Hello again, guys and gals! Just returned from my Graceland wedding/vacation thingie. The wedding went great--no problems. The only concern we had all day was the weather, as the skies opened up early on Friday and drizzle prevailed the better part of the day, until about 3pm. It then stopped, and the skies cleared a few hours prior to our 5pm wedding. If the rain had continued, we might have been shut out of getting pics at the mansion; fortunately, that didn't happen. they allowed us a ton of access to the front of the mansion, and we took a pile of pictures--many of which I'll post on the Off-Topic or Pictures sections.
Two days prior to our wedding, Sirius Satellite held the first-ever wedding from the Chapel in the Woods. The minister of our wedding asked me if I had heard it (I hadn't because we were just arriving in Memphis at the time), and he said it was awful. He said that if you heard it, it sounded like the most podunk, redneck thing you'd ever heard. Mentions of tattoos, toenail polish, and all these references which were, in his opinion, a bit unseemly for a wedding anywhere
, much less at Graceland.
I was pleasantly surprised at the crowd sizes while we were there. I expected it to be down, but it was a pretty good attendance, I thought, even during the weekdays. I do think that there are too many people touring at one time. We were bouncing off of each other from room to room, which got to be a bit cumbersome. I have never been a big fan of the audio tours, either. They're not bad if you're going solo, but if you're with someone, the tendency is to want to talk, and that messes up the audio tour.
Other observations: Took a ride out to Audobon Drive to see the house. The carport light was on, but no mention of the house being for sale...Baptist Hospital is a pile of rubble downtown...The Sun Studio tour was crowded as heck. One young kid kept asking the tour guide, "When are you gonna talk about Johnny Cash?"...Overton Park looks much the same as it did 50 years ago...The gift shops down Elvis Presley Boulevard had very few customers the entire time we were there, while the ones in the plaza were more crowded...The "Elvis After Dark" exhibit is OK, but nothing special, in my opinion. Same goes for the "Sincerely Elvis" exhibit, which is focusing attention on 1956.
That's a thumbnail sketch of our experience last week. Suffice it to say, it was a huge thrill to have been there again................