Wedding Vows

LAS VEGAS
Reverend Judy Irving

Wedding Las Vegas

Wedding in Las Vegas

If you found this site, then you or someone you know well is planning a destination wedding. Wedding planning can be one of the most enjoyable or most frustrating times of a couple’s life and working with us can make it easier.

Here’s what you can expect when using Wedding Vows Las Vegas with Judy Irving as your wedding Officiant:
Reverend Judy Irving is an ordained non-denominational Las Vegas minister licensed to perform wedding ceremonies, renewal ceremonies, commitment ceremonies, same-sex, gay and LGBT ceremonies. She brings to each one a sense of dignity, compassion, love and grace.

Judy knows how important your special day is to you, your friends and family and works closely with you to create the perfect Las Vegas wedding ceremony. Since each couple has a story and a dream for your future, Judy encourages you to bring forth your own creative expression in making your ceremony one of joyous remembrance. Your vows will be presented in ‘your way’ along with any rituals you may choose to include (see Ceremonies).

After a phone consultation, Judy will send you planning tools to aid you in the vows ceremonial process. She knows how much stress a couple encounters during the planning stages and wants to relieve as much stress as possible. Whether you are a Las Vegas local or coming to our city for a Las Vegas wedding, let Reverend Judy unite you in one of the many Las Vegas wedding venues. She can officiate the perfect wedding ceremony in a home, a back yard garden, country club, mansion, hotel suite, Las Vegas Strip, the mountain or at beautiful Lake Las Vegas. She promises to make the ceremony romantic, elegant and perfect for you! The next step is to fill out the information on the Contact Us page and then call 702-245-6635 to speak directly with Reverend Judy.

"Love doesn’t make the world go ‘round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” - Elizabeth Browning

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Wedding Ceremony

When you decide you want a wedding in Las Vegas, the size of your wedding party doesn’t matter. Whether it’s 12 attendants or just the two of you, Wedding Vows Las Vegas is happy to apply a personal touch that will make your day meaningful.

Most ceremonies run approximately 30 minutes depending on the wedding venue, the number of people in the bridal party and the rituals involved. You want it short enough to keep the groom happy, romantic enough to make the bride happy and meaningful enough to keep Grandma happy. Even in weddings that have no mention of God, family and guests come up to Reverend Judy afterward to share with her how touching the ceremony was.

Types of Las Vegas wedding ceremonies:

Traditional Weddings

From two to two hundred (including same-sex)

Elopement + Photography

Wedding Vows Las Vegas has partnered with a professional photographer to allow you to feel the excitement of eloping to Las Vegas plus create lasting memories to show your family and friends by combining these services. The photographer will cover the ceremony and then head out with you to nearby locations to record your fun with expert photos using beautiful Las Vegas as the backdrop. The photographs will then be sent to you on a CD after being professionally edited. Details here: glitterlens.com

Commitment Ceremonies

For those who don’t want to take the legal route, but do want to take the step of publically stating their commitment to each other and celebrating their intentions with friends and family.

Renewal Ceremonies
Whether it’s 5 years or 50 years, renewing your vows to each other is a highlight in life. You may want to include your children in your wedding party; how often do children get to see their parents married again to the same person? We and your guests, will delight in hearing you share what you’ve learned from one another over the years.

Reverend Judy has worked with a variety of rituals, which depending on your preference, you might want to include in your ceremony. To name a few:

Unity Candle – signaling (by the lighting of tapers) that the couple is bringing all they have been individually into the marriage and are now becoming one (as they light the larger candle together).

Sand Ceremony – This is similar to the Unity Candle ceremony; using one color of sand for the bride and another for the groom. These are poured together into a larger container to symbolize the two lives are now forever intertwined. If there are children involved then usually each child will have different color sand. This is an excellent way to make children feel a part of the ceremony and the new family unit.

Rose Ceremony – This is a gracious way to say ‘thank you’ to parents and grandparents – early in the ceremony, roses are presented to each person that the couple want to show gratitude and respect for.

Hand Blessing – As the couple holds hands and looks into each other’s eyes; the Officiant reads a compassionate and endearing poem that sets the stage for many years to come.

Breaking of the Glass – The Jewish tradition of the breaking of the glass reminds us that love, like glass, is fragile and must be protected. A broken wedding glass is forever changed, likewise, the bride & groom will be forever changed by their marriage as their relationship takes on a new form.

Wine Box Ceremony - Wine is the universal symbol for the richness of life and the sweetness of love. Near the wedding day the couple will each write the other a love letter. The letters will then be placed in a ‘love box’, which holds a vintage bottle of wine along with a copy of the vows used during the wedding ceremony. The box is to be opened on every fifth wedding anniversary, the letters to be read and the wine to be savored; then replaced with new wine and new letters.

