Do you think Las Vegas weddings – gay or straight – are something quick and easy, sleazy and maybe a little desperate? Think again!
If you want a wedding with a difference, Las Vegas is just the place to do it. Let’s be honest; we’re all a bit tired of going to wedding after wedding that are pretty much the same – Vegas is such an open and exciting town, you can be sure that a wedding you have here will be something special.
Planning a wedding can always be daunting, so we’re here to help with some ideas on how to start planning your gay marriage in Las Vegas.
Why Las Vegas?
Simply put: anything goes. It’s a wild and fabulous place, where the welcome is always warm, and the party is always, always epic. A gay wedding in Las Vegas is a wedding that people will keep talking about for years to come.
There are lots of LGBTQ friendly locations to choose from (more on them later), and the city is full of creative wedding planners and coordinators to help you arrange the wedding of your dreams. Its no wonder so many people are visiting Gay Las Vegas… for a wedding, or just for fun!
You might be planning your wedding far in advance, so you can really take your time organizing every detail. If you’re taking advantage of Vegas’s reputation for quickie weddings… well, shotgun weddings are for everyone!
Need to know
To ensure your wedding day runs as smoothly as possible (drunk relatives aside!), there are a few things to think about:
- Choose a date carefully and book your gay-friendly Vegas hotel in advance. Las Vegas hosts tons of conventions and special events, so you don’t want your wedding day to coincide with the weekend 5000 comic book fans descend. Trust us; you’ll have enough stress without trying to locate the last three hotel rooms in the city for your parents. As romantic as it would be, you might want to avoid Valentine’s Day or New Year’s for the same reason.
- There are so many locations for holding a gay wedding In Las Vegas, so narrow them down step by step. Decide whether you want an outside or inside wedding – outdoors is great, but not if your date is in summer. No one wants wedding photos of you sweating through your cute matching tuxes. Do you want a more traditional chapel wedding or an alternative location? Do you want to prioritize convenience or atmosphere? Las Vegas can accommodate whatever you want.
- It’s pretty simple to get the marriage license (hello, shotgun wedding!). Download the marriage application from the Nevada website, print it, fill it out and bring it with you. Voila!
- We know you want to organize your own wedding and make it as personal as possible, but with a Las Vegas wedding, it might be a good idea to get a wedding planner, especially if you’re planning from afar. Or you could just claim the gay Las Vegas pool party as your own wedding reception and use the strip shows as your bachelor party – honestly, we won’t judge…
Since gay marriage was legalized in Nevada, most chapels and hotels in Las Vegas will offer you great packages for your gay wedding. To be honest, anywhere you go you will find a welcoming place to celebrate your journey into matrimony – Vegas doesn’t differentiate between gay and straight weddings, seeing them all as a moment of love and an excuse for a party.
So it all comes down to what you and your partner want from your big day – we’ve picked four of our favorites to give you some inspiration.
Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel
First on our list for many reasons, not least that it’s the only gay-owned-and-operated wedding chapel in Las Vegas. So they’re just as excited as you are to help you with your wedding.
Viva Las Vegas is famous for its commitment to curating the perfect day for each couple – and often, this means theme weddings. Sure, they have the usual Elvis themed wedding, but they also could do a pirate theme, a zombie theme, a gladiator theme. It’s perfect for you couples with similar interests and a sense of fun.
If you want a more retro gay wedding, then their Doo Wop Diner is just the place. Dress in your snazziest 50s-inspired outfits and boogie your way down the aisle together.
Mon Bel Ami Wedding Chapel
This well-reviewed wedding Chapel offers all couples with the hankering to get married in Vegas a range of wedding packages to suit all tastes and budgets. Whether you want something simple but elegant or something that bit more luxurious, they’ll help you design your dream gay wedding in Las Vegas. There’s even the option of an Elvis themed wedding if you want the true Vegas experience.
Choose between a chapel or a gazebo wedding – or the beautiful pavilion – and celebrate the reception on-site afterwards. Mon Bel Ami is as proud to perform same-sex weddings as they are any weddings; it is their privilege to bring people together in love.
For a truly lavish gay wedding, the Bellagio is really the only choice; you could go and look at others, but we’re sure you’ll keep coming back to this. For out-and-out glamour and sophistication, it just can’t be matched. The wedding chapels and wedding terrace overlook the famous dancing fountains – you could even time the ceremony, so the fountains go off as you have your first kiss.
There are multiple wedding venues available, from the grand South Chapel with space for 130 guests to the intimate Terrazza di Sogno for an outside wedding that will make you wonder if you’re in Las Vegas or Tuscany. Every package is available to same-sex couples, and all come with experienced and enthusiastic wedding planners to ensure everything runs like clockwork and all your most extravagant ideas become reality.
Chapel of the Flowers
We know that gay weddings don’t have to be all glitter and extravagance so if you want a more traditional venue for your wedding, the Chapel of the Flowers is it. It’s a well-established fixture for Vegas weddings and has years of experience in providing couples the day of their dreams.
You can choose from three pretty wedding chapel rooms or two outdoor spaces for your gay wedding In Las Vegas, so there will be something to suit all sizes of wedding – whether it’s just you and a select group of friends, or the complete set of extended families on each side! If you fancy being a bit more adventurous they offer destination weddings such as the Grand Canyon by helicopter.
That’s definitely not something you’ll forget in a hurry (just make sure your other half doesn’t get travel sick!).