Although I clearly believe Las Vegas is an amazing spot for weddings (or I wouldn’t have started an entire blog dedicated to it!) I also happen to think it’s a fabulous spot for a pre-wedding night out with the girls. Whether you call it a bachelorette party, stagette, hen’s party or shag, Las Vegas is a great spot to bond and celebrate the upcoming wedding with your friends and family members.
One of the biggest reasons to choose Las Vegas is the sheer number of choices available: a night out clubbing, an evening of fine dining and wine, spa trips, shopping, high tea, a pool cabana rental, catching the gentlemen from Thunder from Down Under at Excalibur, museums and golf are all options available to you and your besties. But did you know that helicopter tours are also a choice for an unforgettable bachelorette night? That’s right: Maverick Helicopters combines a once in a lifetime party with a thrilling, very memorable experience – a flyover of the city of Las Vegas!
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I get this question posed to me a lot: where can I get married in Las Vegas? I think the better question is: where CAN’T you get married?
There are so many special spots around town that the real secret is to find a minister willing to meet you there to marry you at it. Today’s vendor feature is a little bit about this adorably cute pink Volkswagen Beetle, aka the Las Vegas Luv Bug. This vehicle transports the dynamic duo of Reverend Tim Rowland and his wife, Pam Rowland around to various marriage ceremony spots in Vegas!
Originally from southern California (San Diego), before they transitioned into providing wedding services, they were performing church and ministry work. Using their combined powers of officiating marriages and photography, a desire to work together and provide unique services, Las Vegas Luv Bug was born!
Let’s get to know a little more about them…
Little Vegas Wedding: For those readers out there who may not know who you and the Las Vegas Luv Bug are, please introduce yourself!
Las Vegas Luv Bug: Las Vegas Luv Bug consists of me, Reverend Tim Rowland and my photographer wife, Pam, and a pink VW Beetle that we have named the “Luv Bug.” Our focus is on meeting the couple wherever they would like to get married, and helping them celebrate their wedding day. We provide officiant/ceremony, 20 digital photos, and a witness if needed. We can also assist with expedited recording of the marriage paperwork or an apostille for international couples. We will go anywhere in the greater Las Vegas area that our brides and grooms request.
Reverend Tim Rowland and his wife, Pam with their pink Beetle
LVW: How many years have you been in business and how did you initially get into officiating?
LVLB, Rev. Tim: We’ve been performing ceremonies for 15 years. We moved to Las Vegas in 1997 to plant a church, which we did for 8 years. I was working a full-time job in customer relations as well as church work in the evenings and weekend services. One of our church members suggested weddings as an alternative income source, so I solicited several chapels and found work a couple of nights a week at a downtown chapel. I began to really enjoy it, and it has taken me all over Las Vegas.
Pam has always had a love for photography and taken several courses. She photographed all of our church events over the years as well as family gatherings and annual family photos. This year, we created the Luv Bug so we could work together as a couple, combining our gifts and talents, and having a lot of fun while doing it. Plus, we get to drive a really cool pink “bug” that draws a lot of attention! We REALLY love our pink bug!
Some of the ceremonies the Luv Bug has officianted. Reverend Tim can be seen bottom photos, far left, with a couple from Canada he wed.
LVW: As far as ceremonies, what kind of variety, customization and personalizations do you offer?
Rev Tim: We have a standard ceremony that we use a majority of the time, but many couples have written their own vows, or have specific requests for their ceremony. We are willing to work with any requests a bride or groom may have. One thing I won’t do is prank the bride or groom. Years ago, I had a groom ask me to use his “nickname” for the bride during the ceremony, & I assumed it was a term of endearment between them. As it came out of my mouth, the bride teared up and a look of horror crossed her face. Turns out it was a name that was used to tease her when she was younger and she didn’t find it funny at all. Since then, I have a strict policy of not playing tricks on either bride or groom on their wedding day.
LVW: What is your preferred way to work with clients – email, in person, telephone?
Rev Tim: We have tailored our website to allow a couple to find out about our services and locations, book a date and time, and submit payment- all online! We are also available by phone or email to answer any questions a couple may have. With international couples, we find email is the most effective, because of the time difference.
The Luv Bug in action in the desert, downtown and on Las Vegas Boulevard
LVW: Where is the most unique spot you’ve wed people at?
Rev Tim: There is quite a long list of locations you can perform weddings at … are there any places you can’t do? Helicopter weddings have to be the most unique, because they can go anywhere. We’ve done weddings on Strip tours, Red Rock Canyon tours & Grand Canyon tours. One of the neatest experiences I had was when the bride and groom had me pretend to be another tourist so they could surprise her parents with their wedding over the skies of Las Vegas at night. Her mother was elated! Casino floors or other private property are generally off-limits, unless the couple obtains the owner’s permission. Most public places are fair game, as well as hotel rooms, homes, or backyards.
LVW: Do you provide wedding ceremonies in any other languages other than English?
Rev Tim: I speak Spanish, and have done hundreds of ceremonies in Spanish. I lived several years as a child in Mexico (my parents are missionaries) and learned the language by immersion. ;)
LVW: What is the one thing you wish couples wedding in Vegas knew?
Rev Tim: That their choices for getting married are wide open. They can make it as simple or as extravagant as they want (or can afford) so think outside the box, and don’t be bound by tradition! That’s why we say we service “weddings as unique as you are.” We find many couples will spend extra money on a nice hotel suite, where they hold their ceremony, and when all the guests go home, they can spend the rest of their time on a really nice honeymoon where they got married. Our mobile service is designed to be simple and affordable so they can invest their money into other aspects of their celebration. There is much more to a Vegas wedding than the “chapel.” Often, on-location ceremonies provide a much richer background for their photos.
