Monthly Archives: January 2017

Getting Married in Vegas on Elvis and Priscilla’s 50th Wedding Anniversary!

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Elvis, does Priscilla know about all the hot babes going to the chapel in your car?

This May 1st will be the 50th (GOLDEN!) wedding anniversary of Elvis Presley and his one-time bride, the lovely Priscilla! They were married in an intimate eight-minute ceremony in Las Vegas at the former Aladdin Hotel, now Planet Hollywood. If you’re huge fans of THE KING, why not share an anniversary with Elvis and Priscilla at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel? If you’re planning to get married in Las Vegas in the near future, that is!

We’ve been doing Elvis weddings (as well as the traditional ones) at Viva Las Vegas Weddings for nearly 20 years now, so we already know we’ll see a few “Priscillas” and “Elvi” standing at the altar on that iconic date. (We do rent the costumes and wigs, if you want to dress up! Or, bring your own!) For die-hard Elvis fans, sharing an anniversary with Priscilla and The King makes choosing a wedding date pretty easy. The day falls on a Monday this year, and while it may be hard for guests to make it to Vegas on a weekday, we DO have live streaming internet service so they can watch back home….even from work! Plus, you’ll find honeymoon hotel rooms at bargain rates since it’s not a weekend.

If you’re wearing traditional wedding clothes, consider adding a “Priscilla” impersonator as matron of honor. It’s also a fun and wacky way to celebrate for a wedding vow renewal, if the two of YOU have an anniversary coming up. Be sure to request golden ribbon on your bouquet and boutonniere to signify the 50th anniversary! (Let us know when you’re choosing your flowers, included in every wedding package.)

Our Elvis weddings can be performed in either an elegant traditional style with a licensed minister to officiate, with Elvis singing a romantic ballad during the vows, or with Elvis performing the ceremony himself. See all of our various packages on our website or customize your own version! Our most popular Elvis weddings are the Elvis Blue Hawaii—with theatrical fog, a hula dancer and three unforgettable songs–and the Elvis Pink Caddy where Elvis drives your right down the aisle and into the chapel in his vintage convertible.

We thought we’d inspire you with a clip of Elvis and Pricilla’s wedding day:

For more information on our Elvis wedding packages, including the grand Pink Cadillac entrance down the aisle visit our website at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com

10,000th Same-Sex Marriage License Issued in Las Vegas’s Clark County

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Viva Las Vegas Weddings has welcomed same-sex couples for commitment ceremonies (and, finally, legal weddings) since day one!

Las Vegas weddings and our Marriage Bureau made the news last week when the 10,000th same-sex marriage license was issued in Clark County since the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals legalized same-sex marriage in the State of Nevada.The Marriage Bureau in Las Vegas began issuing licenses to same-sex couples in October of 2014.

One of our outdoor Garden Chapel ceremonies!
One of our outdoor Garden Chapel ceremonies!

Since the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel opened nearly 20 years ago, we’ve performed all of our Traditional, Elvis and Themed weddings as commitment ceremonies to all couples who wished to join their lives together but could not have legal documentation. Since 2014, we’ve been delighted to welcome ALL couples who wish to be legally wed in Las Vegas. (And, as always, we still do many, many wedding vow renewals and commitment ceremonies, which don’t require a license at all.)

Here’s a link to our local newspaper’s coverage of the story: https://lasvegassun.com/news/2017/jan/20/10000th-same-sex-marriage-license-issued-in-clark

Choose a traditional, Elvis, or themed character minister for your special day at Viva Las Vegas Chapel!
Choose a traditional, Elvis, or themed character minister for your special day at Viva Las Vegas Chapel!

Check out all of our wedding packages at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com! Remember, we’re always happy to accommodate special requests, and we’ll customize your ceremony in any way imaginable. Call one of our friendly staffers anytime at 702-384-0771 with all your questions. We hope one day to see many of our couples who chose a commitment ceremony with us many years ago returning to renew their vows in a legal ceremony, the second time ’round! Viva Las Vegas!

Valentine’s Day Wedding Special at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel!

Vegas Valentine Wedding
Getting married in Vegas on the most popular wedding day of the year? Grab a special Valentine’s offer from Viva Las Vegas Weddings!

If you’re planning to get married in Las Vegas on Valentine’s Day this year, you’ll need to book quickly, since it’s the single most popular wedding day in Vegas! Need more incentive to book right away? If you mention you saw this offer on social media, we’re sweetening the romantic pot with this special deal!

Mention you saw it on our Viva blog and receive a free digital video file of your ceremony. You will need to ask for the special at the time of your booking, and the offer is only available for weddings performed on Valentine’s Day with a minimum package value of $350. This offer cannot be combined with any other specials or discounts. Use it for any Traditional, Elvis or Themed Wedding over $350, and any of those packages performed as a wedding vow renewal or commitment ceremony.

Visit our website at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com to see all of our packages. To book, our phone lines are open 7am to 8pm PST. (702) 384-0771

Las Vegas themed Elvis wedding
Our Las Vegas Themed Wedding includes a heart-shaped game board, guessing game, game of chance, plus Elvis minister and showgirl sidekick! Add a pink Cadillac entrance just for your Valentine!

The hardest part is choosing your wedding package…so many choices! Indoor, outdoor, daytime or evening…fun and flirty or serenely romantic. See the drop down menus on our homepage to have a look at all we have to offer and what’s included in each package. You’ll also be able choose your flower colors when you call to book. But the choices and options don’t end there, since we can customize every aspect of your wedding with us.

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Red or pink bouquets are the most popular for Valentine’s Day weddings, but our onsite florist can also create a custom design just for you!

Feel free to call us with any questions you have for tying the knot with us on Valentine’s Day, or any day of the year at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel!

