Today I was mulling over a post that I had written to add on my blog, but for some reason I was reluctant to publish it. As I was looking at it I had one of those EUREKA moments where an idea just jumps into your head! There it was, my blog post! I was going to write about getting married in Cyprus. I was fortuate to be invited to a family wedding whilst I was out there this Summer. It was a lovely summer’s day, not a cloud in the sky. The church was a beautiful Greek Orthodox church close to the Old Town in Limassol, Cyprus. Afterwards we were guests at an amazing reception held at the Four Season’s Hotel, a gorgeous Five Star Hotel on the Limassol sea front. I am not going to spend the next half hour or so rambling about the day. What I want to do was give some practical advice to anyone who is thinking of getting married abroad – in this case Cyprus.
I am going to break this down in to just a small selection of what I think are the important topics – Formalities / Planning Options / Choosing a photographer
The formalities are quite simple, really, and an excuse to stay in sunny Cyprus for at least three weeks! If you want to enter into a civil marriage in Cyprus both bride and groom to be have to apply personally to the Marriage Officer, at the Municipality of their choice, where they will go through a set number of formalities.
The procedure begins with the submission of a document known as a “notice of marriage” to the marriage officer. The marriage can be celebrated, at least 15 days after the date of notice. Under certain circumstances this can be done sooner, however, this will increase the cost you have to pay to get married. The price will increase from 128 Euros to 281 Euros and you can get married within 2-3 working days.
You should be in possession of
- Legal identification documents (in the case of single persons). This can include passport, and in some cases, birth certificate.
- Evidence that you are free to marry.
- And the last thing that you have to do is to make an affirmation in the presence of the Marriage Officer that you know of no impediment or lawful hindrance to your marriage.
You have two choices of venue for where to get married – in the presence of the marriage officer in their office or a church. If you want to get married in a church you would have to still go to the marriage officer and then have the religious ceremony at the Church.
Planning the wedding
There are a couple of options available for getting married inCyprus. The first option is to do it through a planner who does everything for you, or alternatively, if you are feeling brave, or have contacts in Cyprus, you can do this yourself. A quick search through google on the term ‘cyprus wedding planners’ returns a selection of companies. These are three I have selected from within the top 5 –
Choosing a Photographer
So how would you go about choosing a photographer? Do you choose a British based one and pay for the travel cost etc, or do you go local? Well my advice would be to go onto a wedding forum, such as you and your wedding and speak to other brides who will be on there and ask whether they could recommend a photographer. The other option is to go to somewhere like the SWPP which is a recognised body that awards qualifications to professional phtographers. This hyperlink it takes you straight to a selection of photographers from Cyprus. The third option is to use the photographer that is supplied by the wedding planner. However, ensure that you check with the planner to see the photographers’ portfolio as well as a sample of a wedding collection.
Essentially, getting married in Cyprus is straightforward. The only thing that I can think of that should be done in advance is book your annual leave (if you are an employee as you will be out of the country for at least 3 weeks).
Good luck and as always if you have any comments or further questions, please get in touch!
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