It is true that many couples prefer to get married in their country of origin; however, there are others who, due to religious preferences or the desire to travel, opt to pack their suitcases and go on an adventure.
For Middle East citizens who prefer civil weddings, Cyprus is the place which offers the greatest possibilities. The country also welcomes couples who would like to have a traditional wedding with open arms.
Cyprus is famous for hosting weddings for people from all over the globe, the island has become one of today’s most important locations for a Destination Wedding.
In a large number of Arabic countries, it is not possible to have a civil ceremony. For this reason, some citizens travel to Cyprus to tie the knot. The European island hosts incredibly fun events where couples have no obligation to dress up. Wherever in the world they come from, everything depends on their personal taste.
Grand halls? Beaches? Cyprus offers all types of venues. How about a short wedding? Even if it lasts 15 minutes, it still achieves its main objective, ie. to seal the love that will last a lifetime.
If you want to impress with your decorations, you can rest assured that providers, caterers and wedding planners in Cyprus are open to all suggestions and offer a multitude of facilities to make each couple feel at ease. Tie the Knot, Here With Me and Weddings by Lilly are the 3 big wedding organisation companies who focus their wedding planning work on Destination Weddings.
- Ideal location:
One of the virtues of Cyprus is its strategic position, since it acts as an intersection between Europe, Asia and Africa. Although Cyprus is geographically closer to Asia, it has been a member of the European Union since 2004. However, its proximity to the Asian continent has served as the perfect escape route for people from certain locations, for travelling or for those in search of an alternative wedding.
With its perfect position on the map, couples from the Middle East can access the country easily, as well as guests that have been invited by the couple to share their big day. Although destination weddings usually have a lower number of attendees in comparison to those that are held in a couple’s country of origin, it’s easy for guests to travel to Cyprus to demonstrate their important role in the newlyweds’ lives.
- Unique venues for the ceremony
The mythology that surrounds Cyprus is legendary and is closely linked to and influenced by Greek tradition. One of the most iconic places to celebrate a wedding is the rock of Aphrodite, on the Cypriot coast of Paphos. It’s a sacred place where, according to ancient Greek tales, the God of Love was born. Can you think of a better place to say “I do”?
Besides its history, Cyprus offers some of the most spectacular and idyllic beaches. One place which certainly resembles paradise is Ayia Napa: a breathtaking resort which exudes luxury and relaxation. Its tradition of tourism means that there is a wide range of places where you can have your wedding with the sand grazing against your feet or for smaller weddings, you can even rent a yacht and cruise around the coast.
Between all major hotels to organise those type of events, you have Almyra, Hilton, Coral Beach Resort, Grand Resort Liamasol and Four Seasons. They are top level places which are famous for dream holidays and weddings venues.
This destination welcomes tourists from all over but, Lebanese are the ones who mostly take advantages of the peculiarities to celebrate weddings, to have a great holiday and to enjoy its nature and unique wildlife.
To immortalise and cast those precious places on your wedding album, the island offers a multitude choice of photographers who work with couples abroad. Beziique is one of the top who knows how to immortalize those perfect moments for couples abroad.
- From Destination Wedding to honeymoon
Even though Cyprus is the perfect place to celebrate your wedding, it has so much on offer that it also tends to steal the heart of couples, who choose to extend their experience and make it into their honeymoon. Moreover, the beaches of Ayia Napa, Paphos, Kalavasos, Limassol and Kyrenia are the perfect locations to enjoy the sea, nature and the tranquility of the Mediterranean. And not only this, with stunning views of Mount Olympus on offer, it is also a treat for lovers of fresh air.
However, Cyprus is varied and its culture is largely responsible for the island’s charm. It has three ancient landmarks that are considered as World Heritage Sites: Paphos (nominated as the European Capital of Culture in 2017), the painted churches in the region of Troodos and the Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia. Its artistic tradition means that there are many more treasures which are waiting to be discovered by the more adventurous couples. Don’t miss your chance to uncover them all!
Cyprus is, without a doubt, the star of the show when it comes to Destination Weddings. It offers the best facilities for your wedding and will capture your heart so much that you won’t want to leave. What are you waiting for?
Contributed by Zankyou Weddings
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