Archive for the ‘Getting Engaged in Vegas’ Category

Wed during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon

December 5, 2011

On your mark, get set, GET MARRIED!

Las Vegas’ annual Rock n’ Roll marathon brought thousands together – rocking out to bands, cheering on racers and witnessing nuptials!  The first-ever night time backdrop included booze, live music, Elvis impersonators and the gleaming neon lights of the fabulous Las Vegas Strip.  This made for a perfect backdrop for the more than 100 couples that exchanged their vows during the celebratory event.

Complete with veils tucked into ponytails, and bowties on top of t-shirts, couples exchanged vows in a run-through wedding ceremony.  The nuptials took place in front of The Mirage where the volcano fired off as each pair sealed their vows with a kiss.  After the three minute ceremony, short pause to snap pictures, and catch confetti, the love birds returned to the track to finish the 13-mile stretch.

If this isn’t a wedding event true to Las Vegas form, I’m not sure what is!


Las Vegas Marriage License

November 15, 2011

Las Vegas Marriage License Details

There is no blood test or waiting period in Nevada.  You must be 18 unless you have your parents’ consent.  Each party must have a state ID, military ID, passport, or original birth certificate.  Social security numbers are also required.  Your marriage license will be good for one year from the time you secure it. 

The marriage license fee is $55, and it must be paid in cash.  There must be at least one additional witness other than the person performing the ceremony.  Those couples who reside outside the U.S. will need to provide proof of their birthdates, such as a passport or other country-issued ID, in order to obtain a marriage license.  There is no other special documentation that will need to be provided.  Those couples will need to contact officials in their country of origin to find out how to register their marriage at home. 

Marriage License Office and Hours

Clark County Marriage Bureau

201 Clark Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89155-1603

Phone: 702.671.0600

Hours: Open daily 8 a.m. to midnight, including holidays

11/11/11 & Veteran’s Day Weddings!

November 11, 2011

11/11/11 & Veteran’s Day Weddings!

Clark County has received more than 3,500 marriage license applications for 11/11/11!  That’s what happens when you combine one of the luckiest numbers in blackjack with the wedding capital of the world!

All of these bets on love have given the Las Vegas wedding industry something to cheer about.  Over 100 chapels up and down The Strip have promoted 11/11/11 packages in their attempt to get a cut of this excitement.

Chapels have called in more workers, hired additional chauffeurs and rented extra limousines to accommodate couples.  Everyone seems to be gearing up for the unsurpassed and sought-after wedding day.

As if this wasn’t enough, America’s service men are flocking to Las Vegas.  In celebration of Veteran’s Day, hundreds of service men will be marrying or renewing their vows as part of the 11/11/11 celebrations.  Some chapels throughout the Las Vegas Strip are infact allowing these ceremonies to take place within their venue as a complimentary gift.

Whether you are taking place in any of these festivities, or planning on staying as far away as possibly, Las Vegas Bride would like to wish you a great holiday weekend and a special thanks to our service men and women. 

On or Off the strip?

November 9, 2011


Yesterday we posted a blog talking about some of Las Vegas’ top places to host your Bachelorette Party.

Many of you tuned in, sending in emails of your choice, and even inquiring about a few of these options.

We’re curious…what’s your choice?

Are you having your bachelorette party on or off the strip?

Cast your vote on our Facebook, by clicking HERE!

For more information on Bachelorette Parties, flip to page 122 in the current issue of Las Vegas Bride!

Bachelorette PARTY!!!!

November 8, 2011

You are in Vegas!  What better place to have a bachelorette party. 

On or off the strip, the options are endless.  Nightclubs, male review shoes, rent a limo and cruise the Strip, beautiful restaurants, relaxing spa treatments…the list goes on and on!

Check out our latest issue of Las Vegas Bride magazine for a complete list of ideas and our fabulous sponsors on page 122!


Are you having your party on or off the strip?


