Why Do People Get Married in Las Vegas?

by S.E. Olson

Las Vegas is known as the marriage capital of the world. According to county records, since 1995, more than 100,000 marriage licenses have been issued each year in Clark County, the county in which Las Vegas is located.

Benefits

Las Vegas weddings are quick, cheap and easy. A marriage license costs about $50 and can be obtained without a blood test and with no waiting period. In addition, there are many wedding chapels in Vegas that provide everything from the bride’s bouquet to the officiant to the required witness for one low fee.

Warning

While it is easy to wed in Vegas, a divorce or annulment will set you back at least $925 if you qualify for an uncontested annulment, and take about two weeks to process.

Considerations

A marriage license issued by Clark County is required for any couple looking to wed in Las Vegas. Both parties must be present to obtain a marriage license. The Las Vegas Downtown Office Marriage Bureau is open daily (including holidays) from 8 a.m. to midnight.

Misconceptions

Marriages that happen in Vegas do not stay in Vegas. A Las Vegas marriage—whether you wed in a hotel ballroom or in a drive-thru ceremony—is valid in all 50 states.

Fun Fact

Theme weddings are commonplace in Las Vegas. Some of the most popular are: Elvis, Star Trek, pirate and gondola weddings.

Famous Ties

Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra were wed at the Little White Wedding Chapel in 1966. Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton were wed in a 20-minute ceremony in 2000. Britney Spears wed her high school friend Jason Alexander in Sin City in 2004.

About the Author

S. E. Olson is a freelance writer and editor specializing in weddings. She is a frequent contributor to eHow.com, and has more than five years writing and editing experience. Olson has a Bachelor of Arts in writing and rhetoric and Spanish.