Monthly Archives: April 2013

How to Texas-Size a Viva Las Vegas Wedding!

Mary and Hung with a few of their 90 enthusiastic wedding guests
Mary and Hung with a few of their 90 enthusiastic wedding guests

When the wedding guests of Mary Pham and Hung Nguyen stepped out of their sleek black limousine bus, they had no clue about all the surprises in store for them. Mary and Hung (one of the most radiant and generous couples we’ve had the honor to meet) wanted to make sure the day was special not only for themselves, but for their loved ones. Since they hail from Dallas, they chose to do everything in a BIG way.

The bride said excitedly before the ceremony, “They have no idea about any of this!” Mary wore a stunning white dress, skirted in ostrich feathers, set off by the most amazing purple rhinestoned stilettos. Hung opted for the more casual neon orange sneakers, with a purple vest and purple-and-neon-orange bow tie. A perfect expression of both class and fun!  Hung told us during their photo session, “We’ve known each other since we were in grade school!” For them, the wedding they’d so carefully planned was the only way to go.

The chapel filled with over 90 guests, mostly Texans, from Dallas and Houston. Cheers nearly brought down the roof as the couple roared into the chapel with Elvis at the wheel of his pink Caddy. Then, flanked by two glamorous showgirls, Mary and Hung swayed to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” while a flying Elvis, intertwined with a flying sequined beauty, performed a romantic aerial act from the rafters. Once the Nguyen’s vows were sealed with a kiss, the entire chapel was a sea of nearly 100 revelers rocking out to “Viva Las Vegas,” cameras flashing overhead.

We’re guessing this is a day that no one present will ever forget. Best Texas-sized wishes, and many happy memories ahead, to our most exuberant Couple of the Week!

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One Step Closer to Legalizing Gay Marriage in Nevada




This week Nevada’s Senate Joint Resolution 13 passed, potentially legalizing gay marriage in the state. Impassioned testimony was given on both sides of the issue before the vote. And it’s still not a done deal, since Nevada voters must approve the amendment before it is passed into law. The resolution is not only a repeal of the ban on gay marriage, but goes further  to recognize gay marriage. Wording in the amendment also guarantees that churches viewing  marriage as solely between a man and a woman would not have to perform such ceremonies.

The Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel has always extended a welcome to any two persons who choose to bind their lives together, whether in a traditional wedding, or in a heartfelt commitment ceremony when no legal option has been available. We’ve been witness to love in all its incarnations. We’ve gotten goosebumps and shed a tear or two at the zaniest and most lighthearted of weddings. We’ve been choked up at formal weddings, as well as at weddings where the bride and groom wore jeans and read vows pulled from a pocket and scrawled on the back of a receipt. Every love is unique. We recognize love when we see it, and it’s not diminished if there happens to be a pair of brides or  grooms walking down the aisle arm in arm.

According to Senator Tick Segerblom (D-Las Vegas), “Religious rights are important, but so are the rights of two people to marry.” However you feel on this issue, we have a history of supporting couples who wish to marry in either religious or legal ceremonies. For us, that includes those who simply want to celebrate their intention to share the rest of their lives with each other. It’s a lot about mutual respect. And love.



Barbie + Elvis = Priscilla? Formulas for Setting the Perfect Wedding Date



They say spouses begin to look alike after a few years of marriage, but sometimes couples start out like matched bookends. Take, for example, Elvis and Priscilla. We’re commemorating the upcoming 46th wedding anniversary of Elvis and his doll-like bride by sharing this photo of Priscilla-look-alike Barbie. (Who knew, Barbie collectors.) Elvis and Priscilla were married on May 1, 1967, at the Aladdin hotel in Las Vegas. (Today it’s Planet Hollywood, for all you Vegas trivia lovers.)

Because we’ve been in the Elvis wedding business for some time now, we expect to be seeing a few Priscilla’s and Elvi walking down the aisle at Viva Las Vegas on that special date. (And, yes, we can provide costumes and wigs, if you don’t bring your own.) For die hard Elvis fans, sharing an anniversary with Priscilla and The King makes choosing a wedding date a no-brainer.

