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Las Vegas Theme Weddings

A Day in the Life of the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel

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Another day, another Time Warp at Viva Las Vegas Weddings! Photo Credit: Las Vegas Review-Journal

On a recent Saturday, the local newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, hung out with us to document a typical day at Viva Las Vegas Weddings. While we had several elegantly traditional weddings going on that day, it’s easy to see why our wild and wacky Themed Weddings got the photographer’s attention most of the time! It’s pretty amazing just to be a guest witnessing ONE of our themed ceremonies, but a whole day of them–with all the costume and set changes involved– can mean sensory overload for those who aren’t used to it!

Here’s a link to the full article, if you’d like to read the RJ’s take on things and see all the great photos they shot while visiting the chapel: https://www.reviewjournal.com/life/las-vegas-chapel-does-rocky-horror-star-trek-elvis-weddings-video/

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Ron DeCar as Elvis drives a couple–in matching shades and sideburns–into the chapel and down the aisle! Photo Credit: Las Vegas Review-Journal

If you’d like just a taste of some lesser-known facts included in the story on our chapel, here’s an excerpt from the article, below:

(Ron) DeCar opened the chapel in 1999 after 14 years as lead singer and emcee in “Folies Bergere” at the Tropicana. He says the chapel typically hosts about 300 weddings a month. Its record is 550 in a month. On 7/7/07, 150 couples got hitched, and 230 on 11/11/11.
Just over half of all weddings at Viva Las Vegas are traditional. And the theme weddings? “I think it’s people who are, obviously, more lighthearted and want to do something crazy and don’t want to have a mundane, normal thing,” DeCar says.
But the day isn’t all about fog machines, flashing lights and costumed characters. There are also couples such as Lee McCulloch and Stuart Dootson, who came to Las Vegas from England to get married. They’ve been together 17 years, and while nobody is there to see them marry, the chapel live-streams each ceremony for far-off family and friends.
At 4 p.m. comes an Elvis-themed wedding. And while an Elvis wedding probably never can be devoid of cheesiness — vows include promises “every day of my life to be a hunka hunka burning love” and that “I will never have suspicious minds” — watching the couple end the ceremony by dancing to “It’s Now or Never” is sort of adorable.
With his entertainment industry know-how and hefty contact list, DeCar can concoct just about any sort of ceremony. He once put on a Liberace ceremony that included a song by a Cher impersonator, and another time crafted a ceremony that included Mr. Spock from “Star Trek” teleporting into a Camelot theme.
With lights, music, smoke effects, actors and, most of all, the sense of showmanship that go into every ceremony, “every half hour is a performance,” DeCar says.

Many of the folks who come to us for one of our creative wedding themes are renewing their vows for an anniversary, so don’t be shy about calling to do this, too, if you’re already married! For more information, visit our website or call us at 702-384-0771. www.vivalasvegasweddings.com

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And… We also do weddings in our Fonzy-esque 1950s Doo Wop Diner Chapel…

Friday October 13th Wedding Specials at Viva Las Vegas Weddings!

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Get married by the Prince of Darkness in a Gothic Wedding Special!

BEST GOTH WEDDING DATE EVER! Friday the 13th happens this October, and what a perfect wedding date for a hauntingly beautiful wedding in Las Vegas! Since it’s nearly Halloween, AND Friday the 13th, we’ve got Gothic and Graveyard Wedding Specials galore for couples who want something a LITTLE dark and different for their wedding or wedding wow renewal ceremony.

Friday the 13th weddings are almost like having an extra Halloween at our Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. We deck the place out as a cemetery with tombstones, fog and theatrical lighting. Choose from an array of scary ministers, too, or go for a full-on Rocky’s Horror themed musical wedding. Your Dracula or Grim Reaper minister emerges from a coffin to perform the ceremony, or select from a wide range of other horrifyingly cool character ministers. As an upgrade, you can even have live “vampires” flying overhead in the chapel during your candle lighting ceremony. Cobwebs and sinister organ music also enhance the gruesome atmosphere. Included in any of our Gothic, Graveyard, or Rocky’s Horror Themed Weddings are luxurious limo service, photos and flowers–black roses are most requested. See all of our Friday the 13th wedding specials at:http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com/las-vegas-wedding-packages/holidays-special-events/friday-the-13th

Our Gothic packages even include black roses. But you can also do blood red for Friday the 13th. Just let us know all your preferences and we'll make sure the unluckiest of days is the BEST when it comes to a fun and happy marriage.
Our Gothic packages even include black roses. But you can also do blood red for Friday the 13th. Just let us know all your preferences and we’ll make sure the unluckiest of days is the BEST when it comes to a fun and happy marriage.

