Vegas Wedding: Sure-Bet Stress Buster

If the bride is about to crack under the pressure of planning ñtheî wedding event of the year, whisper this sly little suggestion in her ear _ ñletÍs just scrap the shin dig and get hitched in Vegas, baby.î Kitschy, perhaps. Clich_, maybe. Stress-relieving, you bet! Getting married in Las Vegas, Nevada is an easy way to get hitched; heck, more than 110,000 marriage licenses are issued each year in this party city.

You can literally rent the tux and wedding dress, pull strangers off the street to serve as witnesses, and even drive through the service in a decked out white Cadillac convertible. One of the most popular places to get hitched on the Vegas Strip is the Graceland Chapel, home of the original Elvis wedding ceremony. For more than 50 years, this little, white clapboard chapel has seen countless brides and grooms walk down the aisle including many celebrities. Musicians such as Bon Jovi, Billy Ray Cyrus and Aaron Neville have all said ñI doÍsî to their respective wives here as have socialites, Blaine and Robert Trump, and television personality, Jay Leno.

So, put on your blue suede shoes, trim up those mutton chops and shake up your wedding Vegas-style. With all the money you save on an expensive wedding reception you can be a big spender at the black jack table. Bring your buddies along for the weekend and make a bachelor party out of it, too! If the bride agrees, sheÍs a definite keeper. Vegas-inspired groomsmen giftswill get the party started -- try personalized poker sets, bachelor party t-shirts or beer mugs all emblazoned with the iconic Las Vegas ñWelcome Sign.î