Did you know more than 8,000 couples flock to this Mediterranean island every year to get married?
1. It’s literally the “Island of Love”
You’re probably familiar with Botticelli’s painting depicting a beautiful woman with long, blond hair standing on a large shell. This scene actually symbolises the birth of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, which took place in Cyprus. According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite emerged from the sea in Paphos, a city on the island's southwest coast.
The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
Today, you can still visit Aphrodite’s birthplace, which is tucked away in a small town called Polis. Legend has it that this is the place where the goddess bathed and met her beloved, Adonis, for the first time. The secluded spot also boasts stunning Mediterranean Sea views. Now, there’s a destination wedding location that’s romantic, unique, and will get your guests excited!
The"Baths of Aphrodite"
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2. It's the easiest place to go if you want a civil ceremony instead of a religious one
Every year, thousands of interfaith couples from the Middle East who don’t want to convert to their partner’s religion choose Cyprus as their civil wedding destination. This is because civil marriage does not exist in countries like Lebanon, Israel, and the Emirates, and religious authorities are prohibited from marrying couples unless they come from the same religion.
Lebanon and Israel, however, do recognise civil weddings as long as they are performed abroad. Cyprus, being a stone’s throw away, is the preferred option for many Lebanese and Israeli couples.
Due to this, an entire industry for overseas weddings has grown in Cyprus, with local businesses arranging everything from the flights and booking of venues to post-wedding fees and securing marriage licenses. Couples can head to a local municipality, wait for their turn, and get their marriage license on the same day. The entire ceremony can be done in less than 10 minutes!
3. It’s sunny (almost) every day
One of the benefits of this Mediterranean island is its pleasant climate all year round. The summer season stretches all the way from May to October, with temperatures ranging 16-22 °C. November in coastal areas can still feel like summer, with people still seen sunbathing and swimming.
Ayia Napa, popular for its sandy beaches and buzzing nightlife
For couples planning to get married, it’s best to avoid peak summer months in July and August. You’ll have enough on your mind without sweating in 38°C weather! The best months to get married are May, June, September, and early October.
4. The magnificent scenery
Troodos Mountains, Cyprus
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From golden beaches and rugged sea cliffs to mountains and forests, your guests will be spoiled for choice when visiting the island. If you’re having a winter wedding, guests can even enjoy skiing and snowboarding in Troodos, the largest mountain range in Cyprus. Here, temperatures can often drop to -1°C between December and January. Few other countries allow you the opportunity to swim, hike, and ski all in the same day!
Limassol Marina, Cyprus
There is something so magical about Cyprus that it feels modern and ancient at the same time. In the villages, you can walk by cobblestone alleys and tiny houses adorned with flowers, while cosmopolitan cities like Limassol are known for their vibrant atmosphere and thriving hospitality sector. These varied, gorgeous sceneries offer the perfect backdrop to any wedding photography shoot.
Omodos Village, famous for its wines, hand-made lace, and jewellery
5. Unlimited selection of wedding venues
Anassa Beach Hotel, Latchi
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With a booming wedding industry and perfect weather, Cyprus offers an array of venues to pick from. Whether you’re having a civil or religious ceremony, the island offers everything from quaint town halls and beautiful traditional churches to wineries, beach pavilions, and 5-star hotels. Feel like splurging? How about hiring a private yacht to celebrate your big day?
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St Raphael Resort, Limassol, Cyprus
Winery wedding, Cyprus
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6. Experience a unique fusion of Mediterranean flavours
Whether you’re planning an intimate affair or a full-blown extravaganza, food always plays a big role when planning a wedding, especially in Cyprus. Cypriot cuisine is very similar to Greek cuisine, with Turkish, Byzantine, French, Italian, Catalan, Ottoman, and Middle Eastern influences. Fruit, vegetables, and herbs are plentiful, and the focus is on bringing out the natural flavour of ingredients rather than relying too heavily on spices.
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Reception menus at a typical Cypriot wedding can vary from set menus to buffet-style dinners. Traditional meals, called “Mezze,” are Cyprus’ version of Spanish tapas, and can comprise up to 20 dishes. They start with appetisers, dips, and salads, followed by main dishes that are mostly meat-based and end with desert and traditional Cypriot coffee.
7. Wedding + Honeymoon, all in one!
With so much to see and do, it’s easy to see why couples are choosing Cyprus for both their destination wedding and honeymoon. Relax and unwind after the wedding celebrations in an idyllic location. Or explore the numerous excursions, cultural activities, water sports, and nightlife options the island has to offer.
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I can’t think of a better place to tie the knot, can you?