Additional rituals: Butterfly release, Dove release, Coin Blessing, Veil Blessing, Cord Blessing and Hand Bindings

Baby Blessings

Baby Blessings are one of Reverend Judy’s favorite ceremonies. The blessing can be an alternative to a traditional baptism or christening and has become popular for couples of different faiths and those who do not have ties to a church. One benefit is the ceremony can be tailored to reflect the parents’ wishes and can be done in the comfort of the family home.

The blessing is a time to celebrate the birth of the child, a gift of God. It’s usually held in the first year and in the presence of family and close friends and may include Godparents. For all who participate this blessing signifies the shared joy and responsibility of nurturing the child.

FAQs Frequently Asked Questions:

What about the license?

No matter how beautiful your Las Vegas wedding may be, you’re not married until Reverend Judy signs the marriage license; so it’s a very important part of the ceremony. The information below will assist you in obtaining the license.

  • There is no blood test and no waiting period.
  • You both must go in person and prove your identity (drivers license, passport, social security number, etc)
  • Cost is $77
  • Address is 201 East Clark Avenue, Las Vegas 89155 - map
  • Phone number is (702) 671-0600
  • Hours: Open 8 to midnight seven days a week including holidays. For more information Click Here
You may fill out your application online at mlic.vegas and it will make the process easier once you arrive at the clerk’s office. The system will hold your application for 60 days. Bring the entire license packet to the ceremony, Rev Judy will fill out all the paperwork and make sure it gets recorded with local officials after the wedding.

What is the cost of an Officiant?

The average Officiant fee for a quality Las Vegas wedding ceremony is $250-450 depending on whom you choose. What’s important is that you choose someone you feel a connection with, someone who is trustworthy and has great reviews. Reverend Judy charges $300 for ceremonies in Las Vegas; there is a small travel fee for Lake Las Vegas, Mount Charleston and the Valley of Fire locations. The $300 fee includes a phone consultation, planning tools, customized ceremony script for your approval, performing the ceremony and any rituals you may want plus getting the paperwork recorded with local officials after the ceremony. She will also send you a link when the paperwork has made it’s way through the system and is ready to be ordered online.

How long does it take for the license to be recorded?

It usually takes about a week for the recording to be completed. On holidays, it may take a little longer.

Do we need a rehearsal?

Many couples do find it helpful, especially if it is a large wedding, however the venue coordinator will usually handle the rehearsal. Primarily it is about the line-up of the wedding party. You do not repeat your vows at the rehearsal. If you want Reverend Judy to attend the rehearsal, and she has availability she is happy to do so for an additional fee of $150.

How far ahead do we need to book?

We suggest four to six months in order to get the Officiant you want at the date and time you want. April and October are generally the busiest months in Las Vegas due to the excellent weather.

Should we meet before the wedding?

You can meet with Reverend Judy if you’d like. Most people feel as if they know her after a phone consultation and seeing and hearing her on the website. It’s the Southern hospitality thing again.

Can we write our own vows?

Absolutely! It is a lovely addition to any ceremony! Just let Reverend Judy know you want to do so and she will give you the opportunity at the appropriate time during the ceremony.

What if it’s just the two of us and we don’t have a witness?

You will need one witness, but not to worry; Reverend Judy can usually find a witness for a small fee.

Where do the rituals usually go?

Traditionally the rose ceremony comes at the beginning after the welcome, or at the end after the pronouncement. The others ceremonies (most commonly sand or unity candle) will come between the vow exchange and the ring exchange. The hand blessing may come before the vows or between the intentions and vows.

What if we are two different faiths?

We can work with this, no problem!

Recent Blog Posts

Secrets to Lasting Love

Whether you're married in Las Vegas or married at home, have a large wedding or a small intimate affair, the one idea you go into a marriage with is that it will last.

When I speak with couples before the wedding, I usually ask: What do you love the most about him (or her). When I perform renewal ceremonies, I usually ask: What have you learned from your partner over the years and how have you changed?

So whether it's been 1 year or 41 years for you and your beloved, here are some real-life comments regarding the secrets of a lasting marriage:

  • I can be myself with her.
  • Some people think just being with one person will take away from your life; what you come to realize it's really more life than you thought was possible. 
  • I've changed in our marriage. I've become independent & interdependent.
  • He is such a caring person; it makes me be more caring.
  • I love her passion for everything she does and it makes 'us' more passionate.
  • I love his sense of humor; we have fun together!
  • I love that he never gives up. 
  • She is my best friend. 
  • The longer you're married, the longer your love has a chance to grow.
  • He accepts me and loves me for me. We communicate both the wonderful and the difficult.
  • Always make time for self and time for the relationship.
  • Learn to forgive.
  • Learn to care about the other person's hurts more than you care about your own pleasure.
  • Remember why you fell in love.
  • Remember to laugh.
  • Remember to say 'I love you", it reinforces the love for the both of you.
  • Give the other a chance to make mistakes, learn from them, and remain kind and forgiving.
  • Don't jump to conclusions; hear your partner out before you judge.
  • I spoke with a bride and groom this week to said, "We are clear that we want a marriage - not a wedding." I love that distinction.

