Ever since Britney Spears got married and divorced within hours in a quickie Las Vegas wedding, interest has definitely sparked again in the concept of Las Vegas weddings, especially the quick ones. There are chapels all over Vegas that will allow couples to pop in at almost any time, get married, and go about their business.
One of the strangest relationships is the concept of being married by someone dressed as Elvis Presley, with a lot of Elvis memorabilia around. Elvis Presley signifies Las Vegas, and it has a lot to do with two things. One, he was the first truly big star to do an extended performance stint in Las Vegas. Two, he and Priscilla Presley got married in Vegas in a ceremony that only took 8 minutes. The wedding took place in a suite at the Aladdin Hotel. Elvis wore cowboy boots; country boy to the end.
Vegas weddings are the second biggest industry in the state; gambling is number one. The reason is simple; no blood test, no waiting period. The Marriage Bureau stays open until midnight during the week, and is open the full 24 hours each day during the weekend. Just walk in, pay your fee, and get married. Around 5% of all weddings in the United States occur in Las Vegas.
The most famous of the little chapels is called The Little Chapel of the West. Since opening its door in 1942, it’s been home to many celebrity weddings over the years, including all 8 of Mickey Rooney’s marriages. Even Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton were married there.
Las Vegas offers celebrities the perfect way to get married quickly, without the press knowing about it until the last minute, if then. Two stars from the past who did just that were Bing Crosby and Clara Bow, one of the earliest silent screen stars. Crosby got his license the day of the wedding, right at 9AM, so the reporters wouldn’t know about it. Bow’s wedding happened under the real story of her being taken from Hollywood for a rest to try to stave off a mental breakdown. It was decided by her and her boyfriend at the time that they should be married before she spent time with him on his ranch, so it happened on the spur of the moment.
Of course, Vegas is also known for different types of themed weddings. Some chapels have upwards of 10 different celebrity themes where couples can get married. They also have ready made witnesses, so you don’t have to worry about that. All in all, if you’re looking for something quick and glitzy, you can pretty much find it in Las Vegas.