A major celebrity, marrying a civilian? No, we're not talking about Matt and Luciana Damon (why can't that happen to us?) — we're throwing it all the way back to the original teen heartthrob and his non-celebrity love, Elvis and Priscilla Presley, who were married on this day in 1967.
Picture this: It's December 1966, Elvis Presley, the world's biggest entertainer — think Justin Timberlake, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt all rolled into one! — is in love and ready for marriage! After a 7-year courtship — the couple met while Elvis was stationed in Germany in 1959 — the King would propose to his 21-year-old love, Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, with a 3-carat diamond ring. It's ironic that Las Vegas is home to the Elvis impersonator wedding officiant, as Elvis and Priscilla would choose Sin City as the location for their May 1, 1967 "I dos." To throw wedding-hungry reporters off the scent of their pending nuptials, Elvis, Priscilla and their entourage flew from Palm Springs to Las Vegas by private jet at 3 a.m. At 4 a.m. the couple would secure their marriage license, and by 9 a.m. they were married.
Surrounded by 14 of their nearest and dearest, Elvis and Priscilla pledged their love to each other in an 8-minute civil ceremony held in a private suite at Las Vegas's famed Aladdin Hotel. Priscilla's sister Michelle served as maid of honor, while Elvis's closest friends, Marty Lacker and Joe Esposito, apparently members of the Memphis Mafia, stood by the King's side as co-best men. Interestingly enough, the one request Elvis would make at the ceremony was to remove the word "obey" from the marriage vows.
The bride was gorgeously '60s in a roomy (more on that later) white organza gown with long lace sleeves, all topped with her now iconic bouffant hairdo and a three-quarter length veil held together by a crown of rhinestones. As for the King, he kept it classic in a black tuxedo also topped with his iconic pompadour.
After a press conference, it was time to celebrate. The reportedly $22,000 wedding reception drew around 100 guests, and it wasn't without frills — a $3,200 six-tier wedding cake, $10,000 worth of roast suckling pig, Oysters Rockefeller, lobster, Southern fried chicken, and of course champagne. All at 9 a.m. "The cake itself was a yellow sponge cake," Aladdin Hotel pastry chef Denis Martig told People about the iconic wedding. "Each layer was filled twice with apricot marmalade and a kirsch [liqueur] flavored Bavarian cream ...
glazed with fondant icing and decorated with royal icing and marzipan roses."
The couple's first dance? "Love Me Tender," of course. Hey, we all get a little narcissistic on our wedding day, right?
As for that roomy dress? Well, the couple welcomed their only child, Lisa Marie Presley, exactly 9 months after their wedding. Honeymoon baby much? Oh right, the honeymoon! The Presleys took to a Palm Springs home, now dubbed the "Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway" to celebrate their new union (you can still tour the Presley's "Honeymoon Hideaway" today), before heading back to Memphis and recreating their wedding day for friends and employees at Graceland.
The couple that made the whole world swoon, sadly divorced in 1973 but love still holds tender for Priscilla decades after Elvis's death. "But Elvis was absolutely the love of my life, and there's no sadness about it because I have my memories, and they're delicious and they're all mine," Priscilla told the Daily Mail in 2012.