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Ceremony Services

Your ceremony is created with you in mind - to suit you as an individual, you in partnership, your beliefs and your vision of your ceremony - whether it is your wedding, to renew your vows, a commitment to your soul mate or to welcome your baby into the world. Your ceremony will reflect who you are and be something you will remember all of your life. Your guests will enjoy your ceremony when they see that it expresses you, your heart and soul, your special day.

Your wedding ceremony is a celebration of one of the greatest moments in life. We like to work closely with you to reflect on the mood and style of the wedding you envisage. You are welcome to have as much input into your ceremony as you please. Aside from writing your own vows, you can add elements such as those listed below. We also welcome any members of your family and friends to perform readings during the ceremony. In short we want your ceremony to be about you.

Ceremonies to Remember are also happy to offer you free advice on other wedding service providers to assist you in making the right choices when planning your wedding in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. We can make recommendation on reputable providers such photographers, ground transportation companies and other wedding service. Write us an email and we will answer any questions about or fees and services and any additional questions you may have about organizing a wedding here. Please note: weddings performed out of town will incur additional fees plus expenses for transportation and/or overnight accommodations.

A few ceremony ideas to consider:

Unity Sand Ceremony – Grains of sand representing separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. By joining them all together, they become one. Your marriage will be inseparable, just as the grains of sand…

Unity Candle - The two candles alit represent your individual selves. The candle in the middle is a candle of Marriage, representing the light of two people in love. It takes a commitment because it takes two people working together to keep it aflame, to create the new light…

Rose Ceremony - In the Rose Ceremony, the Bride and Groom give each other a Rose. If you have children, and you want them involved as well, you may have a rose for each of them also. The Rose is recognition to the new and most honorable title of "Husband and Wife", the Rose means the words, “I love you”…

Stone Throw Ceremony (or switch to shells) – As the ripples of the tossed stones intertwine with one another, the couples love and touch will intertwine to spread love and good wishes to all around us…

Hand Ceremony – By holding each other’s hands facing palms up, you will be able to see the gift that they are to you.  A nice way of showing the importance of having each other. These are the hands of your best friend…

Kids Bell Ceremony – Have your child, or young one herald the entrance of the bride as a Bell Ringer.  Just before the entering of the bride, this child will walk down the aisle ringing a glass or porcelain bell acknowledging, THE BRIDE IS COMING! THE BRIDE IS COMING! A smile risen crowd will lovingly applaud the little boy or girl. Kids love it too!

13 Arras - The tradition of 13 arras, or gold coins, originates from a Spanish tradition that has been passed along and incorporated into Mexican culture. Each coin represents the possessions of the couple distributed in the 12 months of the year with one more to share with the poor. The groom gives the bride thirteen gold coins as a symbol of his unquestionable trust and confidence. Acceptance by the bride means taking that trust and confidence unconditionally with total dedication and prudence.

Lasso Ceremony - The Lasso is a wedding ritual in which the couple are bound together with a ceremonial rosary. Lassoing is a declaration of intent, where the bride and groom clearly state that they are marrying of their own free will.

Breaking of the Glass – A Jewish Tradition. The breaking of the glass in a wedding ceremony is done just before declaring the couple husband and wife. There are various interpretations of why they do this and where the breaking glass Jewish wedding tradition came from. Here are a few of the most popular explanations:

  • Temple: Breaking of the Jewish wedding glass is a reminder of the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem.
  • Superstitious: A loud noise is thought to drive away evil spirits.
  • Sadness/Joy: A reminder that even in times of great joy that there is sadness. That life will bring sadness as well as joy.
  • Hymen: A breaking of the glass represents symbolically the breaking of the hymen, and the consummation of the marriage.
  • Fragile: The glass symbolizes the love and relationship of the couple and is fragile, so it must be cared for and not broken.
  • Broken World: A reminder that although the couple came together as a single union, the world as a whole is broken and needs mending.
  • Marriage is Forever: A broken Jewish wedding glass is forever changed; likewise, the couples are forever changed by the marriage and take on a new form.
  • Be Fruitful: A hope that your happiness will be as plentiful as the shards of glass…or that your children will be as plentiful as the shards of glass.

For those who are in the same sex community, although same sex ceremonies are not legally recognized in Mexico; we recognize them. Spiritual same sex ceremonies are allowed and we are pleased to perform them for you. A commitment ceremony is a way of publicly proclaiming your commitment to each other - it can be performed as a traditional or contemporary ceremony.

Vow Renewals - The vow renewal that you exchange are a reaffirmation of the love that you share. They are a gift of oneself and a promise of acceptance and support. Rejoin your life to theirs, not merely as your husband or wife, but as your best friend, your lover, and your confidant, for the one you want to say “I love you all over again”.

Naming Ceremony - Naming ceremonies are secular (non-religious) ceremonies. It's entirely up to you as to how you would like the ceremony to be organized but they usually last about 20 minutes. During the ceremony you, as parents, state your love and commitment to your child and declare hopes for their future. You can choose to read poetry or a favorite piece of prose, with music playing in the background.

Rather than godparents, whose traditional role is to help guide the child in a Christian life, 'supporting adults' or 'mentors' (who may be friends or family) just need to say that they will be there for your child as he or she grows up and throughout their life in whatever way is needed.