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The Decline of Marriage Is Hitting Vegas Hard
Working-class troubles mean fewer weddings in the marriage capital.
Bloomberg News July 11, 2017, 2:00 AM PDT
Roland August has officiated at thousands of weddings in Las Vegas, the self-proclaimed capital of “I do.”
But these days August—who often presides dressed as Elvis Presley—has a rare vantage point from which to observe the nation’s long shift toward “I don’t.”
Nevada’s marriage rate has plummeted in recent decades, an extreme version of a pullback happening across the U.S. The forces that have reshaped the nation’s economic life since the 1970s have helped make marriage an institution increasingly reserved for the well-educated and more affluent. A spate of recent research suggests America’s marriage gap is cementing disadvantage. Read more.
The ‘I Do’ Industry | See why getting hitched Vegas-style is not what it used to be
When people hear the words “Vegas wedding,” often, images of drive-thru wedding chapels and Elvis wedding officiants come to mind.
Fast forward to the year 2017 and Las Vegas business and branding high rollers are doing everything they can to transform and elevate the image of Las Vegas weddings and the Las Vegas wedding industry.
Wedding chamber is committed to the industry
Imagine a “Wedding Way” along Las Vegas Boulevard lined with photogenic vintage neon signs. Imagine a wedding entourage cruising around the Arts District courtesy of the city’s new bike-share system. Imagine an online magazine showcasing the wide berth of weddings held in the region — from an intimate renewal surrounded by natural beauty in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to a glamorous ballroom affair at the Bellagio.
With one year now under its belt, the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce is dreaming bigger and bolder as it figures out how to reverse the decline in weddings taking place in Clark County. And although members of the public-private partnership believe it may take years to see the fruits of their labor, early signs are promising.
Las Vegas: The Ultimate
Join Travel Brigade in Las Vegas to find out why over 80,000 couples per year choose this city as the place to get married. We’ve got interviews with the County Clerk, Vegas Weddings and Las Vegas Custom Cakes to tell you how to plan everything from a drive-thru hitch-up to an extravagant wedding weekend. Then we’ll head off to Ri Ra Irish Pub for a rousing reception. Enjoy the trip! Follow us on Twitter @TravelBrigade. [Listen here]
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With Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, our wedding chapels will shift into overdrive for romantic couples wanting to tie the knot or renew their vows. The economic impact from wedding tourism here is $2 billion. That was the 2015 figure computed for me by county clerk Lynn Goya.
Lynn also told me that of the annual 40 million-plus visitors, 4 percent are here to get married or renew vows. In 2015, 350,000 couples traveled here to get married, and 80 percent of them were younger than 40. “Yes, Millennials are getting married,” said Lynn. “And one-quarter of all the duos from Britain fly here just to get married.”
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