Well known as the ‘Island of love’, plenty of couples escape to our beautiful country to make the biggest commitment of their lives. Our picturesque views form a glorious backdrop for wedding venues and photographs, and it’s easy to turn the whole event into one big family holiday.
However, planning a wedding is often a tricky task, so we’ve put together some helpful tips for you to consider when making the initial plans for your big day.
Although you may find the legalities of marriage at home or abroad quite tedious, it is an absolutely essential process to make sure your big day goes to plan. The Cypriot Embassy holds the key to ensuring your vows hold legal legitimacy.
The full process and legal documents can vary depending on which country you are travelling from, but on the whole the process is extremely simple. You can choose to co-ordinate the full process yourself or contact a professional team of wedding planners to take the weight off your mind.
For a smooth-running process, you need to ensure you have the correct documents that fit your circumstances:
- Passport (with at least 3 months’ travel time left)
- Birth certificate
- Decree Absolute (if you are a divorcee)
- Certificate of death (if you are a widow/er)
Other legalities will occur, such as a sworn declaration before the Registrar of a District Court to prove you are single and a declaration on oath (affidavit) that you have never been married again since then.
It is recommended that you spend 2 weeks in Cyprus to ensure your celebrations go to plan, rather than cramming everything into one week. Why rush something that is so important? Whilst visiting this gorgeous country, you may as well take time to relax and enjoy yourself. Planning your dream wedding is stressful enough without the added pressure of a short time limit.
Your wedding attire
One thing a lot of people underestimate is the strength of the summer Cyprus sun. You certainly won’t need a full suit or layered wedding dress under the blazing heat. On your big day you want to make sure you’re looking your best, so take the temperature and humidity into account when planning your look. It is also recommended that you practise your wedding day makeup in advance with a range of products, as some tend to melt away during the day. The hottest months of the year are June through to September.
If you find that your dress or suit has become creased during transit, the local professionals will be able to steam or press your outfit to restore its original beauty. It is worth checking with your airline if they will allow you to hang your suit or dress on the plane.
Many couples are pleasantly surprised at how many friends and family turn up to their wedding when holding a ceremony abroad. As Cyprus is a popular destination with exquisite sites and culture, your guests won’t be able to say no.
When it comes to your wedding venue, Cyprus really is unbeatable. The stunning backdrop adds to that fairytale wedding feel, providing the perfect finishing touch to your special day.
Cyprus boasts some of the most impressive sites in the Mediterranean. After your ceremony, you and your partner can ride of in to the sunset together and explore different parts of our spectacular island.