Hints & Tips - FAQS

Will our wedding be legally recognized in the UK?

Yes, weddings in Cyprus are completely legal and recognized internationally; the only exception is the Catholic wedding service which must be preceded by a civil wedding. Your marriage certificate is proof that you are legally bound by law as though you had been married in the UK.

My fiancé is not a British citizen, will this be a problem?

Not at all, but bear in mind that the legal requirements and documentation varies for each nationality, please make sure that you inform us well in advance so that we can advise you accordingly. We would also strongly recommend that your fiancé contacts his embassy and the Cyprus embassy in the UK before you travel.

Where and when can I get married?

By Cyprus law your marriage must take place in the same resort as your hotel and both bride and groom must be resident on the island for at least 2-3 working days before the ceremony can take place. Civil weddings take place in the town hall between 10:00 am and 2:00pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays). Civil weddings can also be held in certain hotels in some resorts; these usually take place after 2:00pm and are subject to an extra charge.

How long will the wedding ceremony take?

This will depend on the type of ceremony you have, a church wedding will last 20-40 minutes and you can discuss the order of service, hymns and wedding music with the priest at the pre-wedding meeting. Civil ceremonies are conducted by the local mayor or marriage officer and are shorter lasting around 10 minutes. All ceremonies are conducted in English.

Which name should the bride travel under?

It is best if the bride travels under her maiden name for the whole holiday as the name on her flight ticket has to match the name on her passport.

My fiancée would love a church wedding but I have not been baptized, can we still get married in the church?

At least one of you must be baptized for either an Anglican or Catholic Church ceremony and you will be required to attend an interview with the priest prior to the wedding. The church reserves the right to decline to conduct a ceremony in which case a civil ceremony would be arranged instead.

How should I transport my wedding dress?

You should pack your wedding dress securely in a suitcase or dress bag, this will be transported in the luggage hold due to space restrictions in the cabin. Don’t worry about a few creases, due to the humidity these will usually drop out once the dress has been hung up for a couple of days. If not, don’t panic, most hotels offer a dry cleaning and ironing service- your wedding coordinator will be able to advise you.

How soon should we book our wedding?

It is recommended to book as soon as possible as the sooner you book the greater the chance of confirming your preferred date, time and venue. Many couples book a year or more before their wedding. In particular church weddings tend to get booked up very quickly as slots are limited so booking early will avoid disappointment.

I have just booked my wedding for next year, is it too early to start booking extras?

Absolutely not! Many couples prefer to start booking wedding extras early on as they want to get organised and also spread the cost, you could also benefit from our early booking discounts.

Can you give me an idea of the procedures once we arrive in Cyprus?

You will be invited to a meeting with your personal wedding coordinator who will help you check that you have all the necessary documents. Your wedding coordinator will then make an application for your special license and will let you know the time of your appointment at the town hall to finalise your application. Appointments are usually the next day, depending on which day of the week you arrive. If you are having a religious ceremony you will also be advised of your appointment with the priest or church coordinator.
During this initial meeting your wedding coordinator will go through all the aspects of your big day and will be able to offer advice and information on receptions, flowers, transport and photography, he or she will also show you a photo album with lots of pictures to give you an idea of what we can offer. If you haven’t booked your wedding extras before you arrive, don’t worry because you will be able to book all of the above services through your coordinator.