You’ve decided to have a Las Vegas wedding and are probably fielding questions from your wedding party about whether you plan to be wed by Elvis in a tiny casino chapel. But no—you and your special someone are hoping for a gorgeous outdoor ceremony and elegant reception, you just don’t know where to look. Luckily, Las Vegas is filled with outdoor wedding locations that will infuse your special day with the classic elegance of nature, clear skies, and that warm desert breeze Nevada is known for. Whether you’re planning a destination wedding, or you just call Las Vegas home, this guide will get you well on your way to planning your dream outdoor wedding in this famous city.
At Rainbow Gardens, couples can enjoy an enchanting garden wedding in an outdoor courtyard adorned with palm trees and other tropical plants, twinkle lights, colorful landscape lighting in all the right places, and a one-of-a-kind domed gazebo. From there, guests relocate to the Garden Room reception venue, a botanical setting featuring birds of paradise, ficus trees, and more tropical plants and flowers. The deluxe package for larger groups includes almost everything you could ever need, from a customized ceremony, minister, and DJ to flowers, staff, and all the food typically eaten at a wedding. And that’s just the beginning. This is a full-on, one-stop-shop for your big day.
Typical Cost: $3,500 – $12,295
Bonus: The venue offers a litany of extras such as a photo or video booth, dove release, ice sculpture creations, candy table, chocolate fountain, and signature drink ice luge.
2. The Grove
With an outdoor wedding chapel created by towering almond trees and flowing fabrics, The Grove allows a complete escape from the neon lights of Vegas, even though it’s just minutes from the strip. The customizable, all-inclusive wedding and reception packages, which usually include a ceremony coordinator, minister, music, bridal suite, hand-passed appetizers, open bar, plated meal, and all the other fixings for an unforgettable reception, add ease to your wedding planning. This is where to go if you’ve been dreaming of a classic wedding surrounded by the simple wonders of nature.
Typical Cost: $3,100 – $5,300
Bonus: The multi-tier couture cakes. The venue allows you to choose from seemingly endless options of cake flavors, icings, and filings to craft your ideal wedding cake.
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A wide expanse of lush greens, the vast desert sky, and a type of luxury reminiscent of Vegas in the 70s make Las Vegas Country Club an easy choice for couples hoping for a wedding filled with vintage glamour. The prime site for a wedding ceremony is the Presidential Lawn that features a tranquil lake accented by a waterfall and is backed by the championship golf course. Meanwhile, the most coveted reception venue is the iconic Rotunda Room, which is a circular space with original rock walls and a large chandelier. Attentive event coordinators work closely with couples to build a menu that matches their unique tastes and help them coordinate décor, linens, flowers, photography, and other essentials.
Typical Cost: Site fee starts at $3,000. Food and drink start at $35 per person.
Bonus: The food. Favorite options include the brie and spiced pecan apple pockets, Baja crab cakes, bacon-wrapped scallops, lobster mac and cheese, filet mignon, and other irresistible treats.
As you would expect, Lakeside Weddings and Events allows your outdoor ceremony to occur lakeside, adding an element of serenity and whimsy to your wedding day. While there are six outdoor venues for ceremonies, the Heritage Garden, the Swan Garden, and the Grand Garden are the most popular. There are lots of gardens, which all provide sweeping water views and ample greenery. Receptions are often held in the banquet hall and solarium that feature a wall of windows looking out on the lake and surrounding foliage. This venue offers numerous all-inclusive packages, with many of them including photography services, catering, floral design, an officiant and DJ, transportation, and an onsite coordinator.
Typical Cost: Most packages range from $3,499 – $5,999.
Bonus: The venue offers an onsite spa and salon that can accommodate all your hair, makeup, and nail needs.
McKenzi Taylor, the owner of Cactus Collective, is a photographer who eloped in the Vegas desert. She had such a special experience that she wanted to replicate it for others and became a wedding planner. As a boutique wedding coordinating service, Cactus Collective specializes in elopements and intimate weddings in the stunning swaths of nature surrounding Las Vegas. Red Rock Canyon is one of the most acclaimed sites, as it’s covered in red sandstone peaks, the Keystone Thrust Fault, and Native American petroglyphs. Cactus Collective offers three wedding packages that all include photography services, a modern minister, legal filing of the marriage certificate, and location fees for the ceremony. Two of the packages provide bouquets and boutonnières, which have a succulent base with accent colors of the couple’s choice.
Typical Cost: $1,700 – $3000
Bonus: The Cactus Collective photographers are one of only 15 vendors approved to shoot at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
Imbue your ceremony with the romance synonymous with Paris by saying “I do” at the top of the half-sized, Vegas replication of the Eiffel Tower. Ceremonies take place on the observation deck, 460-feet in the air, making this an ideal spot for evening weddings as you receive sparkling, 360-degree views of the strip. An easy choice for the reception is the Eiffel Tower Restaurant where Chef J. Joho’s serves updated classic French cuisines such as whole boneless Dover sole and foie gras torchon with duck prosciutto and fig.
Typical Cost: $52 per person for evening admission to the observation deck. A three-hour reception at Eiffel Tower Restaurant is typically $300 – $500.
Bonus: You never need to leave the site of your ceremony and reception, as the Paris hotel offers luxe accommodations that create the illusion of France.
A botanical garden with trails and landscaping filled with color and an eclectic mix of flowers, Springs Preserve is the quintessential desert oasis. If you want a more traditional outdoor atmosphere, say “I do” in the Gardens Arboretum which is encircled by trees and features a Craftsman-style stone and wood stage, floral displays, and vines. For a more modern ambiance, host the ceremony in the Courtyard Plaza beneath a soaring, contemporary iron structure. Outdoor cocktail hour can be set in the aptly-named Cactus Alley, or Frame House, and alfresco receptions are often celebrated on the Springs Amphitheater lawn. If you’d like an indoor reception, the Origen Rotunda is a popular choice, as it features a chic interior that utilizes wood and glass, in addition to marble sculptures.
Typical Cost: $2,100 – $5,500
Bonus: The numerous outdoor areas and elegant interiors make this venue a stunning location for photographs.
While you probably didn’t think you’d find a beach in the middle of the desert, Reflection Bay Golf Club offers just that with a pristine beach that disappears into a 320-acre lake. The sprinkling of palm trees around the perimeter of the lake, in addition to vast stretches of manicured lawns only found at a golf course, make this the venue for couples wanting their nuptials to feel more lush-tropics than arid-desert. Receptions take place in a luxurious circular room with a sophisticated chandelier within the 32,000 square foot newly renovated clubhouse. A spacious balcony is attached to this reception space for those wanting to take in views of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course.
Typical Cost: Ceremony site fees start at $1,000, and reception site fees start at $2,500. Most events, with food and drink, cost $5,000 – $10,000.
Bonus: You can enjoy a celebratory yacht ride after you seal the deal.
Bailey Gaddis is a travel writer and author of Feng Shui Mommy: Creating Balance and Harmony for Blissful Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Motherhood. In addition, she works as a childbirth preparation educator and birth doula who supports mothers-to-be and new mothers. She is also a regular contributor to media outlets including Disney’s Babble, Working Mother, Pregnancy & Newborn, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day. In addition to her childbirth-prep work, she volunteers for families in need of postpartum support. She lives in Ojai, California.