How much was the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll willing to dish out for the iconic cake and other iconic parts of his wedding? Elvis Presley was quite the extravagant spender during his life. He loved to give the people in his life like his mother, his daughter, and Priscilla really elaborate gifts. He would gift cars, houses, guns, and countless other pricey items.
If Elvis Presley took the love language test today, his language would definitely be gift-giving.
Wedding Pricing and Privacy
Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley got married when he was 32. In fact, today is the anniversary of their wedding. The ceremony was on May 1, 1967. The wedding took place at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was a short wedding, about eight minutes, and had very few guests.
Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, arranged the wedding with publicity in mind. It caused a rift with some of Presley’s friends who were not invited to the high-profile wedding. However, his famous entourage, or Memphis Mafia, was a part of his wedding as the groomsmen.
According to Country Music Family, the couple’s wedding was one of the most expensive at the time. The cake was $22,000, which does reflect inflection. It was a yellow sponge cake with apricot marmalade and a liqueur-flavored cream. Priscilla’s ring had more than 20 diamonds around a three-and-a-half carat massive diamond.
The wedding was quite a moment of publicity at the time. Family and friends that didn’t make it to the guest list were in a secondary reception that took place after the honeymoon. The couple had a luxurious honeymoon in the Palm Springs mansion that listed for $3.2 million in 2019.
The couple’s only child, Lisa Marie Presley, was born exactly nine months after their wedding on February 1, 1968.
Elvis Presley and Priscilla’s Clothes
According to Vogue, the wedding party all snuck out of the back of Elvis Presley’s Palm Springs home and got into a car to head to the airport. Elvis had even gotten to borrow Frank Sinatra’s private jet to get to the location. Elvis flew in Priscilla’s parents in as a wedding gift. It was all as discreet as possible.
Only 14 people witnessed the actual wedding ceremony. Elvis’s best men received diamond-eyed bull’s head cuff links and tie clasps for their gifts. He chose Joe Esposito and Marty Lacker. Priscilla had her sister, Michelle, as her maid of honor.
“I went to places like Neiman Marcus in disguise. I went with a [blonde] wig and everything just to keep it private! It wasn’t extravagant, it wasn’t extreme—it was simple and to me beautiful. 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,” Priscilla said about picking out her long-sleeved dress with pearls. Her hair was poofed out to be three times the size it typically was. A three-foot veil and a rhinestone tiara sat on her black hair, which was dyed to match her husband’s.
Elvis Presley had on a tuxedo with black paisley and silk brocade.