With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Cyprus is a popular European destination wedding location and it has so much more to offer!
Imagine gliding in sandals across the golden sands while feeling the light sea breeze ruffle your hair. You catch the natural scent of the sea while hearing only the sound of gently crashing waves as a backdrop to your chosen wedding music. It's magical and relaxed and you have no need to rush off to pack for a honeymoon because you're already there!
With abundant sunshine, beautiful sandy beaches, historic and picturesque attractions, exotic and tasty food it is no wonder Cyprus is such a popular destination for weddings. Did I mention the nightlife? For livelier couples shopping and nightlife are a great added bonus.
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Where to get married in Cyprus?
They may advise you to check out Limassol and Aiya Napa if you want a great nightlife and shopping. They are also known for their tourist attractions and are popular destinations for weddings. Paphos to the West of the Island of Cyprus retains its old rustic charm while being a growing centre for tourism and may suit those who want something more serene. Another popular destination for a Cyprus wedding is Protaras.
How to get married in Cyprus - legalities
Your travel agent will be able to assist you with finding out about the legal requirements for getting married in Cyprus and advise you about everything you need for your special day.
They can provide a full wedding package or just take care of flights and accommodation. They can also advise you on the many different venues and locations you can choose for your wedding which include, beaches, gardens, churches, town halls, hotels and more.
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Your guests will have a LOT of planning to do themselves if they're joining you for your Cyprus destination wedding, so get those save the dates out at least a year ahead of time, so they can save, book time off and make other arrangements as needed. They will be planning for a short holiday and so will need the sort of advance notice that holiday planning requires.
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Planning Your Cyprus Wedding Decor/Catering/Entertainment
With the nitty gritty of the legalities out the way you can focus on the more pleasant wedding arrangements such as the invitations, the dress, bridal party clothes and all the decorative, reception, catering and music aspects. Some features of the decor and reception, catering may be included in your wedding package. Check the details thoroughly and ask questions about anything you're uncertain of.
Questions to ask your venue host:
- Are candles on the beach allowed
- Can you have music/ a dj on the beach and until what time
- Is alcohol allowed on the beach?
- How can you late can you remain on the beach?
- Can you have a BBQ, grill food on the beach?
Destination Wedding Guests Needs
Prepare the following for your bridal party and guests comfort
- Shade for guests to sit out of the hot sun
- Hydration for guests they might waiting in hot sun for a while
- Hand fans for guests
- Bug spray
- Seagulls (be aware of them!)
- Other tourists (you might need a permit to have use of a section of beach or it will be included in your package).
- Cover food/keep it cool
- Washroom facilities near the site
What to wear for a beach/destination wedding
Not all Cyprus couples will be marrying on the beach, so you can of course dress accordingly for those other venues, wherever they are.
Beach wedding footwear for bride and groom
Flipflops might be too casual so instead a pretty diamante encrusted beach wedding sandal is a good choice. Nice and airy, with protection from the heat of the sand.
For the groom a male version of a smart sandal or a casual loafer shoe accompanied with a shorter trouser leg (trendy calf length) will look smart and in keeping with the beach theme. The groom can also roll up loose pant legs for photos taken next to or in shallow sea waters.
You can also detract from those traditional choices with a modern wedding dress with blue ombre shading on the skirt, or a bohemian, hipster style summer dress with floral embroidered detail. Coral is a trending color for weddings this season. You have a lot of choice. As noted above the aim is comfort and staying cool.