Wedding Vow Writing 101 for Your Viva Las Vegas Wedding!

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Most couples having a Traditional, Themed or Elvis Wedding at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel choose just to repeat their vows after the presiding minister–“regular” or Elvis, and of course we also offer Tom Jones, Liberace, Marilyn, Darth Vader, Dracula, King Tut and seemingly endless other ministerial choices! But sometimes couples who are marrying for the first time or renewing their vows will pull out a piece of paper to read vows they’ve written especially for the day. (Our wedding coordinators will ask you during your mini-rehearsal if you have your own vows to add during the ceremony.) It’s a lovely, romantic and sentimental touch, and one that always seems to bring tears to everyone’s eyes.

Want to write your own vows, but just not sure how to start? Here are a few suggestions to get you started, based on the personal vows we hear most often.

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Sweet and casual vows in our retro ’50s Doo Wop Diner

Begin your vows with, “The first time I knew I wanted to marry you was when….” Or, “I first fell in love with you when….” The more detail you can add about that exact moment in time, the better.

You might continue by describing all the ways you knew the person you are marrying was the right one for you. Be as specific as possible. Don’t be afraid to talk about “the time you made a candlelight dinner for me when I had to work late one night.” That sort of thing. If it’s something you never told your loved one, that’s even better!

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Exchanging romantic vows by night in our Outdoor Garden Chapel

Alternatively, begin with your memories of some hard times you have conquered together, and the qualities of your spouse-to-be that make him or her unique in all the world. Focus on their personal strengths, and mention a sentimental memory or two where those qualities really shone.

Remember that your vows can just be a few sentences long, and the more from the heart, the better. Most people don’t memorize these vows, but read them. If the vows are short, though, knowing them by heart can be a big plus!

When you call to book your wedding, feel free to ask our helpful staff for pointers and advice about any aspect of your wedding. It’s what we do! 702-384-0771

Stellar Review of Our Intergalactic (Sci-Fi) Themed Wedding in Las Vegas!

Star Trek like Vegas wedding
Our “Captain” will tie the knot and wish you a long and prosperous wedded life together!

We don’t technically offer Themed Weddings specifically for “Wars” and “Trek” fans, due to copyright protections, etc., but we DO offer an Intergalactic Themed Wedding where you can come very close to marrying in the universe of your sci-fi dreams! Just let us know which franchise you’re a fan of and we’ll do our best to make you feel right at home among the crew. Also, feel free to wear costumes/uniforms and to invite your guests to suit up for your fantastic space-themed extravaganza!

Our Intergalactic Wedding includes theatrical lights and fog, themed music, alien character minister of your choice, flowers, photography and video, plus round-trip limousine transportation from your Strip or Downtown hotel. (For more details, visit our website at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com and choose “Intergalactic” from our Themed Weddings drop-down menu.)

Star Wars type wedding
This “minister” won’t force you to do anything you’re uncomfortable with as you say your vows!

For more of an idea what to expect, we thought we’d share a review of one Intergalactic Wedding we found on TripAdvisor. If you have even more questions, we’d love to hear from you by phone to discuss them at 702-384-0771.
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A uniformly fun wedding ceremony aboard the Starship Viva!

“Our Star Trek Themed Wedding!”

Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile
Just got married there 9/21/16. This chapel was excellent! We had a Star Trek themed wedding and everything went off without a hitch. Our online and day of wedding coordinator, Olivia, was FANTASTIC! She communicated with me promptly throughout the planning stages, wedding and post-wedding requests. All our guests commented on how well this venue did. They were really impressed with everything. The impersonators were fantastic. I initially thought the 30 minute ceremony would seem rushed but it wasn’t in the least. They are so organized everything moves along smoothly. My husband and I couldn’t be more pleased with our wedding there. Thank you Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel! We will recommend you to others.
Visited September 2016

We SO appreciated this very kind review, and promise to do our utmost best to make YOUR space-themed wedding equally magical!

Breaking News for Elvis and Elvis Wedding Fans from Las Vegas!

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Elvis finally gets a street named for him in Las Vegas, land of Elvis and Elvis weddings! Check out the blue suede shoes!

Did you know that Las Vegas officially named a street after the King of Rock ‘n Roll? Elvis Presley Boulevard (formerly Riviera Boulevard) runs from the Las Vegas Strip to Paradise Road near the Las Vegas Convention Center. It’s just four-tenths of a mile long and the name change was suggested by the Westgate Hotel, formerly the Las Vegas Hilton, and the International before that. The International Hotel was the home of Elvis’s celebrated Las Vegas residency from the late 1960s to the early 1970s.

Clark County approved the name change in May of 2015, but the new signs were only recently installed. Here’s video:

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For you hard-core Elvis fans planning an Elvis wedding or vow renewal with us at Viva Las Vegas Weddings, the new street is just down the Strip from our chapel. You can even arrange to stay at the Westgate. which is slightly off the Strip but close to all the action, and mid-way between Strip resorts and downtown resorts. Best of all, you can take take a selfie with the Elvis commemorative statue in the lobby!

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Your names and wedding date on OUR sign on the Las Vegas Strip!

Remember, if you still want a Traditional Wedding ceremony in Las Vegas with a “regular” minister, there’s no reason you can’t add Elvis to sing a song or two during the wedding! Or have Elvis escort the bride down the aisle as he sings. We can customize any wedding to make it as traditional or kitschy as you like. All of our weddings include the ultimate photo-op of your picture in front of your names in lights on the marquee in front of the chapel, facing Las Vegas Boulevard! (You can get one near Elvis Presley Boulevard anytime during your honeymoon!)

Call us for information on all of our Elvis, Themed or Traditional Wedding Packages at 702-384-0771…or visit the website at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com. Viva Las Vegas, baby!