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The Weirdest Marriage In Vegas History

marriage-1341525_960_720Las Vegas is the marriage capital of the world. The landscape is dotted with famous as well as with not-so-well-known wedding chapels. If you look for them, you will see one about every 100 yards as you walk down the Strip, and remember, they are located inside most casinos too.

If you talk to someone who performs weddings in Las Vegas, and I have, they will tell you that some weddings are very traditional and then some of them are really weird. When you hear the stories, you might conclude that people go out of their way to have the most unusual, bizarre, and weird wedding possible.

One pastor I know told me that one couple wanted to get married while sky diving. If I remember right, he declined. This is just one example of requests officiants get for non traditional weddings.

Even in light of the many strange wedding stories you can read about there is one that is quintessential Vegas history. And, if you have been downtown on Fremont Street, you know the bride and the groom.

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Here is the story. In 1995 downtown Las Vegas, the Fremont Street area, underwent a massive makeover. It became known as “The Fremont Experience.” A 1500 foot long canopy was constructed over several blocks of Freemont Street. This canopy also served, and continues to serve, as a projection screen, the worlds largest, for a nightly laser show.

There are two well known neon figures that grace the Fremont Street Experience. One is Vegas Vic that stands on the side of the now closed Pioneer Club. Directly across the street sits Vegas Vicky, formerly Sassy Sally, that hangs above Glitter Gulch.

During the construction of the Fremont Experience in 1995, both Vegas Vic and Vegas Vicky were brought down to street level and married by a local pastor. This may be the first wedding in the world when two neon personages were joined together in marriage.

 

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