Welcome to Valentine’s Day in fabulous Las Vegas, where once-in-a-lifetime experiences like drive-thru weddings and Elvis ceremonies are pedestrian and passé.
Fortunately, for those trendsetting couples hoping to get married in Vegas on Feb. 14, 2013, we have a few new knot-tying tricks up our quickie wedding sleeve.
Pop goes the wedding
If you build it in Vegas, they will come. So goes the theory behind the rotating space for pop-up shops at The Cosmopolitan, including the former Droog furniture store, EA Sports Bar and Side Line Sports Bar.
And look what’s suddenly popped up in the pop-up space on the Las Vegas Strip just in time for Valentine’s Day: The Pop-Up Wedding Chapel, offering devoted couples a temporary location for securing a lifetime of happiness. Celebrate your very own Vegas wedding with eraser rings, party poppers and mini-wedding cake pops from The Cupcakery as well as photo ops in front of local artist Jerry Misko’s interpretation of the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign.
The pop-up chapel will also accommodate commitment ceremonies, faux weddings and pet weddings (so you can finally give Mittens that proper Valentine’s Day she’s been waiting for her entire nine lives). Wedding packages start at $125 while resort packages, including room stays, ceremony and more, start at $419.
The Pop-Up Wedding Chapel is open Sunday – Thursday, 3 – 11 p.m. and Friday – Saturday, 3 p.m. – 2 a.m. For more information, call (702) 698-7640.
‘Til death do we part
Why not join the living dead before you even say “I do”? Marry your boo- or ghoul-friend this Valentine’s Day with a nondenominational (and nontraditional) service inside the aptly named Chap-Hell at Eli Roth’s Goretorium.
Take a chance on immortal love with a wedding that includes a vampire or scary priest as officiant, a souvenir photograph, themed music and décor, a retail shop discount, two T-shirts and two VIP passes to the Goretorium. Packages start at $666 (plus tax and service charge).
For a little bit extra, you can add on a reception at the spooky, ’60s-inspired Baby Dolls Lounge or cruise the Las Vegas Strip in a hearse. Other additions include full gore-appropriate makeup and attire, professional photography, gruesome cakes and more. Let the bloodletting begin!
Eli Roth’s Goretorium is located across from CityCenter and The Cosmopolitan on Las Vegas Boulevard. It is open Monday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – midnight and Friday – Sunday, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Take your shot at romance
Vegas gives new meaning to the term “shotgun wedding” by offering at least two options for gun range-induced wedded bliss this Valentine’s Day. Because really, who hasn’t fantasized about exchanging vows while staring down the barrel of a loaded gun?
For a unique wedding including target practice, dinner and a show, The Range 702 has got bride- or groom-to-be covered. Enjoy 20 rounds with a .22 pistol, 20 rounds with a 9mm handgun, 50 rounds with any sub-machine gun, targets, two tickets to the “Raack N Roll” topless revue at the D Las Vegas and a three-course dinner for two at The Range 702’s own Gary’s Café for just $249.95.
The Range 702, 4699 S. Dean Martin Dr., is open daily from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information, call (702) 485-3232.
The Guns and Ammo Garage is offering free vow renewals from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Valentine’s Day with a little help from “Pistol Packing Preacher” Jimmy Mac. The former Las Vegas Strip entertainer is also an ordained minister.
Guns and Ammo Garage, 5155 S. Dean Martin Dr., is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information, call (702) 440-GUNS (4867). Walk-ins are welcome.