Category Archives: Las Vegas Wedding Planning

Add a Photo Tour of the Las Vegas Strip After Your Viva Las Vegas Wedding!

Vegas Wedding Photo Tour
Spectacular backdrops for your Vegas wedding photos!

Did you know that once your Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel wedding is over and the formal photos are taken, you can be accompanied by one of our fun and friendly photographers for a fabulous photo tour of the Strip? We offer several choices of packages that include various locations and in various price ranges and lengths of time. Since you’re getting married in Vegas, and since you’re in your fancy duds anyway, it’s a lovely way to extend your wedding festivities and capture the most special day of your lives forever!

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Las Vegas Strip hotels offer stunning settings for your post-wedding formal photos!

You can choose day or evening photo tours, and if you have any questions about options or scheduling, give one of our staff members a call to discuss just what you’d like. They’re available to chat live online, too. 702-384-0771 www.vivalasvegasweddings.com

Here’s a link to check out what’s available. Your limo awaits!
https://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com/wedding-upgrades/las-vegas-photo-tours

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By day or night, a Las Vegas Wedding Photo Tour makes memories you can keep for a lifetime!
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Staff Spotlight: Meet Viva Las Vegas Wedding Planner, Blaze!

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Blaze makes sure you feel at ease and takes care of all your wedding day details!

Here’s the first in a series of interviews with the friendly and talented crew at Viva Las Vegas Weddings. We thought you’d like to get to know our wedding staffers a bit better as we highlight their stories here on the blog. And please feel free to ask questions in the comments section, if you’d like to learn more about the wide range of services each staff member can provide for your upcoming wedding!

“I LOVE just about everything about my work at Viva Las Vegas Weddings,” exclaims professional wedding planner/wedding coordinator Blaze. Blaze is a rarity in the Wedding Capital of the World–he’s a native Las Vegan, and he’s been with us at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel for nearly two years. Blaze has become an amiable, familiar face to many couples who’ve recently passed through our doors to be married. “My favorite part of the job is assembling the sets and props for the various themed weddings. People don’t realize that we can completely change the look of the chapel from a Gothic graveyard setting to an Old West scene for our Western weddings. And it all takes place in the blink of an eye!”

Blaze is also the guy who coordinates many of the more traditional weddings here. Every day he walks couples through their paces before their guests are seated, making sure the bride has her bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere is pinned on correctly. Blaze has an amazing knack for putting nervous couples at ease, “talking them down” and soothing any anxiety about the ceremony.

Blaze brings to the chapel his background as a makeup artist, too. His skills with a cosmetic brush plus his innate flair for the theatrical come in really handy for the chapel’s Halloween weddings. “Everyone on staff gets into costume and character on that night. I’m always here to give a helping hand for Zombie Elvis, Dracula, Frankenstein–even a classic glamour makeup is sometimes required!”

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“Blazing” through Halloween weddings with his devilish sense of fun!

When asked about his least favorite part of the job, Blaze admits, “Sometimes the in-laws can be a little too involved, often making brides and grooms unnecessarily anxious, or upsetting the couple because the advice they’re getting is NOT what they had in mind.” He explains that being tactful with in-laws-to-be is not always easy, and sometimes getting a message across may not go perfectly. “We try to explain that the wedding day belongs to the brides and grooms. To us, they come first.”

We asked Blaze about the funniest thing he’s seen at a wedding, since a chapel with dozens of Elvis, themed and even traditional weddings can attest to a unique story to tell about each and every ceremony. “Once on a really busy weekend, the chapel owner Ron Decar was making a quick change from a tailored minister’s suit to a bustier, lipstick and pearls to play Dr. Frank-N-Furter in one of our Rocky’s Horror themed weddings. Well, Ron was throwing on his costume pieces as fast as he could, and with big, frantic eyes, he called out, ‘It’s SHOW-bizzy!”

