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Today We Remember Elvis, January 8, 1935-August 16, 1977

Elvis in Las Vegas
Photo by By Ollie Atkins, chief White House photographer (public domain photograph)

This week Viva Las Vegas Weddings (and the world!) will be commemorating the 41st anniversary of Elvis’s death. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone that long. Elvis is ever-present in our hearts here at the chapel. We hear his music every single day, both in his recordings (played in the background as Elvis weddings are being rehearsed) and as performed live by our amazing Elvis Tribute Artists.

Even though Elvis is all around us on a daily basis, you’d be hard pressed to find a staff member at Viva Las Vegas who ever gets tired of hearing his songs. Instead, we’re humbled by the small way we are able to carry out his legacy. We still dance around to his tunes when no one’s looking. And who knew Elvis’s memory would forever be shared by happy couples as a part of binding their lives together, beginning a lifetime of wedded bliss?

Some people think Elvis weddings take away from the sanctity of marriage. But we–and many of our couples–see it as adding to the joy of the occasion. We’ve always said that we see as many tears at Elvis weddings as at any traditional ceremony here. When guests jump up and dance to “Viva Las Vegas” at the end of the vows, the love in the chapel is absolutely palpable!

Elvis Jailhouse Rock
Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (now in the public domain)

We miss you, Elvis. You’re still “The King.” And, thank ya very much.

The saddest of addendums: We are heartbroken at the loss of Aretha Franklin today of all days. Both The Queen of Soul and The King of Rock ‘n Roll passed away on the same day, 41 years apart.

Las Vegas Themed Weddings for Sports Fans, Movie Fans, TV Fans…and Elvis Fans

Vegas Golden Knights Wedding
Sure, we can do a custom sports-themed wedding! Vegas Golden Knights…for example!

Sometimes couples who come to get married in Las Vegas are looking for a wedding ceremony that expresses a shared passion, maybe even the common interest that brought them together in the first place. Usually there is something that turned the tide and led them down the road to matrimony. And whether that one thing is a favorite song, a sports team, or a love of horror movies, we’ve got the themed wedding package just for you. If we don’t, we’ll help you design a wedding that reflects you as a couple.

You don’t have to go all-out, either. You can do something as simple as just wearing team jerseys to your Elvis wedding. Or, you can customize and order up a referee-minister and cheerleaders, a Dumbledore minister with a side of Snape, or an icon impersonator minister to serenade you and perform your wedding vows. Add theatrical fog and lights, add themed music, and come in costumes, if you like. (If you have guests, they can dress up, too!) We always do our best to accommodate your wishes AND your budget.

1950s themed weddings
Fans of 1950s TV shows, Grease the Musical, or Elvis fans can marry in our retro Doo Wop Diner Chapel.

A meaningful themed wedding can take place in any of our chapel venues, from our elegant Main Chapel with all the theatrics–spacious enough to make a Pink Cadillac, Harley, or other motor car entrance down the aisle!–to our 1950s Doo Wop Diner Chapel. That’s where you can do your old TV show thing as part of the wedding, or just live out your love of the ’50s on your wedding day. We also have lovely and picturesque outdoor chapels, and we HAVE been known to set a theme outside. Our James Bond Themed Wedding once took place in our Garden Chapel by request. We just made a few adjustments…

Space Themed Vegas Wedding
We can build an Intergalactic Themed wedding in your favorite TV or movie space universe!

If you both love superheroes or sci-fi, just ask us for your favorite if you don’t see the themed wedding of your dreams on the drop-down menu on our home page at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com And remember, from simple to lavish, we can carry your selected theme into a small or full-sized wedding reception in our intimate rooms or spectacular Event Center, all on property. (See our drop down menu for receptions, too!)

Already married, but celebrating a big anniversary in the next year or so? Those folks who had a traditional wedding the first time can take advantage of designing a light-hearted fan-based vow renewal ceremony AND a trip to Vegas to celebrate!

For more information on your fan-tastic Viva Las Vegas Wedding and on how to make all the arrangements by phone, give us a call at 702-384-0771. We’ll do our best to make your wedding day unforgettably perfect for YOU!

Golden Knights Vegas Wedding

When ONE Elvis is Not Enough for YOUR Elvis Pink Cadillac Wedding in Vegas!

Two Elvis Vegas Wedding
Sometimes it takes two Elvi to get the job done!

If you’re planning to book an Elvis Pink Cadillac wedding with us at Viva Las Vegas Weddings, and if you’re torn because you also want a Little Elvis to do the ceremony, no problem! This couple just opted for two Elvises! One to drive, and both to split the duties of singing and performing the vow exchange. In Las Vegas, there’s probably no such thing as too much Elvis!

