by Eleanor S. Morris
Reno, Nevada, once the home of quickie divorces, has done a complete turnabout.
Reno's now a romantic place to tie the knot, with wedding chapels around
almost every corner. The banks of the Truckee River (photo, below)
where divorcees used to toss their wedding rings now form a lovely landscaped
park with gazebos and ornamental flower urns. Below, white foaming water
tempts kayakers to run the rapids of the Truckee River Whitewater Park.
blood test is required here, and there is no waiting period. Any person
18 or older does not need consent. Marriage licenses are valid for one
year from date of issue, and can be obtained at the Washoe County Courthouse
at 75 Court Street. You can plan a genuine Old West wedding, orchestrate
an extravaganza, or conduct a simple indoor affair, and with hundreds
of faiths and denominations, a clergyman of your choice will be available.
Couples need to appear before the County Clerk Marriage Bureau in the
Reno courthouse to obtain a marriage license in Washoe County. The license
fee is $50 and can be paid in cash, or with Visa or MasterCard. Legal
identification with proof of birth date is required in the form of a valid
driver's license, DMV identification, certified copy of a birth certificate,
or a passport.
Wedding Chapels &
you elect a wedding chapel, what does it take to make your vows at one
of the chapels in this lovely clean and modern town surrounded by the
snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains? Chapels provide everything
but first, what else?--a bride and groom. Then it's a ride to the courthouse
for the license. Next, flowers, photographs, videos, candles, even gowns,
up to the ring itself.
If you want your wedding site to include accommodations (although the
accommodation reservations must be made separately) the Reno Hilton Hotel
offers four wedding packages: the Diamond Package, the Platinum Package,
the Gold Package and the Silver Package. This includes Chapel reservation
for one half-hour, personal wedding coordinator, keepsake photography
session, organist, custom designed bridal bouquet and one boutonniere.
After the ceremony, the Silver Legacy Resort Casino offers as a honeymoon
package the Deluxe Spa Suite, which includes one Continental Breakfast
for two and a bottle of Legacy champagne as well as strawberries and cream.
Touring Reno's Romantic
Before and after the ceremony, what to do and see in this exciting town?
At the casinos, test your luck at nickel payback or multi-million dollar
progressive jackpots. Play blackjack, poker, keno games, roulette, craps,
baccarat, even pai gow, at Silver Legacy, Circus Circus, Eldorado, Harrahs.
And, while the casino's are a great attraction, enjoy a diversity of art
experience in the city's Arts District along the Truckee River. There
you'll find an eclectic array of galleries, shops, restaurants and coffee
Tour the new Nevada Museum of Art. The permanent collection consists of
more than 1,900 works of art organized around the themes of land and environment,
mirroring the community's growing interest in protection of the land.
Go with Artouring for a behind-the-scenes look at the studios of local
artists and their work, maybe talk with them. Visit rock sites that are
older than the pyramids at the Nevada Historical Society. Walk the traces
of pioneer wagons or wander through Reno's Little Italy with a Historic
Reno Preservation Society walking tour.
wild excitement, try kayaking at the Truckee River Whitewater Park, on
the Truckee River running right in the middle of town. And if you feel
like more adventure, head west on Highway 80 to historic Truckee, 35 miles
west. There you might see a "shoot-out" at the historic depot,
built in 1896. With the discovery of gold in nearby Coloma in 1848 and
silver in Virginia City in 1859, a railroad connecting the towns became
imperative and the line reached Truckee in 1868.
While there, be entertained by a sidewalk band strumming out music, not
to mention a main street, Donner Pass Road, lined with shops and cafes.
Back in Reno, begin your new life with some new recipes and expertise
at Jennifer Bushman's "Nothing To It!" cooking school. She offers
the Reader's Digest version of the top ten culinary techniques that you
can easily transfer into your everyday wedded cooking, with special Southwest
dishes like her Santa Fe Quiche, a surprise with tortillas.
Reno offers a wedding and honeymoon to remember forever after.
For a complete list of
& Lake Tahoe Wedding Chapels
Silver Legacy Resort Casino: www.silverlegacy.com
Nothing To It Cooking School: www.nothingtoit.com
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