Wednesday, April 3, 2013 | 2 a.m.
Adding to Las Vegas’ plethora of wedding options and styles, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will host a 20-person faux group wedding at its Pop Up Wedding Chapel this Saturday.
While not a legal wedding, 20 couples, friends and even pets were selected via an online contest to take part in a special complimentary ceremony celebrating the many relationships. Applicants were asked to submit a photo and a statement explaining why they should be selected in 200 words or less via Cosmopolitan’s Facebook page.
The contest’s grand-prize winner, N. Melanio Flaviano, will receive a one-night stay at the resort for a faux honeymoon with his partner of 25 years.
Because the two can’t legally marry, Flaviano, who lives in San Diego, says the contest was a perfect opportunity to celebrate their anniversary, and for his 80-year-old mother, who lives in Las Vegas and cannot travel, to be able to attend a wedding of sorts for her son.
“This might be the closest she can see to me getting married,” he says. “And with the Supreme Court, it’s very relevant right now. Of course, we didn’t plan it that way, but it seems like everything is going into place. We’re looking at this hopefully as a dress rehearsal for a real wedding.”
The Cosmopolitan reopened its Pop Up Chapel for a second season in February. The chapel offers several wedding experiences for guests, including traditional legal ceremonies, commitment ceremonies, lighthearted faux ceremonies between friends and even pet weddings.
This Saturday’s group faux wedding will be held at the Cosmopolitan Pop-Up Chapel located on the Strip front from 6 to 8 p.m.; passersby are welcome to watch. For more information about the chapel, visit the Cosmopolitan’s website.