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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

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

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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.)

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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!

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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!

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Most Romantic Add-Ons to Your Viva Las Vegas Wedding

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Secretly upgrade your bride’s bouquet (call us to make the arrangements) to “up” the romance element of your Vegas wedding

You may not be having a Valentine’s Day wedding this year, but at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, we have featured upgrades that also enhance the romance factor of your Traditional, Elvis or Themed Wedding in Vegas. You can easily add these small touches as a surprise to your spouse-to-be with a quick and easy phone call once you’ve booked your ceremony with us.

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We’ll create a path of non-burning LED lights for your evening Garden or Gazebo wedding

Outdoor or Garden Wedding in the evening? For a small fee, we will line the garden path with LED lights! Daytime garden ceremony? Silk rose petals along the path add an aura of romance! Just let us know.

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Add a live singer (or impersonator) to sing “your song” during the ceremony!

Add a live singer or musician to perform your favorite song during a candle lighting at your wedding ceremony. Or, add a “First Dance” while we play “your song” for you.

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Call to upgrade your bride’s bouquet…she won’t be expecting something YOU customized for her!

Call us once you’ve booked, and upgrade your bride’s bouquet to a glorious cascade. She’ll already have chosen her colors, so our onsite custom florists can create a gorgeous presentation just for her.

Order a small wedding cake and champagne with glasses to-go! We’ll have the ready to take with you on your ride back to your hotel!

This one’s on YOU: If your ceremony is a wedding vow renewal, now’s the time to substitute her old wedding ring with a stunning new one as a surprise during the ring exchange. Hands down, this is THE most romantic gesture you could make on an anniversary!

If you have romantic additions of your own, give us a call to discuss your ideas with one of our helpful staff members. We’ll do all we can to make yours the most romantic wedding EVER! 702-384-0771

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Happy Birthday, Elvis—Born on January 8, 1935

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Photo by By Ollie Atkins, chief White House photographer (public domain photograph)

Elvis would be celebrating his 82nd birthday this week on January 8th. As always, The King of Rock ‘n Roll will be foremost in our thoughts as we perform our many Elvis wedding ceremonies for couples who are dedicated fans, or who just enjoy the light-hearted nostalgia surrounding the memory of the legendary performer.

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Don’t forget your Elvis cake and cake-topper to go!

Elvis’s birthday has always been a popular wedding day here at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. It may be too late to book your wedding ceremony or vow renewal for Elvis’s birthday this year, but if you’re planning a spring wedding and are huge Elvis fans, May 1st will be the anniversary of Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding. What a great excuse to arrange an Elvis Pink Caddy or Elvis Blue Hawaii wedding in Las Vegas! Elvis and his bride were married at the old Aladdin Hotel (now Planet Hollywood) in Las Vegas. Many couples dress up as Elvis and Priscilla for their kitschy wedding at Viva Las Vegas’s Main Chapel, or in our fantastic 1950s Doo Wop Diner Chapel. If you don’t have your own costumes, we do rent them in our costume shop. For more casual weddings, we sell just the “shades with sideburns” and bridal veils, too. (Some brides may prefer to dress as “Marilyn.” We’ve got you covered with our wide range of themed costume choices.)

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Renewing vows with your best friends? The more Elvi and Priscillas the merrier!

Check our Elvis wedding page for the wide variety of Elvis wedding packages, from the very affordable to the very over-the-top at: http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com/elvis_wedding_packages.htm

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Best Outdoor Garden Weddings in Las Vegas!

Time to book a springtime outdoor wedding in our Garden Chapel!
Time to book a springtime outdoor wedding in our Garden Chapel!

Looking for the best outdoor wedding venue for your romantic elopement (or vow renewal) in Las Vegas? Spring will soon be here, and that’s the time of year our calendar fills up with couples who are looking to exchange vows in a lovely Las Vegas garden setting! Both our Outdoor Garden and Gazebo Chapels are outfitted with music and webcam, just like our Main Chapel. Best of all, outdoor wedding packages begin at just under $300.

Our very popular Viva Las Vegas Daytime Garden Package includes an eight-rose bouquet and boutonniere, 10 candid ceremony photos, wedding DVD, music, souvenir wedding scroll, wedding website and wedding invitation, plus your names in lights on our marquee. That’s the best photo op EVER after your wedding, and all of this for less than $500! You’ll also enjoy courtesy round-trip limousine service to and from your Las Vegas hotel. (Our Garden Chapel offers seating for up to 40 wedding guests, if you’re not eloping after all!)

Our fleet of limos---many packages include round-trip service to the chapel!
Our fleet of limos—many packages include round-trip service to the chapel!

The Garden Chapel offers wind, sunlight and rain protection, but of course in severe weather, we have our Main and Little Chapels as back-up, right on property. (In Las Vegas, though, it’s a rare day that happens!) We also offer evening weddings in our Garden Chapel for a slight upcharge. The twinkling lights create a very different atmosphere by night, and the choice is always yours.

Looking down the aisle in our Garden Chapel
Looking down the aisle in our Garden Chapel

Most Garden weddings are performed with a traditional minister, but you can upgrade to Elvis minister and add songs of your choosing…Or, let us know if there’s any other impersonator you may have in mind to tie the knot and serenade you in the garden.

View of guest seating from the Garden Chapel altar
View of guest seeing from the Garden Chapel altar

Visit our website at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com and use our Traditional Wedding drop-down menu to see our outdoor wedding packages…the Garden AND our smaller Outdoor Gazebo packages. They are at their best in spring and fall, but are cooled by a refreshing mist in hot summer months, just in case you plan a June wedding when the temps are less mild.

More questions? Give us a call at 702-384-0771. We’ll help you plan what we think is the best outdoor wedding in Las Vegas!

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