Posted 21 April 2008 - 09:51 AM
I can't believe I didn't post this sooner... shortly before leaving I managed to get a copy of the civil ceremony text. I wanted to know how it went for the purpose of adding our own vows. We didn't really write them ourselves, I searched online for vows and found a few lines I liked and put them together and made a few changes. We each said them after our respective "I do".
MEXICAN CIVIL MARRIAGE ADVICES
( TAKEN FROM OCAMPO’S LETTER )
Ladies and gentlemen, according to the laws of this country we are gathered here to join the bonds of Matrimony which is an honorable status:
________________________________ and _________________________________
Seeing it is a very important act, I would kindly ask everybody to remain in silence.
As witnesses of this important act, there are present here:
1. - _________________________________
2. - _________________________________
3. - _________________________________
4. - ________________________________
Who will sign the marriage document.
A great Mexican philosopher of the ninetheen century, Mr. Melchor Ocampo, wrote in his legendary letter, the following words that until today are always read in our wedding ceremonies “ marriage “, it says is the only legal and moral way to found a Family, to preserve mankind and avoid imperfections of the human being who are only able to obtain the perfection of the human race, through matrimony in a conjugal duality.
Men and Women have the same rights, but it is important to observe their respective obligations.
Both of you should have respect, fidelity, trust and assistance to one another and also tenderness and love, much love. Do not fight with one another, use your heads and your hearts to correct something wrong.
Both of you should be aware of the great responsibility of being parents, because you should provide your children with attention, good example to follow during the rest of their lives.
I now ask two questions to your witnesses.
1.-Are _________________________ and _______________________ ¿Persons you know well?
2. - ¿ And are there any objections for them to be joined in legal marriage in Mexico?
___________ do you accept___________ as your beloved and wedded wife?
(Groom says "I do")
___________ do you accept ___________ as your beloved and wedded husband?
(Bride says "I do")
_________________________ and _____________________in the name of the law and the society and with the authority from the Solidaridad Municipal here in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, M¨xico, I now declare you husband and wife.
You may Kiss the bride.