The best places to elope in Las Vegas, are not all out on the strip. Who doesn’t love a little Viva Las Vegas in their wedding right? As a matter of fact, Las Vegas is frequently mentioned as one of the best places to elope simply because of how many places are there to do just that. In my opinion though, Las Vegas is best used as a hub to get to cinematic landscapes and cool museums for your elopement day. Its two hours away from two different national parks and 45 minutes from one of the most instagram landscapes in Nevada. Needless to say, you can have the whole experience of Las Vegas without having to actually have your ceremony in typical Las Vegas.
Off-strip Las Vegas places to elope: Take advantage of low cost flights + hotels!
The best way to use vegas in my opinion is as a hub. You fly in cheap, get a nice hotel at a good price and then drive the living hell out of a rental car to see whatever you want within 2-3 hours.
El Dorado Canyon Mine
If I was narrowing down to one single place to elope in Las Vegas, this would be it. I am a little obsessed. I was actually one of the first photographers to photograph the chapel which was built in 2020 during lockdowns. The owner actually built the chapel because he was bored, and I love that that is a thing. You don’t even have to use the chapel though, because this place is filled with old western buildings and vintage cars. There is actually a half-blown-up plane on the property from a Kevin Costner movie. Honestly even if this isn’t your ceremony site, go because its awesome.
Address: 16880 NV-165, Searchlight, NV 89046
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Valley of Fire State Park
You may not know the name, but I can almost assure you that you have seen this place on Instagram. Travel photographers and tourists love sharing images from Rainbow Vista but this park has multiple places inside that will make your jaw drop. The best part? It’s a quick 45-minute drive from the Strip – provided Las Vegas construction isn’t too crazy.
Address: 29450 Valley of Fire Hwy, Overton, NV 89040
The Neon Sign Museum
The museum showcases incredible classic signs from the strip and allows you to get the grit and glam from old neon. This is one of those wedding options where people will ask how you got such cool photographs… Hint, You hired me and got the permit to do your ceremony there. Totally worth it. 🙂
Believe it or not, you can actually get married on the Dam itself. There are many ways of doing this, but my favorite has to be via helicopter. The Hoover Dam Twilight Dreams Wedding offers a crazy unique wedding experience at twilight. You’ll fly across the desert valley in a helicopter to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam for the best views of the famous landmarks. Your ceremony will take place on the way back to Vegas above the bright lights of the Strip.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers two wedding locations – Overlook on State Route 159 or Red Spring. The Overlook location provides a full panoramic view of Red Rock Canyon while the Red Spring location features red rocks, trees, a boardwalk trail and platform used for the ceremony. Plus, a Red Rock Scooter Tour makes for some fun memories! I would top it off with the classic champaign spray (protip: Use the cheap stuff and keep the good bottle to actually drink.)
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Dry Lake Bed
Dry Lake Bed in Boulder City is the definition of a blank canvas. It’s serene, surreal, and truly unique. The flat, dry lake bed places you and your partner in the heart of this natural scenery, with the horizon and surrounding mountains as a witness to your ceremony. It’s an excellent choice for couples who love minimalism.
Keep Memory Alive Center
If a wedding is all about creating memories that last a lifetime, then there’s nowhere more appropriate to tie the knot than at Las Vegas’ one-of-a-kind Keep Memory Alive Center. It’s a super cool building designed by Frank Gehry and the building kind of looks like it’s melting from the vegas sun. The center is just a few minutes from the Strip and between the building’s uniquely-Gehry design and all the standard, first-rate wedding amenities, it’s the perfect place to begin making memories together.
Mount Charleston is a year-round getaway for Las Vegas locals with awesome trails and ski slopes. The mountain can be seen from parts of the Las Vegas Strip when looking west. This location is unique because its got vast landscapes but is also a more traditional venue and can cater to both intimate and ceremonies of up to 60 people with an overlook view.
Death Valley National Park
Calling this one a Las Vegas location is kind of a stretch, but the two-hour drive from the strip is definitely worth it. So I actually consider it one of the places to elope in Las Vegas, even though it’s mostly in California. I personally have a bunch of selfies from here and can attest that the backgrounds are well worth the drive. It can also get pretty chilly here in the winter, and I can admit even being from the midwest originally… It was pretty cold. I would avoid this in the summer though because it is actually the hottest place on earth.
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Las Vegas Strip Elopement Locations
Getting married on the strip doesn’t have to be quick or tacky. As a matter of fact, you could do your ceremony at one of the hotels and then do a really cool tour of vegas that includes graffiti murals, the container park, and vegas classics like the Bellagio Fountains. There are so many places to elope in las Vegas that it honestly was hard to narrow down.
Aria Resort and Casino
If classic wedding elegance is what you’ve always dreamed of, then a wedding at the ARIA Resort & Casino is probably the best of that in Vegas. There are five unique wedding locations inside the hotel from the Wedding Chapel to the Gallery you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. This is in my opinion the best-looking hotel in Vegas, and you can’t go wrong here.
Glass Gardens at Chapel of the Flowers
This one was a lucky find on Google, to be honest, but it’s incredible. Glass Gardens is one of the most gorgeous wedding venues I have ever seen and they offer packages for weddings from 2 people to 88. designer planked walls, a magnificent glass ceiling with a custom lighting system to mimic the sky, and Pinterest-inspired wedding decor. This state-of-the-art Las Vegas garden chapel will delight any couple who desires an upscale garden wedding for a fraction of the cost.
On the Eiffel Tower at Paris
Ever wanted to get married at the Eiffel Tower but also not spend your life’s savings to do it? Cool, me too! The closest you can get in the States is an intimate wedding at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. You can get married at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant and you’ll have room for some close friends and family. Personally, I think this would be pretty hard to beat in the evening, but the choice is yours.
In front of the dancing fountains at the Bellagio
We’ve all seen it in movies since we were kids but imagine your first kiss as a married couple accented by a swell of music, lights, and a choreographed water spectacle. Shooting over 400 feet in the air, Bellagio’s mesmerizing dancing fountains serve as the grand finale for ceremonies on the Terrazza di Sogno. After the show, you can continue the party with a reception in one of Bellagio’s ballrooms or restaurants. Hard to beat, to be honest.
At the Venetian
I have always loved older more ornate architecture and while nothing in Vegas is really that old anymore, The Venetian at least brings back some of that architecture. You can say I do on the hotel property or go the extra mile on the Canal gondolas. Yes, you can totally get married while on a romantic gondola ride through The Venetian Canals. You can probably even tell your friends it was real Italy and see who falls for it.
Hidden Oasis at The Flamingo
There aren’t many more classic Las Vegas hotels than the Flamingo, It’s hard to imagine writing a list without including it. The Flamingo has a ceremony space at the Gazebo Chapel and it feels worlds away from the chaos of the strip. Surrounded by palm trees, garden flowers, and an ivy-covered gazebo this space is perfect for weddings and elopements with up to 100 guests. The tropical grounds of the Flamingo are hard to beat for photo opportunities on your special day as well.
The Las Vegas Sign
Did you know there were two? I didn’t for a minute. There is one sign near the home of Pawn Stars, and another near the Luxor off Boulder Highway -this is the newer version. If you want this totally by yourself, I would recommend trying for sunrise when pretty much every tourist is asleep or too hungover to get in the way of your photos.
Mandalay Bay / The Delano
These two hotels are some of my favorites. Mandalay Bay actually has a huge ballroom for traditional weddings surrounded by their Shark Reef which is really awesome. The grounds for both hotels and rooftops also make for incredible backdrops – provided you arrange that with the hotel so they are not as populated.
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