If you had a dream of being married by an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas, you might be out of luck. Authentic Brands Group, which is responsible for the licensing of the Elvis estate, sent out cease and desist letters to all Las Vegas wedding chapels last month saying they can no longer use his image.
That’s pretty bad news for because Elvis-themed weddings have played a huge role in the $2 billion per year generated from Las Vegas weddings, but Authentic Brands Group says “Presley’s name, likeness, voice image, and other elements” have been used without authorization. Do we have Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker to blame for this?? They did have an Elvis-themed Vegas wedding in April…so we’re just doing the math LOL.
Now before you panic, this DOESN’T include Elvis-themed stage shows, as live performances with impersonators are covered under Nevada’s right of publicity law. By the way, Elvis weddings started back in 1977 when the Gretna Green Chapel changed its name to Graceland Wedding Chapel after Elvis died, just 10 years after he married Priscilla in that very chapel.