Blaze describes the WORST thing he’s seen happen–NOT very funny at the time, but somehow hilarious in retrospect: “On a really hot summer day, we were getting ready to do an Elvis wedding with a pink Cadillac entrance. Just before the doors of the chapel were thrown open so Elvis could drive the couple down the aisle, we heard a HUGE explosion from outside. When we opened the doors, there was ‘Elvis” in a big cloud of black smoke standing by the backfiring car. It was a real mess!” Somehow, everything turned out fine in the end…

Just as in ANY wedding, the little disasters often make the wedding more memorable, and generally it IS funny, AFTER the fact! More than 99% of the time, though, things go off without a hitch.

What’s Blaze’s best advice for Las Vegas brides and grooms? “Make sure your wedding is all about YOU. It’s easy to try to please family members and make compromises, but ultimately you want the wedding that expresses who YOU are. And that’s something we’re here to help with.”

If you’re planning to elope or even to have a big, elegant wedding here at one of Viva Las Vegas’s chapels, look for Blaze and say “hello!” He’ll have lots of stories to tell, and he’ll certainly want to hear yours!

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Here’s where you’ll often see Blaze preparing your bouquets and boutonnieres for the trip down the aisle!
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Lucky Vegas Wedding Specials: Book YOUR Viva Las Vegas Wedding on 7-7-17 or 7-17-17!

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Book your lucky 7/7/17 or 7/17/17 Las Vegas wedding now–in our stunning Main Chapel, or in our picturesque, mist-cooled Outdoor Gazebo or Garden Chapels!

7-7-17 and 7-17-17 Las Vegas Wedding Packages

Viva Las Vegas Weddings this coming July offers couples TWO two amazingly unforgettable wedding dates, July 7th, 2017 (7/7/17 weddings) and July 17th, 2017 (7/17/17 weddings). Seven is known as a lucky number here in Vegas, and the two of you may never be luckier in love than to get married in Las Vegas on a date with as many sevens as possible! So when there’s the opportunity to have THREE 7’s in your wedding date, chances are your special day will be uniquely lucky and your anniversaries will be especially memorable in the future! Besides that, these triple-seven wedding dates won’t happen again for another 10 years!

A decade ago, 7-7-7 was a land office day for Viva Las Vegas Weddings, and we performed an all-time record number of weddings on the triply-lucky 7/7/7. (In fact, it was a major wedding day all around the world.) We’re expecting similar popularity for these July dates, so be sure to book early with one of our GREAT specials. See these offers on our website at: http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com/las-vegas-wedding-packages/holidays-special-events/7-7-17-and-7-17-17-las-vegas-weddings

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Our Lucky Sevens wedding specials include indoor, outdoor and themed wedding packages!

Get Married in Las Vegas on the Luckiest Days of 2017

Please Note: Our Triple Seven wedding specials are only valid Friday, July 7th, 2017, and on Monday, July 17th, 2017. These specials cannot be used with other coupons or combined with any additional discounts. Specials do not include ministers fee of $60.00. Some packages do not include limousine service to and from the wedding chapel.

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Check your hair and makeup for luck in our Brides’ Room, just before walking down the aisle on your triple seven wedding day!

Give us a call at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel to make a reservation for your 7-7-17 or 7-17-17 wedding! Our staffers will answer all of your questions and help you to customize your lucky July wedding in Vegas!

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Eight MORE Reasons to Choose a Viva Las Vegas Wedding

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Last week we at Viva Las Vegas Weddings told you about our brand new, reimagined website! And from its pages, we offered up the first eight of sixteen reasons couples choose us for their Elvis, Themed or Traditional Las Vegas Weddings. We hope that as you plan YOUR Las Vegas Wedding, you’ll find our redesigned website even easier to navigate and select from. And today, here are more ways we strive to make yours a seamless, dreamlike wedding experience from beginning to end:

9. You can include a honeymoon package in Las Vegas or Mexico with your Viva Las Vegas Wedding!
Include a stay at the luxurious Viva Suite at the Palms Resort and Casino, or an exotic honeymoon villa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, owned and maintained by Viva Las Vegas Weddings. We’ll make all the arrangements!