Once you’ve found your mate, how will you go about setting the date? Some folks find it romantic to marry on the anniversary of the day they first met. Traditionalists might choose parents’ or grandparents’ anniversaries to tie the knot. Holiday-themed weddings are popular with us, so you’ll want to call us early!  At Viva Las Vegas, the memorably-numbered dates book far in advance–11-12-13 and 12-13-14 will fill up fast! (Our most history-making dates have been 10-10-10 and 11-11-11, not to mention 12-12-12. We are fresh out of those perfectly-repeating digits for awhile, though.)
Give your special day a bit of special thought. Choose a date that reflects the uniqueness of you as a couple. It may be too late this year to wed on Elvis’s anniversary, but there’s always his birthday…



Dancing in the Dark: Dale & Miriam, Jim & Jamie, George & Joan, Rocky & Susie Renew Vows with The King of Rock and Roll

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Two brothers and their spouses, alongside two sisters and their spouses, said “I Do” again at the chapel this week. It may have been a little crowded at the altar, but their hearts were clearly full of love and high-spirited fun. Among the four couples, one had been married as long as 35 years; another pair were practically newlyweds, renewing vows after just a year. Love was definitely in the air, and no one could tell the newlyweds from the “veterans.”


The brides wore matching veils, but otherwise the ceremony was warm and relaxed. For one groom, at least, the whole thing was a bit of a surprise. He quipped, ” I thought we were just going to dinner…”


If you had the formal church-style wedding the first time, and just want to bring back some of the romance and excitement of a wedding day, Viva Las Vegas is the place to book the ceremony you may have wished for but didn’t dare go through with. That’s what a vow renewal is all about. The fun wedding. Anyone from Elvis to your favorite superhero can do the honors. Because weddings are all about fulfilling fantasies, we also offer The Phantom, Edward, flying vampires, or even Dracula for all your vow renewing needs– if you like things a bit on the dark side. (Okay, that’s truly dancing in the dark.)


Wishing many happy memories to all the happy couples who did it again!

Rev. Daphne Tells All: Confessions of a Viva Las Vegas Minister

Rev. Daphne“I LOVE MY JOB! How many people go to work each day saying that?” A longtime Viva Las Vegas minister, Reverend Daphne has the delightful task of marrying hundreds of couples each year. (To date, she has over 17,000 ceremonies under her belt.)  ” I meet people not just from various states in the USA, which I find very interesting, but people from all over the world.  I have traveled to many countries during my lifetime, so I get chat with couples about the wonderful time I had in their city or country.”

Daphne looks forward to traveling to China and Australia and  also re-visiting Israel in the near future. In the meantime, she’s content to visit with folks who come from many such fascinating places. The personal story of every betrothed pair is a privilege to share, whether they’re from Rome, Georgia, or Rome, Italy.

In her profession, Daphne has witnessed more than her share of touching, hilarious, and even outrageous and weddings. We thought it would be fun to feature her insights and experiences here on a regular basis. She’s seen it all! Do tell, Rev. Daphne!

Daphne admits, “People usually say all brides are beautiful on their wedding day. Take my word, don’t believe it. The reason is almost always THE DRESS. Brides see a gorgeous dress on the rack or in a magazine, and they MUST HAVE IT. But the problem is, it looks awful on them. It doesn’t fit their body proportions. For example, a strapless dress may not be suited for a well-endowed bride. In my opinion, a halter type dress would be better, so they won’t be constantly pulling it up. And, ladies. DO NOT wear black underwear under a white wedding dress! Definitely NOT sexy.”

Got 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?  Daphne says she can. Find out in future blogs featuring Daphne’s fun exploits at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel.

Shiver Me Timbers! A Pirate Wedding to Walk the Plank For!


Barb and Andy Fyfe,Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel‘s Couple of the Week, pillaged the hearts of our staff during their recent Pirate-Themed ceremony. As the pair swashbuckled down the aisle and promised to share their booty, music of the High Seas and theatrical fog filled the salty air. That’s just how we do things here at the chapel.

The radiant couple (and even their guests) were elaborately costumed, putting Jack Sparrow himself to shame. Literally. The Fyfe’s told us, ” We all went down to the TI in full costume after the ceremony. Everyone kept asking us when the (TI pirate) show started….One guy (a photo op) on the Strip was dressed as Jack Sparrow, and he got visibly upset when tourists asked to take a picture with our group. ‘Jack’ was charging, and we weren’t!”

What’s even more impressive is that the bride made all of the costumes herself. Because the newlyweds are big fans of Renaissance faires and period finery, Barb cleverly made parts of the wardrobe reversible, for future versatility.

When asked about their advice to others who may be considering a wedding at Viva Las Vegas, the Fyfe’s said, “Do it!  It’s absolutely the best way to bridge the gap between eloping and not. Have the key people you want, and skip the drama and stress. Spend the thousands you’ll save on a killer honeymoon. That’s what we are doing. Kauai in September!”

Congratulations to Barb and Andy!        pirate 2        May the wind be at your backs all the way to Kauai!          pirate3-2