A few weeks ago we were honored to be present at the very first meeting of the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce at the Bootlegger Restaurant. As was expected it was a smashing party with live music and delicious food in the company of some of our very favorite Las Vegas wedding vendor friends, but we were all there for serious business.
The Las Vegas wedding industry has changed tremendiously over the last few decades. What was once thought to be the wild west, famous for elopements and drive through Elvis weddings, has morphed into a premier, world class wedding destination. The Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce has been formed to create a vibrant and evolving environment to best serve couples and grow our industry.
We are so excited to be one of the Charter Members of the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce. Below is a bit of information from them as to what that means and what roll they will play in the Las Vegas wedding industry-
Las Vegas’ array of accommodations and amenities offer something for nearly every taste, including visitors seeking a luxurious experience, both in and out of the casino. In fact, in the last several years, Las Vegas has established its place among the ranks of the world’s most plush destinations.
Las Vegas is known as much for its weddings as it is for its casinos. With an average of nearly 100,000 marriage licenses issued annually, Las Vegas is recognized as the world’s wedding capital. Whether it’s eloping on a secret rendezvous, or planning an elaborate ceremony for hundreds of your family and friends, there is no place quite like Vegas to make it official.
“Our mission is to help guide businesses in best practices and to help create a new brand for weddings in Las Vegas as the wedding experts of the world. To show couples all over the world that Las Vegas is their source for quality weddings and affordable luxury.”
The Las Vegas wedding industry flourished in part because of Nevada’s less restrictive marriage laws that require no blood tests and no waiting period.
“Wedding tourism is a core industry in Las Vegas. It’s part of our international brand,”
State Sen. Ruben Kihuen
Wedding tourism in the “wedding capital of the world” is down. Marketing efforts for our city are focused on gambling, conventions and dining. For decades it has been taken for granted that the wedding industry would remain with out the support of marketing efforts directed at attracting planning couples to our city.
Today, we have formed the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce as a collective voice to work with our officials to strengthen our industry and the international brand known as Las Vegas.