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How to Legally Get Married in Las Vegas for non-USA Citizens (British and Filipina experience)

By Kach Umandap April 15th, 2016 Posted in North America Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 33 Comments

While recently in Las Vegas and frantically planning a wedding in the UK less than 12 weeks away we thought… Why not get married here! Little did we know that a legal Vegas wedding is not quite as simple as they make out in the movies. While it’s not particularly difficult, it just takes a little planning and organization of specific documents. We loved the whole experience of being collected in a limo, dressing as smart or as wacky as we wanted and were joined by the King himself for the occasion even if it doesn’t count as a legal ceremony but we have prepared the following information for anyone that wants to really have the authentic Vegas experience without repeating later at home to be recognised legally.

How to Legally Get Married in Las Vegas if you’re British
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Registry requirements are exactly the same for US citizens as they are for now US citizens, consisted of three steps:

1. Organize the necessary documents with your identification (passport, drivers license or birth certificate) and take this to the License Bureau (details below).

Those under 18 will need to be accompanied by their parents or, bring a legal, notarized document that shows their permission for you to get married. You will also need a copy of any final divorce decrees if you have previously been married. With this paperwork and cash/card to pay, $77 license fee, you can have your license issued immediately anytime during their opening hours of 8 AM until midnight, seven days a week. Although we recommend arriving early to avoid long queues.

Las Vegas Marriage Bureau
201 Clark Ave.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89155-1603

2. Choose a wedding chapel

This will not be difficult to find as most hotels and casinos have their own and you only need to walk along the strip to find many independent traditional looking chapels. We chose the Graceland Wedding Chapel who famously performed Jon Bon Jovi’s wedding and chose the classic Elvis theme. But as you will see further on in the article, the world is your oyster when it comes to choosing a theme in Las Vegas! You need to make a reservation with your chapel of choice either in person, by telephone or online. Our chapel required a $100 nonrefundable deposit to confirm the reservation and depending on the package you choose, and the remainder must be paid on arrival at the chapel.

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3. Get dressed up!

We had also requested the limo pick-up service which meant that we arrived in style and could enjoy a drink on the way. After the service, you must remember to pay the minister fee of $60, which you pay to the minister in cash after the service.


How to Legally Get Married in Las Vegas if you’re British

1. Elvis weddings

This is the most famous of all the wedding themes in Las Vegas. We couldn’t stop laughing throughout our ceremony, from the moment Jonathan accessorized his new tuxedo with Elvis style shades, to being serenaded with ‘Love Me Tender’ while saying our vows. This is a theme that can be as subtle or as over the top as you like even being picked up by the King himself in your limo while other chapels throw in a Priscilla impersonator as well. If you too choose an Elvis wedding, you can have your pick of chapels to do this in. But we highly recommend the Graceland Chapel, who performed the first Elvis the media wedding over 25 years ago!

2. Drive-thru weddings

Exclusive to the Little White Wedding Chapel who started this trend initially to make Vegas weddings more accessible to disabled couples, the Drive-thru wedding craze has developed since the 90’s to offer extra luxuries like a bright pink Cadillac to head through the Tunnel of Love with Elvis to welcome you at the chapel window and is now a highly popular option. Why not attract as much attention as possible by decking out your car in bouquets, streamers and a lot of tin cans and celebrate with a drive down the strip just after!

3. KISS weddings

Monster Mini Golf can host the perfect wedding for glam-rock enthusiasts with Gene Simmons as your priest and guitar pick confetti. Just accessorize your gown and tuxedo with some dramatic makeup, and you’re ready to air-guitar your way down the aisle.

4. Weddings at Denny’s

Beginning the trend of getting married while dining, Denny’s on Fremont Street is the world’s first restaurant to also perform weddings. This huge venue at Neonopolis is open day and night to serve up anything you like alongside your wedding ceremony, even a wedding cake made of pancakes!

