Las Vegas: Quickie Marriage Capital

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But the Rodman-Electra fiasco didn't slow the Vegas wedding industry, and neither will Spears' millisecond marriage. On Valentine's Day weekend, the city expects to host 3,000 couples at the ultimate gaming table — the wedding altar.

Diet Dilemmas of Balloon Brides

Perhaps Vegas has made it cheap and easy for brides and grooms to play romance roulette, but there are many other reasons to marry here, besides the sunny weather and ample parking.

Where else can you find a wedding chapel with a 500-foot-tall, fiberglass rendering of the Eiffel Tower, but at the Paris Hotel in Vegas? The Venetian Hotel sets lovers off on a $20, 20-minute gondola ride along its own Grand Canal. Trekkies can boldly go to any one of several chapels where rabbis and ministers offer traditional blessings in Klingon and Vulcan.

On any given day, you can probably open a newspaper and read of a wedding on a helicopter or hot-air balloon. But you won't read such stories in Vegas, where those things happen all the time. The Little Wedding Chapel in the Sky provides a balloon pilot, minister and crew, along with a limousine ride to the launch site for $1,000 — a price that would hardly burst your bubble.

But balloon brides should beware of extra pressure to diet. The basket can hold seven people, more or less, depending on how much they weigh. In that case, you'd better leave that choir of Elvis bridesmaids at home and put your hubby-to-be on a diet.

Buck Wolf is entertainment producer at The Wolf Files is published Tuesdays. If you want to receive weekly notice when a new column is published, join the e-mail list.