All shook up – An Irishwoman’s Diary on Elvis, weddings and Las Vegas

‘Wedding Capital’
Vegas prides itself on being the “Wedding Capital”, partly because it’s been crawling out of economic woe since 2008. It’s added vows renewal, domestic partnership, hen parties, and (since 2014) same-sex weddings.
We’re touring several other chapels, thanks to Joni Moss Graham, wedding planner at LV Wedding Connection. I ask Joni – (dumb question!) – if she has figures for long-lived nuptials?
Joni replies, patiently: “No. I live in a happy world.”
You can’t undo it next morning either, she adds. It’s signed and sealed and delivered, as Little Stevie can sing at your nuptials.
Joni’s is a crowded “happy place” full of choices. “I do” in a 30-minute rotation of the High Roller Ferris Wheel above the Strip with full bar in your cabin; “I do” at the Drive-Thru Chapel; or gondolas at the Venice canal; or a cowboy wedding in the Valley of Fire or Red Rock; or a cowboy or ghost-town wedding in Nelson, a real ghost town; or a mafia wedding at the Mob Museum’s old courtroom. “I do” in front of the Las Vegas neon sign is popular.
No minister? Gene Simmons of Kiss or Austin Powers or Marilyn will do in a heartbeat.

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