Submissions now open for weddings and vow renewals to take place throughout Las Vegas on Nov. 8, 2018
LAS VEGAS – Wedding chapels, venues and industry members across the Las Vegas valley will kick off Veterans Day weekend by honoring military members during the 2nd Annual “Las Vegas Marries the Military.” Couples where one party is a member of the Armed Forces are invited to apply to win a free Las Vegas wedding or vow renewal. All day Nov. 8, 2018, wedding venues and professionals across Las Vegas and Clark County will open their doors to selected couples. Submissions to win a free wedding or vow renewal are now open at WeddingChamber.vegas.
Interested couples must submit a 30-60 second video telling what a Las Vegas wedding or vow renewal would mean to them. All submissions must be received by Wednesday, Sept. 26.
The Office of the County Clerk and Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce put a call out valley-wide to the local industry to participate and received overwhelming support – 58 industry vendors have offered free services valued at nearly $70,000 with 25 weddings or vow renewals to take place county-wide.
Las Vegas is rare in that it offers wedding services from the grand resorts and country clubs to the simple chapel wedding. The local wedding industry stepped up to support our military. The range of wedding venues and services showcases the broad range of wedding services across the county.
“Veterans Day is one of our favorite holidays because it allows us to thank active-duty members and veterans, along with their families, for all of their sacrifice on our behalf. Las Vegas Marries the Military allows us to offer a tangible ‘Thank You’ from our wedding community to these special couples,” said Clark County Clerk Lynn Marie Goya.
All wedding and vow renewals will take place on Thursday, November 8 as a kickoff to Veterans Day Weekend. A group reception will follow the day-long festivities.
Las Vegas resorts and hotels donating free wedding packages, include Bellagio, ARIA, Excalibur, Wynn Las Vegas, Circus Circus, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Hilton Garden Inn South Strip, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Thunderbird Boutique Hotel.
Wedding venues offering free weddings, include Vegas Weddings, Chapel of Flowers, Sundance Helicopters, Little Vegas Chapel, Graceland Wedding Chapel, Royal Wedding Chapel at Thunderbird Boutique Hotel, Sugar Factory and Chocolate Lounge, Machine Guns Vegas, Emerald at Queensridge, The Roving Reverend, Lakeside Weddings, Las Vegas Weddings, Bootlegger Bistro, Scenic Las Vegas Weddings and Little Chapel on the Corner.
Officiants offering free ceremonies, include Ceremony of Dreams, Elegant Vegas Weddings, Lari Garren, Rev. Bryan Ostaszewski, Brad Souder, Enlightenment Weddings and Events, Leslie Krajack and Peter and Adora Weiss.
Other wedding professionals donating services include hair and makeup from Steevee Danielle Hair and Makeup and Blo Blow Dry Salon; photography from M Place Productions, Ana Studios and DayjaLite Photography; tux and gown rentals from Creative Bridal Wear, Downtown Tux and Gown, and Friar Tux; welcome baskets provided by Popcorn Girl, Kendra Scott Jewelry, My Wedding Songs and Greens & Proteins; additional services and experiences from Professional Massage Inc., Tony & Tina’s Wedding, Current Events, Firefly* Tapas Kitchen & Bar, Knight Sounds DJ, Downtown Artistic Floral, Blossoms by Gayle and Dance With Me.
To cap the day’s festivities, a group reception will take place with a nod to old Vegas as it’s hosted by Bootlegger Bistro inside the Copa with vendors Sysco and Freeds Bakery donating appetizers and a wedding cake, and Sight & Sounds Events will serve as DJ for the evening. The venue is host to many wedding receptions and will provide a night to remember for all of our military couples.
“Las Vegas is home to so many diverse wedding offerings, and it’s absolutely wonderful how many of our industry professionals have donated their services to honor our military,” added Goya. “It’s no surprise we’re the ‘Wedding Capital of the World’!”
Las Vegas Marries the Military is open to all members of the United States Armed Forces, including active-duty, guards/reserves, retired and veterans. Only one member of the wedding party needs to be a United States Armed Forces member to be eligible to win one of the 25 weddings or vow renewals. Complete contest rules and submission entries are online at WeddingChamber.vegas.
The event was founded by the Armed Forces Chamber of Commerce and the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce. Last year, 10 couples participated in Las Vegas Marries the Military from all across the United States, eight of which were vow renewals with the other two being weddings.
See photos from last year and current submissions at Facebook.com/LVMarriestheMilitary.
About the Office of the County Clerk
The Marriage License Bureau, a division of the Clerk’s Office, issues about 80,000 marriage licenses annually and is typically the busiest in the nation. More than 80-percent of all wedding licenses issued in Las Vegas are to destination wedding couples who come from out of the state.
Couples come from all 50 states as well as more than 60-percent of the countries around the world. The U.S., U.K. and Canada are consistently the top three countries for number of licenses issued each year. In 2017, more than 1 out of every 25 marriages in the U.S. took place in Clark County.
Couples can find a directory of wedding services and vendors at WeddingChamber.Vegas.
The wedding industry is an important component of our tourism economy, as people coming to Clark County to attend a wedding or get married generated more than $2 billion in economic activity in 2017, including on lodging, entertainment, dining and other non-gaming activities in Clark County.