We’ve had various themed weddings, for example, that included Elvis doing a song or two, even if it happened to be an Egyptian or Intergalactic Themed Wedding! (It’s Vegas, after all. Almost nothing seems inappropriate.) We’ve had weddings where the couple and ALL the guests came dressed as Elvis. We’ve had full-sized Elvis AND Little Elvis plus full-sized Marilyn AND Mini-Marilyn impersonators, all for one incredible wedding. We not sure, but we think there are almost no limits to what we can do to accommodate your imagination for your wedding or wedding vow renewal with us! (And we even rent the Elvis and Marilyn costumes in our onsite costume shop.)

Little Elvis weddings
Double weddings or double wedding vow renewal ceremonies are twice the fun with Little Elvis and “regular” Elvis!

There are tons of things you can add to your Elvis wedding to make it even more “Vegas.” Add a showgirl bridesmaid, add Liberace or Tom Jones impersonators, or even book your wedding with Elvis right in front of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign. See all of our Elvis packages on our website at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com and pull down the drop down menu under Wedding Packages until you find Elvis Weddings. Elvis can also marry you in our fantastic 1950s Doo Wop Diner Chapel, or in our outdoor Gazebo or Garden settings. (That is, one or MORE Elvises can marry the two of you in any location!)

Bride with Mini Elvis

You can put together an Elvis package for less than $300, adding frills and extras a la carte style, or go full-out with our Las Vegas Themed Wedding that includes limo transportation, flowers, photography, theatrical smoke and lights, a showgirl, and even live games of chance during the ceremony! The sky’s the limit on what you can do to create the Elvis Wedding of your dreams in Las Vegas. We can even arrange an Elvis Themed reception in any of our gorgeous reception halls, including an Elvis topped wedding cake. Just ask us to create a custom wedding and reception package all around YOU!

Call us anytime with your ideas and questions. Our friendly staffers will help you make your Sin City wedding wishes come true! Viva Las Vegas, baby! 702-384-0771

Viva Las Vegas Weddings’ Own Rachel and Hubby David Renew Vows for 10th Wedding Anniversary!

If you’ve gotten married at Viva Las Vegas Weddings, or had a lavish wedding reception at our Ron Decar’s Event Center right next door, chances are you may have been assisted by our charming, gorgeous and exceptionally friendly wedding staffer, Rachel! Today Rachel and hubby David are celebrating ten years of marriage, so naturally they decided to renew THEIR wedding vows right here at the chapel! It IS, after all, one of the best ways ever to commemorate a special wedding anniversary!

Rachel and David chose the casual and fun Beach Party Themed Wedding! Since Rachel is from the Islands, the couple decided to add their own Hawaiian touch to the vow renewal ceremony by including an authentic hula, danced by Rachel, accompanied by David singing and strumming the ukulele before the ceremony. In addition, they customized their renewal with a spectacular groom’s entrance–David being driven down the aisle in a bright yellow hot rod with a surfboard in tow! (You, too can upgrade with this option, just mention it when you call to book to learn about special pricing!)

Beach Party Surfer Wedding
Rachel is carried down the aisle by a couple of hunky surfer dudes!

Of course, you can’t have a proper Beach Party Themed Wedding without muscular, suntanned surfer boys as best men. Here, they escort the bride down the aisle on a surfboard, also dancing to Beach Boys tunes throughout the wedding!

Hawaiian Ukulele Wedding Vegas
David plays ukulele as his bride comes down the aisle.

Rachel and David’s Beach Party theme was enhanced by theatrical smoke (“beach fog”) and lighting effects, fresh orchid leis, palm trees, beach towels and toys and even a wading pool– all accompanied by favorite Beach Boys hits. Of course, YOU don’t have to dance the hula or sing, but at Viva Las Vegas Weddings, it’s always an option!

Hawaiian wedding dance
Rachel dances an authentic Hawaiian hula as David sings and plays ukulele….Don’t try this at home!

The perpetually colorful “Reverend Rainbow” performed the ceremony–think a female version of Tommy Chong, hippie holdout from the 1960s–but other couples have opted for a surfer dude “minister” to do the honors instead. Others even go for Elvis to conduct the ceremony, since he fits right into the beach party theme, which is fine by us, too. It’s Vegas, after all!

Rev. Rainbow Wedding Vegas Reverend Rainbow administers wacky beach party style wedding vows.

