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Las Vegas has been long known as the wedding capital of the world. With marriage licenses extremely easy to get (bringing a completed short form to the Clark County Marriage Bureau can get you a license within minutes), dashing to Sin City to tie the knot is an institution. But, with marriage rates dropping nationwide and campy Elvis-style ceremonies falling out of fashion, Vegas weddings may have peaked. By this fall, however, that could change.
You may have noticed an increase in the number of times we’ve mentioned the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning/Queer) community here in recent months. A new focus by hotel executives has resulted in LGBTQ-themed nightclub events, pool parties and social mixers, annual Pride and GayDays events, and Liason, the first gay nightclub in a Strip casino. And yet, Las Vegas is still playing catch-up to the rest of the country on the issue of same-sex marriage. (Note: the term "gay marriage" is largely frowned upon within the LGBTQ community as it reinforces inequality and separatism.)
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Time for another VegasChatter Question! This one comes from Richard B. who needs help planning the perfect Vegas vacation with friends. Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and you just might see it here on VegasChatter!
Hi guys and gals, I am coming August 17th to get married, staying at MGM for 15 nights. We are from the UK, a group of oldies aged 50 and upwards. Can anyone recommend places to visit, shows, restaurants? Also have not booked a place to get wed yet, so any recommendations for that? Thanks."
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A loyal VegasChatter reader is coming to town and hunting for a good place to renew his wedding vows. This got us thinking about the perfect Vegas-y place to tie (or re-tie) the knot. This writer happened to have a lovely ceremony at A Little White Wedding Chapel where she married a Capriotti’s sandwich. (Really.)
This venue proved to be a classic Vegas wedding chapel complete with the obligatory Elvis and cheesy outdoor gazebo. A bonus for couples who don’t bring the whole family: you can stream your wedding live on the Internet so friends and family can join in. There are two different Elvis packages featuring a ceremony in a vintage pink Cadillac and tunes from The King himself (well, the next best thing). Packages range from $55-$1,179.
Everyone loves a wedding, right? That's why we especially get all giggly and teary eyed when hearing about your Vegas weddings. So, when VegasChatter reader Jennifer C. sent us her story we absolutely had to share it.
Jennifer had the right idea from the get-go: Reaching out to VegasChatter on Facebook for advice during the planning stage. Things were going swimmingly. Her ideas, our suggestions. Her dream itinerary was forming. What could go wrong? Then fear set in that her big weekend may not be so Beautiful when she realized a large music, art and food festival might alter many of her downtown plans. Road closures, neighborhood lockdowns, and curfews. Oh my. The Mob Bar was on her hit list, too, but with a then-pending move to Downtown Grand there was uncertainty there, too.
Now, that the palindrome wedding craze is officially dunzo, Las Vegas is looking at other interesting sequences of dates to convince people to get married up. Next up? 11/12/13.
The Neon Museum has already put together a package called "The Magic Day" which will offer a 30-minute wedding ceremony for the couple and four guests inside the two-acre Neon Boneyard, along with a 30-minute photo shoot amongst some of Las Vegas' old neon signs. The package also throws in a bottle of champagne, cupcakes and an exclusive pair of his-and-her Neon Museum wedding-themed shirts. Total cost: $111,213. Kidding! It's actually just $650.
Only in Vegas can you celebrate every occasion involved with getting married all at once and in the most over-the-top way. But, isn’t having a bachelor(ette) party/wedding/honeymoon in Vegas tacky, you ask? Absolutely not! Vegas is notorious for its debauchery, but countless five star restaurants and legitimate wedding chapels (not just drive-thrus!) prove that Sin City has an elegant and romantic side, too. Here are are five reasons an all-in-one Vegas wedding extravaganza is the best thing ever.
1. Bachelor(ette) Parties
Long before The Hangover, brides- and grooms-to-be flocked to Vegas for one last wild escapade before tying the knot. And, why wouldn’t they? Men have their choice of strip clubs and steak houses. (Both, even. Hello, Treasures!) And, let’s not forget that ladies can have their beefcake and eat it, too. Don a veil and a tube dress and the Chippendales will be all over you, and the whole city will probably offer to buy you shots!
Nothing says till death do us part like a "Good Fellas Blood Oath Ceremony" bachelor party.
