Same-sex weddings welcomed in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas Welcomes LGBT Couples

Same-sex couples are already flocking to Las Vegas, the wedding capital of the world, since the October 7 legalization of gay marriage in Nevada. Full page ads appeared to welcome LGBT couples to marry in Las Vegas and many people, straight and LGBT, were thrilled by the news. Caesars Entertainment has opened its palatial doors to this truly epic occasion.

Caesars Entertainment Properties was ready with all its fabulous chapel locations and, as a welcome gesture, are offering 15 percent off ceremonies and renewals through March 1, 2015.

Bridal registries in the city are booming as couples look to tie the knot – formally. Destination commitment ceremonies were the name of the game before marriage became an option in Nevada for gay couples. One such couple from Washington was on their way into the city for a commitment ceremony when, as providence is wont to do, they learned of the new law. New plans, a marriage license and an extraordinary ceremony at the Garden Chapel of the Flamingo and the couple decked out in matching outfits said, “I do”. The jubilant couple led their guests to the top of the 550-foot High Roller Las Vegas Ferris wheel where they toasted the occasion with champagne in a glass-walled elegant cabin that provides a panoramic view of the glittery Las Vegas Strip. This is truly, as Chevalier said, “C’est romantique!”

High Roller Flamingo Hotel 1st Gay marriage Oct 11 2014 (Denise Truscello/Caesars Entertainment)
High Roller Flamingo Hotel
1st Gay marriage
Oct 11 2014
(Denise Truscello/Caesars Entertainment)

Caesar’s Entertainment is throwing open the doors to their 17 extraordinary chapel locations to really dazzle on your wedding day. For those who want the Parisian experience with all its romance, there are two ultra-romantic chapels on the Avenue des ChampsÉlysées. You can also opt to be married on the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower, one of the most incredibly exciting views of the city and a wonderful backdrop.

Caesars Palace is home to three stunning Roman style-wedding chapels along with two outdoor gardens surrounded by a pool oasis of five acres. The Classico Chapel boasts being the largest on the Strip for those bringing along a few close friends and has space for 196 guests. The Venus garden is also a favorite spot, with a Roman-style temple, koi pond, palm trees and blooming flowers, a fountain and unusual stone-tiled aisle, or you may prefer the Juno garden with its abundant palms and lush tropical foliage.

Planet Hollywood is a real red carpet experience complete with paparazzi for your wedding day. It includes your guests being interviewed on the red carpet as they go in for the chapel ceremony, and you receive a video of the event as a keepsake.

Flamingo Las Vegas offers five wedding settings, including an indoor chapel with a blossoming garden and four outdoor venues, with tropical landscaping that includes palm trees and waterfalls.

The Quad Hotel and Casino (renamed soon as the LINQ Hotel and Casino) has wedding packages that focus on fun. You can opt for entire wedding party to enjoy a great day of relaxation before the big event, including salon and spa services.

Looking for a place on the Strip for great evening entertainment? Bally’s operates the first LGBT casino nightclub on the Strip. Liaison is an exciting Victor Drai inspiration that is a truly elegant place to hold a post-wedding reception and those who obtain a wedding license can present it at the club entrance every Wednesday night for a month with free entrance. This exciting after-hours lounge in elegant gold and black décor and has amazing paintings hanging on the walls. It has a sexy, expensive feel and is a real hot spot in Vegas. It also hosts some amazingly talented female impersonators.

While weddings have been held in Las Vegas for a long time, the city is especially pleased to be able to welcome LGBT couples ushering in a new era. Love and marriage still goes together like a horse and carriage, and now it’s true for everyone. How great is that?