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Reverend Judy Irving

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Looking for the best Las Vegas wedding officiant?

If you found this site, then most probably you or someone you know well is getting married in Las Vegas. The planning can be one of the most enjoyable or most frustrating times of a couple’s life and working with us can make it so much easier.

Here’s what you can expect from award-winning Las Vegas wedding officiant and Las Vegas minister, Judy Irving:
Reverend Judy Irving is an ordained, licensed Las Vegas officiant, with over 20 years experience. She performs both traditional and non-traditional wedding ceremonies, elopements, vow renewals and commitments, to include same-sex. She is a five-time couples-choice award winner and four-time winner of Best of Weddings award. Judy is known for her love, compassion and grace.

She knows how important your special day is to you, your friends and family and works closely with you to create the perfect wedding or renewal of vows ceremony. It’s important for you to have a strong connection with your wedding officiant, and it’s also important for your guests to feel connected to ‘what’s happening up front’. Judy Irving understands this need. In addition, the two of you have a story and a dream for your future; as your wedding officiant, Judy works to present your ceremony in ‘your way’ along with any rituals you may choose to include (see Services)

You may want to include your children, stepchildren, or others who are important to you and this is highly encouraged.

After a phone, Skpye or in-person consultation, Judy will send you Planning Tools (sample scripts, readings, vows, etc) to aid you in the vows ceremonial process, then she will personalize your choices. Judy aims to relieve as much of your stress as possible by being on time, responsible and making you a priority.

Whether you are a Las Vegas local or coming to our city for a destination wedding, let Judy come to you in one of the many Las Vegas wedding venues. She can officiate the perfect wedding ceremony in your home, back yard garden, country club, mansion, hotel suite, Las Vegas Strip, Downtown Las Vegas, Mt. Charleston 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 Las Vegas Wedding Officiant Judy Irving.

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


Wedding Services

When you decide you’re getting married in 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 the day meaningful.

Most ceremonies run approximately 20-30 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.

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Types of Services:

Traditional & non-traditional Weddings

The best Las Vegas wedding officiants will offer you a variety of options; but they will all center on your personal needs. So whether you are a traditional couple or non-traditional, different faiths, or none, we’d love to work with you!


One of the most fun things about being a Las Vegas wedding officiant is the large number of elopements we have here! So we’d love to assist you in finding the perfect location and since a Las Vegas marriage license requires one witness, we can also furnish that witness.
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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:

Commitment Ceremonies

are 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.

Vow Renewals in Las Vegas

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 we get to see our parents married (again to the same person)? We delight in hearing couple’s share what they’ve learned from the one another over the years

Paperwork & Filing Only

Reverend Judy does offer this service, if you want a family member or friend to perform the ceremony and have Rev Judy sign and file the paperwork. She does have to be present for the ceremony due to licensing requirements. If it’s a medical emergency she will also come to you for expedited service.

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Wedding Rituals

Reverend Judy has worked with a variety of rituals, which depending on your preference, you might want to include in your ceremony. Below are the most popular along with a sample video:

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) – Example: VIDEO

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 entwined. If there are children involved then usually each child will have a different color of sand. This is an excellent way to make children feel apart of the ceremony and the new family unit. Examples: VIDEO 1 VIDEO 2

Rose Ceremony – • This is an excellent way to say ‘thank you’ to parents and grandparents – early in the ceremony, roses are presented to each person the couple wants to show gratitude and respect for or they can be exchanged between the couple as seen here: VIDEO

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. VIDEO

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. VIDEO

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. Wine Box Ceremony: VIDEO

Additional rituals: • Butterfly release, Dove release, Coin Blessing, Veil Blessing, Cord Blessing, Jumping of the Broom, and Hand Bindings –

Butterfly release: VIDEO
Hand Binding: VIDEO
Dove Release: VIDEO
Jumping the Broom: VIDEO

Baby Blessings

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 Las Vegas 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
Sixty days prior to your ceremony, you may fill out your application online at and it will make the process easier once you arrive at the clerk’s office. Bring the entire license packet to the ceremony, your wedding officiant 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 fee for a quality Las Vegas wedding officiant is $200-450 depending on whom you choose and what’s included. What’s important is that you choose a wedding officiant you feel a connection with, someone who is trustworthy and has great reviews. Reverend Judy charges between $200-325 for ceremonies in Las Vegas; there is a small travel fee for Lake Las Vegas, Mount Charleston and the Valley of Fire locations (where a permit is required). The fee includes a phone or in-person 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!

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Is Eloping Right For You?

