Viva Las Vegas ~ Our Wedding With Elvis!
Hey there, Gadabout Gal Kelly here.
Ya know...contrary to what you may have seen in the movies & TV, not ALL people who wake up married in Las Vegas...experience drunken, spur of the moment/crazy nuptials.
My husband Jason and I actually planned our fun Las Vegas destination wedding 6 years ago on June 30, 2012...AND we brought our whole Fan-Damily along for the ride!
(and ELVIS too!)
No, Elvis was NOT singing my favorite song, 'A Little Less Conversation A Little More Action Please.'
When Jason and I decided to get 'hitched' in 2012....we also decided that we wanted it to be fun & memorable and to include our whole family. I mean...why not?
We discussed various fun wedding destinations and venues. But when I looked online and found the Graceland Wedding Chapel...AND an Elvis that could walk me down the aisle?
Oh seriously? Our Vegas wedding plan was in motion.
Graceland Wedding Chapel (with ELVIS): https://www.gracelandchapel.com/
We informed our family about our plans and booked the date, flights and hotel rooms. Having them ALL there with us was the best part, by far.
Having all 3 kiddos there was very important to us, we LOVED having them by our side for this special event!
We all stayed at the New York New York Hotel. We could see the heart-shaped pool from our 'Room With A View'. LOVED that!
For the day before our wedding, we organized a fun family brunch so that my parents could meet Jason's parents and family. Our daughters Kate and Mikyla had seen a 'Man vs. Food' episode about the Vegas Hash House A Go-Go...and their CRAZY extreme Fried Chicken Eggs Benedict...AND super BIG portions.
Hmmm...since we ALL were going to Vegas....and we ALL love food....why not go there to celebrate together and enjoy some crazy/good food?!
Hash House A Go Go did NOT disappoint. As you can see by the pics below....everyone was pretty much bowled over by the size...AND delicious-ness of their meals.
Hey....as we like to say at OUR hash house.....
GO BIG or GO HOME.
Check it out...
Mmmmm....the spicy Bloody Marys were just as good as the food!!!!
Definitely check out Hash House A Go-Go...they have restaurants in 11 locations, many in fun destination cities:
Hash House A Go Go: https://www.hashhouseagogo.com/
GETTING OUR MARRIAGE LICENSE
Want to tie the knot in Vegas?
Welcome to the club.
Clark County (the county where Las Vegas is located) issued more than 80,000 marriage licenses in 2013 alone.
80,000 marriage licenses???
Ever the gal who does the intense internet research....
I found many sites to give me the scoop about getting our marriage license and making sure that it was actually LEGAL if we got married in Vegas.
Despite the reputation, Las Vegas doesn't just give it up to anyone when it comes to getting married. You still need a marriage application. Thankfully, couples can speed up the process by filling out their marriage application in advance and bringing the completed application with them.
The form must be submitted in person and applications and marriage license instructions are available on the marriage bureau's website.
Click below for marriage application info & instructions:
That's what it's like to get married in Vegas.
No blood tests, no waiting period, no hassle.
Just wham bam married ma'am.
THE COST OF MARITAL BLISS
In the long run, getting married may cost you lots of things:
Many other precious things.
But as of right now, it really will only cost you $77.
That's for the marriage license.
It's payable by cash, cashier's check, money order or credit card
(with an added 2% plus $1.25 service charge for credit card transactions for a total of $79.79).
So..we were prepared for all of this, and when Jason and I got to the Clark County Marriage License Bureau, we were greeted with THIS sign:
Luckily, we were both sober.
We got to stay and get a license.
WHERE WE DID IT ~THE GRACELAND WEDDING CHAPEL
All of my Vegas wedding research led me to one place: the Graceland Wedding Chapel. They started it all over 25 years ago as the first chapel to specialize in Elvis-themed weddings.
I'm talkin' ELVIS.
Walking me down the aisle...as he plays the guitar and sings.
The Graceland Chapel has been a part of the Las Vegas Strip for over 70 years and is one of the most prominent chapels for a wedding in Las Vegas.
