Elvis & Priscilla Presley made history when they married in 1967

When Elvis and Priscilla became Mr and Mrs Presley (1967)

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The long-expected wedding day of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley (neé Beaulieu) was a surprise event that brought the King of Rock and Roll and his queen together at last.

The couple met in 1959, when Priscilla was just 14 years old, and Elvis was serving in the military. Despite the age difference, the two began dating, and their love story captured the hearts of fans around the world.

After a seven-year courtship, the couple tied the knot on May 1, 1967, in a private room at the Aladdin Hotel (now Planet Hollywood) in Las Vegas.

The ceremony was very small, with close friends and family in attendance, but it was a momentous occasion for music fans everywhere.

Thanks to the many photos from the wedding itself and the post-vows news conference, Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding is remembered as an iconic moment in music history. Even to this day, people go to Vegas to get hitched by Elvis impersonators.

Little Lisa Marie Presley was exactly born nine months later, on February 1, 1968, which suggests the famous couple’s only child was a honeymoon baby.

Elvis marries his longtime girlfriend

From the Daytona Beach Morning Journal (Florida) May 2, 1967

Las Vegas, Nevada – Elvis Presley, the Memphis boy who popularized rock ‘n’ roll music and became a millionaire in the process, ended a reign as one of show business’ most eligible bachelors Monday by marrying his longtime girlfriend [Priscilla Presley].

Presley, 32, and Priscilla Beaulieu, 21, took their vows before 14 friends in a hotel suite, then entertained 100 guests at a champagne breakfast. They said they’ll honeymoon for a month, probably somewhere in the United States.

Elvis and Priscilla Presley wedding
Elvis and Priscilla Presley exchange wedding rings and vows

Presley, who started as a guitar-twanging, hip-wiggling song shouter whose style has been widely imitated, has concentrated in recent years on motion pictures. He came here from Palm Springs, California, for the ceremony.

Nevada Supreme Court Justice David Zenoff performed the rites in the suite of Milton Prell, owner of the Aladdin Hotel. Best men were Presley’s secretary, Joe Esposito of Chicago, and assistant secretary Marty Lacker of Memphis.

Headlines from Priscilla and Elvis Presley's wedding (1967)
Headlines from the wedding of Elvis and Priscilla Presley in 1967

Presley wore a tuxedo. The bride, whose maid of honor was her sister, Michelle, wore a white chiffon gown embroidered with tiny pearls and a full chiffon veil. Bodice and sleeves of her long train dress were of lace. She wore a three-carat diamond wedding-engagement ring combination.

The marriage was the first for both. Asked at a news conference why he waited so long, Presley said: “Well, I guess it was about time.”

Mr and Mrs Presley - Wedding ring
Elvis and Priscilla Presley show off her new wedding ring

Then his manager, Col Tom Parker, spoke up: “Remember, you can’t end bachelorhood without getting married.”

Presley added: “With the life I had, I decided it would be best to wait. You know, all of the shows and record engagements.”

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The news conference followed the breakfast, served buffet style and offering everything from ham and eggs and southern fried chicken to roast suckling pig, clams Casino, fresh poached candied salmon, eggs Minnette, and oysters Rockefeller.

During the repast, a string ensemble played for the guests, and at one point went to the bride and serenaded her with “Love Me Tender,” one of Presley’s earliest hit records.

The marriage followed three days of rumors but neither party could be contacted for confirmation. Last Thursday Presley finished his latest movie and took refuge in his secluded and guarded home in Palm Springs.

Elvis and Priscilla Presley with their huge wedding cake
Elvis and Priscilla Presley with their huge wedding cake

Today he and Miss Beaulieu arrived in Las Vegas by private jet plane and obtained a marriage license about 3:30 am. Six persons accompanied them.

Presley and his bride-to-be met in 1959 in Germany, while he was serving with the U.S. Army. Miss Beaulieu, daughter of Lt Col and Mrs Joseph Beaulieu, was attending high school at Frankfurt. Both Presley and Miss Beaulieu are from Memphis.

At that time Presley said “I like her very much,” but both said their relationship then was not serious. They dated for four months before Presley came home to be discharged.

The bride’s father is now stationed at Travis Air Force Base, California, where he is plans officer for the 22nd AirECE. He and Mrs Beaulieu left there Saturday to attend the wedding.

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The marriage certificate of Elvis and Priscilla Presley — Nevada 1967
Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu Presley's marriage certificate from Nevada (1967)
Elvis and Priscilla Presley official Nevada marriage certificate

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