A Wedding on The Roller Coaster at the New York New York Casino on the Las Vegas Strip

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If you look at the New York New York casino on the Las Vegas Strip from the street you cannot fail to notice the huge roller coaster that zooms around the outside of the building at 67 miles per hour. The roller coaster will lift you up 203 feet and drop you down 144 feet.

More than one million visitors experience the ride each year. If you love roller coasters this is a great place to get married, and truly unique.

Thrill seekers who desire an exhilarating wedding ceremony at this top speed can have their wedding ceremony on the roller coaster. A morning ceremony costs $600 and an evening ceremony costs $700. This includes your minster. Specific times available differ depending on availability and the time of the week, but times are generally available between 10am and 11am and 11pm to midnight.

The entrance to the roller coaster is on the second level of the casino through an arcade with a Coney Island feel. The roller coaster train fronts are designed to look just like real NYC taxi cabs. A wedding ceremony on the coaster will add a boost of adrenalin to your nuptials, while enjoying towering drops, multiple loop and stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip.

Bare in mind that riders must be at least 54″ tall. Because the ride is outdoors, hours of operation are subject to weather conditions and other circumstances which may suspend service.

For further details or to book your roller coaster wedding contact the New York New York casino on 702 740 6616.

For more information on planning your Las Vegas wedding, email Claire or visit her website. For updates, “like” the Las Vegas Bridesmaid page on Facebook.

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Kate and James’ Las Vegas Wedding

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Kate and James travelled from Derby in the United Kingdom to get married in Las Vegas. James had been in the same class as Kate’s older sister at school so they had known of each other for many years before they met properly through friends as adults. They began dating in 2003 and got married just over eight years later.

They got married just five months after having got James popped the questions as a surprise to Kate on Christmas Day. They had been trying to conceive a child and wanted to get married before starting a family.

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James had always wanted to get married abroad so their first thought was to get married at Lake Garda in Italy. It is a special place to the couples because James had surprised Kate with a holiday there some years previously. It turned out that they would have had to wait over a year to get married there, and, like so many Las Vegas couples before them, they were in a hurry.

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They had visited Las Vegas before and loved it, so they decided to go with Vegas for their wedding locations. It suited them, because they were eager to get rings on their fingers so that they could start a family.

They had noticed the Chapel of the Flowers on their previous trip to Las Vegas, they both remembered liking the look of it, so there was no competition for them, they went straight to them. They were completely happy with the chapel and would highly recommend it.

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Their visit was a quick one, they flew in on the Saturday, got married the Wednesday and flew home the following Saturday. They stayed at the MGM Signature. Kate said “I would recommend staying at the Signature if you wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Strip but still be close enough to it.” While they were in Las Vegas they spent plenty of time in the casinos but also managed to visit the Hoover Dam and the Valley of Fire.

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As many eloping couples do, they felt guilty about having their wedding ceremony without guests. They felt bad that their family could not share the experience with them in person, but they were able to watch it live via webcam. That helped to soften the blow. Kate said that their families were disappointed but understood that they wanted to elope to Vegas for their wedding.

Kate did her own hair and makeup and wore a white halter neck, knee length dress, bought from Coast back in the UK. She had a simple dozen white rose bouquet tied with black ribbon to match the sash on her dress.

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They had a lovely and relaxing wedding day, a definite plus point of the elopement! They chilled out in their hotel in the morning, had their wedding ceremony at 1pm, then returned to their hotel and had dinner at the Wolfgang Puck restaurant in the MGM casino. They loved the food there and it comes with their high recommendations! To top off their special day they went up the Eiffel Tower in the evening to see the strip all beautifully lit up.

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For more information on planning your Las Vegas wedding, email Claire or visit her website. For updates, “like” the Las Vegas Bridesmaid page on Facebook.

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Skydiving Wedding in Las Vegas

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For couples who really want to take the plunge into married life, they can have a skydiving wedding. Small planes carrying skydiving passengers take off from Las Vegas Airport most days.

