Las Vegas is known around the world for its anything-goes atmosphere, and this includes hosting weddings that range from fast to fun to flashy to—believe it or not—traditionally romantic.
Like everything else in town, Las Vegas wedding chapels come in all shapes, sizes, themes and price points. Before becoming overwhelmed by the choices offered in Las Vegas, consider what you’re looking for in a ceremony.
Will your dress be long and white, or short and spangled? Will you have two close friends as witnesses, or a group of 40? And, perhaps most importantly, just how critical is it to you to include Elvis in your big day?
Where Celebrities Tie the Knot
If you want a quick and cool Vegas wedding that has a bit of glamor attached, consider A Little White Wedding Chapel. This is where Frank Sinatra married Mia Farrow. Bruce Willis and Demi Moore also tied the knot at this storied Vegas landmark. Pamela Anderson, Britney Spears and Sinead O’Connor are also among the luminaries to hold their special days here.
There are several chapels to choose from, and if you’re in a hurry, consider the drive-thru wedding option. The chapel offers a limousine pick-up and drop-off service, if you’re within five miles.
If you want a traditional wedding, consider the Little White Chapel’s “Romance Forever” package, which creates a service in the outdoor gazebo, complete with fresh flowers.
Let Elvis Marry You at Graceland in Vegas
This chapel—where you can get married by an Elvis impersonator–has been used as a set in feature films starring Salma Hayek and Johnny Depp.
It has also been featured on the Amazing Race and the Tonight Show.
Elvis is considered one of the forefathers of modern rock and roll. Perhaps this is why Jon Bon Jovi had his marriage performed here, along with members of KISS, Deep Purple and Def Leppard.
If music is as important to you as love, this may be the optimal choice for an event as meaningful as it is memorable.
This chapel offers services in several languages, including English, German, Portuguese, Italian, French and Spanish. Streaming the ceremony over the Internet is also an option, which allows far-flung friends and family to be part of the event.
Chapel of the Flowers
The “Glass Gardens” wedding conservatory at the Chapel of the Flowers gives your wedding an outdoor feel while being protected from the elements. The Victorian Chapel offers a traditional church ambiance, while the Magnolia Chapel offers a more modern architectural take on love and romance.
The cobblestone drive and the fleet of white limousines give the Chapel a distinctly non-Vegas feel, almost as if you have stepped off the Strip and into a charming wedding village.
The Chapel of the Flowers employs wedding planners, and offers all-inclusive packages. Even if you have never considered Vegas for your wedding, consider the benefits of selecting your chapel and your theme, and then letting someone else take care of every other decision.
Little Church of the West
One of the oldest buildings on the famed Las Vegas Strip, the Little Church of the West offers a charmingly rustic ambiance. You’ll swear you’re having a frontier wedding, as you make your vows in a chapel based on the design of a mining town church of the Old West.
Richard Gere was married here, as were Cindy Crawford, Dudley Moore and Mickey Rooney.
The chapel has event planners, florists and professional photographers to help you plan your day in this building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places.
A Final Word…
An engaged couple always imagines their wedding day as being something they design around elements that are most important to them. Unfortunately, weddings are often wrested away from the loving couple and decisions are made by in-laws and budget constraints and the general consensus of the most outspoken family members.
Not so in Las Vegas. This is your opportunity to make every decision regarding the wedding, to create a day utterly in line with your desires. The price is right, flights to Vegas are easy for anyone who wants to join you, and you can’t beat this city for honeymoon options. Why go anywhere else?