Immediately upon entering the lobby at the V Theatre, I notice some interesting characters milling around. So does my travel partner.
"Wow, these girls sure did dress appropriately for the show. They look like they're going to a real '80s wedding!" he whispers under his breath.
"They're part of the show!" I squeeze out of the corner of my mouth, averting my eyes and trying not to draw any attention from the three identically-clad girls in their tight dresses and stuffed bras.
They're too busy gossiping at top volume and incessantly chewing their gum to notice me anyway.
We're waiting to be seated for Tony n' Tina's Wedding, and these are, presumably, the bridesmaids. They're mingling with all the other guests, as well as a diverse group from Tony and Tina's families, the Nunzios and the Vitales.
Once we get inside and find our seats, we meet the other guests at our table and find out we're sitting with Sister Clare, the oh-so innocent nun who starts with best wishes but eventually can't believe what she's seeing: a pregnant bridesmaid, a stripper girlfriend and a drunk priest.
Slowly but surely, we identify other actors among the "guests." They're more animated, more opinionated and playing the room. They're mingling, although not always successfully.
The mother of the bride visits our table and tells us all about her daughter and how she wants nothing to do with her ex husband. Some guests are enthralled by her stories, others look like they want to shrink away into a corner until dinner is served (just like at a some real weddings!)
Then the festivities get underway, and the actors play up every stereotypical aspect of an Italian-American wedding. Tony and Tina fumble through their vows, Tony kisses his bride and then we're served a buffet-style chicken parmesan dinner and wedding cake. There are speeches (not without the usual embarrassing anecdotes and jokes about future children) and plenty of dancing.
If you're the type of person who's hesitant to participate in the cheesy dancing at a real wedding, Tony and Tina's special night won't be a turning point for you. But if you get a kick out of over-the-top actors and want to be an active participant, this may be the wedding of the year for you.
Who Tony n' Tina's Wedding is for: Those eager to participate in a show, not just observe it. People who love dysfunctional family sitcoms - if you love sketch comedy, you'll get a kick out of Tony and Tina's Wedding.
Who Tony n' Tina's Wedding is NOT for: Visitors looking for a unique, creative experience. If you're visiting Vegas expecting to see a classy and perfectly executed show, go see The Phantom of the Opera or a Cirque du Soleil show instead.
Tony and Tina tie the knot every evening at the V Theatre
inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas
. For more information visit http://www.tonyandtinavegas.com/