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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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How to Get Your Marriage License in Las Vegas

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If you’re getting legally married in Vegas at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, you’ll first need to go downtown to the Marriage Bureau to get your marriage license.(If you’re renewing your vows, no license is needed for that!) The Marriage Bureau in Las Vegas is located at the northwest corner of Clark Avenue and Third Street, 201 Clark Avenue. Be advised that the Marriage Bureau here accepts cash only, just so you know. Here’s the link to their website with directions on how to get there:

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The Marriage Bureau—no waiting period, no blood tests. And don’t forget to bring your license to the chapel so we can make it legal!

http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/clerk/Services/pages/MarriageLicenses.aspx

For express line service at the Marriage Bureau, click on the Marriage Pre-Application on their website above. You’ll need to complete this for both parties. Print and bring these forms with you when head to the Marriage Bureau for your license. You’ll also both need your ID’s, and you both need to be there in person. Check the Marriage Bureau’s website for details on any other requirements.

It’s a good idea to get your license a day ahead of time, or the “morning of” a wedding taking place in the evening or later day. You can even make a day of it, exploring all the fantastic attractions downtown Las Vegas has to offer.

When your license is in hand, be sure to have it with you ( AND the rings!) when you arrive at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel for your wedding. And remember, same-sex marriages are legal and warmly welcomed at our chapel!

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Even if you get married by Elvis, a licensed minister will be on hand to help your though the legal stuff at the time of your ceremony!

Your minister (even if you’re getting married by Elvis, a licensed minister will pronounce you as legally wedded for the purposes of the State of Nevada) will explain how to get copies of your marriage certificate. All of our Viva Las Vegas Weddings require a $60 cash only minister’s fee, to be paid at the time of your ceremony. The minister will take care of recording your marriage, as part of his or her services to you on your wedding day. Las Vegas wedding chapel minister services are not included in your Viva Las Vegas wedding package price.

If you’re not a U.S. resident, you can still get married in Las Vegas. Many countries will require a certified copy of the marriage certificate and as apostille from the Nevada Secretary of State. Your minister will help you with questions on how to do this. You might also get in touch with your country’s Consulate in the States to confirm what you’ll need.

For more marriage license information, call (702) 671-0600. Marriage License Bureau hours are 8 a.m. to midnight seven days a week, including holidays.

For information on one of our amazing Elvis, Themed or Tradtional Wedding packages, or to ask questions about getting your marriage license in Las Vegas, give us a call at (702) 384-0771. Or you can visit us online at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com

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Las Vegas Cinco de Mayo Wedding Specials! Elvis Habla Español!

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Cinco de Mayo Wedding Specials at Viva Las Vegas Weddings!

Cinco de Mayo falls on a Friday this year, so if you’re engaged and planning to get married in Vegas over this festive holiday weekend, consider taking advantage of our Viva Las Vegas Weddings Cinco de Mayo Specials! These special wedding packages begin at just $225.00 and include all the basics, plus you can upgrade to a package offering many more extras for not a whole lot more!

Already hitched? You can RENEW your vows with Elvis, or in a traditionally romantic little ceremony, too. Our biggest Cinco de Mayo weddings savings are on a wide array of our themed weddings, so check all of our specials out here before you decide: http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com/las-vegas-wedding-packages/holidays-special-events/cinco-de-mayo

Every wedding includes a photo op with your names in lights on the Strip!

By the way, at Viva Las Vegas Weddings, our ministers and all of our Elvis impersonators can perform your ceremony in Spanish if you prefer. Just let us know when you book the wedding. Elvis habla español! Here’s just an example of what our Elvis Cinco de Mayo wedding package includes:

Use of the Elvis Wedding Chapel, one Elvis impersonator minister to sing two songs, candlelight service, three-rose presentation, boutonniere, garter for the bride, complimentary transportation for the bride and groom, a pair of king sunglasses, 24 poses viewed online, eight candid ceremony prints, video of the ceremony, souvenir wedding certificate, names in lights on the marquee, free wedding website and wedding invitation and video of the ceremony. You can have up to 30 wedding guests with this package special. Package price, not including the $60.00 fee to the legal minister, is $325.00.

Call us with any questions about our Cinco de Mayo wedding specials, good from May 1st-May 5th, 2017! (702-384-0771) And remember, May is a gorgeous weather month in Las Vegas, so be sure to have a look at our Cinco de Mayo outdoor weddings, too, in our Garden Chapel and in our Gazebo Chapel! Viva Mexico! Viva Las Vegas!

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Celebrate National Extraterrestrial Abduction Day with an Area 51-Themed Wedding in Vegas!3

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Amy and Scott tied the knot in their pj’s after their ‘alien abduction.”

Who knew? March 20th will be National Alien Abduction Day, so what better time to elope to Vegas and do a honeymoon tour of nearby Area 51? Amy and Scott were the first to do this, wearing their pajamas and slippers to their one-of-a-species Las Vegas wedding ceremony. Like UFO’s, the wedding is not on our website “radar” but we’re happy to customize our Intergalactic Wedding with a space alien minister, green lights and fog, and all the other frills. We can even provide a strange metallic wedding bouquet…just let us know what YOU want!

Amy and Scott eloped to Vegas awhile back, just the two of them, and were wed amidst candlelight, smoke, and space-y music. Their alien minister had to use the universal translator to be understood during the vow exchange. This female creature from space had to watch the time, though, since she was due back at Area 51 to catch her ship on its way out of the galaxy. We can’t remember when we’ve ever had so much fun, or when we saw two people so very much in love. WE loved every minute and still have fond memories of this unique wedding!

