Getting married in Las Vegas is a wonderful experience! As your Wedding Officiate I can help you design your wedding ceremony with a personal touch. Through email and phone conversations we will get to know each other so your wedding ceremony will be personal and meaningful...
I was privileged to grow up in an family that was pretty happy. Mom enjoyed being a homemaker and Dad was a carpenter. I learned about "doing a good job" from Dad. I was also taught to treat people kindly and start with giving first.
I have been a pastor serving congregations in northern New Jersey, Pennsylvania and southern Nevada. Currently I am the senior pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Las Vegas - Summerlin, where I have happily served for 14 years.
When I moved to Las Vegas 176 years ago I, quite by accident (although I don't think there are many "accidents"), performed a wedding ceremony at Caesar's Palace and I was hooked on the joy of helping people on their special day. Since then I have served as a wedding officiate at The Venetian, The Wynn Wedding Salons and many other larger resorts in town.
It is a joy and privilege to be called in to serve people at this very special time in their life when they make a commitment to love, honor and cherish each other. I'd love to hear from you and I am happy to answer any questions you have about getting married in Las Vegas. Safe travels to you! CAll 702-630-0905
1. Do we have to have a religious ceremony? My intended and I are not connected with any particular religion.
Answer: No, you do not have to have a religious ceremony. I will, with your help, create a ceremony that reflects your values and beliefs.
2. How do we know what kind of words will be said at our ceremony?
Answer: I will send you several pages of text which include words for the vows, ring exchange, etc. These are meant to be suggestions and they don't have to be used. Many couples prefer to write their own vows and search the internet for beautiful readings and ideas.
3. How much does it cost to have you serve at our wedding ceremony?
Answer: That depends on where and when your ceremony takes place and whether or not there is a separate rehearsal. Fees start at $225. Payment is requested on the day of the wedding (usually the Best Man has the job of handing out honorariums (that's a fancy word for a gratuity) in cash only, please.
4. Are same gender marriages permitted in Nevada? Yes, since a recent Supreme Court Ruling couples of the same sex may be legally married and I do perform same gender wedding ceremonies.
5. Who takes care of the marriage license?
Answer: In Clark County of Nevada to get married legally you must have a valid Marriage License. You need to get that yourself. The information you need can be found at http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/clerk/Services/Pages/MarriageLicenses.aspx. You may need to copy and paste this link into your browser.
6. Who is responsible for recording the marriage certificate so that it becomes a matter of public record?
Answer: I am. It is the officiating minister's responsibility to take your marriage certificate to the Clark County Clerk's Office. The Clerk's Office is responsible for recording the document so that it becomes public record. After it becomes public record you may request a "certified" copy which is the legal document used for proof of marriage. See the link above for more information on purchasing a certified copy of your marriage certificate. If you have more questions call me at 702-630-0905.