The Las Vegas Chapel Wedding Industry always finds a way to survive adversity. Here is a recent update on the State of the Industry from the woman who tracks all those "I dos" because she's in charge of issuing wedding licenses in Clark County. "This is the first year since COVID that we've really had a nice bump in wedding tourism, so 2021 was a very good year for us, and we're looking forward to 2022 final numbers. And then next year, we think we'll have all the pieces in place to make a really exciting year," says Clark County Clerk Lynn Marie Goya. The first wedding chapels in Las Vegas were built in 1922, and 100 years later, the industry is bigger than ever. The Elvis squabble has been resolved and will add to the Wedding Chapel boom expected in 2023.
ABG in a statement said, "We are seeking to partner with each of these small businesses to ensure that their use of Elvis’ name, image and likeness are officially licensed and authorized by the estate, so they can continue their operations. Elvis is embedded into the fabric of Las Vegas history, and we are committed to protecting and expanding his legacy for generations to come.” ABG acquired a controlling stake in Presley’s estate in 2013 from Core Media Group, according to news reports. Earlier, the asking price for an annual licensing fee was as high as $20,000 a year, according to one wedding chapel owner and several news outlets. But as of last week, ABG is now asking $500 for a year licensing fee. ABG Finally realized the benefit to the Elvis name by the Wedding Chapels using Elvis likenesses.