5. Eiffel Tower weddings

Paris Las Vegas has truly recreated the romance of the city of love that inspired it, with the backdrop of sin city below. Swap the traditional wedding aisle for a 50-floor elevator ride, and once at the observation deck, be serenaded with live music as you say your vows. This can all be combined with a spa pass, suite and photography/video package to document the ultimate romantic experience.

6. Mobile weddings

Everything is available on delivery these days, and in Las Vegas, of course, that extends to wedding ceremonies! Starting at $129, you can order a minister, photographer and witnesses to help you tie the knot anymore that takes your fancy – your hotel room, the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign, the middle of the strip or around the poker table! Just
remember that you still need to have your marriage license prepared in advance.

7. Gondola weddings

After Paris, Venice is quite easily the most romantic destination we can think of, and of course, Vegas has its very own version created by the Venetian hotel and casinos, not which an authentic Italian gondola placed in the centered of the Grand Canal shopping destination serves perfectly as an altar. Your gondolier/minister will serenade you and your witnesses as you pose for some unique photos.

8. Neon Boneyard weddings

A nostalgic representation of the changing face of Las Vegas over many years, the Neon Boneyard and its 150 historic signs spanning almost two acres provides the ultimate backdrop for a wedding inspired by this world famous destination and its colorful history.

9. Underwater weddings

Scuba certified couples can head to the Silverton Aquarium where their 117,000-gallon tank of sharks, stingrays and a variety of colorful fish transforms into a very special underwater chapel. The aquariums hotel also offers one-night accommodation, rehearsal dinner, and reception (not underwater), tee with DJ, photos and the minister services as part of the whole package.

10. Lucky number wedding dates

If your lucky numbers are working for you on the poker table, why not use them in your favor to ensure a long and happy marriage! You’ll also never have to worry about forgetting your anniversary, but of course, you will need to book whichever wedding you choose, of any theme, far in advance to ensure your date is secured just for you.


How to Legally Get Married in Las Vegas if you’re British

By choosing an iconic and independent chapel like the Graceland Chapel, you will benefit from many years perfecting their service as well as the best impersonators while also being able to tailor the ceremony just how you want. We were lucky to be able to live stream our Elvis theme wedding for the purpose of sharing our experience with many friends and followers as the staff made an exception, but usually, any unauthorized photos or videos are prohibited.

On arrival (in our case by limo from our hotel as organized by the Graceland Chapel), you will need to hand your license and booking confirmation to the reception staff and wait a few moments amongst the other excited couples sharing the special day with you. When it’s time to head to the ceremony room (a beautifully and traditionally decorated intimate space) with your witnesses and take your places, groom at the altar, bride at the entrance and witnesses in the pews. If it’s just you and your partner, they will also provide witnesses for you.

How to Legally Get Married in Las Vegas if you’re British

When Elvis (or whoever you choose) arrives, he will walk the bride down the aisle and perform a highly memorable and entertaining ceremony consisting of a personal speech and recital of vows complimented by (in our case) hilarious performances and aptly tailored vows. A photographer is on hand throughout the whole process to capture your experience to later share with your loved ones.


Note: This amazing Las Vegas wedding experience was made possible in partnership with Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, although all thoughts, ideas, and opinions are entirely my own.

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33 thoughts on “How to Legally Get Married in Las Vegas for non-USA Citizens (British and Filipina experience)

  1. Do you need to be in vegas for a certain amount of time before you can have a wedding ceremony, I received a comment by someone who married 9 years ago saying it was 3 days before you can marry but can’t find any reference to this, is it correct?

  2. What about after your marriage in Vegas? Did you return to the Philippines? If so, did you register your marriage when you returned to the Philippines? I live with my filipina fiance in the Phils, I’m a brit, we will stay in the Philippines after we marry.

  3. My long time partner and I wanted to get married. our situation is im in the other country she’s in usa with a greencard/permanent resident. How and what are the process. Can i visit her and get married while im on my tourist visa?

