By Mandy Chan, Lover.ly
It seems so easy, getting married in Las Vegas. With celebrities and reality television stars having quickie weddings there quite frequently, it's almost as if it's a spontaneous decision to just show up at a downtown wedding chapel, say your "I do's" with Elvis officiating, and wake up the next morning not sure of what exactly happened. Throw in a lawyer, and 55 hours later you've got a divorce (we're looking at you, Britney Spears)! Well, it's actually not that simple! Here are 3 things about getting married in Sin City that you should know.
Well, for the ceremony to be legal, anyways. Those middle of the night, spur of the moment ceremonies are a possibility, though, thanks to the Marriage License Bureau being open 365 days a year, from 8:00am to midnight. Currently, there is a $60 fee and you can even fill out the application online. You must be at least 18 years of age, but minors between the ages of 16 and 18 can obtain a license if their parent/guardian is present- all of which must be proven.
Let's say you stumble over to one of the many wedding chapels downtown featuring drive-thru ceremonies or celebrity impersonator officiants. While you still need that marriage license, don't worry if the chapel was your first stop- most places offer limo rides (for an additional fee, of course) to and from the courthouse to make getting married easy. Well, to make the wedding part of it easy, I should say. You're on your own for the marriage to be a success!
Sure, Vegas is known for it's schtick, but if getting married in a beautiful cathedral, complete with a lavish ballroom reception at a 5 star hotel is your dream, you're in luck (pun absolutely intended)! Many of the luxury hotels on the famous Las Vegas strip offer full wedding services from officiants and flowers to catering and photography. Venture out to some of the high-end shopping centers and you'll find couture gowns and fine jewelry. Your big day can still be meaningful and include all of those little details you've been bundling since you got engaged.