Pop-up chapel celebrates impulsive London

Pic: Sasha Filimonov

Vegas-style weddings came to Shoreditch last weekend, fully equipped with an Elvis impersonator serenading newlyweds in the Little White Chapel.

For those who were feeling romantic and impulsive, the newly launched “tonight’s going out” app from YPlan offered the opportunity for an impromptu nuptial at the hands of the King himself – the very same King who married Britney Spears and her childhood friend, Jason Alexander, in 2004.

The five-day marital pop-up at Shoreditch BOXPARK was launched after research by YPlan revealed that 80 per cent of Brits would be willing to marry someone they had only just met. The poll also placed London at number six in the rankings of the world’s most spontaneous cities, behind Rio, Paris and Las Vegas.

The app, which launched last week, provides listings for current events with ticket purchasing options. YPlan’s founder, Rytis Vitkauskas, said: “The YPlan app gives Londoners the chance to be more spontaneous.

“What better way to celebrate its launch than by bringing a taste of the world’s most spontaneous city to the City?”

Long-term couples and platonic friends alike could enjoy their own wedding celebrations as the marriages were not legally binding. Two of our ELL reporters were on hand to witness a “heart-warming” ceremony at the chapel on December 6:

To personalise the pop-up chapel experience further, people were asked to tweet YPlan with a message of their choice so they could be treated to a dedicated video from Elvis.

Elvis himself said during a ceremony: “What happens in Shoreditch Vegas, stays in Shoreditch Vegas.”

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