  4. Dear sir/ madam, my girlfriend and I want to get married in Las Vegas, I understood that One of the next documents (passport, drivers license or birth certificate) will be enough, right? How can this also be legalised that we can use the Las Vegas marriage certificate to legalize out marriage in the Netherlands. Thanks cheng

  5. What do I need to marry a Chinese businesswoman that plans to come here? She has a travel visa and passport, I only have a drivers license and retired, do not have a current passport. Divorced 30 years ago in Montgomery Alabama.

  6. Chinese woman coming to visit me and I want to know if she can marry me a US Citizen? Do I have to apply for a passport and have a birth certificate since I hold a Kentucky Drivers’ license as an ID. What else would I need for me to qualify and for her a Chinese businesswoman?

  7. Hi
    me and my fiancé are interested in getting married in Vegas, we are both British citizens but born in Turkey. Does anyone know what we would need to bring with us?

  8. How you get à visa for your filipina girlfriend to las Vegas, I would do same with my filipina girlfriend

    1. How to get a quick visa for my filippino girlfriend and do you need documentation to prove you have never been married before (filippino)

  9. Hello sir..
    I m Indian.. pls try to understand my English language… I wanna marrige in l.A. buz I need to set my self or my family.. .. so any chances ..

  10. My fiancée is Philippina and I am a widower USCitizen. She has never been married. What do we need, need to do and can we get married in Las Vegas?

        1. Yes, that is the beauty and draw of vegas weddings, not much involved at all. But it still a legally binding marriage.

  11. Or in other words, if the 19 year couple failed to file their marriage certificate does that mean they are not legally married say 15 years later? Please help me, very important, thank you

    1. Not sure if this has been resolved yet, but you need to show your marriage license at the chapel BEFORE they will preform the service . So in a nutshell, no, that plan wouldn’t work.
      Good luck!

  12. Hello there, can you confirm that if two British people who are both 19 get married in Vegas, if after a year if they do not apply for a marriage certificate that they are no longer married?

    Thank you

  13. I am a Filipina, separated not annuled living in Thailand..we are planning to get married in las Vegas with my French boyfriend, can we posibly get married in Las Vegas then? He is divorced and i am separated. THank you and More Power.

    1. i am an american that has been living in the philippines 15 years. i married a filipina 19 years ag o and havent seen her since. i divorced her in america 16 years ago and have neen living with a girl for four years now. i want to return back to america and bring her with me what would be the fasted way to do this even if marriage is involved? i am free to marry anywhere in the world except the philippines!

      1. If you have your divorce certificate, you should be able to marry anywhere in the world.
        It’s not that easy for foreigners to get granted a tourist visa to enter the USA, so best option would be to speak to an immigration lawyer and see how long after your marriage you’d be able to sponsor her to come to the states with you. Good luck!

  14. Does the minister have the authority to sign the marriage license (i.e. can you send off the marriage license after the ceremony for a full marriage certificate after all the fun?)

  15. Hi

    We are two British citizens, can we book a normal holiday to Vegas and then do all the paperwork when we get there? Or do we need to book a specific holiday wedding package?


    1. Yes, that is exactly what my husband and I did. But you need to make sure you have your birth certificates as well, (as that is not something most tourist would take traveling)
      It’s really a simple process, and the whole planning/marriage license/wedding took about 3 hours all up.
      Good luck 🙂

    2. I am English going to marry a American woman, after getting married legally in Vegas, how is it for me to return to Great Britain with my new wife. Would there be any problems or sticking points coming back to England.

  16. “… joined by the King himself for the occasion even if it doesn’t count as a legal CEREMONY… ”

    -so it’s NOT LEGAL?

  17. my sister and his fiancee are coming in july to get martied here in las vegas what do they need.?they are both devoced couple and german citizens

  18. I am aBritish citizen who will be marrying a US citizen and we have decided to tie the knotmin Las Vegas.
    I have holiday there on many occasions and have never been dissapointed i love it.
    I want to compliment you with your very comprehensive informative site, makes it easy to follow and understand exactly what to expect and what documents are required in order to get married.
    All thats left to do now is book the date. Looking forward to it.

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Written by Kach Umandap

Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 151 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.