Downtown's Mob Museum is now hosting weddings. And, not just publicity stunts. They can be themed or just fancy. Accoutrements for your special day might include cellists, actors dressed as hit men and cupcakes instead of a wedding cake. Plus, your photo album has the potential to be very unique.
While the planners seem very open to let you customize your experience, the Museum offers four simplified package options. And, no Elvis in sight. (Pretty sure they'll book you an Elvis if you need one, though.)
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When Aria opened in 2009, it did so without something that had become a standard amenity within Vegas resorts -- a wedding chapel. Whatever the thinking, the CityCenter hotel-casino must have tired of seeing couples in love spend wedded bliss
and dough elsewhere because it built, and recently opened, a chapel of its own.
The Wedding Chapel at Aria was culled from convention space, but despite coming several years after the resort, looks as if it's been there all along. Located on the first floor of the convention center, an oversized frosted glass window, two dark-colored wooden doors and a simple plaque provide a discreet facade for the 2,750-square-foot venue hidden away from sight.
Stepping inside reveals a small, yet elegant reception area as well as a meeting room for planning sessions, both adorned in neutral hues. The understated decor subtly impresses through a chic mix of textures and patterns rather than too bright colors and trite floral designs. (Although, we did fall in love with the vivid, amethyst-colored light fixtures floating overhead that reminded us of jewels.)
Just beyond these rooms are the chapel's biggest selling points, contemporary his and her spaces for the bride and groom. For him, a room dominated by a pool table. For her, a plush boudoir filled with plenty of seating and, likely more importantly, plenty of mirrors. Another big plus? There is only one wedding hall (the muted design continues here with touches of cream, beige and mauve) meaning you won't bump into other couples nor need to compete for attention. Your union will be the sole focus while you are there. Photos of all the spaces can be found in the gallery below.
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Vegas offers some unusual ways to tie the knot, from drive-thru chapels to ring-dispensing gumball machines, but an Austrian couple plans to partake in perhaps the town’s most unusual ceremony: an underwater wedding in a 117,000-gallon aquarium at the Silverton on April 18.
Donning a weighted bridal gown and tuxedo along with full scuba gear, the couple will exchange vows underwater as friends and family watch and listen via microphone. The sharks, stingrays and tropical fish that call the tank home round out the guest list.
Talk about a wet and sloppy first kiss.
In a city where tying the knot is limited only by your imagination, it's no surprise that you can now start your forever after at a... Denny's. Denny's on Fremont, specifically. The same one that so surprised us, we hailed it as our most unexpected find of 2012.
Four months after its Neonopolis debut, America's diner is now offering a healthy serving of wedded bliss to go alongside your rasher of eggs and bacon. Denny's on Fremont will host its first wedding on April 3. And, you can reserve yours now for the Grand Slam starting price of $95 bucks.
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Don't know how we missed this one. How'd you like to get married by the former hizzoner Oscar Goodman? Vegas' favorite, controversial, thrice-elected official is now officiating wedding ceremonies at the Plaza, for anyone willing to pony up the extra bucks.
We actually had to dig around to find the cost, but The "Mobster Ceremony" includes the wedding and the chance to "enjoy a specialty martini toast for up to 12 guests." Oscar really, really enjoys Bombay Sapphire gin martinis. Cost of becoming part of Vegas lore? $3,000. That's an add-on to their regularly priced wedding packages. But, you'll have an anecdote that rates a step higher than a fake Elvis minister in our book.
Missing from our list of 61 things to do this Valentine's Day, is number 62. Valentine's Day at Goretorium. Which is odd as creator Eli Roth told us himself it would be an important re-branding touchstone for the Strip's only horror-haunt attraction. Their last seasonal re-vamp was their Christmas theme built around an Evil Santa.
But, we've received no notice of any special V-Day events. Instead, they are pushing their year-round opportunity to get married in a zombie wedding. Or twisted fantasy of your choice. A handful of former matrimonial ceremonies are available for viewing on YouTube. So, if this video gets you in the mood, packages start at $666. You can even choose between a "scary" or "vampire" minister. All sorts of add-ons can also be added on. Including a symbolic bloodletting ceremony. If you go ahead with that on the 14th, do send us pictures.