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Wedding cheap in Vegas ~27 yrs local photographer

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Las Vegas is the wedding capitol of the world...that being said it's sometimes difficult for people to plan a great experience from afar.....with my experience working with over 2,000 couples as a wedding photographer in Vegas, I hope to help enlighten the reader as to the many options, Vegas has to offer...beyond just a simple chapel wedding....and being scalped by the chapels. ~Vegasphotoman...

Good for
  • Couples
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • LGBT
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

14 Places

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14 Places

The Strip

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas

Las Vegas Downtown

Neighbourhoods

Fountains of Bellagio

Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Casino at the Venetian

Casinos

Top of the World

Restaurants

Casino at Bellagio

Casinos

Casino at Caesars Palace

Casinos

Casino at Mandalay Bay

Casinos

Mirage Volcano

Performances, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Casino at the Flamingo Las Vegas

Casinos

Paris Las Vegas

Casinos, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Geologic Formations, National Parks, State Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Canyons

Fremont Street Experience

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas

Vegasphotoman1's City Tips

  • READ reviews on all of the wedding vendors you plan on using, great insider information @ Tripadvisor for photographers = reviews such as on weddingwire yelp, theknot etc
  • Make Sure any photographer you hire for photos along the strip, includes full resolution, UN-watermarked digital files on DVD or flash drive if possible get a COPYRIGHT RELEASE
  • Bring: wedding RINGS FLATS or flip-flops for walking, new wedding heels can HURT a bottle of water a jacket or shawl to chapel if winter Mints! Don't forget marriage license!
  • Daytime photos in Vegas is great, but in summer, it can be brutal, plan evening pics instead, once sun sets it cools down quite a bit
  • photos, plan ceremony 1 1/2 hours before sunset allows time to make it back to the strip for photos w photographer sunset/dusk photos http://www.sunrisesunset.com/usa/Nevada.asp
  • DINING check out TripAdvisors list of top 30 restaurants in Vegas, Paris Eiffel tower restaurant is very popular http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g45963-Las_Vegas_Nevada.html
  • DINING AFTER the wedding easiest & cheapest is a nice Buffet, Such as at Bellagio, Cosmopolitan, Aria, M-resort you can reserve for groups...$40-$50 per person plus drinks
  • Larger groups getting to a Chapel or around the strip, hire a super stretch limo $115-$140 party bus 15 to 40 people $120 to $160 budget shuttle bus $65 an hour 24 passenger
  • Getting to and from the chapel, Many Chapels include a limo ride from your hotel to the chapel & back. They WONT stop at the Vegas sign....to from hotel to the chapel only
  • Any photos AFTER the ceremony, by the chapel photographer are usually EXTRA $ and not included in photos you can choose from in the "included" package
  • 5 Most Popular low priced & budget Chapels Graceland Chapel Viva Las Vegas Chapel A Little White Chapel Shalimar wedding chapel Allure Wedding Chapel
  • Hottest time of year is June, July, August High 110° F (42° C) Low 74° F (23° C) Coldest is Dec, Jan & Feb High 63° F (17° C) Low 39° F (4° C) Spring & fall is my favorite
  • Many casinos don't allow any pro photographers to photograph inside casino areas, your photographer can guide you to photo friendly spots,public right of way areas are no prob
  • Hidden fees! ~few chapels mention this....Chapel Ministers/ Chapel Photographers expect & push a tip of $60-$80 for minister, $20-$40 photographer limo driver too! $20-$30
  • Cheapest wedding is the office of Civil Marriages (State of NV) $75 http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/clerk/services/pages/civilmarriages.aspx photography & video allowed
  • Marriage License $60 you need this to get married in NV, PRE register online and save tons of time http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/clerk/services/pages/marriagelicenses.aspx
  • Chapels and photography most DON"T allow any photography inside - this includes cell phones, very pricey for digital copies, most offer a few prints with the wedding package
  • rent a car ~ its free parking in Vegas ...prob save yourself quite a bit on cab fees that way,...especially if you like to venture far, otherwise there's the Duece Bus $8 or cabs..
  • tip bartenders & cocktail waitress $1 to $2 per round of drinks....restaurants double or triple the tax amount for a proper tip (%15-20%) same for limo drivers and cabbies
  • Double check with your photographer a couple weeks prior to the date , also day before......to make sure they are all set, that they have your details. that way no surprises!
  • make reservations for everything..allow time to get there...have fun!
  • 6 passenger limos can be hired for $60 an hour 8 passenger limos can be hired for $75 an hour Party Bus 24 passenger will run you $120-$160 an hour
  • You can get married by an officiant or minister in front of the Las Vegas sign!
  • The Strip
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
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    Vegasphotoman1 Says:

    the Las Vegas strip is iconic and great for photos...especially at sunset and dusk..into evening....daytime is great as well

