Walk-In Las Vegas Weddings Welcome Here! (Bouquet Optional…)

Eloping to Vegas
When you don’t even need a bouquet…But, we’re always happy to whip one up on short notice, too…

Sometimes couples come to Las Vegas for a spur-of-the-moment Vegas wedding. Other times they’re eloping and just something quick, easy and simple. At Viva Las Vegas Weddings, we’ve got you covered for last-minute ceremonies, which are often romantic and heartfelt, even if brides and grooms are just wearing jeans or shorts. It’s no surprise to us that many folks prefer the come-as-you-are simplicity of a Las Vegas wedding.

Here’s what you need to know, if this is your plan! First, you’ll need to go to the Marriage Bureau for a license. (Instructions included below.) It’s helpful if you call us or swing by the chapel (which is on the way!) to reserve a time slot. Let us know what you absolutely must have as part of your wedding. We offer simple packages with flowers and photography (and even Elvis) for under $300, but if you don’t need all that’s included, we will work with you to fit your budget and wishes. Weekdays are best for a walk-in Vegas wedding, since you’ll have a better selection of available times.

For our most basic packages that still have all the frills, go to www.vivalasvegasweddings.com and look at our drop down menu for Traditional or Elvis Weddings, looking at the most affordable weddings on the top of each list.

Elvis wedding in Vegas
No need to pack or buy wedding duds when you can rent Elvis and Marilyn outfits!

Most walk-in Vegas weddings are come-as-you-are, but you can always rent costumes from our costume rental shop very reasonably. There’s nothing to pack, and it makes your ceremony twice the fun! Arrange your last-minute wedding a la carte style with just the options that make your Las Vegas wedding right for YOU.

Below are instructions for getting your marriage license in Vegas. Fill out online forms ahead to make it even quicker and easier once you arrive in Vegas!

If you’re getting legally married in Vegas at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, you’ll first need to go downtown to the Marriage Bureau to get your marriage license.(If you’re renewing your vows, no license is needed for that!) The Marriage Bureau in Las Vegas is located at the northwest corner of Clark Avenue and Third Street, 201 Clark Avenue. Be advised that the Marriage Bureau here accepts cash only, just so you know. Here’s the link to their website with directions on how to get there:

how to get your marriage license in Vegas
The Marriage Bureau—no waiting period, no blood tests. And don’t forget to bring your license to the chapel so we can make it legal!

http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/clerk/Services/pages/MarriageLicenses.aspx

For express line service at the Marriage Bureau, click on the Marriage Pre-Application on their website above. You’ll need to complete this for both parties. Print and bring these forms with you when head to the Marriage Bureau for your license. You’ll also both need your ID’s, and you both need to be there in person. Check the Marriage Bureau’s website for details on any other requirements.

It’s a good idea to get your license a day ahead of time, or the “morning of” a wedding taking place in the evening or later day. You can even make a day of it, exploring all the fantastic attractions downtown Las Vegas has to offer.

When your license is in hand, be sure to have it with you ( AND the rings!) when you arrive at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel for your wedding. And remember, same-sex marriages are legal and warmly welcomed at our chapel!

Elvis wedding vegas
Even if you get married by Elvis, a licensed minister will be on hand to help your though the legal stuff at the time of your ceremony!

For more marriage license information, call (702) 671-0600. Marriage License Bureau hours are 8 a.m. to midnight seven days a week, including holidays.

For information on one of our amazing Elvis, Themed or Tradtional Wedding packages, or to ask questions about getting your marriage license in Las Vegas, give us a call at (702) 384-0771. Or you can visit us online at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com

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Viva Las Vegas Weddings’ Reverend Daphne Dishes the BEST Wedding Advice!

Las Vegas Wedding Minister
Meet the lovely Reverend Daphne, who knows a thing or two about Las Vegas weddings!

