Nevada legalized same-sex marriage on Oct. 7, 2014, scoring a huge win for love and equality. Ever since, gay couples have flocked to Las Vegas to become legally wed. In May of this year, Clark County issued its 20,000th same sex wedding license.
The numbers aren’t surprising. Las Vegas is the perfect city to have a wedding because truly anything goes. Couples can opt for big and elaborate, small and simple or even themed ceremonies – think Elvis wedding. Instead of a forgettable wedding that looks and feels like every other ceremony you’ve ever attended, Las Vegas offers an opportunity to do something truly special.
So where does a same-sex couple start when it comes to planning a gay wedding in Las Vegas?
First, get the legalities out of the way – the marriage license process. No big hassle, but make sure you’re checking all the boxes so that there are no surprises on the big day.
Next, start thinking about locations or venues that speak to you. Do you want an indoor wedding or an outdoor wedding? Big or small? Elaborate or simple? Las Vegas wedding planning business Cactus Collective helps couples with all the details, including location. Check out our list of top 10 venues, from the sweet and funky Cactus Joes Blue Diamond Nursery to the exquisite Valley of Fire State Park. There’s really a place for every taste.
Next up, think photos! No one wants to discover after the fact that they don’t have any decent photographs of their big day. So choose a photographer that will bring your dream to life. Start by deciding your budget and then find a photographer who understands your vision. Look for a photographer that has experience with gay weddings in Las Vegas. After all, you want someone who understands you and your love story.
Now, it’s time to think about the reception after the wedding, that is if you choose to have a reception. Remember, it’s your wedding. If you don’t want a reception, don’t have one. If you do, then there are plenty of venues to choose from in Vegas.
Las Vegas has a thriving LGBTQ community, which means we have plenty of reception venues and business that are LGBTQ friendly. From the T-Bones Chophouse to A Simple Affair, there really is a wide range of styles and décor to suit any wedding day dream.
After the Wedding
And finally, we all know the wedding and reception are just one piece of a fabulous wedding experience. What about the down time, before and after the wedding festivities? For family and friends who come to Las Vegas, there are plenty of businesses and events that cater to the gay community in Vegas.
From gay clubs and bars like the Bastille (the oldest gay bar in Vegas) to shows and concerts (Celine Dion or Cher anyone?) there’s something for everyone in Vegas. Not interested in the nightlife, how about a great meal? Las Vegas is home to plenty of gay-friendly restaurants, where family and friends can enjoy a good meal when they aren’t enjoying wedding activities or taking in the sights on the Las Vegas Strip.
Maybe your guests have children, which means they will prefer family-friendly venues rather than a club. There are plenty of those as well. From the theme parks to aquariums, the kids won’t be bored in Las Vegas.
When it’s all said and done, your wedding should be something you will remember and cherish.
So don’t be afraid to make choices that are unique to you and your partner. A gay wedding in Las Vegas can be anything you like. So have fun. And, congrats!