It's not a wedding video to show the kids.
Two Swiss tourists who chose the Maldives' white-sand beaches as the setting to renew their marriage vows were instead mocked by the officiator, who chanted abuse and curses in the local language at the unsuspecting couple.
The ceremony, posted on YouTube with English subtitles translating the abuse, has embarrassed the Maldives, and President Mohammed Nasheed condemned it as "absolutely disgraceful." Police arrested the celebrant and a helper _ an apparent damage-control bid for the country whose economy is driven by tourism.
Police spokesman Ahmed Shiyam told The Associated Press on Friday that the two men under arrest were hotel employees.
The government identified the couple as Swiss nationals but did not name them.
The video, posted Sunday, shows the woman in a white dress and the man wearing a white shirt and khaki trousers, standing with their palms facing upward around a table with two rings in coconut shells. Two witnesses and the celebrant are also present, all of them in a palm-leaf enclosure.
The officiator begins chanting in the Dhivehi language that "under penal code clause seven, forbidden fornication is now legal," and goes on to insult the couple, including calling them "swine." The whole time he maintains a prayer-like, chanting tone, bowing his head and gently rocking forward and back.
"Most of the children you get will have spots on their skin. Because of these spots your children will be considered illegitimate children," he says.
Government apologies were swift and profuse.
Maldives Foreign Minister Ahmed Shaheed said the country was "grateful that the couple in question chose to renew their vows in one of our resorts."
"Because of the disrespectful and unacceptable actions of a few individuals, we have let them down," Shaheed said in his statement.
The Maldives' Ambassador to Switzerland Iruthisham Adam telephoned the couple on Friday to apologize personally, the government said.
"I informed the couple that the entire country is deeply shocked and saddened by what has happened. The Maldives is renowned for its warm hospitality and this incident has brought great shame upon our tourism industry and our country," Adam said.
The Tourism Ministry said in a statement that it is working with the resort to compensate the couple for the distress caused by the incident. It also promised tough action against the offenders.
The Maldives is an Indian Ocean archipelago of 350,000 people chosen by many tourists for weddings and honeymoons.