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Pictures from Las Vegas weddings and events: New Year's Eve Fireworks, wedding chapel, and  Chinese New year.

New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Las Vegas Strip
New Year's Eve Fireworks on the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada (USA).

New Year's Eve is a great time to be in in Las Vegas. It is definitely the biggest night of the year in the city. Planning your trip and booking everything (flight, accommodation and events) well in advance is definitely important to ensure you beat the rush. New Year festival in the Entertainment Capital of the World is about celebration, revelry, and a lineup of entertainment that you won't find anywhere else in the world.

The party never ends in New Year's Eve in Las Vegas. There are a number of shows put on by the hotels including concerts and performances. The city's many nightclubs host a variety of parties for people of all interests. The showrooms are filled with A-list entertainers. Outdoor festivities can be found all over the city. The Fremont Street Experience is a massive outdoor Las Vegas New Year's party with live performances, though you will have to order tickets. Hundreds of thousands of visitors celebrate the New Year right on the Las Vegas Strip and enjoy spectacular fireworks shows, fired from the roofs of several hotels.

Partying along the Vegas Strip is one of the best options for those seeking a great time on New Year's Eve. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police shut down the Las Vegas Strip between Sahara Avenue and Russell Road to cross-traffic as early as 6 p.m. If you decide to stay on the Strip, the best ways to get around on New Year's Eve are by taxi, walking or using the Las Vegas Monorail. In an effort to keep the crowds inside within occupancy limits set by county officials, some hotels on the Las Vegas Strip allow only those with proof they are guests of the resorts to enter the properties during the height of the festivities outside.

When the last firework has exploded and the final piece of confetti has drifted to the ground, the city will begin to clean up the streets, but that doesn't mean the party is over. You may want to head indoors, whether it's to have a bite to eat at one of several 24 hour cafes inside the hotels, to join the party at a nightclub or to seek fun in the casino. The Strip does not typically reopen until well after midnight. So don't be in a hurry to leave. Be careful: every year, the Metropolitan Police arrests several people on New Year's Eve for drunken driving.

Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) - The Little Church of the West.

More than 122,000 couples obtain marriage licenses each year in Las Vegas, making it the marriage capital of the world. Neither blood tests nor waiting periods are required if you want to tie the knot. The legal age is 18 for both men and women. Both must be single. If either is younger than 18, parental consent is required.

A marriage license is issued the same day a couple applies. There is no waiting period to get married after the marriage license has been issued. A marriage license allows a couple to marry in the state. It is not proof of marriage. It is good for one year from date of issue.

You can get married in Vegas even if you're not a U.S. resident. Most countries require a certified copy of your marriage certificate and an apostille from the Nevada Secretary of State. It is suggested that non U.S. citizens check with their local officials for special documents needed to ensure their marriage is recognized in their country.

Weddings in Vegas are customized to any budget, any taste and any couple, from drive-through chapels to first-class wedding venues. Weddings performed in Las Vegas may be a civil or religious service dependent upon the wedding venue selected. Las Vegas is home to numerous free-standing wedding chapels. In addition, many Las Vegas resorts such as Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Treasure Island, and Wynn, among others, have one or more wedding chapels.

Some chapels offer themed weddings. Elvis wedding is probably the most popular theme. Other themes include Eiffel Tower wedding, Gondola wedding, underwater wedding, horror wedding, and many more.
Most hotels have a full array of services and packages for your wedding or vow renewals in Las Vegas. The packages include various options, including limo services, floral arrangements, photography services, and many more. Wedding at the Office of Civil Marriages is the least expensive option. Drive-thru chapels and tunnels offer 5-minute ceremonies.

The Little Church of the West is a wedding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada that is listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places. It is a replica of a typical pioneer town church. It is the oldest building on the Las Vegas Strip.

Other famous wedding chapels in Las Vegas include the Little White Wedding Chapel that has been the site of many quickie celebrity weddings, the Chapel of the Flowers that is one of the most traditional wedding chapels in Las Vegas, Wee Kirk O'the Heather that was established in 1940, and the Graceland Wedding Chapel that is known for weddings performed by Elvis impersonators.

Although not legally recognized as a marriage in Nevada, gay and lesbian couples can still enjoy a ceremony with the same amenities that traditional wedding services offer. In lieu of a marriage license, some chapels will provide couples with a certificate commemorating the event.

In the 1930's, local laws in Las Vegas made it easier and less stressful to dissolve a marriage. Las Vegas now leads the US in divorce rates per capita. A famous divorce in Vegas happened in 1962 when Mary Tod Rockefeller divorced unfaithful husband Nelson Rockefeller.

Chinese New Year at Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA).

Chinese New Year, often referred to as the Lunar New Year, is an important traditional festival in China and in the Chinese communities outside China. Las Vegas ranks among the top places to celebrate Chinese New Year. The Chinese American Chamber of Commerce of Nevada organizes each year the largest and most exciting New Year Celebration in all Las Vegas.

Performances include lion dances, Japanese Taiko drums, Chinese folk dances, Chinese martial arts, Chinese acrobats, dragon dances, and more.



Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Find here the official web site of tourism in Las Vegas (Nevada) with comprehensive information on hotels, restaurants, casinos, restaurants, shows, events, tours, golf and things to do in Las Vegas.
Wedding in Clark County
Official information of Clark County for visitors, including comprehensive information on Marriage License Requirements and Marriage Process.

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United States > Pictures and travelogues > Pictures from Las Vegas, Nevada > Downtown Las Vegas
United States > Pictures and travelogues > Pictures from Las Vegas, Nevada > Las Vegas Strip

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