Everyone knows the stereotype- get into Vegas at one in the morning, meet a girl at two, marry her by three. Quickie weddings in 24-hour chapels with cheesy themes are so well known as to almost be cliché. However, most people don’t known how Las Vegas came to be made the hub of nuptial madness it is today. Read on after the jump.
The combination of convenience, price, the rising divorce rate, and (of course) entertainment value makes Vegas the quickie wedding capital of the world. On average, 315 weddings per day are performed in over 100 chapels in Las Vegas. While divorce isn’t as easy as it used to be (at one point the state legislature almost legalized mail order divorce), one only has to live in Vegas for six weeks to establish residency in order to get divorced.
Everyone from Elvis and Priscilla Anne Beaulieu to Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton to Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow got married in Sin City.
And then there’s our favorite Vegas wedding: Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. Where else would two pieces of celebrity trailer trash get married at 5:30 in the morning?
Looking back, this wedding was even more ridiculous than it seemed at the time. Food for the guests included chicken wings, ribs, mini cheeseburgers, and crab cakes. Gift bags featured Gap jeans, Chew Juicy sweets, a pair of Nike shoe laces, and a silver teardrop key ring with an image of the newlyweds. And after the wedding, Britney changed into sweatpants and the wedding party moved to a nightclub on Sunset Boulevard. The guests reportedly paid for their own drinks. Classy!
I don’t know about you, but I’d sure like get in on that kind of action. If Skylar Diggins ever returns my phone calls, we’re going to Vegas.
For more information on weddings in Las Vegas, check out this info graphic.