Every year, about 150,000 couples tie the knot in Nevada, making it the wedding capital of the world. And no wonder. The state doesn’t require a pre-wedding blood test or a waiting period, and you can buy a marriage license at the county clerk's office, which stays open until midnight on weeknights and around the clock on weekends. Even if you are from outside the United States, you can get hitched with an Apostille from the Nevada Secretary of State. Make your big day memorable at one of these unusual places to get married in Las Vegas.
In the Middle of the Desert: Or at least as close to the middle of the desert as you would want. Many of the grounds at the eight-acre botanical gardens either indoors or outdoors at the Springs Preserve can make the perfect setting for a marriage ceremony. Your wedding could be eco-friendly.
333 S. Valley View Blvd.; 702-822 8719
Life’s a Beach: While beach wedding are certainly common, there’s only one place to do it in Vegas. Head to the Mandalay Bay Beach for a marriage ceremony in a private cabana or on the shores of the beach for a tropical backdrop for your big day.
Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-632-7490
The Grand Canal: While a trip to Venice may not be in your future, a wedding on Venice’s Grand Canal could work instead. A wedding on a gondola at the Venetian is as picturesque as it is romantic. The beautifully decorated white gondola is uniquely crafted and authentically Italian. The bride and groom float along The Grand Canal while their gondolier serenades them to create the ambiance of Venice as the ceremony happens as the gondola floats along the canal.
Venetian, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 1-866-548-1807
Tuscan Romance: Have Lake Como and the Fountains of Bellagio as your backdrop when you get married at the Terrazza de Sogno at the Bellagio. Exchange vows on an Italian balcony with toasted marble flooring and walls tinted a warm golden patina, creating an unrivaled romantic locale. Take your first kiss as husband and wife while the fountains make their dramatic entrance.
Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-693-7700
Touchdown Vows: While touchdowns and chicken wings may not be associated with romance and weddings, couple Mike Ferrara and Dixie Stiles opted to get hitched at halftime during the Super Bowl at Lagasse's Stadium at the Palazzo. “It was her idea,” said the husband-to-be. “A woman that wants to marry me on the biggest sports day of the year, what more could I ask for?”
Lagasse’s Stadium, Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-607-2665
Ride of a Lifetime: Make the day adventurous by saying “I do,” while flying along at 67 miles per hour on the Roller Coaster at New York-New York. Sail through the New York skyline with your wedding party and let your heart soar during the heartline twist that simulates a jet fighter’s barrel roll. Couples can strap in with 16 of their closes friends and family and take their first kiss on the coaster. A thriller, indeed.
New York-New York, 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 1-866-606-7111
Underwater I Do’s: Well, you’re not necessary underwater, but you are surrounded by 1.3 million gallons of seawater and 15 species of shark when you choose to get married at the Shark Reef Aquarium. But don’t worry about being upstaged by a Great White. You’ll be the center of attention.
Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-632-7490
Fly Away: Exchange vows as you fly along at 30 miles per hour 67 feet above Fremont Street Experience with a wedding on Flightlinez. Couples can sail along on the zipline under the giant Viva Vision screen as they say, “I do.”
425 Fremont St.; 702-410-7999
Hot Love: Make it a tropical affair to remember with the cascading waterfalls, lagoons and the volcano in front of the Mirage as the backdrop for a wedding to remember. Choose from a tranquil daytime setting or the fire of the nighttime volcano exploding with lava and fireballs.
Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-791-7155
Under the Neon: If you can wait until next spring, the Neon Museum plans to let couples exchange vows with more than 150 neon signs as a backdrop. The collection dates back to the late 1930s through the early ’90s and represent motels, local businesses and celebrated casino resorts from throughout the Las Vegas Valley. Until then, you can make reservations for wedding photo shoots at the Neon Boneyard before or after their wedding.
821 Las Vegas Blvd. N.; 702-387-6366
On a Ship: Argh! Swashbuckle your way to happiness aboard the Sirens of TI ship at Treasure Island. During the ceremony, a pirate from the show will swoop down to the couple and hand them their rings. The bride and groom may only bring one witness each aboard for the ceremony, making it even more ideal for couples that want to avoid the large wedding hassles. And if you want to look authentic, TI will even provide wench and pirate costumes to the bride and groom.
Treasure Island, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-894-7155
Make It a Nightclub: You might think of Tryst Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas as more of a bachelor or bachelorette destination, but the swanky nightclub can be transformed into your wedding location. Get hitched next to the 90-foot waterfall in the courtyard with a lagoon for an open-air setting.
Tryst Nightclub, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-770-3375
In the Cold: Too hot outside for a wedding? Head indoors to a frozen setting for your wedding at Minus5 Ice Bar at Mandalay Place or Monte Carlo. Couples can get married inside the frozen wonderland right in front of the ice Las Vegas sign or the 10-foot tall Mt. Rushmore ice carving. The bridal party wears white furs and the groomsmen wear black furs. Minus5 can even create a bouquet out of ice by freezing the bride's bouquet and carving it.
Mandalay Place, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-632-7714
Monte Carlo, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-730-7777
With the Swans: One of the secret spots you can tie the knot comes with swans already in place. You can get married next to the lagoon in the back of Aureole at Mandalay Bay at the Swan Court inhabited by several swans. The restaurant has built a platform over the water for wedding ceremonies with the swans just floating by.
Aureole, Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-632-7401