9 Mistakes to Avoid if You Plan to Elope in Vegas

9 Mistakes to Avoid if You Plan to elope in Vegas

Say yes to the idea of an elopement in Vegas!  Many people underestimate simplicity and tie themselves with all sorts expectations. But if you’re familiar with what I’m saying, then maybe this will sound like a good option for your big day instead-especially since it’s less expensive than most weddings (and can be done quicker).

Tying the knot is usually more work than just saying yes.  It typically involves a lot of family and friends, faces familiar or less so; it can be overwhelming to elope in Vegas for your big event when you don’t know what will make everything go smoothly on such an important day!

But if you’re feeling overwhelmed with all these expectations–an elopement in Las Vegas might offer some relief from tradition-driven weddings (and expensive ceremony costs) by letting two people who love each other have their own small celebration without any fuss at all.

One: Not leaving enough time for hair and makeup

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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 in our experience, the bride needs to allow a lot more time to have the make-up session, especially if her bridal party is also receiving services.

As a general rule, it will take approximately two hours to have hair and make-up services rendered.  So remember, it’s best to schedule your glam team at least two hours prior to the ceremony per person receiving services. This is a much-needed opportunity to be pampered, relax, drink a mimosa, and actually enjoy the preparation while savoring the moment.

In Las Vegas, the makeup artists will come to you and provide services in your hotel room. Just remember, no matter how simple you prefer your wedding, hair and makeup services will always require extra time and often more time that you planned.  If you need more advice on how much estimated time,  you are well-advised to ask your wedding planner. 

Two: Not capturing your memories in photos

There are so many options to Elope 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. Having a Vegas wedding photographer can go a long way for many reasons.

  • First of all, if you are having an elopement, it will just be the two of you but in Nevada a witness is required.  The photographer will step in and be the witness for your legalities.
  • Secondly, it may be a mistake that you may regret to not have photos as a keepsake of your experience.  Think about it, choosing to have a photographer will give you amazing pictures to share with family and friends. And even better, you may choose some special photos to hang on your wall at home so you can remember your event often as you walk around your house.  You may even decide to go upscale and hire a videographer to make the experience even more cherished and capture it live for posterity. 

Be sure your photographer has a camera that will make a backup of the photos they are taking however. Mistakes can happen and photos can get lost by camera malfunctions. If the photographer is a professional, they will have cameras that provide that function. 

The ceremony itself is the focus of the entire event and capturing poses of the exchange of rings, vows and special moments is essential.  Once again, this is where the photographer will shine in capturing the special moments for you; but be sure to hire a professional photographer to record those special moments in time with the regrets of having sub-par photos. Excellent photographers will be able to provide creative shots that family members most likely will not be able to duplicate.  You will have memories etched in time to remember.

Three: Not considering the first look

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The first look is a tradition where the bride and groom see each other for the first time before a wedding takes place. In these modern times it’s sometimes done privately and many couples choose to have it done in their wedding suite or in a photo session before the elopement takes place.  But first looks also often take place during the processional when the bride walks down the aisle. 

This is a precious moment and you only have the opportunity once. Having the first look when the bride walks down the aisle can often times be a bit tricky though.  It will require great timing and logistical planning to make sure the guests and the groom don’t see the bride at all before the ceremony. 

It would be a mistake for the bride to not have separate transportation to the wedding location. It would also be a mistake to not have another additional coordinator or personal friend be on point as an assistant to time the arrival of the bride to walk in at the right moment.

For the first look, the bride needs to be seen by the groom at an inappropriate time so the expression of the both the bride and groom can be captured as they see each other for the first time on their wedding day.

Grooms get excited to see their beautiful brides dressed up to the nines and have been often known to take a peak too early.  They need to be reminded to look away, otherwise they can mistakenly look too soon and ruin the moment. 

Four: Not being prepared for the formalities

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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 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. For instance, in December we have a flood of cowboys come in for the yearly rodeo here.  You need to book your hotel reservations well in advance or try to avoid having the event during that time of December or your hotel rates will be sky high.  

It’s also important to be prepared for seasonal weather fluctuations.  Not knowing specifics about what you will face with the weather could put a huge damper on your event.  For instance, when the weather changes from the cold season (which doesn’t last long) to the warmer weather, we experience tremendous winds in Las Vegas.

If you want some more important tips on the times various conventions are held in Las Vegas, click the link below to visit my blog post that covers that information and provides valuable links to convention information. 

