Clark County Commissioners and County Clerk Lynn Goya turned the world-famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign red, pink and white today for Wedding Month and to honor the 5 million love stories that have made Las Vegas the Wedding Capital of the World.
“There is no better place to get married than here in Las Vegas,” Commissioner Michael Naft said. “We have many great resorts, the best chefs, and unmatched entertainment options to keep the celebration going long after the ceremony ends.”
“Whether you are a local or a tourist, Las Vegas has everything you need for the perfect wedding,” Commissioner William McCurdy II said. “We are excited to help celebrate Wedding Month and can’t wait to congratulate our 5 millionth couple.”
“February is always a popular month because of Valentine’s Day, but this year is even more exciting because of the special dates 2-2-22, 2-20-22 and 2-22-22. In addition, we expect to issue our 5-millionth marriage license soon,” Clerk Goya said. “I want to thank all the couples who have helped us reach this milestone, and made us the Wedding Capital of the World.”
The event at the Welcome sign is just one of several special activities planned for Wedding Month here, including the expected issuance of the 5-millionth marriage license since the founding of Clark County in 1909.
A temporary marriage license office is open at Harry Reid International Airport through Feb. 22. Couples may also get a marriage license at the Marriage License Bureau main office at 201 E. Clark St. in downtown Las Vegas. The main office is on the south side of the Regional Justice Center just three blocks south of the Fremont Street Experience, and is open from 8 a.m. to midnight every day, including holidays.
Couples coming to Las Vegas to get married are encouraged to fill out a marriage license pre-application, which can be found through the County Clerk’s new website at weddings.vegas. (Select “Marriage License Application” from the top left corner of the website.) After completing the application online, the couple will be issued a reference number that they can show to the deputy clerk at any branch of the Marriage License Bureau. Couples seeking a marriage license need to show proper identification, such as a driver’s license or passport (a complete list of allowed identification and other information is available through the Clerk’s web page). Marriage licenses cost $102. The Marriage License Bureau, a division of the Clark County Clerk’s Office, issues about 80,000 marriage licenses annually and is typically the busiest in the world. Typically, more than 1,500 marriage licenses are issued during the days leading up to and including Valentine’s Day, which is about twice the number of licenses issued during a non-holiday period. Couples can find a directory of wedding services and vendors at WeddingChamber.Vegas. The wedding industry is also an important component of our tourism economy, as people coming to Clark County to attend a wedding or get married generate more than $2.5 billion in annual economic activity, including on lodging, entertainment, dining and other non-gaming activities.
The officials turned on red, pink and white light bulbs installed on the Welcome sign during a brief ceremony in front of the sign, which is on Las Vegas Boulevard, south of Russell Road. The light bulbs, which are usually yellow, surround the border of the sign. Like the famed Las Vegas Strip, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is in unincorporated Clark County.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.