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Love Las Vegas! 26/05/2019
    • Friday night on the strip is a must see!!! 25/05/2019
    • The Strip
    Address:
    S Las Vegas Blvd
    Las Vegas, NV 89109
  • Las Vegas Downtown
    Neighbourhoods
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    Vegasphotoman1 Says:

    Fremont street and all the neon and glitzy lights is great in evening for photography of a wedding couple or wedding party...great place for after wedding fun as well....PARTY!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • cheapest drink prices in town....live bands every day on fremont street stages...
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Much worse then 10 years ago...yikes 21/05/2019
    • Naked 07/05/2019
    • Las Vegas Downtown
    Address:
    Fremont Street
    Las Vegas, NV
    Other:
  • Fountains of Bellagio
    Fountains, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Vegasphotoman1 Says:

    Bellagio Fountains are wonderful for wedding photos....from noon on weekends...every 1/2 hour they go off til 7 or so then its every 15 minutes till midnight weekdays fountain shows tart later...3pm....till midnight... every 1/2 hour til about 7 then every 15 minutes great shots of Paris Eiffel tower and the strip from the sidewalk in front of the fountains as well

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • bring a few dollars for pics with the street performers and entertainers that will pose for tips....showgirls...Minions from the "despicable me" animation movie...superheroes...etc
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pretty, Amazing, Must See 26/05/2019
    • Really neat 25/05/2019
    • Fountains of Bellagio
    Address:
    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Bellagio Hotel Resort
    Las Vegas, NV 89109-4303
    Phone:
    +1 888-987-6667
    Other:
  • Casino at the Venetian
    Casinos
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    Vegasphotoman1 Says:

    Great place for photos of Italian architecture.....gondoliers...Rialto bridge and tower... the shops and indoor gondola are a sight to see....so is StMarks Square..

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • no photos inside the gaming area....they dont allow it
    • gondola rides run about $25 per person and last about 12 minutes or so
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awesome casino in Vegas 20/05/2019
    • Very nice 15/05/2019
    • Casino at the Venetian
    Address:
    3355 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Las Vegas, NV 89109-8941
    Phone:
    +1 702-607-3690
    Other:
  • Top of the World
    Restaurants (American, Steakhouse, Seafood, International)
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    Vegasphotoman1 Says:

    Great dinner spot for after the wedding.....kinda expensive....but great food! perfect for couples or small wedding parties

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • there are thrill rides on the top observation deck that are really fun to ride..the.big shot is my favorite
    • costs about $20 per person to ride the elevator to the top of the stratosphere ...unless you have reservations at the top of the world restaurant
    From the community
    Ranked #136 of 4,097 restaurants in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breathtaking 25/05/2019
    • Fantastic last night 24/05/2019
    • Top of the World
    Address:
    2000 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Las Vegas, NV 89104-2507
    Phone:
    +1 702-380-7711
    Price range:
    US$50 - US$80
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Casino at Bellagio
    Casinos
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    Vegasphotoman1 Says:

    No photography by professional photographers is allowed on Bellagio property or inside the hotel...you can shoot with your non professional camera or cell phone all you like...just dont try going in there with a photographer..they WILL KICK YOU OUT

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • photos not allowed with professional photographers on bellagio property....go to strip sidewalk in front of Bellagio for photos with fountains and Paris Eiffel tower
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great experience 23/05/2019
    • High rollers only 21/05/2019
    • Casino at Bellagio
    Address:
    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Bellagio
    Las Vegas, NV 89109-4303
    Phone:
    +1 888-987-6667
    Other:
  • Casino at Caesars Palace
    Casinos
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    Vegasphotoman1 Says:

    some neat shots out front or great places to dine....forum shops has a cool fountain (Trevi) that's neat for pictures... the Forum shops have epic shopping

