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Wedding Blessings and Renewal of Vows

Marriage Blessings - Sal Island

As the law of Cape Verde requires couples to be in Cape Verde for at least 30 days before they can legally marry, we will not be offering the service for legalised marriages in Cape Verde. 

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 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 or if available, a Pastor to perform the ceremony.


"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 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.

30-Nov-2018 01:59 PM sharon dakin

Cheryl and Karen; Thank you so much for ever thing you did for us on our special day. Thank you also to Kyle for some amazing photos. #capeverdetips #capeverdeweddings

13-Dec-2018 07:50 AM Myra, Chris Morgan .

My self and my husband went to cape verde Nov 2018 and had Cheryl orgernise a renewal of our vowels after 26 years Cheryl was really helfull and showed us around and even organised a trip for us could not of asked for more .

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 Evangelical Church on the beach. The Church requires 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.

A ceremony certificate will be issued by the Evangelical Church for the couple and their witnesses to sign at the end of the ceremony. A ceremony reading with a Pastor is performed in Portuguese and requires a translator to read it in English. The Pastor only performs the Evangelical Church reading for a ceremony, while a reading by a Layperson can include the following.

1. Some couples use the Marriage Vows when they are Renewing their Vows (see secure zone web page).
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.

Documentation required

For a non-legal Marriage Blessing or Renewal of Vows performed by the Evangelical Church Pastor you will be required to provide the following

- Documental evidence from your Registry Office proving that you are both single (divorced/widowed).

- Or Marriage certificate/document if renewing your vows.

If you don't require a Pastor to perform the service then we can provide a Layperson to perform the service in English.

Our own 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 as stated above, 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. 

NOTE: We are updating our information on weddings on a regular basis. Please re-visit our wedding pages.

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