I asked Janina to send me the script for the civil ceremony and the default one was too religious. I asked for a more "secular" script and she sent it to me...
Janina also told me were were not allowed to adjust the ceremony in anyway. =/ I'm not thrilled about the words being said in either script. Eh...
I've colored the parts I don't really like, but I guess that's just me being picky but I hate to have to "cringe" at it on my wedding day.
IN THIS BEAUTIFUL PARADISE OF CANCUN, MUNICIPALITY OF BENITO JUAREZ, STATE OF QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO, WE ARE GATHERED HERE TO CELEBRATE THE CIVIL MARRIAGE OF (GROOM´S FULL NAME) AND (BRIDE´S FULL NAME) YOU ARE BOTH (NACIONALITIES) CITIZENS, YOUR WITNESSES (FULL NAME OF THE 4 WITNESSES).
IN THIS SPECIAL OCCASION YOU SHOULD RECALL THE MOMENTS WHEN YOU FIRST MET, AND ALL THE EVENTS THAT MAKE YOU COME TO THIS PLACE AT THIS TIME.
YOU ARE BOTH ENTERING INTO A UNION THAT IS THE MOST INTIMATE, IT IS THE MOST PRECIOUS RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE.
FROM TODAY ON, YOUR LIVES WILL BE GREATLY AFFECTED, YOUR TRUSTING ONE TO ANOTHER YOUR SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS OF YOUR FUTURE TOGETHER.
NOW IN ORDER TO LEGALIZE YOUR MARRIAGE, WE WILL SIGN THESE DOCUMENTS.
(SIGNING OF DOCUMENTS)
TO CONTINUE WITH THIS CEREMONY I WILL SAY SOME VOWS TAKEN FROM A LETTER WRITTEN BY A MEXICAN PHILOSOPHER IN THE LAST CENTURY, SR. MELCHOR OCAMPO.
HE WROTE THAT: â€œMARRIAGE IS THE ONLY LEGAL WAY TO FOUND THE FAMILY, TO PRESERVE MANKIND, AND AVOID THE IMPERFECTIONS OF HUMAN BEINGS, WHO ARE ABLE TO GET THE PERFECTIONS OF HUMAN RACE IN THE CONYUGAL DUALITY.
MARRIED PEOPLE SHOULD BE, AND WILL BE, SACRED ONE TO EACH OTHER, MORE THAN TO THEMSELVES.
MAN AND WOMAN HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS, BUT THEIR RESPECTIVE OBLIGATIONS.
EACH ONE SHOULD HAVE AND WILL HAVE: RESPECT, FIDELITY, TRUST, TENDERNESS, AND LOVE, LOTS OF LOVE.
DO NOT FIGHT ONE WITH ANOTHER, USE YOUR HEAD INSTEAD OF YOUR HANDS TO CORRECT SOMETHING WRONG.
BOTH OF YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE GREAT RESPONSABILITIES OF BEING PARENTS, BECAUSE YOU SHOULD PROVIDE YOUR CHILDREN WITH: ATTENTION, GOOD EXAMPLE, EDUCATION, RESPECT, FOOD AND LOVE. THEY SHOULD SEE IN YOU AS A WORTHY EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW DURING THE REST OF THEIR EXISTENCE.â€
(READING OF A POEM)
FOR ALL THESE REASONS AND IN THE PRESENCE OF YOUR WITNESSES I ASK YOU
(GROOM) DO YOU TAKE THIS WOMAN TO BE YOUR LAWFUL WEDED WIFE, TO LIVE TOGETHER, IN THE ORDINANCES AND THE STATE OF MATRIMONY, TO HONOR AND LOVE HER, THROUGH SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, AND KEEP YOU ONLY INTO HER FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?
(BRIDE) DO YOU TAKE THIS MAN TO BE YOUR LAWFUL WEDED HUSBAND, TO LIVE TOGETHER, IN THE ORDINANCES AND THE STATE OF MATRIMONY, TO HONOR AND LOVE HIM, TROUGH SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, AND KEEP YOU ONLY INTO HIM FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?
NOW IN THIS SIGNIFICANT MOMENT YOU WILL INTERCHANGE YOUR WEDDING RINGS.
(RINGS INTERCHANGE AND IF THEY WANT, VOWS OF THEIR OWN)
(GROOM AND BRIDE) IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU REMEMBER FROM THIS MARRIAGE CEREMONY IT IS THAT IT WAS LOVE THAT BROUGHT YOU HERE TODAY, IT IS LOVE WHICH CAN MAKE IT A GLORIOUS UNION, AND IT IS BY LOVE THAT YOUR MARRIAGE SHALL ENDURE.
SO ON BEHALF OF THE LAW AND THE SOCIETY, AND WITH THE AUTHORITY GRANTED ME BY THE MUNICIPALITY OF BENITO JUAREZ, IN THIS BEAUTIFUL PARADISE OF CANCUN, I PRONOUNCE YOU HUSBAND AND WIFE.
CONGRATULATIONS, AND YOU MAY KISS YOUR BRIDE