Category Archives: Receptions

Anniversary Vow Renewal in Las Vegas? Bring the Kids!

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Themed weddings–like this Intergalactic ceremony– are fun for all ages!

Viva Las Vegas Weddings’ Elvis and Themed Weddings make loving and light-hearted wedding vow renewals, so it’s no surprise that couples celebrating 10, 15 or 20 years of marriage include the kids on their special day! Young ones love wearing costumes as part of a themed vow renewal, and even if the ceremony you choose is more traditional, they feel very grown up dressing in fancy duds for the occasion as they take part in the proceedings.

We see a lot of tiny Elvi going down the chapel’s aisle (see below), but our Superhero, Blue Hawaii, and Intergalactic weddings also bring out some junior-sized luau wear and character costumes. Ring bearers and flower girls strut their stuff as gangsters, wizards, space princesses, and mini-zombies. For kids who are less outgoing, though, themed and Elvis ceremonies are casual enough that shorts and t-shirts are fine, too. Some just add a tropical lei, or Elvis sunglasses, available here in our gift shop.

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A little Elvis leads the way down the aisle!

At Viva Las Vegas Weddings, we encourage creativity. We still remember an entire family who came dressed as Vikings, and another where all the male family members wore kilts. Other families and their guests have arrived dressed as space aliens of every ilk. Needless to say, we don’t have many boring days here at the the chapel! While Themed and Elvis Weddings are not for everyone for their first weddings, vow renewals bring out a whole different side–and a lot of imagination–in couples.

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Hanging with The King in the Doo Wop Diner

Consider adding-on a casual Doo Wop Diner reception if your wedding is a family affair. We’ll serve up sliders, hot dogs, sundaes/soda fountain fare in our retro 1950s setting. We take requests for all weddings, vow renewals, and receptions. Just give us a call with your ideas and special needs, and we’ll do all we can to make it happen for you! 702-384-0771

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Best Wedding Receptions to Follow Your Viva Las Vegas Wedding!

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Our brand new reception room, just behind the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, Garden Chapel and Gazebo

Planning a wedding with us in Las Vegas? If you want to add a reception to your fabulous traditional, themed or Elvis wedding package, we do that, too! We can host wedding receptions small or large in any of our four distinctive reception halls. We’ve got everything from casual White Castle sliders, cake and ice cream receptions in our 50’s Doo Wop Diner to elegant sit-down dinners for over a hundred guests at Ron Decar’s Event Center, right next door to the chapel. In between, we have two more intimate reception rooms, seating 20-30 guests, including our newest gorgeous reception room, pictured above. (This one overlooks our Garden and Gazebo chapels, perched on the second floor.)

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Casual ’50s-themed receptions in our Doo Wop Diner after your Elvis wedding!

Our most fun and informal receptions take place in our retro 1950s Doo Wop Diner, which also doubles as a chapel for Elvis or “Grease” themed weddings! Choose from just cake and champagne to sliders and sodas! It’s the most affordable way to celebrate after your ceremony and extend the happy memories of your day! The Diner is just around the corner from our Main Chapel, and right next to our Gazebo and Garden Chapels.

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Our Little Reception Hall creates an intimate atmosphere for smaller full-service receptions!

For larger wedding parties, our Ron Decar’s Event Center is the perfect choice for a traditionally elegant and spacious wedding reception. We can even arrange live entertainment for your celebration, including singers, bands, DJ’s, and impersonators of every genre. We’ll customize your very own post-wedding show! The Event Center has a wonderful dance floor with theatrical lighting, plus we can book an exciting emcee to entertain your guests during the reception. Our reception packages include a choice of decor colors to go with your wedding palette, so let us know your preferences.

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Ron Decar’s Event Center, right next to the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, has room for 300 guests!

Our staff members all have backgrounds in entertainment, so we know how to throw a fun and uniquely memorable wedding reception, whatever the size. We can customize your reception menu to suit your tastes and budget. Prices for full dinners begin at $30 per person, but you can also choose to serve appetizers only with an open or cash bar—and, of course, wedding cake!