LVW: Are there any vendors in the Vegas area you particularly like to work with, or would like to work with?
Rev Tim: Most of what we do is fairly self contained, but there are a few we really like:
LVW: What is your favorite part of the wedding day?
Rev Tim: That’s a hard one. I’ll have to split it: Firstly the moments just before the ceremony when the bride and groom have a child-like excitement for what they are entering into, as well as the moments just after the couple is pronounced husband and wife. There is a relief, as well as an expectancy in their eyes. It’s a moment of “We made it!” coupled with, “We are just starting a new part of our lives together!” There is a sweetness there that is hard to describe. It NEVER gets old!
And my standard “fun” questions:
On a typical Sunday we can usually find you napping after church, but you’d rather be smoking a nice cigar (Tim) or drinking a nice glass of wine (Pam) on the back patio. ;)
If you weren’t a officiants, you’d probably be: Bored out of our minds at 9-5 jobs!!
Thank you so much, Tim & Pam! I can’t wait to see you in your little pink Beetle zooming around Las Vegas, delivering love!
All Photos by Pam Rowland except for the top photo taken by their daughter
Las Vegas Luv Bug Wedding Services
Weddings start at $119
Some of us love adrenaline more than others, and for those people, I recommend one of these totally awesome, totally exciting Las Vegas wedding ceremony venues. They’re for the couple who wants something even more memorable than a Las Vegas wedding, something a little out of the ordinary, something CRAZY!
photo: Stratosphere Hotel
We’re on a ride!
Roller Coaster Ceremony: Perhaps not the best for anxious or nervous brides and grooms, NY NY offers a roller coaster wedding. Getting wed at 67 miles per hour sound up your alley? With limited windows available you can get married in 15 minutes at a cost of about $600-$700.
Thrill Ride Wedding: If roller coasters are too tame for you, maybe you’d prefer to get married on the edge of the tallest building in Las Vegas while on a ride. The Stratosphere Chapel in the Clouds offers wedding ceremonies on the observation deck of the Stratosphere tower, then a ride on one of the rides they have 855 feet above the Strip. Packages ($339-429) include champagne, tower admission for 15 guests, a thrill ride on Big Shot, Insanity or X-Scream for four guests. Photography is extra.
photo: Lazy Toad
We’re on a boat!
Pirate Ship Wedding: T.I. (Treasure Island) in Las Vegas has a unique wedding for those of you who love cannons, sexy pirates and ships – “Song Ship Wedding“. This package ($1675-$3760+) allows the couple and two guests onto the ship at Siren’s Cove along the Strip for their ceremony, with room for other guests within 100 feet of the ship. There is a bit of pirate pomp and circumstance involved in the nuptials, so this is a bit themed more than exciting, but no telling when the Captain may swing in and try to snatch the bride away. No word on if a puffy shirt are mandatory for the groom.
Yacht Wedding: Not far from Las Vegas is Lake Mead, and that would make for a great day on the water, getting married on a yacht ($1300-$7000+) and partying after the fact, maybe even on a jet ski rental. Another excellent option would be to rent a houseboat for some time, have the ceremony and get to spend some time with a group of people playing on the water before and after the wedding.
photo: Silverton Lodge and Casino
We’re almost in a boat!
Silverton Scuba Diving Wedding: The Silverton casino, a little ways off the Strip offers a unique package that allows a couple to get hitched while scuba diving amongst 4000 fish, stingrays and sharks in their amazing 117,000-gallon aquarium. You can even request mermaids to serve as bridesmaids. Crazy!
Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Wedding: If you’d prefer to wear more traditional wedding attire as opposed to a wetsuit, you can get married beside the sharks at the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef. The package ($1500-1600) includes fees, champagne and a honeymoon suite. There are no outside photographers. The ceremony can only happen at 9am, before the aquarium opens to the public, and there is only room for 10 witnesses.
photo: Taylored Photo Memories
We’re in the air!
How about taking the plunge while flying through the air? Vegas Extreme Skydiving offers wedding packages to those who are truly seeking thrills ($1299+) While you do not actually get married while in the air, it is up to you if you want to get married on the ground then take the leap together, or do it after you’ve safely landed.
Helicopter Wedding: There is also the option to ride a helicopter to your wedding destination, ensuring privacy, and a thrilling memory to have forever. I’m told the views are also pretty special as well, both from the helicopter or the destination you touch down at to say your vows at, like the Grand Canyon or Red Rock Canyon. (Several companies offer this service) For photos from real Las Vegas helicopter weddings, check some out here!
We’re wearing runners!
A Marathon Wedding: Just this past weekend, the Las Vegas Rock n Roll marathon happened, and did you know they do weddings during it? Although they recommend it is for vow renewals, people have gotten hitched in the very quick (who wants to ruin their running time?) group ceremony. It happens at 5:45 outside NY NY Casino, and is free for entrants.
This list is certainly not the limit of what amazing wedding ceremonies you can have in Las Vegas. What’s your favorite Vegas wedding venue for adventure seeking couples?
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I love weddings that show the majesty of nature and the magical intimacy of small weddings. This amazing elopement was shot by Taylored Photo Memories and is of an absolutely thrilling wedding that transported the couple via helicopter to the edge of the Grand Canyon. The bride and groom, Krista and Danny, are actually from my home province of Alberta and had an adventure elopement in Vegas, and were wed by Angie Kelly.
I can’t imagine walking on the gravel and rocks was easy for the bride, Krista, but she looks absolutely stunning and serene in the photos. Also it has to be some sort of crazy good luck to see a rainbow in the desert on your wedding day, right? Gorgeous.
Something I found interesting is that Krista booked and planned the entire wedding herself. There are plenty of package companies that will take care of everything for your adventure wedding, but you may find something lacking in your planning. So, it can be done – and it can be beautiful.
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