I’ve always wanted to get married by an Elvis impersonator in Vegas, so with our 15th Wedding Anniversary coinciding with a trip to the US, a Vegas Vow Renewal was an opportunity that couldn’t be missed.
There were a myriad options available in a wide variety of wedding chapels, but in the end, our nine-year-old son made the selection seem completely obvious: “If you get married in a chapel, it could just be a random Elvis marrying you anywhere. If you get married under the Vegas sign, then you can’t be anywhere but Vegas!”
With the ceremony booked, Sam and Stuart headed off to Tuxedo Junction to get kitted out in their finest, and once again our nine-year-old wedding planner took control and decreed that father and son white suits were the only option worth considering.
There was no way I was leaving my dress selection to chance, and carefully packed a gorgeous silver Paul Hunt number that I’d earmarked as my Vegas Vow Renewal frock from the first moment I saw it in his 2013 Mercedes Fashion Festival collection. The 12-year-old bridesmaid delayed her choice of outfit until we got to Vegas with a deluded hope that my ‘no high heels, you’re only 12′ position may weaken once out of Australian air space. Sadly for her, the international location did not see any loosening of the policy, but we managed to negotiate a peace treaty with the assistance of a small wedge.
With everyone suitably attired, it was time to stage our best Entourage-style departure and head for the Strip where our Elvis awaited.
When the whole premise is about Elvis conducting the ceremony, the quality of your Elvis can make or break the day. I’m happy to report we got an absolute cracker, who Elvis’d up an absolute storm.
Despite multiple simultaneous weddings and hordes of tourists, a super-effective system where everyone stays in their own little defined area of grass means that you all get the magic photos that make it seem like you where the only people there at that time.
All in all it was a fabulous way to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary, and a great way to tick ‘get married by Elvis in Vegas’ off my bucket list!