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Newest chapel in Vegas casino is all about Instagram

Fri, Jan 18, 11:51am by Staff Writer

An 800-square-foot space called “Till Death Do Us Part” has opened at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, with claims that it will become the most social media-friendly spot in Vegas to get hitched.

The chapel was designed by street artist Josh Vides and is just one of the casinos many examples of culture and art.

Vides spoke to Forbes about his desire to create a concept that was social media friendly.

“When the ‘Reality to Idea’ concept came to life in March 2017, it was because I needed to make a drastic change with my creative abilities. I had to pivot my expression,” he said.

“I didn’t create the concept for Instagram, but once I painted the first object, I immediately recognised Instagram as the vehicle.”

He added: “I believe that social media is a tool. Some use it correctly and some for leisure. I like to look at social platforms the same way I look at my tool box. What can I accomplish and express today with what I have right here in front of me that can make an impact.”

The casino resort features a variety of art from contemporary, blue-chip and street artists.

There is original work from Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, James Dean and Timothy Curtis among others.

Creative director of the Palms Tal Cooperman was thrilled to work with Vides on this project.

Vides is a first-generation Guatemalan-American from Southern California.

He is best known for his signature concept called “Reality to Idea”. Vides has previously collaborated with brands such as Nike, Mercedes Benz and Puma.

“When I’m creating for the sake of creating, I have all control. Having a specific design established is usually connected to my commercial work,” Vides said.

The new chapel will open on January 18, 2019 with its cartoon-like backdrop set to cater for brides and grooms that are looking for an eccentric, photo-worthy ceremony, according to Brides.

In discussing his inspiration for the venue’s design, Vides said: “In 1982 Billy Idol released ‘White Wedding’, which is often considered one of his most recognisable songs.”

“With Idol’s residency at Palms beginning in January 2019, I immediately pictured a chapel in my white and black aesthetic as a staple experience during his stay in Las Vegas,” Vides said.

The “White and Black Wedding” offers four different packages for couples looking for a unique venue for their wedding.

Prices start from $250 and offer an hour in the chapel. The “Shotgun Wedding” package includes an hour-long ceremony and time for photos in the chapel as well as a complimentary bottle of Moet & Chandon Ice Imperial.

Mabel’s BBQ debuts at the Palms

Celebrity chef Michael Symon revealed his newest restaurant, Mables BBQ, right off the Palms casino floor last month.

The Cleveland-based chef features a menu of smoked brisket and pork belly seasoned with a blend of Eastern European spices and served by the half pound.

There’s also pulled chicken, brisket or pork tacos and sides such as baked beans, mac and cheese and poppy seed coleslaw.

The restaurant features craft beers on tap from Nevada-based brewers.

There is a secret room for 54 diners that features prime rib, Peking duck, grilled lobster and table-sized desserts.

The Palms Casino Resort opened in 2001 and is located near the Las Vegas Strip.

It has 703 rooms and suites with nearly 95,000 square metres of casino space.

It features a Michelin-starred restaurant and 2,500-seat concert theatre.

The resort is aimed at the 21-39 year old demographic and competes with the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino brand.

There are several nightlife venues within The Fantasy Tower including Moon Nightclub and The View.


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