LVW Mailbag: BYOP — Bring Your Own Photographer?

LVW Mailbag

Oh man, what’s going on? Even the LVW Monday Mailbag is back! Since it’s been a while since the last instalment, a refresher: this is where you get to hear my thoughts and opinions on Vegas wedding planning questions.

Today, I answer a question about intimate, stylish but budget-friendly elopement spots that are light on the cheese factor.

Hi Kelly,

I’ve been to your website many times and loved it. I’m getting married soon in Las Vegas, at a wedding hosting 14 guests.

Do you know any chapels who would allow outside photography or charge a fee to allow personal camera? The wedding chapels of Las Vegas is the only one I found that will allow the use of personal camera. But I’m confused if the chapel will consider the photographer I hired will be considered his camera as personal camera. The most important part of this wedding for me other than the ceremony is the wedding pictures. But I don’t like the photos of many of the photographers chapels make you use. 

I appreciate suggestions and advice. 



Hi E,

Most venues consider photographers with pro camera equipment (even friends with large cameras) to be professional, so there is no sneaky way around that.

Many hotel chapels and standalone chapels will require you to use their photographers, so I would recommend looking at Caesars Entertainment chapels: Paris Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, LINQ, Flamingo Las Vegas and so on. Almost all of them will let you pay a fee to bring your own photographers.

Also Tropicana will let you bring your own photographer. Off Strip, many golf clubs and banquet venues will allow you to use your own photographer, as well. This is the most important thing to you, so I would start looking at those properties first.

Good luck,


Have a Vegas wedding planning question? Feel free to send it to me at kelly AT littlevegaswedding DOT com with the subject line: “LVW Mailbag” or leave a comment on one of the posts. I may answer it in a future mailbag feature. Questions may be edited for length, clarity and privacy.

If you want more immediate help, I encourage you to join the LVW Wedding Planning Facebook group. This private group is full of people planning their weddings just like you as well as some vendors. Both are great for knowledge and advice and are probably much more in the know than me! You can also read past mailbag questions here, a good place to start because I get a lot of similar questions.

3 Comments on LVW Mailbag: BYOP — Bring Your Own Photographer?

  1. McKenzi
    August 10, 2015 at 9:45 am (4 years ago)

    i have another recommendation if you are you are looking for a chapel experience. The little white wedding chapel allows you to bring a photographer if you do not get married inside. They have a pink Cadillac outside that you can exchange vows in. It’s a fun experience.

    If you are looking to possibly avoid the strip all together I also recommend you check out companies like or scenic weddings as they offer inclusive packages off the strip with quality photographers.

  2. Katie
    March 18, 2016 at 9:42 am (4 years ago)

    While this post is 7 months old, I thought I would chime in just to help out a future bride who has this question as well.

    I wanted to bring an outside photographer. My good friends runs an awesome wedding photography business here in Houston, he has known myself and the groom for a long time, so it would be silly not to have him be my photographer; he knows us so well.

    A lot of hotels will make you use their photographer; you can’t even pay an extra fee to bring one in. That is because they have a contract with a photographer. This includes Wynn, Venetian/Palazzo, Bellagio, and MGM. Mandarin Oriental actually will let you bring in your own photographer, along with Cosmpolitan. From my contact with them, they did not request that you have to pay extra (just want them to prove they are photographers and have insurance). Caesar’s Palace will allow you to bring in an outside photographer, as the article states, however they will charge you $200-300.

    Good luck!

  3. Ronnie
    June 27, 2017 at 10:45 am (2 years ago)

    Looks like Tropicana changed their policy. Per their website:
    “We believe that our photographers are truly fantastic, and that our prices are a bargain for the top-quality photography that you will receive…Because we are so confident that you will love our photography, we do not allow non-chapel photographers.”

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