The wedding of Elvis Presley and his longtime love Priscilla Beaulieu was the culmination of a promise she had made to her parents years earlier. As a teenager, Priscilla moved to Memphis to live with the rock ‘n’ roll superstar at his Graceland home. He promised to make their relationship official, and the couple did so on May 1, 1967. The ceremony included a breakfast buffet, a press conference, and swinging ’60s attire from two surprising sources.
Before Christmas 1966, Elvis got on one knee in his bedroom and proposed to Priscilla. He gave her a three and a half carat diamond ring surrounded by 20 removable diamonds.
Vogue shared information about the proposal from Becky Yanky, Elvis’ private secretary and author of My life with Elvis. “One day he told me about the ring and asked if I wanted to marry him. ‘More than ever,’ I told him.”
The couple planned their wedding, orchestrated by Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The couple flew to Las Vegas just after midnight on May 1 on a private jet borrowed from Frank Sinatra. Your guests flew on a separate plane. Upon arriving at the Aladdin Hotel, Elvis and Priscilla went through a back door to avoid onlookers and prepare for the ceremony.
Priscilla, 21, and Elvis, 32, were married by Nevada Supreme Court Justice David Zenoff in a flower-filled suite at the Aladdin Hotel.
To prepare for her big day, Priscilla bought her high-necked ivory wedding dress with longtime Memphis mob member Charlie Hodge. He posed as her fiancé. As reported by Vogue, Priscilla explained, “I went to places like Neiman Marcus in disguise,” she later said. “I went with one [blonde] Wig and all just to keep it private!”
Priscilla finally found her dream dress at a department store called Westwood in Los Angeles. The dress was high necked, had long sleeves and was covered with pearls and rhinestones. Priscilla also wore a three foot tulle veil topped with a rhinestone tiara.
“It wasn’t extravagant and it wasn’t extreme – it was simple and, to me, beautiful. I didn’t have time to stay there forever and look at clothes. I had a matching one for this dress and that was it; I was out there.”
A tailor from MGM Studios named Lambert Marks made Elvis’ tuxedo. The material was black paisley silk brocade.
Per Vogue, Elvis accessorized his tuxedo with a platinum, diamond and sapphire watch. He completed the outfit with diamond and sapphire cufflinks and cowboy boots. His pompadour hairstyle was held high above his head with wire to keep it in place throughout the ceremony.
After their wedding ceremony, Elvis and Priscilla held a press conference arranged by Colonel Tom Parker. The Las Vegas Sun reported that Presley said he met Priscilla six years earlier while he was a soldier stationed in Germany. Priscilla’s mother, Anne, said, “They became very close friends at the time, but I don’t think either of us thought of them getting married.”
At their reception, Elvis and Priscilla joined 100 guests for a champagne breakfast, complete with a 5-foot-tall, six-tiered yellow cake. The dishes that were served were as follows. Roast chicken, suckling pig, Rockefeller oysters, clams, bacon and eggs, poached salmon and lobster, Brides Magazine reported.