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Who doesn’t love the idea of an idyllic beach wedding? Marrying the love of your life against the backdrop of a setting sun, calming waves, picturesque landscapes. People dream of it.
Having a wedding in Cyprus can make that dream a reality. In this blog post, we’re going to go through how you can make that happen and talk about a side of planning an overseas wedding that’s often overlooked, but no less important – the administrative side!
Choosing your wedding planner (if you want one!)
First things first, you might want to look into getting a wedding planner. They’ll be able to hold your hand through the process and can take a lot of pressure off you. If you’re wanting to use a wedding planner, have a look online – there’re plenty of fantastic options out there to suit all sorts of styles!
You don’t need one, though. You could plan your own wedding in Cyprus – it’ll just be a bit more complicated is all!
Choosing a venue
One of the most important parts of planning your dream wedding – the venue! Cyprus has all sorts of beautiful locations to choose from; sandy beaches, picturesque gardens, historic buildings absolutely steeped in culture. Whatever floats your boat.
If you’re using a wedding planner, they’ll be able to help you find a venue to suit your style that’s within your budget. If not, it’s pretty fun to do your own research!
Gather your documents
As exciting as it as planning your dream wedding in Cyprus, don’t forget – you won’t be able to get married abroad without sorting all the boring, administrative stuff first.
Before you can get married, both partners will need to provide certain documents:
- Their passports
- Their birth certificates
- A Single Status Statutory Declaration
- Copies the 2 witnesses’ passports
- (If previously divorced) A Decree Absolute
- (If widowed) Marriage and death certificates of previous spouse
- (If they’ve officially changed name) A Deed Poll
- (If they’re under 18) Proof of parental consent
- (If adopted) Adoption Certificate
- (If you’re Scottish) A certificate of no impediment (CNI)
If you don’t have a copy of your certificate, don’t panic – we can get you one! Just visit our sister site here and we can send you an official copy within a matter of days. If you need a Deed Poll we can help with that, too – just click here!
Legalise your documents
This is one of the most annoying parts of planning your wedding in Cyprus – pretty much all of those documents will need legalising. That’s the process of getting them authenticated at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). If you’re interested in learning more about legalisation, we’ve wrote a full blog on it.
The process is lengthy and confusing, and if you get it wrong it can cause delays to your plans – you won’t be able to have your wedding in Cyprus if your documents aren’t properly legalised first. Fortunately for you, though, we can take care of it for you.
We’re a document legalisation company, and our team of experts can legalise your documents no problem. If you use Vital Consular, you won’t have to worry about document legalisation and you can spend your time planning your perfect day!
Time to go to Cyprus
Once all your documents are ready and legalised, it’s time to go to Cyprus! There’s generally an 8-day residency requirement before you can get married in Cyprus, so make sure to plan for that.
You’ll also need to take your documents to the town hall closest to your wedding venue and present them to the officials there. They’ll check over them and assuming everything’s OK they’ll give you your marriage licence!
Enjoy the big day!
All the planning, preparation (and using Vital Consular!) has paid off – it’s time to enjoy the wedding of your dreams. I hope it’s everything you hoped for and more!