If you’re more interested in a romantic ceremony by moonlight, we can arrange for a darkly romantic evening wedding in either our Outdoor Gazebo or Garden Chapels. You choose.
Call us at 1-800-574-4450 or 702-384-0771 to book your Gothic Style Wedding on Friday the 13th. (Also, it’s not too early to book those Halloween weddings, folks… It’s good luck to plan ahead! )

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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!

The Darker Side of Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel: The Gothic Wedding Package!

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Count your blessings as you say your vows with Dracula and become forever one! (RIP Bill Sewers, aka “Drac”–you are missed in the Gothic mists…)

May the Fourth Weddings in Vegas are almost upon us, and our “Wars” character impersonator ministers will be marrying and renewing vows for fans of the “Dark Side” who want to tie the intergalactic knot on that iconic date. But we also do “darker-side” weddings all year long. Our Intergalactic Themed Weddings are a hit with couples in every season, and the same is true for our VERY popular Gothic Themed Wedding. The package includes flowers (black, of course), haunting music and fog in a tombstone-bedecked cemetery, photography and video, plus round-trip limousine transportation. Dracula, the Grim Reaper, Elvira or Zombie Elvis marry you in a chilling ceremony that’s to die for! The sinister minister of your choice will step out of a coffin to perform your wedding ceremony by eerie candlelight. Add online streaming for those who can’t come to the graveyard in person…

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Gothic Weddings feature a Grim Reaper minister, but you can substitute Dracula, Zombie Elvis, Elvira, or…? to marry you in Goth style!

Don’t forget that costumes are practically de-rigueur for these dark-sided affairs…or at least consider a black bridal gown and veil. If you want to go full-on theatrical, fans of Rocky Horror might check out our “Rocky’s Horror” Themed Wedding, complete with live (mostly) musical production numbers. We’ll customize any of our packages to suit your particular tastes, too. To see all of our themed wedding packages, dark or otherwise, visit us at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com

Halloween is just six months away, and many folks who have a bit of the “Goth” in them plan a wedding for that night. Book early! It’s our busiest and darkest wedding night of the year! To view all of our Halloween 2017 Specials, visit: http://www.vivalasvegasweddings.com/las-vegas-wedding-packages/holidays-special-events/halloween
Be forewarned Goth grooms–grab your ghoul, and plan your dark and deeply meaningful wedding night…before it’s too late! We’ve attached a video sample of one of our frightful Halloween-style weddings. Hope to see YOU on the darkest night of the year. Or, whenever!
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Your Viva Las Vegas Themed Wedding INCLUDES Special Effects!

Elvis Pink Cadillac Wedding
Theatrical fog, lights, Elvis and a spectacular pink Cadillac entrance down the aisle!

When you book any themed wedding at Viva Las Vegas Weddings, you’ll get all the bells and whistles in your all-inclusive wedding package, plus theatrical fog and lighting! We want to make your wedding an EVENT, and there’s nothing like billowing fog surrounding you as you glide down the aisle accompanied by spine-tingling themed music! You’ll only find these kinds of special effects at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. You can bet that none of your guests will be expecting this kind of full-scale Hollywood-style production value!

If you choose our Elvis Pink Caddy wedding, Elvis drives you right down the aisle with high-beams piercing through the fog. Our Graveyard and Gothic weddings wouldn’t be the same without the cemetery tombstones, coffin for the minister (Dracula or Grim Reaper or Elvira or Zombie Elvis), and, of course, the cemetery fog! Rock ‘N Roll Themed Weddings with any music icon impersonator sizzle with our state-of-the-art lighting effects cutting through the chapel fog.

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Musical impersonator weddings are what we do best…fog makes it magical!

Our special fog effect becomes more like an ocean mist for our Elvis Blue Hawaii themed wedding or our Beach Party weddings. There’s also a heavy mist along the “river Nile” for our exotic Egyptian-Themed wedding in which the bride is carried down the aisle on Cleopatra’s Throne by two Egyptian manservants. If you decide on a more traditional wedding, or a simpler package at a more competitive price, you can always add theatrical fog as an upgrade, a la carte style.

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Our Graveyard and Gothic Wedding ceremonies are always shrouded in fog!

Check out all of our Themed Wedding Packages on our website at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com and see what other special, one-of-a-kind features we offer! Questions? Please call one of our friendly staffers at 702-384-0771, or chat live online on our website.

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!