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If the idea of a boring, cookie-cutter wedding gives you hives, no worries. We got your back.
We think weddings and elopements – whether gay or straight – should be kickass events. It’s a party that’s all about you two, so make it authentically you. If you want a gothic elopement, bring on the black lace and skull cake. If a vintage vibe is more your speed, go for it.
At Electric Sugar Elopements, we say screw tradition. Do your wedding or elopement your way. You’ll never regret it. And frankly, Las Vegas is the perfect place to do it. Anything goes here.
So where do you start if you’re planning a gay wedding in Las Vegas? How about location? Good news is that Las Vegas has lots of LGBTQ+ friendly venues and locations. In this city, no one cares if it’s a straight wedding or a gay wedding. They just want to party with the couple!
Here’s a look at a few venues.
- The Neon Museum is a boneyard of historic Vegas signs — funky, colorful and totally unique. It would be a great location for a vintage or even a rock ‘n’ roll elopement.
- Dry Lake Bed – Damn if the Eldorado Dry Lake Bed in Boulder City isn’t somehow epic and simple all at the same time. You’ve got options with this one, people! Go stripped down. Go big and dramatic. Go subtle and sexy.
- Eldorado Canyon comes complete with vintage cars, barns and the cholla cactus field.
- Floyd Lamb Park – If a lush park complete with a gazebo flips your switch, this one’s for you.
- Valley of Fire – This location … it’s just a stunner. Red rocks with a desert glow at sunset. Wow.
- Cactus Joe’s is an eclectic desert garden and cactus nursery. The location is so incredibly cool and unusual.
- If you and your honey are outdoorsy types, you’ll go crazy for Red Rock Canyon and its otherworldly rock formations and desert views. Would be a great location for an extraterrestrial-themed elopement.
- If you’re all about elegance and tradition, check out the Red Rock Casino. Swaying palm trees and sparkling pools radiate a calm you’ll vibe on.
- The JW Marriott Resort and Spa is just 20 minutes from the strip. It’s majestic, Mediterranean feel is killer cool.
- If a tropical oasis speaks to you, check out Cili at Bali Hai. A waterfront ceremony screams intimacy.
- GreenGale Farms offers up fruit orchards, palm tree forests, shaded olive groves and so much more as a funky backdrop.
- If you’re looking for classic Las Vegas, you’ll find it at the Las Vegas Country Club. We swear, you can feel the spirit of Dean Martin in the air.
- Canyon Gate Country Club offers an epic view of the Red Rock mountains as a backdrop . This place screams luxury.
Some other things to think about while planning your wedding in Las Vegas:
- Choose your date carefully. Last thing you want is to plan your elopement or micro-wedding on the weekend of a huge porn convention – or maybe you do. You do you! Anyway, take some time to check Las Vegas calendars to avoid certain dates. Your guests will thank you.
- What will you wear? Remember we said anything goes? And we meant it. Both of you should wear something that screams “hell ya, this is me” whether it’s a velour tux, a rainbow dress or an Elvira gown.
- Don’t forget the marriage license. It’s simple, you can even submit it online, which means you won’t have to interact with other humans.
- Decide if you want a reception. If you’re eloping, maybe all you need is a bottle of champagne (or Jack Daniels) for a toast after the I do’s. If you’re bringing guests, talk to the venue about a mini reception. Las Vegas has some out-of-this-world cake designers so don’t forget to explore that.
- Where are you and possible guests staying? If you’re looking for romantic hotels, see The 9 Most Romantic Hotels in Las Vegas.
Simple enough! That’s the beauty of an elopement .. or even a micro wedding. The smaller it is, the fewer guests, fewer details and the less stress. But don’t worry, just because it’s small doesn’t mean it won’t be special. Special is what we do. So let’s get planning.
For couples with personality wanting an offbeat, boundary-pushing wedding, McKenzi Taylor is fast-becoming America’s go-to elopement and micro-wedding expert. Electric Sugar Elopements barged onto the scene in 2021, with the company drawing on McKenzi’s 15+ years as a wedding photographer, 5+ years as a successful wedding coordinator, and standing as a board member for the LV chapter of WIPA. Her ‘let’s do this differently’ attitude to weddings has helped over 700 couples get hitched in style around Las Vegas, San Diego and Black Hills, and has led to her being featured in small and major media outlets, such as the New York Times.