around their chosen college football team’s schedule. And that, surprisingly, leads to some interesting wedding dates. “In football season, some couples are getting married on weekdays,” Sztapka says. At the moment, she says couples should book between six months and one year out in order to receive the date they want for their wedding. Of course, if a specific date is not important, availability is much more flexible. “If you have a man and a dress, you can get married this afternoon,” Sztapka jokes. When planning their wedding at Bonne Terre Inn Event Resort, brides also have the option of booking accommodations on site for the wedding party. The main inn contains 10 rooms, with three rooms at the small inn and two bedrooms set up in the barn. The inn is only 20 minutes from the Memphis airport. Sztapka says many brides love having their family and wedding party all together for their wedding weekend. Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods Memphis, Tennessee 901-332-3322 graceland.com/chapel-in-the-woods Although Elvis Presley’s iconic home in Memphis has stood since 1939 and earned its place in pop culture history in 1957 when he purchased the home and made it his own, Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods has a more recent past. The original Chapel in the Woods was constructed 18 years ago and hosted more than 2,000 weddings, dedications and vow renewals – most by diehard Elvis fans. In 2018, the newly designed Chapel in the Woods was unveiled, revealing a modern design and floor-to-ceiling windows that make the surrounding grounds a part of the decor. Seating up to 100 guests, the chapel also includes an intimate reception area. Naturally, the new facility kicked off its inaugural season with a wedding for two serious Elvis fans. “The Chapel in the Woods was christened during Elvis Week 2018 with the wedding of a couple that actually met at Graceland in 2015 during Elvis Week,” says Christian Ross, PR and marketing specialist for Graceland. “We also hosted 10 vow renewals of couples whose love stories were sparked by Elvis.” DeSoto 63
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