Synopses & Reviews
Fast, fun, and incredibly well researched, Las Vegas Weddings
is the ultimate guide to getting hitched, Elvis style. Covering everything from the rise of the town to legendary star marriages and an entire section devoted to "The King," it even has a chapel guide to help budding young couples plan their own Vegas wedding getaway. Filled with rare photographs and never-before-heard stories, it also includes:
- Colorful descriptions of the town's funky stand-alone chapels and the Strip's swankiest resorts
- A unique look at Elvis impersonators
- More than fifty celebrity weddings, from Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thorton to Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
- Theme weddings, like Star Trek, Camelot, or Elvis's Blue Hawaii
- And much, much more
"Although Las Vegas is in a county that boasts less than .5% of America's population, it's host to about 5% of the country's weddings. With everyone from Britney to the couple next door getting hitched there, the city's matrimony industry is indeed fascinating and rife with quirky detail. First-time author Marg captures some of the phenomenon, but the book's lack of a cohesive organization often makes it feel as rushed as a quickie wedding. After giving a history of the city and its wedding establishments, Marg presents lengthy stories of celebrities who've married there, complete with observations on their relationships. This kind of chatty commentary wears thin quickly; it's followed by an extensive section on Elvis that seems far too detailed, even for the king of Vegas. Another shift occurs when Marg writes about Ron DeCar, who owns one local chapel. Although DeCar is charming, Marg's abrupt change in writing style from essayistic prose to article format is jarring. Marg does excel in describing the city's wedding history, juxtaposing Vegas's rise as gambling capital with its pursuit of bridal traffic, and the result is compelling. In general, though, readers looking to tie the knot in Sin City will gain more by cruising down the Strip in person. (On sale Nov. 9)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The only book dedicated to the creation, rise, myth, and lore of Las Vegas weddings is published to coincide with the city's 100th anniversary celebrations. Includes a complete chapel guide.
About the Author
Susan Marg has made many trips to Las Vegas. After beginning to wonder what stories might be found in the citys many wedding chapels, she undertook the research that culminated in this book. She lives with her husband, the author James C. Simmons, in Del Mar, California. They did not get married in Vegas, but they are planning a renewal-of-vows ceremony with an Elvis impersonator for their next anniversary.