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.
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!
Photo of Julie Nourish – Elopement Wedding Planner in Las Vegas
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.
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
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.
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.
Julie pinning a boutonniere on the groom
How do you differ from other Las Vegas destination elopement planners in Las Vegas?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For those of you who want to explore alternatives to the traditional wedding setting that is offered within urban areas, Eldorado Canyon 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.
Nelson Landing Weddings
Aside from the experience of Nelson Ghost town weddings, 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.
Location choices for Eldorado Canyon Weddings
For those of you who love the vintage Las Vegas wedding style, Nelsons landing 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 Nelson Ghost Town wedding ceremony more comfortable
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 Nelson Ghost Town 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.
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.
For those who want to travel there on their own here is a map and directions to assist in your journey there.
Click this photo to visit written directions to Nelson Landing
Consider Nelson ghost town wedding packages
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.