Shotgun or Not, Las Vegas Has Hosted Its Fair Share of Celebrity Nuptials
Celebrities do it, movies feature it, so why not you? Think about it. You have the perfect locales for the bachelor/bachelorette parties, hundreds of 5 star restaurants to choose from for a reception dinner and plenty of hotel space to house your guests. Not to forget of course your choice of unique chapels to exchange vows in. Check out this list of 5 famous Las Vegas Chapels and the stars who got them there.
Chapel of the Bells: This wedding chapel has been in operation for over 40 years and has been featured in movies such as “Honeymoon in Vegas” and “Indecent Proposal”. Apparently the wedding go-to for talk show hosts, this is the “chapel of cheese, ” where the former Regis sidekick, Kelly Ripa tied the knot with Mark Consuelos and also where controversial Jenny Jones said I do during her days as a stand up comedian.
Graceland Wedding Chapel: Where else but Vegas will you have the option of an Elvis wedding package? With an offer like that it is no wonder that so many musicians including Billy Ray Cyrus and Jon Bon Jovi have chosen to get hitched here. This Vegas landmark, has been seen in movies such as “When Fools Rush In” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, featuring Johnny Depp in the most appropriate role of his career.
Chapel of the Flowers: Unarguably the prettiest of Chapels on the strip as well as the most technologically advanced, offering Skype weddings and live internet broadcasting. This is the spot where the gorgeous Carmen Electra made the 9 day mistake of her life with publicity hound Dennis Rodman. Likewise, Carrie Underwood gets married by mistake at the Chapel of the Flowers in her music video “Last Name”.
Little White Wedding Chapel: The one where Ross and Rachel get married on “Friends”, this chapel has been host to dozens of celebrity weddings including Bruce Willis to Demi Moore and Vegas’ own Brittney Spears to… What was that one’s name? One of its very first resulted in one of Hollywood’s longest running romances, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, who was blissfully married for just over 50 years.
The Little Church of the West: It certainly has been moved around a lot since opening its doors in 1942 on a little street that we now call The Strip. The oldest chapel in Vegas, this iconic site is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Not only that, but this is the only chapel that can boast the real Elvis in the building getting hitched to Ann-Margaret in the 1964 classic “Viva Las Vegas”. Like the short lived affair between these stars, celebrity nuptials performed here such as Richard Gere to Cindy Crawford, and Billy Bob Thornton to Angelina Jolie, do not have the lasting power that this chapel does.
While the Vegas cliché of a wedding may be an Elvis impersonator reciting vows to a drunken mess who just met at the craps table, venues such as these work hard to offer a beautiful, romantic setting for couples who really do want to say I do.