A newly married couple dressed in wedding attire skisisng on the rugged coastline of Cyprus

Getting married in…Cyprus

Cyprus is one of Europe’s most sought-after wedding destinations – and it’s not hard to understand why. With sun-drenched weather, beautiful backdrops, mouth-watering cuisine, and a generous selection of wedding venues it has everything you need to make your special day one you will never forget. It was even once the home of the goddess of love, Aphrodite!

But before you rush to book your flights, there are a few things you need to sort out. Below we’ve pulled together a selection of our favourite venues and some legal information that you’ll need to look through before you start sending out the invites.

Unique wedding venues in Cyprus

Cyprus’s visual mix of rugged coastline, neoclassical buildings, archaeological sites, and white-powdered beaches creates a unique selection of weddings venues. Here are just a few of our favourites that we can book for you.

Ayia Kyriaki Church

If you want a traditional Christian Ceremony with a unique twist then how about saying ‘I do’ within the archaeological ruins of a medieval church? There’s room for up to 200 guests and it will provide some incredible backdrops for your wedding photos.

Paphos Town Hall

Located right in the heart of the Old Town, Paphos Town Hall boasts a traditional neoclassical style with elegant columns and marble steps. There’s also a small garden for laid-back wedding photos.

Ayios Elias Gardens

If it’s a garden wedding you’ve always dreamed of, then we recommend to romantic Ayios Elias Gardens. You’ll say ‘I do’ in a decorated veranda, surrounded by colourful summer flowers as your friends and family watch on from white covered chairs on the paved stone floor. The wider garden also offers several beautiful photo opportunities including towering cliffs and lush greenery.

Shipwreck Venue

Cyprus is a pro at beautiful cliff-side weddings. But near the town of Paphos you can say ‘I do’ against views of the Mediterranean Sea punctuated by an ancient shipwreck. It is also an incredibly private venue.  

Cyprus Resort Hotel Weddings

Aside from beautiful venues along the rugged coastline and in historic buildings, Cyprus also boasts a generous selection of resort hotels with on-site wedding co-ordinators. Again, here are a few of our favourites.

Top tip: For hotel-based ceremonies you must be resident at the hotel where the wedding will take place.

Dome Beach Hotel & Resort

If your aesthetic is modern and minimalist then we recommend this hotel in Nissi Bay.  The hotel overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, boasts well–maintained gardens, and the large pool area offers a scenic reception area for celebrating your nuptials. The resort is also all-inclusive and child-friendly.

Included when you book through us:

  • UK Weddings Concierge team
  • Wedding coordinator
  • Marriage licence and certificate
  • The ceremony including venue and registrar’s fees
  • Taxi transfer to/from Town Hall to sign documents
  • Bouquet/buttonhole
  • Single–tier wedding cake*
  • Bottle of local sparkling wine*
  • Honeymoon breakfast in bed*
  • Candlelit dinner for couple*
  • Sparkling wine and fruit in room on arrival*
  • Late check out room*
  • Room upgrade*

*subject to availability and when reception is held at hotel

Golden Coast Hotel

This elegant resorts just outside of Pernera makes for an intimate and romantic setting. It looks out onto a stretch of golden sand, and there is an on-site garden which makes for some stunning wedding photos.  

Included when you book through us:

  • UK Weddings Concierge team
  • Wedding coordinator
  • Marriage licence and certificate
  • Ceremony including registrar and venue fees
  • Taxi transfer to/from Town Hall to sign documents
  • Bouquet/buttonhole
  • Wedding cake*
  • Honeymoon breakfast in bed
  • Candlelit dinner for couple
  • Room upgrade for wedding couple*(subject to availability)
  • Sparkling wine and fruit in room on arrival

*when reception is held at hotel and subject to availability

Azia Resort & Spa

If you love all-out relaxation with a classy twist, you’ll adore the Azia Resort & Spa. Nestled on the edge of Paphos, with magnificent sunset views in a quiet spot, the Azia is a cosy retreat for those looking for an intimate wedding. It is an all-inclusive and child-friendly resort.

Included when you book through us:

  • UK Weddings Concierge team
  • Wedding coordinator
  • Marriage licence & certificate
  • Taxi transfer to/from the Town hall to sign documents
  • Ceremony, including registrar and venue fee
  • Bouquet/buttonhole
  • Room upgrade (subject to availability)
  • Sparkling wine, fruit and wedding balloons in room on arrival
  • 15% discount on all spa treatments
  • Late check-out until 6pm (subject to availability)
  • Cocktail reception*

*restrictions apply

GrandResort

Located near the picturesque Limassol, the GrandResort offers a selection of wedding venues including beautifully landscaped gardens and overlooking the sandy beach. During your visit you can also enjoy romantic nights with your sweetheart walking hand-in-hand along the beach, treating yourself in the spa, and dining in one of the resorts several restaurants. 

  • UK Weddings Concierge team
  • Wedding coordinator
  • Bouquet/buttonhole
  • Marriage licence and certificate
  • Ceremony including registrar’s fees
  • Taxi transfer to/from Town Hall to sign documents
  • Candlelit dinner
  • Single-tier wedding cake
  • Flowers for the bridal table
  • Body massage for the couple
  • Room upgrade*
  • Late check-out*
  • Champagne in room on arrival
  • Decorated room on arrival
  • Champagne breakfast day after wedding
  • Cocktail reception (conditions apply)

*subject to availability

Legal information

You’ll need the following documents to complete your marriage application in Cyprus:

  • A valid passport with a minimum validity of six months
  • A photocopy (or two just to be safe) of the photo page of you and your fiancé’s passport
  • A photocopy (or two) of the photo page of each of your two witnesses
  • Your birth certificate
  • If you plan to change your name, you’ll need a name change deed poll certificate
  • A sworn affidavit or statutory declaration from a solicitor for oaths or notary public
  • Death certificate of any previous spouses (if widowed)
  • A decree of the absolution of any previous marriage (if divorced)

All documents must be taken with you to Cyprus and submitted in person to the Marriage Officer at the Municipality of your choice, a minimum of 3 working days prior to your wedding taking place.

Religious Ceremonies in Cyprus

Both Anglican and Catholic wedding services are allowed in Cyprus. You will need to follow the legal requirements above but also contact the Registered Minister of the Church where you plan to get married to make the extra arrangements required for a religious ceremony.

Also, a Catholic ceremony is not legally binding unless you first have a civil wedding ceremony. But if you have an Anglican wedding ceremony you are not required to have a civil wedding ceremony.

Other important information:

  • Cyprus is 4 hours 30mins from London Gatwick.
  • Town Hall weddings usually take place in the mornings, whilst hotel weddings generally take place in the afternoon
  • Spring and autumn are still warm and pleasant with plenty of sunshine and light for memorable photographs.
  • July and August are the warmest months with highs of 32°C
  • Same-sex civil ceremonies are legal in Cyprus.
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Morag Lee

Morag is the resident blog writer at Barrhead Travel. Can usually be found exploring a cruise ship or on a city break.