Getting Married in Cyprus
We’ve just returned from our family holiday in Cyprus and it got us thinking about how lucky anyone getting married there is. With that in mind, we have put together a helpful guide on the formalities of getting married in Cyprus.
Cyprus is a beautiful country with romantic restaurants and golden beaches. Weddings abroad are something very different and will be remembered for a lifetime so why not picture the amazing landscapes Cyprus has to offer.
Cyprus has some of the most picturesque churches set near the crystal clear waters surrounding the island. The weather will not be a problem with the months of July and August being some of the hottest. With 25 degree heat on average there will be no complaining about the typical English weather or having the rain ruin you big day!
When you are getting married in Cyprus you have to see a Marriage Officer in person when you arrive in the country.
You must be resident in Cyprus for 3 clear working days prior to getting married.
The 3 days only applies if you apply to the Marriage Officer for the issue of a Special Licence. If you do not apply for the Special Licence your marriage cannot go ahead until 15 clear days after you submit your Notice of Marriage – so plan ahead!
Passports and birth certificates, along with other documentation (see list below) are shown to the Marriage Officer and you must sign a joint application called the “Notice of Marriage “.
- Full passport with at least six months left to run
- Photocopies of the picture page of the passports of the bride and the groom
- Photocopies of the picture page of the passports for your two witnesses, listing their name, address and occupation
- Full Birth Certificate (showing mother and fathers names), bearing the stamp apostille
- If you have been divorced – Decree Absolute and previous Marriage Certificate
- If you have been widowed – Death Certificate of previous spouse and previous Marriage Certificate
- Name Change Deed Poll Certificate – if applicable
- Adoption Certificate – if applicable
- Scottish and Welsh citizens must also obtain a Certificate of No Impediment / Certificate of Freedom to Marry bearing the stamp apostille
- A sworn affidavit or statutory declaration from a Solicitor or a Commissioner for Oaths or a Notary Public in UK. Note: The document must use the wording “Solicitor” or “Notary Public” as must the headed company paper and the stamp.
Any partner who is under the age of 18 and wants to get married must have a written consent from the father if they are dead or incapable of writing the consent then the mother must take charge. If they are dead or incapable of writing a guardian must fill in the consent and hand it in to the Marriage Officer.
If you would like a religious wedding, then you must get through to a Minister of Religion and all arrangements should be made with the Registered Minister.
Do be aware that a Catholic ceremony is not legally binding unless you first have a civil wedding ceremony.
If you have an Anglican wedding ceremony you are not required to have a civil wedding ceremony.
Holding the Ceremony
With the paperwork completed, the wedding must take place after 15 full days at the earliest, or within 3 months at the latest, from the date the notice is given. If, for any reason, the wedding doesn’t take place within 3 months all the paperwork will be considered void and the application process will need to be begin again.
The Cypriots themselves are lovely and most understand English though do appreciate it when you try the local language.
Children will love the island as there are water activities ranging from jetsking to paragliding or even just taking a boat trip out there is everything for the kids to be amused.
Getting married in Cyprus is definitely something you should consider!