It's pretty easy to get married in Las Vegas. All you need is a photo ID and a willing participant to get a marriage license. Perhaps that's why 86,203 of them were issued in 2012. That's more than Chicago, Miami, and Dallas issued that year combined!
Of that rather stunning total, about 1,500 will get used on Valentine's Day, the busiest single day of the year for weddings in Vegas. Many of the hotel and stand-alone chapels stay open 24 hours, with people lined up for their chance to say "I Do."
Yes, marriage is big business for Las Vegas, so it is no surprise that you can get married almost anywhere. Need proof? Here are some one-of-a-kind spots in Sin City where you can exchange vows:
People pay a lot of money for stunning backdrops for their wedding photos but just imagine the iconic dancing waters at Bellagio framing your happy couple pose. The hotel offers a variety of packages that allow you to get married overlooking the Bellagio Fountains and even chose your own show soundtrack.
There are many great views in Vegas but few of them are as stunning as those from the Eiffel Tower Ride at Paris Las Vegas. Couples can get married atop the tower with other couples getting married at the Bellagio Fountains across the street as a backdrop.
I had an opportunity to watch a wedding at the chapel at this Kiss themed attraction and it was as silly as you'd expect it to be - but also kinda sweet. A Gene Simmons impersonator officiates and there will be singing involved.
Maybe a shotgun wedding is more your style? You can work out your Bugsy Siegel or Vito Corleone fantasies at this fantastic facility dedicated to the history of organized crime. Let's just hope your spouse is all you wake up in bed with afterward.
Among the rescued signs at the terrific Neon Museum are several from long-gone wedding chapels around town. The facility offers couples the chance to get married among these historic masterpieces, giving you a one-of-a-kind backdrop.
Speaking of backdrops, picture yourself standing in front of a mountain of fire and water in the form of the Mirage Volcano. Get a night time slot for the best photo opportunities.
Thrill seekers can come here to New York-New York and get married while flying along at more than 60 miles per hour on the hotel's roller coaster....
...or they can come here to The Stratosphere and get married on any of the hotel's sky-high thrill rides. With Sky Jump you could take the plunge literally!
Of all the independent chapels in town, this one is the most classically Vegas offering all manners of themed weddings from Elvis to vampires to showgirls to aliens and beyond. If you want to take your marriage seriously but want a fun wedding, this is the place you should go.
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