LAS VEGAS, NV — The bride and the groom in masks.
This is the new norm in the wedding capital of the world, Las Vegas.
At the Little White Wedding chapel — guests’ temperatures are checked by an infrared thermometer and provided with sanitizers, masks and gloves.
A new routine that has become a familiar scene.
This couple from New York, who recently exchanged their “I Do’s” in Las Vegas, said that taking these extra steps is for everyone’s safety.
“We don’t want to risk affecting anyone in a negative way. If this is a small price to pay to do what we want to do it’s totally worth it,” said Adam Diane, the groom.
At a Filipino-owned wedding chapel located inside a casino, the owner hopes that, as casinos begin reopening on June 4th, it will encourage couples to come back to Sin City, while adhering to extra safety measures.
Marina W. shared how the pandemic has impacted their business.
“We are a flower shop also so we got a lot of cancellations for the flower orders, wedding parties, conventions, so it’s really tough for us. So we hope that we are gonna start all over again and we hope for the best result.”
Meantime, for Dolly Deleon, officiating on-site weddings away from her wedding chapel has worked for her business amid the pandemic.
“Mostly what we are doing right now a lot of wedding a lot of wedding officiant such as myself, we go by on-site weddings meaning being a mobile minister, a lot of times photographer.”
Amid the pandemic, the Las Vegas Marriage License Bureau issues an average of about 70 marriage licenses a day, well below the more than 200 licenses per day issued before the COVID-19 crisis.