Monthly Archives: May 2015

Meet Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel Owners Ron and Jamie!

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Rev. Ron Decar (left) and Jamie Richards (far right) with long-time friends Tim and Dan (center) at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel

If you’ve been married with us at Viva Las Vegas Weddings, chances are you’ve run into Ron (sometimes as Elvis or Dracula) or Jamie (wedding coordinator extraordinaire). As hard as they’re working, running around the place at full tilt, you might never guess they’re our chapel owners! Both play multiple “roles” in all the weddings produced here. Plus, they supervise and manage world-class wedding receptions and shows at the adjacent Ron Decar’s Event Center. (We’re pretty sure they never sleep.)

Both Ron and Jamie came from entertainment backgrounds. Ron as a lead singer on the Las Vegas Strip, and Jamie as a professional ice skater and later a dancer in Las Vegas production shows. Looking back, it makes perfect sense that when Ron found himself moonlighting as Elvis at Strip wedding chapels, he decided to team up with Jamie to create Viva Las Vegas Weddings. When a historic mission-style chapel became available right on the Strip, they jumped at the opportunity.

chapel co-owner Jamie Richards
Chapel co-owner Jamie Richards

With their own chapel, they envisioned not only Elvis and traditional weddings, but also themed weddings that were actually self-contained mini-shows. They wanted to include sets, props, theatrical effects, lights, sounds, and an endless variety of talented singer/actor “ministers.” And…the rest is history. After nearly 16 years and thousands of incredible weddings, they are both, basically, still sane. 🙂

Co-owner Ron Decar, in Elvis disguise
Co-owner Ron Decar, in Elvis disguise

Today, Ron is a licensed minister and performs traditional ceremonies in the Main Chapel as well as the Gazebo and Garden Chapels. But he’s just as comfortable singing in Phantom of the Opera weddings, portraying 007 in James Bond weddings, or crooning as Elvis! Jamie is a whiz behind the scenes. As crazy busy as it sometimes gets at the chapel, you’ll still find him working as a photographer or coordinating weddings, as cool as a cucumber. He’s the glue that holds it all together! (Jamie also plays a mean “Brad” in our Rocky’s Horror Themed Wedding Package.)

So, if you’re getting married with us at Viva Las Vegas Weddings and spot one of these familiar faces, be sure to say “hello”–and please tell these two to slow down and smell the roses! 🙂

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Over 100 Celebrity “Ministers” at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel!

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Whether you choose a traditional, themed, or Elvis wedding, you can add a character, choose a character minister, or even add a tribute artist singer at Viva Las Vegas Weddings!

At Viva Las Vegas Weddings, we have the friendliest traditional ministers on staff to make your day perfect, but some fun-loving couples want to do things a bit differently. For that, we’ve got over 100 fictional characters, music “legends” ( tribute artists “channeling” the real deal), and movie and TV “stars” (also impersonators) to make things unforgettably unique. Here’s a listing of just a few of your many “ministerial options.” See below:

Music Legend Impersonators:

From our "Thriller" themed wedding....the next best thing to MJ  himself!

Michael Jackson
Liberace
Tom Jones
Alice Cooper
Aretha
Tina Turner
Bluez Brothers
The Beatles
Stevie Nicks
Kiss
Marilyn Manson
James Brown
Steven Tyler

Fictional Character Ministers:

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Batman
Superman
Captain Jack Sparrow
Gladiator
Darth Vader
Captain James T Quirk or Mr. Schlock
Austin Powers
King Tut
Merlin
Dumbledore
Gomez or Morticia Addams
James Bond
Betty Boop
Lucy or Ricky Ricardo
Inspector Clouseau
Bonnie and Clyde
Godfather
Western Cowpoke

Gothic Ministers:

Las Vegas Dracula wedding

Dracula
Grim Reaper
Edward
Gomez Addams
Lady Vampire/Elvira
Zombie
Zombie Elvis
Sweet Transvestite from Rocky’s Horror

Of course, there’s always Elvis and Marilyn, and we try to fill any special requests you may have, given enough notice up front. For questions about arranging a customized wedding package, give us a call at 702-384-0771. Or visit us at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com to explore our themed and all-inclusive wedding packages. We’ll tailor-make a wedding just for you!

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Renewing Vows with Elvis for a Silver Wedding Anniversary!

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Elvis wedding vow renewals are the perfect way to say “I’d Do it all over again!”

Celebrating a BIG wedding anniversary by renewing your vows in Las Vegas? Recently, Adrienne and Michael did just that for their 25th with a fun-filled, yet very touching vow renewal ceremony with Elvis, of course. Lately at Viva Las Vegas Weddings, we are doing nearly as many wedding vow renewals as actual first weddings! Apparently, marriage AND Elvis are alive and well and celebrating life in Las Vegas.

Adrienne and Michael, according to their complimentary wedding website at Viva, met on a blind date over 30 years ago. Michael considered inviting Adrienne to a very private Italian restaurant, in case his date “looked like Melissa McCarthy.” But, Michael says, “We ended up at Bennigan’s, and it turned out that we were both either really desperate or liked each other a lot, as we decided to go out again the following week. The rest, as they say, is history…”

On May 5th, 1989, Michael proposed over another dinner with a ring sticking out of a strawberry, “floating atop, what else, a chocolate fondue.”

“I looked glowingly into her eyes and asked the magic question: ‘Adrienne, will you marry me?’– to which her priceless response was ‘Is it real?’ Suffice it to say, we were married a year later, though I often remind her, especially on anniversaries, that she, in fact, has never said YES!”

