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Remembering Elvis: Jan. 8, 1935 – Aug. 16, 1977

Elvis in Las Vegas
Photo by By Ollie Atkins, chief White House photographer (public domain photograph)

This week Viva Las Vegas Weddings (and the world!) will be commemorating the 38th anniversary of Elvis’s death. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone that long. Elvis is ever-present in our hearts here at the chapel. We hear his music every single day, both in his recordings (played in the background as Elvis weddings are being rehearsed) and as performed live by our amazing Elvis Tribute Artists.

Even though Elvis is all around us on a daily basis, you’d be hard pressed to find a staff member at Viva Las Vegas who ever gets tired of hearing his songs. Instead, we’re humbled by the small way we are able to carry out his legacy. We still dance around to his tunes when no one’s looking. And who knew Elvis’s memory would forever be shared by happy couples as a part of binding their lives together, beginning a lifetime of wedded bliss?

Some people think Elvis weddings take away from the sanctity of marriage. But we–and many of our couples–see it as adding to the joy of the occasion. We’ve always said that we see as many tears at Elvis weddings as at any traditional ceremony here. When guests jump up and dance to “Viva Las Vegas” at the end of the vows, the love in the chapel is absolutely palpable!

Elvis Jailhouse Rock
Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (now in the public domain)

Does anyone know how it came to be “the thing to do”—to get married by “Elvis” in Las Vegas? Seriously. We’ve been doing some research and can’t find ANYTHING. If you know, or have any good guesses, please share with us in the comments section. We’ve been performing Elvis weddings in Las Vegas since the 90’s and haven’t a clue. Even though we remember Elvis every day, we can’t remember when there weren’t Elvis weddings in Vegas.

We miss you, Elvis. You’re still “The King.” And, thank ya very much.

Get Married in Las Vegas on Elvis and Priscilla’s Wedding Day!

Elvis and Priscilla Las Vegas weddings
Tie the knot in Las Vegas on Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding date!

Elvis and Priscilla were married in Las Vegas on May 1, 1967 at what used to be the Aladdin Hotel–now Planet Hollywood. This year, that memorable date falls on a Friday, so if you’re thinking of getting married in Las Vegas with Elvis, it’s the PERFECT day to share an anniversary with the King of Rock and Roll!

Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding took place at 9am, followed by a lavish breakfast buffet featuring a 6-tier wedding cake that cost $22,000 in today’s money– about the price of a nice car in those days. You can do the lavish buffet thing at any of the incredible mega-resorts in Las Vegas, and you can even book the 9am time slot here at the chapel, if you want to be exact. We can recommend some of the top-tier buffets in town, or we can create a breakfast buffet reception right here at Viva Las Vegas– if you want to host a group of guests! We’ve got you covered. (For info on our buffets and receptions, give us a call a 702-384-0771) If you’re eloping, just you two, you can include live streaming online coverage of your ceremony, putting your wedding announcement and your personal photos on your free Viva Las Vegas Wedding website!

Elvis sang “Love Me Tender” at the reception, and we’ve got you covered there, too, if you have any of our Elvis wedding packages. We can even provide a Priscilla impersonator for your matron of honor. At Viva Las Vegas Weddings, we can create the customized package that has all the frills and fun you’re after.

For more information on all our Elvis, themed and traditional wedding packages, indoors or outdoors (spring has arrived in Vegas!) go to: wwwvivalasvegasweddings.com