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 WeddingWire.com couples-choice award winner and four-time winner of TheKnot.com 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
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.
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!
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
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.
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 –
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.
Your Las Vegas Wedding Officiant
Reverend Judy grew up in the Deep South and brings with her that sense of Southern hospitality. She was ordained in 1997 as a non-denominational minister who has studied the Bible, eastern religions, and her chosen path of A Course In Miracles, a spiritual path that combines Christianity, philosophy, and psychology. She retired from the ministry in 2012 but continues to ‘do what she loves’ which is weddings.
She is an executive coach in her day job and owns a coaching and consulting firm. Reverend Judy is also the mother of two sons and the grandmother of one. She lost her much-loved husband in an automobile accident several years ago and now lives with her two rescued Shih Tzu pooches, Morgan & Jezebelle.
What advice does Reverend Judy have for couples embarking on their journey together?
“I would ask that you remember that life will get in the way. During those challenging times, endeavor to embrace the all of your partner, not just their current behavior. We are not our worries, our cranky attitudes, or our negative behaviors.
In truth, the person whom you may be angry with or frustrated with in the moment is still that wonderful person you stood with on your wedding day. Look beyond the present moment; reach out to your partner, with love and forgiveness. Make the commitment to always look for the best in one another.
Overlook mistakes, talk gently and respectfully to find a solution to life’s challenges, be patient with each other and don’t forget to keep the romance in your marriage."
One of my favorite quotes and which I often use when asked to toast a couple is the following and I believe it’s worth living by.
The first to apologize is the bravest,
The first to forgive is the most courageous
And the first to forget is the happiest.
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 mlic.vegas 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.
Local girl meets Irish guy on vacation and the next thing you know he pops the question. She says 'yes', of course, and in keeping with this theme of 'something different' the bride chooses a fancy dress and a rustic setting.That's what Lisa and Jim did at our local Spring Mountain on a lovely spring afternoon.
They added strands of purple flowers in the trees to create a focal point to simulate an alter, where we would be standing, placed big tubs of purple petunias on either side of the white cloth runway and had white folding chairs for their guests.
There is something very special about being surrounded by nature when you take that next step on your life journey together. After the ceremony everyone went to her Dad's house to celebrate - cocktails, dinner and toasts!
Authencity can easily define your special day simply by showing how the two of you are unique, what you love to do, what you are interested in and perhaps something that shares your special story with your guests.
Wine * Letters * Love
What could be more romantic than love letters and good wine? If wine is an important part of your life, you might consider a wine ritual as a part of your wedding 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.
Another variation is that when you have your 'first fight', open up the box, pour the wine, go to separate corners, read the letters and remember what it's all about.
A Bride & Groom Bucket List
When you begin your life together, it's an adventure, right? The getting-to-know-each-other phase, the falling-in-love phase, the engagement phase, the planning-the-wedding phase, the honeymoon phase; they are all exciting, but what happens after the honeymoon?
I encourage you to plan for the times when life happens, things don't seem adventurous; they seem boring, stressful, money's tight, and you seem to be 'not connecting'. If you've pulled together such a list, then you'll have something to look forward to, plan for, something to get excited about that will get those emotions and synapses connecting again.
If you were going to create such a list, what would be on it? Some of the things that come to mind for me are:
Visit every continent and take a 'selfie' (maybe not Antarctica unless you like the cold)
Jump off a waterfall, in fact, put lots of things that you're fearful of on your list and support each other in getting outside your comfort zones
Get a couples massage outdoors in nature
Learn about wines - visit a winery, take a class
Take dance classes
Plan a cross-country road trip, then take it
Train for a marathon, then run it
Rescue an animal
Plant a tree on every anniversary
Renew your vows in a tropical paradise
Cuddle next to a camp fire
Go sledding together
Move abroad for several months or a year to experience a different culture
Learn a new language
Go zip lining
Do a marathon of Broadway shows in NYC
Take a balloon ride
Lay under the stars and talk about life
Have a paint fight
Build your dream home or remodel one you love
Take cooking classes
Compete in a TV game show
Find unique (and private) places to make love
Spend a night on the beach or in the Grand Canyon
Ride in a helicopter
Walk on the Great Wall of China
This list could go on and on.....what appeals to you?
Wedding Venues in Las Vegas where Reverend Judy has performed weddings:
The Four Seasons •
Mandarin Oriental •
The Venetian •
The Palazzo •
Mandalay Bay •
House of Blues Foundation Room •
The Delano •
Wynn Encore •
The Hyatt Regency •
The Ritz Carlton •
The Cosmopolitan •
The Aria •
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 •
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