A Cheap Vegas Wedding
When it’s not your first marriage and you’ve been together for 8 years, you might not need all the frills of a big wedding. We chose to slip off to Las Vegas to get married. I called a few days ahead of time to arrange a little ceremony. I had to pay a whopping deposit of $25 to The Lucky Wedding Chapel. We arrived on Fri morning to Las Vegas. We stayed downtown so we were blocks away from the courthouse and the chapel. We got directions, which took us a few blocks, the wrong way, so we saw across the street from where we were a pedicab. A pedicab is a bicycle with driver and a bench. The driver picked us up and delivered us the rest of the way to the Marriage License .part of The Clark County Courthouse. He introduced himself as Kevin, Kevin was a small and super sweet guy, who definitely got a work out peddling the both of us around. After a 20$ tip, he gave us his phone number in case we needed him again. We went inside and filled out the computer info and paid $79.79 and left with our marriage license in hand. We got proper directions and walked the 3 blocks back to Freemont Street. The next day we got ready for our 3:30 pm wedding ceremony at The Lucky Wedding Chapel. It was only 3 blocks away, however, when I walked outside, there was Kevin and my chariot! Although most women would prefer maybe a limo, I was just as happy that my new husband would know I was happy to see Kevin and our pedicab! Kevin took us down the street to our chapel and waited outside for us to get married and take us back. We walked into The Lucky Wedding Chapel to see there was everything needed for a last minute wedding. They had wedding dresses, flowers, tuxes, shoes and jewelry. We chose to wear the clothes we had on for our no frills wedding. and chose the $99 deal.No frills ceremony and pick of 5 photos. I did have to ask the photographer to just shoot high due to the fact my new husband wore tennis shoes. Our photographer was also our witness. After the ceremony, we were slipped an envelope for tipping the officiant, that performed the ceremony. We were thinking, and had change for a $25 tip, after all our whole wedding costed $99, However his envelope had a suggested tip of $50-$100. I didn’t pay much attention to it. I was shocked to see my new husband put $100 bill in and hand it to the guy. I knew we still had to photographer to tip. I found it tacky to put a suggested amount tip that was larger than the price of the wedding, but it must work for him, because he got it from my husband. After our pictures, we tipped our photographer $50 and left. Kevin was waiting with our non fancy pedi bike with a big congratulations and smile. He brought us back to our hotel and took pictures for us. We tipped him $100 and that I felt good about. Bottom line ,of this story I’ve learned , is Our cheap little no frills ceremony costed NOT $99 plus $25 each to photographer and officiant. It costed $449. so bring change and don’t let a suggested tip get you. Don’t feel bad tipping 25$ on a $99 ceremony, he shouldn’t be suggesting such a tip. I felt good about the $50 tip and of course kevins tip. Tip what you can afford and feel is fair. Tip heavily to someone who made your wedding day special in a way. Ours was Kevin!