Perhaps the first question you'd need to answer is who is the wedding for? Is it for you and your fiancé, is it for your parents or is it for your friends? Well you may say, all of course! And this may well be true, but stop and ask yourself what is really important to you? Would you consider an intimate, low-key, stress-free wedding? Elopements were once a black-sheep-slip-away-in-the-middle-of-the-night sort of events; but no longer. Plus elopements don't have to be cheesy. Some brides want the dress, the flowers, the photographer and the intimacy of saying their vows all in a beautiful location – all the memories – but without the guests. A garden setting, a golf club, the beauty of the desert, even a spot on the Las Vegas strip can be personalized to fit you and your fiancé at a fraction of the cost.

Cost is certainly only one factor to consider; emotions are another. Personal feelings can be very sensitive when it comes to weddings. Whom do you include in the bridal party? There are always people who will be sensitive to not being asked to stand up with you. How many guests can you include? Las Vegas is a great destination location, loads of entertainment options and hotels, easy access via car or air. Can all your relatives afford to come? Will they feel badly if they are invited and can't afford it? Will they feel worse if they aren't invited? If dealing with any of these challenges will take away from your special day, perhaps you might consider eloping. I love, love, love big splashy weddings but I also believe in investigating all the options.

One couple from the mid-west spent a week in Vegas exploring, eating, hiking and getting married in their low-key style with a ceremony under the Arc de Triomphe - he wore jeans and she wore a fabulous sequined dress. Their vows were symbolic and personalized in such a way as to be meaningful to them and their story. The above couple from England chose the Dry Lake Bed for their romantic and never to be forgotten wedding setting.

Yes, a girl or a guy wants all the bells and whistles; until she or he doesn't.

Las Vegas Wedding Minister - Children Will Be Children

Children Will Be Children

Without doubt the cutest part of a wedding is the ring bearer and flower girl (s). Seeing those little ones clean and dressed so adorably just breaks my heart into a happy smile! This photo is an excellent example of such taken at a recent wedding at Reflection Bay Golf Club at Lake Las Vegas. (Photo credit:

However a word to the wise, the wedding belongs to the bride and you don't want anyone to upstage her. It's best to choose children between the ages of 3 and 7 or 4 and 8 depending on their maturity level and size. Only choose children you have observed as being well-behaved, able to do what they are asked to do, not so shy they won't walk without Mom or Dad and have some semblance of appropriateness (no nose picking or throwing the basket or pillow into the air or audience like a paper airplane). This means the choice belongs to the bridal couple, don't be 'guilted' into choosing children that aren't really special to you or family or friends' children if you don't deem they a right for the job.

Some things are cute, but invariable you'll have some little hiccup, which makes for a good story later but is very distracting in the moment. I once had a little ring bearer who had to go to the restroom in the middle of the vows. I realized the bride was not paying attention to her groom or me but didn't realize what the need was because the little ring bearer had been fidgety from the beginning of the ceremony. Once I realized, we stopped and got someone to assist the little fellow and then we continued. No big deal, you might say, but our goal is to keep the bride as stress free as possible and the sacredness of the vows and the moment protected.

Be sure the children have completed their entrance and are in place at the front ,either standing with the wedding party or seated in the front row before the bride steps out. This way, we only have eyes for the bride. This may be the most important and beautiful entrance she will ever make. Let's give her our undivided attention

Las Vegas Wedding Minister - Bridal Traditions - Old & New

Bridal Traditions - Old & New

The most popular bridal tradition is likely to be the something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. This tradition stems from the Victorian era but is still incorporated today albeit often with more modern twists.

"Something old" represents the bride's family ancestry, where she is coming from. One of my recent brides used the ring bearer pillow from her mom and dad's wedding and added a charm to her bouquet which he father had given her. Since Dad is now deceased, this was her way of honoring and including him.

"Something new" is meant to represent where the bride is headed with her new husband and new life. This may be a gift from the groom or it might be something representing their success together or a token of good luck. A modern version of this might be that the couple gets matching tattoos shortly before the wedding.

"Something borrowed" traditionally was meant to be something borrowed from a happily married woman, either family or friend to signify the willingness of others to support the couple in their new life together. However today, it takes many twists; it could mean borrowing your friend's sassy sandals to wear under your wedding gown just because you love them or it could mean borrowing diamond earrings from Harry Winston Jewelers.

"Something blue" dates back to Roman times when blue was considered to be the color of fidelity, love and purity. Many brides will have their initials embroidered inside their gown in blue; or add a few hints of pale blue into their bouquet either through flowers, ribbons or even a blue crystal rosary.

I love seeing the creativity today's brides bring to their weddings, both traditional and personal! It makes life so interesting!

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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