You’re getting married–congratulations! If you’re reading this article that means you’re probably planning a destination wedding in Las Vegas. A wedding in Vegas no longer means only going to the chapel and having a quickie ceremony by an Elvis impersonator. You can have a gorgeous wedding in Las Vegas that fulfills all of your wildest dreams. And the good news is, you can plan your Vegas destination at any price point. Keep reading for planning tips for a variety of price ranges!
1. Marriage License Cost: $77 (2019)
The beauty of tying the knot in Las Vegas (aside from the picturesque desert sunsets and colorful mountain views) is the easy-peasy marriage license process. For those couples wondering how to go about it, relax. It’s a non-stressful event. Marriage licenses in Las Vegas do not require a blood test or a waiting period.
In fact, the cost is cheap at $77 for a license payable by cash, credit card, traveler’s check or money order. The bride and groom must be present at the downtown Clark County Marriage License Bureau, but it’s a fast process of only about 15 minutes. After you obtain the marriage license, then, you can begin your plans for this ultimate wedding destination.
2. Officiant Cost: Roughly $150-250*
*This is for a simple ceremony. Custom ceremonies that include unity elements are roughly $400+ Another must-have is the wedding officiant to make your ceremony a legal deal. When you choose to get married in Vegas via a wedding planner like our Cactus Collective, your choice of wedding package includes the cost of a modern minister.
If you select your own officiant, prices can range anywhere from $99 to $1,000, but the average price for a wedding officiant rounds out to about $250, and then, don’t forget to tip. These professionals will perform all kinds of services for all types of religions and non-religions.
3. Photography Cost: Roughly $500/hr
We offer the highest quality and seasoned photographers in Vegas.
Photography can be one of the widest spreads for pricing options for couples getting married in Las Vegas. It honestly depends on your style preference and the experience you desire in your photographer/company. Photography ranges anywhere from $100-$1000/hour (or even higher!). I would say on average a seasoned pro is starting at $500/hour.
4. Permits/Venue Cost: $600+
While it is so hard to tell you exact numbers for location permits and venues, it’s a safe bet that you are looking to pay AT LEAST $600 for a permit or for your venue. Set aside a good amount of your budget or your low-interest personal loan for your venue and permit. The $600 is for an outdoor location, like the desert, that you will be utilizing for a short time (under 2 hours).
If you are planning to wed in a resort or country club that’s an entirely different story because they are normally after your food and beverage as well. The price will be significantly higher.
5. Bouquet & Boutonniere Cost: $300+
A bouquet and boutonniere can be ultra luxe or as simple as a single rose. Really we think the average cost of a quality bouquet and boutonniere will fall in the $300.
Total Cost: ~$2200
For about $2200 you can piece together your own wedding, spending countless hour researching and finding your preferred vendors or you can go with a tried and true company like Cactus Collective Weddings to help you from start to finish with your wedding planning details.
Our packages start at $1500 and offer you peace of mind and a stressfree experience!
6. Hair & Makeup Cost: $200-250*
One more wedding day basic is hair and makeup, ladies. This is a huge service that will allow everything to go right and look that way in all those amazing photos taken outside in the beautiful desert surroundings, inside a Las Vegas wedding chapel or at a special spot on the Las Vegas Strip. According to the research done, the average price tag for the bride’s hair and makeup is about $245.
Each additional bridal party member will run you about $170. Let’s face it; hair and makeup make it a memorable and glamorous event.
7. Transportation Cost: 7 passenger: $100/hour || Party Bus: $200/hr
Now that those essentials have been taken care of, let’s focus on three plans we’ve laid out for a Las Vegas Wedding. That way, you can determine the kind of nuptials you want at the High Roller, Mid-Range or Budget-Conscious levels. The cost of an incredible Las Vegas wedding can be made compatible with your wallet because the city offers so many crazy-wonderful sights, cool things and fun activities of all prices to take in during your momentous day.
8. Hotel Accommodation
$140 to $510 for an overnight stay for two Cost:
There are quite a number of hotels where you can stay before, during and after your wedding. Here are a few on
In Red Rock Casino you will experience comfort, design, and value if you stay in this hotel. An overnight stay starts at $171 to $196 for 515 or 615 square feet room. Cosmopolitan is a luxury resort in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip with rooms that are 460 to 620 square feet wide. An overnight stay here starts from $410 to $510. An overnight stay in Downtown Grand ranges from $209 to $239 with a room that is 350 to 450 square feet wide. Golden Nugget has a luxurious modern vibe to it.
A weekend overnight stay here starts at $139. There are a lot of hotels to choose from which will suit what you are looking for. It is advisable that you reserve your room in advance as they give quite big discounts for early and direct transactions!
9. Intimate Dinner Reception
10. For Fun
Bellagio Gardens Fountain
Pin Ball Hall of Fame
Walk around Downtown Vegas