You see all of your friends eloping lately and you’re probably like “that’s cute but I couldn’t do that.” Eloping is NOT for everyone and if you are unsure or questioning it, it’s probably already you’re cup of tea and that’s fine! If you are starting to figure out how to elope in Las Vegas, you’ve stumbled on the right blog.
It is extremely easy to elope in Las Vegas but it is also very easy to get lost in all the information. There are logistical factors at play: the weather, location-permit fees, setting up transportation, choosing flowers and not to mention- getting the perfect vendors.
Can we elope in las vegas if we’ve never been and don’t plan on coming out until our Elopement?
It is absolutely possible to plan an elopement completely through email. I have planned a 250 person wedding via email and during the Pandemic, planned all events for 2020-21 virtually.
I had a large wedding at a large venue and all the pomp & circumstance. It was amazing and everyone loved it; but looking back, I would definitely opt for an elopement with NO entourage. Luckily, I got the best of both worlds and in 2018, I had the honor of planning and designing my best friend’s Red Rock Canyon Elopement in Las Vegas! We are very similar and very different, so I really enjoyed being able to play with her organic and earthy vibe while incorporating my big city-glam style.
After Julia & Nathan’s Elopement, I was sold. I decided then, on the Overlook at Red Rock, that we were moving to Las Vegas and I was focusing my attention to Intimate Gatherings & Elopements!
Let’s get into it.
According to The Knot’s 2023 Real Wedding Study:
The national average cost of a wedding was $30,000.00. A $2,000.00 increase from the year prior. Nevada’s average cost of a wedding in 2023 is $24,000, a $3,000.00 increase from the year prior. To elope in Las Vegas, P3 offers packages starting at $3,000.00.
Surprises are great but not with money (unless someone is giving it to you). Once you figure out what you’re comfortable spending it will be easier to pin down vendors. The comparisons above are based on the average cost of wedding vendors in 2022 and the average amount spent for every Nevada wedding for groups 25 or smaller.
Vegas has the most gorgeous locations just a little bit outside of the usual “city.” If you are looking for something less cheesy than an Elvis Ceremony 🙂 – look at some of these amazing locations you have to choose from.
This is my favorite Desert Location! It requires NO PERMIT and you don’t have to hitch past a tarantula or rattlesnake to get your perfect moment! Love this venue deeply! Desert Love is the ONLY Desert location we currently work with!
There are several packages available if you want to get married against the Red Rocks or one of the several other Desert Locations in Las Vegas. I love this location specifically because of its proximity to The Strip (about 15 minutes) and amazing restaurants off-strip. We do not work here (see below) but we always recommend Cactus & Lace for any weddings at Red Rock & The Dry Lake Beds.
We don’t do many elopements on The Strip because couples who want to elope typically want to stay as far away from The Strip as possible. SAME SAME SAME. I am more a downtown Las Vegas type person and my couples are too! We love the murals, the bright colors, magical people and the way that golden hour hits just right! There are so many elopement companies who do it right, finding the best one for you should be easy and quick – look at their socials, look at their couples and see which one has your vibe or can best create it for you.
If you’re hoping to elope in Las Vegas at a desert location…this venue has so much to offer! You can create your own space all of the plants, rocks and decor the venue has, get married in front or inside their pink chapel, on their desert property across the street or near a koi pond on their Ranch House property!
If you want to elope in Las Vegas and slightly cheesy but also chic is your vibe, Sure Thing Chapel is definitely your vibe. It is my favorite las vegas wedding chapel and truly a hidden gem within the downtown Las Vegas area. You have the option of being married by a female Elvis, serenaded down the aisle by organist and amazing custom florals by Lucid Juliet! Our best all-inclusive elopement package is for Sure Thing Chapel and is a hit every time!