Sunday marked 43 years since the death of Elvis Presley. His memory lives on through the many Las Vegas weddings conducted by Elvis impersonators. But what is the story behind these ceremonies?
As it’s so easy to get a marriage license in the state of Nevada, many couples flock to the bright light city to tie the knot. With over 80,000 marriage licenses issued each year, Las Vegas is even known as the marriage capital of the US.
In fact, this phenomenon is so popular that the Las Vegas wedding bureau stays open until midnight each night, every day of the year.
However, Elvis weddings are still the King of them all.
So why do so many flock to this Las Vegas to have their wedding officiated by an Elvis Presley impersonator? Here are just some of the reasons.
When did Elvis weddings begin in Vegas?
In 1947, Gretna Green wedding chapel opened for business in Las Vegas. This was the city’s first wedding venue.
Following his death in 1977, the owners of Gretna Green chapel changed its name to Graceland Wedding Chapel.
And so, it was born – the first wedding chapel in Vegas dedicated to Elvis.
Why have an Elvis wedding?
“Do you promise to always be her hunka hunka burning love?” ‘Elvis’ asks
“Uh-huh-huh” responds the groom.
In the words of The Elvis Chapel, why have a generic ceremony when you can have fun?
During his life, Elvis was such a huge part of the fabric of Las Vegas, that when many people think of the city he automatically springs to mind.
This makes his impersonators the perfect wedding officiant for many tourists and provides them with an authentic Vegas experience.
What to expect from an Elvis wedding in Vegas
There are many different packages available at different chapels around the city.
Some options include having Elvis sing a song of your choice, Elvis walking the bride down the aisle, and even costumes for the couple to wear.
Many chapels also provide the option for videos to be taken and then uploaded to the chapel’s YouTube account.
The fact that 43 years after his death, Vegas is full of Elvis Presley impersonators you can take a photo with, get your wedding officiated by, or watch perform a show, is a testament to The King’s enduring legacy.
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