Las Vegas, NV

The Little Church of the West, Las Vegas, Nevada

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The Little Church of the West located in Paradise, Clark County, Nevada. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in Clark County, Nevada in 1992. - © 2007 Larry D. Moore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Background history

The Little Church of the West is reasonably one of the earliest wedding chapels in Las Vegas. Since 1942, this chapel, which is located on the South end of the Las Vegas Strip, has seen thousands of couples, including many celebrities, getting married.

It is the oldest existing building on the Las Vegas Strip, and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 14, 1992. It is the only building in Las Vegas to have gained a place in the register.

The charming chapel seats up to sixty and is made of California redwood on the exterior and cedar on its interior. It was meant to be a replica of a typical pioneer town church.

It was initially built as part of the Hotel Last Frontier complex and was moved from the north side of the hotel to the south side in 1954.

In 1979, to make space for the Fashion Show Mall, the Little Church of the West was moved again Hacienda hotel-casino area.

In December 1996, the Hacienda closed for good and was demolished while the chapel was moved again to its current position on the east side of the Strip.

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The Little Church of the West today

The chapel offers five wedding packages which range from about $200 to around $700. Depending on the package price, several services are provided, such as photos, music, flowers, wedding planner, vow renewals, and transportation, including a limousine that seats six.

It also provides webcam broadcasting of your wedding ceremony and extra services such as hair make-up, wedding reception, wedding accessories, singer, and cake.

Famous marriages and movies related to the chapel

Many well-known celebrities have chosen this wedding chapel to say their vows at. Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford were married in the early 1990s, and Mickey Rooney said "I do" eight times to eight different women inside the Little Church of the West.

Other celebrities who have spoken nuptials include Red Foxx, Judy Garland, David Cassidy, Robert Goulet, and Dudley Moore.

The Little Church of the West is mentioned in a 1959 episode of Perry Mason and also appeared in two episodes of the 1978-81 ABC series Vega$.

But its appearance in films and tv series doesn't stop there; it is also featured in the 1964 movie Viva Las Vegas, in which the two main characters, performed by Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret, recite their vows in the chapel.

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The Little Church of the West is a beautiful chapel, rich in history, making it even more appealing to couples wanting to get married in Las Vegas. In a city that quickly changes, the Little Church of the West has survived and will probably remain for years at its place to marry many more couples in the years to come.

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