Las Vegas Strip Weddings
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Wedding Chapels in Las Vegas can be quite cheap looking and located in less desirable parts of Las Vegas. A great alternative to wedding chapels in Las Vegas is to have a wedding right on the famous Las Vegas Strip. The famous Las Vegas Strip is an absolute gold mine for great places to take Las Vegas wedding photos! From the famous Bellagio Fountain show to the fabulous Las Vegas Sign, photo opportunities abound. What better place to have your Las Vegas wedding?
You can have a Las Vegas limousine take you to your Las Vegas Strip wedding as well as to your other photo locations or, if you prefer, you can also plan areas that would allow you to walk. Either way, you are sure to get fabulous photos outside of the wedding chapels in Las Vegas!
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Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Weddings
What better way to ring in the New Year, than to have your Las Vegas Strip Wedding at midnight at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign with fireworks erupting in the background as you are being pronounced husband and wife? Every New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, Scenic Las Vegas Weddings offers this package to one lucky couple!
This New Year’s 2011-12 was dubbed “America’s Party: Las Vegas New Year 2012″ and included a spectacular fireworks show, fired from the roofs of the Tropicana, MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island (TI), The Venetian, and the Stratosphere. A total of over 56,000 explosions lasted more than 8 minutes.
New Year’s eve is a great time to be in Vegas. Ring out the old and ring in the new, the Las Vegas way. New Year’s eve in Las Vegas is always packed on the Vegas strip and this year was not exception. The 2011 Las Vegas New Year’s Eve celebrations drew over 314,000 visitors to Las Vegas! The entire 4 miles of the Vegas strip closes down to vehicles for one night each year and the celebration begins!
On New Year’s Even in Las Vegas, the Vegas Strip becomes a giant pedestrian mall and everyone parties outside till midnight. Tens of thousands of visitors walk the Vegas strip decked out in silly hats, noisemakers and holiday cheer.
New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas 2012-2013
We recommend that you book your hotel early. Hotel rooms sell out early and prices can soar for the holiday, so make sure to book your room as soon as possible to get the best prices and your first choice of accommodations. With all of the star-studded parties, fireworks and headliner concerts, there’s nowhere else on earth quite like Las Vegas to ring in the New Year and everyone knows it.
If you decide to stay on the Strip, the best ways to get around on New Year’s Eve are by taxi, walking, or using the Las Vegas Monorail. If you have a car and want to park in a hotel garage, you might want to choose one that’s near one of the ends of the Strip rather than in the middle. It’ll be easier to get out once you decide you’ve had enough and want to head back to your hotel. Mandalay Bay is a great place to stay for your Las Vegas New Year’s Eve wedding. You can walk to the Las Vegas Sign in about 10 minutes.
If you are interested in being our lucky 2012-2013 Las Vegas New Year’s Eve couple, please contact us as soon as possible to reserve your wedding! See our Las Vegas Weddings Specials page for details.
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Affordable Las Vegas Wedding Packages
We offer very affordable options for your Las Vegas Wedding. You don’t have to do a cheesy chapel wedding to stay within budget! ALL of our affordable Las Vegas Wedding packages include: Wedding Officiant, professional photographer, ALL photos taken on DVD with all photo rights given to you. Our Garden Gazebo, Chapel, Las Vegas Strip, and Lakeside wedding packages start at $299. You can do a Valley of Fire, Lake Mead, or Nelson Ghost Town wedding with us for $599.
When you book an affordable Las Vegas Wedding package, you need to be careful about what you have actually purchased when you book your seemingly “affordable” Las Vegas Wedding Package. Are the minister fees included? How many photos do you get? Do you get photo rights? Have you seen YOUR photographer’s portfolio? Are there chapel fees? If permits are required, are they included?
We recently did a little research on the other wedding companies in town and we found that some Las Vegas Wedding chapels advertise wedding packages starting at between $199 and $299, but they only include between 4-12 photos and then you are allowed to purchase additional photos (but no prices were listed).
For affordable Valley of Fire Weddings, we found that you could get a package with another company for $997 and it would only include photos taken during the actual ceremony. At another company, for $1200, you are given 12 photos.
