Viva Las Vegas wedding planner Shannon

Meet Shannon, wedding planner birthday girl! We’re celebrating her special day because she has worked with Viva Las Vegas Weddings longer than any other staffer–more than 20 years! If you’ve called early in the morning to plan your wedding with us, as likely as not, you’ve spoken with Shannon. And we’re pretty sure you found her as warm and delightful as we do! In honor of her birthday, we’ll share an article about her from a few years back. Happy Birthday, Shannon! Here goes:

If you’ve EVER booked a Las Vegas wedding with us, chances are good that you’ve e-chatted, emailed or in some way communicated with our caring and bubbly wedding planner, Shannon. Shannon has been with us since even before the bricks-and-mortar Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel became a reality. You’ll be able to tell right away that she knows our Elvis, Themed and Traditional wedding packages inside out! Shannon can answer any question, and she’s able to make lots of wonderfully creative suggestions for your special day. You can actually “hear” her stunning smile over the phone and in her emails! Even better, she’s got the most amazing advice on making your wedding ceremony in Las Vegas a perfect representation of who you are as a couple.

As with many of our staff members, Shannon comes from an entertainment background. Because of her experiences in show business, she knows how to arrange a wedding that is a flawless “production,” one where couples can make all the choices to customize our many fun and varied wedding packages. We thought you might like to know a little bit about Shannon, since most of you won’t be lucky enough to meet her in person. Shannon works for Viva from her home in Lexington, South Carolina, since moving from Las Vegas to marry and start a family.

We asked Shannon to share a bit about herself and how she came to work for Viva Las Vegas Weddings:

“I was dancing professionally in LA when I decided to move to Vegas to see what work was available there. Luckily for me, I landed a spot as a dancer in the Siegfried and Roy Show at the Mirage. During that time, I met an Elvis impersonator, Ron DeCar, who was then performing Elvis weddings at various chapels on the Las Vegas Strip. In the beginning, we were both focusing on the wedding business during the day, but by night I’d dance with Siegfried and Roy, and Ron sang and emceed in the Folies Bergere at the Tropicana Hotel. Looking back on those days, I feel honored to have helped start a wedding business that has grown from 10 weddings a week to over 400 a month!”

Shannon continues, “I’ve worked for Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel for almost 17 years now. When I lived in Las Vegas, I was a wedding coordinator and a reception planner. I even performed in the weddings as a hula girl, showgirl, James Bond girl– I was even a singing waitress for a Gangster wedding! But, darn it, I never had the opportunity to be the first female Elvis! I moved to South Carolina 10 years ago, but even from across the country, I’m still able to continue on this wonderful journey with Viva. My duties here include answering chapel emails and reserving all the wedding bookings that come in through our website.”

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Shannon in a James Bond Wedding, the Bond Girl reclining at lower right

Asked about the best part of her job, Shannon says, “I love being able to interact with thousands of people from all over the world. They all have one thing in common, and that is to either get married or to renew their vows. So there’s a lot of thought and love behind every email I receive.”

On the flip side, though, Shannon describes the downside of her job this way: “Since I build relationships with many brides and grooms via email–sometimes planning up to a year in advance– it’s SO disappointing that we will not be able to meet in person. But, I’m grateful to be able to view their ceremony via the webcam, and to see their photos afterward. It’s SO great to put names to faces. Sometimes I even receive thank you letters that people have taken the time to write. I’m glad that I was a part of their wonderful experience at Viva Las Vegas!”

Shannon’s best advice on a Las Vegas wedding? “Plan it together! Both parties need to be involved and make decisions together. Who’s in the wedding party? What color are the flowers? What music will be played? What is important to the both of you that we might incorporate into your ceremony?” Shannon adds a few words of caution, though, based on her experiences: “Las Vegas is a crazy place where you can become sidetracked very easily! Save the drinks for AFTER the ceremony!” That said, once your unforgettable Viva Las Vegas wedding is over, Las Vegas is the BEST city to celebrate your vows.

If you’re planning a wedding and have questions about our many packages seen at, don’t hesitate to email our lovely and patient staffer, Shannon. She’s always delighted to help you, and you can contact her directly via email at or at A very Happy Birthday to Shannon, wedding planner birthday girl! You are simply THE BEST!!!