The Ceremony & The Documents

Next came the legalities and the decision as to what type of ceremony we wanted to have. This actually played a big part in choosing the location for our Wedding venue. We veered away from a villa wedding, as it began proving difficult to find a priest to marry us outside of a church, unless in an approved and registered area.

Neither myself or my fiance are particularly religious – I’ve never dreamed of a church wedding, and more inclined toward an outdoor, relaxed venue- and we felt comfortable with a civil ceremony if necessary – however, we decided that we must do our best to find a venue where we could have an Anglican ceremony ( for the ‘peace of mind’ for much of our family). We were lucky enough to stumble across a beautiful venue, outdoors, overlooking the greens of a golf course; sea views in the distance, and the sounds of a trickling waterfall behind us.

The documents – easier said than done. Cyprus happens to be a very big wedding destination for tourists, so we were lucky to have the comfort of knowing that our marriage would be legal and recognised back in the UK (as many overseas countries have different requirements and are not always legal in your country of residence). Aside from this, the documents to gather are quite a handful, mainly due to my fiance’s passport being Zimbabwean as opposed to British – which is simpler.

To get an idea of what documentation is required (if you are planning to get married in Cyprus) please take a look at the list we were provided with to bring with us a few days before the wedding (these documents may slightly vary throughout Cyprus):

– 10 year passports ( + two copies)
– Original birth certificates and photocopies
– Two photocopies of your witness’ passports ( you require two witnesses)
– An affidavit each – confirming that you are free to marry (stamped and signed WITHIN 12 weeks of marriage date)
– Adoption papers if required
– Decree Absolute papers – if you have been divorced
– Deceased’s Death Certificate – if you are a widow(er)
– Depending on country of residence, some couples will need an Apostille/legislation seal on the marriage certificate before returning to home country

Anglican Church – requires that at least one person has been baptised – and provides the certificate of baptism

Changing your Name!

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I am very excited about the new surname that I will gain once married, but often people forget (with all of the Wedding excitement going on!) that, if you choose to take your husband’s surname, you must change the names on your identification, such as passports, driving license etc. This is particularly important to remember if you are booking tickets for your Honeymoon or a trip away after you are married. If you book a flight or trip with your husband’s surname, you must ensure that your identification has been changed, otherwise it may not be deemed valid!

In regards to the UK, a British resident and passport holder can simply change their name on their passport via an application for ‘changes’ which can be found at the Direct Gov website:

http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg/groups/dg_digitalassets/@dg/@en/@travel/documents/digitalasset/dg_175796.pdf

This can be done 3 months before your wedding date (keep in mind that your old passport will then be cancelled and you will be unable to use your new passport until you are married) or after you are married (and remember to use your new signature!).

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