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Written by Paula Jones Last updated: July 31, 2009
Sandy beaches and clear blue seas, it’s easy to see why so many couples choose Cyprus as their wedding destination. Known as the island of love and birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite, Cyprus offers couples guaranteed year‐round sunshine and stretches of stunning coast line for romantic strolls along the beach. Culture vultures will also be happy, with ancient ruins and temples to visit; you’ll never be bored in Cyprus.
You can have either a civil or religious wedding ceremony in Cyprus, and both are legally recognised in the UK. There are many beautiful churches on the island, or alternatively you can choose to marry at your hotel, town hall or even on board a yacht as long as the venue is licensed by the Mayor. You can also choose to have a legal ceremony followed by a religious blessing. On the Greek side of Cyprus, your hotel must be located in the same town in which your marriage will take place. You must have a link with your home church, or at least be baptised in order to have a religious wedding in Cyprus, the number of religious ceremonies is restricted by the local church so it is very important to book the chosen church well in advance.
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You must both must apply jointly, in person, to the Marriage Officer of the Municipality of the area in which you wish to marry, and complete a Notice of Marriage.
There are various documents to be presented and criteria to be satisfied for the Notice of Marriage to be properly completed.
They are the following:
Once the Notice of Marriage is completed the ceremony must take place between 15 days and 3 months after the date on the notice. If the marriage has not taken place within three months, the marriage notice is no longer valid and the application process must be repeated.
13 St. James’ Square
Tel: 020 7321 4100
Fax: 020 7321 4164/165
British High Commission, Nicosia, Cyprus
British High Commission
Alexander Pallis Street (PO Box 21978)
1587 Nicosia or BFPO 567
Telephone: (357) (22) 861100
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