We just know these two will continue to create fun memories for the next 25 years!
We just know these two will continue to create fun memories for the next 25 years!

Michael continues, “Hence, the idea of a Las Vegas/Elvis wedding renewal evolved partially for my love of Las Vegas, and also, as noted above, Adrienne never officially saying yes. So when I again glowingly proposed the idea of going to Vegas and renewing our vows in front of our friends and family, and Elvis, her response this time was, ‘Are you f***ing kidding me?’ Oh well, maybe for our 50th she will get it right…”

For information on renewing your vows with Elvis or in one of our other incredible themed or traditional ceremonies, visit us at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com

Our best wishes to the happy couple. We’ll see you in 25 more years!

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Your Wedding Song Performed LIVE at Viva Las Vegas Weddings!

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Add a touching personal favorite song to your wedding ceremony.Cyndi-Lee, one of our live vocalists, is pictured here.

Our traditional weddings in Las Vegas range from the simple and romantic to the elegant. But did you know you can add a live singer, or even Elvis, to sing a song of your choosing during your Viva Las Vegas wedding vows? It’s a wonderful way to personalize your marriage ceremony. Your song may be sung as the bride comes down the aisle, during a lighting of candles, or even as a first dance during or after your wedding vows.

Prices start at just $150, plus you can choose a male or female vocalist. Cyndi-Lee, one of our incredible singers, is pictured above. Cyndi-Lee has appeared as Christine in our Phantom of the Opera themed weddings, and as a Bond Girl singing “Diamonds are Forever” at our James Bond themed wedding ceremonies.

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Another of our singers, Gret Menzies, singing “Diamonds are Forever” at a Bond Themed wedding

Cyndi-Lee grew up in Las Vegas and became a principal singer at Bally’s Jubilee! while still in high school. Cyndi spent several years recording in Nashville and has performed as a lead female vocalist with Sonny Charles and the Emeralds. She has also sung with Mickey Thomas of “Jeffferson Starship”, Mike Reno of “Loverboy” and with Jimmie Jamison of “Survivor.”

Cyndi-Lee told us recently, “A dream came true for me this past fall when I was asked to sing backup for Barbra Streisand at the MGM Grand Garden Arena!”

Cyndi-Lee also performs as a singing gondolier at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. There, she serenades guests with beautiful Italian classics as they enjoy a relaxing ride on the canals of Venice. All of our male and female vocalists at Viva Las Vegas can boast impressive professional credentials both in Las Vegas and around the globe.

Give us a call if you’d like Cyndi-Lee (or one of our other amazing singers) to serenade you at your wedding. Cyndi loves performing songs from the Great American Songbook and can cover almost any genre of music. Check out our music page to see other song suggestions, or give us a call if you have a suggestion of your own. http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com/wedding_music.htm 702-384-0771

Cyndi says, “Bringing joy to others through music and singing is my greatest passion!”
Let her sing for you in person at your upcoming Viva Las Vegas Wedding!

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Get RE-Married with Elvis at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel!

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Josh and Amy and Elvis burst into the chapel in the ’64 pink Caddy convertible

Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel has been on the Strip over 16 years now, serving up thousands of traditional, themed and Elvis weddings. But the most gratifying thing that happens around here is when couples return on their 5th, 10th and now even 15th wedding anniversaries to renew their vows with us the second time ’round!

For their Cinco de Mayo anniversary— celebrating ten years of marriage on that festive date–Josh and Amy from Houston came back to do it all over again with Elvis! They chose the Elvis Pink Cadillac package, driving right into the chapel and down the aisle in full view of friends and family and live on the Internet!

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Amy and Josh, still so much in love that they tied the knot twice with us!

Read more about how to renew your wedding vows in Las Vegas at http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com/renewalofvows.htm Even if you got married someplace else the first time, you won’t find more fun and fantastically imaginative options for renewing your vows than here at Viva Las Vegas Weddings!

Best wishes for much more happiness ahead for Josh and Amy! We’ll see you for your 20th! 🙂

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A Stevie Nicks Tribute Wedding in Las Vegas!

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Fleetwood Mac fans? How about a Stevie Nicks impersonator minister at your Las Vegas wedding?

For their recent 16th anniversary, Jodi and Don of Anaheim renewed their wedding vows in Las Vegas in a one-of-kind customized ceremony. We at Viva Las Vegas Weddings are always thrilled to put together a unique wedding package. For this one, the couple selected our Rock ‘n Roll themed wedding, requesting “Stevie” instead of other available options such as Alice Cooper, The Beatles, Marilyn Manson…etc…etc… We’re pretty hard to stump when it comes to special requests!

Bride Jodi is a huge fan of Stevie Nicks, so what better way to renew their vows than with our Stevie Nicks impersonator “minister.” “Stevie” also performed two songs live during the ceremony and really rocked the chapel. Since Don and Jodi came alone, just the two of them, it was like a private mini-concert!

Renewing vows in Las Vegas
Don and Jodi, together for 21 years, but celebrating 16 years of wedded bliss with a rock ‘n roll vow renewal.

When you renew your vows in Las Vegas, it’s all about fun. It’s a time to do all the stuff that you might have liked to have done at your first wedding. At Viva Las Vegas, we do nearly as many wedding vow renewal ceremonies as we do actual first weddings. What a uniquely wonderful way to celebrate a special anniversary!

Check out all of our Elvis, themed and traditional ceremonies on our website, www.vivalasvegasweddings.com All can be done as wedding vow renewals. And don’t be shy about special requests…

Best wishes to Jodi and Don for many, many more years of happiness together!

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