On December 16th, Cristina Ortiz and her husband Yazen had a short but sweet wedding in Las Vegas. But unlike a typical Las Vegas wedding, the couple said “I do” at Taco Bell.
In an interview with PEOPLE, Ortiz said the idea came after she found photos of a Taco Bell Cantina wedding online. The fast food chain’s website says its Catina flagship location in Las Vegas is offering wedding packages that include favors, a reception area and packet bouquets of Taco Bell sauce. The price of the package is $777.
“Originally we were planning to have a more formal wedding locally and put a non-refundable deposit on the venue and everything else. But we weren’t sure how much everything would cost, including the catering, flowers, open bar, etc. After reviewing the following, we decided: “Why not have a Taco Bell wedding?” ” said Ortiz, 27.
“As a food blogger myself and several foodies who love everything from fine dining to fast food, it seemed like a no-brainer once I thought about it,” she added.
When Ortiz and her now-husband first told friends they were getting married at Taco Bell, they were perplexed.
“Our family was supportive, but they definitely thought it was unconventional and were trying to move us in a different direction, but we knew 100% that this was what we wanted. ” she says. “After the fact, we could see that the whole family really loved it and it was definitely the perfect wedding for both of us.”
“We just envisioned a fun and memorable day filled with lots of love,” she continued. “We had some of our closest family members come along, and we livestreamed it for the family and friends who couldn’t make it. And it turned out to be the perfect small, intimate wedding.”
The Orlando, Florida, resident looks back on her special day and remembers how she walked down the aisle to her family humming the “Wedding March.” Ortiz said she won’t play music in the venue during the ceremony so as not to disturb guests downstairs.
“You’ll only be in the chapel for 30 minutes for the ceremony and reception, but you can stay as long as you like,” she says.
Ortiz added that her dress was purchased from a boutique shop in Miami called Leggenda Bridal. She says she knew this was the dress the moment she tried it on. “I thought it was very beautiful and I thought the style fit really well with the Las Vegas vibe,” she says.
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At the altar, the couple exchanged Taco Bell-themed vows, complete with puns provided by Katina. There was also an officiant at the venue. (Meanwhile, Ortiz said the couple, who met in college, plan to exchange real vows during their honeymoon to Iceland in the spring.)
Then they enjoyed party packs of tacos, cake cutlets, and even toasted with Baja Blast, which she says was “so much fun.” Ortiz added, “They gave me a bouquet of hot sauce flowers. It was so cute!”
“Unfortunately, I can’t keep it because it’s borrowed,” she says.
“The Taco Bell wedding package also included a Cinnabonde Lights cake, and it was delicious,” she says of the dessert offering. “It was filled with a cream cheese frosting that had a similar flavor to the Cinnabon Delight filling, and the cake itself was also topped with a Cinnabon Delight border, so it was like she had two desserts but she had one.” It was as if it had become.”
After their wedding, Ortiz and her husband are ready to spend the rest of their lives together. “We are so excited to continue our adventures together and live life knowing we have our people in our corner every step of the way,” she says.
“Throughout our relationship, we always knew that we would be two people forever,” Ortiz continued, adding, “We are truly best friends first and foremost, and the promise of marriage was just a matter of being together.” “It has further strengthened our resolve to not just be together.” It’s very comfortable to have people around. ”