Getting married in Cyprus
What style of wedding?
“Cyprus isn’t for people looking for a ‘barefoot wedding’ – it is a beach wedding destination, but it’s more upmarket, with people tending to choose more designer-type flowers and cakes,” says Lisa Burton, of The Bridal Consultant. She says Paphos, on the west coast of the island, is an ideal destination, and offers a more sophisticated setting than the party capital, Ayia Napa, in the east.
How long does it take to get there?
Just under five hours for a direct flight.
What time of year is best?
“April and May are very pleasant, with the weather like a summer’s day in the UK,” says Lisa. “Generally speaking, April to September are the wedding months, but we do weddings all year round. July and August, though, are really only for people who want a hot temperature.”
“It’s very straightforward,” says Lisa. “In fact, Cyprus is one of the easiest places in the world to get married.” She says it’s good for more spontaneous couples: “We recently had a couple who gave us just two weeks’ notice that they wanted to get married, and it wasn’t a problem at all,” she says. “You need affidavits showing you’re single, and the usual birth certificates and certificates relating to previous marriages, but it’s very straight-forward.” You also need to spend at least three days in the country prior to the ceremony.
“Cyprus isn’t necessarily the cheapest place to get married, but it’s good value for money,” says Lisa, “It’s more expensive than Greece, but cheaper than the UK or other European destinations like Italy, or even Spain.”
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office: www.ukincyprus.fco.gov.uk
Cyprus tourist board: www.visitcyprus.com
Wedding planners or specialist operators
The Bridal Consultant: www.thebridalconsultant.co.uk
Cyprus Dream Weddings: www.cyprusdreamweddings.com
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