If you’ve called our chapel with questions about your upcoming Viva Las Vegas Wedding, chances are good you’ve spoken with perky staff member Olivia. You’ll know because you can hear her smiling right over the phone! Olivia’s been with us nearly three years, and she explains, “I do a bit of everything. I book weddings, coordinate them, assist customers with problems, check them in–I do everything but drive limos!” In fact, Olivia was once called upon to be a female Elvis…(We more or less expect this sort of thing at our themed wedding chapel. Nothing surprises Olivia…so far!)
Asked what is the hardest part of her job, Olivia answers, “That’s a tough one. I would say it’s hardest when we get so busy that we can’t talk to couples as long as we’d like to, to get to know them better.” But, the best part, according to Olivia, is the creativity. “We’re not a regular chapel. It’s really nice being able to make couples’ dreams come true. We have fun here, and that’s what weddings are all about!”
Olivia continues about her crazy-fun job: “My favorite holiday at Viva is definitely Halloween! Halloween is actually Ron Decar’s (the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel owner) favorite holiday. We decorate everything, and even the employees get to dress up! We even have costume contests and have Gothic/Cemetery Weddings all day long, inside and out in the Garden and Gazebo.”
What’s her most outrageous wedding request to date? “There was a wedding I booked LAST MINUTE. The groom told me he wanted the most unique EVER. This made me think that I really needed to get creative. The wedding ended up including a Pink Caddy Entrance with Elvis driving into the chapel and Darth Vader standing at the altar. Elvis and Darth started doing battle, then Michael Jackson broke out dancing, all the while Cirque du Soleil acrobats were flying overhead! Let’s just say the couple was very pleased.”
What’s Olivia’s best advice for couples in regard to their wedding? “Don’t get so stressed out and overwhelmed that you don’t enjoy your special day. I see so many brides come in
with a mad or sad face because they are so worried about everything coming out perfectly. They don’t really take in their special moment. Of course it is a stressful day, but do everything in advance so you can enjoy it. It’s okay and natural to BE nervous. But a good, excited type of nervous. ”
How did Olivia wind up with such a fantastic one-of-a-kind career? Olivia was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the U.S. after winning a lottery at the age of seven. She lived in Miami, New York,and Pennsylvania before settling in Las Vegas. Says Olivia, “I am SO glad we settled here!” Las Vegas is the capital of the universe for jobs that combine the uniqueness, glamour and fun. All of which Olivia has down in spades. Olivia has been on a winning streak her whole life, it seems. And we at the chapel are SO glad she settled here, too!