We couldn’t really have an Iconic Bride series without including Priscilla Presley. After all she may not have been an icon herself, but boy did she choose some guy to marry! Personally I think she’s one of the luckiest women alive, but then again I have a thing about men with quiffs!
The wedding of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu (formerly Wagner) took place on 1st may 1967 in one of the most grandios suites of the Aladdin Hotel, Las Vegas. Despite the couple’s notoriety It was a private ceremony that took all of eight minutes to conclude.
Elvis Presley wore a black brocade silk tuxedo and cowboy boots and Priscilla wore a floor length gown which she actually designed herself. It was white silk chiffon, with beaded yoke and puff sleeves and was trimmed with small pearls. To top it all off she wore a three foot tulle veil which was secured onto her dramatic, dark beehive style hairdo with a rhinestone crown. As was the style of the day she wore heavy black eye makeup and pale pink pearl lipstick
The couple had a short press conference to answer questions from the, understandably, interested media then they headed down to a private room under the Hotel’s casino where they and 100 guests dined on a truly Elvis style feast of ham, eggs, fried chicken and champagne. If that wasn’t enough to fill their guests up then the gigantic six tier wedding cake would have done the trick.
Elvis was renowned for his love of bling and to show this off to his new wife he presented her with a wedding ring of 3.5 carats with a large diamond in the centre and no less than 21 smaller diamonds surrounding it. Incidentally Elvis treated himself to a platinum wedding band which was decorated with eight baguette-cut diamonds with a border of 16 fill cut diamonds.
The couple headed for the airport straight after the reception and are reported to have spent their honeymoon in Palm Springs.
Despite the obvious differences, like the fact that the groom is one of the most famous men in history, it’s not unlike the millions of wedding ceremonies that still take place in Las Vegas everyday by millions of couples from around the world.