Las Vegas Is Offering Free Weddings to Armed Forces Members on Veterans Day

Stephanie Walters and Ryan Kim of Santa Barbara, California. (Credit: Jenny Quicksall Photography)

“To love and to honor” will take on a whole new meaning this November when 25 couples will be selected to win a wedding or a vow renewal ceremony as part of the second-annual “Las Vegas Marries the Military” event.

The initiative, which honors military members with a completely free ceremony and joint reception with other military couples, will be held all day on November 8, 2018, to kick off Veterans Day weekend. To apply, couples where at least one part is a member of the Armed Forces can submit a 30 to 60 second video explaining to the selection committee what a Vegas wedding or vow renewal would mean to them.

“Veterans Day is one of our favorite holidays because it allows us to thank active-duty members and veterans, along with their families, for all of their sacrifice on our behalf,” Clark County Clerk Lynn Marie Goya said in a statement. “[This event] allows us to offer a tangible ‘thank you’ from our wedding community to these special couples.”

In all, 58 industry vendors in the Clark County area are offering up their services, completely free of charge, to 25 chosen couples who will be selected to take part in the day. It should be noted that the vendors’s services are valued at nearly $70,000. Weddings and vow renewals will take place everywhere from grand resorts to country clubs to a more simple chapel ceremony. A group reception will take place at the end of the day-long festivities.

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Wedding venues to provide a space for the heartfelt ceremonies to come include Vegas Weddings, Chapel of Flowers, Sundance Helicopters, Little Vegas Chapel, Graceland Wedding Chapel, Royal Wedding Chapel at Thunderbird Boutique Hotel, Sugar Factory and Chocolate Lounge, Machine Guns Vegas, Emerald at Queensridge, The Roving Reverend, Lakeside Weddings, Las Vegas Weddings, Bootlegger Bistro, Scenic Las Vegas Weddings and Little Chapel on the Corner.

Multiple officiants have offered to conduct and preside over the dozens of ceremonies as well.

As with any wedding, it requires a village of vendors to execute a ceremony and a reception. Other professionals to donate their services include hair and makeup artists, as well as tux and gown rental providers. Photographers, DJs, catering companies and floral designers are also offering up their skills and businesses to partake in the special event.

Submissions are now open here, and must be received before September 26.

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