Here Comes the Bride… and Elvis!
I have a friend who says that when he gets married, he wants a pirate-themed wedding, where instead of marching down the aisle, the bride and groom walk a plank (note: he’s yet to find a bride taker). If he can find it anywhere, he can find it in Vegas, where wacky weddings are a whimsical nod to what’s otherwise a rather stuffy institution.
In 2007, Clark County received over 108,000 marriage applications. That number was expected to rise in 2008, and although weddings are a year-round business in Las Vegas, the month of March kicks off the “I do” high season in which Elvis and a whole host of other characters are ready and willing to officiate your Nevada nuptials.
So what are some of the weird and wonderful ways in which lovebirds can tie the knot? Beyond the staple quickie chapels and celebrity hitching posts, you can start a lifetime together the way it’ll probably end up anyway, on a rollercoaster. Or, you could beam yourselves up at the Star Trek Experience, where you’ll exchange vows on the U.S.S. Enterprise with a crowd of Klingons as your witness.
Truly, with options ranging from riding into your ceremony on a Harley and pajamas-only dress codes to gay commitment ceremony chapels and sky-high helicopter vows, whatever your wedding whim, finding the lighter side of love in Vegas is for forever—or at least the next five minutes.
Photo courtesy of IgoUgo member Kun-Chan
My name: Rachel Berg.
Favorite way to get around: By Venetian gondola during starlit high tide, gliding past decaying and slightly spooky palaces, with perhaps a bottle of prosecco placed between the gondola seat cushions.
View that took my breath away: Unable to sleep in the mystical city of Sfat in Israel, I wandered outdoors predawn and was treated to a purple-on-purple sunrise below the mountaintop that seemed to emerge feet-first through ground-level clouds.
Greatest travel lesson learned: Sunny weather isn't everything. Some of my best travel memories involve go-karting through a deluge turned mud-fest in Mexico, drinking tea in the cold Denali tundra, and watching electric thunderstorms roll through national parks out West.
Most challenging travel moment: Getting leveled by altitude sickness in Cuzco and realizing that my body was forcing me to slow down and rest despite the fact that there was so much to do and see.
Travel ambition: To see the northern lights.