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Whether you're going to gamble the night away or explore the incredible landscape Nevada is famous for, you're in for an adventure. No matter where you hold your Nevada wedding it's sure to be unforgettable.
When you think of Nevada, you think of Las Vegas. Over 40 million people visit this city every year, and there is no shortage of things to do in this famed oasis in the heart of the Mojave Desert. The nightlife reigns supreme here, and a visit to The Strip is a must to see Vegas's infamous home to endless casinos, award-winning restaurants and theatrical shows. You can also easily have a quickie wedding here at any number of small or infamous chapels. Or, if you prefer a more structured affair, you can plan your Nevada wedding at any of the resorts in the city. Emerald at Queensridge is a particularly lovely choice with elegant spaces both indoors and out. For those who prefer to get out of the city and play outdoors, Lake Tahoe offers over 70 miles of beautiful shore. This clear, impossibly blue lake is ideal for a waterside wedding in any season and its plethora of venues are guaranteed to produce beautiful pictures and a lifetime of memories. Reno, called the "biggest little city in the world," is the perfect combination of natural wonders and city amenities. There's always something going on in Reno, from music events to sports races, but it's easy to get out of the city vibe and enjoy nature, too. The Riverwalk District and Truckee River Whitewater Park mean plenty to do, and there are beautiful and quaint wedding venues all around. The River School Farm is a lovely locale in all seasons, ideal for those who want a green, sustainable wedding in Nevada.
There are an average of 250 sunny days a year in Nevada, so you can be pretty sure that it won't rain on your wedding day. Surprisingly, the word "nevada" means snowfall, and though Nevada is the driest state in the nation, snow can be plentiful in the mountains. Because of the combination of snowy mountains and dry desert landscape, you can plan your wedding to fit your vision, whatever it may be. If you're planning a winter wedding in the mountains, be sure to include plenty of warm comforts for your guests. If your wedding is outdoors, consider a beautiful tent where guests can warm their toes and enjoy hot drinks. An indoor winter affair can include velvets and barren, bejeweled branches in place of flowers. Summer weddings can celebrate the stark beauty of the desert landscape with rich oranges and reds complemented with blues. For a quirky touch, include succulents as your centerpieces.
When you think of Nevada foods, your mind probably rushes to one of two places: The casino buffet, or the award-winning restaurants. Your menu can reflect either with elegance. As a nod to the buffet culture in Vegas, serve an assortment of finger foods. Classic selections include shrimp cocktail, sushi, chicken wings, and really great burgers. If you're leaning more toward the famous restaurant fare of Nevada, try a themed menu. Regionally popular Basque dishes like paella or chateaubriand are excellent, sophisticated choices. No matter what kind of menu you decide on, Nevada wedding catering companies can make your wished happen. And what would a Nevada wedding be without dancing that goes into the night? Choose a Nevada wedding DJ to spin your favorite kind of music to keep the party going as long as you want.
Weddings in Nevada tip toward the spendy side, as the attitude here is often "more is more!" To keep costs down, look for ways to communicate extravagance without breaking the bank. Aim for venues that are already gorgeous on their own, so you won't have to bring in pricey décor. As always, off-season weddings will save you money as well. Travel in Nevada can be tricky in the mountains or during the rare severe storm, so keep a close eye on weather and road conditions.
A marriage license in Nevada costs between $35 and $65, depending on the county. Cash is required, as is a valid government ID and your Social Security number. If you were previously married, you'll need to know the date and location of your divorce. However, your license will be issued the day you apply and there is no waiting period in Nevada. Your marriage license is valid for one year from the date of issue.