Elvis wedding chapel with marquee

When you’re planning to get married in Las Vegas, you’re faced with so many fantastic options! You also may have concerns about managing all the arrangements and details from home. If you have questions about getting a marriage license in Las Vegas or exactly how to book Las Vegas weddings, Viva Las Vegas Weddings has got you covered! Here are the 10 steps to a Vegas wedding, to help you get started.

  1. Decide on the style of Las Vegas wedding you want to have.

At Viva Las Vegas Weddings, our dedicated and helpful staff members understand that this is the most important day of your lives. We know you want every aspect of your ceremony to express who you are as a couple. That’s why we’re happy to work with you to create a wedding package that’s elegant or high-spirited or even a bit on the kitschy-Vegas side. Our packages range from classic traditional weddings to wild and crazy Elvis ceremonies. Plus, we offer a wide range of themed weddings. Can’t find one that’s just right for you? We’ll customize every element of your wedding, working with you to create a vow exchange that is like no one else’s. Ever. See our wide range of packages at http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com

2. Decide what to wear.

Your wedding day is your day to shine! Whether it’s going to be a casual wedding with Elvis, or a fancy-dress traditional one, you’ll want to dress for the theme or occasion. We see everything from jeans to full-on bridal finery, and everything in between. It’s up to you. Themed weddings scream for a costume! Bring your own, or rent one in our onsite costume shop! Consider how well your wedding duds pack as well as the season. And, if you’re having guests, let them know the dress code, too.

wedding marquee in Vegas

3. Decide on guests, no guests, and/or online streaming.

If it’s just the two of you, that’s the simplest Vegas wedding of all to plan for! And if that’s the case, you can have friends and family view the ceremony online, if you wish. If you’re having guests present, be sure to check with the chapel during these pandemic times to ask the current guest limit in each of our chapels. We’ll ask that they all wear masks, and observe our socially distanced pew guides. Call us with questions at 702-384-0771.

4. Set a date and book your time slot with the chapel.

Once you have chosen your Elvis, Traditional or Themed wedding package, you can book your date and time by calling the chapel. If you have questions about any aspect of booking, you can chat with us online anytime on our website at http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com before you even call to book or make your deposit.

Las Vegas Marriage License
The Marriage Bureau—no waiting period, no blood tests. And don’t forget to bring your license to the chapel so we can make it legal!

5. Visit the Marriage Bureau’s webpage to fill out the online form.

Before you even leave home, you can save some time getting your marriage license once you’ve arrived in Las Vegas. For express line service at the Marriage Bureau, click on the Marriage Pre-Application on their website at: https://clerk.clarkcountynv.gov/AcclaimClerkPreApp/

Print and bring the form with you when head to the Marriage Bureau in Downtown Las Vegas for your license. You’ll also both need your ID’s, and you both need to be there in person. Check the Marriage Bureau’s website for details on any other requirements.

Your minister (even if you’re getting married by Elvis, a licensed minister will pronounce you as legally wedded for the purposes of the State of Nevada) will explain how to get copies of your marriage certificate. All of our Viva Las Vegas Weddings require a $60 cash only minister’s fee, to be paid at the time of your ceremony. The minister will take care of recording your marriage, as part of his or her services to you on your wedding day. Las Vegas wedding chapel minister services are not included in your Viva Las Vegas wedding package price.

If you’re not a U.S. resident, you can still get married in Las Vegas. Many countries will require a certified copy of the marriage certificate and as apostille from the Nevada Secretary of State. Your minister will help you with questions on how to do this. You might also get in touch with your country’s Consulate in the States to confirm what you’ll need. 

6. Make your travel arrangements and book your hotel.

Once your wedding date is in the books, it’s time to make travel arrangements. McCarran Airport is adjacent the the Las Vegas Strip, so if you fly in, you can take a cab or Uber to your hotel and not worry about renting a car. And if you stay downtown, you’ll be within walking distance of the Marriage Bureau. If you’re driving in to town, you’ll only have your hotel to worry about. Viva Las Vegas Weddings offers packages that include limo to and from the chapel from your Strip or Downtown hotel. Good to know. And a very romantic perk! If you’re new to the city, our friendly staffers can recommend a hotel to fit your budget and honeymoon plans. Some hotels may not be open yet, post-shutdown. So please inquire with those you’re considering.

7. Call us when you’ve checked in.

Call the chapel at 702-384-0771 to let us know where you’re staying and that you’ve arrived, especially if your wedding package includes limo service. It’s also a good idea to double check on your flower colors and any other special details you may have added to your package. We love extra communication and want your day to be perfect, after all!

8. Get your Marriage License.

If you’re getting legally married in Vegas at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, you’ll first need to go downtown to the Marriage Bureau to get your marriage license.(If you’re renewing your vows, no license is needed for that!) The Marriage Bureau in Las Vegas is located at the northwest corner of Clark Avenue and Third Street, 201 Clark Avenue. You can get your license the same day, or the day before. Just be sure to allow plenty of time if you get it the morning-of!

Be sure to bring your pre-filled application with you! See step 5!

Marriage license vegas
A trip to the Marriage Bureau is in order before Elvis (or a ‘regular minister’) can help you tie the knot!

9.  Be sure to arrive at the chapel on time!

Weddings are booked every half hour, so be sure to arrive at least 20 minutes ahead of time. If your wedding is scheduled for 2pm, for example, you’ll want to aim to be at the chapel by 1:30-1:40, the latest. And be sure to tell your guests to be on time! If you’re being picked up by our limo, the driver will call you and tell you he’s on his way and where to meet him. Late arrivals will likely have to re-book a later time slot, especially on a busy day. So, please bear that in mind! Guests must be punctual or they might miss your ceremony.

10. Notes on tipping and chapel rules.

Limo drivers are generally tipped for their service, and $30-40 is customary. This makes up the bulk of their income. Tipping anyone else at the chapel is at your discretion. It’s okay to ask your coordinator what is customary, but not necessarily expected. The smaller your wedding, the less you need to worry about tipping unless someone goes above and beyond. Covid policies are posted in the lobby, but feel free to call us about any of these 10 steps to a Vegas wedding. We’re always happy to help with guidelines and friendly advice! Viva Las Vegas!

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