28 Jan The Cost of a Wedding in Cyprus, the Island of Love
Cyprus, with its rich history and breathtaking scenery, is renowned for its beautiful beachscapes that can enchant visitors all year round in the warm Mediterranean climate. With its historical sights, cobbled villages, flowery fields, friendly restaurants and busy nightlife, there’s something to cater to everyone. Cyprus offers the perfect mixture of great weather, exotic venues, romance and excitement. With European and Eastern influences, Cyprus offers an amazing experience for sightseeing and culinary exploration alike.
As the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, Cyprus is an ideal destination to celebrate your wedding. Located in the Mediterranean and blessed with 330 days of sunshine a year, this beautiful island offers warm weather and azure blue skies, perfect for your big day.
While winters in Cyprus offer pleasant weather, it tends to get a tad cooler. On the other hand, summers can get really hot, especially during the months of July and August which are usually very busy. To avoid disappointment, it is crucial to book your desired date as soon as possible.
One of the top reasons couples choose to tie the knot in Cyprus is cost. Wedding expenses in Cyprus are significantly lower than in the UK, Europe, and the USA. For those looking to save even more, getting married on the Turkish side of the island can be even more cost-effective. On average, a wedding for 80 guests in Cyprus costs around 16,000 euros.
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Marriages held in Cyprus are not only legally binding but also recognized internationally. However, before your big day, you will need to spend three business days in the country. To apply for a marriage license in Cyprus, you must visit a marriage officer in-person at the municipality of your choice. Required documents include passports, full birth certificates, and certificates of no impediment for non-UK residents.
Civil ceremonies must be held in licensed town halls or authorized venues, including hotels or outdoor areas. For those seeking a touch of nature, Cyprus boasts special outdoor venues for civil ceremonies. The ceremony itself will be conducted in English, and requires two witnesses to sign the marriage certificate. The license, issued in English, is recognized worldwide.
Standard civil wedding licenses cost around 150 euros, but if you need an urgency license, you will need to pay 300 euros at the town hall. For ceremonies held outside town halls, the fees range from 450 to 700 euros.
Alternatively, you can have a symbolic ceremony in Cyprus following a legal marriage in your home country. Many couples choose this solution to avoid bureaucracy.
For a Catholic ceremony, a civil ceremony is required beforehand to make the marriage legally binding. Many hotels in Cyprus have their own wedding chapels, and there are several churches in the country that accommodate wedding ceremonies for both Anglican and Catholic denominations. If you choose a church wedding, you will need to contact the registered officiant at the chosen house of worship.
Fees for religious ceremonies start at around 150 euros, with an additional 40 euros for air conditioning or heating during the ceremony. For confetti to be thrown at the end of the ceremony, there is an extra cost of 120 euros, as the cleaning of the church can be quite time-consuming. For those looking to rent a church courtyard for their reception, fees range from 600 to 700 euros, with catering costs at 8-12 euros per person, depending on the buffet menu.
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When planning your wedding in Cyprus, it’s important to budget carefully, especially when it comes to venue rental fees, which can quickly add up if you opt for one of the more prestigious locations that charge thousands of euros. Fortunately, by selecting a local restaurant, you can avoid this hefty expense or significantly reduce it.
As for dinner at the venue, you can expect to pay between 50 and 80 euros per person, depending on the menu, while drink packages range from 15 to 25 euros per person. A cocktail in a four-star hotel typically costs around 15 euros, and a beautiful wedding cake can set you back around 400 euros.
When it comes to photography, prices in Cyprus start at 1,100 euros, but for those seeking a more artistic approach, costs may reach up to 2,000 euros. Weigert Images offers wedding photography services in Cyprus at an excellent price/quality ratio, so don’t hesitate to contact us through our website.
Wedding films fall within the same price range as photography in Cyprus, but if you opt for a team of cinematographers, costs may be higher than if you choose just one filmmaker on location. Please contact us to get more information on Weigert Images’ wedding film services in Cyprus.
Decoration costs for the church and reception area can range from 800 to 3,000 euros, depending on the couple’s preferences, choice of flowers, and style of decoration. Bridal bouquets typically cost between 80 and 120 euros. Luckily, Cyprus offers a fantastic selection of beautiful native fresh flowers all year round, and by choosing seasonal blooms, you can save some money while still creating a stunning display.
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As for wedding attire, dresses in Cyprus range from 1,500 to 10,000 euros, with an average price of around 3,000 euros. Bridal shoes can start at 120 euros and go up to 800 euros or more. Groom’s suits range from 300 to 800 euros, while shoes can be found between 120 and 300 euros.
In terms of beauty services, wedding makeup costs between 250 and 400 euros in Cyprus, including a trial. On average, hair stylists charge between 250 and 400 euros, which also includes two trials.
Wedding rings typically cost between 1,000 and 3,000 euros in Cyprus.
For six hours of music, DJs typically charge between 400 and 800 euros, but hiring a live band or orchestra can be more expensive.
When it comes to wedding invitations, the cost is roughly 4-5 euros per person. However, you can save money by opting for DIY invitations. For wedding gifts, consider offering your guests classic Cypriot wedding loukoumi, a special cake that costs between 2 and 3 euros per person.
Renting a classy wedding car for a few hours can also add 350-500 euros to your expenses.
While some couples choose to travel to an exotic destination for their honeymoon and spend around 3,000 euros, staying in Cyprus and enjoying the beautiful island’s warm weather is also a great option.
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