Weddings And Marriage Licensing Roar Back From Pandemic : Planet Money : The Indicator from Planet Money The wedding industry lost tens of billions of dollars in 2020. Now the numbers are roaring back, especially in Las Vegas. Today on the show, we explore the marriage boom in Las Vegas and elsewhere.

Marriage Boom: Sin City Edition

Marriage Boom: Sin City Edition

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The pandemic severely damaged the wedding industry which lost tens of billions of dollars in 2020. Nearly half of couples planning to wed either postponed their wedding ceremonies or cancelled them altogether. This was especially tough for Las Vegas which is the wedding capital of the world.

Nate Hegyi is a reporter for The Mountain West News Bureau. He visited the Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas, meeting Brendan Paul, its owner, minister and an Elvis impersonator. On average Paul holds twelve weddings a day, seven days a week, at fifteen minutes per wedding. Like all other chapels, he had to close for a short period during the pandemic, but now business is coming back with a bang. According to Clark County data, almost 340 couples married there in June 2021, a 18-percent increase over pre-pandemic levels.

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