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Getting Married in Las Vegas

Getting Married in Las Vegas

Getting Married in Las Vegas

Couples from all over the world travel to Las Vegas, NV to get married. Partly due to Nevada’s relaxed marriage requirements, and partly due to being a world-class casino and tourist destination, Las Vegas draws over 80,000 couples annually who opt to hold their wedding here.

But planning a destination wedding can be intimidating, especially if you have never traveled to your chosen destination. There is a crowded field of wedding providers in Las Vegas, each with their marketing and advertising promotion to try to draw couples to choose their chapel or services. The phrase, 'Las Vegas Weddings' is one of the most competitive keywords in the online marketing world.

Add to that the logistical chore of figuring out accommodations, transportation, legal paperwork, venue, dinner or reception, how to find a quality photographer, and securing a wedding officiant or minister that will make your day feel special without being a stereotype, and a simple elopement can begin to feel like a total nightmare.

With 20+ years of experience in the Las Vegas Wedding industry, Las Vegas Luv Bug Weddings works hard to simplify as much as we can for Brides trying to plan their wedding long-distance.

So we are offering this multi-part blog to help streamline the process for you and provide more information on how to make your Vegas marriage a successful venture.

 

The Legal Paperwork

First, the legal paperwork. Every couple who wants to come to Las Vegas to get married will have to secure a Nevada Marriage License from the county clerk. Over the years as we have worked in several different chapels, we have seen couples from out of state or out of country arrive with a marriage license they purchased in their hometown.

Nevada wedding officiants and ministers are only legally permitted to sign and finalize a marriage license issued here in Nevada, so an out-of-state or out-of-country license would not make for a legal ceremony in Nevada.

Once the arrive in Las Vegas, the couple who wishes to be married must appear in person at the Clark County Marriage Bureau in downtown Las Vegas to purchase the Nevada Marriage License. Both are required to bring government-issued photo ID, such as a Drivers License or Passport, and pay the $77 fee to obtain the marriage license. There is a simple form which must be filled out, outlining the couples parents names, home address city and state of residence, and whether they are never-married or divorced. It is not necessary to provide documentation proving a divorce, the statement on the form provided is sufficient.

We have links on our What You Need page to the online form so you can pre-fill the information and help make your visit to the Marriage Bureau go more quickly. It generally takes 20-30 minutes to obtain your License unless it is a weekend or holiday. The Clark County Marriage Bureau is open 8am-12midnight 365 days a year, including holidays. It is located at 201 E Clark Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101 in downtown Las Vegas.

 

Once the arrive in Las Vegas, the couple who wishes to be married must appear in person at the Clark County Marriage Bureau in downtown Las Vegas to purchase the Nevada Marriage License. Both are required to bring government-issued photo ID, such as a Drivers License or Passport, and pay the $77 fee to obtain the marriage license. There is a simple form which must be filled out, outlining the couples parents names, home address city and state of residence, and whether they are never-married or divorced. It is not necessary to provide documentation proving a divorce, the statement on the form provided is sufficient.

We have links on our What You Need page to the online form so you can pre-fill the information and help make your visit to the Marriage Bureau go more quickly. It generally takes 20-30 minutes to obtain your License unless it is a weekend or holiday. The Clark County Marriage Bureau is open 8am-12midnight 365 days a year, including holidays. It is located at 201 E Clark Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101 in downtown Las Vegas.

You will want to bring everything they give you at the Marriage Bureau to the wedding ceremony. The minister and witness will both sign the marriage license (Nevada requires one witness over the age of 18), and the minister has ten calendar days from the date of your wedding to record the marriage with the County Clerk’s office. In the event that the couple is eloping on their own, Luv Bug Weddings will have the photographer sign as your witness.

Once the paperwork has been filed, you can order it on the Clark County Clerk’s website and they will mail it to your home address. It can take 2-4 weeks in total from the ceremony date until you receive your Marriage Certificate in the mail. Many couples have reported receiving a phone call after their marriage offering to send the couples license to them for a fee. These are telemarketing calls and are not affiliated with the County Clerk’s office in any way, so we would advise caution.

In the event you need your paperwork filed sooner than the ten days allowed by law, Las Vegas Luv Bug Weddings has an Official Marriage Certificate Service where we will record your paperwork within 2 business days from your ceremony, purchase the certified copy, and place it in the mail to your home address. This service is one of convenience, and expedites the process without your having to take any other steps to receive your proof of marriage. Our fee for the Official Marriage Certificate Service is $99, which includes the fees to purchase your certificate.

For Brides who want to change their name after their marriage, we recommend getting your Social Security card first, which will enable you to have your Driver’s License changed as well. Take your Marriage Certificate along with you on each stop as necessary documentation. For more information, the Knot has a step-by-step guide as well as a link to a provider that can help with your name change for a small fee.

 

International Couples

For couples who are traveling internationally to Las Vegas to get married, we recommend checking with your home country to see if an Apostille is required to register your marriage in your home country. The Apostille is like an international notary and must be provided by the Secretary of State of Nevada. Not all countries require this, so we recommend finding out before taking that step.

To obtain the Apostille, the marriage must be recorded, and the Marriage Certificate presented to the Secretary of State’s office with the proper documentation and necessary fees. They will have up to 14 days after receiving the form to process it and place it in the mail. They also require a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope from you so it will reach you at your home.

Las Vegas Luv Bug Weddings also provides an Apostille Service for $120 which includes all forms required and fees as well as postage for regular mail to your home address. If you need it sooner, there is also an option for the Expedited Apostille Service which will have your paperwork in the mail to you in 2 business days after your ceremony. If you need it even quicker, you can check on overnight or express shipping.

Whew! Who knew the paperwork could be so involved? We hope this is helpful with your planning and will streamline your wedding plans here in Las Vegas. Congratulations and Happy Wedding!