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Little Church of the West

Little Church of the West

The Little Church of the West offers Elvis-weddings, Harley Davidson Weddings, indoor and outdoor weddings. They also offer concierge service to manage even the smallest detail of your special day. This location has been around since 1942 and owners know how to throw a great wedding for any party!


Times and Location

Times: Flexible
4617 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Chapel hours

Monday 8:00am – 11:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00am – 11:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00am – 11:00 pm
Thursday 8:00am – 11:00 pm
Friday 8:00am – 11:00 pm
Saturday 8:00am – 11:00 pm
Sunday 8:00am -11:00 pm


Description:

The Little Church of the West, conceived in 1941 by William J Moore Jr as part of his resort hotel plans, is considered to be a relatively new Las Vegas venture. Moore was a builder and architect for R.E Griffith, who happened to be his uncle. Moore included the wedding chapel as a means of garnering market share in the area.

LAS VEGAS’ ORIGINAL FREESTANDING WEDDING CHAPEL

The Little Church of the West was constructed to attract Last Frontier business and was also the first facility that was designed specifically to function as a wedding chapel. Previous wedding chapels were converted from other buildings that had been constructed for alternative purposes.

A FAVORITE OF CELEBRITY COUPLES

Since 1942, there have been a litany of memorable celebrity weddings at this chapel. There is no better backdrop for your special day than the glamour of Las Vegas, the world’s entertainment capital. The Little Church of the West also plays a pivotal role in city’s image and has set the scene for more celebrity weddings than any other wedding chapel.

Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Betty Grable, Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere, Dudley Moore, Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie. Even the king of rock and roll himself, Elvis Presley (kind of, he and Ann Margaret said their vows to another in the classic film Viva Las Vegas, which was filmed right here at our location) have all walked down our aisle to exchange vows.

PROVIDING OLD VEGAS CHARM TO THE MODERN COUPLE

Originally constructed to be a part of the Last Frontier Hotel, the Little Church of the West is located on the patch of highway that would soon become the world famous Las Vegas Strip. The Little Church of the West provides unique architecture with a touch of the Old West. The freestanding replica of an old western mining town cathedral has a cedar exterior and a California redwood interior, the chapel looks much the same today as it did back then.

The early days of Las Vegas are not forgotten here, back when the business district was merely Fremont Street’s first three blocks. Once the Hoover Dam construction-fueled boom caused the town’s population to grow rapidly, Fremont Street started to pulsate with various new casinos.

This structure carries great historical significance. The National Registry of Historical Places includes The Little Church on its list.   This is the only structure on the Las Vegas Strip to receive this prestigious honor.

75 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE

To be included on such an exclusive list, the structure must retain its original integrity. Four Victorian lamps are responsible for lighting the chapel and are thought to be from railroad cars that existed in the 19th century. They have now been converted from gas to electric.
The Little Church of the West celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2017 and is still the Las Vegas Strip’s oldest existing structure. So how was the Little Church able to withstand the test of time and all of the cosmetic improvements made to the Las Vegas Strip?

The answer is simple: they moved — 3 different times to be exact. In 1954, the chapel underwent its first move, going from their original location to the south side. It moved again in 1978, onto the Hacienda Hotel grounds. This was in order to accommodate Fashion Show Mall’s construction. The chapel’s final move took place in 1996 when it moved to the current location on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Russell Road. This was in order to accommodate Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino construction.

THE WORLD’S MARRIAGE CAPITAL

Wedding chapel business was able to flourish due to lack of marriage laws. Unlike other states, Nevada did not ask applicants to undergo a waiting period and did not require blood tests. As laws in other states continue to change, these particular reasons become less significant, but for those who hail from countries such as Germany, where there are stricter laws governing marriage, this remains a popular destination. We married couples from 22 different countries here within the last year. If you are American, however, a Las Vegas marriage remains inexpensive, free of hassles and will serve as a moment to remember for years to come.

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