How to Plan a Surprise Wedding in Vegas

How to Plan a Surprise Wedding in Vegas

Surprise! You’re getting married, but your loved ones have no idea. Don’t miss these tips for pulling off the ultimate surprise wedding in Vegas.

The average wedding in the U.S. costs $20,000 and a lot more in stress, time planning, and headache (literally).

A surprise wedding in Las Vegas offers a cheaper option with less hassle and more fun.

Keep reading to learn how to plan a surprise Vegas wedding that you and your guests will love.

1. Choose Your Date

Consider Vegas weather when planning your surprise wedding date. Summer is generally very hot and dry in Las Vegas. Your guests, particularly the older ones, may not enjoy sweaty away the surprise trip.

Plus, if you’re going to be wearing traditional wedding outfits (dress and tux/suite), summer is not the best season.

Vegas is also a popular destination for conferences and conventions. Check the convention calendar before setting the date.

2. Pick a Venue

There are tons of wedding venue options in Vegas.

Hotel chapels are convenient and affordable. Almost all Vegas hotels have a chapel, which makes it easy for you and your guests to attend the ceremony. It also makes hosting the reception easier, as most hotels will have various rooms for receptions, too.

Hotel chapels include various wedding services such as photography, flowers, and transportation.

Another option is to choose a wedding venue outside of a hotel. This can be fun because Vegas offers tons of different themed wedding options.

You can find venue choices for any style of wedding you desire. Casual, quirky, formal, animal inspired, romantic, outdoor, indoor, cocktail, nightclub, and more. The options are endless.

If you’re wanting a more traditional wedding, there are churches in Las Vegas that offer the same amenities as hotel chapels.

If you want a unique wedding and venue, you will need to book as early as possible. These places get reserved well in advance.

3. Plan with the Photographer

If your venue does not include a photographer, then you will need to find one locally. Las Vegas photographers book up quickly, so start your search a few months in advance.

A fun Vegas wedding photography trend is doing day-after photo sessions. These give you fun photos around Vegas of your new bride or groom and your guests (if you’d like).

Make sure to also find a local salon and schedule your hair and makeup if you’re planning on having it done professionally.

4. Apply for Your Marriage License

Marriage licenses in Las Vegas are quicker than most other states. You can apply for a marriage license within 60 days or less than your surprise wedding date.

Most people will fill out the application form online. To receive the license, though, you must visit the local county clerk’s office with your partner. Marriage licenses cannot be mailed or emailed.

5. Invite Your Guests

When creating your guest list, think hard about who you believe will actually come. It is important to have the correct number when booking the venue and food.

If you want to keep your wedding costs down, then only invite an intimate number of close friends and/or family.

After you have your guest list, you can send out your invitations. Typically, you’ll want to send invites no later than two months before the surprise wedding.

It is courteous, though, to send them 3 or more months in advance to allow people time to ask off work, make arrangements, and keep flight costs down.

The invites are where you get to be creative. You can virtually invite them for any reason– an engagement party, promotion celebration, birthday, etc.

Since your surprise wedding is in Las Vegas, you’ll need to include some vital information on the invites (besides just the date).

Be sure to list hotel options and the general location of the event. You don’t want your guests to end up staying thirty minutes away from your wedding.

The specific time of the event is, of course, vital to make sure your guests can plan for it. Also, it is nice to let them know that food will be provided so they can keep this in mind when budgeting.

Also, don’t forget to add the dress code on the invitation so they come dressed to your liking!

6. Plan for Food

You can’t have a wedding without food. Whether you’re going to simply eat at a restaurant or have food catered at the hotel, you should make reservations at least 6 weeks in advance (earlier for hotels if possible).

The best part about Vegas is that they have it all. From casual backyard barbeque to formal black-tie restaurants, you will be able to find food to fit your needs, style, and budget.

7. Plan Favors

Favors are a way of thanking your guests for attending your wedding. Even though it was a surprise.

Favors can be particularly important for guests who may have negative feelings toward your surprise wedding. Often, it is the parents, close friends, or close siblings who feel down about not being able to be a part of the wedding and planning.

Since surprise weddings are generally small, you can personalize favors for each person if your budget allows it.

If you’re looking to keep costs down, there are many wedding favor options. Some popular ones include drink coozies, golf tees, or bottles of wine or champaign.

It is important to know what you’re going to give as favors so you can plan for either their delivery to the hotel or packing on the plane/car.

If you’re ordering them, you will need ample time. A safe recommendation is to order them at least a month in advance to make sure nothing goes wrong.

You can also find wedding favors in Las Vegas. However, it often takes some time to get them personalized.

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