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Being a witness for "quickie" chapel weddings in Vegas?

Discussion in 'Vegas Weddings' started by notfromconcentrate, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate High-rolling diner. Low-rolling gambler.

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    So, the title basically says it all.

    For some context, I'm planning on taking an afternoon on my upcoming trip (it will be either a Sunday or a Monday) to tour the stretch of wedding chapels between the strip and downtown. Sheer curiosity, just poking my head into each one. Possibly even Talk of the Town too.

    Anyway, as part of the experience, I'm fully open to the idea of playing witness to one or more weddings on the day I go. In fact, I'm not just open to it... I specifically WANT to do this. Reasons being an equal balance of (i) Doing a favour for a stranger, something that propels me through life, (ii) Getting a more in-depth look at how these "quickie" weddings work, and (iii) Having the cool anecdote of "I got to be a couple's witness at a wedding in Vegas!", along with the inevitable selfie I'll take with the newlyweds.

    So, on that basis, my question is pretty simple. I want to be a witness for one or more weddings, and I'd like to arrange it in an efficient manner that doesn't involve me holding up a cardboard sign that says "Please let me be your witness". Any ideas as to the best approach here?

    Side note... anyone know if any of the wedding chapels have video poker/slots? This would be an amazing addition to my "weird places I've gambled" list, probably topping my early-morning video poker session at a grocery store in December.
     
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  2. Marilynfan

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    I have no suggestions and wish you luck. I just wanted to comment that I can't imagine there are a ton of couples who are interested in a stranger sitting in on their wedding. It may be a novelty thing to you but it is still their wedding to them. The Chapel provides a witness. We got married at Chapel of the flowers. If you want to see how weddings work you can watch them in their website.
     
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  3. notfromconcentrate

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    Great points. Many thanks!

    From Google searches there seemed to be enough past interest on message boards on both sides of the equation (e.g. stranger wanting to be a witness, and couple wanting a stranger to be a witness), for this to be a “thing” even if it’s rare.

    I do know that chapels offer witnesses, though I don’t know if these are employees, or random witnesses such as myself that they procure through some “Hey tourists! Wanna witness a Vegas wedding?” type of thing. Seems like an easy enough way to get witnesses for free, that they can then charge the couples an extra fee for.

    For all I know it could be worth calling around to the wedding chapels, but I thought I’d seek out opinions and ideas here first.
     
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    Just get yourself an Elvis costume and hang out on LV Blvd around Little White Wedding Chapel. You may not get to witness a wedding, but I'm sure you'll witness something.
     
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    Married @ Little Chapel of the Flowers 25 years ago. Their limo picked us up at hotel, took us to get license, to chapel and back to hotel. The limo driver was our witness on paper - he didn't actually stand with us. Am curios to hear what your experience in trying will be.
     
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    Well--feel compelled to mention we were married at Chapel of the Flowers 20 years ago...
    LOL We would have been glad to have you as a witness/guest/whatever --we were sooo happy and the more the merrier...
     
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    Show up, and ask. I don't really see a way to set this up in advance. You'll want to get the go ahead from the proprietor and the couple. I "witnessed" many a Vegas wedding when researching my wedding guidebook.

    Don't overthink this.
     
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    You beat me to it. Video poker in wedding chapels? Why – they already have the highest of high-stakes gambling!
     
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    Young and stupid, I got married in 1989 at the Las Vegas Wedding Gardens.

    The marriage didn't make it through the end of that summer. Now I treat it like a funny anecdote of when I was, well, young and stupid.
     
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    We plan to tie the knot Oct 19. Come witness ours.
     
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  11. notfromconcentrate

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    If I'll be in the city around then, I will most definitely take you up on that! :)
     
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    Make sure that you bring a present!!! :clap:
     
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    This is a great idea but I'm not aware of any chapels that do it. Usually it is an employee. Here is a long shot but you could check out The Knot wedding forums. They have a vegas forum that I used to plan my wedding. You'd find lots of people planning their vegas weddings on there.
     
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    When Mrs.Vegas and I tied the knot in the nineties in Vegas the witness was owners wife it came as part of the package at the Little chapel by the court house it was just a cross the street after we got are license.
     
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    I am going to try to talk wifeyt2be to try to be part of any wedding going on while scoping venues on our August trip. We will dress appropriately and ask to witness or be a part of a wedding or two. Maybe...
     
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    it is not a bad idea.
    there are probably plenty of couples there that don't have a group of friends and family in tow.
    it would just be part of your Vegas wedding tale. "this random bloke was a witness at our wedding"
    I have never been married in Vegas, (nor anywhere else), but I have made many temporary "friends" just hangin out and I have plenty of fun and memories and stories to tell.
     
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    Stand in the drive through wedding chapel lane with your thumb out hitch hiking.
     
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  19. Emerson

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    I get what you are saying.

    I suspect in our case since we are legit casing the places to choose our venue we shoudl appear less threatening.
     
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    I think you should practice the accent a little, take off your glasses and just barge in and pose as Eddie from The Hangover.
     
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