The Lure of the Vegas Wedding

August 17, 2010 at 7:29 am | Posted in Relationship Woes | 7 Comments
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Vegas gets a rep for being a sexually-charged party town and a place for quickie weddings. Having just returned from my first visit there, I’d have to say that it did live up to its reputation.But there was an unexpected quality about Vegas that caught me off guard.  Beyond the card smackers promising beautiful babes straight to your door and the scantily clad table dancers, there was  a certain romanticism about Vegas.  Breathtaking views and intimate dinners pepper the strip and no doubt fuel the impulsive lovers who often end up at the corner chapel.

Eloping in Vegas is just so easy, and I’m sure some find it romantic.  I must say even I was tempted (and I’m sure my boyfriend would have preferred this easy way out) but I resisted.  To me, the work that goes into planning a wedding is symbolic of the hard work it takes to keep a relationship, a marriage, happy and healthy.  To me, a wedding where friends and family can share in your joy just makes the union that much stronger.  To me, marriage is too big of a commitment to waste that first moment on a night with Elvis.

Ok, weddings can be expensive, especially for those of us who don’t have wealthy benefactors footing the bill, or even contributing to the cause.  But there are ways to limit the cost.  A simple wedding is just as beautiful as one with the works.  A wedding shouldn’t be about competing for the best reception.  It’s about love, am I right?

I’ve only known one person who did fly off the Vegas for her nuptials, and her relationship promptly deteriorated, so maybe that has skewed my perception.  But I’m not one of those women who has had “her day” planned since I was a little girl, either.  I just simply have a high respect for marriage and feel the wedding deserves the same respect.  And besides, how many times in your life will hundreds of people tell you your beautiful all in the same day?


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  1. For a minute you scared the shit out of me.


    • hahahahaha! Glad to see you are reading, and disapprove 🙂

  2. I know we would never have a destination wedding – I wouldn’t expect my friends to foot the bill, and BF’s family wouldn’t be able to afford to come.

    I reeeally want to see Vegas one day. Maybe for our honeymoon? LOL.

    I’ll get there eventually.

    • That was something else that was interesting to me about Vegas. Lots of international tourists! Coming from NYC, I didn’t realize it was a popular spot worldwide! Definitely get there at some point, and give yourself plenty of time to take it all in! It’s exhausting!

  3. I’ll be going to Vegas next week. It’s nice to know that it will be a time of revelry and romance! lol.

  4. They got something for everyone in Vegas! Shows, clubs, views, they even have kid stuff but I wouldn’t recommend it. You’ll have a great time! Let me know if you need recommendations for where to go.

  5. My first and last trip to Vegas, was for a destination wedding. Almost a year later, the couple is going strong. Another friend of mine was married in Vegas and are still together almost a decade later. It may have not been the location of the weddings in these instances but more the love between the couples.

    With what you said about planning a wedding, this is poetic. To display the hard work of a relationship through wedding planning, is not something I considered before. Glad you enjoyed yourself in Vegas, and you didn’t get married 🙂

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