Category Archives: Las Vegas Wedding Planning

It’s International Talk (or Get Married) Like a Pirate Day! Pirate Weddings at Viva Las Vegas!

Pirate Wedding Vegas
How else to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day? Get married by a drunken pirate!

Ahoy, mateys! In case you haven’t heard, on September 19th of each year, the world celebrates International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Of course, that means we may be seeing a few Pirate Themed Weddings here at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel! Where else can you be married by a drunken pirate in your fancy pirate duds, amidst ocean fog, exhilarating pirate-themed music, surrounded by treasure chests and the corpses of long-dead seafarers? …right. And, the happy couples will naturally be including a few “arrgghs” in their wedding vows at the doubloon-laden altar.

The Pirate Themed Wedding package includes flowers, photography, peg-legged wedding coordinator to run you through your paces (just kidding), and even round-trip limo transportation from your Strip or Downtown hotel. It’s likely you’ll want to add live streaming internet coverage of your ceremony, too…or just save the DVD to show family and friends when you get back home. And, of course, we’re happy to perform this Pirate Themed Wedding any day of the year, not just on Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Visit our website at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com and scroll down under “Themed Weddings” to see details on this and any of our other wacky, creative weddings. We can customize any element of your wedding to make it distinctively YOURS. And, these fun weddings are also perfect for wedding vow renewals. Often couples tell us it’s the wedding they always dreamed of, but they were too afraid to have the first time ’round.

Pirate costumed Vegas wedding
Walking down the aisle beats the plank any day–with your wee bride’s wenches!

AARRGGG, mateys! Have the wedding or wedding vow renewal of your dreams on the high seas of Vegas!

Pirate themed wedding
Rent your pirate wedding costume from our onsite costume shop, or bring your own! Traditional wedding wear works for us, too!

Fly Off to Get Married in a Helicopter Over the Lights of Las Vegas! (Or see acrobats flying over your indoor wedding…)

Vegas Helicopter Wedding
Say “I DO” up above the lights of Las Vegas! Unforgettable!
Vegas helicopter wedding

At Viva Las Vegas Weddings, getting married in a helicopter over the Las Vegas Strip is a thing! In fact, we’ve got lots of up-in-the-air options for your Vegas wedding. If you love the thrilling feeling of flight, our fantastic Helicopter Wedding Packages will match the exuberant feeling of being with your loved one! What could be more romantic that a flight over the lights of the Las Vegas Strip after your Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel ceremony? How about GETTING married IN the helicopter over the lights of Vegas? We have wedding packages that offer either choice. Packages include many fun frills like a champagne toast, limousine transportation to the heliport, flowers, photography, even wedding cake to-go.

Las Vegas Helicopter Weddings
Spectacular views of the Strip by night…or…The Grand Canyon!

Another Las Vegas helicopter wedding option allows you to view the depths of the Grand Canyon by helicopter, minutes from Vegas, as part of your wedding day. Before the trip, you’ll be married in a gorgeous Traditional, Themed or Elvis ceremony at our chapel. We’ll work with you to make all the details perfect. Then you’ll be swept away by limo to the heliport. Our helicopter wedding packages can include just the two of you, or you can invite a small number of guests.

Don’t forget, if you’ve already been married awhile, renewing your wedding vows on a special anniversary, and especially in such a spectacularly memorable way, is definitely the surprise of a lifetime for your spouse!

Not big on flying? Add Cirque du Soleil-style “flying” silk performers to your gorgeous indoor wedding ceremony, high above the altar in our Main Chapel. Choose our Viva du Cirque Wedding Package, or just add our breathtaking flying duo to any other Traditional, Elvis, or Themed Wedding package. Our performers can customize their flight and costumes. Flying vampires for a Gothic Wedding? Can do!

Wedding silk flyers
A romantic and unique addition to your wedding vows!

For more information on all of our high-flying helicopter wedding packages, please visit our website at: http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com/wedding_tours_vivalasvegasstyle.htm If you’re afraid of heights, though, find out more about our Viva du Cirque wedding performers by giving us a call 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!

Does James Bond Own the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel?

