A simply beautiful Cypriot wedding | Real Weddings

August 11, 2015

Rosie & Dave wanted to give their guests that holiday experience...of course there's more bang for your buck when it comes to Turkish Lira so they were able to have the wedding they dreamt of without breaking the bank.
PRACTICAL - we like it!

We created our own wedding invites, a little DIY project. As we were having a destination wedding we went for passports to help get our guests in the mood for travelling abroad. My lovely bridesmaid helped with the design , we spent hours creating the masterpiece.

The make-up was by my amazing friend, it meant she was on hand all day to top me up! Another friend did all the bridesmaids hair too. Don't be afraid to ask friends and family to help to save money.

We used a mixture of real & artificial flowers. I found a company who made the flowers as I wanted a rose to match the Bridesmaids dresses, I sent a swatch and they created the flowers. We also used them for buttonholes & my bouquet. They've made the perfect keepsake! Paris from Enchanted happily arranged the artificial flowers amongst the fresh flowers. I just had to arrange delivery from the UK to Cyprus.

For the favours, we decided to go for Turkish delight, wrapped in a cellophane bag (so they kept well) and then in a gold organza bag. My mum & I made these when we travelled out to Cyprus in April to finalise smaller details. I used antique like Turkish coffee saucers, copper jugs and cups for vases. The centrepieces were heather, herbs & pink roses, my Granddad had collected from his garden. We placed these on material bought from the local bazaar.  Doing the tables decorations ourselves saved us money and the setting was exactly how I imagined.

To go with our theme, our menu was a traditional Cypriot spread. Cold meze followed by a hot meze and then kebab served with rice and salad. The cold meze was already out on the tables when guest were seated so they had nibbles whilst the speeches took place. There was a choice of chicken, fish or Halloumi.  I then typed the menu choices out on to the back of the table name cards to remind guests what they had ordered. For dessert we enjoyed the wedding cake and fresh fruit! Instead of an evening buffet, we had a local village lady come to our venue and make traditional börek for our guests to indulge in during the evening.; a local pastry which can be sweet or savoury.

Made lovingly by my Step Grandmother, Jak. She owns  Love Island Cakes on the south of the island so it was perfect for us!  Not only did she make it, she drove it the 3 hours to the wedding venue on the morning of my wedding. We had worked together on a design that incorporated my colours pinks with gold, to compliment the Middle Eastern, Turkish décor. .

We had a belly dancer who got the party started after the dessert. We had shisha pipes to enjoy and a free bar for guests. For the music we used a DJ.

Instead of wedding gifts, we asked our guests to take part in some traditional ‘money pinning, it was great fun! As our guests had travelled so far, we didn’t want them to feel like they had to spend a lot or bring a huge gift, but if they wanted to donate some money to our honey moon fund we'd be grateful.

Our photographer as a recommendation from another family member who also had a wedding in Cyprus. She was prepared to travel, made us feel incredibly comfortable and of course took wonderful photos.

I think unless you know an area very well and have connections, organising a wedding abroad can be very difficult. I would highly recommend a wedding planner who can help sort details. For me, marrying in North Cyprus was marrying home from home so I felt comfortable enough to arrange it mostly myself. That said, I travelled over there before the wedding to sort things out and my parents also took a trip out to arrange hotel deals for guests and securing the reception venue.

TOP TIP 1 | We created a wedding website that detailed EVERYTHING our guests would need to know from how to travel to the country, good places to eat and obviously the details for the day. It was really handy to have this up and running before I sent out invites. There are lots of free to choose from so pick the one best for you.

TOP TIP 2 | When organising a big event, especially abroad, it is always worth enquiring about an inclusive price. Our price included food and drink for all guests as well as the venue and it were very reasonable

TOP TIP 3 | Always speak with your airline when bringing a wedding dress out! Cyprus Airlines were great and were happy for me to take my wedding dress on as extra hand luggage. It was a struggle to get it to fit a box that was small enough for the size restrictions.

*PHOTO CREDIT: Cyprus Wedding Photography

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