The Ceremony

Understand what's involved in the marriage ceremony and the types of wedding which can take place in Cyprus...

Civil ceremony

A short (10-15 minute) marriage ceremony is performed by the marriage officer in the mayor's office on the agreed date. The couple will be given a Certificate of Marriage which is recognised as valid in most countries. Further certified copies can be bought through the Municipal Marriage Office.

Religious ceremony

Once the criteria of the Marriage Notice have been met, the marriage may be performed by a registered minister of religion in church. This will have to be arranged separately by the couple planning the wedding. An alternative to this is to have the civil marriage at the mayor's office and complete the ceremony with a blessing in a church (this option is recommended by the US Consulate, especially if one partner is a non-US citizen who may apply for an immigrant visa to the USA at any point in the future).