Hundreds of couples get married every year in Las Vegas at an Elvis chapel with "Elvis" as the officiant at their wedding. Elvis Presley was a rock and roll singer who was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, but grew up in Memphis Tennessee. However, he became a hit in Las Vegas in 1969 when his first show at the International Hotel was sold out. Here are the reasons why Elvis is a popular theme for weddings in Vegas.
The relationship between Elvis and Las Vegas did not start out as a romance. Elvis performed his first show in Vegas at the age of 21 in 1956. He was popular among teens, but not the typical entertainer that's found on the Las Vegas Strip. The crowd was older and not a fan of his genre of music. Elvis performed for two weeks, but his shows were not a success.
Elvis' popularity grew in Vegas in 1969, which was the same year that The International Hotel opened. His first show back in Las Vegas was performed at the hotel to a sold out crowd. Elvis went on to perform on a regular basis at the International Hotel for the next seven years. According to Las Vegas Sun, Elvis entertained over 2.5 million people at the hotel during this timeframe. It was during 1969 through 1976 that the bond between the city and the singer was solidified.
Viva Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas was a movie filmed in Las Vegas in 1963. It featured Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. The movie has a scene of Elvis and Ann-Margret having a Vegas Wedding. It is also believed that this movie is the reason for the name of Sin City's theme song, which is called Viva Las Vegas.
Elvis and Priscilla Anne Beaulieu were married in Las Vegas at the Milton Prell's Aladdin Hotel on May 1, 1967. He was 32 years old and she was 2l. According to People, the ceremony was in a quiet suite and lasted eight minutes.
Many couples are fans of Elvis and like the way his music make them feel. The large fan base is one of the reasons for the popularity of Elvis themed weddings at places like A Little White Wedding Chapel. It is also a fun way to exchange your wedding nuptials. Elvis chapels have save many couples from the hassle of having to spend weeks planning their dream wedding. Elvis themed weddings are popular in Las Vegas because the city pays homage to Elvis the entertainer.