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Wedding Blessings and Renewal of Vows

Marriage Blessings - Sal Island

As of October 2022, our 'Family and Friends' service will now be delivered by our service partners. However, we will still be continuing with our 'Simplicity Package'. 

The easiest option for non-residents of Cape Verde is to have their marriage notarised and legalised in their own country then come to Cape Verde to have a Religious Marriage Blessing arranged by us with the Evangelical Church on the island of Sal. The marriage blessing can take place on the beach, near a beach venue, in a restaurant and at some hotels or in the Evangelical Church. You can also decide to use a Layperson to perform the ceremony if you prefer.


 Dear Cheryl,  "I know this is long overdue but I figured much better late than never. I just wanted to officially thank you wholeheartedly for all your help with the 'Family & Friends' wedding blessing. Victoria and I could not have been happier with either the location chosen, or the preparations or more importantly your pleasant happy manner in dealing with us. I know we told you at the time but you can’t tell someone too many times ‘great job’. We speak from experience when we say you are the absolute best. Thank you for making our most memorable of days the absolute best ever."
Paul and Victoria x.

Marriage Blessings and Renewal of Vows by a Pastor of the Evangelical Church

These Religious Blessings or a Renewal of Vows ceremony are performed by a Pastor of the Nazarene/ Evangelical Church. As explained on our website, the Pastor from Church of the Nazarene is unable to perform legal marriages. The Pastor will still require you to provide legal proof of being single, divorced, of age or documents to prove you are still legally married etc. 

The legal documents and information will need to be sent to us prior to arrival on the island, so they can be checked and translated if required then forwarded to the Pastor. 

Any translation service will need paying for as part of the ceremony arrangements. A ceremony certificate will be issued by the Evangelical / Church of the Nazarene for the couple and their witnesses to sign at the end of the ceremony.

The Pastor will perform a religious reading from the Church for the ceremony. This is read in the Portuguese language. A Translator may be required to perform the reading in another language. You may request the Translator to add an additional reading of your choice following the religious reading and/ or choose additional words you may wish to read to each other.

Those who would prefer a 'non-religious ceremony by the Pastor can choose a 'Layperson to perform the reading. For this ......:

 1. Some couples use the Marriage Vows when they are Renewing their Vows.

 2. Some use amended marriage vows by adding some references in there about what has happened since they first said their vows to each other.

3. Others write their own vows and include some history about how they met, their new family, good times, difficulties shared and over come, hopes for the future etc.

4. Some use readings from the 'Love and Devotion Readings'

5. Some include a 'Ceremony of the Sands' service, where two individual vessels, representing each of you, have sand poured out of them into one bottle, representing you as a couple.

6. Some use a mix of any of the above.

We want you to choose what you require, every couple is different so we try and be as flexible as we can to try and meet each couple's needs.

Simplicity - Our own smaller ceremonies taken by a Layperson

- We provide these services for those who still prefer a service similar to that provided by the Church, or they can be something slightly different, it can be formal or informal.

- Those that have just got married, been married for several years or want to celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary may want to consider these. We will discuss with you how you wish to have the service delivered, what you want read to you or you to each other. Our services are performed in English, but we have had couples who have read their own special words to each other during the ceremony in other languages in addition to the English readings. We can provide our Sal Island Wedding Ceremonies for (A) or (B) below.

(A). The couple only, or with a few guests in a Simplicity Ceremony Sal Island

(B). The couple and wedding party (up to 30 people) in Friends and Family Ceremony Sal Island

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