There are several skydiving wedding options available. One is to have your ceremony on the ground before you go up in the plane. You wedding guests can watch you take off, then they will be taken out to the dropzone viewing area to witness the couple’s entry into matrimony on solid ground. Another option is to do the jump, then have the ceremony once you have landed and the adrenaline is still pumping.

Vegas Extreme Skydiving has a skydiving preacher who performs ceremonies on a plane as it ascends to jump altitude. Once the couple are married, they jump out of the plane. Again, guests can be waiting for their arrival in the ground.

Complete packages start at $1299. Some packages include flowers for the bride and champagne for all the guests. All skydives come with a DVD of the whole experience, including the dive itself. Photography is an optional extra.

For more information on planning your Las Vegas wedding, email Claire or visit her website. For updates, “like” the Las Vegas Bridesmaid page on Facebook.

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Silverton Casino Underwater Wedding

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Come to the desert and get married underwater! The Silverton is an off-Strip casino, but it’s not far away, just off the I-15. They have a beautiful 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium in the casino. The aquarium is home to 4,000 tropical fish plus stingrays and sharks. The casino holds interactive stingray feedings several times a day. They also have live, human “mermaids” put on an underwater show several times a day from Thursday to Sunday.

The Silverton are offering a package for couples to get married in full scuba gear in this aquarium. Couples must be fully certified scuba divers to do so.

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The Silverton is a nice casino, and I can recommend their food. A wedding package with the Silverton can include your officiant, champagne, accommodation, dining, photos and transport to and from the courthouse, to get your license. If you do not have a bridesmaid, don’t worry, they can provide that too, in the form of a mermaid!

For more information on an underwater wedding please call the Silverton Casino on 1 866 668 6688.

For more information on planning your Las Vegas wedding, email Claire or visit her website. For updates, “like” the Las Vegas Bridesmaid page on Facebook.

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Legal Requirements for a Las Vegas Wedding

When planning Las Vegas weddings, a rather frequently asked question from people from outside of the US is what are the legal requirements? What paperwork and ID do I need to bring? If I get married in Vegas, am I only legally married in Vegas? Or the US? How do I make it legal in my country? Here is everything you need to know about the legal requirements to get married in Las Vegas:

The fee for a marriage license is $60. This is payable by cash, cashier’s check, money order and credit card but note that there is an added $5 service charge for credit card transactions.

A man and woman over the age of eighteen may be issued a marriage license in Clark County. People ages sixteen or seventeen may marry if a parent or legal guardian (carrying ID and proof of guardianship of necessary) gives consent in person at the time of application. The couple must be “no nearer of kin than second cousins or cousins of half-blood.”

Same-sex weddings have yet to be recognized in the state of Nevada.

To get your marriage license you will be required to produce proof of name and age.

Acceptable forms of ID are driver’s license, passport, military ID card and other government-issued identification cards. In the unlikely event that you do not hold any of the above, other combinations of identification that have an applicant’s photograph along with an certified birth certificate or social security card may be presented as well. Both members of the couple must appear in person before a clerk at a Marriage License Bureau.

Your Marriage License and therefore also your Certificate will be prepared with your legal name exactly as it appears on the identification presented. For example, if you want your Marriage License to show your full middle name, the ID you present must contain your full middle name.

A marriage license is issued the same day a couple applies.

The closest Marriage License Bureau location to the Strip is in Downtown. You can save a little time by submitting your pre-application online.  This generates a reference number, which you should bring with you to the Marriage Bureau, and you can go to the “Express Window”.

Unlike some US states, Clark County does not require the couple to have a blood test and there is no mandatory waiting period between getting the license and having the wedding ceremony.

If you have been married before, your divorce must be final in the state where granted. The date of the final decree and city and state where granted are required to obtain your marriage license. Widowed applicants are required to list the date they were widowed and the city and state. You will not need to bring a copy of the death certificate.
Couples from outside the United States can be legally married in Las Vegas. Most countries will need a certified copy of your marriage certificate and an Apostille from the Nevada Secretary of State. If your home government authorities require a copy of the marriage license, you may purchase a certified copy of the Affidavit of Issuance of Marriage License when you come to the Marriage License Bureau. This document contains information not listed on the marriage certificate such as parent’s names and parent’s places of birth. The marriage certificate costs $10 and the Apostille costs $20. When you obtain your marriage license ask for the Nevada Secretary of State to send the Apostille and certified marriage certificate copy directly to your government for you.