Our Event Center has a vintage piano bar for your lucky wedding guests!
Our Event Center has a vintage piano bar for your lucky wedding guests!

See all of our wedding reception packages and pricing at:

What to Expect at Your Viva Las Vegas Wedding!

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How to improve the odds that your Viva Las Vegas wedding ends with a perfect sunset after a perfect day!

Once you’ve booked a Traditional, Elvis, Themed or customized wedding with us at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, here are a few things you’ll want to know, so there are no surprises on the big day!

1. If it’s a legal wedding, make sure to stop by the Marriage Bureau first to get your license. Our friendly staff will provide details by phone if you like, but you will also be emailed an informational packet with all the scoop on how to go about getting your license. PLEASE read your packet. That answers almost any question you might have. If you’re renewing your vows or if you’re having a symbolic commitment ceremony, no license needed!

2. Many packages come with a certain number of free candid photos. These are not the posed formal shots taken after the ceremony is over, but rather the spontaneous ones of various moments during the wedding…walking down the aisle, the ring exchange, the kiss, the lighting of candles, etc… You can look at examples of our photos–candid and formal– ahead of time by going to and clicking on Order Photos. You can take a look at the wedding photos of recent couples. That way, you’ll have a good idea what to expect of your own photos. (By the way, we DO offer the option for you to bring your own professional photographer, for an additional fee. And of course your guests can take photos from their seats during the actual wedding…just not during the formal photo shoot afterward.)

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Here’s an example of a “candid” wedding photo taken during our Pink Diamond themed wedding!

3. Remember, we book ceremonies at half hour intervals. Most ceremonies last about 10 minutes, depending on number of songs and packages. You’ll have about a five-minute rehearsal with your wedding coordinator beforehand, and that’s when you’ll be presented with your bouquets, boutonnieres, etc. The formal photos taken afterward take another 10 minutes or so. We do everything we can to make ceremonies start on time, because many people have folks watching the live stream across the country. If you arrive at the chapel on your own, come at least 10 minutes early. We do our best to keep our limousines on time, too, for packages that include transportation. Occasionally there’s a traffic issue or a mix-up…But over 90% of the time, we are punctual!

4. Most of our couples feel that the half hour wedding time is just right, not rushed, and well-orchestrated. If you think you’d like more time, let us know. You can upgrade to add extra time for more photos, add extra Elvis songs, a First Dance, a rose exchange, etc. Even better, check out our reception packages! That’s the best way to extend the celebration! Use the “Receptions” drop down menu on our website to see what we have to offer…From simple cake and champagne toasts to elaborate buffets with a DJ and dancing, we do it all!

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For large and elegant receptions, our Ron Decar’s Event Center is right next door to the chapel!

5. Unless you are renting costumes from our costume shop, arrive dressed and ready to go with your rings and marriage license. We have a cozy room for the bride to check her appearance before going down the aisle, but it’s not meant for changing. You can always add a “First Look” option to your package if you want to get ready here…and you can opt for a makeup artist and hair stylist, too. Give us a call to discuss! 702-384-0771

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Trying to be the best at what we do, two customers at a time!

A Spectacular Custom Wedding at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel!

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Jessica and Matthew with their wedding party and a Grim Reaper minister!

Jessica and Matthew recently had one of the most unique and extraordinary Viva Las Vegas Weddings ever! They combined SO many themed weddings into one wildly imaginative wedding package. Pink Cadillac entrance down the aisle with Elvis? Check! Showgirl bridesmaid? Check! Flying “Cirque” performers high above the altar? Check! Graveyard setting with Grim Reaper minister stepping out of a coffin? Check! They even added a fabulous reception right next door at our stunning Ron Decar’s Event Center.

Jessica and her attendants all carried handmade light-up bouquets, each bedecked with rhinestone pins, sequins, bright paper flowers, shiny cascading ribbons with spiders…An amazing display of light and color! The Grim Reaper cracked jokes to lighten the creepy mood created by a foggy mist, candlelight and scary organ music.

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Outrageous lighted bouquets designed and created by the bride and her mom!

