A wedding chapel is a building or room, other than a legal court, where marriages are regularly performed. Usually wedding chapels are for-profit venues to host weddings in resort areas to encourage hotel room stays, catering and gambling by the guests. The buildings are generally religiously themed and imitate church architecture. In some cases, religious institutions have chapels that are used specifically for marriages or closed churches are converted into wedding chapels.
Las Vegas, particularly, is famous for its large number of wedding chapels because Nevada has no waiting period to file for a marriage certificate. Some of the wedding chapels in Las Vegas feature Elvis Presley impersonators.
Wedding chapels across the world must perform their ceremonies under some laws, depending on the region in which they are located. In the United States, for example, wedding chapels usually require: a marriage license and proof of age of the couple. Requirements for minors to marry vary from state to state.
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