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • OMNI nightclub is one of the newest clubs in vegas...world class djs etc bring money and a tight mini dress!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #124 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • Don’t bother 23/05/2019
    • Casesars is tired 23/05/2019
    • Casino at Caesars Palace
    Address:
    3570 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Las Vegas, NV 89109-8924
    Phone:
    +1 866-227-5938
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Casino at Mandalay Bay
    Casinos
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    Vegasphotoman1 Says:

    Mandalay Bay waterfalls out front is great for pics...daytime...and club MIX or House of Blue Foundation room have killer views of the strip in evening...from their high balconies... all offer great food and drinks as well

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Pleasant Casino 19/04/2019
    • Low key luxury 03/04/2019
    • Casino at Mandalay Bay
    Address:
    3950 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Las Vegas, NV 89119-1005
    Phone:
    +1 702-632-7777
    Other:
  • Mirage Volcano
    Performances, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Vegasphotoman1 Says:

    the Mirage Volcano is good for pictures...but it can get super crowded with tourists...out fron tthere...just before a volcano show...every 1/2 hour in evenings after 7pm....

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • you can watch the volcano show with much less crowding from across the street
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 88 Sights & Landmarks in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • All the excitement of a Volcano and none of the Danger. 22/05/2019
    • You can actually feel the heat from the flames! 20/05/2019
    • Mirage Volcano
    Address:
    3400 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Mirage Hotel & Casino
    Las Vegas, NV 89109-8907
    Phone:
    +1 702-791-7111
    Other:
  • Casino at the Flamingo Las Vegas
    Casinos
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    Vegasphotoman1 Says:

    Nice neon out front great for a quick photo! popular inexpensive strip central hotel for people on a budget that want center strip

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #262 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • May trip 20/05/2019
    • bad customer service 15/05/2019
    • Casino at the Flamingo Las Vegas
    Address:
    3555 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Las Vegas, NV 89109-8901
    Phone:
    +1 702-733-3111
    Other:
  • Paris Las Vegas
    Casinos, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Vegasphotoman1 Says:

    very nice hotel...great service...great rooms...strip central...the Eiffel tower restaurant is very popular with wedding couples for dinner afterwards...some good photos ops there too

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #87 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    • my visit to Paris hotel 25/05/2019
    • Negative experience at Paris hotel Las Vegas 24/05/2019
    • Paris Las Vegas
    Address:
    3655 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Paris Las Vegas
    Las Vegas, NV 89109-4345
    Phone:
    +1 702-946-7000
    Other:
  • Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Vegasphotoman1 Says:

    everyone wants a pic with the Vegas sign...it is just south of Mandalay bay in the middle median of Las Vegas Blvd south....there is parking there....its gets pretty busy with tourists and tour busses loading people off for photos....just walk past the line and go at an angle to the sign if you dont want to wait for the center hill....

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Cell phones have a hard time compensating for pictures...put your flash to ON...keep person CLOSE to the cell phone...stay aways back form th sign as its bright...
    • there are people that work for tips at the vegas sign taht will take a nice photo for you ith either your cell phone or they can airdrop a photo into your phone using a dlsr cam
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 3rd time in Vegas, 1st time at the sign! 25/05/2019
    • Must have photo 25/05/2019
    • Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
    Address:
    5100 Las Vegas Blvd S
    Las Vegas, NV 89119-3232
    Other:
  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
    Geologic Formations, National Parks, State Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Canyons
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    Vegasphotoman1 Says:

    RedRock canyon in NV is only 1/2 hour drive from the strip...scenic and pretty!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breathtaking! 25/05/2019
    • A wonderful place to visit on the outskirts of Vegas 25/05/2019
    • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
    Address:
    3205 Nevada 159
    Las Vegas, NV 89161
    Phone:
    +1 702-515-5350
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Fremont Street Experience
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
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    Vegasphotoman1 Says:

    Fremont street experience is wonderful for photos....fun to watch...live bands....great party spot too...I highly recommend a visit here

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • less expensive by about 1/2 price on drinks downtown vs the strip, great food deals too!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 400 things to do in Las Vegas
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Electric 26/05/2019
    • Free and Easy..... 26/05/2019
    • Fremont Street Experience
    Address:
    425 Fremont Street
    Las Vegas, NV 89101-5620
    Phone:
    +1 702-678-5600
    Other:
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