Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s Wedding Reception Featured The Strangest Early-Morning Menu
Upon learning that Elvis Presley had asked longtime love, Priscilla, to be his wife, Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis’ manager, arranged a wedding ceremony and reception fit for a king. The couple exchanged vows at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas in a civil ceremony only about eight minutes long performed by Nevada Supreme Court Justice David Zenoff.
The couple’s reception was a lavish affair featuring a champagne breakfast buffet. However, it also contained the strangest combination of foods for an early-morning event.
In 1966 Elvis popped the question to Priscilla
After six years of dating, Elvis popped the question to Priscilla with a ring that included a solitaire gorgeous 3.6-carat diamond surrounded by a row of smaller diamonds. Memphis jeweler Harry Levitch designed the ring.
“It was very relaxed,” Priscilla said to Becky Yanky. Yanky worked as Elvis’s private secretary. She is also the author of My Life With Elvis, reported Vogue Magazine.
Most importantly, Priscilla noted to Yanky, “He just told me about the ring one day and asked if I wanted to marry him. ‘More than ever,’ I told him.”
The couple wed on May 1, 1967.
Elvis’s best men were Joe Esposito and Marty Lacker.
Priscilla’s maid of honor was her sister, Michelle.
The entertainer wore a trendy black paisley silk brocade tuxedo for the formal affair.
Priscilla designed her gown, a dress of white silk chiffon with seed pearl trimming and a beaded yoke.
Subsequently, atop her beehive hairdo was a rhinestone crown attached to a short veil.
Elvis and Priscilla’s reception was an extravagent breakfast buffet that doubled as a press conference
The couple toasted their new life together with champagne.
A menu of the following foods followed including fried chicken, roast suckling pig, oysters Rockefeller, clams, ham and eggs, poached salmon, and lobster.
However, this extravagant menu was served at 9 a.m. reported Brides Magazine.
Likewise, before the reception could begin, Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis’ longtime manager, arranged for the couple to give a press conference.
Elvis and Priscilla subsequently answered questions and posed for newsreels and photographs.
After that, the newly married couple joined 100 guests seated at 10 round tables for a champagne breakfast. This meal was reportedly served buffet-style at the hotel.
Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding cake cost a whopping $3,200
The stunning six-tiered, yellow sponge cake was reportedly five feet tall. It was subsequently filled with apricot marmalade and liqueur-flavored cream.
As reported by People Magazine, Aladdin Hotel pastry chef Denis Martig spoke about the iconic cake.
“Each layer was filled twice with apricot marmalade, and a Kirsch [liqueur] flavored Bavarian cream … glazed with fondant icing and decorated with royal icing and marzipan roses,” he explained.
In addition, the couple held a second wedding reception at Graceland for those excluded from their Las Vegas wedding day.
Elvis and Priscilla welcomed their only child, Lisa Marie Presley, precisely nine months from their wedding on Feb. 1, 1968.
Moreover, after six years of marriage, Priscilla filed for divorce and their union officially ended in 1973.
Elvis died four years later in Aug. 1977. Priscilla never remarried.