Having your wedding in Las Vegas can be exciting and memorable, but do you know what to expect?
Sin City is a place full of gambling, drinking, wild shows, and weddings officiated by Elvis Presley. But you must meet a few state requirements before you can say “I do” at the altar. And then it’s up to you if what happens in Vegas stays there.
Ready to tie the knot? Keep reading to learn 4 things you should know before getting married in Las Vegas.
Before you go to the chapel, make sure you’re both eligible to be married in Las Vegas.
To be considered eligible, you both must be at least 18 years old, no nearer in relation than second cousins, and unmarried (divorced is okay). However, a 16 or 17 year old may get married with the consent of a legal guardian if a court has ruled it in the child’s best interest.
2. Things To Bring
When packing your things for Vegas, you will need to bring a valid form of ID and $77 for the marriage license (more on that next). The ID could be a driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate. But if you choose to show your birth certificate, you must also bring an additional document showing your full name and photo.
You will not need to show blood work or proof of Nevada residency, as anyone can be married in the state as long as they’re eligible.
3. Marriage License
A Las Vegas wedding is often appealing to those who are eloping, as you can get a same-day marriage license. But to obtain one, you’ll need to visit the Clark County Marriage License Bureau with your valid ID and money in hand.
You can pre-register on their website first and then visit their office to pick it up. This can be done at almost any time, as they’re open 7 days a week from 8 am to 12 am. And if you’re not using it that same day, it will last for up to 1 year.
However, if they believe you’re too inebriated to be getting a marriage license, they won’t give it to you.
4. Plan Ahead
If you’re not into spontaneous wedding ceremonies, Vegas also has great wedding venues that plan ahead. And if you don’t want a same-day wedding, it’s recommended that you obtain the license in advance.
You can also kiss that wedding planning stress goodbye by booking an all inclusive venue. They will provide you with a bridal suite, licensed minister, ceremony music, a banquet room, table service, a DJ, drinks, and food.
Now You Know What To Expect Before Getting Married in Las Vegas
Getting married in Las Vegas isn’t for everyone. But if you’re a fun-loving couple looking to have an amazing time at your wedding, then it’s for you! So grab your ID, get a marriage license, and find Elvis (or another officiant…your choice).
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