At Viva Las Vegas Weddings, we don’t just do Elvis weddings and weddings with themed character ministers. We also have on staff several friendly and caring traditional wedding officiants, too. (And, at Viva Las Vegas Chapel, you can always ADD Elvis to sing at your traditional ceremony!) With us from DAY ONE–for nearly twenty years now– is the UK-born Reverend Daphne. She has just a touch of a British accent, and a heart filled with loving words and helpful advice for our wedding couples. We’ll share some of her answers to some oft-asked questions here. 🙂

1. What advice do you have for couples who may want to personalize their ceremonies at the chapel?

Some couples (mainly from the South) end a ceremony with “jumping the broom.” Of course, they have to bring the broom! This tradition dates from late 18th century England, and it experienced new popularity with couples in this country after it was seen on the iconic TV series, Roots. I’ve sometimes seen another fascinating wedding ritual. Instead of lighting a unity candle, couples will pour different-colored sand into a vase making a personalized design. (Again,they have to bring vase and sand.) If you’d like to do something meaningful and original along these lines, just let the staff know your plans at the time you book your wedding. That way, we can arrange for any special music or other elements you might need during the ceremony. Also check for all our special upgrades on the Viva Las Vegas Weddings website. http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com/wedding-upgrades

2. What can brides can wear to their summer weddings to stay cool and still look beautiful?

There are many short-to-ankle-length dresses out there that are beautiful. The long, frou-frou dresses with looooong veils are not comfortable or suitable in the summer for quick Las Vegas weddings. Keep that for the outdoor-at-a-mansion wedding. REMEMBER, just because you LOVE the dress, it may not love you!. Keep in mind what fits your body. DON’T go with any style just because you fall in love with the gown! I have seen too many brides that look really bad in a beautiful dress that simply doesn’t flatter them. Know your body type and the styles that show you off positively. Many full-chested women want strapless gowns. But when you find yourself constantly pulling up the dress, this results in being self-conscious and VERY uncomfortable. Try a halter bodice or Grecian style (over one shoulder). Take the time and bring the dress with you to buy CORRECT under garments i.e. bra, corset, waist cincher etc. that are necessary for the dress. You’ll feel slimmer and cooler. I have seen too many brides pass out in the heat during the ceremony from too tight waist cincher or corset. OR a dress smaller than her body to appear slimmer. Remember the groom is marrying you, not the dress. By the way, WARNING – black undergarments under a white dress– NOT SEXY!!

Rev. Daphne at Vegas wedding
Rev. Daphne does the honors in an elegantly traditional Main Chapel ceremony.

3. Can you offer any advice for writing your own vows to each other?

Often couples don’t exactly write wedding vows but simply have words they want to say to each other. I always say the traditional vows at every ceremony, then I ask the couple if they have words to share with one another. KEEP IT SHORT. If not pre-prepared, just “I love you” or “I’m so happy that we are here today” is more than enough. That said, MOST couples prefer just to repeat the vows that are part of my ceremony. That’s perfectly okay, too. We like to give everyone the opportunity to personalize their wedding vows if they wish.

4. Can you recommend any romantic places for a special wedding night dinner in Las Vegas?

The “Top of the Stratosphere” is my first choice–just a few blocks away from our chapel. It’s a revolving 360-degree restaurant with a fantastic view of Las Vegas, especially at night. It’s a little pricey, but well worth it for that “special day.”

Outdoor Garden Vegas Wedding
Daphne performs romantic evening wedding vows in our picturesque Garden Chapel.

Do YOU have a question for Daphne?  Need expert wedding advice? What is the most unusual wedding Rev. Daphne has ever seen? Can she tell if a marriage is going to last, judging by the behavior of the couple on their wedding day?  Look for past interviews with Reverend Daphne in our archived blogs, or feel free to post a question in the comments. She’ll get back to you in a future post!

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As We Remember Elvis: January 8, 1935-August 16, 1977

Elvis in Las Vegas
Photo by By Ollie Atkins, chief White House photographer (public domain photograph)

This week Viva Las Vegas Weddings is commemorating the 40th anniversary of Elvis’s death. It’s hard to believe how many years have gone by. Elvis is always near our hearts here at the chapel, since we hear renditions of his best-known songs every day– both in his recordings (played in the background as Elvis weddings are being rehearsed) and as performed live by our amazing Elvis Tribute Artists.

Although the spirit of Elvis seems to be all around us on a daily basis, we at Viva Las Vegas Weddings never seem to get tired of hearing his songs. Instead, we’re humbled by the small way we are able to continue his legacy. We still dance around to his tunes when no one’s looking. And who knew Elvis’s memory would forever be shared by happy couples as a part of binding their lives together, beginning a lifetime of wedded bliss?