TV Weddings Las Vegas
Chapel co-owner Ron Decar doing PR for Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel

If you’ve been married with us at Viva Las Vegas Weddings, chances are you’ve run into Ron (sometimes as Elvis or Dracula) or Jamie (wedding coordinator extraordinaire). As hard as they’re working, running around the place at full tilt, you might never guess they’re our chapel owners! Both play multiple “roles” in all the weddings produced here. Plus, they supervise and manage world-class wedding receptions and shows at the adjacent Ron Decar’s Event Center. (We’re pretty sure they never sleep.)

Both Ron and Jamie came from entertainment backgrounds. Ron as a lead singer on the Las Vegas Strip, and Jamie as a professional ice skater and later a dancer in Las Vegas production shows. Looking back, it makes perfect sense that when Ron found himself moonlighting as Elvis at Strip wedding chapels, he decided to team up with Jamie to create Viva Las Vegas Weddings. When a historic mission-style chapel became available right on the Strip, they jumped at the opportunity.

chapel co-owner Jamie Richards
Chapel co-owner Jamie Richards minds the office–some of the time!

With their own chapel, they envisioned not only Elvis and traditional weddings, but also themed weddings that were actually self-contained mini-shows. They wanted to include sets, props, theatrical effects, lights, sounds, and an endless variety of talented singer/actor “ministers.” And…the rest is history. After nearly 20 years and thousands of incredible weddings, they are both, basically, still sane. 🙂 Jamie, while still a performer at heart, manages many of the business aspects of running the chapel, and also answers phones, coordinates weddings, and even fills in as photographer and videographer at weddings during peak times. Ron has played nearly every character for every themed wedding at the chapel, but most often is seen among our “staff” of Elvis impersonators.

Rocky Horror Wedding Vegas
Ron as Frank-N-Furter and Jamie, right, as Brad, in our Rocky’s Horror Themed Wedding!

Today, Ron is a licensed minister and performs traditional ceremonies in the Main Chapel as well as the Gazebo and Garden Chapels. But he’s just as comfortable singing in Phantom of the Opera weddings and portraying 007 in James Bond weddings as he is crooning as Elvis! Jamie is a whiz behind the scenes. As crazy busy as it sometimes gets at the chapel, you’ll still find him, ever multi-tasking but cool as a cucumber. He’s the glue that holds it all together! (Jamie also plays a mean “Brad” in our Rocky’s Horror Themed Wedding Package.)

James Bond Vegas wedding

So, if you’re getting married with us at Viva Las Vegas Weddings and spot one of these familiar faces, be sure to say “hello”–and please tell these two to slow down and smell the roses! 🙂 (And for more information about any of our Elvis, Traditional, or Themed weddings, check us out at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com)

Walk-In Las Vegas Weddings Welcome Here! (Bouquet Optional…)

Eloping to Vegas
When you don’t even need a bouquet…But, we’re always happy to whip one up on short notice, too…

Sometimes couples come to Las Vegas for a spur-of-the-moment Vegas wedding. Other times they’re eloping and just something quick, easy and simple. At Viva Las Vegas Weddings, we’ve got you covered for last-minute ceremonies, which are often romantic and heartfelt, even if brides and grooms are just wearing jeans or shorts. It’s no surprise to us that many folks prefer the come-as-you-are simplicity of a Las Vegas wedding.

Here’s what you need to know, if this is your plan! First, you’ll need to go to the Marriage Bureau for a license. (Instructions included below.) It’s helpful if you call us or swing by the chapel (which is on the way!) to reserve a time slot. Let us know what you absolutely must have as part of your wedding. We offer simple packages with flowers and photography (and even Elvis) for under $300, but if you don’t need all that’s included, we will work with you to fit your budget and wishes. Weekdays are best for a walk-in Vegas wedding, since you’ll have a better selection of available times.

For our most basic packages that still have all the frills, go to www.vivalasvegasweddings.com and look at our drop down menu for Traditional or Elvis Weddings, looking at the most affordable weddings on the top of each list.

Elvis wedding in Vegas
No need to pack or buy wedding duds when you can rent Elvis and Marilyn outfits!

Most walk-in Vegas weddings are come-as-you-are, but you can always rent costumes from our costume rental shop very reasonably. There’s nothing to pack, and it makes your ceremony twice the fun! Arrange your last-minute wedding a la carte style with just the options that make your Las Vegas wedding right for YOU.