A fantaastical stilt-walker escorted the guests to the reception hall, where they were treated to Elvis singing “Viva Las Vegas” and a live mini-show including the “Acromantics”–a hand-balancing duo–and the “Golden Goddesses”–two Middle Eastern style dancers with gold wings and a LOT of glitter.

If you’re planning a Las Vegas Wedding and truly want to do it YOUR WAY, visit us at to get ideas. We’ll combine and customize packages to make your wedding ceremony just right for the two of you. We have a wide array of themed receptions, intimate or lavish, too. Give us a call at 702-384-0771 with your questions and ideas. Visit our Ron Decar’s Event Center online at to see all the possibilities for after your ceremony, too!

How to Plan YOUR Big Fat Vegas Wedding!

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If your Viva Las Vegas Wedding will include over 100 guests, and if you want a traditional reception with open bar, dancing, gourmet dining—the works—we have just the thing for your special day! Right next door to the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, chapel owner Ron Decar’s Event Center is now staging the grandest, most elegant weddings AND receptions. There we are able to accommodate larger, more lavish weddings, as glamorous as any Hollywood production. (Of course, we still offer our more intimate, romantic reception packages in our smaller halls, and we even host 50’s Doo Wop Diner rock ‘n roll style receptions with sliders and root beer floats!)

If you want to create a large-scale dream wedding in Las Vegas (even if you’re inviting as many as 300 guests from all over the country) you’ll want to visit us at One look at our website, and you’ll see that our gorgeous Event Center is one of the most stunning reception venues in Las Vegas. Best of all, we can handle all the arrangements for you! Describe your vision, and we’ll make your blissful wedding dreams come true.

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Entrance to our beautiful new Event Center

Whether by phone or online, we can arrange every aspect of your wedding AND reception. From wedding theme, to group transportation, to menu, to floral decor to music and wedding entertainment, there’s nothing we can’t expertly create for the two of you. (Yes, we’ve even rent tuxedos and costumes.)

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Let there be wedding cake! We can design a custom creation just for you!

Visit the website photo gallery and check out all of our reception packages, featuring themed dinners from Italian or Mexican to Continental, beginning at $30 per person. You’ll be able to choose and customize your menu selections.

What makes Ron Decar’s Event Center receptions so unique is that our creative team all come from entertainment and theatrical backgrounds. Your wedding reception will be unlike anything your wedding guests have ever seen. You can choose to add live entertainment, from a cover band to a Big Band. Want to include a number from a favorite musical? Some SNL-style spoof and sketch comedy? Ballroom dancing, hip hop or even folk dancing? We can turn the wedding reception of your imagination into reality!

So, if a large, elaborate wedding and reception with all the frills is right for you, give us a call at 702-384-0771 for all the details, and our friendly staff will help answer every question.

Wedding Receptions at Viva Las Vegas Weddings Start at Under $500!

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Our brand new reception room, just behind the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, Garden Chapel and Gazebo

If you’d like to make your Traditional, Themed or Elvis Wedding day last a bit longer, did you know Viva Las Vegas Weddings also does receptions? We have intimate reception facilities accommodating small groups under 25 people, as well as lavish sit-down themed dinners in our Event Center with dancing, vintage piano bar and live entertainment. There’s room for up to 300 people in our gorgeously decorated Ron Decar’s Event Center. (See all of these full-service reception packages at )

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For our wide range of wedding reception packages and pricing, visit our website at: You’ll find simple champagne and cider toasts with wedding cake service, as well as more elaborate cocktail and appetizer receptions with DJ included. We’re happy to create custom menus, adjusted for your preferences and budget.

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Do your wedding reception in the Diner!

If you’re having an Elvis wedding, receptions in our fabulous ’50s Doo Wop Diner are very popular choices, complete with sliders, sodas, and a fun jukebox ‘n retro kitchen atmosphere. You can also choose to have “just cake” and beverages, if you like. We’ll work with you to create a reception that goes along beautifully with the mood of your themed or Elvis wedding.

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For large and elegant receptions, our Ron Decar’s Event Center is right next door to the chapel!

For more information on our uniquely fabulous wedding receptions, give us a call at 702-384-0771. We’ll create the wedding and wedding reception that are just right for you!