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Where To Elope: Las Vegas, Baby!

Travel Tips | Jim Werner | February 11, 2024

Want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a ring on your finger? Elope in Las Vegas like Ed Helms’ Stu in The Hangover. Don’t worry, you don’t need a tiger in the bathroom or a missing tooth to make it official. Here’s your guide on how to elope in Sin City, but if you’re looking to pull out a tooth, you’re on your own.

Why Vegas?

Vegas is the capital of quickie weddings, with more than 100,000 couples saying “I do” there each year, according to the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority. Known for its quick weddings and elopements, it’s the perfect city to get hitched in if you’re looking for a spontaneous and fun celebration of love. Plus, it’s LGBTQ+ friendly and there are countless options for all kinds of budgets.

Where To Tie The Knot

The options are overwhelming. You could do everything from a wedding-on-the-go at the Little White Wedding Chapel’s Tunnel of Love drive-through window for as cheap as $50—though you have to supply your own car—to a slightly more upscale affair at the Wynn, where perks include a wedding consultant, a private limo ride from the airport to the courthouse for the license and use of the private wedding salon. Packages can be as high as $30,000, to ensure you won’t be cheated from that overpriced wedding feel.

Of course, you could go all out queer and get married at the only gay-owned wedding chapel in Las Vegas, cleverly named the Gay Chapel of Las Vegas. They have been uniting same-sex couples from the day they opened over 15 years ago, but now they do it legally.

Legal Requirements

What makes Vegas the perfect place to elope is that to get a marriage license, you don’t have to endure a waiting period, blood tests aren’t required and you don’t even have to be a U.S. resident (though you have to check with your home country to make sure your new marriage is legal over there). All you have to do is show proof that you’re 18 or older and pony up the $77 licensing fee. The Clark County Marriage License Bureau accommodates last-minute declarations of love by being open 8 a.m. to midnight daily. That includes weekends and holidays. So you’ll easily be able to get a license for your Valentine’s wedding day.

We’ll Always Have Vegas

Eloping in Vegas may not be the most traditional way to tie the knot. But it’s definitely a fun and unforgettable experience. Plus, where else can you get married by Elvis, surrounded by glittering lights, and have it all be completely legal?

The problem is, Valentine’s Day is like the ultimate day to tie the knot. That means your nuptials may not be quick. So, you’ll have to wait among the other drunken starry-eyed lovers. If you can, try doing a little planning for your wedding by calling ahead and reserving your spot. Otherwise, there likely will be a wait for the ceremony.

End scene. Cue the chapel bells!

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