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!”
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!