Great venues for Bachelorette Parties ON the Las Vegas Strip include;

Blue Martini


TAO at The Venetian

Studio 54 at the MGM Grand

Planet Hollywood

Caramel and The Bank at Bellagio

Stripper 101 at V Theatre

Thunder from Down Under at Excalibur


Tony & Tina’s Wedding at V Theatre


Great venues for Bachelorette Parties OFF the Las Vegas Strip include;

Pole Fitness Studio

Bahama Breeze

Bootlegger Bistro

Ghost Bar at Palms Hotel

Gordon Biersch

Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas

PURE at Caesars Palace

The Men of Sapphire

VooDoo Lounge at the Rio Hotel


Any of these options will surely satisfy any bride-to-be and her fabulous entourage!



Order a Las Vegas Bride T-Shirt!

November 7, 2011

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Have a great week and happy wedding planning!

Real Wedding Wednesday: Joyce and Rick

September 21, 2011

Joyce & Rick:  An earthy and organic event

By Jennifer Florendo

Photography by: altf 

Joyce Chittick and Rick Faugno first met when they were paired up as boyfriend and girlfriend in the theatrical production, “The Boyfriend.” Later, the talented twosome replayed those roles in the Broadway hit, “Wonderful Town.” If they had taken that as a sign, they would have tied the knot right then, instead of waiting until after a trial run as Mr. and Mrs. in the Vegas hit, “Jersey Boys.” 

For Faugno, he seemed to always know that Chittick was the one, although it took him over seven years to make it official. “We joke that it was the seven-year itch,” says Faugno. Instead of breaking up, he got on his knee and proposed in Paris. 

Planning the nuptials took a bit of time; hectic schedules often keep them apart. In June 2010, the couple saw a window of time where they would both be in Vegas, at the same time, for at least a weekend. And from there, they set the date and put the wheels in motion. 

The couple agreed on an earthy, natural look and feel for their wedding and found the perfect venue at Springs Preserve. The rest fell into place organically. The invitation design featured fireflies, which inspired their mason jar table settings and the venue inspired a part of the ceremony focusing on preserving relationships.

As if the brief amount of time to plan wasn’t enough, the dancing duo added another major component to their wedding: a choreographed tango. The chosen song was “The Carnival Tango,” the first song they danced to in “The Boyfriend.” 

“It was worth it. That is what people talk about when they mention our wedding—the first dance. It was pretty cool, we had a lot of fun doing it,” said Chittick. 

After the touching ceremony, an unforgettable party ensued. From the groom singing to the bride to an improv “tap dance jam session” to the guests raving about Retro Bakery’s coconut cupcakes to the photo booth, all are providing years of fun memories. 

“Everyone had a blast and it’s just nice to have photos of people letting loose and being zany. And to see some of your older relatives be goofy in these photos, it’s really a fun thing to do,” said Chittick.

The petite bride wanted to be sure that she was comfortable all day and night. “I found Dolly Couture online. They specialize in 1950s-era, tea-length dresses, which is what I wanted from the beginning. I just couldn’t have been more thrilled with it. It was such a fun dress to spend the night in and party in and it was comfortable.” 

For a bride who never envisioned herself as one, she put together an unforgettable event, one that was truly her style. 

“I went with my gut and went with what I liked. I didn’t cater to anyone else’s wishes. Rick and I did it the way we wanted to do it. We made sure that the family was included. We wanted them to feel special, but didn’t let anybody dictate to us what we should have. If I wanted cupcakes, I was going to have cupcakes. From what people said, it came across,” says Chittick about the beginning of her new life.

Bride: Joyce Chittick

Groom: Rick Faugno

Wedding Date: September 2, 2010

Bridal Party: 1 Maid of Honor, 1 Man of Honor and 2 Groomsmen

Number of Guests: 120

This Couple Recommends:

Venue: Springs Preserve

Photographer:  altf

Photobooth: ShutterBooth

Décor & Flowers: Julie Reed Events

Videographer: Bryon Moffitt

Bakery: Retro Bakery

DJ: DJ Harry O

Dance Lessons: Sergei Shapoval, Sergei’s Dance Center

Dress: Dolly Couture

Hair & Makeup: Lori White

Musicians: Drums-Brian Czach; Bass- Jeff Davis; Keyboard- Billy Tregesser; Guitar- John Wedemeyer; Tenor Sax- Andrew Friedlander; Trombone- Jason Holcombe; Trumpet- Glen Colby

