Las Vegas Weddings: From Elvis to Elegant

Las Vegas, Nevada is the world capital of quickie weddings. If you want a no hassle, simple elopement, you dash off to Vegas and come home hitched, simple as that. With drive-thru wedding chapels, you don't even have to get out of the car! But Las Vegas weddings can also be elaborate, beautiful destination ceremonies. You can go big or go budget -- Las Vegas weddings can be a 5-minute affair, a week-long destination celebration of love, or anything in between.

Here are some ideas to help you start planning the Las Vegas wedding of your dreams:

Elvis Weddings at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapels

You can't think of Las Vegas weddings without a vision of Elvis at the altar. Who wants a minister when you can have the King? There are hundreds if not thousands of Elvis impersonators in Vegas, so you won't have to look very hard to find one for your wedding. We recommend the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapels, where Elvis will officiate your ceremony and serenade you with his classic love songs. Their Elvis-themed Las Vegas weddings start at $260, and you can broadcast your ceremony live on the internet for everyone who can't make it to Sin City with you! Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapels also offer more traditional weddings and other themes for couples who like the idea of a cute chapel wedding.

If you're looking for some entertainment to go along with your Elvis themed Las Vegas wedding, you can't go wrong with Cirque du Soleil's Viva Elvis show at Aria Resort and Casino.

Drive Thru Las Vegas Weddings

If you're going to elope, you might as well have fun with it. A Little White Wedding Chapel is one of several options for a drive thru (or bike thru) wedding. For as little as $40, you can pull into their Tunnel of Love and take or renew your vows in the simplest of all Las Vegas weddings.

Gondola Weddings at The Venetian

The Venetian offers a huge selection of wedding packages, and if you can't find the perfect one for you, their wedding planners will work with you to create a customized Las Vegas wedding experience. One of the most popular ways to get hitched in Vegas is aboard the white wedding gondola in the Venetian's famous canal. Gondola wedding packages start at just $800.

In addition to a variety of Las Vegas wedding selections, the Venetian and the adjacent Palazzo is a fabulous spot for a bachelor or bachelorette party. The guys will love Lagasse's Stadium, celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse's take on the Vegas sports bar. Rent one of the private party rooms with big screens, pool tables, a Nintendo Wii, and iPod docks so you can dj your own event if you want. Bachelorettes should head to the Fusion Mixology Bar on the casino floor at the Palazzo for cocktails that are as tasty as they are artistic. The mixologists here can even help you come up with a signature cocktail for your big day!

A Black Tie Affair at the Four Seasons Las Vegas

Weddings in Vegas don't have to be wild and crazy. Sin City has built itself a reputation for, well, sin, but Las Vegas has a classy side as well. It doesn't get any classier than the Four Seasons Las Vegas. This gorgeous hotel shares a property with Mandalay Bay, but the Four Seasons is a non-gaming hotel, so you won't have the noises, smells, and throngs of tourists to distract from your own festivities in this desert oasis.

The grand staircase inside the Four Seasons is the perfect setting for an iconic wedding photo -- you'll probably recognize it from your bridal magazines, in fact. Choose from wedding packages or have the hotel's wedding specialists help you design your own day. The hotel is full of lovely indoor and outdoor settings for intimate weddings or grand affairs, and their 180-Degree Strip View Suites offer the very best views in Las Vegas -- ideal for a cocktail party, brunch, or even reception.

No discussion of Las Vegas weddings is complete without a plug for the fantastic Cirque du Soleil show, Love, playing at the Mirage. This is Cirque's tribute to the Beatles, featuring all the favorite love songs from the Fab Four's catalog along with stunning acrobatics and dancing. Nothing will put you more in the mood for a Las Vegas wedding than an evening at this show. And if you need to pick up a gift -- either for the bride and groom or for your own bridal party -- souvenirs from the show are perfect.
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