Say 'I Do' at Las Vegas’s Quirkiest Wedding Venues
The coolest, strangest, and wildest places to get hitched in Las Vegas.
If you're feeling wild, impulsive, and possibly drunk, why not completely change your life and get married? Las Vegas is known as the Wedding Capital of the World, thanks to quick and easy licenses and chapels all over town with nearly any kind of theme you can imagine. February is an especially romantic month, with Valentine's Day turning up the heat and the arrival of the Super Bowl sending passions into overdrive. Anything can happen, right? To take advantage of the rush during what's dubbed "Wedding Month" in Las Vegas, Clark County is opening a pop-up Marriage License Bureau at Harry Reid International Airport from Tuesday, February 13 through Thursday, February 29. Otherwise, pick up a license at the regular Downtown office at 201 E. Clark Avenue for just $102. The only question left: Where to tie the knot? Fortunately, we have a few fun "only in Vegas" ideas.
A wide range of celebrities, from Britney Spears to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin have gotten married at the historic Little White Wedding Chapel, including power couples like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, and Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. However, its greatest claim to fame is coming up with the 24-hour drive-thru wedding window, an idea that began as a practical matter when someone in a wheelchair couldn't make it through the door. Now, you can choose between a simple drive-thru package, Pink Cadillac Ceremony, or Tunnel of Love Extravaganza to save time from actually bothering to step inside.
Take a deep dive into the world of underground crime and get married at the Mob Museum, built inside the old courthouse that once prosecuted the nation's most notorious gangsters. Choose between a ceremony in the actual former courtroom—perfect if you view marriage as a jail sentence—or the Underground speakeasy on the basement level for a little Prohibition-era swagger. Either way, you and your guests get free museum access. Ceremonies are also held in the Million Dollar Room, which feels like an odd choice since the exhibit is about fraud and financial theft. At least you have options.
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If you have always dreamed of a Venice wedding but couldn't afford the trip to Italy, here's the next best thing. The Venetian has an intimate ceremony for two aboard a white-and-gold gondola that travels through the Grand Canal Shoppes and out in front of the resort on the Strip. A videographer or photographer is the only other person on board, along with a singing gondolier. Guests are welcome to cheer on the happy couple from the sidelines or one of several overpass bridges.
Put on your Ace Frehley makeup, play a few rounds of putt-putt golf, and exchange vows inside the wildest rock n' roll wedding chapel in Vegas—onstage with bright lights and fog machines—just like a KISS concert in 1977. And who doesn't want to kick off a lifetime of unholy matrimony with songs like "Love Gun" and "Lick It Up" in the background? The I Love It Loud wedding chapel is a companion piece to the KISS Museum and Mini-Golf attraction at the Rio. Choose from a host of rock star imitators as your officiant, from Gene Simmons and Alice Cooper to Meat Loaf or Madonna. It's worth noting the Rio is under new ownership and most of the rooms inside the Ipanema tower are newly renovated if you plan to spend the night.
Sometimes, love is like a Lumberjack Slam. If you and your significant other go together like bacon and eggs, it's time to book a wedding inside the Denny's at the Fremont Street Experience, which has its own chapel. Ceremonies include a champagne toast and a wedding cake made with Pancake Puppies. You also get two complimentary Grand Slam breakfasts (valid for a return visit Lumberjack Slam—don't get greedy now). The Denny's Wedding Chapel offers free weddings on Valentine's Day this year, so call 702-471-0056 to see if any time slots are still available.
If Denny's is too fancy for you, there's always Taco Bell. The fast food chain operates the Taco Bell Cantina at the Harmon Corner complex on the Strip. The menu is loaded with exclusive items, boozy slushies are available, and there's a wedding chapel on the second floor. The bride's bouquet is made of sauce packets, and the reception is catered with tacos, burritos, and other bites for up to 25 guests. Save some room for a slice of Cinnabon Delights wedding cake. Yes, people actually do this, so don't be shy. Raise a glass of Baja Blast Mountain Dew and toast to a lifetime of happiness.
There are a few ways to see the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, and this could be the best of all. Take a Maverick helicopter over the west rim, land in an exclusive spot near the Colorado River, and tie the knot with America's largest canyon as your backdrop. The journey back to Vegas includes views of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and other landmarks, concluding with a jaunt over the Strip and Downtown. Maverick also offers ceremonies at the Valley of Fire State Park with a landing on a towering plateau.
The Neon Museum should already be on your Las Vegas bucket list, so why not make a wedding out of it? The outdoor "boneyard" restores and preserves vintage Las Vegas signs and marquees, which provide a photogenic backdrop for a ceremony in the North Gallery. It's up to couples to supply most of the extras—officiant, photographer, catering, etc.—but the Neon Museum has plenty of recommendations on standby.
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Las Vegas is full of "immersive attractions" these days, and the trend is carrying over to the wedding industry. The Las Vegas Immersive Wedding Chapel has a wall-to-wall video backdrop to create a custom digital environment to fit the mood and tone of your ceremony. Exchange vows in front of fireworks, flowers, or local Vegas iconography. You can also go with Barbie or The Great Gatsby themes. In a fun twist, the chapel has added "Steamboat Willie" to the lineup after the first-ever Mickey Mouse cartoon entered the public domain on January 1.