May you always remember that love is the foundation on which your lives are built.

Name Change Made Easy

What's involved in a spouse changing her/his last name? I'll write this post for brides and grooms but it applies to any couple that wants a name change. First of all, the marriage license has to be issued in the current name, not the married name and has to be issued in the county you are actually being married in (location of marriage ceremony). You must apply in person for the license; then the Officiant, after performing the ceremony, will sign it, see that it's witnessed and get it recorded.

Once it has made it way through the county recording system (7-10 days) you can order certified copies online; order several. This is the first step. Don't make any honeymoon reservations or plane reservations in your new name unless you have time to officially change your name before departing on your trip and can show all supporting documents to airline & security officials. Everything has to match. This was even the case 35 years ago when Air France refused to let me board a plane for this reason. Today with heightened security and the need for 'real id', it is much more involved.

Though not necessary, it appears to simplify the process if women use their old last name (maiden name) as their new middle name; especially if you don't get around to changing everything immediately. So armed with your official recorded certificates, the first place you want to visit is the Social Security office – in person if possible - you can check for locations here: https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/fo001.jsp . Some states require it to be in person, if not or you can't go in person, fill out a form here: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.pdf.

The second change will be your driver's license, check with the DMV to see if you need to present your new social security card in order to get a new DL. Next move on to items like vehicle registration, home deed/mortgage, credit cards, debit cards, bank accounts, insurance, and passport. Don't forget your employer! You can find a great list already complied at www.domesticability.com, click on Weddings or email me and I'll send it to you.

One bride I know took one full day and did everything. Seems like a nightmare to me, but it could be done if you have the patience; then you're done with it!

We're LGBT Inclusive!

Of course we were performing same-sex weddings just like any other wedding before the Supreme Court decision because we believe love is love. The difference was that previously the marriage was not legal in all states until the SCOUS decision in June 2015. All marriages are precious to us, and LGBT couples have often waited much longer than straight couples.

The average age for grooms seems to be late 30s and brides early 30s, both play a strong role in planning their wedding, personalizing the wedding, and making it 'theirs'. Some couples are fortunate enough to have their families join them in their special day and some are not. When the families are present, most couples want to make sure they feel welcome and comfortable. This is very important to most couples.

Ceremonies are often held outside in a garden setting or a private room of a restaurant is reserved and after the ceremony, the reception and dancing takes place in the same space. If it's an elopement, we can assist you with location, photographer and make suggestions for hair & makeup, entertainment, dining, etc. The couple you see in the photograph had a suite at Bellagio, the ceremony was held in front of the windows with a beautiful skyline behind, they brought their own violinist who also served as the witness. We had wedding cake and champagne in the suite and then they went out to dinner and a show to celebrate.

Our personal experience has been that many of our couples range in age from 30 to 70. Most couples have been together for several years and some for many more. What a wonderful experience it is to witness the marriage of a couple that has been together for 30 years and can finally not only have a wedding but make it legal!     #lovewins #brides #grooms #loveislove

Wedding Venues in Las Vegas where Reverend Judy has performed weddings:


Bellagio • The Four Seasons • Mandarin Oriental • The Venetian • The Palazzo • Mandalay Bay • House of Blues Foundation Room • The Delano • Wynn • Wynn Encore • The Hyatt Regency • The Ritz Carlton • The Cosmopolitan • The Aria • Caesar’s • Vdara • JW Marriott • MGM Grand • The Platinum • The TI • The M Resort • Springs Preserve • Red Rock National Preserve • Red Rock Resort • Hard Rock Hotel & Resort • The Grove • The Suncoast • Boulder Station • Alliante • The Alexis Park • The Palm’s • The Tropicana • 2810 Mansion • The Quad Hotel & Casino • Canyon Gate County Club • Dragon Ridge Country Club • Bear’s Best Golf Club • Angel Park Golf Club • TPC Summerlin Golf Club • Black Mountain Golf Club • Tule Springs (Floyd Lamb Park) • The Westin Lake Las Vegas • Aston MonteLago Village • Mount Charleston • Valley of Fire •

Plus many restaurants, timeshare suites, specialty venues and private homes

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