When your wedding day is over, you only have your photos (and video if you have video) to remember your Valley of Fire Wedding and do you really only want 12 photos? And not even on CD or DVD! We want all of our couples to have as many great photos as we can possibly take for you.
To be fair, some of these packages at other Las Vegas wedding companies did include limousine transportation and/or flowers. We have a limousine that we can offer to our couples at a very affordable price, but we keep our package prices lower, so you can decide what type of transportation you want. You may want to have executive security , to rent a limo party bus, an exotic car, a rental car, or you may have driven to Las Vegas in your own car. We also work with one of the best and most reasonable florists in town, so you can get exactly what you want for your Las Vegas Wedding day.
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Las Vegas Strip Weddings are an excellent choice for your wedding ceremony and photography locations. There is so much excitement and wonderful photo opportunities on the famous Las Vegas Strip! In the Central Las Vegas Strip area, you will find the Paris Las Vegas, the Bellagio Hotel, and Caesar’s Palace. All of these fabulous properties provide beautiful backdrops for Las Vegas Wedding Photography.
Paris Las Vegas-Central Las Vegas Strip
Rising 460 feet above the center of the Las Vegas Strip is the Eiffel Tower. A signature of the Las Vegas skyline, the replica Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas is a half-scale exact reproduction of one of Europe’s most famous landmarks. The Eiffel Tower is a “must have” for your memorable Las Vegas Strip Photos! The Eiffel Tower is best photographed from across the street at the Bellagio Hotel, but close-up photos of the Eiffel Tower are pretty awesome as well.
Paris Las Vegas is also home to The Arc de Triomphe. It is recognized as a symbol of Parisian pomp and elegance around the globe. The Arc de Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas is a two-thirds replica of the original monument to the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Austerlitz. The names and dates of Napoleon’s victories are inscribed on the replica. Having photographs in front of the Arc de Triomphe is very romantic and exciting.
The Bellagio-Central Las Vegas Strip
The world famous Fountains of Bellagio are another “must see” on the Las Vegas Strip. Take in a complimentary Las Vegas show of water, music and light thoughtfully interwoven to mesmerize its admirers. All for your amusement, the most ambitious, choreographically complex water feature ever conceived amazes against the beautiful backdrop of Las Vegas’ lavender sky. Each dynamic performance from the Fountains collection is unique in its expression and interpretation. Fall in love with the stunning nature of this unprecedented aquatic accomplishment while relishing a clever concert of opera, classical and Broadway tunes. This is our most requested location for Las Vegas Strip photography and should not be missed!
Caesars Palace-Central Las Vegas Strip
The grandest of Las Vegas Hotels, Caesars Palace, is famous worldwide for its magnificent beauty and amazing Roman Architecture. Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip continues to reinvent itself and redefine luxury. Built in 1966, the hotel-casino never falls behind the times and instead raises the bar for what visitors can expect when they travel to Las Vegas. This majestic Las Vegas hotel offers a 129,000 square foot casino, 26 restaurants and cafes, sprawling gardens and pools, a world-class spa, and the renowned Colosseum spotlighting world-class stars. The Roman columns and other architectural features make stunning backgrounds for your Las Vegas Strip photography!
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Here is a slideshow of all of our Las Vegas Wedding and Las Vegas photography locations:
Valley of Fire, Mt. Charleston, Pahrump Valley Winery, Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon, Grand Canyon, Lake Las Vegas, Lakeside at Tule Springs, Scenic Gazebo, Scenic Studio, Scenic Amphitheater, Las Vegas Strip, Neon Museum/Sign Boneyard Death Valley, Nelson Ghost Town.
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One lucky couple can “tie the knot” at the stroke of midnight on the famous Las Vegas Strip! Las Vegas New Year’s Eve celebration features a massive fireworks display blasting off the top of the hotels on the strip. The Strip itself is closed to automobile traffic on New Year’s Eve, giving everybody a great view to see fireworks.
