LAS VEGAS – THE WORLD’S WEDDING DESTINATION
WEDDING TRENDS – 2016
By Skye Huntington
Photo: Papillon Group Grand Canyon Wedding Wedding Package
Las Vegas is definitely known for offering some of the wildest, weirdest and most creative wedding services—
and one of the nicest things about getting married in Vegas is the variety of ways, venues and prices that are afforded here.
You can get married in front of the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, or spend as little as $75 to $199 to do a Drive-Thru nuptials in the world-famous “Tunnel of Love” at A Little White Wedding Chapel.
For the daredevils out there, you can even get married on the “Big Apple” roller coaster at New York New York Hotel & Casino.
If your dream wedding has been to tie the knot in Italy, but it’s just too expensive to fly the family overseas, you can say “I do” on a gondola at the Venetian.
Las Vegas came in 2nd as the best cities to get married in. Orlando was #1 because they had the most bridal shops, flower shops and wedding facilities. But, talk about fun?! Vegas can beat out all the cities across the nation when it comes to fun!
Don’t forget the honeymoon. Las Vegas has some of the most magnificent hotel suites in the world. Hotel concierges can help with romantic touches, like sending strawberries and whipped cream, champagne, or even rose petals to your room (we’ll stop you now before you even think about a tiger!)
For those who are intrigued with movies like The Godfather and Goodfellas—The Mob Museum wants to make couples “an offer they can’t refuse.” This historic site offers couples a variety of mobster wedding ceremony and reception packages to “keep their friends close and their enemies closer…” From small to large, the fun, mobster-themed weddings are sized for your needs, like the unique “Sleeping With The Mob” celebration. This package makes a great bachelor/bachelorette party, or even a one-of-a-kind wedding ceremony: 20 people minimum for an evening of appetizers and cocktails with courtroom screening of your choice of mob movie, midnight scavenger hunt and a sleepover party in the courtroom with Continental breakfast in the morning and full access to The Mob Museum for all guests, plus a “lineup” photo opportunity (pictured) and two hours with a photographer. For a complete list of packages, visit: TheMobMuseum.org
Another way for couples to feel like they’ve stepped into a movie is at the world’s first wedding chapel inspired by The Hangover movie filmed in Vegas. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas offers “The Ultimate Hangover Experience” where couples can get married in the “Hangover” wedding chapel (pictured) and its display with wedding guests Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, and even a bathroom with a tiger (okay—so you can have a tiger!). For more information, visit: MadameTussaudsLV.com
Grand Canyon proposals and wedding ceremonies make for spectacular memories, breathtaking views and photography. Papillon (French for “butterfly”), the world’s largest and longest-running aviation tour company offers a Grand Canyon West Wedding Package (pictured) from Vegas for couples interested in exchanging vows in a natural wonder setting. This package takes all the work out of your hands by including limousine service from hotel and back, the minister, rose bouquets and even a six-inch wedding cake for the couple and their best man and bridesmaid. Check out their package at: Papillon.com
If you’re thinking majestic—there is the new IPEC Las Vegas, the city’s newest wedding and special events destination. For couples planning elegant weddings—whether small and intimate or elaborate for hundreds of guests. Ceremonies take place in the white and gold décor of IPEC’s 5,000-square-foot entryway with dual curving staircases. Larger receptions for up to 720 guests or 450 for a seated dinner can be accommodated in the 10,000-square-foot ballroom. IPEC is not a hotel, but offers its 49 guest rooms exclusively to clients who book the facility. One four-bedroom accommodation offers three baths, a living room, dining room and kitchen—perfect for a bridal suite. Catering offers customized food and beverage services 24 hours a day, including the rehearsal dinner, a five-course seated dinner and brunch the morning after. Located just 5 minutes from McCarran International Airport, IPEC’s event facility is right next to the Las Vegas Strip and all the entertainment Vegas has to offer. To view all the incredible packages, go to: IPECLV.com
The big day has been planned—the invitations, the cake, the dress, the bachelor and bachelorette parties, yet sometimes tying the knot can even lead to a “bridezilla” moment or two, because planning a wedding can often just become too much for a beautiful bride and handsome groom to bear. The $60 billion wedding industry, with couples spending an average of $26,444 on their wedding, is reason enough to hire a professional event planner and spend some time finding the most wedding-friendly destinations.
The real cost of getting married starts with: $12,189. This is the national average amount a couple will spend for a wedding of 98 guests (excluding the venue, dress, and rings—not to mention the proposal, extreme bachelor and bachelorette parties, honeymoons and much, much more).
But Las Vegas offers more for less according to the “2016 Wedding Trends Report” by Thumbtack.com:
Nevada is one of the Top 5 Least Expensive States to Get Married.
#2 to be exact (with only $9,095 average cost). That’s only $31 more than first place which went to Missouri’s average cost of $9,031.
The average marrying age is 33, and 75% of the couples are employed full-time. More brides are requesting glam hair and makeup, with false eyelashes. Videographers are seeing more requests for videos that incorporate personalized messages from guests. Even boudoir photography sessions of the bride-to-be posed in titillating bedroom shots dressed in seductive lingerie to capture the young bride’s (virginity?!) before the honeymoon night, are becoming popular, as a keepsake memory for the bride to give as a gift to her husband-to-be. 2016 brings about the trends that include extra spending on the reception. Couples are turning away from themed weddings, and instead focusing on the finer touches, like formal plated dinners that are 32% more popular this year, and 23% of couples request hors d’oeuvres before the formal dinner. Requests for bartenders are up 42%, and 90% plan on an open bar over a cash bar. 80% of couples want cakes that are taller than ever, but cupcakes are still around and candy buffets are taking off.
Suiting almost every need and desire, Las Vegas is an absolutely perfect place to get married. But couples should remember that it is the desert, and it can get really hot in the summer. If you want an outside wedding here, consider booking during the spring or fall or an evening affair with an incredible view of all the lights of the Strip.
CLARK COUNTY MARRIAGE LICENSE BUREAU
201 Clark St. • Las Vegas, Nevada
Hrs: 8am-Midnight, 365 Days a year
• Both parties must appear at the Marriage License Bureau
• Must Have: photo ID, proof of age, and know your S.S.#
Thumbtack is a service that hundreds of thousands of couples use each year to find professionals to help plan and throw the perfect wedding. Check out their 2016 Wedding Trends Report - the largest survey of U.S. couples getting married this year at: Thumbtack.com/weddings