sufficient to enrich the ceremony, featuring a number of abandoned buildings, antiques, vintage vehicles, and the unmatched desert landscape. For those of you who enjoy vintage ceremonies, Nelson is a great chance to experience one in its natural setting. The style is that of the late 1800’s, so expect your wedding to be nontraditional and unique.
Here is a scene from the past. Fun stuff.
This unique desert location goes by many names such as Eldorado Canyon, Nelson’s Landing, or Eldorado ghost town event center at Searchlight, NV. This abandoned community looks like a real-life movie set. It is located fairly close to Las Vegas at it also proves practical for wedding ceremonies and celebration events. This has become a very popular place to have an Eldorado mine ghost town adventure.
How to organize a Ghost town wedding ceremony
Aside from wedding ceremonies, people often visit Nelson town for photo shoots, filming commercials and themed parties. Many of these are organized independently, but that requires a lot of work.
Now — that is a unique old vehicle !
A DIY wedding, for example, requires herculean effort. Partially because the town is at a 45 minute driving distance from Las Vegas, but also because it lacks certain facilities. Organizing everything will take dozens of trips back and forth, and will cost a lot of time and money.
Independent transportation can also be expensive, and you’d have to spend some time logistically planning the transport, which when scaled at 50 or so guests adds up to frustration.
Choosing an Eldorado Canyon Wedding Location
For those of you who love the vintage Las Vegas wedding style, Nelson ghost town offers several venue options. The three most popular ones however, are the main barn, the cactus barn, and the cactus garden.
This wedding video below shows clients of mine, Henk and Iris, who traveled all the way from the Netherlands to have their wedding at Nelson Ghost Town. Iris is a professional photographer herself and wanted to take photos of the old cars and unique relics. They immersed their selves in to the fun it all thoroughly as you can tell from the fun video. They really had the time of their lives and made some fantastic memories. Watch this video as it showcases the various props and fun paraphernalia to enjoy at this old unique ghost town in the Nevada desert.
In Henk and Iris’ case they wanted to take in the site and spend more time exploring and walking around. They decided to rent a car and drive there themselves and enjoy many hours taking it all in snapping all the photos they could. Some couples having a destination wedding in Las Vegas have decided this as well. It does save money not to spend a lot of the limousine ride there and back. It takes 1 hour each way to travel to Nelson Ghost Town which is sometimes a bit difficult to find.
The Main barn is probably the perfect setting for those who’d prefer the vintage desert style, but still what to be partially protected from the elements. It is a very intimate setting, for a lofty and unforgettable ceremony.
Looking out from the two story barn hayloft. A romantic place.
The property also offers countless areas for exploration and unique nelson ghost town photography. So make sure to schedule according to your number of guests. The main barn is likely the best option for a unique themed Las Vegas wedding ceremony.
Here is some tips to make your wedding ceremony more comfortable at Nelson
The desert landscape and vintage setting will do most of the job for creating a wonderful vintage atmosphere. But make sure to communicate with your partner and important guests, in order to organize a cohesive appearance. This will further immerse guests into the Las Vegas vintage style, and make your photographs elegant and unforgettable.
Do note that there is no electricity around, so plan upfront, and book an acoustic band if you are planning to bring the music along. Some musicians are prepared, and know how to find a way around this hurdle, but you have to communicate this upfront.
Considering the small number of important guests attending the ceremony, you should send them a number of useful tips, so safety is guaranteed and nothing stands a chance of ruining the wedding experience. Adequate footwear is a must, because you will be exposed to the desert, where there are nails, cactus and glass abound. Another important precaution you have to make is to ensure people are constantly hydrated. So either plan upfront and bring refreshments, or write to your guests to factor dehydration as well. If sensitive to certain temperature extremes, make sure to follow the weather forecast and book appropriately.
While there is no electricity around, you don’t have to worry about restroom facilities.
If you still haven’t decided upon a date for your wedding ceremony, have in mind that fall and spring have the ideal desert temperature. As far as time of day goes, you can enrich the romantic setting by having the ceremony at sunset.
Exploration will add another element to the whole wedding experience, so allow your guests to wander around by booking and organizing your ceremony appropriately. There is hardly a better opportunity to enjoy the Old West.
You may also want to visit this helpful article to prepare for the weather
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Still considering doing a DIY Wedding?
Many couples decide they only want a small Las Vegas wedding for two and decide to have an Eldorado Canyon elopement ceremony. You may book the location for only your wedding ceremony or also hold your reception there. If you do a DIY wedding, you will need to know some of the organizational requirements first.
While the Main barn has an on-site kitchen, you will still have to bring in everything in order to have a proper reception. Then, there is renting and decorating chairs, tables, and catering…
A romantic photo in Eldorado Canyon desert cactus field.
Additionally, you’d have to purchase a wedding permit, hire a minister, photographer and figure out transport, which requires a lot of DIY homework not to mention effort.
It is quite an organizational hurdle, so it’s better sit back, and let someone who plans weddings for a living help you. Many brides-to-be are overestimating themselves trying to organize a perfect DIY wedding, only to find out an insurmountable challenge ahead.
And this is perfectly understandable, because professionals pour in lots of hours organizing a single ceremony, and have moving parts already figured out. The wedding ceremony is an once-in-a-lifetime experience, so it’s incredibly satisfying to be a guest at your own.
For those who want to travel there on their own here is a map and directions to assist in your journey there. Read this article to learn more about Nelson’s landing in Nevada.The informative article tells the modern story about Nelson mining town. Nelson sits on a site that is actually an old mine. In fact they conduct mine tours to this day.
Click this photo to visit written directions to Nelson Ghost Town.
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Leaving the organization to someone else and focusing on the actual wedding will make an unforgettable experience. You can open up a dozen of Pinterest boards, focus on your dress and hairstyle and make sure the most important guests know your idea for the themed ceremony.
The former gold mining town at Eldorado Canyon at Nelson will take care of everything else, by combining desert landscape with several rustic and vintage buildings, coupled with whimsical props – such as a crashed airplane and a number of antique trucks scattered around.
Here is an informational link giving top tips to prepare for your experience:
Eldorado Canyon, Nelson NV: See 121 reviews, articles, and 227 photos and see why it’s ranked No.1 on TripAdvisor among 4 attractions in Nelson.
This is an ideal place for those who seek and enjoy the retro vintage style. You will have a wedding to remember, and your guests will tell their friends about the reception and lovely ceremony. Combined with a Las Vegas party afterwards, this will be a day to remember.