Elegant Hotel Hosts Garden Wedding or Vow-Renewal Ceremony near Las Vegas Strip
The self-proclaimed "marriage capital of the world," Las Vegas hosts an average of 120,000 weddings a year. Many think of Vegas as the land of tacky wedding chapels attracting couples with Elvis impersonators and drive-thru service. But the Alexis Park All Suite Resort offers a more elegant, refined spot to tie the knot or renew your vows. Located three blocks from the Strip, the hotel is one of the only non-gaming resorts in town, fostering a quieter vibe with three sparkling pools and a lush gazebo garden.
The happy couple and up to 25 guests can attend the wedding or vow-renewal ceremony, which takes place at the hotel's private outdoor garden. Surrounded by tropical plants and flowerbeds, the couple recites vows in a white iron gazebo, and a professional photographer captures the moment. A minister performs the ceremony and registers the official marriage license, adding the couple to a long list of Vegas brides and grooms.
Couples celebrate their nuptials inside a Crown Loft suite. Renovated in 2011, these unique two-story suites include a whirlpool halfway up the staircase—a romantic nook for enjoying a bottle of complimentary champagne. Monarch suites, meanwhile, feature a wet bar, coffee maker, and refrigerator.
Although the resort maintains a peaceful charm, it still provides the kind of lively dining and entertainment that keeps visitors from leaving. Comedians quip one-liners in the resort's Las Vegas Comedy Showroom Tuesday–Saturday. Next door at the Alexis Gardens Restaurant, diners enjoy prime rib and surf 'n' turf specialties on an open-air poolside patio.
Las Vegas: Nonstop Entertainment and Desert Adventure
From the hotel, a short walk west takes visitors to the Las Vegas Strip, the country’s epicenter of glitzy casinos and spectacular shows. This is the only spot in the country where you could see Cirque du Soleil, a Tony Award–winning musical, and a magic show from David Copperfield or Criss Angel all in the same week.
While Las Vegas is best known for its casinos and nightlife, it offers a surprising number of educational spots as well. The University of Nevada Las Vegas’s Marjorie Barrick Museum houses a comprehensive collection of pre-Columbian art, including Mexican dance masks and Hopi basketry. For an outdoor day trip, head 15 miles west and hike the Mars-like crimson stone at Red Rock Canyon, where cliffs rise up to 3,000 feet.