Elvis Presley had a number of peculiar relationships with women, and he was engaged at the time of his death. Ginger Alden was over 20 years younger than Elvis when they were planning to tie the knot, but she was also the one to find him dead. However, they still managed to put together some wedding plans — and it seems Elvis was quite particular about the type of wedding dress Alden should wear.
Priscilla Presley said Elvis Presley was very good at manipulating others
Prior to Alden ever being a part of Elvis’ life, he had Priscilla Presley. Priscilla and Elvis were married from 1967 to 1973. While she still has a ton of love in her heart for the musician, she’s also revealed peculiar and dark aspects of his personality.
Priscilla wrote in her 1985 memoir, Elvis and Me, that Elvis attempted to “mold” her into the woman he wanted her to become. Elvis told Priscilla exactly how she should walk, talk, wear her makeup, and present herself in the outside world. At the time, she didn’t seem to mind his demanding attitude.
“At that time I just liked that he was paying attention to me,” she told The Guardian. “He was very opinionated on what he wanted: ‘I don’t like you in that color. Brown isn’t good for you. Green looks horrible, it’s a dull color with no spark to it.’” It wasn’t until well past her teen years did Priscilla start developing her own feelings regarding what she liked and disliked.
Elvis told fiancée Ginger Alden what type of wedding dress to wear
It looks like Elvis’ demanding attitude extended past his relationship with Priscilla. Elvis History Blog notes Priscilla could tell Elvis and Alden had their issues. “There were conflicts — many,” Priscilla wrote in her 1985 book. “Ginger did not like touring, one-night stands. She was close to her family and didn’t want to leave them. Elvis tried bringing half her family with them, but that only created other problems.”
Despite Priscilla’s concerns, Alden and Elvis still planned to tie the knot. According to Alden, Elvis got down on one knee with a beautiful and expensive ring just two months after they began to get to know each other. And he then sent her to get a wedding dress — though he reportedly had a few requests.
“I’ve thought about your gown,” Alden said Elvis told her. “The dress should have a high collar and I would like it to have small rosebuds with gold threads through it. I’m gonna have someone work on it in Los Angeles.”
Elvis wanted his wedding to Alden to be very private
Not only did Elvis want Alden to wear a specific type of dress, but he also wanted their wedding to be a private affair. Elvis History Blog notes Alden claimed Elvis wanted police officers present so they could “guard the church” away from outsiders.
“I would like certain people there, public officials and friends,” Alden wrote Elvis said. “And there should be so many police officers to guard the church, so no news media can get to us. I don’t want this to be a three-ring circus.”
They ultimately decided they’d wed on Christmas, but their nuptials never took place. Elvis died on Aug. 16, 1977. Since then, Priscilla’s talked about Elvis’ private, secretive ways — and she verified he most certainly wouldn’t have social media today. “We’ve joked about this before with some of the inner-circle, saying that ‘Elvis would never be on Facebook!’” she told News.com.au, according to Vanity Fair.
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