10 unique wedding ceremonies in Vegas

Getting married in Vegas is crazy, but if you two are crazy in love, then this is the place to get married. Here are 10 unique places on the Strip to get hitched and say “I do” in style.

Bellagio’s “Terrazza di Sogno”

If you’ve ever seen the Fountains at Bellagio, then you know how beautiful it is to watch the choreographed waters dance and sway in perfect sync to the music. Now imagine getting married in a two-story patio right across the lake.

Bellagio’s wedding package “Terrazza di Sogno” (which translates to “fountain of the dreams”) offers an intimate, romantic ceremony without missing the excitement of the fountains. The ceremony even takes romance up to the next level. Your first kiss as husband and wife is timed at just the right moment of the fountain song.

Monica Bisek, senior assistant manager for wedding chapels at Bellagio, said the ceremonies are timed down to two minutes away from the fountain counts so the kiss happens at the highlight of the song.

“There are some dramatic songs like [Faith Hill’s] ‘This Kiss’ where the [water] shoots right up at the kiss,” she said.

Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” is another popular wedding choice, since the set begins with fog.

At the end of the ceremony, wedding guests watching from the second floor throw rose petals over the bride and groom.

Gondola ride at Venetian

For a taste of Italy, look no further than a gondola wedding at the Venetian.

“The ceremony takes place while the bride and groom are seated in the gondola,” said Rebecca Stebbins, weddings manager at The Venetian and The Palazzo. “The couple is seated in the boat across from the celebrant [while] the gondolier stands up behind the bride and groom.”

Once the boat leaves the dock, this is when the bride and groom share their vows. At the turnaround from the canal, the celebrant pronounces them husband and wife. After the first kiss, the gondolier turns back around toward the dock and begins his serenade. The whole ride is 12 – 15 minutes long and the ceremony is the first 6 – 7 minutes.

There are two packages available. The Gondola Luxury package includes an all-rose bouquet with a matching boutonniere and two 5×7 souvenir color prints taken by the gondola dock photographer. The Gondola Divine package includes a video of the ceremony, one hour of photography, including 12 5×7 prints, wedding photo album and one hour of limousine service.

“The most unique element the couple takes away is the intimacy they share together as they drift down the canal,” said Stebbins. “Everything around them becomes obscure as they commit their love for one another.”

The Roller Coaster at New York – New York

If you and your soul mate live life in the fast lane, then this one’s for you. This wedding will have you screaming with excitement.

“It’s totally untraditional, that’s for sure!” said Wendy Ellebrecht, operations manager at The Roller Coaster at New-York New York.  “But that’s the fun part of it. We don’t have flowers or music or anything like that. It’s just the fact they’re getting married on a coaster.

The wedding takes place on the platform. The couple has the choice of either standing alongside the train or they can have a seat in the front row of the train. The minister performs the ceremony and it takes about 15 minutes. The bride and groom can have up to 14 guests ride along in the train with them in the 16-person roller coaster car.

“[The couples] all thought it was great — the most unique thing to do,” she said.

The best thing about it? There’s really no dress code. “The very first one, the bride was in a beautiful wedding dress with pearls and he was in a white tuxedo,” said Ellebrecht. “Some come in here in shorts and tank tops.”

One couple even got married during Halloween and dressed up as Dorothy and Tin Man. So if you’re worried about finding and saving up for the perfect dress, you can always opt to wear something much more comfortable and fun.

Morning ceremonies are at 10:15 a.m. and the evening ceremonies are 12:30 a.m. Click here to call and set the date.

Mandalay Beach

Even if you’re in the desert, you can still have an island-style wedding at Mandalay Beach’s serene 11-acre lagoon. Available Sunday through Thursday at night (after the pool closes to hotel guests), this tropical wedding experience whisks you off to paradise with a sand beach, water and a pleasant breeze.

“It’s kind of like having a traditional wedding in Hawaii,” said Ada Casanova, director of weddings for Mandalay Bay.

Additional amenities with this outdoor wedding ceremony include professional lighting to set the ambiance, complete coverage of the wedding party, photography and music of your choice. What a way to start your life together!

Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

Love water so much that you want it to be the main part of your wedding?  You can share your vows with your soul mate while being surrounded by 1.3 million gallons of seawater and sharks and fish from all over the world. The wedding takes place right beneath the glass aquarium tunnel. You’ll feel like you’re in the ocean.

Ceremony time begins promptly at 9 a.m., just before the aquarium opens to the public. For more information, click here.

Eiffel Tower wedding at Paris Las Vegas

Say “Ooh la la” after “I do” with a wedding ceremony at Paris Las Vegas. This wedding package brings the feeling of France to the Strip. The ceremony takes place on the 50th-story outdoor observation deck. In addition to remarkable views of the Strip, this wedding package also includes live music by a guitarist or pianist, spa passes, photography and videography.

Pirate Ship wedding at TI

If you are a fan of  “Pirates of the Caribbean” and loved the storyline between Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom’s characters, then you’re in for a treat. The Enchantment package at TI features a wedding on the hotel’s pirate ship. Your friends and family can watch your big day on the outdoor patio overlooking Sirens’ Cove. Pirates entertain and also serve as witnesses.  This wedding package also includes a signature couple’s massage at Oleksandra Spa & Salon.

Minus 5 at Mandalay Bay

Summertime weather in Vegas can get extreme. When the city hits triple-digit temperatures, it makes you want to run inside an igloo.  If you’re really trying to escape the Vegas heat, how would you like to spend your big day cooling off in a state-of-the-art ice lounge? Minus 5 inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay features a Cool Romance package. The lounge loans fur jackets for guests to wear during the ceremony. Wedding package amenities include flowers, photography, a specialty cape for the bride and groom, champagne flutes, a pianist and minister. This service is offered at 10 a.m. Click here to set the date.

The Volcano at The Mirage

If you’d rather keep things hot, you can tie the knot in front of The Volcano at The Mirage instead. Share your vows in front of a beautiful lagoon, cascading waterfalls and of course, red-orange lava and fireballs. While you can opt for daytime nuptials,  the nighttime version will be a lot more intense and dramatic.

Elvis of Las Vegas

Last, but certainly not least, what would Vegas be without an Elvis impersonator wedding? For the past 20 years, well-known Elvis impersonator Jesse Garon has married couples in various chapels, serenaded for them and even taken visitors out for a drive in his pink Cadillac down the Las Vegas Strip. If you’re a die-hard Elvis fan and plan on tying the knot, this would be the fun way to go. For more information, click here.


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