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Lighting the “candles of burning passion” before the mating dance of Zabevief 5

Scott and Amy exchanged lighted lollipop rings and joined in on an alien celebration dance, a ritual on the planet Zabevief 5. Hey, thank goodness the Intergalactic Wedding package includes photos and video coverage, for evidence later that it really took place!

Check out all of our themed and traditional or Elvis weddings at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com If you don’t find a wedding that’s quite right for you, do what Scott and Amy did, and invent your own. We’d be delighted to help.

Wishing Amy and Scott all the best wishes in the universe for a lifetime of fun and love ahead!

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Post-Oscar Blues? Book a Hollywood-Style Viva Las Vegas Wedding or Wedding Vow Renewal!

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The magic of Hollywood at your wedding…or just about!

Couples who elope to Las Vegas, or even choose to renew their wedding vows in Las Vegas are most often coming to Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel for all the choices it affords! Our Elvis and Themed Weddings can include theatrical lights, smoke, powerful themed music, sets, costumes, and practically all the magic of a Hollywood production!

(We also do stately and romantic Traditional Weddings, but if you want smoke and special effects, you can always add them on!)

Last week we did a custom “Game of Thrones” style wedding, seen here. Lyndsay and Chris tied the knot amidst fog and dark pageantry–with a lot of laughter thrown in for good measure. If you don’t see a wedding package of your big screen dreams on our website (www.vivalasvegasweddings.com) feel free to let us know what you have in mind. We’ve done hundreds of customized weddings based on Hollywood movies, favorite TV shows, and even on fictional book characters. We love that kind of challenge and always do our best to make it happen for you!

Lyndsay and Chris with… “Tyrion Lannister?”

Examples of weddings we have done in the past based on the silver or the small screen include: The Princess Bride, Harry Potter, Back to the Future (complete with DeLorean entrance!), The Addams Family, Bonnie and Clyde, The Great Gatsby, Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Austin Powers, Stars Trek and Wars, The Pink Panther (we call it the “Pink Diamond” Wedding), and many, many others.

Plus…we do Elvis Weddings! (And we’ve seen our share of Elvis appearances when “Darth Vader” is the minister, too. Fusion weddings are “a thing” now!)

Your movie-themed wedding will include themed music, lights and smoke, set and props, character minister, flowers, photography and video, plus round trip limousine service from your Strip or Downtown hotel. Upgrade with live streaming internet coverage so friends and family back home can make popcorn and watch from the couch!

For more about creating a custom movie or TV themed wedding just for you, give us a call anytime at 702-384-0771.

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We also rent costumes for you and your guests…or bring your own!
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Your FREE Wedding Website at Viva Las Vegas Weddings!

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George and Evelyn write about finding love before their Viva Las Vegas wedding!

When you book any wedding at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, you’ll receive a free web page. It’s where your wedding can be seen live-streaming, if you choose, and it doubles as an invitation to friends and family. You can post photos and write a little something about your life together. Personalize your page however you like!

We love reading the stories couples post on their pages, and looking at photos from times they’ve shared before their wedding (or wedding vow renewal) day!

Recently, George and Evelyn tied the knot with us. Their words and photos made us smile, and we thought they’d serve as a wonderful example of how to create a lovely, personal web page for your upcoming wedding.

Tell the story of how you met each other:
After months of emailing each other and finding out how much we shared in common we then agreed to finally meet. We did not describe our looks or share any photos although George kept joking that he had orange and white striped hair. George and Evelyn agreed to meet outside The West Goshen Shopping Center Acme Market in West Chester PA. Evelyn was dressed in a black choir robe with a rubber chicken on her head to be sure that George would know exactly who she was when he drove up to the bench outside the Acme. When George drove up to the bench he immediately knew it was Evelyn but Evelyn was expecting to see George with orange and white striped hair …but… George had no hair on his head at all!!! George and Evelyn laughed alot about that. George and Evelyn spent the rest of the day exploring beautiful Jim Thorpe PA and have been together ever since.

Action shot captured from the live streaming action during George and Evelyn’s Elvis Pink Cadillac wedding ceremony!

The Proposal:
After 15 years of being together George asked Evelyn to celebrate their 15 anniversary of being together at Virginia Beach VA. George booked a hotel room with a beautiful ocean view right on the beach. While traveling to Virginia Beach a storm came up which turned out to be a Nor Easter. George had a challenge driving across the 17 1/2 miles Bay Bridge Tunnel to Virginia beach due to rain and high winds but made it across. The weather only worsened after checking into the hotel and from the Ocean View window the Waves were wild and sand began blowing into the room from the beach from the high winds. The sound of the wind blowing through the hotel was quite eerie. George arranged to eat dinner at an Italian restaurant across the street and George and Evelyn had to run across the street in heavy rain and wind. Due to the severe weather conditions there was hardly any one in the restaurant except the staff. Evelyn and George had their choice of tables to choose from. After the waitress took the order George handed Evelyn a read glass heart encased in another porcelain ceramic heart that Evelyn had given George on their first Valentines Day in 2001 together. George stated that he was giving this to back to Evelyn as a symbol to remind him of his love for Evelyn and stated to Evelyn ‘Well this isn’t exactly how I wanted to do this.. I wanted to have you out on the beach in the moonlight to say this to you but I am just going to say this. Will you marry me? I really think we should get married.” Evelyn looked at George in pleasant shock and almost fell off of her chair since it had been 15 years together it really caught Evelyn off guard and when Evelyn re-composed herself she said to George “Of course I will marry you – you idiot” I love you!” The waitress came back to our table and she took a picture of us on this happy occasion and dessert was on the house!

Thanks to George and Evelyn for your amazing story. You made us want to share it! Best wishes to the two of you for happiness always in your future life together!

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