Tie the knot with pot. Cannabis culture continues to grow in Nevada, where recreational marijuana is legal. So, it was only a matter of time before the weed industry crossed over into the wedding industry. Las Vegas Cannabis Weddings allows couples to get married at the Planet 13 mega-dispensary (which happens to be expanding in 2024) or on the site of a grow house. Either way, you get a cannabis-themed cake and, depending on the package, bongs for the couple. Proceeds from February bookings benefit Wish Upon a Wedding, a nonprofit that provides weddings to couples facing terminal illness or life-altering health circumstances, often using marijuana for medical benefits.
Despite being in the middle of the desert, Las Vegas has its share of farms among the great outdoors. One of our favorites, the Las Vegas Farm, is a charming destination with a weekend farmers market and animal sanctuary. The property is also home to a beautiful wood wedding chapel, which was brought over piece by piece from Bonnie Springs, a now-closed Wild West ranch. The Las Vegas Farm now offers all-inclusive packages with a DJ, bar, catering, and anything else you need for an easy, carefree ceremony and outdoor reception.
Off the Strip
Fans of the BattleBots can wed in the same arena where robots battle in an explosive form of mechanical combat. Book a ceremony in the BattleBox Arena with a motorized robot as your ring bearer, and take home a customized version of the Giant Nut championship trophy. One of the TV show's hosts can also step in as your officiant. The reception is in a private VIP lounge for up to 300 guests with meal options, hors d'oeuvres, and cocktails. Just make sure to stick around for a live performance of Battlebots: Destruct-A-Thon.
The Smith Center provides a classy and elegant wedding experience, whether booking a ceremony or reception in the courtyard, Grand Lobby, or Myron's Cabaret Jazz. If you want true showstopping nuptials, however, go big with an event on stage at Reynolds Hall, where the Philharmonic and touring Broadway productions entertain audiences. The Smith Center provides the furnishings with preferred vendors handling the food and beverage.
Virtually any big resort on the Vegas Strip has a wedding chapel on the property. Bellagio has two. Yet, if you crave something extra special, book the Terrazza di Sogno (Terrace of Dreams) or the larger Fountain Courtyard for a ceremony overlooking the iconic Bellagio fountains. Almost everything is done in-house—salon services, dining, photography, and anything else required for a perfect day. A live webcast will bring the ceremony to friends and family who can't attend in person.
The Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel offers the key element of flexibility when planning a theme for your wedding. Go with Elvis in a pink caddy, Dracula rising from a coffin, or even Darth Vader, armed with a lightsaber to lead the ceremony. Planners and coordinators are on staff to ensure every step of the wedding is done just right, with photographers and videographers documenting a day to remember.
Rev your engines for a lifetime of matrimony. Race fans are welcome to get married at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with 80,000 guests in attendance. Plan carefully. Weddings and vow renewals take place in the Neon Garage's Victory Lane on the Friday of NASCAR weekend every spring. The clock is ticking. NASCAR returns March 1 for a big weekend headlined by the Pennzoil 400. Email the Speedway for booking details.
Take a ride on the world's tallest observation wheel and tie the knot with the surrounding Vegas skyline as your chapel. The High Roller has individual cabins that hold up to 18 people, reaching as high as 550 feet in the air during a single rotation that lasts about 40 minutes. Book a reception in an event space inside the terminal building with options for photography, flowers, catering, and more.
Off the Strip
Almost any corner of AREA15 can be used as an event space. Take advantage of wraparound video walls and projection mapping at Illuminarium or the Portal. The Wall is a more intimate, with a bar and a 20-foot-LED screen. You can even book Omega Mart, Meow Wolf's trippy take on a grocery store, with at least four different areas suited for a ceremony.
Exchange vows at the Punk Rock Museum, which has an upstairs chapel and the option to include a mini-reception at the Triple Down dive bar with champagne, cake (or cupcakes), and a gift bag for the happy couple. Guests need to supply their own officiant and photographer, reflecting the DIY mentality that made Punk an underground sensation before going mainstream. For an additional sign of commitment, ask for wedding band tattoos at the on-site tattoo parlor.
If you're planning a summer wedding, beat the notorious Vegas heat with a wedding at Minus5º Icebar at the Venetian, Mandalay Bay, or The LINQ. Each location has more than a hundred tons of ice used for anything and everything, from the bar tops and cocktail glasses to the furniture and elaborate Instagram-worthy art pieces. Guests receive a hat and furry coat to stay warm. The venues can be bought out as private event spaces with a VIP lounge, open bar, and catering packages available. Minus5º Icebar also specializes in bachelor and bachelorette parties.
Rob Kachelriess is a full-time freelance writer who covers travel, dining, entertainment, and other fun stuff for Thrillist. He's based in Las Vegas but enjoys exploring destinations throughout the world, especially in the Southwest United States. Otherwise, he's happy to hang out at home with his wife Mary and their family of doggies. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.