For more information on planning your Las Vegas wedding, email Claire or visit her website. For updates, “like” the Las Vegas Bridesmaid page on Facebook.

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Rachel Simpson Shoes and Las Vegas Bridesmaid Giveaway


I am very excited to announce that this blog, in alliance with the Central Park Weddings blog, will be giving away one pair of beautiful Rachel Simpson shoes this month. Visit her website and browse through her collection of gorgeous shoes. Then, just comment in the box below on this blog, or post a comment to our Facebook wall, and tell us which pair of Rachel Simpson shoes you like the most.  You could win that pair.

Please share this giveaway with your friends. We will put the names of all those who enter into a hat and draw a winner at random on the 28th February. Be sure to enter your email address if you enter in the comment box below, and remember to check our Facebook page on the 1st March, because that is when we will announce our winner. We will contact the winner to check her size and mailing address.

Rachel Simpson is based in Birmingham in England, where she designs her shoes. They are beautifully manufactured in a family run factory in Spain. Every shoe is cut, stitched and constructed by hand by experienced craftspeople using highly specialized machines for the more structural processes such as attaching heels and soles.


Sizes run from a UK size 2 (European 35, US 4) up to a UK size 9 (European 43, US 11). Rachel uses only high grade leathers and beautiful satins. All styles are fully leather lined with leather soles for maximum comfort.

Rachel has stockists all over the UK and some in Ireland and mainland Europe. Click here for more information on stockists. Rachel ships internationally. This prize draw is open worldwide, we will ship your prize pair of shoes to you, no matter where you live.

She has a wide selection of heels and flats, white, pastel, black, silver and gold shoes. Please share this giveaway with your friends. All you have to do to win a pair of these exquisite shoes is go to the website and browse through the many choices. Then comment in the box below on this blog, or “like” us on Facebook then write on our Facebook wall, and tell us which pair of Rachel Simpson shoes you want to win.  You could win that pair.  You don’t even have to be getting married in the near future to win!


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Top Ten Tips for a Las Vegas Wedding

In my business of planning weddings in Las Vegas I am often asked what my suggestions are to get the most out of a Las Vegas wedding.

1) The Weather – Before making the hotel reservations for your wedding in Las Vegas, check the normal weather for that time of year. Daytime in July and August can bring hot sun and occasional heavy storms, but evenings are a nice temperature. It may be the desert, but we do have Winter, an outdoor wedding in January would be a little on the chilly side.

2) The legalities – OK, Las Vegas is home of the quickie wedding, but a Vegas wedding is still legally binding. Make sure you are of legal age and you have your photo ID with proof of name and age, and the fee for the license.

3) The Photographer – Most of the chapels offer an hour or so of photography in the chapel as part of their package. If you are lucky, this may include a trip to the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. Consider booking some time with a professional photographer for another couple of hours. Walk around the Glitter Gulch of Fremont Street or pose on the Strip at night or during the day, or go out to the beautiful Red Rock Canyon. Be more original and get some exciting wedding photographs that you can enjoy for years to come.

4) The Dress – Many brides spend lots of time and money choosing a dress back home, then packing it up and bringing it with them to Las Vegas. However, not everyone wants to spend lots of money on a dress that they will never wear again, so why not take advantage of being in the wedding capital of the world, and choose from one of the very many dress rental places in town?

5) The Hair and Makeup – Some brides choose to have their hair and makeup done professionally for their wedding day. A lot of the casinos offer this service to their guests, but at a very high price. Some of the local, off-Strip salons will also come to your room for this, and charge much less. Consider having a trial at home before you come out to Vegas and takes lots of pictures, and be sure to book in advance for your Vegas trip.

6) Witnesses – Many couples elope to Las Vegas alone to get married. If you do make the trip just the two of you, then be sure to find a witness for the ceremony, or check with you chapel that they can provide one.

