'Grand' couples get nuptial services

LAS VEGAS -- Elvis and Priscilla Presley did it here. So did Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford, as well as Bruce Willis and Demi Moore.

These four couples are just a handful of celebrities who have tied the knot in this self-proclaimed "marriage capital of the world," where wedding chapels and casinos vie for space. And thanks to the opening this February of the Forever Grand Wedding Chapel at the MGM Grand Hotel Casino, the city has one more place where couples can say "I do."

The 5,000-square-foot space, located in the property's Studio Walk area, sports a facade inspired by New York's Alwyn Court Apartments, home to the famous Petrossian restaurant. The Art Deco interior, with its wood-paneled rooms decorated in shades of rose, taupe and pearl, is divided into two separate chapels -- the Legacy Chapel, which can seat up to 50 guests, and the Cherish Chapel, which can accommodate up to 35 people.

Both offer large dressing rooms for both the bride and groom and are stocked with such vital last-minute necessities as hairspray, mouthwash, aftershave -- even a sewing kit. Reinforcing the property's entertainment theme, the walls throughout the venue are dotted with black-and-white movie stills depicting nuptial scenes from classic films such as "The Philadelphia Story."

Wedding services offered by the chapel include services of an officiant, photography and videography, wedding cakes, catering, reception planning, live piano accompaniment, floral arrangements, honeymoon or wedding accommodations, bachelor and bachelorette party planning, dress and tuxedo rental referrals.

The Forever Grand Chapel also offers for sale such wedding accessories as unity candles, guestbooks and pen sets, picture frames, garter sets, serving sets, flower-girl baskets, cake toppers, ring-bearer pillows and champagne flutes. Couples looking to take the plunge in a less conventional setting may want to opt for one of the property's themed wedding packages.

These packages feature a wedding on the SkyScreamer -- billed as the world's largest skycoaster -- at the MGM Grand Adventure theme park; amid the colored lights and disco balls at the 1970s-themed Studio 54 nightclub, or on the set of the property's $45 million production "EFX," with Merlin the magician officiating at the ceremony.

Forever Grand Wedding Chapel

Phone: (800) 646-5530 or (702) 891-7984

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