Las Vegas’ proud title as the “Wedding Capital of the World” is bolstered by a rich history and more than five million weddings.
Locals, but mostly tourists, marry here in traditional ceremonies, while some, for example, have Elvis impersonators oversee their weddings.
Themed or not, the city’s wedding chapels have been instrumental in upholding Las Vegas’ reputation as a wedding destination.
According to the Clark County Marriage Bureau, “With more than five million ‘I dos’ and more, Las Vegas hosts more weddings each year than anywhere else on the planet.” “For more than 70 years, the ‘Las Vegas Wedding’ has captured the public’s imagination as the most fast-paced, stress-free, fun and glamorous destination wedding.”
Marking the upcoming 70th anniversary since the London Daily Herald first declared the city the “Wedding Capital of the World” on September 23, 1953, Clarke County plans a massive vow renewal ceremony at Caesars Palace for that month .
For its part, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has compiled a list of some of Las Vegas’ historic chapels.
But first, a fun fact: Grace McGee and William C. Bright were married here in July 1909, just two years before the city of Las Vegas was chartered.
Chapel of West Algiers (1966–2003)
Located on the site of the soon-to-open Fountainbleau Resort on the Strip, the chapel was originally themed “Little Church of the West”.
Before closing, it changed its name twice, to “All Religions Chapel” and “Candlelight Wedding Chapel”. Notable boyfriends include Bette Midler, Barry White, and Michael Caine.
In 2017, officials transferred the structure to the Clark County Heritage Museum.
Graceland Chapel (1923–present)
The building, built over a century ago, was originally the home of Ollie McKee, who converted it into a wedding business in 1939.
According to a Clark County report on the marriage industry, at first they called it “Gretna Green”, named after the Scottish town where “announcement marriages” were popular in the previous century.
According to a biography of the chapel, on one occasion, Elvis Presley came to visit the chapel unannounced, prompting the owner to rename it in his honor after the artist’s death a decade later.
According to the Graceland Chapel website, celebrities who have been married there include “The King”, Jon Bon Jovi, Jay Leno, Salma Hayek and Leslie Mann.
Hitching Post (1923–1990)
Originally a private home at 514 Las Vegas Blvd South, the building was converted into a wedding chapel in 1934.
The chapel’s belfry was built in the 1950s, and the building was painted white over the next decade.
The building was demolished following the sale and redevelopment of the block.
An unrelated “Hitchin Post” wedding chapel continues to operate inside Circus Circus.
Little White Chapel (1955–present)
Located at 1301 Las Vegas Blvd South, the chapel strives to innovate in its wedding offerings.
For example, the first drive-thru wedding held in a classic pink Cadillac convertible.
Its website lists the weddings of Mickey Rooney, who was married there twice, Mary Tyler Moore, Britney Spears, Michael Jordan, James Caan, and the late Sinead O’Connor, among others.
Famous couples who have married there include Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, and Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.
Chapel of the Bells (late 1960s to present)
The chapel, originally built in 1955, has hosted weddings since the late 1960s at the current Fun City Motel, 2233 Las Vegas Boulevard.
He appeared in “Honeymoon in Vegas”, “Indecent Proposal”, “Mars Attacks!” starring local celebrity Nicolas Cage. Has appeared in blockbuster movies like and “Vegas Vacation.”
According to his website, his famous marriages include Kelly Ripa, Jenny Jones, Leslie Nielsen, Mickey Rooney and Mark Consuelos.
Chapel of Flowers (1955–present)
Located at 1717 Las Vegas Blvd South, the chapel was one of the first chapels to host weddings on the Strip.
It has been remodeled over the years, including the most recent “Married in Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, which pairs on the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign a few miles north in the tourist corridor. Can pose. ,
Some of the most iconic weddings include those of nineties power couple Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman.
Ronnie Vannucci, drummer of Las Vegas favorite group The Killers, worked there as a photographer while the band recorded their breakout album, “Hot Fuss”.
He told NME, “We rehearsed during the day and I went to work at night.”