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relationships A Taco Bell in Las Vegas is the only one with a taco-themed wedding chapel — take a look inside

06:26  19 march  2022
06:26  19 march  2022 Source:   insider.com

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The chapel has room for 25 guests and TV screens that can display the live ceremony video. Aimlee Photography/Flora Pop © Aimlee Photography/Flora Pop The chapel has room for 25 guests and TV screens that can display the live ceremony video. Aimlee Photography/Flora Pop
  • The Taco Bell Cantina on the Las Vegas Strip has a built-in chapel that seats 25 guests.
  • A viral TikTok showed the inside of the chapel, which costs $600 for a 30-minute ceremony.
  • Planner Victoria Hogan told Insider she averages about 30 Taco Bell weddings a month.

When in Vegas, you can get hitched at the Little White Chapel, a drive-thru, or ... Taco Bell.

Taco Bell's flagship Cantina restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the only Taco Bell with a built-in chapel. Enter the restaurant from the action-packed Strip, take the stairs, and you're standing in a serene wedding chapel … that's Taco Bell-themed.

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The restaurant opened in 2016 and includes a bar, merchandise stand, and a wedding chapel upstairs. Business Wire/AP Images © Business Wire/AP Images The restaurant opened in 2016 and includes a bar, merchandise stand, and a wedding chapel upstairs. Business Wire/AP Images

Partially enclosed on the second floor of the restaurant, the chapel is in a long room with a wall featuring flower decals and a lit-up archway.

The focal point of the chapel is a lit-up bell archway. Business Wire/AP Images; Courtesy of @heathersrad/TikTok © Business Wire/AP Images; Courtesy of @heathersrad/TikTok The focal point of the chapel is a lit-up bell archway. Business Wire/AP Images; Courtesy of @heathersrad/TikTok

The chapel seats up to 25 guests and has big screens that play the live wedding video.

The chapel has room for 25 guests and TV screens that can display the live ceremony video. Aimlee Photography/Flora Pop © Aimlee Photography/Flora Pop The chapel has room for 25 guests and TV screens that can display the live ceremony video. Aimlee Photography/Flora Pop

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"I was obsessed with wedding TikToks and thought other people may also like it. But then I realized people love obscure things," Heather told Insider.

Last year, her video of the Taco Bell went viral, reaching over 3 million views.

In her video, she explained that the wedding ceremony costs $600, but the couple can pay an extra $1,500 for a two-hour reception, which includes alcohol and food. By comparison, weddings in 2021 averaged $22,500, according to Business Insider.

"I was pretty surprised at how efficient it was and how cheap it was," Heather said.

A Taco Bell wedding includes an officiant, merch, and of course, tacos

The Taco Bell Cantina opened in 2016, becoming one of the first franchise locations with alcoholic drinks and the first and only with a chapel. In 2017, Taco Bell had #LoveandTacosContest sweepstakes for couples to win weddings.

The owner of Taco Bell's pop-up wedding partner, Flora Pop's Victoria Hogan, started working with the chain that year. Hogan, whose wedding service specializes in intimate weddings and elopements, acts as the wedding planner, officiant, and liaison between the couple and restaurant.

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"We bring everything to you. The whole idea is that we try to make it effortless," Hogan said, adding, "We scale it back to make the wedding about the couple."

She believes she's produced a couple thousand weddings with Taco Bell, averaging about 30 a month recently.

The original wedding package offered at Taco Bell for its 2017 sweepstakes is still available today. Business Wire/AP Images © Business Wire/AP Images The original wedding package offered at Taco Bell for its 2017 sweepstakes is still available today. Business Wire/AP Images

She helped create the $600 wedding package. As well as the 30-minute ceremony, the package includes a hot-sauce packet garter, bow tie, and matching flower bouquet to borrow, as well as customized couple T-shirts, a Taco Party Pack, Baja Blast Freezes in champagne flutes, and a Cinnabon Delights cake.

In true Las Vegas fashion, you only need to book 4 hours in advance

Hogan says some couples don't reach out to her before the ceremony, but others do consultations. She says the most crucial step beforehand is for couples to obtain a Nevada pre-marriage license and bring it to the ceremony so she can sign and file it for legal recording.

Hogan officiates the weddings with a pun-tastic script, and even does so sometimes as an Elvis Presley impersonator. On the ultimate Taco Tuesday — 2/22/22 — Hogan officiated a wedding dressed as Elvis for couple Jackie and Corey.

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Couple Corey and Jackie tied the knot at the Taco Bell Cantina by officiant and Elvis Presley impersonator Victoria Hogan. Aimlee Photography/Flora Pop © Aimlee Photography/Flora Pop Couple Corey and Jackie tied the knot at the Taco Bell Cantina by officiant and Elvis Presley impersonator Victoria Hogan. Aimlee Photography/Flora Pop

"I love doing these weddings," Hogan said. "They tend to be very light-hearted and we get the whole gamut of people who show up in a tux and gown to people that are dressed like tacos."

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