Vegas Wedding Chapels Seek Tougher Rules On Handbillers

A group of about ten wedding chapel owners in downtown Las Vegas is pushing the city to crack down on aggressive pamphleteering that they say is partly to blame for a decrease in weddings.

Weddings have decreased nearly eleven percent from 2004 to 2006
when there were nearly 113,000 weddings.

Some chapel owners place the blame directly on the aggressive handbillers who badger soon-to-be-newlyweds outside the Las Vegas
Marriage Bureau, hoping to steer customers into waiting limousines and stretch Hummers.

Rough estimates from visitor surveys say that 3 percent to 4 percent of visitors come to Las Vegas for a wedding.

The group is also looking at ways to make people in the industry more accountable.

One of the key steps could be requiring wedding chapels to obtain privileged business licenses, which require background checks as well as approval by the Las Vegas City Council.

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