The law of Cape Verde requires couples to be in Cape Verde for at least 30 days before they can legally marry. We do not offer a service to arrange legal marriages here in Cape Verde. However we can provide you with a marriage blessing.
A number of couples come to Sal after legally marrying in their home country and decide to come to Cape Verde to have a Religious Marriage Blessing arranged by us with the Evangelical Church. Please note, we only offer our services 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.
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. 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. The
service readings is read by the Pastor in Portuguese and then the translator reads them in English.
Couples having a ceremony with a Church Pastor for a Blessing or Renewal of Vows will use the Matrimonial Marriage Vows of the Evangelical Church (see secure zone web page).
If you require a non- religious service reading, then the services can be taken by a Layperson without the presence of a Pastor.
Documentation that may be required by Pastor :
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.
When a Pastor performs the service, the service reading is performed in the official Portuguese language, so in most cases you would need
a translator which we would arrange.
If you do not require a Pastor to perform the service, then we can provide a Layperson to perform the service in English.
Ceremonies taken by a Layperson
We provide these services for those who may prefer either a formal/informal or a mix of readings for their service. Couples can choose to:
1. Amend the matrimonial vows, adding some references in there about what has happened since they first said their vows to each other.
2. 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.
3. Use readings from the 'Love and Devotion Readings'
4. 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.
5. 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 couples needs.
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 these services as for (A),(B) or (C) below.
(A). The couple only (two's company, three's a crowd!)
(B). The couple with a few guests (1-9 people)
(C). The couple and wedding party (10-30 people)
The ceremonies can be small and simple (A), or you may choose to have additional services.
If you have missed opening the link at the very top of this page for 'Wedding Services' please go to that link now by clicking here to read
about why and where we offer our services in Cape Verde: WEDDING SERVICES
NOTE: We are updating our information on weddings on a regular basis. Please re-visit our wedding pages.
Testimonial: "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 & Victoria x
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