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Five: Scheduling the celebration dinner too soon

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Restaurant overlooking the Bellagio Fountains 

Though not exactly busy like New York or Los Angeles, traveling through the city of Vegas still takes longer than expected to travel from location to location. Getting from the wedding location to the wedding reception can easily become super stressful if you forget to schedule the celebration and leave enough time to account for traffic congestion and other unplanned incidents.

This is where a wedding planner will be invaluable asset to you because they create an itinerary for you to keep your event on track. When you are eloping, almost anything can happen and often the unexpected does happen which may circumvent a well-planned itinerary. In these circumstances, last-minute revisions will need to be made.

One problem I have experienced happening at events is delays with the limo or the Las Vegas wedding venue you are using. God knows what else can and will happen. If you are brave enough to plan it yourself, it’s best to leave enough room in your schedule to make last-minute improvising to keep your celebration timeline on track. 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.

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Six: Not using the complimentary hotel concierge services

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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 the small services a hotel concierge provides for free can be a lifesaver. Some of the planning assistance they may offer, depending on the hotel are some of the essential referrals you may need such as dress and tux, salon and spa services, and more. Also, use the valuable services of a concierge to help you when setting up reminders for appointments.

As you get closer to your event the stress usually becomes higher in intensity. Then it may be harder to remain as calm and coordinated as you would like to be. You may 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

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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 an 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: Elopement Las Vegas Jitters – avoid partying too much and lack of sleep, dehydration

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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 upfront, 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 to elope in Vegas stress-free.

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If you are in Vegas for the first time, try to make the calculations upfront, 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, as well as local knowledge of the good and bad side of Vegas. The city is constantly changing and we are known as one of the largest “scam cities” in the world. Unfortunately, that title comes with most major tourism sites. Hiring a Vegas planner is like taking the hand of a friend who has lived through it all.

Your planner will give you invaluable advice to steer away from the dark side of the city and into those dazzling lights that you really came to see! For example, beware of texts or phone calls following your ceremony from the “Marriage License Bureau” requesting that you send them additional money to validate your marriage license for an additional cost! This is a recent scam that has plagued a few traveling couples. Having a planner as your ally will help in saving you money in the long run even in ways you could never think of, making your experience eloping in Vegas stress free.

Utilize our eloping in Vegas budget calculator to get an idea what you want to set for your budget.

 

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Vendors have a more relaxed experience when collaborating with wedding planners, who can provide dozens of discounts for transportation and other small perks. This saves you money in the long run while also putting your mind at ease by taking care everything from start to finish – all within an affordable price tag! A Vegas elopement planner will take what’s needed out there; they’ll make sure it falls within budget too so don’t worry about overspending on this special occasion as much because their services include extended treatment plans just like any high-end chef would do during food preparation time: making every detail count–and staying true no matter how many obstacles come along (“What could go wrong?”).

If you want to make eloping in Vegas easier, consider going through a professional elopement wedding planner. They can help you plan every detail of your special day, including finding vendors, venues, photographers, transportation, etc., They take care of the logistics too, like creating and overseeing your itinerary and making sure everything runs smoothly . Plus, they can save you money by negotiating lower rates with vendors and offering discounts to couples.

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We at Custom Las Vegas weddings love to provide our couples with scenic Vegas wedding packages or just a simple Vegas elopement experiences.

Click here to view some simple Vegas elopement wedding ideas.

 

The elopement 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, photoshoots, and logistical solutions to every step of the way. Contact Julie here to help you plan your Las Vegas wedding.

Planning a Vegas Wedding – Essential Seasonal Tips

Seasonal weather tips for your Vegas Nuptual Planning

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

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

What is the seasonal weather like in Vegas? 

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

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What Spring Weather in Vegas Brings

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

Windy Weather in the Springtime

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

Summer Weather – Pros and Cons

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Autumn in Vegas is Gorgeous and Popular:

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

Winter Las Vegas Weddings 

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

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Winter Weather Pros and Cons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Year’s Eve:

Planning for New Years Eve in Las Vegas

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

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

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

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

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

The answer to that question is off season.  

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

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

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

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

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

 

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11 Tips for a Las Vegas Destination Wedding

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

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

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

1. Jet lag preparation

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

2. Enough time to sleep and recuperate

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

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

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

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

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

4. Keep hydrated

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

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

5. Exchange money to have dollars before you arrive

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

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

6. Knowing about public transportation

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

7. Save money by renting a vehicle

Car Rental

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

8. Make show reservations ahead of time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11. Be prepared to tip

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

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11 Valuable Tips for Eloping in Las Vegas

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This article shares 11 valuable tips to set your mind at ease about the thought of eloping in Las Vegas. You may not have thought of these reasons but if you are on the fence about making the final decision to elope in Vegas, here are some valid reasons to do so to help justify your decision. This article will help If you need some justification or just want some great tips and Vegas elopement advice.