Did you know: a Las Vegas wedding is one of the most appealing wedding ideas to celebrities too! Jon Bon Jovi was married at the Graceland Wedding Chapel and in 2001, he actually held a concert in their parking lot with 75 couples who renewed their vows with him!
Other musicians such as Billy Ray Cyrus, Aaron Neville and members of popular groups such as Def Leppard, KISS, Deep Purple and The Thompson Twins have all tied the knot there as well.
Definitely good company.
Bottom line, whether you are looking for a traditional ceremony or a signature Elvis Wedding in Las Vegas, the Graceland Wedding Chapel can serve your needs.
Check out some of the pics below from our FUN Graceland Wedding Chapel ceremony ~
Elvis was quite the gentleman ~ before, during and after the ceremony.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. and Mrs. Blanton have left the building."
OUR WEDDING VIDEO
If you're interested (and you have 5 minutes to spare), you can click below and watch our ENTIRE wedding ceremony...with our family and Elvis...at the Graceland Wedding Chapel :
(Psssst....you might want to have tissues handy, ya know..if you're that kind of wedding guest.)
AFTER THE CEREMONY ~ Post-Wedding Photo Shoot at the Neon Museum
So...this was the EXTRA SPECIAL....ADDED BONUS...part of our wedding in Vegas.
In my research about Vegas weddings and locations, I found out about the Neon Museum.
Crazy/cool serious bucket list material.
Must see. Must do.
I contacted a FAB local photographer ~ Olga from Dott Photography (https://www.facebook.com/DottPhotographyLasVegas)
and I scheduled a post-ceremony photo shoot with just Jason and I at the iconic Neon Boneyard, located at the Las Vegas Neon Museum.
SERIOUSLY FUN, FAB & CRAZY/COOL.
From their site:
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. The Neon Museum campus includes the outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard, a visitors’ center housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby and the Neon Boneyard North Gallery which houses additional rescued signs and is available for weddings, special events, photo shoots and educational programs.
You may view the collection through either an hour-long guided tour, a self-guided tour or on a limited-access basis. Tours are available seven days a week and tour times vary based on the season.
Dedicated individuals from the private sector, as well as corporate and government entities, worked collaboratively to promote the preservation of these national treasures as significant pieces of artistic and historical importance.
Each sign in the Neon Museum’s collection offers a unique story about the personalities who created it, what inspired it, where and when it was made, and the role it played in Las Vegas’ distinctive history.
Check out some of the FAB pics Olga took of us at the Neon Boneyard
(we also made a quick stop at the iconic Welcome To Las Vegas sign):
If you're gonna get married in Vegas....
And you want some fab pics....
Why not get yourself as close to Vegas neon signage history as possible?
Once in a lifetime stuff.
We recommend it.
I will never forget that day.
We DID get married at the end of June.
The temperature that day in the Neon Boneyard was about 108 degrees. I was in a sleeveless white lace dress. Not too uncomfortable.
Jason was in a 3-piece BLACK tuxedo. LOTS of heavy layers.
Let's just say, he was very warm and less inclined to do some crazy stuff...but he DID pick me up for some of the shots...AND he is even SMILING.
(I honestly think it's a painful smile....but really, I'm the only one who knows that. At least, until now.)
It's around 2 pm in Vegas and about 108 degrees. The photographer tells Jason to pick me up and smile. Ha. That is a look of PURE PAIN on his face, LOL!
So basically, that's the lowdown about our fun family wedding with Elvis in Vegas...and the FAB photo shoot we did at the Neon Boneyard afterward.
You know what they say...."What Happens In Vegas, Stays In Vegas."
Until you post pics on your blog.
TRAVEL TIP: Although Las Vegas is synonymous with casinos and gambling...there truly is SO much more to the city than that. Great restaurants, wonderful & affordable hotels and fun shows & attractions. Las Vegas is a city with EVERYthing for EVERYone and it NEVER sleeps. Definitely check out Vegas if you are looking for a FAB fun trip/vacation/getaway and you want to experience something truly...EXTRA.