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(Tip) How to find an officiant you like

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Posted: 16 Apr, 2012
by vegasgroom.
Updated: 03 Jul, 2014
by vegasgroom.

I'll preface this by saying that if you really just want to be in and out of the chapel and are not particularly concerned with the vows, how much or little religion is incorporated into the ceremony, how much or little humor is incorporated into the ceremony, etc. then you're probably fine booking any officiant your chapel would have otherwise scheduled you for.  Most Vegas chapel-affiliated officiants have done so many ceremonies that they'll be able to make the ceremony seem somewhat personal even if they only meet you for ten minutes before the ceremony starts.  They'll be able to keep to the above criteria fairly easily even though they don't really know you.

Second word of wisdom; most chapels will require you to use their officiants.  So, if that's the case, you may have only a small selection of options, and you may also have no way of reviewing them beforehand, rendering this article useless to you.

So, with that out of the way, the best way to find an officiant if you have exact criteria you're looking for, would be to post everything you can about what you want in a thread on the TK Vegas section at and also dig around the officiant section of this website, which will slowly but surely be growing as more come recommended or receive positive reviews and I add them.  Chances are between the two sources we can find you an officiant who meets your needs.

There is one other way to narrow down your search.  If you're getting married at any of the resorts where Cashman photography has exerted their monopolistic power to force you to use their videography services as well, there is actually one useful thing that has come out of that, which is you'll be able to watch that resort's officiants beforehand using the following procedure:

  • If you're considering booking any of the following ceremony venues in the hotel chapel (not ballroom or other non-chapel ceremony):
    • Circus Circus
    • Excalibur
    • Flamingo
    • Luxor
    • Mandalay Bay
    • MGM
    • Monte Carlo
    • Peppermil (Reno)
    • Planet Hollywood
    • Shalimar Wedding Chapel
    • Stratosphere
    • Treasure Island
    • Venetian
    • Wynn

the good news is there's a way you can watch ceremonies at those resorts IF the people getting married paid extra for the live video feed of their wedding.  Here's what you do:

  1. Visit this website:
  2. Click the resort you've chosen, or are considering.
  3. Watch for new weddings to show up on most Fridays and Saturdays; if the bride/groom paid for video access for guests, you can watch them, or you can look up past weekends during wedding season and you’ll frequently find weddings that have video you can watch.  It can be more difficult to find videos during the slower seasons since not as many weddings occur, and not as many of those that do pay for the video streaming.  You can of course also find videos for weekday weddings, those are just very infrequent so you'll have to dig around a lot to find them.
  4. If you find a particular officiant whose style you like, you can post a link to the video, or the hotel and date, on the TK Vegas section asking who the officiant is and most likely someone there will know.  Then you can request that person specifically with the chapel and can probably even contact them in advance if you have any special requests you want to work out with the officiant directly.

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