What? You thought Las Vegas was just filled with boozy bachelor / bachelorette parties, guys handing out flyers for “in-room dancers” and women in g-strings posing for pictures on the Strip? Sure, that’s why we got the moniker “Sin City.” But underneath our rhinestones and make-up beats a romantic heart to rival Paris. It may be hard to spot Vegas’ softer side other days of the year but on Valentine’s Day we wear our heart on our pasties, leaving no doubt that Vegas is the place for romance Feb. 14.
Vegas leads the nation in marriages and a lot are done by Elvis
Vegas is the wedding capital of the United States with about 4 percent of all U.S. weddings taking place here each year. In 2014, 80,738 couples tied the knot in Clark County, more than any other county in the United States. Maybe it’s because we have no waiting period and don’t require a blood test. Nah… it’s because you can get married by Elvis. In Vegas we understand you want your wedding to be special and we work hard to make your dream wedding come to life, whether it’s walking down the aisle to “The Imperial March” from Star Wars or tying the knot in elegant, flower-covered chapel. This year marks the first Valentine’s Day since gay marriage was legalized in Nevada so now there are even more reasons to celebrate.
You can propose in style
Vegas has a dozen red roses worth of romantic spots to pop the question. The city has co-opted romantic locations from around the world (Eiffel Tower, Venetian gondolas) and invented its own (Bellagio Fountains, atop the High Roller in a private pod). Vegas may be a major metropolis, but we even have romantic natural locations within driving distance including Red Rock Canyon and the one of the seven natural wonders of the world – the Grand Canyon. But to ensure your proposal is YouTube worthy, there’s over-the-top options too, including proposal by Colossus slot machine, street magician, at a Vegas show, on the Fremont Street Experience screen, with a flash mob on the Fremont Street Experience or jumping off the Stratosphere (don’t get the ring out until you land). But if you are really over the top, we’ll let you buy out a nightclub and hire professional dancers and singers.
Romance begins in the stomach
So many restaurants, so little room to elaborate. Look, Vegas has got the romantic dinner of your dreams whether those feature beer and bratwurst or gourmet French cuisine. Of course we have the obvious – the Eiffel Tower restaurant, Top of the World, Alizé, Mix, Twist and Comme Ça (all restaurants with romantic views) and every gourmet restaurant in town. Pretty much every restaurant, chocolate store and bar in town has something for romantic for you, but sometimes the easiest items are the best. Stop by M & M World at New York – New York and customize some candies for your sweetheart. Plus you can pick up some chocolate sauce for later.
Our shows are so sexy they’d be banned anywhere else
From acrobats to zombies, Vegas’ shows are sexy. So sexy, they’d probably be banned or regulated out of existence anywhere else but here. On Valentine’s Day we prefer a love story, a zombie love story. Yes “Zombie Burlesque” is sexy, sassy and there’s also love. But don’t stop there, check out roses and romance from Boyz II Men (they’ve given away 5,472 roses in one year), experience the sexy acrobatic maneuvers of “Zumanity” (the Kama Sutra seems tame compared to these performers) and explore if laughter really is an aphrodisiac with “50 Shades!The Parody.” Throw in so many adult shows – “Fantasy,” “X Burlesque,” “Crazy Girls,” “Chippendales,” “Thunder From Down Under” – we couldn’t list them all here and you have no excuse for not being in the mood.
Our suites are sweeter than yours
Romantic, sexy and just plain XXX, Vegas hotel rooms provide everything you need to celebrate your love or lust. Imagine popping the cork on a bottle of Champagne while sitting in a private pool that overlooks the Strip in a 9,000-square-foot suite. The Sky Villa at The Palms Las Vegas, will bring sophistication to your Valentine’s Day. Too tame for you? Then perhaps you need a suite that will whip you into action. The Provocateur Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is black and red throughout with a master suite bed the size of three queen beds, a suspended cage and a giant cross with handcuffs. Did we mention the in-room amenities include a whip, paddle and silk rope? Forgot to bring your toys? Don’t worry, the Provocateur Suite also features 24-hour delivery from Love Jones, the hotel’s rock ’n’ roll lingerie and accessories store. You can also find suites with stripper poles and “intimacy kits” are becoming a common in-room amenity.