It's not really tacky, though who cares if it is? What's more important is the nature of the wedding - is it a quick, spur of the moment idea, is it taking the 'easy way' out to avoid wedding planning, or is it an event planned well in advance?
I do wonder sometimes how the divorce rate for Vegas weddings (or courthouse specials, for that matter) compares to the national average. My wife and I's relationship benefitted from the arduous ordeal of planning our wedding and the endless debates and decisions involved. It was a good pre-marriage 'test' of our relationship.
I got married in a little chapel off the strip in LV just 10 months ago. We were going to try to get married by an Elvis impersonator, but none of the chapels had one that was licensed to do the wedding ceremony, just sing and dance for us. We did find out that you don't have to be licensed to renew vows, so in 5 years were going back with our friends and having Elvis renew our vows.
I don't think it was tacky. We'll maybe a little bit, but it's subjective. I personally think big expensive weddings are a waste of money.
We've known each other 10 years, and been engaged 8 years. LMAO. We just havent gotten married, I cant explain why....its not that one of us is grumbling or angry or doesnt want to...we just havent. I dont even know how it worked out this way. We got engaged and after a year I moved into his house to save rent money...we were supposed to get married then but I changed jobs and he did too and plans fell by the wayside and we got comfortable with the situation and let it roll...months turned into years and life flew by and here I am. We're both busy, we race, we work, we own a house together, we own cars together, we have a joint bank account, we fight over race parts and cars together....you know, the whole nine yards... we just havent takent the time to get married. Yes its terrible I know.... Im the LAST person who ever thought I'd be in this situation.....as I was raised better than that.. but I digress.
Anyway, we NEED to just go and get married otherwise we'll be 80 and still "meaning to do it". I hate his Mother, and so rather than alienate her even more by not inviting her to a big wedding we were just going to do a small "just us" type deal and then have a reception somewhere swanky in town here. Then I think we're going to England or Rome.
I dont want to spend a bunch of money on the wedding, I'd rather stick to a less expensive wedding and then spend money on things like Honeymoons/cars/house renovation etc which we already have going on.
We were considering Vegas...but I dont want this to seem like a "quick" thing that means nothing.....marriage vows are important to us, we dont want it to seem cheap or just a novel thing so I'd prefer not to go to a justice of the peace. But I dont know what Vegas offers....ive looked online but its overwhelming.
Any ideas or suggestions?
If we were to come to Vegas, say at the end of October.....does anyone have any ideas of whats good to do? Race tracks? Outdoor stuff, parks? Sights? Anything but gambling?
We dont gamble....it just doesnt look exciting to me. We like the outdoors, cars, adventure crap, etc.
Jenn, I think you are on the right track. Not tacky. Not rushed or just a formality like a Justice of the Peace wedding. But nothing huge and involved.
Las Vegas may be perfect for that. Or perhaps somewhere else. I had some friends go down to an island in the carribean to get married. Close friends and family. Informal celebration based on the island culture. Nice.
There are a lot of places to get married in Las Vegas and there is a lot of tradition about it. It's easy to fly in to. It does not mean you opted for a quick cheap wedding.
What else is there to do?
There is a racetrack there. But you would have to arrange a date with a car club or something. There is a kart track, and if you want, I can arrange some karts.
There is a lot to do in Las Vegas that is not gambling. I don't gamble, though I earmark a couple hundred dollars each trip as sacrificial money to the casinos. But I find gambling boring and problematic based on math. What I do in Las Vegas is this-
1. Shows. There are some stunning and incredible shows here. Cirque du Soliel's Mystere and O for example. Blue Man Group. Penn and Teller.
2. Food. Buffets to die for. The Rio. Breakfast at the Venician.
3. Free Sights. The fountains and Bellagio. The volcano at Mirage. The pirate show at Treasure Island. Walking around the strip.
4. Rides. The coaster at New York, New York. The rides/shows at Luxur. That thing at the top of The Stratosphere.
5. The air ride where you simulate freefall skydiving.
6. Drives. Not much, but there is some. You can drive out to the Grand Canyon's north rim, but it is not close, and probably closed in October. You can drive out to the Hoover Damn. There are some local petroglyphs also.
Or.. fly into LV and get married, spend a couple days there, then drive out to California. Big Sur, Yosemite, San Diego. Not that far!
Ok dokie, Randy, et al...I appreciate all the advice!
As it turns out, Im getting married on October 24th in a nice chapel here in Louisville and then leaving for Cancun on the 25th for some R&R and jet skiing etc in the Caribbean! We were getting married in Cancun but the passports etc were going to take forever or it was going to be a lot of extra money to get them expedited....theres a nice English Chapel here so we're doing the deed there.