With its mild winters and spectacular spring and fall, Las Vegas is the perfect location to do an outdoor wedding. Unique locations from the wind-carved red rock formations at Valley of Fire to the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon make for spectacular wedding backdrops with a unique Western appeal. Las Vegas also boasts pine trees and mountain vistas at nearby Mount Charleston. For a more traditional outdoor wedding there are numerous gazebos to choose from. Here are some recommended outdoor wedding venues in and near Las Vegas.
Enjoy a spectacular backdrop to your wedding by having it at the Grand Canyon or Valley of Fire. Helicopter weddings offer the chance of a lifetime to make your special day one that you will remember forever.
Wedding packages include a stop at either the Grand Canyon or the Valley of Fire where the ceremony will take place with the backdrop of an amazing natural wonder.
Most helicopter wedding packages depart from Las Vegas and can accommodate small wedding parties.
Helicopter wedding packages can include a variety of special services, including limo rides to and from your hotel, minister fee, flowers, cake, special catering or beverages, music, videographer, photographer and more. Check with the helicopter company for standard package amenities or ask about specialty arrangements.
What companies offer these ceremonies /services: Maverick Helicopters, Sundance Helicopters.
Just 20 miles from Las Vegas lies a brilliant red splash of sandstone that proves Mother Nature can put on a show worthy of any Las Vegas act. The strata of exposed rocks reveals more than 500 million years of geological history. The canyon is a bed of an ancient deep sea, where over time sediments washed in and the water evaporated. The boulders and pinnacles range in color from deep red to white. The red color is the result of weathered iron composites. Red Rock's natural beauty provides the perfect backdrop to make any wedding more breathtaking. Red Rock is visible from a number of areas around Las Vegas, including golf courses and country clubs in the Summerlin area. You also can check with the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (702) 363-1921 for renting picnic areas.
The Springs Preserve, a 180-acre cultural center, offers both indoor and outdoor ceremonies and is committed to sustainability and making wedding ceremonies green. Some of the scenic locations available include the courtyard rotunda, which features a grand staircase; an arboretum where you can wed amidst lush botanical gardens and the courtyard plaza with trees adorned with white lights. The Springs Preserve can also accommodate receptions at the Springs Cafe, which offers a 180-degree view of Las Vegas from floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor balcony.
If pine trees and crisp mountain air are more your fantasized scenic wonder, check out Mount Charleston. It is Nevada's fifth highest mountain at 11,918 feet and offers skiing in winter and weekend scenic tours during the summer. Mount Charleston is located 36 miles north of Las Vegas on Highway 95 in the Toiyabe National Forest. Two large picnic areas are available for reservation if you'd like an outdoor wedding. Contact the U.S. Forest Service at (702) 872-5500 for more information. Or, if you'd like a more formal wedding with the romance of a mountain backdrop, try the Mount Charleston Hotel & Restaurant at (800) 794-3456.
How's this for romance -- you and your significant other exchange your vows on a boat as it glides through the water while granite cliffs tower above. Or perhaps you would prefer a ceremony along the beach. Las Vegas may be in the desert, but it's only 45 minutes from Lake Mead. Lake Mead is the largest man-made lake in the Western Hemisphere. It was created by the Hoover Dam along the Colorado River and occupies about 1.5 million acres with 820 miles of shoreline. Lake Mead offers year-round recreation, everything from boating to swimming to hiking to wildlife viewing. Lake Mead facilities include eight campgrounds, five motels, six RV campgrounds with hookups, four marinas, boat and jet ski rentals, beaches and restaurants.
Nestled at the base of the Spring Mountain Range, Spring Mountain Ranch has hosted everything from raiding mountain men and Ute Indians to the famed Krupp diamond. It's a unique combination of Hollywood glamour and Western charm. In its early history the ranch was home to cattlemen. In 1929 the ranch became the property of Willard George, a prominent Hollywood furrier who raised chinchillas in addition to cattle. In 1944, the ranch was leased to Chet Lauck, famed for his character as Lum on the "Lum and Abner" radio show. In 1955 Lauck sold the ranch to Vera Krupp, wife of German munitions industrialist Alfred Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach. The ranch was renamed Spring Mountain Ranch and was Vera Krupp's residence until 1967. Her bedroom and secret passageway are just as they were when she owned the ranch. Spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the historic ranch house make it an ideal spot to marry.