Wedding - Frequently Asked Questions
our wedding legal in the UK?
Please be assured that your wedding is fully recognised by UK law, and all ceremonies are conducted in English.
Why use a wedding planner?
The average bride can spend up to 300 hours organising her wedding, this equates to 8 full time working weeks! Do you have enough time to spare to arrange your wedding and are you confident that you can make all these arrangements in a foreign country? Although of course we save you time, please bear in mind that we are available to all couples whether their wedding is large or small, so we can arrange weddings for those on a restricted budget. We will assist you in arranging a value for money wedding, often at a lower price that you could arrange yourself as we receive significant discounts from many of our suppliers due to the volume of goods that we order. We have detailed information on a very wide range of different ceremony and wedding venues, and do not have a vested interest in promoting specific venues so can give you impartial advice in each venue.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself – if you answer no to one or more of these, then maybe you should consider using a wedding planner.
Do I have the time to plan the wedding?
Am I familiar with a range of wedding and reception venues?
Do I know who to obtain flowers, cake, favours, photographs, cars etc from?
Can I negotiate contracts with these suppliers?
Can I assure myself that these suppliers are reliable?
Am I able to visit suppliers during office hours?
Do I understand the legal requirements for the wedding ceremony?
Do I know who to call to make the ceremony bookings?
Am I confident that I can handle any problems that occur on my wedding day?
Do I want to spend part of my wedding day organising guests, receiving deliveries, paying suppliers and decorating tables?
How do we know we can trust you?
We are a properly registered Cypriot limited company, we are
also VAT registered which is a legal requirement here, and we pay Social
Insurance (Cypriot National Insurance equivalent) contributions for our
staff. Our staff are all British and live in Cyprus. We have been successfully trading since 2005. Unfortunately not all wedding planners in Cyprus operate legally so for your own protection please check this before paying anyone any money. All client
money is held in our company bank account with Alpha
Bank. We are always happy to provide testimonials from couples who
have previously used our services when planning their wedding.
What documents do we need to get married?
Please go the Legal page of this website to see a full
list of required documents.
Do we have to get married in a church?
No, you can have either a civil marriage or a church marriage. You can have an Anglican or Catholic Church wedding, either at St Georges Chapel or St Paul's Pillar. It is also possible to have an Anglican religious ceremony at some hotel locations, please ask us for details. Please note that couples who elect to have a Catholic wedding ceremony must by law also have a civil ceremony. This can take place at one of the Town Halls. A civil ceremony is not required for those couples having an Anglican Church Service.
Is the ceremony in English?
What ever type of wedding you choose, the ceremony will always
be conducted in English.
Can we choose the date and time of our wedding?
Civil and church ceremonies are conducted on every week day except public holidays. It is possible to arrange a Saturday church or civil wedding by arrangement. Anglican Church
services are held at Ayia Kyriaki on Monday to Wednesday, and at St
Georges Chapel on Thursday and Friday. Catholic services are held on
Monday and Tuesday at St Georges Chapel and Wednesday, Thursday and
Friday at Ayia Kyriaki (St Pauls Pillar). Please note that you will always receive confirmation of the date and time of your wedding when we confirm the booking in writing to you.
We advise you to book as early as possible as dates are booked
very quickly particularly for the church ceremonies.
It is possible to have a gay wedding
Cyprus has recenty legalised single sex marriages so it is now possible to have a legal single sex partnership ceremony here, please contact us for further details.
Do you have to have witnesses at a wedding?
As in the UK, two witnesses must sign your marriage certificate.
If you are not having guests at your wedding we can arrange
witnesses for you.
Can we make our own vows?
The civil ceremony vows are standard and can’t be changed, however you can make your own personal vows to each other after the legal vows have been completed.
The church ceremonies are traditional ones. If you have a Symbolic Ceremony, you can make your own vows.
What happens if one of us has been previously divorced ?
You will be required to supply the original Decree Absolute document. This document will be kept by the registrar when your wedding license is issued.
Can we select the music for our wedding?
This may depend upon the venue. The Church at St Paul's Pillar has an organ and a choice of music and music can be played on CD in St George's Chapel. For most civil ceremonies it is possible for your choice of music to be played on CD, or we can arrange a live musician for you.
Do I have to wear a traditional wedding dress for my wedding?
It is entirely your choice what you wear to your wedding,
although if you are getting married in church then you must wear
suitable attire. Just remember that you will have many photographs
to remind you of your wedding, so wear something that looks good.
Please remember that it can be very hot in Cyprus during the summer
months, so try to choose an outfit that will suit the weather
otherwise you will not enjoy your day if you are too hot!
What will the weather be like?
Cyprus has a typical Mediterranean climate with long hot summers
and short mild winters, it has the highest hours of sunshine in the whole of Europe. Most rainfall occurs from December to
February, with about 320 days of sunshine. Temperatures are high
during the summer months, up to 38c in July and August, and nights
during the summer are also hot. During the winter months
temperatures range between 14-20c during the daytime, with about
5-6 hours of sunshine on average per day. Winter nights can be cool,
the temperature can drop to 6-10c.
What about the wedding reception?
There is a huge choice of reception venues, from a simple
beachside tavernas right through to a formal hotel reception in a 5
star hotel, and many variations in between. One of the beauties of
getting married in Cyprus is the huge choice as many restaurants and tavernas and virtually all the hotels can host wedding receptions.
How do we pay for everything?
have decided to confirm a booking with us, we request an initial deposit - usually 500 Euros.. This may7 be higher for some venues where we have had to pay a deposit to secure the venue. The outstanding balance should be paid at least 2 weeks before
your wedding date. Our prices are in Euros, and you can pay
by bank transfer or Euro cheque. We also offer payments via our account with CaxtonFX, a specialist currency companyand payments can be made online by debit card. There are no international bank transfer fees and they offer a much better stering to Euro exchange rate than the high street banks, thus saving you money.
I am nervous about arranging a wedding in another country, how
can I be sure everything will be ok?
We understand how stressful arranging a wedding can be, but we
are here to do all the running around and the organisation for you.
Although we will routinely contact you by email for most things,
please be assured that you can call us at any time during office
hours to discuss any aspect of your wedding, even down to the colour
of the table decorations at your reception. We have used our external suppliers for many years and know they are trustworthy and will do an excellent job.
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