FAQs to getting married in Cyprus
At Cyprus Dream Weddings our aim is to make every wedding special and to create the perfect dream. Here are some frequently asked questions that may help you plan your big day.
Is our wedding legal in the UK?
Rest assured that your Cyprus wedding is completely legal and recognised by UK law.
If we get married abroad, will many guests attend?
We have found most couples surprised and delighted by the amount of family and friends willing to travel to weddings abroad. We can help with all kinds of travel and accommodation arrangements for you and your guests.
What documents do we need and do we send them in advance?
You will need to send us photocopies of all relevant documents four weeks before the event and make sure you bring the originals with you. Visit our legalities section for a detailed description of what you need to meet the Cyprus law requirements.
Can we choose the date and time of our marriage?
All dates fill very quickly so it is advisable to book early. We ask you for three different date and time preferences and try our best to secure one of these for you. Late bookings may have to be scheduled for whatever date and time is still available. For guidance, Civil hotel and beach weddings are conducted every day Monday to Friday from 3 till 6 and civil town hall ceremonies are conducted every day Monday to Friday from 10.30 until 2.00pm (for Paphos Town Hall) and until 5.30pm for Peyia and Yeroskipou Town Halls. Anglican Church wedding services are held at Ayia Kyriaki chapel on Monday and Tuesday and at the St. George's chapel on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Catholic wedding services are held at Ayia Kyriaki on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at St. George on Monday and Tuesday.
Will we know the date and time of our wedding before we arrive?
Yes. As soon as we receive your booking deposit we register your names with the Town Hall or the church and let you know straightaway your confirmed date and exact wedding time.
Will the ceremony be in English?
Yes. Whether you choose a Civil, Anglican or Catholic service, all ceremonies are conducted in English.
Who writes the wedding vow and can we supply our own?
The vows are the same as the traditional UK wedding vows but, if there is sufficient time to make an appointment beforehand, our ministers will consider using vows that you have written yourself.
Do we need witnesses?
Yes. As in the UK, two witnesses must sign your marriage certificate. If you are not having any guests at your wedding, we can arrange for two of our advisers to be your witnesses.
Can we add 'our song' to the soundtrack of the wedding video?
Yes. Our network of videographers use the latest technology and editing software to enhance and personalise each wedding video.
We want a vintage theme to our wedding. We know that we can have a vintage car but do photographers supply black and white of sepia wedding photographs?
Yes. All the photographers we use have the latest digital cameras, equipment and software to produce your prints to your own specifications.
Will there be fresh flowers available in high season?
Cyprus offers a wide range of beautiful fresh flowers all year round.
Will we be able to have an iced wedding cake?
Absolutely. Sponge or fruit; one or four tier; round or square; white or rainbow-striped. The choice is yours.
Can we use suppliers recommended by friends or family, or must we use yours?
Cyprus Dream Weddings has many years' experience of liaising with wedding suppliers and we use only those who are professional and value for money. However, as we are not directly associated with any supplier you may, of course, use an alternative if you prefer. Please note though that Cyprus Dream Weddings cannot be held responsible for any poor service standards received from a supplier of goods or services not included on our approved suppliers list.
How many guests may we have?
The number of guests at your reception is limitless as Paphos offers venues of all types and sizes. However, the maximum number of guest's at most civil or chapel ceremonies is in the region of 50.
What do we do about music and entertainment?
At the church or town hall you can provide your own CD if you wish to walk down the aisle to a specific song or, if not, it will be the traditional wedding march. For the reception we can arrange anything from a DJ to traditional Cypriot dancers and bouzouki.
How do I transport my wedding dress and what do I do if it's badly creased?
It's best to check with your airline as different procedures apply. Some will want it to be boxed and put in the hold, others will let you hang it in a suit carrier in the cabin or you may be able to use a wedding dress box which can be purchased on the internet, and even personalised. If your gown is badly creased we can arrange for you to have it steamed or pressed before the happy day.
What do I do if my wedding dress is lost in transit?
We will do our best to trace and get it redirected for you but, if we are unable to do so in time, Paphos has many wedding gown retailers where you may purchase or hire a replacement. This will never replace a carefully chosen or designed gown, but you can rest assured that all traditional and contemporary styles are available here and you won't end up walking down the aisle in something you detest.
Do you have any helpful tips or hints?
Check, double check, then check again that you have all the necessary documentation and your wedding rings with you.
It can be very hot from June to September so it is advisable to choose a gown without too much artificial fabric or too many layers and petticoats if marrying during these months.
Take care in the sun during the days leading up to your wedding - tanned skin looks nice but burnt and peeling skin doesn't. If you want to look tannned on the day and you're inclined to burn, book a fake tan treatment with a reputable tan technician prior to or after arrival in Cyprus. Also bear in mind that sunstroke can be nasty, may lead to hospitalisation and may result in you missing the big day.
If you do sunbathe, make sure that you exercise caution and, at the very least, take care that your tan straplines match those of your wedding gown.
Get advice and try out your make-up before the day - some cosmetics melt and run in the heat.
Don't have a stag/hen night the night before your wedding - you want to look your best, not your worst.
Finally, remember to relax, enjoy yourselves and don't worry about a thing - that's what we're here for!!