7) The celebrant – If you choose a wedding chapel in a Las Vegas Strip casino or Downtown then it is likely that they will provide their own officiant, and they will perform a standard ceremony. They can usually offer civil or religious ceremonies. If you want a more personal ceremony, consider a more off-the-beaten-track location and talk to your celebrant beforehand.

8) The Time – So many people come to Las Vegas to get married, that the chapels often have several bookings per day. This is especially true on weekends and during busy periods. Consider coming out of season and/or midweek to have a more leisurely ceremony.

9) The Breakfast – If you are getting married in Las Vegas, take advantage of the vast choice of incredible restaurants it has to offer. There is nowhere quite like Vegas when it comes to eating out, so be sure to make reservations somewhere classy with delicious food.

10) Special days and holidays – You may well want a memorable date for your wedding anniversary, but bare in mind that many other couples want that, too. Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve are very popular dates all over the world. In Vegas, that can mean waiting in line at chapels, and having to hurry along your ceremony so that others can fit in.

For more information on planning your Las Vegas wedding, email Claire or visit her website. For updates, “like” the Las Vegas Bridesmaid page on Facebook.

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Rachel and Joe’s Las Vegas Elopement

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This lovely British couple married in Las Vegas and wanted to share their story. Rachel, originally from Surrey and Joe, from Leeds now live in Manchester. They met through work at an advertising agency, and Joe took Rachel to the dump for their first date! Rachel now runs the Career Break Site.

They had been together for ten years before they got married. “I think it’s important to get to know someone really well!” said Rachel. Joe proposed while they were on holiday, and Rachel was so surprised that she didn’t even say yes at the time. The couple knew they wanted to start a family and being married before having children was important to them. She did say yes eventually, though, and they were engaged for two years before they actually tied the knot.

They had already made the decision that an elopement would suit them so they kept it a secret. They never discussed any option but Las Vegas. They wanted to elope and of course Vegas is the ultimate eloping destination! Rachel had visited Las Vegas a couple of times before and really liked it, and they planned to have their honeymoon in California.


They were both very busy so they booked the whole package through Trailfinders. The package includes a ceremony at the ‘A Special Memory’ wedding chapel, a huge limousine, and a photographer. Rachel told me that when they were leaving he said ‘See you again’ which she didn’t think was very appropriate! Aaah, Vegas, how I love you!

Rachel and Joe stayed at the Aria for the few days they were in Vegas. They speak highly of the breakfast buffet and said their room was lovely. The night before their wedding they met up with a friend of the family who lived in Ls Vegas, who took them to an off-Strip, non-touristy restaurant, which they enjoyed. After dinner he drove them up and down the strip and told them about the history of the various casinos.

Rachel wore a red jersey dress (she wanted something that would not crease in her suitcase) and red heels. She wasn’t too keen on having flowers, but they come with the package, so she carried a single white rose. Joe wore jeans. He never wears suits, but he did go to the effort of ironing his shirt. Their witness was an old school friend of Rachel’s who now lives in Las Vegas. She was the only person let in on the secret of their elopement. Rachel said that she was so nervous during their ceremony that she doesn’t remember any of the vows, so she was please that the officiant was able to keep the ceremony short.


Rachel says that their families were quite pleased that they had eloped, after all, they didn’t have to organize or pay for anything, and they had a little celebration with their families when they got back.

Rachel say she thinks a Vegas wedding is great for those who don’t feel the need for a ‘proper’ wedding and she doesn’t think friends and family mind as much as you might think they will. “In fact, I spoke to someone whose daughter was due to get married shortly after and when I told her I eloped, she said she wished her daughter had been as kind,” she told me.

The epilogue to Rachel and Joe’s Las Vegas wedding arrived nine months later. He’s called Nate and they are absolutely thrilled with him.


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Little Church of the West Wedding Chapel

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I recently attended the wedding of a British couple at this little chapel. There are several chapels on Las Vegas Boulevard (otherwise known as the Strip) but this is the only on at this South end. It is a little way down and the other side of the road from the Mandalay Bay, and a little way up from the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign”.

