Planning Your Wedding at Elvis Presley’s Graceland

This is the moment
I’ve waited for
I can hear my heart singing
Soon bells will be ringing…

It’s time to say, “I Do,” get hitched, tie the knot, jump the broom and start your own happily ever after. Why not get married at Elvis Presley’s Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods?

At Graceland’s beautiful Chapel in the Woods – and with the help of our Special Events team – your wedding dreams can come true. Graceland is one of the most unique and romantic wedding venues, especially for Elvis fans. Even if you choose to have the ceremony elsewhere, Graceland has plenty of unique Elvis-themed venues for your reception.

Natashia Dean and David Herringten of Brandon, Mississippi, were married at Graceland's Chapel in the Woods on September 24, 2007. We love this playful shot taken in front of the mansion.

We love this playful shot taken in front of the mansion.

Ready to plan your Elvis and Graceland-themed wedding? Let’s get started.

To tie the knot at Graceland, couples must obtain their marriage license in the state of Tennessee. Licenses don’t have to be issued in Memphis – just in Tennessee. There are no blood tests or waiting periods in Tennessee. If you’re already in town and need your license, the Memphis office is open Monday – Friday, with the exception of federal holidays. Learn more at the Shelby County website.

Graceland’s Special Events team is proud to offer ceremonies for all religions and sexual orientations. Please feel free to discuss details with your Wedding Coordinator.

Speaking of a Wedding Coordinator, all Graceland Chapel in the Woods packages come with a Wedding Coordinator to book your vendors, discuss your desires and coordinate your special day. Coordinators are happy to steam your gown, zip up your dress, pin the boutonnieres and more. Coordinators also offer a complimentary cake cutting service.

Now, on to the actual wedding planning – and the first step is to pick the perfect time for your wedding.

Graceland has seasonal hours of operations, so you’ll want to check with the Special Events team to schedule your big day. Graceland typically offers weddings at 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Evening weddings are available, too.

One of the best times of year to get married at Graceland is in the fall. The autumn leaves start turning in October, and the weather is close to perfect.

Another lovely time for a Graceland wedding is the springtime. The Chapel in the Woods is covered in beautiful pink, purple and white flowers, adding a beautiful backdrop for your photos.

Graceland's Chapel in the Woods is located just north of the mansion, and in the spring it comes alive with these beautiful blooms.

Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods is located just north of the mansion, and in the spring it comes alive with these beautiful blooms.

While Memphis doesn’t typically get a lot of snow or extremely cold temperatures, it can get chilly – so be prepared if you want a winter wedding! You also may be lucky enough to see a rare snowfall in Memphis. If you choose to get married around the holidays, keep in mind that the Chapel and Graceland Mansion are decorated for Christmas from about a week before Thanksgiving through Elvis’ birthday on January 8.

It doesn't snow often in Memphis, but when it does, it's lovely at the king's castle!

It doesn’t snow often in Memphis, but when it does, it’s lovely at the king’s castle!

January and August can get busy due to Elvis’ Birthday Celebration in January and Elvis Week in August. But don’t let the crowds stop you – these are still great times of the year to get married at Graceland.

Now, let’s talk about a few details.

What will you wear to your Graceland wedding?

Couples are welcome to wear any attire they wish – it is, after all, YOUR big day. We’ve had couples wear everything from traditional wedding attire to ball gowns to blue jeans. If it makes you feel comfortable, beautiful or bridal, wear it! (We do, however, ask that no one at your wedding dress up as or impersonate Elvis on the Graceland grounds. It’s a respect thing – you get that, right?) Here are a few examples of traditional and non-traditional wedding wear we’ve seen at a few Graceland weddings:

Marcus Crow and Veronica Perez of Palmer, Texas, were married at Graceland on July 6, 2013. They had a cute blue jeans and boots theme.

Marcus Crow and Veronica Perez of Palmer, Texas, were married at Graceland on July 6, 2013. They had a cute blue jeans and boots theme.

 

Elvis fans Marcie Bullock and Will Taylor from Memphis, Tennessee, were married at the Chapel on August 8, 2015. The black and red color scheme was a daring but beautiful choice.

Elvis fans Marcie Bullock and Will Taylor from Memphis, Tennessee, were married at the Chapel on August 8, 2015. The black and red color scheme was a daring but beautiful choice.

 

Rachel Gardener and Michael Geach from Tyne & Wear, UK, went for a pretty, traditional look for their nuptials. The pair were married at Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods on May 19, 2016.

Rachel Gardener and Michael Geach from Tyne & Wear, UK, went for a pretty, fun take on  traditional attire for their nuptials. The pair were married at Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods on May 19, 2016.

If you want more ideas, check out our “Married at Graceland” photo gallery to see photos of weddings and vow renewals that have taken place at Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods.

As the old saying goes, you need something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. The blue fits in perfectly at Graceland – this is the home of the man who sang “Blue Suede Shoes,” after all. Many couples wear blue suede shoes (or heels), and many brides work blue into their dresses, flowers or other accessories. We’ve seen grooms sport blue suits or vests, too.

Don't you step on these blue suede heels! Blake Jumper and Kristen Boren were wed at the Chapel in the Woods on April 28, 2012. The couple is from Benton, Arkansas.

