Elvis Presley: How the King’s Wedding Tuxedo Was Inspired By His Movie Career

by Emily Morgan
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For Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s secret wedding, Presley recruited one of his Hollywood pals to help him look dapper for the big day

On May 1, 1967, Presley and his bride were married in a private, intimate ceremony in Las Vegas, Nev. Early that morning, the pair jetted off to the Las Vegas Courthouse to prevent the press from leaking the news. 

Later, at their traditional ceremony at the Aladdin Hotel, Elvis Presley wore a black tuxedo covered with paisley silk brocade.

According to Vogue, Lambert Marks tailored the snazzy suit— he had formerly worked with The King when he starred in films like Girl Happy and Spinout. Marks got inspiration from both films. In Spinout, Presley played Mike McCoy, who found himself trying to find a woman to marry. In Girl Happy, he played the eligible bachelor who serenaded several female characters. 

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In addition to the dashing get-up, Elvis rocked his signature pompadour hairstyle for his wedding day. His hair was dyed black, and he reportedly requested that his bride-to-be dye her hair the same color so they would match. 

Elvis Presley also wore one of his many luxurious watches complete with platinum, diamonds, and sapphires. He matched the timepiece with a pair of diamond and sapphire cufflinks. Elvis Presley took it back to his southern roots when he decided to wear cowboy boots to complete the dazzling look.

As for Priscilla also put hours of energy into her look for the big day— first, she began with a disguise to keep herself hidden from the paparazzi. “I went to places like Neiman Marcus in disguise. I went with a [blonde] wig and everything just to keep it private,” she said about the ordeal. 

At just 21 years old, Priscilla took on the moniker “Mrs. Hodge” to find her perfect dress. Eventually, she chose a white, long-laced dress complete with pearls. “It wasn’t extravagant, it wasn’t extreme – it was simple and to me beautiful.” She added, “I didn’t have time to stay there forever and look at dresses; I had one fitting for this dress, and that was it. I was out of there.”

Additionally, her three-foot-long veil was made complete with a rhinestone tiara. Her jet black hair was also worn in a huge bouffant— her signature style. According to Karal Ann Marling, author of Graceland: “She looked like she had about eight people living in her hair.”

In addition to the outfits, even the food was fabulous. Elvis Presley and Priscilla’s wedding cake was a towering six-tiered five-foot-tall masterpiece.