Wed in Vegas, sparking your own fireworks this New Year’s Eve

What better way to end this crazy year than tying the knot in Vegas?

Getting hitched on New Year’s Eve in the marriage capital of the world is as popular as Valentine’s Day, or even those fun numeric dates (11/11/11, for example). According to the Clark County Recorder, the Las Vegas Marriage Bureau issued an estimated 92,000 wedding licenses in 2010. That’s a lot of “I do’s.”

paris_blogIf you want to finish 2011 with a bang and start the new year with the love of your life, then we’d like to say congrats. (On a side note, you get the tax benefit for being married the entire year — just saying.)

While it may seem crazy to plan the celebration of a lifetime on Vegas’ busiest holiday,  think of it as utterly romantic. Just imagine the hundreds of thousands of guests sharing the joy with you on the Las Vegas Strip!  Here are some tips from the Chapel of the Flowers and Caesars Palace to make the most of your New Year’s Eve nuptials.  

Plan ahead  and don’t procrastinate!

  • Make sure to pre-register for your marriage license so you’re not spending extra time at the marriage bureau. The link to pre-apply is here. Just think — you won’t have to wait in a long line because you’ll have everything set. Make sure to bring your confirmation number you get online. New Year’s Eve hours are 8 a.m. – midnight.
  • Plan everything well in advance. This includes hair and makeup, tux rentals, reception or dinner reservations and transportation.
  • Have your wedding earlier in the day or before the Las Vegas Strip closes to traffic on New Year’s Eve. This way, you’re comfortable in knowing everything will run smoothly.
  • Check with your hotel and see if they’ll have an entrance open for transportation if you’re riding in a limousine or cab. If not, check the closest location that does.
  • Keep in mind that you’ll need to be ready extra early just in case you have to walk to another hotel and if there are traffic delays. Late to your wedding will make you late to everything else!
  • Walk-in weddings are much harder to accommodate, so start planning and booking your wedding now if you haven’t already.

Primp ‘n’ roll

colorIf you want to get dolled up without fussing over your hair and makeup yourself, Michael Boychuck’s Color Salon provides exactly what you need. Services include a wash and blow-dry (starting at $105), airbrush and teeth whitening ($150), professional make-up application with lashes ($150) and evening updos ($150 and up).

For gals who really want to go all out, Color offers the luxurious Glitz and Glamour Pamper Package, which includes a professional airbrush make-up application, eyelash application and the option of either a wash and blow-dry or evening updo. The service ends with a Chardonnay manicure and pedicure.

Wining and dining

  • Check with the hotel of your reception or dinner in case they don’t have a pick-up/drop-off area. You’ll know to schedule your reservation with additional time to walk. Or…
  • Plan on having your reception at the same location as your ceremony. Since the Strip closes early to street traffic on New Year’s Eve, it’s best to stay in or within walking distance of the ceremony anyway.
  • Restaurants book quickly and often have specialty menus. Reserve early and check pricing, especially if you have a larger party.

welcome_blogSay “marr-ied!”

If you’re getting married, then saying “cheese” is so 2011.

  • Consider having your photo session on a day or two after your wedding. Photography may be hard to come by, both with traffic and with the amount of visitors on the Strip. They can get in your shot or even worse — step on your dress.
  • If you end up postponing your photo shoot, there’s nothing wrong with that. Besides, you get to wear your beautiful wedding dress for one more day. Since you may have to get your hair and makeup done again, plan that out as well.

With careful planning, your wedding will be smooth sailing. Now show those New Year’s fireworks who really deserves all the attention.


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.