For instance, where will your wedding take place? What are the essential items you need? Where do you plan to eat and be entertained after you are married?  These are just some of the elements of information you need to elope to Las Vegas. 

1. How to Elope to Las Vegas 

Even though choosing to Eloping in Vegas is is easy to do, it does require sufficient planning to make it stress-free and enjoyable. Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and offers all the benefits and perks of a well-established hospitality mecca at your fingertips. The novelty of eloping in Las Vegas is the wonderful options you have and the myriad choices of things to do and places to experience your nuptial celebration.  It’s a great place to start your journey and experience a fantastic story to cherish for a lifetime of memories to share!

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2. Eloping in Las Vegas is the no-guilt, stress-free solution

You don’t have to feel Vegas elopement remorse when you come to Las Vegas to get married.  When you are prepared to tell your loved ones, they can hardly be upset when you tell them you eloped in Las Vegas because it’s an accepted trend.  Eloping in Las Vegas is an accepted option for many couples and you should be able to enjoy the experience without remorse. Vegas is the perfect place to come if you are planning to elope because it’s set up to accommodate your needs at a moment’s notice.  Knowing it is the right choice for you and your partner is all that matters.

3. Not upsetting the VIP in your life:

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  Break the news about your elopement to your VIP’s gently and wisely


Not upsetting anyone of your friends and loved ones is a concern but if no one is coming then everyone is being treated equally.  This actually makes it an easier choice for you to make and many people love the ease of it. Create a plan to tell your VIP after the wedding. This will help you work through the process of how you want to tell them and how you want to say it. You can even create a script. This will allow you to carefully choose your words and to give you the chance to get out everything you want to say first before they start firing questions at you. Telling the people closest to you in person is the best idea.  Telling them in person is much more caring and personal and should make a huge difference. Sending out cards or emails is appropriate for those you consider acquaintances.

4. The legal preparation is easier in Vegas:

There is not as much planning to elope to Las Vegas than if you were to have a wedding with many guests and a large reception but you will still have important things on your to do list. The one most essential thing you can’t forget even with eloping is the legal prep. You need to ensure you register in advance, figure out what ID and paperwork that you would need to bring along and then once that is all done, you need to obtain the marriage license before going to the event location to do the ceremony.

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5. A Vegas wedding elopement simplifies planning

Planning an elopement in Las Vegas is much easier than planning a large wedding in Vegas but you still don’t want to forget the small details. That small detail could end up being a bigger issue down the road. Using a Vegas wedding elopement planner that knows the ins and outs of the wedding industry in Las Vegas will best guide you if you are eloping in Las Vegas and will ensure your elopement is a safe and fun, stress-free choice. They can help you if you’re trying to budget your money because they know the local wedding vendors. A Vegas planner also will also be proficient enough to guide you and help you navigate the process and provide important advice on overall preparation. An experienced planner will offer an array of services and essential guidance making sure you simple wedding for two is an experience to remember for all the right reasons.

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advantage of informality:  One of the greatest things about eloping in Las Vegas is your dress and wedding attire don’t have to be traditional or formal. Wear something unique and weather appropriate for the Las Vegas desert setting. A lot of wedding couples keep their elopement attire simple and opt for a simple vest or dress shirt and semi-formal dress.  There is an assortment of dress options when you elope but none of them are required or expected. That is the beauty of eloping. If you end up needing some clothing assistance, there are many dress, tux and gown shops that provide last minute services.  They will provide mobile, last minute services such as picking up your clothes and steaming them or providing the attire completely.  This makes your decision a breeze and you don’t have to stress about finding the right outfit or not having choices if you forget to bring something along. 

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The weather in the Las Vegas desert setting is probably different then what you’re typically used to as well.  Las Vegas weather is typically warmer than most places. If you want advice about the seasons in Las Vegas and average temperatures, view this article for more information.  This article will help you prepare for the Las Vegas climate with essential seasonal tips for your wedding preparation.

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The information may change the way you decide to dress while here. If the climate in Vegas is drastically different to your own at home, the difference may make you brave enough to be super creative. You might just want to come up with a unique look that will rock the desert.

7. A simple Vegas wedding saves money

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The allure of choosing to elope in Vegas is the expense savings you reap the benefits of.  There are many things you won’t have to contend with when you decide to elope. You will incur less expense if you elope in Vegas than if you decide to have a large formal affair. Below you will see some comparisons of each option. You will still have some expenses if you elope but less of them.

