After nearly 15 years of performing ceremonies at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, Reverend Daphne has the art of predicting a marriage’s chances for success down to a science. Or, at the very least, she can spot signs that things may not always go blissfully in the future.
“It’s all in the details,” according to Daphne. “For one thing, I can tell a lot by how grooms handle the business part of things. Some guys seem a bit exasperated, and pull out a messy wad of bills from their pockets. Some forget the marriage license, or leave the rings back in the hotel room.” While acknowledging that this just may be pre-wedding nerves, Daphne also feels, “It more or less conveys a feeling of unpreparedness for a very big life event.”
At the opposite end of the spectrum are couples who arrive with pre-prepared envelopes, even including a thank-you note. Daphne thinks this kind of advance thoughtfulness and preparation show that the couple has a deep respect for others, and an innate sense of gratitude. “Those two qualities go a long way toward ensuring a happy marriage ahead,” Daphne observes.
Even though traditional weddings are often fairly solemn occasions, Daphne is always ready to add to the fun factor, if it’s requested. Her ceremonies are generally intimate and personalized affairs. Very often they are quite touching and involve kleenex. But Rev. Daphne is also a big ham. “I always wanted to be on the stage when I was younger. Life more or less got in the way of that, but I’ve recently come to realize that I am performing, and on a stage, at that!” Daphne once performed a wedding dressed as SpongeBob Squarepants, at the request of the groom—as a surprise to his SpongeBob-loving bride!
Daphne also revealed that she carries a studded leather collar, jacket, and do-rag in the trunk of her car, in case she’s called upon to perform a Harley-Davidson wedding at the last minute. As always, our own Reverend Daphne sets the example for how to be truly, thoughtfully prepared for anything.