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Meet Monica…And Let Her Help You with YOUR Viva Las Vegas Wedding!

Las Vegas Wedding Planner
Here’s Monica, hard at work scheduling weddings and helping with all those wedding details!

Chances are good that when you call Viva Las Vegas Weddings to book or plan your wedding day in Vegas, you’ll speak to Monica, one of our friendliest and most helpful wedding staffers! (She’ll even chat with you online on our website at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com Monica is a HUGE asset to our chapel, since she’s among the rare few NATIVE Las Vegans. (It seems that almost all of our residents came from somewhere else and have migrated to Vegas because of its climate and great career opportunities.) Because Monica grew up here, she knows the city very well and is a good source of advice not only on wedding ideas, but also on great things to see and do while you’re honeymooning in Vegas!

On her days off, Monica loves hiking at nearby Red Rock Canyon (check out our Beautiful Red Rock Wedding Package and the stunning scenery on our website!) or walking along the Las Vegas Strip, checking out all the casino and resort happenings. (You can ask her about her favorites when you call!)

Asked about the best part of her job, Monica says, ” My favorite part of working at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel is meeting people from all over the world and seeing how in love and happy couples are.” When asked what the hardest part of her job is, she replies “Nothing really! Viva Las Vegas is a very well organized company and well-maintained.” (We will ask her again on Valentine’s Day or Halloween, when we’re doing up to 100 weddings in a single day!)

We also asked Monica about the sweetest, funniest or most memorable event she has witnessed at the chapel. “Something I will always remember is (when) one of the wedding guests surprised his girlfriend. He asked her to marry him at the chapel, when she thought they were only here to see his dad renewing his wedding vows. The girl had no idea she was about to receive a marriage proposal!”

Wedding Limo Vegas
From the planning to the kiss, our wedding staffers aim to make your Las Vegas wedding experience seamless and memorable!

Sometimes the best stories our wedding staffers have to share are about the funny things that can go wrong during a wedding. For Monica, this was when a beautiful bride tripped on her dress as she was walking down the aisle. If you ask our wedding planners for advice, they’ll nearly always tell brides to practice walking in their wedding dress and shoes before the ceremony. Make sure the dress isn’t too long, and make sure to practice walking on carpet in heels! (Of course, this doesn’t apply to brides who opt for barefoot for the Elvis Blue Hawaii or Beach Party Themed Weddings!)

Offering up further advice for couples planning their weddings, Monica adds, “Always ask for help and plan ahead of time. Don’t assume something is a certain way–actually spend time doing research and asking experts on the process of getting married.” When you book a wedding at Viva Las Vegas Weddings, you’ll receive an online packet with instructions for every aspect of your wedding day. Reading it and asking questions ahead of time will make sure that your day is exactly what you dream it to be, and that all goes as perfectly as possible!

Say “hello” to Monica if you call or see her at the front counter on your wedding day!

Vegas Wedding Planners
Coming soon: Meet Monica’s colleague, Alondra!

Why Marriage is Not For YOU

Secrets to a happy marriage
How do you know he or she is THE ONE?
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At Viva Las Vegas Weddings, we’re always defending the sincerity of the wedding ceremonies performed here, mostly because Las Vegas has somehow gotten a reputation for quickie, less-than-heartfelt vows. That’s not what we see on a daily basis. We see the same love, joy and tears one would expect in a church wedding back home. But each couple here has chosen to go about the formalities a bit differently than most. And, in our opinion, that’s as it should be. Having the right ceremony for YOU.

But how does any bride or groom know they’re marrying the right person? We came across a blog that stunned us in its simple approach to this universal mystery. In the past, we’ve shared advice from our insightful ministers and wedding professionals. But this particular philosophy knocked us all on our tushies: “MARRIAGE IS NOT FOR YOU!”

Don’t panic if you’re about to head to the altar. What this means is that you don’t marry someone to make you happy. You marry someone to make them happy. When you marry, it’s about fulfilling the other person’s wants, hopes and dreams. You marry because you know you can make the other person’s life happier than anyone else can. Not marrying for you simply means that you plan to consider the other person first in all you do. You are willing to make compromises for the sake of the other’s happiness. (And, by the way, this willingness and perspective must go both ways.)

Marriage and how to succeed at it
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We think this idea is worthy of some serious thought. We’d like to share the full article with you. You’ll find some deep relationship wisdom that makes a great read before your wedding day. Best wishes to all of you who just know marriage isn’t for you: http://sethadamsmith.com/2013/11/02/marriage-isnt-for-you

See you at the altar!

Reverend Daphne Tells All: Signs of a Happy Marriage Ahead

Reverend Daphne
Our own Reverend Daphne of Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel

After nearly 15 years of performing ceremonies at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, Reverend Daphne has the art of predicting a marriage’s chances for success down to a science. Or, at the very least, she can spot signs that things may not always go blissfully in the future.

“It’s all in the details,” according to Daphne. “For one thing, I can tell a lot by how grooms handle the business part of things. Some guys seem a bit exasperated, and pull out a messy wad of bills from their pockets. Some forget the marriage license, or leave the rings back in the hotel room.” While acknowledging that this just may be pre-wedding nerves, Daphne also feels, “It more or less conveys a feeling of unpreparedness for a very big life event.”

At the opposite end of the spectrum are couples who arrive with pre-prepared envelopes, even including a thank-you note. Daphne thinks this kind of advance thoughtfulness and preparation show that the couple has a deep respect for others, and an innate sense of gratitude. “Those two qualities go a long way toward ensuring a happy marriage ahead,” Daphne observes.

Even though traditional weddings are often fairly solemn occasions, Daphne is always ready to add to the fun factor, if it’s requested. Her ceremonies are generally intimate and personalized affairs. Very often they are quite touching and involve kleenex. But Rev. Daphne is also a big ham. “I always wanted to be on the stage when I was younger. Life more or less got in the way of that, but I’ve recently come to realize that I am performing, and on a stage, at that!” Daphne once performed a wedding dressed as SpongeBob Squarepants, at the request of the groom—as a surprise to his SpongeBob-loving bride!

Daphne and Bride
Rev. Daphne chats with a beautiful bride just before her ceremony

Daphne also revealed that she carries a studded leather collar, jacket, and do-rag in the trunk of her car, in case she’s called upon to perform a Harley-Davidson wedding at the last minute. As always, our own Reverend Daphne sets the example for how to be truly, thoughtfully prepared for anything.