10. Elvis can drive you right down the aisle in a ’64 pink Cadillac convertible!
Need we say more? You simply can’t make a more dramatic wedding entrance than this. Only at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel! This is one wedding you, and your guests, will never forget. What if Elvis is not your thing? Book a Harley Davidson wedding and drive your bike right through our doors to the altar at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. Our doors are literally open to your ideas for a grand wedding entrance.

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We offer the BEST Elvis wedding entrance EVER!

11. We have the BEST Elvis impersonators in Las Vegas!
Every one of our fantastic Elvis tribute artists has an extensive singing and performance background. Just about anyone can put on the jumpsuit, sideburns and glasses. But our Elvis’s not only look the part, our couples often tell us that they’re astounded by what GREAT singers they are! Goosebumps guaranteed!

12. Your wedding can be streamed live online, plus you can view archived video and wedding photos online.
Even though family and friends would LOVE to come to Vegas for your ceremony, sometimes not everyone can be present in person. But, in any of our chapels it’s possible for your wedding to be streamed live and online around the world! In addition, you and your guests will be able to order wedding photos online on our website for a year or more after your wedding date. Our digital technologies help make friends and family feel included in your special Las Vegas wedding. Not only that, your wedding guests are always welcome to take their own photos from their seats during your wedding ceremony here at Viva Las Vegas Weddings.

13. You’ll receive a unique (and free) Wedding Website/Wedding Invitation where you can blog, post photos, and stream your live wedding to family and friends back home.
A Viva extra! At the time of booking, you’ll get access to your very own wedding website to help you use all the social media to let everyone know about your upcoming wedding. You can customize the page however you like. Your “online wedding guests” will be able to watch your ceremony streamed live, right on that page!

14. We have our own floral shop, digital photo lab, costume and tux rental shop, limousine fleet—and three beautiful reception halls.
We are a full-service wedding chapel. Want a simple reception or a full on sit down dinner after your ceremony? We can do that, too. We are able to customize your bouquet, provide you with costumes for any of our fun themed weddings, all the while our photographers are hard at work getting your wedding pictures processed for online viewing. We have every element of your wedding organized and compartmentalized, so that we can run like a well-oiled machine. That’s what makes your ceremony feel unhurried and relaxed, despite any wedding jitters you may be feeling otherwise. We try very hard to make you feel like yours is the only wedding we’re performing all day. You’ll even receive an online wedding invitation page where you can blog, post photos, and where your loved ones can view your wedding live online.

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Only at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel do couples get a photo op like this!

15. Your names will appear in lights on the Las Vegas Strip after your ceremony!
It’s a Viva Las Vegas Weddings exclusive. After you say your vows, our photographer will take you out front of the Main Chapel, where your names will be in lights on our marquee. Your guests can take pictures along with our professional photographer. Clearly, it’s the best photo op in town! If you’re renewing your vows for a special anniversary, we’ll put that up in lights, too! It’s your day to be stars in Las Vegas!

16. The answer is always “Yes!”
At Viva Las Vegas Weddings, we consider it an honor to be included in your special day. Everyone here is eager to help you with all of your wedding dreams and plans. If you don’t see something on our website, please feel free to ask us if we can make it happen for you. Need advice on where to stay, where to dine on your wedding night, or just want us to play “your” song as you walk down the aisle? We’ll do whatever we possibly can to make your wedding day shine forever in memory.

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Eight Reasons to Choose a Viva Las Vegas Wedding

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How we shine brighter than other chapels on the Las Vegas Strip

Have you noticed? Viva Las Vegas Weddings has a brand new, reimagined website! We hope that as you plan your Las Vegas Wedding, you’ll find it an even more user-friendly way to explore all our Traditional, Themed, and Elvis Wedding packages. It’s also designed to help you easily create a customized wedding in Vegas with just the elements you want.

