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Meet Reverend Robb Greer, the “Renaissance Man” of Viva Las Vegas Weddings

Rev. Robb relaxes between wedding at the Doo Wop Diner
Reverend Robb, an eloquent and gracious wedding officiant with MANY surprising facets!

At Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, we like to think our ministers bring a touch of refined dignity to our traditional marriage ceremonies, demonstrating a level of joy and compassion appropriate to the occasion. Themed or Elvis weddings, however, generally leave the licensed minister out of the spotlight during the actual ceremony. For those weddings, Elvis, Merlin, Dracula, or any of a wide range of characters do the honors instead. When it comes to Reverend Robb, though, he’s more than happy to step up to the plate.

In more than 12 years marrying couples in Las Vegas, Robb has many stories to tell. While his traditional ceremonies are particularly insightful and touching, he’s had a few wacky episodes at the altar, too. For example, due to his resemblance to Patrick Stewart of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame, Rev. Robb has donned the uniform and married couples for space-themed Intergalactic Weddings. (And what a pro! Rev. Robb has actually super-glued his fingers together for these ceremonies, since he claims he’s physically unable to do the hand sign for “Live long and prosper.”) If called upon to do a Beach Party themed wedding, Robb tosses on a sun-streaked wig and says “dude” a lot during the vows. If you know him as well as we do, you’ll find this hilarious.

Reverend Robb has been a minister in Las Vegas for over 25 years and graduated with a degree in theology from Vanguard University. There, a professor once told him regarding marriage, “Don’t look for someone else to make you happy. That’s too much of a burden to put on anyone. You must first find happiness within yourself.” What important advice would Robb give to couples who are planning to marry? “Focus on being the right person, not on finding the right person.”

Asked what he finds the best part of being a Las Vegas wedding minister, Robb says, “I love the excitement, and I love being around people. Knowing the wedding business as well as I do, it’s really gratifying to be able to disarm the anxieties people are feeling right before the ceremony. I always tell them, ‘I’m never going to leave you guessing what to do next.'”

Robb in Flower Shop
All in a day’s work, Rev. Robb may have also designed the bridal bouquet!

What’s his most memorable wedding? “There are so many! But I do remember a very nervous bride who sneezed just before placing the ring on her groom’s finger. She put her hand, with the ring still on her own finger, up to her nose to block the sneeze.” Robb continued to explain how he put her at ease after that awkward moment. He calmly said, “That should slip right on now!” Laughter ensued, and all nervousness was gone.

Most awkward blunder? “I mistakenly referred to a groom by the name of Steve, the groom from the previous ceremony. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Steve happened to be the name of the bride’s first husband.” Awkward!

Favorite ceremony to do? “Vow renewals. I love doing them. It is so significant and special when two people value their relationship so much that they marry all over again.”

Strangest request? “Well, once the rings were attached to a dog’s collar, and I had to bend down and take them off.”

Clearly, there are few dull moments in the life of a Las Vegas wedding minister. Still…

One day the chapel was frantically busy, and Reverend Robb was asked if he could help assemble boutonnieres for the next wedding. He did such a beautiful job…You know the story, if you do a job TOO well… Robb found himself arranging bouquets between weddings to pass the time, just because he enjoys it. Even though his arrangements are as beautiful and endearing as his vows, Reverend Robb’s first priority is officiating weddings, and putting couples at ease on the happiest day of their lives.

Reverend Daphne Tells All: “How I Became a Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel Minister” Part I

Rev. Daphne
Rev. Daphne relaxes between wedding ceremonies at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel

How does a person make the leap from being a focus-driven career woman to a minister at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel? Our own Rev. Daphne offers up her fascinating personal history, lending us some insight into her secrets for success in life, business, and marriage, too!

Early in her adult life, and long before her days as a minister, Daphne found herself a single mom, going to college at night and supporting her family working as a food demonstrator in supermarkets. Once the kids were in school, she could take on more classes during the day, but fell short of earning her bachelor’s degree. Says Daphne, “I discovered, being an older student, that the younger students gravitated toward me for group projects.” In a cooking class, Daphne worked with a team of six students, and they all looked to her to figure out what to cook with the given ingredients. “Kind of like Master Chef,” she explains. “Of course, I knew right away what to make–shepherd’s pie!” (Daphne is English-born, and had already cooked many meals for her family by this time in her life.) “I realized then that I didn’t want to be a teacher. By that time, I’d had so much pragmatic life experience. I felt I’d ‘been there, done that’.”

Meanwhile, in the working world, Daphne had met someone who was to become her mentor in the entrepreneurial pursuits that were to follow. She explains,”Everyone needs a mentor in business, to learn from them and build upon that foundation. I think if a person has a real talent to sell, then they can sell ice to Eskimos, as they say. I seemed to have that knack. But a mentor makes all the difference in developing that ability.” From her mentor, Daphne learned about the art and ethics of selling, how to show respect, and how to earn respect from customers and clients.

Daphne learned to keep promises to every client, whatever the cost. “Customer service is the most important aspect of doing business. If you pay attention to their needs and always follow through, you create a bond of trust and, ultimately, customer loyalty.”

It wasn’t long before Daphne bought the food demonstrating business she had been working for in Santa Monica, California. She built the business up from 80 employees in 1984 to over 1,000 six years later. Her new husband decided to quit his own job to help with the business, and they expanded to include fragrance and make-over demonstrators in department stores–in effect, they’d added a modeling agency.

As a result of her impressive success, President Gerald Ford invited Daphne to appear as a guest speaker for organizations all over the country, revealing the secrets of her accomplishments as woman and a leader in her industry. She was, in fact, the first woman he had honored with such a request. To this day, Daphne proudly displays her photograph with the President on the wall of her home.

Daphne notes that her professional life lessons apply to marriages, as well. Keep your promises. Be on time–no excuses. Pay attention to the needs of the other person. Follow through on what you say you’ll do. All those things go a long way toward creating the trust and respect that are the foundation of love, and a happy family, too.

Stay tuned for future blogs. Next time, Daphne tells how she made the transition from successful businesswoman to Las Vegas minister!