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Celebrating a Birthday at Viva Las Vegas Weddings–Chapel Co-Owner Jamie!

Rocky Horror Style Wedding Vegas
Jamie as Brad during a Rocky’s Horror Themed Wedding

While we’re always celebrating the weddings and anniversaries of our Viva Las Vegas brides and grooms, this week chapel co-owner Jamie Richards will be celebrating a birthday! Just as in most other convivial workplaces, we make the a big fuss over staffer birthdays, filling the back office with yummy birthday cake and potluck dishes to chow down on between weddings. But birthdays at Viva Las Vegas Weddings often include after hours partying, too. (After all, we’re mostly former entertainers with showbiz in our blood!) One of Jamie’s recent birthdays featured a spoof of Dancing with the Stars with wedding staffers impersonating Bruno, Len and well-known dance pros.

You may recognize Jamie if he helped to coordinate your wedding or wedding vow renewal here at Viva Las Vegas. He could have been wedding photographer instead (this guy can do ANY job at the chapel to perfection). And, if you’re just now making wedding arrangements, Jamie could be the cheerful voice on the other end of the phone.

Vegas Rocky Horror Wedding

For those who’ve booked our Rocky’s Horror Themed Wedding Package, at Halloween or any other time of the year, you’ve likely seen Jamie doing double duty as Brad AND wedding photographer! Even Jamie gets to show off his goofy side at times when our themed wedding productions are on the lighter side.

Like many of our staff, Jamie comes from a background in entertainment. First, Jamie was a professional ice skater, then later a dancer and singer in Las Vegas productions. So..In honor of Jamie’s birthday, it just seems right to embarrass him a little by sharing an old ice skating audition video. (Gee, the Winter Olympics is coming up…Jamie would be great at arranging an Olympic-themed wedding for you—snow shoes down the aisle, anyone?) We hope you’ll be lucky enough to meet Jamie on your visit to our chapel.

Speaking of birthdays, we always like to mention that if your spouse has a special birthday coming up in the New Year, consider a surprise trip to Vegas with a surprise Elvis or themed wedding vow renewal. WE think that’s the most unforgettable way to celebrate anniversaries or birthdays in glitzy Vegas style!

So, if you’re marrying at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel in the near future, say “hello” to Jamie and, as we all here will be doing, wish him a very Happy Birthday!

Vegas Wedding Chapel Owner

Jamie, you haven’t changed one bit. 🙂

Viva Las Vegas Weddings’ Rock ‘N Roll Day Off–Nothing Like Ferris Bueller’s…

Viva Las Vegas Weddings Staff
What do the cultured Viva Las Vegas Weddings owners and staff do on a day off? Attend the BALLET, of course!

This past weekend was the famous Las Vegas Rock ‘N Roll Marathon, held at night under the neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip. The whole boulevard is closed as well as many connecting streets…So what do we do at Viva Las Vegas Weddings? Close the chapel and take a day off! (Except for a small staff answering the phones to help wedding couples planning upcoming ceremonies with us.) Since our limousines can’t easily ferry couples to the chapel, and traffic all around us is a nightmare, it just makes sense. As for the day off, Ferris Bueller has nothing on us! (Some of what we did will remain under wraps…)

Several Viva Las Vegas weddings staffers and chapel owners Ron Decar and Jamie Richards spent the Rock ‘N Roll Marathon day off at the BALLET! Wedding coordinator, Rachel, seen above, center, had staged a ballet for Nevada Ballet Theatre that she had performed during her long career with the renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company. It was one of those rare occasions that Viva staffers could go on a “field trip” together—since everyone enjoys different days off most weeks of the year. Rachel’s work, Company B, was definitely the highlight of the program, a 1940s World War II tribute, set against the backdrop of vintage Andrews Sisters songs.

Besides the beautiful and talented Rachel, many of our other crew have had careers in the performing arts as singers, dancers, ice skaters, including bosses Ron and Jamie, who performed together as lead singers and dancers in several Las Vegas production shows. In fact, it was Ron’s moonlighting at OTHER chapels as an Elvis impersonator that led to his idea to open not only a traditional Las Vegas wedding chapel, but one with Elvis and a wide range of Themed Weddings, too. With all that theatrical background, Ron’s vision has paid off in the creation of all the elegant, fun and imaginative wedding packages at Viva Las Vegas Weddings!

From all reports, the marathon was a huge success and will continue to grow each year. For all you racing rock ‘n roll fans, hey, we offer Rock ‘N Roll Themed Weddings at the chapel, of course. (Maybe next year a wedding or vow renewal ceremony during your marathon weekend?) We go all out with the smoke and theatrical lighting, plus the rockin’ legend of your choice (impersonator version) to serve as your wailing minister! See an Alice Cooper wedding below:

For more information on our Rock ‘N Roll or other themed, Elvis or traditional weddings, visit us at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com Now we all need a day off from our day off… : )

6 Things You Can ONLY Get at Viva Las Vegas Weddings!

Vegas Wedding Marquee
Must’ve been an Elvis wedding…check out the blue suede shoes!