Expenses you will avoid if you elope:

  • Pre-wedding dinners and parties (bachelorette and bachelor parties).
  • A large reception with DJ:  Reception venues typically cost $2000 or more for 4 hours.
  • Food for all your guests:  Food per person on the Vegas Strip starts at about $70-$100 per person unless it’s a buffet and buffets have disadvantages at times.
  • Alcohol expense:  Alcohol is a huge expense if you have an open bar.  The more people you have the more expensive it will get for your budget. 
  • Decorations: The flowers, lights, dance floor and staff to accommodate setup and breakdown can be high dollar items in the end.
  • Transportation for guests:  Your guests need to get there and back. If it’s a large party of people (30-50) bus transportation is in the $550 range just for 3 hours.
  • Receptions take 4 or more hours and cost on average $5-$10,000.  Most receptions last around 4 hours. 
  • Entertainment:  Typically, it’s a DJ although other entertainment can cost a pretty penny.
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Expenses you will have – but less expensive:

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8. Saving on venue costs:

Venue costs will be much less expensive if you elope in Vegas. The cost of eloping in Las Vegas and choosing a simple venue is cheap compared to the cost of using a venue for a large group of guests. Las Vegas wedding venues typically cost $2000 and upward to several thousands of dollars to rent for a large event.

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Renting a reception venue for a full blown form affair costs more because the duration of the event usually lasts 4 to 5 hours. The choice to elope means your venue will not be needed as long. The time spent at the venue for an elopement is usually one to two hours at the most but usually no more than an hour.  Even if you have a unique elopement experience in Las Vegas, it will still be much cheaper than a full blown formal wedding.  There are many great elopement venue choices in Las Vegas and they are much cheaper to use.  You may also use the venues in creative ways that won’t break the bank.

For instance, a Nelson Ghost Town elopement is a fun experience and the venue for up to 10 people costs only $100 to rent the venue for an elopement. There are quite a lot of great options to choose for eloping in Vegas with fun venues that will fit your budget.

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9. Saving on vendor expenses:
  Oftentimes your best deal when thinking of a Vegas Elopement, one often thinks of keeping it simple. 

Hiring vendors as a DIY project is time-consuming and gets expensive. Hiring a planner that offers all in one service will make the overall experience more relaxing, enjoyable, and memorable for the right reasons.

If you choose an all inclusive Las Vegas elopement package, your planning will be stress free and you’ll reap the benefits of the savings you desire.

10. Not putting people out:  Some couples feel they don’t want the fuss of a wedding registry or feeling like they are making others obligated to give gifts.  Some people just don’t want to put other people out and ask for gifts. Nonetheless, it is customary for a bride and groom to give one another a small gift.  

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For instance, when you have a small wedding for two people your choices for creative, fun and unique wedding experiences open up. You may choose to have adventurous or scenic wedding like a Las Vegas desert elopement

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Fun Vintage wedding at Nelson Ghost Town:
  There are a lot of scenic choices you may consider if you want to be more adventurous.  I have written other articles about this topic. Rather than thoroughly explaining all the different scenic wedding location options in Las Vegas available to choose from I recommend you visit this wedding blog for more Vegas elopement advice and ideas.

Making your experience unique doesn’t necessarily mean you need a lot of people there or that you have to spend a lot of money on a venue. First, ensure you’re doing what you and your partner want to do then let the decision go and enjoy it. If you want to make your experience especially unique customize your ceremony or pick a special location that means a lot to you and your beloved. There are a lot of fantastic ways to elope in Las Vegas. Choosing a fun and unique location to elope will make the experience memorable.

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If you choose one of these Las Vegas desert elopement wedding packages, the planning will all be done for you. This means you will have a stress-free wedding experience.  For a desert city, Las Vegas has a lot of different desert terrain options to choose from around it.  It has Lakes, Mountains, stunning red rock formations, and an assortment of resorts that resemble a dreamy oasis setting and beautiful nature preserve settings. To many people who visit Las Vegas, it’s surprising Vegas and the surrounding areas offer so much natural beauty.

Las Vegas elopement:  When people think of getting married in Vegas, they typically think of having their wedding on the Vegas Strip with all the excitement and pizzazz.  What researching couples don’t realize until they put effort into the search is, a Vegas Strip wedding costs a pretty penny, even if you go to a chapel.  For that reason, many couples opt for a unique Vegas elopement and choose to have their wedding in a suite or resort setting.  If this option sounds appealing

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Get a plan before you commit

Choosing a Las Vegas wedding wedding company that provides dedicated wedding packages is the best choice for a wedding elopement in Las Vegas. Getting advice, guidance from a Vegas wedding vendor you can trust and implementing a good plan you can count on is going to be your safest option. This option will help you if you are trying to stretch your dollars as well as ensure you have the best experience you can possibly have.

