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You’ve come to the right place if you are looking for a wedding officiant in Las Vegas to perform your destination wedding. The planning of a wedding 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 Wedding Vows Las Vegas and Reverend Judy Irving: Judy is an ordained, licensed wedding officiant with over 20 years experience. She performs both traditional and non-traditional wedding ceremonies, elopements, vow renewals and commitments, to include same-sex. Open to all faiths and all peoples. She is a six-time WeddingWire.com couples-choice award winner and five-time winner of TheKnot.com Best of Weddings award. Judy is known for her love, compassion and grace. She adds in a bit of humor to keep things light and gets rave reviews.

She knows how important your special day is to you, your friends and family and works closely with you to create the perfect 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)

If you are eloping, this is our specialty, we can show you a variety of locations and recommend vendors for photography and any other needs you may have.

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

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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!

Elopements

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.

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

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.

Wedding Paperwork and Filing
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
Prior to your ceremony, it is best to make application online at mlic.vegas  This will make the process easier once you arrive at the marriage bureau. Both the application and the marriage license are good for one year. The day of your wedding, 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 $200-500 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 $200-350 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 10-12 months in order to get your choice of Officiants. As soon as your venue and date have been decided, then book your officiant at the same time you book your photographer and videographer. 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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How to Choose a Wedding Officiant

One of the many decisions you'll need to make in preparation for you wedding day is how to find a wedding officiant; the right wedding officiant for you. This is the person that will:

  • Make your marriage legal
  • Spend lots of time getting to know you – your values, your likes, your vision for your marriage and for your wedding ceremony
  • Offer suggestions that fit with your vision and personalities
  • Make sure you're not forgetting something important
  • Set the tone for your ceremony

How do you go about finding this person?

First, decide on whether you'd prefer a religious or non-religious ceremony or a combination. You may decide to use clergy. If you have a minister, rabbi or priest in your own place of worship, then you may ask them to officiate your ceremony. If you don't have a religious 'home' or are planning a destination wedding, there are many online ways to find an officiant. (WeddingWire.com; The Knot.com; MyWedding.com; Google+, Yahoo, Bing, Google). Search for an officiant in the location of your wedding, which is also where you will purchase your marriage license. Because I work in Las Vegas and it's such a huge destination market, the majority of my couples are not local and don't have the luxury of bringing their clergy with them. As a non-denominational minister, I am happy to perform a religious ceremony, interfaith ceremony or modern non-religious ceremony. You want to look for the officiate that fits your needs.

Doing your research:

You'll want to visit the Officiant's website, read many of the reviews to see what has been the experience of other couples working with this person and hopefully be able to see the person in action through a video posted to their website. Why is this important? You want to see and hear this person in action so you'll know:

  • Are they confident?
  • Can they command a group or room?
  • From their demeanor, does it appear this person is in sync with the couple?

For all practical purposes your officiant will be acting as your master of ceremonies and while the ceremony is definitely about you as a couple, you want your officiant to be able to make your guests feel included and important to your day; and to do this without stealing the show. Yes, lightness is a wonderful quality to infuse into the ceremony but you don't want it turned into a comedy show.

Once you've taken these steps and have narrowed down your selection. You'll want to make contact by email or phone. I usually get two questions in this first contact (probably before they have done their research)– are you available on my date and what is your fee. There are so many more questions you should be considering.

First of all give the officiant, the location and time of your ceremony in the very first inquiry. These details matter. Then it's very helpful for the officiant to know the reason you chose to contact them among many others. Usually they will say something like: we read your fabulous reviews or we saw and heard you on your website and we think you'd be perfect for us. Or you married our friends, and they loved you!

If the officiant says, "Yes", I'm available, then below are a list of questions you might consider asking depending on how much thought you've given to this important portion of your wedding. And if possible meet in person so you can really get a feel for 'who' the officiant is. Additional questions to ask:

  • Do you have any restrictions on the ceremony type or requirements to officiate? Some ministers or officiants may steer clear of same-sex unions, or only do 'traditional' ceremonies.
  • Do you have a 'standard' script or is it customized for each couple?
  • What does your fee include?
  • Do you attend the rehearsal?
  • Do you charge for travel?
  • How long is the ceremony?
  • May I write my own vows?
  • May I have additional readers or include family members in my ceremony?
  • How do you handle couples of different faiths or genders?
  • Do I get to approve the final script?
  • Do you offer guidance on how to get the marriage license?
  • Do you offer pre-martial counseling?
  • Are you licensed in your state so that I can rest assured my marriage will be legal?
  • Can you handle a complicated family situation?
  • How would you like to be paid and when?
  • How will you dress for the ceremony?
  • Can you calm my wedding jitters on the day of?
  • How is the best way for me to contact you?

I, for one, try to put myself in the couple's shoes and address these questions even before being asked because I realize clarity is the key to have the wedding day run smoothly. I like to relieve as much stress as possible prior to the day-of jitters.

Working with your officiant should be a calming experience and one you will always remember fondly.

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Las Vegas Wedding Minister - Best Time to Book an Officiant

Best Time to Book an Officiant

There is not a lot of agreement on when a couple should book their officiant. Some publications say 3 months, some say 9 months and some say 10-12 months. We think the important question to ask yourself is how important is this portion of my wedding ceremony. The exchanging of vows to many couples is the most meaningful part. Yet to others it's a minor detail. Although we'll have to say, without the officiant and the license there is no marriage, at least not legally.

The second question would be - do I want to purchase a service or is the person performing the service important to me? Is it important that the officiant have the right personality and level of professionalism for me? Do I feel rapport with this person? Or would I prefer to have an Elvis? And there is absolutely nothing wrong with an Elvis impersonator as long as that fits your style and he/she is licensed in the state of Nevada with permission to solemnize marriages. An online certification won't work in Nevada unless you go through all the necessary hoops to also get licensed in Nevada. Check with local officials in the state you plan to be married in as that is where the license must be purchased.

So back to when is the best time to hire an officiant; I'd say as soon as your date and venue is set. Book the officiant at the same time you book your photographer and videographer. Remember you are competing with every other couple getting married on your wedding date for the top professionals in your wedding area. Making the choice early means you get your pick rather than being left with who's still available.

Las Vegas Wedding Minister - Is Eloping Right For You?

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.

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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