Las Vegas weddings have been
victims of a bad reputation in some circles for years. An overweight Elvis
impersonator marrying you at 3am after a bottle of tequila is the archetype
image a lot of us carry.
But don’t let Hollywood’s
fantastic version of Vegas fool you. Some of the world’s most famous and well
respected couples have tied the knot in Sin City – with some making it to
happily ever after.
Sure, Vegas isn’t necessarily
the location you first entertain if your wedding is to be planned years in
advance with haughty bridesmaids, well orchestrated music, hundreds of guests
with meticulously designed seating and an uberexpensive photographer. However,
there’s no real reason that it shouldn’t be.
It’s not all about late-night
eloping in Las Vegas. A drunken night’s frenzy ending in matrimony is fantastic
movie fodder, but it’s far from the truth. The city of Las Vegas offers numerous
options for classy, traditional weddings—add a little of Vegas’ famous flair,
obviously—and any bride would be satisfied with the location after checking out
everything the city has to offer.
You’ll find numerous outlets in
Vegas catering to couples’ needs, including a wide range of chapels, banquet
rooms for receptions, bakeries and caterers, florists, clothing shops, photo/video options, high-end jewelry stores, and any
other type of business or consulting avenue you’d need to pull off a fabulous
And the truth be told: If a Las
Vegas wedding is good enough for world famous celebrities, then it’s definitely
good enough for the average Joe’s and Jane’s of the world.
You definitely don’t have to go
the private route with a small ceremony. But if you wanted to, you’d be in great
For many celebrities, Sin City
was much more than a gambling Mecca. Take famous musician and actor Jon Bon Jovi
for example. He married Dorothea Hurley at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in 1989.
Mr. and Mrs. Bon Jovi’s ceremony was private, quick and inexpensive. And Jon has
no regrets about his wedding location to this day.
If you were the greatest basketball player on the
planet, you may actually want to have your wedding there. That’s right. In 1989,
none other than Michael “Air” Jordan stopped in at the Little White Wedding
Chapel to marry Juanita Vanoy in a private ceremony.
You might not be able to seal
the deal with a five-karat marquise diamond ring like MJ, but you can certainly
book the location.
Long before Las Vegas competition, the world had a simple ebb
and flow. Las Vegas was the hub of all gambling, and Frank Sinatra—old blue eyes
himself—owned the city. Francis decided that Vegas was not only the perfect
location for his Rat Pack shows, but also to marry the 21-year-old Mia Farrow.
The two were married in a private ceremony at the Sands in 1966.
They were eventually divorced,
but that’s no fault of Vegas. Everyone divorced Sinatra sooner or later.
For everyone guessing that Billy
Bob Thornton’s and Angelina Jolie’s marriage wouldn’t last, here’s your chance
to give one big “I told you so” before moving on. But as unlikely as this couple
was as a pairing, the two superstar millionaires found an easy decision in Vegas
hosting the ceremony. The Little Church of the West was the location of the
wedding in 2000. It’s anybody’s guess as to where the divorce took place in
2003. The moon, perhaps?
The Mogul and the
Jane Fonda and Ted Turner
certainly aren’t the most loved people on the planet, but they sure did love
each other. This couple’s marriage lasted for a decade and proved that the
location didn’t matter quite as much as what most speculate. Ted and Jane were
married in Vegas in 1991, in a somewhat private ceremony, and neither party has
voiced regret over the decision.
What would Las Vegas be without
Elvis Presley – seriously? The King of rock-and-roll wasn’t just one of the most
successful singers of all time, or one of the most successful movie stars, or
Vegas performers. He also had one of the most famously successful partnerships
of all time, with his wife Priscilla Presley. Elvis and Priscilla (Anne
Beaulieu) were married in Las Vegas on May 1, 1967 in a private ceremony.
Undoubtedly, the King’s nuptials still rein supreme as the most famous ever
Not all of these marriages
lasted the long haul, but it’s evident that the wedding location has little to
do with a marriage after the fact. Las Vegas is one of the premier wedding
destinations on the planet, and you certainly don’t have to make it a private
ceremony. Large, lavish weddings are the Vegas forte that no one really knows