Looking for a UNIQUE wedding or wedding vow renewal in Las Vegas? Well, we can think of six things right off the bat that are available only at Viva Las Vegas Weddings, in case you want a spectacular (or at least “different”) wedding that sets yours apart. Here’s number one:

1. Every wedding includes photos under our exclusive chapel marquee. The couples’ names will be in lights above the Las Vegas Strip. Day or night, this is the most fantastic wedding photo op in town! If it’s an anniversary vow renewal, we’ll also include the date and number of years you’ve been married. Tell your guests to bring their cameras, too!

Elvis Pink Cadillac Wedding
Our famous pink Cadillac entrance—but we also do Harley Davidsons, James Bond sports cars, and even the Back to the Future car!

2. Enter the chapel with Elvis driving you down the aisle in a vintage pink Cadillac convertible! Several other themed packages also include unforgettable entrances through the main doors of the chapel. You’ll burst through a cloud of theatrical fog in a stunning car or on an eye-popping Harley, driving right up to the altar for your one-of-a-kind wedding ceremony!

Elmo Wedding in Vegas
By request…If you can dream it, we can theme it–Elmo weddings R us!

3. Even though we offer dozens of themed wedding packages, if you don’t see the “minister” that you’d like to perform your ceremony, we take requests! We’ll do our best to get you hitched by the wacky or iconic character of your choice. Here a couple asked for–and got–an “Elmo” minister. We’ll find the music, we’ll write the themed vows for you! Only at Viva Las Vegas Weddings!

Cirque style wedding Vegas
Cirque du Soleil style flyers can perform above your ceremony!

4. And, yes, we have flying Cirque du Soleil-esque artists…here, flying vampires for a Gothic Themed Wedding…who can perform high above the chapel during a romantic song. NONE of your guests will be expecting this one!

Liberace Wedding Vegas
Get married by any tribute artist you can name–or almost!

5. Almost all the chapels in Las Vegas offer up an Elvis Wedding package or two. But, if you’re a fan of any other music artist, living or not, we ALSO offer weddings by professional tribute artists that will blow your mind. We often include the performers, by request, as a surprise for the bride or groom, during a traditional wedding. Our altar/stage area has an operational curtain to “hide” the performer until just the right moment in the ceremony.

50s Diner Wedding Vegas
Do your wedding and/or wedding reception in our 1950s Doo Wop Diner!

6. Although we have several chapel venues–our stunning Main Chapel, the outdoor Garden and Gazebo Chapels, our Elvis and Priscilla Themed Chapel and our intimate Little Chapel–we have what no one else can offer: Our retro 1950s Doo Wop Diner Chapel! Perfect for Elvis weddings, Grease or Lucy weddings…whatever ’50s theme you wish to dream up. Best of all, we also do malt-shop style receptions afterward, by request!

To explore our weddings and wedding packages, visit www.vivalasvegasweddings.com And, if you already have a great idea for the custom wedding you’d like, but just have lots of questions about how to arrange it, call one of our friendly and creative staff members at 702-384-0771. We can come up with THE wedding that everyone will be talking about for years to come! Viva Las Vegas!

NFR Rodeo Coming to Vegas! How ’bout a Country-Western Wedding or Vow Renewal?

Western Wedding Vegas
Here’s the perfect wedding for Country Western fans, rodeo fans, or fans of the sweet and simple!

Viva Las Vegas Weddings will be going COUNTRY as the National Finals Rodeo boot scoots into town in early December. Couples can book weddings or wedding vow renewals at our wedding hitchin’ post and be serenaded live by a singin’ cowboy minister! This Country-Western-style wedding in Vegas will knock your boots off and includes all the fixin’s—flowers, photography, round-trip limousine from your hotel, plus a western setting with evening mist, rustic lanterns and theatrical lights.

Check out the details on our Western Themed Wedding on our website at http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com/las-vegas-wedding-packages/themed-weddings/western-themed-wedding From there you can choose any character minister for your ceremony–cranky coal miner, dashing cowboy, or even a Johnny Cash impersonator to do the honors and sing one of his famous hits. Just let us know what you’re hankering for in your country-style wedding ceremony.

Our Western-themed wedding package includes one country song to be performed live during the unity candle lighting. Popular choices are: “I Cross My Heart,” “I Swear,” or “Keeper of the Stars.” (Johnny Cash impersonator weddings can choose a Johnny Cash favorite instead!) There won’t be a dry eye in the chapel once the music starts. Some couples prefer to bring their own music on a CD. That’s fine, too. Please tell us ahead of time so we can have it all set up for you.

In addition, your favorite country ballad can be played as the bride strolls down the aisle. For the recessional, you consider the Electric Slide or a Boot Scootin’ Boogie with friends and family. Just like at your favorite country bar, we’ll take requests. You can have your ceremony streamed live online for the folks back home, too, in case they’re not in town for the event.

Country Vegas Wedding
Slow dancing during a romantic vow renewal ceremony—country style!