On this night, the Vegas Strip becomes a giant pedestrian mall and everyone parties outside till midnight. Tens of thousands of visitors walk the Vegas Strip decked out in silly hats, noisemakers and holiday cheer. Have the most unique and fun wedding in the midst of all the New Year’s Eve revelers and make some fantastic memoires to last a lifetime!
You will meet your Las Vegas Wedding photographer and Las Vegas Wedding Officiant at 11 PM on the Las Vegas Strip, do photos until about 11:50 PM, and then have your wedding ceremony at the location of your choice! You will have more photos taken after your ceremony and you will finish up at about 12:30 AM.
- Las Vegas Wedding Officiant – includes religious or civil ceremony
- Professional Wedding Photographer – minimum of 250 high resolutions photos on photo DVD with all photo rights
- Witness (if needed)
Because we can only offer this to one lucky couple, call us today to book your ULTIMATE New Year’s Eve Las Vegas Strip Wedding!
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Each of our Las Vegas Wedding Officiants comes prepared to perform either a Civil (non-religious) or religious ceremony for you on your special day. Your Las Vegas Wedding Officiant will ask you the following questions prior to your wedding ceremony:
- Do you prefer a Civil or Religious Ceremony?
- Do you have rings to exchange?
- Do you have your own vows or any of your own words to say? (Most couples do not, so there is no pressure to do this).
- Is the bride taking the groom’s last name (for pronouncement purposes only)?
You are more than welcome to bring your own vows and your Wedding Officiant can incorporate them into your wedding ceremony. Please keep in mind that it works out much better if you read your own vows to each other instead of the Wedding Officiant having you “repeat after me.”
You can also opt to add a unity candle ceremony ($50.00 additional charge) to your Scenic Las Vegas Gazebo, Studio, or Amphitheater wedding package.
Also, if you bring your whole ceremony and hand it to your Wedding Officiant, please keep in mind that the Wedding Officiant will have to read it (as opposed to speaking from memory) and it may sound very awkward. We suggest bringing your own vows or a few things to say to each other at most.
Your wedding ceremony will be approximately 5-8 minutes long, but may be shorter if you are getting married somewhere on the Las Vegas Strip. You should not worry about your guests standing if you have a wedding venue that does not offer chairs because they will only have to stand for a short period of time.
If you do not have wedding guests or have few guests, we suggest that the bride and groom start standing arm and arm. If you are having a bigger wedding, you are more than welcome to have a bridal party stand up with you.
You may also choose to “walk down the aisle” at the following locations: all Scenic Locations (except Grand Canyon) and our Scenic Gazebo/Studio/Amphitheater. The only place to “walk down the aisle” on the Las Vegas Strip would be your hotel room/suite. It does NOT work out to try to “walk down the aisle” or stay hidden from each other for a Las Vegas Strip Wedding. We know that it is your day, but we do as many as 1,000 weddings a year and we really do know what works and what does not.
Ceremony (processional) music is available upon request for many (but not all) of our locations. This must be pre-arranged with our Scenic Las Vegas Weddings office.
Again, this is your day, but take our advice when we tell you that aisle runners do not work well at our scenic locations! We have seen it done, but it does NOT look nice and people end up tripping if it is windy or if you try to place it over bumps or on the grass. Ladies, leave the runners at home!
Please note: All Scenic Las Vegas Weddings can be done as a vow renewal or commitment ceremony.
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History of Las Vegas Weddings
Las Vegas hosts more than 1 in 20 marriages in the United States. Clark County (Las Vegas) issued 91,890 marriage licenses in 2010 alone. Las Vegas is also the entertainment capital of the world and with all the glitz and glamour that Las Vegas has to offer, it is a hotspot for weddings. It has gained the reputation as the “it” spot to “tie the knot!”
Even though Las Vegas is known for it’s last minute, cheesy chapel weddings and midnight drive thru weddings, this city is also home to destination weddings that require plenty of planning for in preparation of vows that last a lifetime. Las Vegas has couples from around the world planning their perfect Las Vegas destination wedding.
Since the 1930s, Nevada’s lure of fast, easy marriages has attracted countless couples looking to tie the knot. Although, the Las Vegas Chapel is still a popular option, Las Vegas now offers many more elegant, classy, and scenic option that more and more couples are choosing. Most of the Las Vegas Wedding Chapels have seen better days and are now many decades past their “heyday.”