This anniversary vow renewal ceremony concluded with guests dancing in the aisle with the couple to “Do You Wanna Dance?” by the Beach Boys. Believe us, the beach balls were flying across the chapel, too, as everyone partied on in the aisles, post-wedding! Continue reading Viva Las Vegas Weddings’ Own Rachel and Hubby David Renew Vows for 10th Wedding Anniversary!

5 Ways to Customize Your Viva Las Vegas Wedding or Wedding Vow Renewal

Las Vegas Wedding Flowers

Getting married in Las Vegas makes EVERYTHING simple! At Viva Las Vegas Weddings, you can select your wedding package online, chat online with one of our planning representatives to hear about all your choices and details, and even arrange things with a single phone call. Most of our Viva Las Vegas wedding packages are all-inclusive, some coming with round-trip town car or limousine transportation from your hotel! All wedding packages include photography, your own personal wedding coordinator, and of course, flowers!

And at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapels, you can customize everything about your wedding, to make your ceremony personal to YOU. The easiest way, and the one that’s done most often, is customizing the bridal bouquet. You can go from the included bouquet, in the shade of roses of your choice, to a more exotic one, with particular flowers, a color palette to go with your bridesmaids’dresses, or even a themed bouquet to go with your themed wedding!

Since we have an onsite florist, you can select your flower and ribbon colors and upgrade to the most lavish bouquet imaginable, no matter how basic the wedding you choose. Add corsages, extra flowers for your attendants, matching boutonnieres for groomsmen. We can create whatever level of floral enhancements you have in mind for your Las Vegas Wedding. We’ll put you in touch with our florist, or you can have a look at our amazing floral selections at http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com/vegas_wedding_flowers.htm

:Las Vegas wedding bouquet

Vegas Wedding Bouquet

Not doing a traditional wedding? Whether it’s an Elvis Blue Hawaii wedding vow renewal (yes, we can arrange fresh orchid leis!) or a Gothic Wedding with vampire minister (black roses, right?), we can create flowers for your day that will awe your guests and make for incredible wedding photos, too! Viva Las Vegas Wedding Flowers!

Since Las Vegas’s stunning fall wedding weather is almost here, consider a wedding ceremony in our Outdoor Gazebo or Garden Chapel. Whether you choose a daytime ceremony in soft lighting filtered through greenery-covered trellises, or an evening ceremony with romantic, twinkling white lights, you’ll have breathtaking photos and an intimate outdoor ceremony. Customize these weddings with an upgrade to a flower-petal-strewn and candlelit pathway in the evening. Or, upgrade to add Elvis to your outdoor wedding! Remember, both of our outdoor venues have live streaming internet accessibility and enhanced sound, plus cool mists in summer and a touch of warmth for winter days and evenings. Call one of our staffers for ideas, suggestions, pricing, etc. for upgrades and unique options for a Garden/Gazebo Wedding. (702-384-0771)

Did you know that in any of our wedding packages, you can add a special song? Sung by Elvis, a classically-trained vocalist, or any of our music legend impersonators? Just let us know, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Another way to add a personal touch to your Viva Las Vegas Wedding is to add a First Dance. For many couples who choose to skip a reception altogether, this is a romantic way to include this special tradition. (There is a slight charge for this upgrade, which extends the length of your wedding and gives guests a touching memory of the two of you dancing together.) If you like, you can choose to add a Father/Daughter Dance instead. Let us know what song you’d like ahead of time, and we’ll make the arrangements to include a sentimental dance in your wedding.

Some couples have surprised even US over the years, adding amazing features to their wedding day. These include a choreographed “flash mob” before the wedding begins, guests costumed to go with a theme, and even THEMES that are not on our website! (We love the challenge. Tell us the character you want for a minister, and share your ideas, and we’ll come up with something just for you!) More often, though, the custom wedding ideas are simple, but powerful. Just last week an entire wedding party came dressed in white, guests included, and the overall look was magnificent!

Indiana Jones wedding in Vegas
We can create your favorite movie themed wedding for you by request!

We don’t technically, for example, have a wedding package with an Indiana Jones-ish minister, but we can put a little something together for you. Prices and included features will be comparable to our OTHER themed weddings. If you are on a tighter budget, you can simply choose a basic traditional wedding package, and adding a character minister and appropriate movie-themed music as a slight upgrade. Some couples customize one of our Themed Weddings by adding extra characters from OTHER movies, or even Elvis. (Yes, we have done weddings that include both Darth Vader and Elvis!)

Harry Potter themed wedding Vegas
Merlin from our Camelot themed wedding can also go full Hogwild!

