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How to Include Family and Friends in Your Wedding

Wedding Goddess Wisdom

By Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

So you are thinking of getting hitched in Las Vegas … but aren't sure it will be your family’s cup of tea.

There are so many options for saying “ I do” that you can find a way to include the family and friends. Consider these ideas:

-Invite them to join you for a fun and fabulous destination wedding.

-Arrange a live internet hook ups so the folks at home can see you speaking your vows and pledging your love either from the comforts of home or as part of a little hometown gathering.

- Tell them you are opting for low stress and high fun and heading to Las Vegas and make plans to return with a video and photos, and have a reception or dinner with the family when you get home.

- Elope. Return with video and photos, and invite loved ones over for dinner to share the news and the views after the big day.

Although many people tend to see Vegas as a wild party town, I believe Weddings in Las Vegas can actually be a very healing experience for all.

First off, because of the way things are packaged for ease, in many cases you can by-pass the more intense aspects of wedding planning stress and it can be a pleasurable experience for you and your guests. Las Vegas is a virtual wedding factory, and can accommodate any size or kind of wedding. And there really is something for everyone in this town. It is tailor made for tourists so if you decided to invite a few relatives and friends, or a whole lot of them, there is plenty to do before and after the wedding.

If you don’t want to deal with guests at all, no problem. If eloping in your chosen path to the altar, no place makes it easier than Las Vegas. The Clark County Clerk’s office stays open for many waking hours and you can literally head to the courthouse for your license, and then right to the chapel. No wait.

Eloping, for some couples, is the great solution to ducking out of the wacky behavior that comes with planning a more labor intensive wedding. You might even save a few relationships by eloping – better that than battling your way through the planning of a big wedding that you don’t want.

Emotion runs high under any circumstance, yet Vegas, in many cases, gives many brides and grooms a way to circumvent it. And you know what … mom, dad and the bridesmaids who never got to wear dresses will forgive you. But will they give you wedding presents … that’s another question!

Where and When You Can Get Your License:

Marriage Bureau
201 Clark Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89155-1603
(702) 671-0600
Fax (702) 385-8911

Las Vegas Marriage Bureau Hours
Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 (Midnight)
Friday 8:00 a.m. to Sunday 12:00 (Midnight)
Holidays Open 24 hours


Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway is an interfaith and non-denominational wedding officiant. She creates unique ceremonies for couples of all backgrounds and faiths, and is also widely recognized as a bridal stress expert. She is author of WEDDING GODDESS: A Divine Guide To Transforming Wedding Stress into Wedding Bliss (Perigee Books, May 2005). Visit Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway at WeddingGoddess.com.

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