Getting Married in Cyprus
The lovely Daria of Plenty to Declare is on the blog today with her recent trip to Cyprus! “When dreaming about a destination wedding I always imagine it somewhere warm and exotic, with azure blue ocean and white sand beaches. However, planning a wedding long distance seems like a daunting task, especially if there’s a language barrier, hundreds of miles from the ideal place and nobody to look for support! So why is Cyprus one of the most popular wedding destinations in Britain? To answer that question I was sent by B.LOVED blog on a mission to explore the wedding tourism! We wanted to find out what is so special about southwest coast of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, that attracts thousands of couples every year!
I arrived at the Paphos airport at 8pm, watching the most spectacular sunset during our landing procedures. Once on the ground I was swiftly greeted by Olympic Holidays representative and taken straight to Alexander The Great Hotel in Paphos. The ride from the airport was comfortable 40min in a fully air-conditioned car. My room was a modern double, with amazing sea views. It’s usually the type of room, bride and groom will be accommodated in. The hotel always tries to upgrade the bride and groom to the best rooms (*depending on the availability).
The next morning I was greeted by Ms Alison Thompson, the Olympic Holidays Wedding Manager and we were off to observe some weddings at two of very prominent hotels in Paphos area. It’s important to mention that all the wedding celebrations are coordinated by the tour operator representative and the hotel’s own wedding concierge team. The first ceremony took place at the five star Olympic Lagoon Resort. The hotel has a small garden surrounded by palm trees with spectacular ocean views. This secluded and picturesque spot is very popular with ceremonies and so are the open air restaurants!”
“The second ceremony took place at the four star Alexander The Great Hotel. The Unity Terrace offers amazing views over Paphos harbour with the Medieval Castle in a distance and is the most popular spot for ceremonies. Getting married with the warm rays of sun, a drinks reception and photos under the palm trees is every couple’s dream. The Unity Terrace can also be set for the evening reception, where the guests can enjoy the long evening party with the glimmering lights of the harbour in a distance.
Located further down the south coast is Larnaka city and on my final days I was invited to stay at The Palm Beach Hotel & Bungalows. The venue is popular with couples who desire a more quiet and relaxed experience for their wedding. The hotel has the perfect beachfront location with open-air dining venues overlooking the bay. There is a small Saint Constantine and Saint Helena chapel within the hotel’s grounds, surrounded by lush tropical Gardens, allowing for a religious ceremony as well as outdoor wedding celebrations.
The best thing about getting married in Cyprus is that everything is taken care of for you. All you need to do is to make your decisions along the way!
The Olympic Holidays wedding representative will liaise between you and the hotels, to plan a wedding that represents your personality. Usually the wedding planning process starts 2 years in advance. During this time each couple has one wedding representative allocated to them, who will coordinate all the planning from the beginning until the Big Day. I was very surprised to learn that all the wedding representatives working for Olympic Holidays are local residents to the area, with solid network of local wedding suppliers at hand, if needed. The island is a small place and there is the prominent feeling of team effort present, that allows for a broad spectrum of customised elements even with all inclusive weddings. Not to mention the fact, that everyone there speaks English!”
“Each of the hotels have a pool, SPA and private dining at some of their restaurants to make it a once in a lifetime experience. Depending on your wedding style the hotel and their concierge team will help guide you the whole time and make sure all the details like your colours, flowers, and the ceremony decor are exactly the way you wanted. Does it sound like something you would like to choose for your own wedding? If so, then here’s what’s available in the Olympic Holidays all inclusive wedding experience:
– no minimum size wedding.; you can have a 2 people elopement or go as big as you want
– a personal tour operator’s wedding representative on location
– wedding coordinator from the hotel’s wedding concierge team
– preparation of wedding documents
– booking the registrar
– wedding ceremony in English
– support and recommendation of reliable and vetted local wedding suppliers
– access to spa and beauty treatments
– all inclusive wedding experience at the hotel
– a picturesque wedding location
– religious ceremony with all inclusive hotel wedding
– great food and beverage choices
– facilities for children”