Sometimes all we have to do is adjust one of our existing themed weddings with all the right touches. In the above photo, we substituted a familiar Wizard for Merlin in our Camelot Themed Wedding and added another well-known character. And, don’t forget, YOU can come dressed to suit a movie role. Recently we did a Grease (the musical) themed wedding in our 50s Doo Wop Diner. The couple came dressed and Danny and Sandy, and bridesmaids were all Pink Ladies. It was SO nifty!

Adam's Family wedding in vegas
Halloween-time weddings bring out the scary movie ministers!

At Halloween–or, year ’round really–we do Gothic Themed Weddings with any number of creepy “ministers.” Once we came up with the entire Addam’s Family! But we’ve also got Dracula, Elvira, the Grim Reaper, Edward, and even Zombie Elvis to do the honors in a foggy graveyard setting.

Call us with your thoughts, and we’ll come up with a package price just for you, with all the options that make your custom wedding or wedding vow renewal uniquely unforgettable! Viva Las Vegas! 702-384-0771

End of Summer Beach Party Wedding Vow Renewal in Las Vegas!

vegas beach party wedding
The bride (or groom) is carried down the aisle on a surfboard and into the wading pool of matrimonial bliss to begin the Beach Party wedding ceremony. Really.

Summer is in full sizzling swing at Viva Las Vegas Weddings. Couples who want to get married (or renew their vows on a special anniversary) in barefoot comfort (or in flip flops) on our indoor “beach” are choosing our very hot 1960s Beach Party Wedding Package. Our Beach Party Themed wedding lets you wear your beachwear best and comfy sandals, or come tropically dressed or wearing a wild bikini! We’ve got the beach balls and sand pails, along with surfer dudes to carry the bride down the aisle on a board. Get married to surfin’ Beach Boys tunes with a wacky beachcomber minister–stuck in a ’60s time warp. The very casual Beach Party ambiance makes for a great wedding vow renewal, and it’s popular with your guests too! Who doesn’t want to attend a wedding in flip flops and trunks?

Beach weddings
Dancing to The Beach Boys, “Do You Wanna Dance?” after the lighting of the candles

The Beach Party wedding includes beach fog and lighting effects, flowers, photography and DVD, even round-trip limo service. If you want to take your beach theme a little further, you can add any of our custom extras. Elvis singing a song during the ceremony, or add a hot dog and cake reception, or even a Pink Cadillac or bright yellow hot rod entrance for the groom and his “board.” All you have to do is show up with your beach-clad guests and we’ll make it perfect for you. See more details:http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com/beachparty_wedding.htm
For pricing on all the upgrades your imagination can hold, call one of our staffers anytime at 702-384-0771.

Wacky Vegas wEdding
Reverend Rainbow delivering the wacky vows, with a touch of sentimentality…

You can even theme your Vegas wedding trip. Consider a visit to Mandalay Bay Beach for a summer evening concert, or visit Vegas’s newest summer attraction, the fabulous Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas water park. Your Viva Las Vegas Wedding Day should be the most memorable of your life, and our wedding planners will help you carry out the theme into the night. Have a blast, and don’t forget the sunscreen!

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The Beach Party Wedding Package
Dude! Hey all you beach bum grooms and bikini brides–this beach blanket style wedding is the next best thing to tying the knot barefoot in the sand. You’ll ride the waves of wedded bliss with our unique Beach Party wedding! There’s nothing cooler than the moment the bride is carried down the aisle on a board by two sun-tanned surfer dudes to Beach Boy tunes. Stuff your wild bikini in your suitcase, and your wedding wardrobe is good to go.
Our hilarious party-heart-y minister performs your ceremony to surfin’ sounds as the ocean fog rolls in. Beach balls, colorful towels, sand pails and everything you need for a beach party is included in this summertime extravaganza.
Package Features Include:
• Surfer Dude as Minister
• Two Beach Boy hunks
• Beach-style Music and Decor
• Theatrical Lighting and Fog
• 6 Rose Bouquet for the Bride
• Matching Boutonniere for the Groom
• 10 Ceremony Prints
• DVD
• Names In Lights on the Marquee
• Free Wedding Website and Wedding Invitation
• Wedding Wish List Registry
• Courtesy round-trip Limousine Service from any hotel on The Strip or Downtown
• Chapel Fee
• Wedding Coordinator
Price $700.00

If a Beach Party wedding isn’t quite the thing, our hot summer nights are perfect for an Outdoor Gazebo or Garden wedding under the stars. Our misting systems keep things cool, and the ambiance makes for a bit more of a sedately romantic setting. Visit our website and explore the summer fun wedding possibilities!