Not for love nor money: no takers for Vegas wedding chapel

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Not for love nor money: no takers for Vegas wedding chapel

Wedding Queen, 84, will carry on after her famous venue fails to find a buyer amid a fall in marriages

Nick Allen

It is one of the world’s most famous wedding venues, playing host to celebrities such as Britney Spears, Frank Sinatra and Joan Collins, as well as legions of eloping couples. But after six months on the market, A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, the scene of more than half a million 10-minute ceremonies, failed to find a buyer.

It was the most stark example of a “love recession” that has hit Las Vegas, the self-proclaimed “Marriage Capital of the World”, in recent years. The number of weddings has fallen from 128,238 in 2004 to 74,534 in 2018. Annual revenue is down by an estimated $1bn, to $2.5bn.

The chief reason appears to be that millennials, saddled with student loans and exorbitant rent, no longer feel like running off to Sin City on a whim to get hitched by an Elvis impersonator...

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