What's the deal with Elvis wedding chapels?
November 20, 2010 7:02 PM Subscribe
Why are there so many Elvis wedding chapels in Las Vegas? Do they have permission from Elvis's estate to operate? Where did the connection between Elvis and weddings come from?
posted by rybreadmed to Society & Culture (6 answers total)
Don't get me wrong: I really like Elvis. But today I was watching Rock a Hula on Youtube
and suddenly thought, "What does this have to do with getting married?" Granted, my wife and I honeymooned in Vegas--so for me personally, there is actually an Elvis-wedding connection, but it's tenuous.
My wife and I actually went to a good ol' fashioned Elvis wedding in Las Vegas, officiated by an actual Elvis impersonator. It certainly was an experience, but it had me wondering. I counted, and there are not one or two Elvis chapels--there are 465,000 (I stopped counting after two, and am just guessing). Why are there SO MANY Elvis chapels? Why aren't there Beatles chapels? Have you ever seen a Jefferson Airplane chapel? There's no Cary Grant or Humphrey Bogart chapels I've ever seen.
What year did the Elvis chapel become popular? Was it before or after his death? Did it start with some sort of Elvis chapel business franchise? Is there some sort of way you can make sense out of this?