Below are instructions for getting your marriage license in Vegas. Fill out online forms ahead to make it even quicker and easier once you arrive in Vegas!

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:

how to get your marriage license in Vegas
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!

Elvis wedding vegas
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!

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

Viva Las Vegas Weddings’ Reverend Daphne Dishes the BEST Wedding Advice!

Las Vegas Wedding Minister
Meet the lovely Reverend Daphne, who knows a thing or two about Las Vegas weddings!

At Viva Las Vegas Weddings, we don’t just do Elvis weddings and weddings with themed character ministers. We also have on staff several friendly and caring traditional wedding officiants, too. (And, at Viva Las Vegas Chapel, you can always ADD Elvis to sing at your traditional ceremony!) With us from DAY ONE–for nearly twenty years now– is the UK-born Reverend Daphne. She has just a touch of a British accent, and a heart filled with loving words and helpful advice for our wedding couples. We’ll share some of her answers to some oft-asked questions here. 🙂

1. What advice do you have for couples who may want to personalize their ceremonies at the chapel?

Some couples (mainly from the South) end a ceremony with “jumping the broom.” Of course, they have to bring the broom! This tradition dates from late 18th century England, and it experienced new popularity with couples in this country after it was seen on the iconic TV series, Roots. I’ve sometimes seen another fascinating wedding ritual. Instead of lighting a unity candle, couples will pour different-colored sand into a vase making a personalized design. (Again,they have to bring vase and sand.) If you’d like to do something meaningful and original along these lines, just let the staff know your plans at the time you book your wedding. That way, we can arrange for any special music or other elements you might need during the ceremony. Also check for all our special upgrades on the Viva Las Vegas Weddings website. http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com/wedding-upgrades

2. What can brides can wear to their summer weddings to stay cool and still look beautiful?

There are many short-to-ankle-length dresses out there that are beautiful. The long, frou-frou dresses with looooong veils are not comfortable or suitable in the summer for quick Las Vegas weddings. Keep that for the outdoor-at-a-mansion wedding. REMEMBER, just because you LOVE the dress, it may not love you!. Keep in mind what fits your body. DON’T go with any style just because you fall in love with the gown! I have seen too many brides that look really bad in a beautiful dress that simply doesn’t flatter them. Know your body type and the styles that show you off positively. Many full-chested women want strapless gowns. But when you find yourself constantly pulling up the dress, this results in being self-conscious and VERY uncomfortable. Try a halter bodice or Grecian style (over one shoulder). Take the time and bring the dress with you to buy CORRECT under garments i.e. bra, corset, waist cincher etc. that are necessary for the dress. You’ll feel slimmer and cooler. I have seen too many brides pass out in the heat during the ceremony from too tight waist cincher or corset. OR a dress smaller than her body to appear slimmer. Remember the groom is marrying you, not the dress. By the way, WARNING – black undergarments under a white dress– NOT SEXY!!

Rev. Daphne at Vegas wedding
Rev. Daphne does the honors in an elegantly traditional Main Chapel ceremony.

3. Can you offer any advice for writing your own vows to each other?

Often couples don’t exactly write wedding vows but simply have words they want to say to each other. I always say the traditional vows at every ceremony, then I ask the couple if they have words to share with one another. KEEP IT SHORT. If not pre-prepared, just “I love you” or “I’m so happy that we are here today” is more than enough. That said, MOST couples prefer just to repeat the vows that are part of my ceremony. That’s perfectly okay, too. We like to give everyone the opportunity to personalize their wedding vows if they wish.

4. Can you recommend any romantic places for a special wedding night dinner in Las Vegas?

The “Top of the Stratosphere” is my first choice–just a few blocks away from our chapel. It’s a revolving 360-degree restaurant with a fantastic view of Las Vegas, especially at night. It’s a little pricey, but well worth it for that “special day.”

Outdoor Garden Vegas Wedding
Daphne performs romantic evening wedding vows in our picturesque Garden Chapel.

Do YOU have a question for Daphne?  Need expert wedding advice? What is the most unusual wedding Rev. Daphne has ever seen? Can she tell if a marriage is going to last, judging by the behavior of the couple on their wedding day?  Look for past interviews with Reverend Daphne in our archived blogs, or feel free to post a question in the comments. She’ll get back to you in a future post!