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Travel tips and inspiration for a Las Vegas wedding

Now’s the moment to grab your passport, pack your bags and hop in a cab to the airport! We’re kicking off our destination wedding series with a look at Las Vegas and all you need to know about saying your vows in this amazing city. Without further ado, let’s fly…

A few years ago, Las Vegas might not have been your choice of wedding destination. Too many speedy celeb weddings didn’t do Vegas any favours but now, it’s changed. Yes, it might still be a little bit kitsch but oh my goodness, Las Vegas isn’t known as the wedding capital of the world for nothing so here’s what you need to know.


Las Vegas wedding with a convertible mustang car. Image by destination wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography


Firstly, UK citizens can marry in Las Vegas – it will be legal back here in the UK and there’s no requirement for residency in the US before your wedding. You will need to take documentation with you to the Clark County office so that you can apply for your marriage licence so check out exactly what you need. Usually, your passport and birth certificate will be just fine but if you’ve been divorced or widowed, you’ll also need your decree absolute or a death certificate. Do check out what you need to do when you return home too on the General Register Office website.

Your licence allows you to get married in a wedding chapel, church or at the Civil Marriage Commissioner’s office as long as an authorised person conducts the ceremony. Unlike the UK, ceremonies can be led by a whole range of people, not just a registrar or priest, so you’ve got a lot more freedom here too.


The Las Vegas strip, Las Vegas wedding, images by destination wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography


If you’re happy to be spontaneous, you can visit any wedding chapel you like to say your vows once you’ve got your licence. There might be a queue and you definitely won’t have exclusivity but this can all be part of the Vegas charm.  Trip Advisor might be your friend here if you want to compare chapels before you go!

Of course, if you still want to plan your Las Vegas wedding, you can book your ceremony in advance. Research the options available to you – you could just book a local wedding chapel and then head back to your hotel for celebrations or you can get married in a hotel in the same way that you can in the UK. Lots of the hotels offer packages including food, flowers, music and even photographers plus there might be discounts on accommodation for your guests as well.


The Las Vegas strip, Las Vegas wedding, images by destination wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography


For the ultimate Last Vegas wedding, whatever you’re into, work with a local wedding planner to create the wedding day that you really want. Whether you want to celebrate with a rooftop party, indulge with an amazing wedding breakfast or just plan a wedding that’s romantic, unforgettable or even a little bit crazy, a wedding planner who knows the area can bring together suppliers for you and make sure that you’ve got all the legal bases covered too. Take a look in the directories on US blogs such as Junebug Weddings and Style Me Pretty.

Lastly, that there’s more to Nevada than just Las Vegas. Journey outside the city and you’ll find gems such as Elk Camp on Snowmass, a mountaintop ceremony location and other wonderful venues. If you want your Vegas wedding, Nevada is also a great place for a honeymoon!


The Grand Canyon, Las Vegas wedding, images by destination wedding photographer Amanda Karen Photography


At the time of writing this, we believe this information to be correct, however to check exactly what you need to do, contact the US Embassy in London or visit the Clark County website for all the information you need about marriage licenses and much more.

If you’re planning a Las Vegas wedding, then we have a few other destination wedding advice posts in the AKP Wedding Lounge that you may want to check out.  And if you’re looking for your wedding photographer, then we of course are more than happy to travel and would love to hear about your plans!

Until next time,

Amanda x