Use a reputable elopement wedding planner:

It may be a surprise to hear this but if you use a reputable Las Vegas wedding planner, the decision will save you money and time in the end. Vegas wedding establishments can cost a lot of money and there is a lot you don’t know. A good wedding elopement planner will know the vendors you need and all the hidden expenses you will run into and will create a cost effective all-in-one planning in conjunction with vendor services to save you a pretty penny.  A good wedding planner that is geared toward offering wedding deals is a fantastic bargain.  This choice will save you money because a good planner will recommend and plan independent vendors that offer discounts.  Those discounts will be passed on to you as a part of their services.

Wedding planning is a stressful endeavor but when you choose to work with a Las Vegas wedding planner who knows the area.  This way the planner will take care of all the details and stress for you and wrap up all the services you need and make your experience effortless.

If eloping in Las Vegas is your dream then we hope these 11 tips make it an even easier choice for you!

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Custom Las Vegas Weddings has been named a top winner for elopement planning services since 2009 via WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®

On June 16, 2020 Custom Las Vegas Weddings was once again announced a winner of the 2020 WeddingWire awards.

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It is honored to be one of the top wedding businesses in Las Vegas for elopement services on WeddingWire.com. Read two of the 149 independent elopement reviews written by happy customers on WeddingWire. 

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Floyd & Beatrice Campbell

Simply Amazing!   6-11-2020  5.0

Julie is so AWESOME! She coordinated everything so BEAUTIFULLY in less then 2 weeks simply AMAZING! Our original plans were to fly out to California to visit family, but we ended up incorporating Los Vegas to get married since we were so close to that area. I searched online for different places to get married in Vegas and came across Julie’s information and read the reviews and knew at that moment I wanted Julie to coordinate our wedding. I called and after we talked the rest was HISTORY! Julie made our wedding so very SPECIAL! She is very professional, organized, and inexpensive, we LOVED everything!  The option of our vows, professional photographer Jack and the BEAUTIFUL photos he took, the florist and limo driver! .Julie made planning our wedding STRESS FREE that was PRICELESS!  You are the best Julie!/ You will come highly recommended to any of our friends or family members wanting to get married in Vegas! Thank you again Julie!

 

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When my husband and I decided to get married in Las Vegas, one of the main things we wanted to do was a photo shoot at The Neon Museum. I had no clue how to go about this being in PA and there were a lot of things needed such as permits and such. After some google searches I found Custom Las Vegas Weddings. I reached out and Julie made this dream possible! She made it so easy for us and was always in contact and extremely professional! I’m so so thankful for her and all the work she did to make this possible! We got our pictures back so fast as well, they are stunning, and our photographer was just amazing!! This was seriously a dream come true thanks to Custom Las Vegas Weddings, Julie, and Jack! Thank you all!

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Weddings are one among the most important and significant events in a person’s life. Typically weddings are not a piece of cake when it comes to the planning process.

Many wedding couples opt to have the traditional full blown wedding but it’s becoming a popular trend to downsize the wedding in many ways. Custom Las Vegas Weddings has created a large variety of Las Vegas elopement packages and wedding planning services. Many couples want to elope in Las Vegas or have a mid-size wedding that doesn’t break the bank. This company is a premier Las Vegas wedding planner serving couples from all over the world.

The preconfigured wedding packages on Custom Las Vegas Weddings website showcase a variety of customizable options. Customers may look over the packages and customize services based on their needs. The Las Vegas elopement packages are tailored to make them the most unique experiences. 

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The company has collaborated not only with the most professional vendors but also the most trendy Las Vegas Strip wedding venues and outdoor scenic wedding venues. They also will create one-of-a-kind elopement packages for the many outdoor Las Vegas wedding venues here in Vegas to include romantic and upscale styled photo sessions to accompany the experience. These experiences create amazing photo keepsake memories which you will treasure and hold close to your heart forever.

The customized services will make your wedding day stress free and easy to plan from a distance as your services are planned with care and attention to detail.

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These services are supplemented with modern choices for flower planning and decoration, tux and dress planning, makeup and hair planning and specialized limousine services to customize your wedding experience. We also will make restaurant reservations and recommendations for you.

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Custom Las Vegas Weddings provides destination wedding couples customized elopement services without the large price tag. 

Contact the company here to discuss your vision and trust us to provide excellent, caring service.

With over 140 positive reviews to our credit we have your needs covered.

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