Cyprus is known Worldwide as the ‘Island of Love’ due to its warm, sunny climate & golden beaches but mostly because of Aphrodite the Greek Goddess of love, beauty, pleasure & procreation, who is said to have been born here.
Thousands of couples travel from all over the globe every year to marry in Cyprus but as with any wedding day a lot of planning & preparation is involved.
Getting married in Cyprus is a pretty simple process as long as you are well planned and give extra consideration to your guests who may need to travel to Cyprus and fund and plan accommodation to be able to join in the celebration of your Cyprus Wedding.
It is also very important that you yourself get to enjoy not only your Cyprus Wedding day but also the beauty and fun the island of Cyprus has to offer as a newly weds playground and sun kissed honeymoon destination.
Welcome to the Island of Love....
The Legal Requirements
When planning to marry in Cyprus the first thing to consider are the legal requirements which all other arrangements should be built around. Here are the basics...
The wedding ceremony will be conducted in English and all paperwork including the Marriage Certificate, which is fully recognised in the United Kingdom, will be issued in English. Two witnesses will be required in accordance with Cyprus Law. Most venues or wedding organisers will be happy to provide witnesses should you not be able to. It is always best at the time of the registration to order an extra copy of the marriage certificate.
Both Bride and Groom should be in Cyprus for at least 3 working days before your Cyprus wedding day. It is recommend that you book a two-week holiday so that the wedding preparations can go as smoothly as possible, but a one-week or 10 day holiday can also be accommodated.
You will need to have the following ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS (photocopies are not accepted). Failure to provide these original documents will result in your wedding being cancelled:
Adoption Certificates (if applicable).
Passports (Full 10 year passports with at least 3 months remaining following your return date).
A sworn affidavit signed by a Solicitor or Notary Public, indicating you are single, divorced or widowed and free to be married. This must have an official stamp and be valid for 3 - 6 months. It is best obtained 8 to 12 weeks before your wedding date.
Important: Please make sure that the document carries the wording ‘Solicitor’ or ‘Notary Public’. If it is on headed company paper, the header must carry the wording ‘Solicitor’ or ‘Notary Public’. The stamp itself must also state the word ‘Solicitor’ or ‘Notary Public’. Without this the document will not be accepted.
Scottish and Welsh citizens may need to obtain a ‘Certificate of No Impediment’ from the District Registrar.
For Catholic Church weddings you will also need a pre-marital enquiry/freedom to marry paper (issued by the Church through your local priest) and your baptism records. These must be sent from your local Priest to your Regional Bishop, who, upon receipt of these items, will forward them on to an address in the capital of Cyprus, Nicosia which will be supplied by either your wedding co-ordinator or the office through which you are arranging to marry in Cyprus.
Decree Absolute (in the case of divorced individuals).
Death Certificate (only in the case of widows or widowers).
Change of Name records should this apply. (These must be stamped by a solicitor.)
At least one Baptism Certificate will be required for church weddings.
If you are from a country other than the United Kingdom, it may be necessary for you to have your papers stamped by various ministries in your own country. It is advisable to get full clarification of this before setting Cyprus wedding dates so you can be fully prepared.
You must be 18 years old or over.
You will also need either a Special Licence or a Form B Licence. These are a permit, issued by the Ministry of the Interior of Cyprus, that allow couples to be married on the island.
Decide on your available budget before you decide anything else. Your budget will determine the number of people to invite, the type of venue available to you & whether you can enlist the help of a Wedding planner or have those special extras like a photographer, wedding video, horse & carriage etc. In addition as you are marrying abroad you also need to consider the cost of travel, accommodation and expenses whilst here in Cyprus.
Venue and Date
The most important decision is the venue, sometimes this will even determine the date of the Wedding if the venue is highly sought after.
You may choose a hotel by the beach for your venue, whilst others may want a more traditional affair in a church or the Town Hall. Some however want to experience a cultural, more authentic and unique wedding in an amphitheatre or historical Cyprus building.
It is also important to note that Ceremonies are generally not available on Saturday, Sunday or Public Holidays.
When considering the venue you must also consider whether your reception will be held at the same place. You may want a sit down meal or you may want a traditional Cypriot barbecue. Don’t forget to cater for guests who are vegetarian or have special dietary requirements.
It is advisable to send out invitations several months in advance especially if you are inviting people to join you from other countries such as the UK. Remember people coming from abroad will also need to budget & it is always worth while putting extra information in their invitation relating to where they can get the most affordable flights & several options of accommodation from hotels to self catering apartments that are close to the location of your Cyprus Wedding.
It is also important that your guests are close to other amenities not just the location of your wedding as it may be that this trip will also count as their annual holiday for the year and if children are invited make sure you give accommodation options that cater for this.
Make sure your invitations require an RSVP by a certain date which will give you enough time to inform the venue & caterers of numbers & don’t forget to ask people to specify if they have dietary requirements if you are providing food.
Additional Cyprus Wedding Requirements
There are a lot of additional services you will need to consider and these will also need booking well in advance. If you employ the services of a Wedding planner then they will help you organise all these things some venues or Municipalities can help you organise these items also. Always make enquires about this from the outset as help in doing this can save you a lot of money and time in the long run.
Flowers - Both for the venue and for the Wedding party.
Cake - Some wedding venues or wedding planners can organise this for you. Otherwise there are many bakeries here in Cyprus that offer a bespoke wedding cake service. Your decision will have to be made based on budget, number of guests, how many tiers you want & of course texture & taste.
Transport - For the wedding party, but also for guests if they are here from aboard & if the reception venue differs from where the ceremony is to be held.
Photographer - Not only must you decide on the right photographer you must also decide on shot location. Obviously you will want pictures of the ceremony, but maybe you will want some beach shots at sunset afterwards for example.
Wedding Video - You will need to talk to your videographer about the format of your video and any background music you require.
Menu - Hot or cold, sit down meal or buffet, dietary requirements, time of eating, these are all to be considered.
Entertainment - Do you want a DJ for the reception or maybe some live music?
Theme - Some people like to choose a theme for their wedding where people dress up and the wedding is staged around the theme. In Cyprus one of the most popular themes is the Greek Gods but there are many other options available.
Clothes - Depending on the time of year, you will need to consider the wedding parties clothes very carefully, for example if you are getting married in July or August it will be very hot so a more relaxed dress code would be appropriate.
Rings - Traditionally should be chosen together, unlike the engagement ring which is traditionally chosen by the Groom earlier on in the relationship.
Ultimately your wedding day is all about you, so put you two first & foremost. Why not book yourselves into a special beach side hotel or a village hotel in the mountains for a mini honeymoon.
Above all, whatever you decide, make some fabulous memories of your sun kissed Cyprus Wedding.
Embrace ‘Cyprus’ on Your Wedding Day
Who wouldn’t want to get married on this beautiful island. Now you have chosen Cyprus as your wedding destination think beyond the weather and beaches, think ‘Cyprus’ to bring cultural flair to your big day!
Give white sugar almonds to your guests as wedding favours, choose wild Cypriot orchids for your wedding bouquet and have a traditional dish at your reception meal. Ask guests to swop confetti for rice as it is traditional to throw this at a Cypriot wedding.
Grecian Goddess Bride
Cyprus is the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of love, so consider going Greek for your wedding. Start with a feminine Grecian dress; tunic style, with an embellished empire line and flowing chiffon. Goddess hairstyles include side plaits, loose waves, or tousled up-do’s, allowing you to use lots of embellishments such as pearl clips, or metallic headbands. Wow your guests and educate them at the same time with these simple yet effective reminders of the beauty and uniqueness of this cultural island of love!