Bespoke Weddings in Cyprus
The lovely Daria of Plenty to Declare Photography is on the blog today with her second post about getting married in Cyprus. Today she is here to tell you all about the bespoke wedding options available, so over to Daria! “I think that culture-infused weddings or destination weddings, as we call them, are pretty special! A wedding is like an adventure. A big journey starting with a small step, a big idea, a lifelong dream which comes to life. And equally, each marriage has its own unique voice, history and identity. When two people marry, so do their families and together they create a new chapter. But for some couples the longing for an adventure exceeds the standard wedding planning and reaches far beyond the geographical boarders. They embark on a less travelled route of planning a destination wedding in a foreign country.
I was surprised to learn that 80% of Cyprus weddings are destination weddings, with couples coming all the way from UK, Russia and Israel. Some of them choose the all-inclusive package via a tour operator; if you follow our blog, I wrote about it few weeks ago which you can see here. But many more couples go for a bespoke type of wedding and whilst in Cyprus I wanted to explore more of this side of the wedding tourism. So how difficult it is to create the culture-infused day outside the hotels?”
The Vasilias Retreat Country House
“The first thing I learned about Cyprus and Cypriots is that they are a very romantic nation. With many archaeological grounds, historic ruins, old churches and chapels, beautiful beaches and exotic gardens – there is almost unlimited choice of places to have your marriage ceremony outside the hotels. Unlike here in the UK, the wedding ceremony in Cyprus can take place almost everywhere – provided the priest or registrar is willing to perform at the chosen location.
Bespoke weddings, similar to the all inclusive ones, can also be organised with help of a tour operator like Olympic Holidays. The company works closely not only with hotels but can also provide accommodation outside of them, in more traditional country houses, offering a more authentic experience. In the last few years the number of traditional country house retreats has grown, due to many revival projects. The rustic stone buildings offer a boutique hotel experience with great facilities, including pools.”
The Municipal Gardens
“Couples looking for more rustic, culture-infused wedding will feel at home in a small village, getting married either in a traditional country house or a medieval church. The hidden away, often located off the beaten track taverns are the perfect place for an authentic dining experience! Set amongst trees, adorned with vine fruits and bougainvillea flowers – they provide intimate setting far away from all the tourist sites. The menu is based on vegetarian, meat or fish mezes, with seasonal produce, that most of the time is grown in Cyprus. The country is famous for its olives ripened in the sun, as well as a variety of cheese and meat grills. You can add to the experience and hire the Vintage Bedford village bus, used in the 50’s as public busses, and now a very popular choice for wedding transport.”
The Church of St Lazarus, Larnaka
Regardless of what type of ceremony you plan, there is a strong network of wedding suppliers available, willing to walk the extra mile for a happy customer. The weather in Cyprus is the biggest selling point, but the temperatures between June and September can be very high, that’s why many couples decide to marry in the mountain region of Lefkara, where the higher altitude and setting amongst olive and almond trees, and beautiful stone buildings offer relief from the sun. Otherwise the spring and early autumn months are the perfect time to seek an outdoor wedding on the beach or within archaeological grounds.
The Archaeological Grounds + St Paul’s Pillar
“After a week of experiencing Cyprus and its hospitality, I came to realisation that what makes this country so unique is the authenticity of the experience. The old heritage embracing the modern ideas in such a comfortable and relaxed manner, that it allows couples from all over the world to feel welcome here, and at home! And that’s the reason so many brides and grooms decide to tie the knot here and tie part of their family history with this place.”
The 7 St Georges Tavern, Medieval Castle Port, Larnaka Churches + Vintage Bedford Bus Hire