Only in Las Vegas! If you’re getting married in Las Vegas this week—for Valentine’s Day or Mardi Gras, you can visit the new pop-up marriage license office, greeting travelers at McCarran International Airport. The kiosk is located right in baggage claim! The Clark County Clerk’s Office will keep the office open from Feb. 9th to 17th to help alleviate holiday wedding traffic in the downtown Marriage Bureau. Besides Valentine’s Day weddings, there are also President’s Day and Chinese New Year weddings, plus Mardi Gras, masquerade style weddings.. “The days around Valentine’s Day and the Presidents’ Day weekend are always some of our busiest,” according to County Clerk Lynn Goya. The pop-up Marriage Bureau is located in the baggage claim area in Terminal 1. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through the end of the week. More here, from our local newspaper:
For any legal wedding (same-sex legal weddings are welcome here, too!) in Las Vegas, you will need a marriage license from the State of Nevada. There is no waiting period or blood test. The Marriage Bureau downtown is open from 8:00 a.m. until midnight every day of the year, including Sundays and holidays, for those who will be marrying after the airport kiosk closes. The Marriage Bureau is located at 201 Clark Ave Las Vegas, NV 89101. It’s within easy walking distance of the Golden Nugget and the Fremont Street Experience, in downtown Las Vegas.
The license fee is $77, and both parties must be present to obtain license. (Cash is best, since credit cards are not accepted.) If either party is divorced, you’ll need to provide the date, city and state of the most recent divorce.
Remember to bring your marriage license with you when you come to the chapel to get married. The minister will sign it and file it with the Clark County Clerk’s office within 10 days of the wedding. The Marriage Bureau will provide you with information on how to get certified copies of your marriage certificate after the wedding. You have one year from the date of issue of the Marriage License to have a licensed minister in the State of Nevada perform the wedding. And, DON’T FORGET THE RINGS!
We are really looking forward to a fun and busy week of weddings here at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel! Let us know if there’s anything we can do to make YOUR wedding arrangements easier and more streamlined. Our staffers await your questions and calls with a smile at 702-384-0771.
Every time you see a movie or TV show about Las Vegas, it seems like couples get inebriated and end up getting married while barely conscious. Right. Despite the reputation of Las Vegas weddings, we can assure you that this is one of those media fabrications. Sorry to disappoint you with a dose of cold reality. 😉 If you wake up in a Las Vegas hotel room with a ring on your finger, chances are very good that you meant to do it. Besides, at Viva Las Vegas Weddings, we can always tell how much love and planning have gone into our wedding ceremonies. You can spot true love a mile away.
Even though getting a marriage license in Las Vegas is quick and easy, and even though there’s no blood test or waiting period, Las Vegas wedding ministers simply won’t marry you if you are falling down drunk. You won’t just stumble into a chapel without a license and get married, either. You’ll still have to go downtown to the Marriage Bureau first, and the folks behind the counter will raise an eyebrow if you can’t hold a pen. Thank heavens those of us in the wedding business in Las Vegas are looking out for your best interests. Of course what else you do here is up to you…. (For information on getting your marriage license in Las Vegas, visit our archived blog on the subject here: http://blog.vivalasvegasweddings.com/2014/01/how-to-get-married-in-las-vegas/
One of our fantastic Elvis impersonators (if you’ve already been married here, maybe Roland married YOU!) appeared in Katy Perry’s “Waking Up in Vegas” music video, if you’d like to see evidence of the perpetuation of this wackadoodle Las Vegas marriage myth. It’s spoofy and camp, but not exactly what a Las Vegas wedding is really all about, in our experience. But, enjoy it anyway–Las Vegas really is this fun! Here’s the link:
Even though there’s no waiting period and no blood test required to be married in Nevada, you’ll still have to deal with the business end of getting a license to get hitched. Dang. But you can still save some time, and make it a happy part of your wedding visit to Las Vegas. Read on for a few pointers.
Here’s what we at Viva Las Vegas Weddings recommend: Go online (up to 60 days ahead) to http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/clerk/Services/pages/MarriageLicenses.aspx Here you’ll click on the Marriage Pre-Application, which needs to be completed for both the bride and the groom. Then print and bring these forms with you so you can get “express lane” service when you arrive at the Clark County Marriage Bureau (201 Clark Avenue, NW corner of 3rd and Clark). The Bureau is open until midnight during the week, 24 hours on weekends. You’ll need $60 cash (or $65 credit card); money orders and cashier’s checks are also accepted. You’ll need to show ID (check Bureau site for details on requirements) for both parties.
Once you’ve got that license in hand, make sure to bring it with you to our chapel on the day of your wedding. It is definitely a MUST HAVE. We can do the ceremony (somehow) if you’ve forgotten the rings, but not if you don’t have your license in hand!
Some folks have told us that after 10pm is a good time to get the license without much of a wait. So, why not enjoy a fabulous dinner on nearby Fremont St. beforehand? We will be happy to recommend some great restaurants. (Just leave a question as a comment, and maybe mention what kind of food you like.) Or, if you plan to get your license during the day, you might combine your trip downtown with an excursion to one of Las Vegas’ newest museums—The Mob Museum or The Neon Museum, both featuring artifacts from the glamour and mystique that is the early history of Las Vegas. Just ask any of our friendly and knowledgeable staff about any aspect of your prospective stay in Las Vegas. We’ll do our best to make every minute of your wedding trip a highlight of your lifetime of memories together.