Don’t you step on these blue suede heels! Blake Jumper and Kristen Boren were wed at the Chapel in the Woods on April 28, 2012. The couple is from Benton, Arkansas.

 

Mario Liccardi's blue suit looks stunning when paired with his wife Joanne Jenkins' blue bouquet. The couple, from Barrington, Illinois, married at the Chapel in the Woods on September 21, 2014.

Mario Liccardi’s blue suit looks stunning when paired with his wife Joanne Jenkins’ blue bouquet. The couple, from Barrington, Illinois, married at the Chapel in the Woods on September 21, 2014.

How about an Elvis-inspired cake? We love this Graceland Gates cake.

This is just one example of an Elvis-themed wedding cake.

This is just one example of an Elvis-themed wedding cake.

Say, “Thank you, thank you very much” to your wedding guests or members of your party by gifting something Elvis and Graceland. We suggest Elvis-inspired shades, which make for a great photo op. Elvis purses are a fun replacement for flowers for your bridesmaids, too.

How cute is this wedding party?

How cute is this wedding party?

Don’t forget to show off your Elvis swag at your Graceland wedding. Be sure to mention your TCB earrings, rings or necklaces, or Elvis tattoo, or other Elvis accessories to your photographer so they can capture all of the details.

Check out this couple's Elvis swag! The groom is sporting a TCB ring, and the bride has an Elvis tattoo. Frank Gregory and Ryan Mlotzek of Conway, South Carolina, were married at the Chapel on October 11, 2014.

Check out this couple’s Elvis swag! The groom is sporting a TCB ring, and the bride has an Elvis tattoo (and blue suede heels!). Frank Gregory and Ryan Mlotzek of Conway, South Carolina, were married at the Chapel on October 11, 2014.

You can also have your first dance in the Chapel in the Woods courtyard, surrounded by blooming flowers, lush foliage and Elvis serenading you and your guests. “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Hawaiian Wedding Song,” “Good Luck Charm,” “Love Me Tender”… there are plenty of sweet Elvis love songs to make your ceremony and reception perfect. You can also purchase an exclusive Chapel in the Woods CD that features some of Elvis’ best love songs.

Speaking of those extras, the Chapel currently offers Graceland-themed unity candles, memorial candles, champagne flutes, a “We Got Married at Graceland” bumper sticker and more. Learn more about the Chapel in the Woods’ amenities.

Jerry Lambert and Lisa Allen from Marietta, Georgia were married at the Chapel on December 13, 2014 - and they have the bumper sticker to prove it.

Jerry Lambert and Lisa Allen from Marietta, Georgia were married at the Chapel on December 13, 2014 – and they have the bumper sticker to prove it.

 

A unity candle - which features the Chapel in the Woods logo - is the perfect touch.

A unity candle – which features the Chapel in the Woods logo on the front – is the perfect touch. Elizabeth Whitton and Joby Satterfield of Albertville, Alabama, were married at the Chapel on March 28, 2014.

If you want the full Elvis experience, consider hosting your reception at one of our brand new event venues. Our new entertainment complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis, will open on March 2, and the new automobile museum, Presley Motors, will be a unique and exciting venue for the perfect Elvis-inspired reception. Who doesn’t want to celebrate with the Pink Cadillac?

Did someone say Cadillac?

Ride off in style in our ’55 Cadillac for a two-hour Elvis-themed tour. Couples will experience Memphis highlights as they are chauffeured to such locations as Beale Street, Sun Studio and more. Hire a photographer to capture these iconic moments in the heart of Memphis.

If you're going for a retro wedding, a gorgeous '55 Cadillac is definitely the way to ride off in style.

If you’re going for a retro wedding, a gorgeous ’55 Cadillac is definitely the way to ride off in style. Rachel Gardener and Michael Geach enjoyed the ride after their wedding at the Chapel.

Now that the wedding is all said and done, now comes… the honeymoon.

After you’ve married at Graceland, it only makes sense to kick off your honeymoon at The Guest House at Graceland. Located just steps away from Graceland, you and your guests can experience everything that Graceland has to offer. For a truly memorable honeymoon, consider booking any of the Elvis-themed suites! Contact The Guest House at Graceland for more information.

And if you have a special anniversary coming up, renew your vows at the king’s castle! It’s a fun way for Elvis fans to celebrate their marriage.

We hope we’ve given you just a few ideas for your Graceland wedding or renewal! Learn more about getting married at Graceland on Graceland.com, and click here to contact our Special Events Team. We can’t wait to see you get married at Graceland!


11 Comments

  1. Dianne Roberts

    Can you please send me more information on how much it cost for the weddings. Thanks Dianne

  2. Steph Aspinall

    Looks amazing

  3. Richard Perryman

    Please send me info on renewing my wedding vows at Graceland!

  4. Love it very nice.

  5. Manuela Steinfeld

    On 11th of octobre 2017 I will stay at Memphis with my loved husband. It is our third annyversary and I would like to surprise him with an vow renewal ceremony.

    Please contact me for your offers.

    Thank you in advance
    Manuela Steinfeld

  6. Michele Bartlett

    I would love one day to have renew our vowels maybe next year I can

  7. Claire Prowd

    I want to book for renewal of vows. How far in advance do I need to book?
    Can you also send me all the relevant information please.

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