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Behind The Scenes With a Weddings Manager

As a weddings manager at Thomson, I get to spend my summers helping couples tie the knot in Cyprus. I have a team of 10 wedding advisors and it’s their job to make sure everything runs smoothly on the couples Big Day, and to meet any of the couples’ requests – no matter how big or small!

The couples

The most memorable weddings are when a couple have a story to tell. Maybe couples who’ve been childhood sweethearts, but due to mortgages and children have put off marrying for a few years. Or where a couple dated years ago, lost touch, then fate brought them back together. It’s exciting when a couple come out and their family and friends think they have just gone on holiday, only to get a call after the wedding to announce they have just got married!

Most couples have been planning their wedding for well over a year and invite many friends and family over for the wedding. They generally stay in the same hotel or nearby, but some couples like to have their wedding hotel to themselves, so other wedding guests may have to find accommodation close by. This is no problem though, as we offer so many different products in Cyprus from All Inclusive, Couples, Gold etc.

The best bits

The best thing about getting married in Cyprus is that you only have to be resident for just 3 days – in many other places it’s a week! The legal paperwork is a doddle, a simple document from a solicitor in the UK stating you are single and free to marry means you’ll be pronounced Mr & Mrs in no time!

My favourite wedding spot in Cyprus has to be the east coast, and in particular the resorts of Protaras and Ayia Napa. I love the beaches of Nissi and Fig Tree Bay, but that’s not the only reason. So many people still think of Ayia Napa as a youth destination, but it’s not, it has some great hotels with stunning wedding locations and the resort is very family friendly with chic restaurants and bars.

Cyprus generally has a good temperature, even in the winter months. March sees temperatures going into the low 20’s during the day and creeping well into the high 30’s as we hit August. This makes the most the popular months to tie the knot May – June and Sept – