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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Here's What You Get With a $2 Church of Elvis Wedding

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 10:45 AM

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I was psyched last week to spend a morning with Stephanie Pierce, the founder, leader, and chief Commodore 64 operator of Portland's 24-hour Church of Elvis (read the whole profile here). The Church of Elvis coin-operated art gallery has been a legend in Portland since it opened nearly 25 years ago, but Pierce is always tweaking the machinery and is currently launching a bold, new plan: real weddings.

For $25, Pierce will legally marry you and the spouse of your choice outside the coin-op gallery on NW Couch. But the steal-of-a-deal is the $2 non-legal wedding you can buy straight from the machine (the wiring is supposed to be worked out this week, at least). Here's what you get for a measly eight quarters:
• Two neon rings
• Tiny bag of rice
• Pinky-size condom
• Photo of your wedding (not real photo)
• Photo of your wedding night (not real photo)
• Photo of the father of the bride (who resembles Rip Torn)
• Levi and Bristol's Handy Divorce Kit
• One Church of Elvis dollar
• Two wedding announcements
• One sticker

So, thrifty lovebirds, make your way to NW 5th and Couch.

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