Getting married in Cyprus. At the end of a short-haul flight with Champagne flutes flowing lies the sun-kissed destination of dreams. But is a Cyprus wedding for you, and what should you know before you jump into the planning?
Lush, intimate, greenery-filled vineyards. Bohemian, luxe, offbeat wedding villas. Jaw-dropping seascapes that dreams are made of. Getting married in Cyprus means your wedding, your way. And the exchange rate can make it a great destination wedding choice for your budget, too.
So, what should you know if you’re considering a destination wedding in Cyprus? Here’s what we’d tell every couple as top Cyprus wedding photographers to help you decide if a Cyprus wedding is for you.
1 Eat, sleep, wedding, repeat
Lots of couples choose to stay at their wedding location in the lead-up and after the wedding. It makes total sense – a few days to perfect your tan (watch those lines!) and relax in the sun before saying ‘I do’ and full speed into your honeymoon.
But we know from experience that couples also welcome the chance to disconnect from the world and focus on each other.
Being available 24/7 brings lots of fun but also lots of questions to field, decisions to make and guidance to offer. Staying at the same hotel as family and friends is ideal for pre-wedding party vibes. Follow it with a minimoon for two, where you can get away and discover another corner of the Cyprus coastline.
2 Hot stuff
Sun, sea and saying ‘I do’ – it’s a match made in heaven for romance, and we are totally with you when it comes to being the best destination ever for your wedding day (disclaimer: we’re huge fans of Ibiza too!).
But with the blue skies and sunshine come scorching readings on the mercury, which means what works for wedding attire back in the UK may feel on the warm side getting married in Cyprus. Linen suits will be your best friend, and less is more when it comes to layers. Shimmering embellishments and sun-kissed shoulders with a halterneck or sweetheart style will feel as gorgeous as they look.
3 Think inside the box
Wondering how to get your dream bridal gown safely from A to B? Let your airline know that you’re getting married in Cyprus and they’ll provide you with a purpose-made wedding dress box. Pack your gown safely and store it with you as extra hand luggage so it’s never out of sight for long.
On arrival at your hotel, unwrap your gown and hang it as soon as possible. Remove any creases with a steamer (call ahead to check if your hotel can help with this), or in a pinch, the steam from the shower should help.
4 Styling to steal hearts
Don’t for a moment think that getting married in Cyprus means hauling all the candles, confetti and finishing touches over with you! Fill your suitcases with stylish attire, comfy kicks and all the pampering products you fancy, without serviette rings or place holders in sight.
That’s because here in Cyprus, there’s a team for that – delve into the decor treasure trove with planners Marry Me Cyprus and your Pinterest vision can become reality. No extra packing required! Get more pro planning tips in our A-Z of planning a wedding in Cyprus.
5 Offbeat vs on the pulse
Getting married in Cyprus can mean so many things. Ultra chic white parties at luxe villas, where you say ‘I do’ beside an infinity pool and Aimie rocks it on the mic and the saxophones are in full swing. Or irresistibly boho ceremonies in the sand dunes, intimate and private celebrations surrounded by golden stone and bougainvillea, or even a jaw-dropping elopement beside the Paphos sea caves.
There’s no one size fits all approach to weddings here, and as your top Cyprus wedding photographer, no matter how big your dream, we’re game if you are! Check out these ultimate Cyprus wedding venues to get started.
6 The fine print
Getting married in Cyprus, just like many weddings abroad, is often simplest when the ceremony is symbolic. That means officially marrying back on home turf, and then tying the knot on your own terms with a symbolic ceremony in Cyprus. The pros? Less paperwork and the chance to really put your stamp on things.
7 Best foot forwards
If you’ve spent any time exploring our wedding journal, then you’ll know as top Cyprus wedding photographers, we take going the extra mile to a whole new level. That means heading off-road for dream couples portraits in the desert. Getting waist-deep in the ocean for a once-in-a-lifetime trash the dress. Ramping the intensity up with group colour flare action on the beach.
So, while your dream Jimmy Choos totally have a place as you glide down the aisle, don’t forget to pack a pair of pumps too. Your photo album will thank you long after the day, and your feet will as you dance into the night too!
Remember that warmed by the Cyprus sun all day, the sand can become a little on the warm side of comfortable, so if you’re feeling the barefoot vibes, make for a boardwalk, or dip your toes in the surf. We’ll be right beside you, capturing every drop of the magic.