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Reverend Judy Irving

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Wedding in Las Vegas

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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Las Vegas Wedding Minister - Chinese Tea Ceremony

Chinese Tea Ceremony

Yesterday I had the honor of facilitating a Chinese tea ceremony. I've performed wedding ceremonies before where the tea ceremony was taken privately in a separate room after the wedding. However, yesterday it was actually included in the wedding ceremony.

To give you some background, the serving of tea to guests is an important part of the Chinese culture and shows respect. In a wedding, this serving is an act of respect and gratitude to the parents for the many years of love and care given to the couple. The tea itself is the symbol of purity, stability and fertility.

The first recorded tea ceremony dates back to the Tang Dynasty more than 1200 years ago. Over the generations, the ceremony has morphed into several versions. But regardless of the 'version', it is a formal introduction of the couple to the other's family.

Sometimes the groom's family is served in the morning, with the bride often being whisked to the groom's home even before daylight. Then the bride's family will be served after the groom's family or they may wait until the afternoon after the wedding vows have been exchanged. This service can also extend beyond immediate family to even aunts and uncles.

The tea set is always purchased by the bride's family and is a part of her dowry and will become an heirloom to be used for her daughter. The parents (or other family) are seated in chairs; the couple serves the tea while kneeling on pillows. The bride will say to the groom's parents: I am now your family; I am now your daughter. Then the couple will receive a red envelope from the parents (containing money) or jewelry (which they should wear immediately).

After this exchange the couple bows to the parents twice. Once to say thank you to the mother and father for raising the groom and the second bow is to wish the father and mother a long and healthy life. This process is then repeated for the bride's family at the chosen time.

My most recent wedding ceremony was two grooms, one of whom was Chinese and we made the tea ceremony a part of the actual wedding. After the kiss, chairs and pillows were placed at the alter, the parents were served tea, words, sentiments and the red envelopes were exchanged as mentioned above. Then to close, the grooms turned and faced their guests, bowed and said, "Thank you friends and family for joining us today and for supporting us."

It was beautiful and the guests were very pleased to be included this time-honored tradition.

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Las Vegas Wedding Minister - 5 Ceremony Readings You’ll Love

5 Ceremony Readings You’ll Love

Here at Wedding Vows Las Vegas we understand it may seem overwhelming when you're trying to pin down just the right words for your wedding ceremony; words that will reflect both your feelings and your personalities. Your readings can set the tone for your ceremony, be it playful or tearful. Great resources include religious texts, poetry and plays, historical literature, children's books, movie lines, song lyrics, or even your own love letters. Not sure where to start? Here are 5 passages to help with your quest for the perfect ceremony readings and more can be found on from which these were taken.

"My legs run because of you. My feet dance because of you. My heart shall beat because of you." From an Eskimo Love Song

"There is a desire within each of us, in the deep center of ourselves that we call our heart. We were born with it, it is never completely satisfied, and it never dies. We are often unaware of it, but it is always awake. It is the human desire for love. Every person on this earth yearns to love, to be loved, to know love. Our true identity, our reason for being, is to be found in this desire... is the 'why' of life: why we are functioning at all, what we want to be efficient for... I am convinced [love] is the fundamental energy of the human spirit, the fuel on which we run, the wellspring of our vitality. And grace, which is the flowing, creative activity of love itself, is what makes all goodness possible. Love should come first; it should be the beginning of and the reason for everything." - Gerald May  

"But in a marriage, you are promising to care about everything, The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things,... All of it, all the time, everyday. " – From Shall We Dance

"Human relationships are meant to be like two hands folder together. They can move away from each other while still touching with the fingertips. They can create space between themselves, a little tent, a home, a safe place to be." - From Bread for the Journey

"When our mates become our best friends, we pool our spiritual resources and strengthen each other. In such a relationship, life's trials become less threatening and even the most formidable challenges become manageable." From The Committed Marriage

Here at Wedding Vows Las Vegas, we have many additional readings, intention statements, vow scripts, rituals and closings that we will happily share with you when you book your wedding with us. We call these Planning Tools. We want your ceremony to be perfect for the two of you and we'll work with you to customize each step. Our goal is to make your ceremony meaningful and your day lovely and stress free.

Las Vegas Wedding Minister - Secrets to Lasting Love

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.

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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