If you look around our new site for wedding packages and upgrades, you won’t want to miss our “About” pages that explain all the ways we try to make ours THE Vegas wedding chapel for you. Which is why we’re sharing some of the ways “We Shine Brighter” from those pages–to give you an idea of our goals for making yours a seamless, dreamlike wedding experience from beginning to end. Here are the first eight—next week, eight more!

1. We customize your wedding so that it is uniquely YOU.
At Viva Las Vegas Weddings, our dedicated and helpful staff members understand that this is the most important day of your lives. We know you want every aspect of your ceremony to express who you are as a couple. That’s why we’re happy to work with you to create a wedding package that’s elegant or high-spirited or even a bit on the kitschy-Vegas side. Our packages range from classic traditional weddings to wild and crazy Elvis ceremonies. Plus, we offer a wide range of themed weddings. Can’t find one that’s just right for you? We’ll customize every element of your wedding, working with you to create a vow exchange that is like no one else’s. Ever.

2. We pride ourselves on the warmest, friendliest and most experienced staff of wedding planners and entertainers.
Our caring and talented wedding experts also boast professional backgrounds in music, entertainment and hospitality. We bring the expertise needed to make your wedding ceremony a truly theatrical production. And we do it seamlessly. We give the same loving care to weddings vow renewals as we do weddings, and we have performed same-sex ceremonies since the day we opened our doors. Our number one priority is to make you feel comfortable and carefree on the day of your big event! We do everything for you, so you can enjoy making memories with each other, and your guests. Your wedding day is your day to shine!

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Costumed characters and a “Merlin” minister for a fantastically fun Camelot Themed Wedding

3. We have the largest freestanding chapel on the Las Vegas Strip.
Our Main Chapel reflects California mission style architecture, with soaring vaulted ceilings and stunning stained glass insets. It offers a touch of rustic flair amidst an invitingly elegant décor. The ambiance will put you (and up to 100 guests) at ease from the moment you walk inside. The Main Chapel is also the place where all of our elaborate Themed Weddings are held. The chapel features state-of-the-art theatrical lighting, with incredible set pieces and smoke effects that can make your wedding look like a professional stage production. Okay, we know you want to look great in your wedding photos, and you want your guests to feel chills when the music begins and smoke billows out around the pews. Our chapel is set up to make the most of the visual and musical aspects of your wedding. As always, though, you’re free to choose your effects, your music, and all the elements that will make your ceremony have the best “look” for you.

4. We feature the widest array of choices for Traditional Wedding Packages in Las Vegas.
Even our most basic indoor and outdoor weddings include flowers, photography and everything you need for a simple, intimate wedding starting from under $300. If you want more frills, choose from our exquisite upgraded packages, all the way up to our to-die-for Fairy Tale Themed Wedding. This incomparable package includes a Fairy Tale Coach Entrance with two coachmen as attendants, costumes for bride and groom (or wedding gown and tux rental), live musician (pianist or organist) or singer, all the lavish extras you could hope for, and even a cake and champagne reception! Need something more reserved? We have everything in between, or we can customize a-la-carte style from a basic traditional package.

Vegas Wedding Receptions
You can add a reception to any Viva Las Vegas Wedding, and we offer four reception areas, elegantly lavish to casual and intimate!

5. Want a traditionally elegant wedding reception, too? We have a SPECTACULAR reception venue right next door!
Whether or not your Las Vegas wedding takes place at one of our wedding chapels, our stunning Ron DeCar’s Event Center is only footsteps away from any of them. Ron DeCar, owner of Viva Las Vegas Weddings, hosts thrilling receptions in a setting reminiscent of the nostalgia of Old Vegas. The Event Center features a vintage bar and lounge, a variety of delectable buffet or sit-down dinner options, live music, and a sizzling dance floor. So, if you want to include an exciting wedding reception with your memorable Viva Las Vegas wedding, nobody does it better, and nothing could be more convenient. Owner Ron also happily welcomes local couples who are looking for a unique venue after their more traditional church weddings elsewhere.

