Las Vegas' wedding industry fighting to survive pandemic

When you touch down in Las Vegas, Nevada, you can feel the difference of what the pandemic has done to this lively city.While there is an emptiness, not everyone has left the building."Before COVID, we would do easily 30 weddings a day," said Brendan Paul, the owner of the . Read Full Article​

Getting Hitched at Graceland Wedding Chapel WestJet Magazine by Amanda Lee​

 Inside Graceland Wedding Chapel, an iconic place to get married in Sin City, complete with your own Elvis. Elvis entered the room and I swooned.  Dressed in an open-neck black jumpsuit with red rhinestones and Elvis-style aviator sunglasses, Brendan Paul has the same ability to make women go weak at the knees as the original Elvis. Paul is owner of the quaint , a perennial fixture on Las Vegas Blvd for over 50 years. Brandon Paul started his Elvis career 15-years-ago performing in “Legions in Concert” and now sings in up to 70 of the 200 ceremonies scheduled at the chapel each week. My sister, Erika, and her beau, Ben, travelled from Sydney, Australia to be married in a style befitting their personalities—flanked by Elvis singing his heart out. With her smattering of body piercings and tattoos, my sister concedes, “A full white wedding wasn’t us. We wanted something a bit more rock and roll.” Arriving in a chauffeured stretch limousine (licence plate GRACELN, natch), we are waiting for Elvis to get the proceedings underway. The length and breadth of the bustling reception wall is covered with photos of the famous and somewhat famous couples that have exchanged vows at this chapel. Jon Bon Jovi was married here, followed by an impromptu concert in the chapel’s parking lot. Billy Ray Cyrus and members of Def Lepard, KISS, and Deep Purple also tied the knot at the Graceland Chapel.​Read Full ArticleGetting Hitched at Graceland Wedding Chapel - by Amanda Lee  

Las Vegas Graceland Wedding Chapel General Knot & Co. by Elizabeth Evertsz

In the first part of the Las Vegas Wedding Chapels series, we took a look at the different types of chapels found in the city that never sleeps. As we continued to look deeper into the Vegas wedding industry, we hit the jackpot by meeting up with the General Manager of Graceland Wedding Chapel, Brandon Reed.   is considered one of the oldest chapels on The Strip and has a very long list of loyal fans, including at one time, Elvis Presley himself. Read on to learn more about it. GK: Can you tell me a bit about the history of the chapel? Brandon: Built in 1927, it was converted into a chapel after WWII. It was originally named Gretna Green Wedding Chapel, then the name changed to Graceland Wedding Chapel after an historic visit from Elvis Presley himself in the late 1960's. (GK- a bit more background we learned from Brandon was that the original owners were from Scotland and used the small entrance to their home as the wedding chapel. In the late 1940's, as GI's were coming back from war, Vegas grows and booms as a wedding destination. Also, the name Gretna Green comes from a small town in Scotland famous for runaway weddings back in the day; today, it's considered one of the world's top wedding destinations.)​Read Full Article - Las Vegas Graceland Wedding Chapel - General Knot & Co. by Elizabeth Evertsz

Pike County woman is co-owner of Las Vegas' Graceland Chapel - Lexington Herald Leader by Cheryl Truman

Dee Dee Duffy grew up on Marrowbone Creek Road in Pike County — “about as rural as you can get” — wondering how she could see the world. Duffy, 52, became a flight attendant and eventually figured it out: She and her ex-husband, Elvis impersonator Brendan paul, own the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. There you can have your ceremony — be it a marriage, vow renewal or even a joke ceremony that will really get your Facebook friends reeling — in the presence of, and accompanied by songs from, The King.  The final tune will always be “Viva Las Vegas,” because who does not associate that line about needing “a strong heart and a nerve of steel” with the joy of matrimony? Hugh Bonneville and his wife Lulu Williams stopped by in early August to renew their marriage vows. The British actor, who played Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham, on "Downtown Abbey," and Williams first married in 1998. The Las Vegas Review Journal, reporting on the proceedings, wrote, surely tongue in cheek, that the chapel “is almost as old as Downton Abbey itself, having stood in the same spot on the Strip for more than 50 years.” (Highclere Castle, the stand-in for the Downton Abbey house, was built in 1679.) Read Full Article - ​Pike County woman is co-owner of Las Vegas' Graceland Chapel by Cheryl Truman

Graceland Wedding Chapel owner's ties to Jon Bon Jovi - Review Journal

When Jon Bon Jovi arrives on the Strip for Thursday’s “Power of Love Gala” to entertain Keep Memory Alive guests at the 21st annual fundraiser for The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, don’t be surprised if he takes time out to visit Graceland Wedding Chapel where he was married in 1989. Be sure to read the special insert in today’s RJ that explains the importance of the gala, which this year also features Gwen Stefani, Steve Aoki, Andre Agassi and Siegfried Fischbacher of Siegfried & Roy. Graceland is one of our city’s oldest marriage chapels. Jon took a secret trip to Las Vegas on April 29, 1989, while on a “New Jersey Syndicate Tour” stop in Los Angeles. The wedding to his high school sweetheart, Dorothea Hurley, helped change the life of current chapel owner Dee Dee Duffy forever.​


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