Our hitchin’ post and Western props set the stage for your wedding, so you’ll fit right in wearing your best Western duds and cowboys hats—some brides choose to don a white, veiled cowgirl hat and white boots. For more information on this or any of our themed, traditional or Elvis weddings, call us at 702-384-0771 or check our website at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com See ya back at the ranch, before you ride into the sunset as bride and groom or “podners” united in marriage.

Holy Matrimony! A Joker and Harley Quinn Themed Wedding in Vegas!

Batman, Joker, Harley Wedding
Harley and Mr. J are not just joking around! Your Batman-themed character wedding in Las Vegas will be absolutely legit!

Batman Themed Wedding in Las Vegas? We’ve got you covered! Superman as your wedding minister? Wonder Woman? We’ve got those, too. While not all your comic book faves may be on our website at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com, you CAN make a special request to have your wedding or wedding vow renewal officiated by any comic, TV or movie character you can dream up! Recently, by special request, the Joker AND Harley Quinn from the Batman franchise made an appearance at a spectacular Viva Las Vegas Wedding. We’re always happy to find the right themed music and diabolical matrimonial plot. We’ll also add smoke effects, theatrical lighting and everything you need to feel like you’ve stepped into a wedding episode of your favorite series!

At Viva Las Vegas Weddings, you can swap out any of the elements included in your selected wedding packages to customize the ceremony and make it perfect for you. Begin by choosing the most similar of our Themed Wedding offerings to what you have in mind. You’ll find them on the dropdown menu on our website. Themed Weddings all include limousine service, flowers, theatrical effects, photography and videography. Then just let us know what you want as an upgrade. Or, you also can just start with a simple, Traditional Wedding package, then substitute your minister with the character of your choice, as an upgraded feature. We will customize a package just for you, if you don’t need all the frills.

Batmen wedding Vegas
A live-action still frame from the live streaming Joker wedding! YOUR comic book character wedding can be see ’round the world…maybe not in Gotham…

With autumn in the air, you can even have a character-themed wedding (Elvis, too!) in our lush Outdoor Gazebo or Garden Chapel. You won’t have all the theatrics that are available in our gorgeous Main Chapel, but you can still add a bit of fun to your outdoor wedding–by day, or by evening, with gorgeous fall temperatures and twinkling white lights.

Give us a call to create YOUR comic book themed wedding! We even rent costumes in our Viva Las Vegas Costume Shop, just behind the chapel. Let us create some comic book magic for YOUR wedding or, even better, anniversary wedding vow renewal! For more information, our friendly staffers await your questions at 702-384-0771.

Las Vegas Veteran’s Day Wedding Specials!

Military Discount Wedding Vegas
Uniform is optional for your military discount special at Viva Las Vegas Weddings

If a November wedding or wedding vow renewal is in your future, take advantage of our upcoming Veteran’s Day Las Vegas wedding specials. All-inclusive packages in our Main Chapel or Outdoor Gazebo or Garden Chapels begin at under $300. Plus, if you are a veteran or are currently serving in the military, your minister’s fee will be waived when you show your military I. D. (A $60 value!) We proudly support our military personnel and their families as a member of Military Partners. (http://www.militarypartners.com/Links/Market_Directory/Wedding.asp)

Military Partners launched in August of 1999 to reach a vast target audience of Armed Forces members worldwide. This organization offers a “Military One-Stop” website that includes a detailed market directory providing special discounts and values to the military. Companies such as AT&T, Pepsi-Cola, Volvo Military Sales and Delta Air Lines were among the first to join the partnership website. Military Partners, through the initiatives of this site and its partners, aims to ease the difficulty of lengthy deployment and/or family separation. We are pleased to be a part of this effort to give back to servicemen and servicewomen everywhere.

Even if you’re not in the service, you can still take advantage of our Veteran’s Day Wedding Specials! See below for details, and give us a call to reserve your time slot during the popular holiday weekend! Choose from a variety of romantic, traditional ceremonies, or ask us about adding Elvis to sing a song or two. The weather in Las Vegas is generally mild and beautifully suited for our outdoor weddings, day or evening. Even if you choose a Main Chapel ceremony, you’ll enjoy one of the balmiest seasons to visit Vegas for a wedding or wedding vow renewal!

Vegas military wedding discount
Don’t forget to bring your military I. D…. AND …the rings!

Veterans Day Wedding Specials

Click on this link to view our specials and all the details: http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com/las-vegas-wedding-packages/holidays-special-events/veterans-day
Add a exciting patriotic touch to your special day by choosing one of our Stars and Stripes packages. You must call the chapel to make reservations for these Veterans Day Wedding Specials! Feel free to add any upgrades you wish to any package. Our friendly staff members can arrange all the the details for you, if you want to customize your package.
Please Note: These wedding specials are only available from Saturday, November 11th, 2017 thru Tuesday, November 14th, 2017. These Las Vegas Wedding specials do not include the $60 cash only minister fee if it is a legal wedding (if you are not a veteran or serving in the military). Remember, these wedding specials can not be used with other coupons or combined with any additional discounts.

More information is just a phone call away at 702-384-0771. Viva Las Vegas! And a Happy Veteran’s Day ahead to all!