Just like neighborhoods change over time, the “Las Vegas Chapel Row” on South Las Vegas Boulevard has dramatically changed as well. The area is now full of strip clubs, tattoo parlors, adult bookstores, pawn shops, and has a “ghetto-type” atmosphere. It is not a neighborhood that one should walk around in after dark. You may also come out of your chapel wedding to see prostitutes lingering in the area.
Modern Las Vegas Wedding Venues
Las Vegas may be best known for popularizing the wedding chapel ceremony. With opportunities for drive-through vows, Elvis impersonators to officiate, and intimate settings for elopement, Las Vegas wedding chapels provide some of the biggest business to Las Vegas’ wedding industry. But these chapels are far from the only place to be wed in this city.
The “mega” Las Vegas Strip Resorts also offer luxury Las Vegas weddings. Often organized by a hired wedding coordinator, these luxury weddings involve destination brides in intricate details and wedding day decisions. A Las Vegas luxury resort wedding offers all the commodities of a traditional wedding. This is a great option for couples where cost is not a consideration. Unfortunately, for most couples in today’s economy, cost is often the number one consideration.
The current US unemployment rate is 9.1% with an unemployment rate also topping 8% in the UK. While weddings still take place in a down economy, brides and grooms are scaling back and trimming the excess from their celebrations. The numbers show this dramatic shift: The average cost of a wedding dropped $10,000 a year after the recession began.
For destination brides or Las Vegas locals who prefer an elegant, affordable, and scenic wedding outside the Las Vegas Strip, Scenic Las Vegas Weddings is one local Las Vegas wedding company that offers many options. Scenic Las Vegas Weddings is family owned by a husband and wife team. The owners are both professional Las Vegas wedding photographers whose main goal is to provide spectacular photography, beautiful locations, and heartfelt ceremonies. Venues include: Scenic Gazebo, Valley of Fire, Lake Mead, Red Rock Canyon, Grand Canyon, Lake Las Vegas, Mt. Charleston, Pahrump Valley Winery, Nelson Ghost Town, Death Valley, and The Las Vegas Strip. Scenic Las Vegas Weddings also offers photography only and Wedding Officiant only packages at your location or at one of theirs!
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The fantastic and historic Neon Museum/Sign Boneyard boasts a collection of over 150 donated and rescued signs. The core of this collection is contained in the Neon Museum Boneyard, a rambling park approximately two acres in size. Signs featured date from the late 1930s through the early 90s and represent motels, local businesses, and celebrated casino resorts from throughout the Las Vegas Valley. (Please note that the Boneyard is not electrified and open for daytime visits only).
The Neon Museum is a non-profit entity dedicated to preserving the rich history of Las Vegas’ iconic art form, the neon sign. Located in fabulous downtown Las Vegas, the Neon Museum has been saving signs since 1996. We, at Scenic Las Vegas Weddings, are lucky enough to be able to reserve private photo shoots for our clients.
We are professional Las Vegas photographers that specialize in getting you great shots with memories to last a lifetime! You can take home a piece of Las Vegas history by booking your Neon Museum/Sign Boneyard with Scenic Las Vegas Weddings! The Sign Boneyard makes the perfect backdrop for both engagement and wedding photos.
The Neon is not available for weddings, but we currently offer a “Vintage Vegas Wedding” special that includes ceremony and photos at the famous Welcome to Las Vegas Sign and a 1-hour Neon Boneyard photo shoot. You can also add a Neon Photo shoot to any package that you book with us. The Neon photo shoot can be done on the same day as other wedding/photography package or on a different day.
Let us help you plan your 1-hour, private photo shoot or “Vintage Vegas Wedding” special with us today and have your photos taken by some of the best professional Las Vegas photographers in town!
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There is always some time to have fun on your Scenic Las Vegas Wedding day! Capture some fun memories in Las Vegas, whether you are at the Las Vegas Sign, the Neon Museum/Sign Boneyard, Valley of Fire, or any one of our locations.
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