Missy and Dave flew over to Las Vegas for the wedding and had a reception for all their friends and family back home in the UK afterwards.
“We rolled with the vintage Vegas theme”, said the bride. “We wanted the wedding to be very much about just the two of us and Vegas seemed like the ideal place! It suited our personalities as two professional performers and was just the right amount of kitsch for our personal tastes! We made our invites a very loose open invite to Vegas (but with no expectations at all!) and were delighted that 16 friends and family decided to make the journey to be with us on our big day. We then welcomed 100 friends and family to our reception on our return to the UK two weeks later.”
The bride wore a genuine 1950s dress with the groom representing his punk roots with a tartan suit! “Dave is the drummer in heavy metal band Reign of Fury. We met while both working on tour with punk band The Damned (me dancer, him drum tech) in 2007. Dave proposed live on stage during one of my curtain calls.”
There’s just something about a Vegas elopement. Yes, for many people it might seem like a cliché, but I never fail to get excited about seeing a super cool, super in love couple getting hitched on their own terms. After all, there’s nowhere else in the world quite like Las Vegas!
“Our inspiration was Ainsley and Sebastian’s epic Vegas elopement AKA the coolest wedding you’ve ever blogged!” said Linda. “We had a trip to the US booked but weren’t planning on getting married there, in fact we weren’t even going to Vegas! One day, I was scrolling your blog, saw their wedding and showed it to Dan. We decided then and there to use the trip as an excuse to get married! When we saw that wedding blog we knew that it’s what we wanted to do too! We basically owe it to your blog that we got married at all and had the wedding that we did!”
Brazil-based Marcela and Pedro got married in Vegas and they had the most amazing wedding ever! Their ceremony was at the Graceland Chapel and their ‘reception’ was lunch at Billy’s BBQ. After that they all went to Omnia Nightclub – from the early afternoon until 5am!
“Our wedding vibe and inspiration for the dress code was American Hustle, the movie based in the 1970s”, said the bride. “After the ceremony we rented out Billy’s BBQ place for lunch. Its a very simple but cool BBQ joint off the strip with plastic plates and all delicious food. On the way there after the ceremony we stopped at a huge liquor store and got pink champagne, beer, bourbon and gin. Since Billy’ doesn’t serve alcohol, we drank our own in plastic cups. We all had so much fun!”
Karey and Ben flew over from London for a quickie Elvis wedding in Vegas and they brought their closest friends and family along for the ride! They planned the whole thing in just TWO WEEKS (yes, you read that right!) and kept the fact they were getting married secret from everybody back at home.
“We kept the actual event intimate and a secret so it was very important for us to share the photographs and video with everyone close to us after the wedding”, wrote the bride. “We didn’t want people to initially find out via social media, and since I work in tech, I put together a webpage curating all the documentation. We also sent out 200+ Vegas postcards with a custom web URL to friends and relatives all over the world! The response was so well received and really made those not there still feel like they were a part of the celebration.”
Australian John & Marnie spent six weeks travelling around the US for their honeymoon after their wedding in Las Vegas. They were in town for the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Festival and they loved the idea of getting married there. The ceremony was held at Little Church of the West, a quaint little ‘mini church’ looking chapel, right at the south end of the strip and the after party was at Level 107 Cocktail lounge in the Stratosphere hotel – right at the north end!
“After a year of travelling Australia following the rockabilly dance and culture scene, John proposed to me with a beautiful sapphire and diamond engagement ring”, Marnie told me. “It was my Grandma’s favourite stone and we decided to marry 70 years and 1 day after my Grandma and Grandpa did! Where possible, we incorporated elements that honoured our families (both alive and departed) into our wedding.”
“I used my creativity to create bespoke elements infusing our vintage rockabilly style into our wedding. DIY was a great way of infusing our style into our event, which, when you’re like us and love all things non mainstream, can be very difficult to source.” The bride even handmade her own dress and headpiece.
I’m pretty sure I’ve found the most iconically Rock n Roll wedding idea ever. Just over the road from the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas is the KISS ‘Hotter than Hell’ wedding chapel! Many of my readers head to Vegas to wed and so I know a whole bunch of you are going to get seriously excited about this. You’re welcome by the way!
If you’ve dreamed of a Rock n Roll wedding where your invitations are concert tickets and your bouquet is made of guitar picks; where you get married on the stage complete with lights, music and a smoke machine (!) and where your officiant is made up like The Starchild, The Demon or The Spaceman…well just contain yourselves for a second because you are going to LOVE this.
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