On August 16, 1977, thousands — perhaps millions — of fans mourned the death of rock and roll icon and heartthrob Elvis Presley.
But that was not the first time hearts were broken worldwide by Elvis. On May 1, 1967, he and Priscilla Beaulieu tied the knot at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, thus taking one of the world’s most eligible bachelors off the market…and breaking hearts all over the world.
While you might expect a wedding for “the King” to be a huge affair, Elvis and Priscilla had a simple, short ceremony in a suite of the hotel. It was small and intimate with only three attendants (one maid of honor and two best men), and attended by a small group of friends of family.
Afterward they held a press conference and a breakfast reception for 100 guests. They held a second reception four weeks later at Graceland for family and friends who could not make it out to Las Vegas for the wedding.
Even the wardrobe was tastefully simple yet elegant. Elvis wore a black silk tux and cowboy boots in true Elvis fashion. Priscilla wore a beautiful dress of her own design — a white, long sleeved, silk chiffon wedding gown with a beaded yoke and trimmed with pearls. Her veil was secured with a rhinestone crown.
Sadly, the marriage only lasted six years. The couple was divorced in October 1973, but remained close friends until Elvis’ death in 1977.
The Presleys’ courtship and wedding were captured in home movies, as shown in the video below:
In the same elegant, “less is more” quality of Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding, Graceland (the Presleys’ iconic mansion home in Memphis, Tennessee) now offers wedding packages for honored visitors. According to Elvis.com:
Nestled in the woods adjacent to Elvis Presley’s beloved home, Graceland, this quaint Chapel in the Woods is the perfect setting for a wedding to remember.
The Chapel in the Woods even offers a webcast of your ceremony.
What do you think about Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding? Are you surprised at how small it was? Let us know what you think in the comments below.