They offer several different packages, from a $260 basic ceremony plus a few photos to a $3100 package where they provide flowers, a limo, lots of photos and online webcast of the ceremony. We had their $2100 package and everything was lovely. A limo collected the bride, her mother, and myself from the Cosmopolitan, and we had bottles of water in the back, their more expensive package comes with champagne. We didn’t need it, I had picked us up a couple of bottles on the way that morning, so we had a glass or two in the room.

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We arrived at the Chapel, and the groom and guests were waiting for us under their pretty garden pagoda, providing some much-needed shade. Their office staff were as pleasant in person as they had been by email and come out to greet us and give us our flowers. The officiant arrived and was careful to usher the groom and guests into the Chapel without seeing the bride. We had photos of the bride and her party before going in, then photos all the way through the ceremony. The officiant performed a lovely ceremony, all by heart, so he has obviously performed quite a few of these. The couple were able to tell their friends and family back how to watch the ceremony online, so they could feel like they were involved too. More group photos in the chapel and then off to the famous sign for our photos there. Then we went back to the Cosmopolitan, where they were staying.

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The offices and bathrooms are not too photogenic, but the couple don’t really see them, and they are far from your wedding photos. The staff are all pleasant and efficient, and everything ran quickly and smoothly. The couple received their marriage certificate within a week or so of return from their honeymoon.

The garden and lawn are pretty and provide a nice backdrop. The chapel is wooden, inside and out, and tastefully decorated. There is enough seating inside the chapel for a very large party by Vegas standards, and there is a good-sized parking lots outside. This is one of my favorite non-casino chapels. I like the location and I like the chapel itself.

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Annie and Mick’s Las Vegas Wedding Vow Renewal


Annie and Michael Lampard from Stratford upon Avon, in the UK met in high school. They liked each other, but were both very shy back then, too shy to do anything about it. They grew up and both got married to other people, but those marriages ended and eventually they got together when we were 35 and 36 respectively. They got married in 1991.

Mick had always wanted to go to Las Vegas, and his 60th birthday was coming up. They booked five days at the MGM. Coincidentally, Annie and Mick’s 20th wedding anniversary was coming up that same year, so Mick suggested that while they were in Vegas celebrating his 60th birthday, they might renew their wedding vows too.

Annie and Mick are a fun couple, and they briefly considered a “hound dog wedding’ which would be conducted by an Elvis lookalike. In the end they chose the renew their vows while in a helicopter flying over the Las Vegas strip at night. Annie said “that proved to be one hell of an experience” and they cannot recommend it enough.


They chose a cowboy theme for their outfits, Annie’s cowboy boots were white leather, and, as you can see from the photos, she looks great in them, especially along with the tiara! Mick wore a black Stetson type hat with his cowboy gear. Annie’s flowers were white roses. She did her hair herself but had found a make-up artist to come to the hotel room for just $35.


Some of the couple’s family thought they were a little crazy doing this in Las Vegas, but Annie’s son and daughter-in-law thought it was great idea and came along to Vegas to join in the celebrations.

The four of them were collected from the hotel by a white limo in the early evening to be taken to the airport. They had a bridal bouquet, buttonholes, a bottle of champagne and a wedding cake all waiting for them in the limo. At the airport they met with the minister, photographer and wedding organizer to go through all the procedures for the ceremony. They made sure to get lots of photos taken before, during and after the flight. After leaving the airport they all had a meal in the ‘Wild Onion’ restaurant in Hooters and shared their wedding cake with some of the waitresses.

They certainly made the most of their five days in Las Vegas, seeing the surrounding areas. One day they visited the Grand Canyon, and drove to Utah another day. They spent one evening in the Downtown area of Las Vegas, eating at the Main Street Station casino, which they enjoyed. The Strip does have so much to see, though, and they spent a lot of time trying out all those casinos.

Annie said “Vegas is a great place to marry or renew your vows. It’s a very exciting city so much to see and do. Very glitzy and has become our favorite destination to date, so much so we went again 2012 and we hope to return again and again!”

For more information on planning your Las Vegas wedding, email Claire or visit her website. For updates, “like” the Las Vegas Bridesmaid page on Facebook.


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