Las Vegas is one of the easiest, quickest and most exciting places to get married in the U.S. With more than 150 weddings taking place a day, it’s no wonder Vegas is the “Wedding Capital of the World.” To make sure the big day goes off without a hitch, couples just need to follow the steps below:
Step 1: Make sure you are eligible to get married in Nevada.
Couples do not need a blood test, and there is no required waiting period between getting the marriage license and having the ceremony. The legal age is 18 for both men and women (proof of age is required) and you do not need to be Nevada residents.
Step 2: Apply for a marriage license in Clark County.
For those who like to plan ahead, couples can preregister for a marriage license up to 60 days prior to the wedding date. And for those more spur-of-the-moment couples, you can also simply show up at the Clark County Marriage License Bureau (located at 201 Clark Avenue, on the northwest corner of Clark Avenue and Third Street) to fill out the license application. Marriage License Bureau hours are 8 a.m. to midnight, including holidays. Licensing fees are $77 (credit or debit only), and you must pick up the license in person.
Step 3: Get Married!
With license in hand, you and your betrothed have one year from the date of receiving your marriage license to get wed in Las Vegas. Whether you decide to get married at a chapel or a resort, be sure to bring your marriage license and IDs with you to give to the officiant. Don’t forget, you’ll need one witness (not the officiant) at the ceremony, and most chapels can provide one if it’s just the two of you. Now, recite those vows, exchange rings and kiss. You’re married
Step 4: Get a certified copy of your marriage certificate.
After the ceremony, your officiant has 10 days to file the wedding paperwork with the Clark County clerk. It costs $15. Certified marriage certificates may be necessary for several reasons, including for filing taxes and changing one’s name. International couples may need an apostille as well as a marriage certificate to register the marriage in a foreign country. Click here to apply for one with the Nevada secretary of state.
Step 5: Celebrate!
You got married in Las Vegas, guaranteeing that everyone (including you!) will have the time of their lives. The abundance of options, from entertainment and world-class dining to attractions and swanky lounges, means there is something for everyone. Get your first pictures as a married couple in front of iconic Vegas landmarks and backdrops such as the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, Fountains of Bellagio or the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas, just to name a handful. Finally, celebrate your love with a special dinner at one of the world-class restaurants throughout Vegas, sure to please the most discerning palates. Whether an intimate dinner for two (or a few) or a large group meal, the destination has the spot just for you.
No matter what kind of wedding you have or what the plans are before and after, Las Vegas—and all its glory—is here to celebrate you and get your wedded bliss started off the right way.