Is a Sin City wedding on your bucket list? Lucky for you, travelling 2,348 km to the “Marriage Capital of the World” isn’t necessary to hit the chapel because the Mayfield Dinner Theatre is bringing Vegas to you. And, yes, Elvis will be in the building.
Mayfield Dinner Theatre and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel West Edmonton have partnered to create the Little Vegas Wedding Chapel on the Mayfield Dinner Theatre stage. With the lights dimmed and the curtains shut, it became apparent to Holly O’Neill, a Top 40 Under 40 alumna and director of sales and marketing for DoubleTree and Home2SuitesBy Hilton West Edmonton, that there was an opportunity to fill the void left by the theatre’s cancelled shows.
“We wanted something fun to do ourselves and give a light at the end of the tunnel and some light to the community,” says O’Neill. “If the little Vegas wedding chapel gives couples an opportunity to have a unique venue to get married and do what they need to do, that’s great.”
O’Neill and director of catering Tracey Vankeimpema wanted to offer a quirky setup for the countless couples they’ve had to reschedule — about 36 — since the pandemic began. Some rescheduled, some cancelled and some had opted for small weddings. If you fall into the former categories, the Little Vegas Wedding Chapel is for you.
“We recognized the challenges that our couples have been going through,” says Vankeimpema. “Once we realized that the only option the couples had were the 10-person ceremonies under current restrictions — that’s where the idea came up.”
The Little Vegas Wedding Chapel looks like a set out of a blockbuster movie. Walk downstage to the tunnel of love to say your vows while Marilyn Monroe stands by your side (in cardboard form, of course). Palm trees stand on either side of the altar, and curtains set the background in a sea of blue.
Oh, and don’t forget the cake! Seriously, you’ll have to bring your own cake to eat in the comfort of your hotel suite because the one on stage is, unfortunately, a prop. The props decorating the set might look familiar to you if you’re a regular theatre-goer — they’re from the prop closet from previous productions.
Couples can book their ceremonies starting from $750. Add-ons including booking a hotel suite or having Elvis as the officiant for couples who want the ultimate Vegas experience.
“We wanted to create a unique opportunity that is price effective to give these couples options, and the Mayfield Dinner Theatre’s Little Vegas Wedding Chapel is for that couple that just wants to have that fun, kooky, unique experience,” says O’Neill.
The wedding setup is eccentric in itself, but O’Neill wants to work with couples to make sure their Little Vegas Wedding Chapel ceremony is everything they’ve dreamed of and more. Couples are encouraged to bring props if they want, and the hotel provides technology to livestream the ceremony, so family and friends don’t have to miss out on the fun.
Couples can book their micro weddings, elopements and vow renewals at the Little Vegas Wedding Chapel now until August.
“It has been a dark, gloomy time, and we want to bring a little light, and we’re hoping this Little Vegas Wedding Chapel will be that light,” says O’Neill.
Call the events team at (780) 930-4000 for more details on booking your Vegas chapel wedding.