Singer: Ronnie Rose

Tips from the Pros Tuesday: Diamonds and Tuxes

August 23, 2011

Shop for Light Performance

By Michael E. Minden of Michael E. Minden Diamond Jewelers

Everyone sells diamonds. What if you could own a diamond that sparkles 10 times greater than any diamond any has ever seen? Only a jeweler with direct access top cutters can accomplish this. They are kept only for special dealer relationships. Shop for GIA-certified diamonds. The diamond must have an excellent cut grade, polish and symmetry. You will LOVE people crossing the room to see your dazzling diamond. That is why you wear a diamond, isn’t it?


Tuxedo Tips

 By Mikka Moon of Tuxedo Junction

When shopping for tuxedos, look for a store that has “in stock” merchandise. This is a big plus in assuring your gentlemen will be properly attired! You will be able to look at actual colors of accessories, try on items to assure a proper fit and see what style tuxedo would be the best compliment to the groom and his party. More importantly, a story with inventory on hand will be able to accommodate any last-minute order, changes or adjustments.

Size. Does it really matter?

August 15, 2011

Everyone prefers the largest, best quality diamond possible. But take a look at your budget and diamonds you prefer to see how the pieces of the puzzle fit together for you.

By Allison Israel, GIA Graduate Gemologist at T-Bird Jewels

When purchasing your engagement ring, the most important decisions become size versus quality versus price. This is the magic equation standing between you and the perfect diamond ring. Think of it as a three-way seesaw that you are trying to balance.

In order to achieve this perfect balance, you should discuss what type of budget you have for both the diamond and the mounting. Today, many jewelers sell semi-mounts (the ring without the center diamond). For example, if your budget is $7,000 and you found the perfect mounting for $2,000, then you know you have $5,000 for the perfect diamond.

Once you have figured out how much you have to spend and have studied your 4Cs, it is time to visit several jewelry stores to see what appeals to your taste.

Some ladies prefer a larger diamond and are willing to sacrifice the quality of the diamond, to some degree. Others want their diamond to be as brilliant as possible and are happy with a smaller diamond. I always recommend discovering what appeals to your personal taste in diamonds as the first step. Spend some time looking at various diamonds to see if you like them to be larger, or do you find the brilliance of the diamond more appealing than the carat weight? Others can look at a diamond for the first time and see the differences in color and cut characteristics, while some may not.

Once you have determined what your preferences are, it’s time to remember your budget. If one bride-to-be decided that she prefers brilliance to carat weight, she should ask the jeweler to see the most brilliant diamonds possible within her budget. On the other hand, another bride-to-be may want to have the largest diamond possible; the quality of the diamond, to some degree, is not as important to her. She should share those feelings with the jeweler and see what the largest diamond in her financial range is.

It is important to ask your jeweler why one diamond costs more than another. If you are going to sacrifice quality for carat weight, inquire if the diamond’s durability will be threatened in any way. Sometimes clarity characteristics can actually cause damage to the diamond.

Finally, when you find a diamond that matches all of your parameters, compare it to a higher quality diamond. The visual differences will be more apparent when you see the two side by side. This may help you to visualize any quality issues that you may have thought weren’t important.

So … does the size matter? The only person who can answer that question is you.

Las Vegas Bride Green Valley Bridal Show Recap: The Excitement

August 8, 2011
If you were there, then you know how amazing it was: The Green Valley Bridal show was held on July 31 at Green valley Ranch Casino. This was one of the biggest and best bridal shows, if we do say so ourselves. The day began early with brides lining up hours early for those goody bags. It seems the eager brides are getting there earlier and earlier every time! We love it!

Photo by Paradise Design Photography

 Definitive Talents provided entertainment for the guys and gals who lined up early. It was a great testament to what was inside …

Photo by Cory Fields Photography

Photo by Cory Fields Photography