Las Vegas is undoubtedly well-known for the famous and sometimes, notorious, knots that were tied in its dazzling chapels or hotels. Indeed, long before us lesser-known folks decided to get hitched in Vegas, a string of celebrities paved the way for romantic albeit spur-of the moment weddings. The Always and Forever and the White Wedding chapels are actually reputed as two of the most favoured marriage venues among the rich and famous.
So, here’s a list of some of the most popular Vegas celebrity weddings.
Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu
One of the most popular- if not the most popular- Vegas wedding of all time, Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu’s union enchanted fans from all across the globe. Their wedding was quite a lavish affair for 1967, but the invitation was only limited to close friends and relatives. A makeshift altar was quickly set up in the posh Aladdin Hotel and the intimate ceremony was followed by a more laid-back reception that included no less than 100 guests. Unfortunately, though, in spite of the deeply romantic ceremony, their union couldn’t make it past six years.
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
This couple has notoriously been acclaimed for their wildly unconventional union at Vegas’ Little Church of the West. Indeed, in May 2000, Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton turned up in Vegas wearing blue jeans and shoddy-looking shirts for their wedding. In a typically gory and somewhat creepy gesture, the newly married couple decided to wear vials of each other’s blood strung in necklaces around their necks. However, in spite of their vampire-simulated love, neither one of them was able to make the marriage work and called it quits after a mere three years. So long, Vegas!
Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow
In spite of the thirty year gap between their ages, the deep-voiced crooner wedded Mia Farrow in a surprisingly elegant Vegas affair. However, in stark contrast to other celebrity weddings, Frank Sinatra wanted to keep things classy and ditched the drive-through chapels in favour of Jack Entratter’s Vegas home. Several well-known guests were in attendance and this union looked like it was actually going to last. Sadly, though, Frank and Mia separated after bitter fights about her unavailability to star in his movies. Mia was actually served with divorced papers during the shooting of one of her most-acclaimed movies, ‘Rosemary’s Baby.’