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 Weddings in Cyprus


Cyprus is one of Europe’s top wedding destinations and it is easy to understand why so many couples choose the island for their wedding ceremony. Could there be a more appropriate place to get married than the island where the goddess of love, Aphrodite was made from the foam?

With over 300 days of sunshine per year there is little chance of rain spoiling your big day. Add to this the excellent hotels, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches and your wedding day is guaranteed to be a magical occasion.


Foreigners marrying in Cyprus

All wedding ceremonies in Cyprus are perfectly legal, the ceremony is in English and all legal documentation including the marriage certificate, is in English.

You may get married in any district of Cyprus but, in accordance with Cyprus law, your hotel must be in the same town in which your marriage will take place. This applies to the Greek part of Cyprus. The bride and groom must arrive in Cyprus at least 5 working days before the wedding can take place so the original documentation can be presented to the town hall.

Documentation

Firstly, the couple must complete, sign and submit an application called “Notice of Marriage”. This is handed to the marriage Officer at the local Town Hall and you will also need to present the following original legal documents:

 

Birth certificates for both bride and groom

Valid passports

Sworn affidavits- Statements made by yourselves declaring your marital status and confirming you are free to marry. This must be dated signed and stamped and witnessed by a solicitor no more than 3 months before the wedding date.

Death certificate- (for widow/widower)

Decree absolute – (in case of divorce)

Adoption certificate- (in case of adoption)

If under 18 years of age- written consent from parents or guardian required in sworn affidavit form.

The above paperwork applies to all British passport holders- all other nationalities must contact their government agencies for details of the document required. Couples form abroad who have requested Anglican or Catholic weddings must produce further documentation such as Baptism certificates.

Ceremonies   

There are two types of wedding ceremony in Cyprus- civil and church ceremony. You can have both if you want to! They are both legally recognised worldwide including the UK and Ireland. You will be presented with your marriage certificate immediately after the ceremony and it is a legally binding document. Duplicate certificates are available from the Town Hall that performed the ceremony.

Two witnesses to the wedding are required in accordance with Cyprus law.

Civil Ceremonies

Civil Ceremonies can take place at any venue that has been licensed by the local Mayor. They usually take place between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Friday in the Town Hall and are conducted by the Mayor or Registrar.  Most are indoor ceremonies but some outdoor Town Hall ceremonies are available such as the amphitheatre in Ayia Napa or Peyia Village near Paphos.

Hotel ceremonies can take place after 2pm. Many hotels offer their own wedding packages with a choice of location for the ceremony. The happy couple can be married in the hotel’s own chapel or under a floral gazebo overlooking the beach!

The ceremony is quite similar to a UK civil ceremony. The legal part takes about 10 minutes followed by your exchange of vows and rings.

Church weddings  

 You can choose to get married in a hotel chapel, a village church or an impressive cathedral. Cyprus certainly has a wide selection! Anglican and catholic churches can be found in most main resorts, but if you book a hotel for your wedding, it would be best to hold the ceremony in their in-hotel chapel.
 If you would like a religious ceremony you must have a link with your home church. You must have been baptised at the very least and be able to present a copy of your baptism certificate.

 

 You must arrange a meeting with the minister or priest beforehand where you can discuss the format of the wedding. The ceremony lasts about 30 minutes.

Hotel arrangements  

 Many of the large hotels have excellent wedding facilities, and you can choose to get married inside the hotel or outside in the hotel grounds. Hotels are experienced in arranging hotel receptions, as well organising the wedding cake, flowers and music. They will also arrange transport for you and your guests if the wedding venue is away from the hotel.

 
Travel Tip: Book your chosen hotel and wedding date well in advance. Enquire about special offers for the wedding couple- room upgrades and spa treatments are often complimentary.

Wedding companies

Why not ensure your wedding is truly stress free and enlist a specialist wedding company to organise every detail of your wedding to ensure your day is as perfect as you imagined! There are plenty of wedding companies on Cyprus who will work hard to make your dreams come true!

WE RECOMMEND 'Weddings & Honymoons abroad'

contact them at: info@weddings-abroad.com or Telehone 0161-942-9911 and ask for Sam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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