Some people think Elvis weddings take away from the sanctity of marriage. But we–and many of our couples–see it as adding to the joy of the occasion. We’ve always said that we see as many tears at Elvis weddings as at any traditional ceremony here. When guests jump up and dance to “Viva Las Vegas” at the end of the vows, the love in the chapel is absolutely palpable!

Elvis Jailhouse Rock
Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (now in the public domain)

It’s intriguing that Elvis wasn’t really associated with Las Vegas at all until his later years and his residency at the International Hotel–now the Westgate. (Although he and Priscilla were married here at the old Aladdin Hotel.) But today Elvis has become one of the city’s symbols. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

We miss you, Elvis. You’re still “The King.” And, thank ya very much.

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Gothic Weddings in Las Vegas–Friday October 13th AND Halloween Night–GOING FAST!

Halloween Weddings Vegas
Viva Las Vegas Weddings goes all out for Halloween—indoor chapels, outdoor chapels, even the parking lot is decorated in ghoulish style!

Planning an October Wedding in Las Vegas? If you’re up for a themed wedding featuring Dracula, Zombie Elvis, the Grim Reaper, Dr. Frank-N-Furter or Elvira Mistress of the Dark as minister, don’t be scared to book early. In fact, Gothic Wedding packages in our cemetery-decked Main Chapel are already almost all booked up for Halloween! (And, only at Viva Las Vegas Weddings can you add flying vampires to soar above the chapel during your wedding. Really. Just ask us.)

If you had your heart set on Halloween night wedding in Vegas, fear not! We can also offer you our candlelit and very spooky Little Chapel as an alternate venue. Footsteps from our Main Chapel, the Little Chapel is dressed in deep burgundy and filled with cobwebs and haunting decor. An elegantly eerie and intimate setting for weddings with 35 guests or less.

If you have lots of guests and still prefer a gorgeous Main Chapel wedding, though– with all the fog and special lighting effects, and a minister stepping out of a coffin–there are still wedding time slots available on the nearly-equally-haunting Friday, October 13th! Call now to reserve your time for the frightful wedding or wedding vow renewal package of your choice—702-384-0771

Elvira Wedding Vegas
Elvira does the honor by request in our Little Chapel in this scary still frame from a live video–or should we say “dead” ???

Our Little Chapel, seen above and below, is mainly open only for Halloween and Valentine’s Day weddings–the two most popular wedding dates of the year. The rest of the year, it’s a cozy reception spot for couples who wish to add a small reception to any Viva Las Vegas Wedding package. (Yes, we do receptions, from simple to lavish in our four reception halls!)

Little Chapel Vegas Weddings
Our Little Chapel transforms into a cobwebby crypt for Halloween night only!

October weather is generally stunning in Vegas, and perfect for outdoor weddings in our Garden or Gazebo Chapels. On Halloween, they’re dressed to the nines in spooktacular glory with jack o’lanterns, giant spiders, cobwebs…and….other stuff…. To see all of the options for your October themed wedding, and to view our Halloween specials, go to http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com/las-vegas-wedding-packages/holidays-special-events/halloween Don’t wait, or…you might waste away…like the bride below…

Gothic Wedding Vegas
And just in case you’ve forgotten to pack your black veil for your Gothic Halloween wedding….
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When Your Elvis Wedding in Vegas Costs Less Than Your Dress!

Affordable Elvis Wedding
A unique Elvis wedding or wedding vow renewal may be the smallest expense in your honeymoon/elopement budget!

Most engaged couples coming to Vegas to get married by Elvis are surprised at the wide range of packages we offer, with prices to fit ANY budget. If you’re getting hitched on a shoestring, for example, our Elvis Hound Dog package includes flowers, photography, Elvis as minister and even a keepsake stuffed hound dog, all for under $300. Brides sometimes tell us they spent more on their dress or plane ticket!

For just a bit more, you can find Elvis wedding packages that include more songs, limo transportation, and a choice of settings, including Elvis in our 1950s Doo Wop Diner Chapel, or in our romantic outdoor Gazebo or Garden Chapels. At Viva Las Vegas Weddings, you always have the choice of selecting just the options and upgrades you prefer—things like a custom bouquet, live streaming video coverage, or a fabulous entrance into the chapel driven by Elvis in a vintage pink Cadillac! To see all of our Elvis packages, visit our website at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com and look on the top of the page for our Elvis Weddings drop-down menu.

