A Las Vegas wedding can cost anywhere from under $200 to well over the national average cost of a wedding, which is $30,000. Las Vegas offers a full range of wedding options, from a no-appointment-required wedding at the Office of Civil Marriages to a planned, formal affair.
How Much Does It Cost to Get Married in Vegas?
Las Vegas has long been a wedding destination, particularly for couples that decide to elope. The city offers a myriad of wedding options, from simple courthouse ceremonies and drive-through chapels to lavish, formal receptions.
Your Vegas wedding can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, depending on your choice of venue and services, such as a photographer, limousine rental, and/or formal dinner.
We’ll walk you through your options, plus a few tips to know before heading off to Vegas to get married.
Things to Know Before a Vegas Wedding
Getting married in Las Vegas does not require a waiting period or blood test, which may be necessary in your home state.
There are, however, a few rules and fees to keep in mind.
- You must be at least 18 years old. If you are 16 or 17, you can get married in Vegas, but you’ll need to have the consent of your legal guardians.
- You must not already be married.
- You must show an ID to get a marriage license; the County Clerk’s office provides a full list of accepted forms of ID.
- You can pre-register for a marriage license online or fill out all of the necessary paperwork at the County Clerk’s office.
- Your marriage license is valid for one year from the date of issue; it can be used immediately.
- Your marriage license will cost about $80, according to the Clark County Clerk’s fee schedule.
- Your marriage certificate, which you’ll need to order within 10 days of getting married, will cost $15. You can order it online, by mail, or pick it up in person from the County Clerk’s office.
The Cheapest Place to Get Married in Vegas
The cheapest places to get married in Las Vegas are at A Little White Wedding Chapel and the Office of Civil Marriages, according to our research. Both hold weddings for under $200. (This price does not include your attire, flights, or hotel.)
A Little White Wedding Chapel has a range of wedding packages available that cost between $50 and $1,300. Both the chapel’s gazebo ceremony and its drive-thru “Tunnel of Love” ceremony cost $50. Add a minister fee of about $40, your marriage license fee of about $80, and your marriage certificate fee of $15, and the total wedding cost will be about $185.
Less unique but equally budget-friendly is a courthouse wedding. The Office of Civil Marriages holds weddings by 15-minute appointment or walk-in. The office is open seven days a week; walk-ins are welcome Monday through Thursday and on Sundays, as of press time.
The office can accommodate up to 18 guests, and you’ll need to bring at least one as a witness. The Office of Civil Marriages charges a ceremony fee of about $80. That plus $95 in marriage license and certificate fees adds up to about $175.
A Modest Chapel Wedding in Vegas
If you want a classic Vegas chapel wedding, you can choose a pricier ceremony package at A Little White Wedding Chapel or one of its competitors. This will typically still save you money compared to a traditional wedding.
Most chapels can provide a witness for you and packages can be booked on short notice. Costs vary by chapel and by what the package includes. Basic packages typically include a vow exchange, plus optional flowers, photos, and a limousine rental.
High-end packages may include helicopter rides, hotel stays, and other extras. Some of the well-known Vegas wedding chapels (and their price ranges) are as follows:
- Chapel of the Flowers: Between about $300 and $9,000
- Graceland Wedding Chapel: Between about $200 and $4,000
- Little Church of the West: Between about $200 and $3,000
- Lucky Little Wedding Chapel: Between about $130 and $4,000
Keep in mind, not all packages include minister fees and tips. Minister fees are typically between $40 and $100. Tips will depend on whether or not you use a driver, pilot, photographer, or another service, but you should plan on about $20 to $40 per service provider.
To avoid frustrations, you can ask for a written outline of the expected costs and tips before booking your wedding package. The total cost of a Las Vegas chapel wedding with all of these considerations is between $400 and $9,300.
Formal Weddings in Las Vegas
The average wedding cost in the U.S. is more than $30,000, as of press time. Like any major city, Vegas has its share of high-end wedding options. A planned, formal wedding with guests in Vegas can easily match or exceed the national average.
For example, at a place like the Las Vegas Country Club, venue rental — which includes the ceremony, reception, hosted bar, hors-d’oeuvres, dinner service, and other embellishments, can cost more than $40,000. On top of that, you’ll need to account for the additional costs like attire, decor, flights, accommodations, and your marriage license and certificate.