6. We offer a choice of FIVE gorgeous indoor and outdoor wedding chapels.
Besides our two beautifully appointed indoor chapels—our Main Chapel and our intimate Little Chapel, decorated in deep burgundy and ivory—you can choose from two picturesque outdoor venues, featuring lush landscaping and twinkling white lights for evening ceremonies. Or, how about tying the knot in an eye-popping retro (50’s-era) diner? It’s an amazing setting for weddings that include Elvis, Marilyn, or any other of our nostalgic icon “ministers.” After all, you should be able to choose the perfect setting for your vows! All of our chapels are located on one sprawling property, situated right on the Las Vegas Strip between the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino and fabulous Downtown Las Vegas.

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The view of our Main Chapel as you walk down the aisle, minus the minister/Elvis!

7. We offer the widest variety of Traditional, Elvis, and Themed Wedding Ceremonies.
Chapel Weddings Las Vegas from a classic traditional wedding, one with Elvis, or a host of themed weddings from James Bond to James Brown, from Gangster to Gothic-themed. We’ve even got flying vampires, a cult favorite Rocky’s Horror wedding, and even an Egyptian-themed wedding ceremony—plus all the bells and whistles that create the necessary atmosphere . You won’t find a more diverse selection of wedding packages anywhere on the planet. And that’s not counting the ones that some couples dream up on their own. Let us know what you’re imagining, and we’ll do everything in our power to make it happen. We’re always delighted to work with you and your ideas.

8. We do on-location and adventure weddings, too!
We can marry you in a helicopter over the iconic lights of Las Vegas, at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, at a breathtaking desert and red rock overlook, or even at the Grand Canyon. These packages include all the extras and necessary transportation.

If these aren’t enough reasons for you to consider getting married (or renewing your wedding vows) with us, next week we’ll have eight more! Viva Las Vegas!

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How to Legally Change Your Name After Your Viva Las Vegas Wedding

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First names on our marquee…but how to change the last name(s) after the wedding?

Once you get married legally in Las Vegas, sometimes brides, grooms or both want to make a name change. Contrary to what some couples believe, this isn’t automatic with the marriage license! You may need to do a little more paperwork after the honeymoon. Here we’ve made things easier for you with this to-do list that makes the whole operation a piece of (wedding) cake. Below you’ll find all the steps to follow–and do them in order–when you are planning to change one or both of your last names. (If you need instructions on how to get your marriage license in Las Vegas before the wedding, go to: http://blog.vivalasvegasweddings.com/2017/03/how-to-get-your-marriage-license-in-las-vegas/

1. Change your name on your social security card. Be sure to do this first, because you’ll need this to make other name changes elsewhere.
Visit the Social Security Administration’s website and fill out the application for a new social security card. That’s all you need to do. Your social security number remains the same–only the name will be different. It takes only a few days to get your new card.

2. Change the name on your driver’s license at your local DMV.
You may need to visit your Department of Motor Vehicles office in person to get a new license. Bring your old license, your certified marriage license and your new social security card.

3. Change your bank accounts to your new name.
Go to your nearest branch in person and bring along your new driver’s license and your marriage license. You’ll want to order new checks and debit and credit cards while you’re at it. If you’ve grown tired of a bank that’s been subjecting you to a lot of extra fees, this might be a good time to open a brand new account in another bank that doesn’t charge fees!

4. Other name changes to think about:
Once you have your new social security card and driver’s license in your married name, all you need to do is figure out what other accounts–utility companies and the like– need updating. Some changes can be made by a phone call, although some companies may ask for a copy of your marriage certificate or social security card. Most of the changes can be made over time as bills arrive in the mail. The bill itself will serve as a reminder to make name changes. Most important of all, be sure to tell your employer so your new name will appear on their payroll!

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If this sounds too complicated or time consuming, you also can pay a small fee to companies you’ll find online (type in “Name Change Kit”) and you can do it all with only one form to fill out.

Best wishes to all our newly married and newly-named couples from Viva Las Vegas Weddings!

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