Outdoor Elvis wedding
Elvis can marry you outdoors in our Gazebo or Garden Chapel, too!(Don’t forget those blue suede shoes!)

For those celebrating a special anniversary with a wedding vow renewal in Las Vegas, an Elvis wedding package is just the thing—whether simple and affordable, or whether you go all out with an Elvis Blue Hawaii themed wedding with Pink Cadillac entrance added as an upgrade! We even do surprise vow renewals, either as a surprise to the bride, or as a surprise to the couple from all the children and grandchildren.

Check out what’s included in our most affordable Elvis package, below. You can also visit our website or give us a call at 702-384-0771 for details on how to customize and upgrade for just the right amount of Elvis for YOU!

The Elvis Hound Dog Wedding Package

Package Features Include:
Ceremony Performed in The Main Chapel
Elvis performs the ceremony and sings one song
Elvis will escort you down the aisle
Two Rose Presentation
4 Candid Photos (taken during ceremony)
Stuffed Animal Hound Dog Keepsake
Elvis Certificate
Candlelit Chapel
Wedding Website and Wedding Invitation
Your Names In Lights on Our Marquee
Wedding Planner
Wedding Coordinator
Witness
Chapel Fee
Ceremony is Limited to 15 Wedding Guests or Less
Price $295.00

Anniversary vow renewal
Our inexpensive Elvis packages are a fun and romantic way to renew your wedding vows on an anniversary trip to Vegas!
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How to Add Pizazz to a Camelot Themed Wedding in Vegas? Invite ELVIS!

Camelot Wedding Vegas
Merlin performs the ceremony at the Camelot Themed Wedding, as Knights of the Round Table stand in waiting.

Only at Viva Las Vegas Weddings can you choose to marry in a setting reminiscent of Camelot and the days of King Arthur! Merlin the Magician will be your minister, or, another option is to request King Arthur or Lady Guinevere to perform the ceremony for you. Regal music, smoke, costumes and pageantry surround you as you say your vows of holy wedlock. Period dress is always optional, but can be super fun–especially if your guests dress up, too.

This week, one dashing couple surprised onlookers with a surprise appearance of Elvis at the end of their “I Do-eth’s! (As they say, only in Vegas!) This was THE KING no one had been expecting. And imagine how folks watching online reacted to this happy ending to the celebration of the wedding of Matthew and Micah!

Elvis Camelot Wedding Vegas
A still from our live streaming action—Elvis joins Merlin for a round of “Viva Las Vegas!”

This wasn’t the first time we’ve customized a Camelot Themed Wedding, either. With a little Hollywood-style magic, Merlin can magically turn himself into Dumbledore for a Harry Potter-ish wedding. Below, Merlin is seen with a Snape impersonator, presiding over the vows of Benjamin (dressed as Darth Vader, of course) and his fair Regina. “Dumbledore”oversaw the rites of (holy-smokes) warwedlock, while Snape kept the oddly-garbed Muggle-born guests at wand’s length. The whole affair was rather odd and topsy-turvy. This sort of thing is all in a day’s work (and wizardry) for the staff at Viva Las Vegas Weddings.

Harry Potter Wedding at Viva Las Vegas
Marriage Wizardry at Viva Las Vegas

The wedding guests were obviously under some sort of spell for the occasion. We’re not sure if they had the better time, or we did. Attendees came dressed as different movie franchise characters, as you can see in the video clip below. Mixing and matching fantasies at your wedding can be half the fun. We’ll customize any of our themed wedding packages to include whatever zaniness you have in mind!

Harry Potter at Viva
Assorted Muggles Surround Bride Regina and Groom Benjamin

Fans of Game of Thrones? Within our Camelot-style set, choose a famous or infamous character to act as “minister” and we’ll do our best to create your custom wedding. Tears of laughter may be shed, but, no blood, thank goodness. (Unless you book for Halloween, naturally. And…gulp…there will likely be an upcharge for special effects and clean up! 😉 )

For more information on our Camelot or other Las Vegas Themed Wedding offerings, visit us at www.vivalasvegaswedddings.com You’ll find all the contact information you need to call with questions and ideas, or to live chat with us about making your wedding day fantasies a reality!

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