It’s little wonder Las Vegas has become known as the “Marriage Capital of the World” issuing a staggering 120,000 marriage licenses a year. Wedding chapels are in abundant supply along the Vegas Strip. There are no blood test or waiting period requirements for obtaining a marriage license in Las Vegas. Some of the most famous and loved celebrities have chosen Sin City as the locale for their nuptials.
1. Elvis Presley and Priscilla Anne Beaulieu
Elvis Presley married his 21-year-old bride Priscilla Anne Beaulieu on May 1, 1967 at the Alladin Hotel in a private ceremony. Their civil ceremony was performed by Nevada Supreme Court Justice David Zenoff. The raven-haired beauty, Priscilla, wore a white beaded gown while her heart-throb groom dressed in a black brocade dinner suit. Priscilla’s bridal makeup las vegas-style was dramtic with heavy eyeliner showcasing her amazing eyes at the ceremony. The King’s presence is still very much alive in Las Vegas with opportunities for Elvis-themed weddings at several Vegas venues.
2. Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton wed at the the Little Church of the West in Vegas wearing jeans for their twenty-minute ceremony. Jolie was 24 while Billy Bob was age 44 at the time of the May 5, 2000 nuptials. The couple who frequently displayed passionate kisses for the media apparently couldn’t keep the fires burning in their marriage. Thorton and Jolie were divorced by 2003.
Little Church of the West: Venue of Thornton and Jolie 2000 wedding nuptials
Photo credit Larry D. Moore via Wikimedia
3. Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow
Perhaps Sinatra used his baby blues and crooning at 50 years old to sweep 21-year-old Hollywood starlet Mia Farrow off her feet. The couple were married in a private ceremony at the Sands on July 19, 1966. The marriage was short-lived though. A divorce was finalized in 1968 and less than private. Sinatra delivered Mia’s divorce papers to the set of the film she was working on, “Rosemary’s Baby.”
4. Dennis Rodman and Carmen Elecktra
Retired Hall of Fame basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman married “Baywatch” model at the Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas on Nov. 15, 1998. Rodman almost immediately claimed that he had been extrememly intoxicated during the ceremony but it was Electra who filed for divorce in April 1999.
5. Britney Spears and Jason Allen Alexander
Pop Princess Britney Spears made headlines around the world when she married her childhood pal, Jason Allen Alexander, at the famous Las Vegas Little White Wedding Chapel on January 3, 2004. The couple wasted no time in dissolving their matrimonial union. The marriage lasted only 55 hours.
Britney Spears in 2012 – 8 years after her 55 hour marriage to Jason Allen Alexander
Photo credit rocor via Britney Spears
6. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
This couple was married at the El Rancho hotel and casino on the Vegas strip before it was destroyed by a fire. Newman and Woodward were married on Jan. 29, 1958 just one week after Newman divorced his first wife. Newman and Woodward remained married for fifty years until his death in 2008. Newman famously shared his opinion about infidelity by stating, ”Why go out for a hamburger when you have steak at home?”
Newman and Woodward celebrated 50 years of marriage followed their Vegas ceremony in 1958
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