A wedding is a pledge of vows to commit your life to another person. It is a serious undertaking that requires a lot of thought and compromise, but who decided the ceremony had to be so serious? Many spend years and thousands of dollars to plan a wedding, something that will only last a day or two. As a couple who thrive on having fun and touring as much of the world as we can, my partner and I decided we didn’t need all of that. He asked, and we spent four weeks to plan and purchase everything we needed to get married. I’m sure it wouldn’t work for everyone, but it fits our lifestyle perfectly.
Our suitcases were packed and ready to go in the early morning to meet our fight to Sin City. We had an uneventful ride that landed us in the wedding capital of the World. We were excited and ready to explore Las Vegas, our first visit to the city. Our visit got off to a rough start as we dealt with a long wait on a hot bus that would take up to our hotel. After what seemed like forever, in reality it was only an hour, the bus finally dropped us off at the Stratosphere. The Stratosphere is located at the northern top of the famous Las Vegas Strip, and boasts a 360 degree view of the city at 869 feet n the air. Pretty impressive.
We had a few hours before we could check into our hotel room, so we used that time to pick up a few important documents we needed for our wedding. We turned in our luggage at the bell hop desk and strolled across the street to the bus stop. All of the bus stops along the strip have machines to buy bus passes. It is quick, easy, and gentle on the wallet. We sat an waited for The Deuce. The fun thing about the Deuce is that they are double decker buses, fully enclosed, but it was still a lot of fun riding on the top deck, and watching the surroundings. Our first ride on the bus didn’t last very long, we were off and walking to pick up our marriage license. We were in and out of the license bureau in no time, and exited with a white envelope, simple and plain it held our future. We were excited and ready to hit our hotel room at that point with roughly four hours until our wedding.
Our hotel room was nothing special, we paid an extra $10 to get a strip view and also had a view of one of the rides the Stratosphere offers called the Sky Jump. For only $120.00 anyone can experience the excitement of free falling over 100 feet to the ground. We had the pleasure of watching a few people jump. We passed up that opportunity, I’m not a big fan of scaring the shit out of myself.
After getting ready and waiting we were picked up by our driver. My first ever ride in a limo, it had a table and lights flashing in the roof. I was a little disappointed it didn’t have a sun roof. I always watch movies with drunk people hanging out of the top of limos while driving down the strip. I guess that could be a good thing, I didn’t want to mess up my hair. We made our way to the Graceland Wedding Chapel and picked up our flowers. It was quick and fun, and we laughed throughout our ceremony.
It was an incredibly lively and happy experience, just the two of us, with no worries about pleasing anyone else, or having to worry too much about planning an event. It was about us, just us, and it was perfect.
Next week we explore the Las Vegas Strip.