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Getting Married in Las Vegas

Vegas wedding chapels: They're flowers and neon and love ever after (or at least until tomorrow's hangover). They're also mighty quick, once you get that marriage license.

Chapel of the Flowers. Enjoy a brief facsimile of a traditional ceremony at this venue, designed to be a turnkey wedding operation, with three chapels and an outdoor garden, as well as on-site flower shop, photography studio, and wedding coordinators. Sure, it's still Las Vegas, so an Elvis impersonator is available for all ceremonies. 1717 Las Vegas Blvd. S, North Strip, Las Vegas, NV, 89104. 800/843–2410 or 702/735–4331.

Clark County Marriage License Bureau. A no-wait marriage certificate can be yours if you bring $60 cash ($65 credit card), identification (prison IDs are accepted on a case-by-case basis), and your beloved to the Clark County Marriage License Bureau. It's open from 8 am to midnight. 201 E. Clark Ave., Downtown, Las Vegas, NV, 89101. 702/671–0600.

Little Church of the West. This cedar-and-redwood chapel on the South Strip is one of the city's most famous. The kitsch is kept under control, and the setting borders on picturesque (it's even listed on the National Register of Historic Places—ah, Vegas). Since it opened in 1942, the church has been the site of more celebrity marriages than any other chapel in the world. 4617 Las Vegas Blvd. S, South Strip, Las Vegas, NV, 89119. 702/534–3099, 855/587–5373, or.

A Little White Wedding Chapel. The list of ALWWC alums is impressive: Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, Paul Newman and Joann Woodward, Michael Jordan, Britney Spears, and Frank Sinatra. Patty Duke liked it so much, she got married here twice. Try the Hawaiian theme, where the minister plays a ukulele and blows into a conch shell to close out the ceremony. Or, get hitched in a pink Cadillac while an Elvis impersonator croons. One of the five chapels is a drive-thru, for the ultimate in shotgun weddings. 1301 Las Vegas Blvd. S, North Strip, Las Vegas, NV, 89104. 800/545–8111 or 702/382–5943.

Office of Civil Marriages. At the Office of Civil Marriages a commissioner will do the deed for $50 cash ($55 credit). The catch: You must call ahead to make an appointment. Exact change and at least one witness are required. 309 S. Third St., Downtown, Las Vegas, NV, 89101. 702/671–0577. Sun.–Thur., 2–6 pm; Fri., 10–9; Sat., 12:30–9.

Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. An endless variety of wedding themes and add-on shtick is available, ranging from elegant to casual to camp; say your vows in the presence of Elvis, the Blues Brothers, or Liberace. The main chapel features a live webcam on its Web site that lets you track the nuptials in real time. Of the five other chapels, one has a Doo-Wop Diner theme. 1205 Las Vegas Blvd. S, North Strip, Las Vegas, NV, 89104. 702/384–0771 or 800/574–4450.

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