Life is full of ironies, isn’t it? Interestingly enough, the place that has been dubbed for years as being “Sin City” is also one of the most popular destination wedding places for between 7,000-9,000 couples; not each year, but every month.
So many people flock to Las Vegas to gamble, shop, check out shows and also to get married and the city couldn’t be more pleased. So much so, in fact, that more and more people are finding ways to capitalize on the tourists that come through. Entrepreneurs James Cass and Andy Gonzalez are two examples of this very fact.
They are the inventors of what is known as “The Las Vegas Wedding Wagon”. And, although it is not exactly a wagon that they drive, chances are, when you see the purple mini-van coming your way, it will probably still catch your attention.
So, what is it exactly? Well, as Cass and Gonzalez see it, since so many people are getting married in Las Vegas anyway, rather than having them go through the “inconvenience” of going to a chapel, they will actually bring the wedding to the couple (that goes to their website or calls or texts the number on the side of the van). You see, the van is actually what holds all of the things that a couple would need to make their wedding day happen including a minister, an altar, photos and even floral decorations. Plus, after the 10-minute ceremony is over, you even get a souvenir from the momentous occasion: a T-shirt that says, “We got hitched at Las Vegas Wedding Wagon”.
According to the co-founders, the inspiration actually came from what is known as “The Hangover Bus”, which actually provides “intravenous therapy” to individuals in Vegas who may have done a bit more partying than they planned. When Cass and Gonzales realized that real money could be made from such a venture, they took a more sentimental approach. They got ordained online and, for only $99, couples can get hitched. You can even request where you’d like to go (within reason, of course) to have the ceremony performed.
While some people may be a bit skeptical about it all, the “wedding wagon” is already getting quite a bit of attention. ABC News has given it some coverage and there have been several couples to take advantage of the opportunity thus far.
However, there is always another side to every potential love story. Although thousands of people get married in Las Vegas annually, their divorce rate is pretty high too. There are approximately 6.6 divorces per every 1,000 marriages in Sin City, and at one time, Reno was actually known as “The Divorce Capital of the World”. That definitely brings a whole new meaning to “haste makes waste”.
But we certainly cannot hold Cass and Gonzales responsible for that. After all, it’s a wedding wagon, not a premarital counseling bus (maybe someone else will come up with that next).
So, if you’re in love, have a marriage license, are in Vegas and you’re looking for some event locations, give those two guys a ring (or text or email them online at LasVegasWeddingWagon.com). They’ll be more than happy to bring the wedding to you and in 10 minutes, you can go from single to married; hopefully for longer than the time it took for them to get to you. Here’s hoping.