Marriage Service Choices
Anne Marie would like to create a marriage ceremony that is appropriate for you. Below you will find four choices of wedding services. You may find that you'd like a single one in it's entirety or combine selections from several. You may want a ceremony that resonates with tradition yet includes opportunities for departures from custom, a wedding that truly expresses your own uniqueness.
Pre-wedding service consultations are available by phone (340-626-4658), so that an appropriate marriage ceremony can be created with you.
As your marriage ceremony should genuinely reflect what you both feel, you may wish to incorporate your own wedding vows. We will do whatever is your hearts desire.
Marie, Brian and I want to thank so very much for conducting the most
beautiful wedding ceremony ever! We never dreamed it could be so perfect
and so special! We will be sending photos and more comments as soon
as possible but wanted you to know that YOU made our union incredibly
special. These memories that will last a lifetime!"
are so blessed and thankful that you were our wedding officiant! Your
warm, loving presence made the day feel all the more magical. We will
treasure the memories you helped us create forever.
Non Denominational Service
We are joyfully gathered today to witness and celebrate the joining of two lives in marriage. ____________________________ and __________________________ have invited you to be with them, and to rejoice with them in the making of this important commitment. The essence of this commitment is the honoring of another person in their entirety as life partner, everlasting lover, heart companion and soul friend. It is therefore a decision which is undertaken with great consideration and respect.
Officiate focuses attention on the present moment.
_____________________________ and ___________________________ have come together in the hope that the love which brought them to this union may go out beyond itself into the lives of others. Thus, we ask that the promise and hopes of this union be realized. May you both be granted the patience to listen, the capacity to understand, the compassion to give comfort, and the joy to laugh and to be yourselves. Let your marriage make a home, where neither person is ever lonely. Let it offer illumination and the excitement of shared discoveries. Let it be large enough to endure the difficult times. May life's challenges bring you closer together and may you always be able to turn to each other.
____________________________ do you take ___________________________ to be your wife and equal? Will you share your life openly with her and promise to love, honor and stand beside her always, in times of joy and times of conflict?
____________________________ do you take ___________________________ to be your husband and equal? Will you share your life openly with him and promise to love, honor and stand beside him always, in times of joy and times of conflict?
A circle is the symbol of sun, the earth, the universe, of wholeness, perfection, peace and of unity. Like circles, your rings have no beginning and no ending. They are symbols of the growing relationship you have come here to celebrate and confirm.
As a sign of your faithfulness, place the ring on her finger and repeat after me. I take you _______________________________ as my wife through all of the experience life holds for us, in faith and love.
As a sign of your faithfulness, place the ring on his finger and repeat after me. I take you _______________________________ as my husband through all of the experience life holds for us, in faith and love.
Having heard the vows you have made to each other, witnessed by these loved ones, by the power vested in me by the Superior court of the Virgin Islands, I now pronounce you husband and wife.
You may now kiss the bride.
Family and friends, Mr. And Mrs. __________________________________________________.
The officiate addresses the assembly:
joyfully gathered to celebrate the joining of two lives in marriage.
So let us take a few moments to focus our full attention on_____________________ and ___________________________. Everyone take a few deep breaths and relax. As we breath deeply and relax completely together, please send your loving energy and thoughts to_____________________________ and ___________________________. So it is with reverence and joy we create this ceremony together.
The officiate addresses the groom:
_______________________wilt thy have____________________to be thy wife to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thy love her, honor her, comfort and keep her in sickness and in health and forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her for as long as ye both, shall live?
Groom answers "I will."
The officiate addresses the bride:
________________wilt thy have______________________to be thy husband to live together in the holy estate of matrimony? Wilt thy love him, honor him, comfort and keep him in sickness and in health and forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him for as long as ye both, shall live?
Bride answers "I will."
officiate addresses the bride and groom:
I,_________________take thee____________________to be my wife, to have and hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death do us part, and thereto I give thee my trust. _____________________________, please hold__________________hands, and looking into his eyes, repeat after me.
I,________________take thee_____________________________to be my husband, to have and hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and health, to love and to cherish till death do us part, and thereto I give thee my trust.
The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace signifying to all the uniting of this man and this woman in holy matrimony.
place this ring on____________________finger and repeat after me.
place this ring on_____________________________finger and repeat after
For as much as__________________and_____________________have consented together in holy matrimony and have witnessed the same before us declaring their commitment, I pronounce that they are husband and wife.
You may now kiss your wife.
Contemporary Christian Service
of Families and People
Scripture Reading John 15; Corinthians 13 or scripture of your choice.
Homily 3 minute message regarding Christian love and marriage.
and Exchange of Rings
with Blessing and the Peace
Island Wedding Service
Exchange of Vows
Exchange of Rings
Having heard the vows you have just made with each other, made by the sun, sand and sea of St John, witnessed by these loved ones, by the power invested in me the by the United States Virgin Islands, I now pronounce you husband and wife, you may now kiss the bride.
Mr. and Mrs. _______________________________
Follow Tradition or Create Your Own
you for the wonderful service!
calm, serene presence enhanced the beauty of our ceremony.
you so much for the wonderful job you did officiating our marriage!
you were wonderful! Never had we been to such a beautiful ceremony and
it was ours! We are truly blessed to have met you and to have you join
us together for life as husband and wife. Our wedding day was the most
fabulous day of both our lives! Our day was everything we dreamed and
hoped it would be. Thank you so much for being part of it."
"Anne Marie comes highly recommended... she will gear a ceremony to meet your needs"
Explore the Virgin Islands sixth edition - Harry S Pariser