Virgin Island Wedding Vows
We can help you prepare a ceremony with wedding vows that are loving and natural for a St Thomas wedding.
We think of the Virgin Islands as being one with God
for he created it all.
I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance, A church filled with family and friends.
I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for,
He said one that would make me his wife.”
Some times its as simple as saying I Do.
Here are a couple of examples of ceremonies and vows. Take into account the time of day,and how long you would like the ceremony to be. For example will the sun be high or going towards sunset?
Any of the examples can be cut and pasted or create your own wedding vows. Its your wedding day have the ceremony your way.
Virgin Island Marriage Ceremonywedding vows
Let us take a moment to be aware of all the natural beauty around us. Take in a breath of air, and listen to the sounds of nature, as the waves come up on the shore and the gentle breeze caress our face, feel the harmony of this island. We are all part of nature, and we call upon the love that is ever present to bless this special day.
There is a saying among the older locals here, which offers a word of greetings. It says, in part, “that, this is the sight for which you have longed”. Now that you have come, love has come with you.
Welcome to all
There was a seeking of love, and now it is found. A mate is found. One to share the chills of winter and the warmth of summer. Love has made a plea that you two are to become united here in (St. Thomas, St.John, Water Island) You two are now to become one. For the day is here at last! You are to be wedded.
(Bride) and (Groom) we are here to celebrate your marriage, on this very special day of (Date). That you have chosen to affirm your love for one-another with spoken words, and with the sharing of vows and giving of rings. Welcome with much love to you and all of your family and friends that have come together here at the beautiful (Place) (Location). Every experience you have ever had, everything you have done, everything you have ever learned, has brought you to this moment. As you stand before these witnesses you take each other as husband and wife, you confront the future together, promising to stand by each others side, to face new experiences as husband and wife, always growing together, honoring, respecting and cherishing each other through all life has in store for you. (Groom) and (Bride) you bring individual strength and weaknesses to this marriage, but as you stand together as couple, you will compliment each other, and be exactly what other needs, as your love and commitment continues to deepen throughout your married life. This is the most significant moment, the moment you will give yourself to each other and you will have been made complete, and happy because of your deep assurance of your love for one-another.
Joining of Hands:
With your hands together as one you stand with love so strong, and yet so tender and free. As your hearts beat as one, your thoughts are beautiful, as your eyes meet, there is no doubt, your lives have touched, and throughout all eternity, the beauty shall be there, as sure as the wind, as sure as you care, as sure as you love, the breath of life.
Declaration of Consent:(Groom/Bride) do you give yourself to (Groom/Bride) this day with complete joy and love and promise to be a true and faithful (husband/wife) and promise to comfort (him/her), respect (him/her), cherish (him/her), for all the days together on this earth?
(Groom/Bride) “I Do”
As the sun light smiles on you today, and your hearts beat as one, you will share the Spirit of love, your joy is indescribable as you take each other as husband and wife, promising to be true and faithful in all of life’s circumstances as you face them together.
I (Groom/Bride) take you (Groom/Bride) for my wedded (Wife/Husband), to love and cherish for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, from this day forward, with all of my Love.
Exchange of Wedding Rings:
As long as time can be remembered, the ring has been symbolic, of the completed bond. The ring is without beginning, the ring is without end, the ring is without end, the ring goes on forever. Circles of Life, Circles of Love, these rings are given and received as tokens of never ending love.
Blessing of Rings:
(Groom/Bride) as you place this ring on (Groom/Bride)’s finger I ask that you repeat these words; “This ring is my sacred gift to you, a symbol of my Love, a sign that from this day forward and always, My love will surround you, With this ring I thee wed”.
Virgin Island Blessing:
May the gift of love that has flourished in you, spread Love to all, giving you everlasting happiness and life.
(Groom) and (Bride), you are united as husband and wife and go forth on your journey together. May you be a comfort to each other, share each others’ joys, console each other in sorrows, help each other in all of life. Care for each other truly and deeply putting your commitment before all else. Live for your love and your love will live forever.
May you trust each other. Trust life and not be afraid, and may you be given the gift of memory of this moment, and this day forever.
May you always share with each other the gifts of love and be one heart and always beautiful of mind, and may you always create a home together that puts in your hearts love, generosity and kindness.
Benediction:May peace and unconditional love surround you and remain with you now and forevermore.
And so by the power vested in me by United States terroritory of the Virgin Islands
I now pronounce you Husband and Wife
You may seal your vows with a kiss.
Recessional:Ladies and Gentleman let me be the first to introduce Mr. and Mrs._____________
Traditional Marriage Ceremony wedding vows
“Dear friends, we are gathered here in the sight of God and in the face of this goodly company to join together this man and this woman in marriage. It is an ancient and honorable relationship, ordained of God and urged by the very nature of our being. The marital estate is designed to establish human welfare and happiness, and therefore it is not by anyone to be entered into lightly — but reverently, discreetly and soberly. Into this holy relationship these two persons come now to be joined. If any man can show just cause why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter forever hold his peace.
“Will you join with me in prayer: Almighty and Infinite God, Whose presence is the happiness of every condition and sanctifies every relationship, bless us today in the uniting of these two souls. Give them a larger understanding as befits their new estate; grant unto them Thy grace, so that they may enjoy the comforts and pleasures, undergo courageously the cares, endure the trials and faithfully perform the duties of the new life they are undertaking together. Lift up their hearts and minds now, that they may fully appreciate the solemnity of this occasion and the primary spiritual basis of their union. Amen.
“Groom, will you take Bride to be your wife, to live together in God’s Will in the holy bond of marriage, and will you promise in the presence of God and before these witnesses to love and comfort her, honor and cherish her, in sickness and health, in prosperity and in adversity, forsaking all others, throughout your life together? I will.
“Bride, will you take Groom to be your husband, to live together in God’s Will in the holy bond of marriage, and will you promise in the presence of God and before these witnesses to love and comfort him, honor and cherish him, in sickness and health, in prosperity and in adversity, forsaking all others, throughout your life together? I will.
(To Groom)” What token do you offer in pledge of your vows? A ring.
“Please place the ring on the third finger of Bride’s left hand and repeat after me: This ring I give to you, my wife, in token and pledge of my constant faith and abiding love.
(To Bride)” What token do you offer in pledge of your vows? A ring.
“Please place the ring on the third finger of Groom’s left hand and repeat after me: This ring I give to you, my husband, in token and pledge of my constant faith and abiding love.
“Let us pray: We praise Thee, our Father, for the sweetness of mortal love that reminds us of the love of God and Christ. We thank Thee for the deep love that draws man and woman together in this sacred bond of matrimony, causing them to cleave to one another and to establish a home where virtue, happiness and truth may abide. Help them ever to discern the true values of life, to keep fresh and unsullied the idealism, sobriety and spirituality of this hour. Sanctify both of them to Thy uses and bless them in their love forevermore. Amen.
“For as much as Groom and Bride have solemnly pledged themselves to live together in the holy bonds of marriage, and have so declared before God and this company by giving and receiving a ring and joining hands, as an ordained minister and by the authority of the state of __________, I now pronounce them husband and wife. Whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.
“God be with you and bless your marriage, sanctifying your home and making fruitful all your righteous endeavors. May you so live together that your bliss and happiness will give you a foretaste of the peace of God that reigns in the mansions of eternal felicity. May the oneness that you now share ever remind you of your mystical union in the Eternal Spirit. Amen. “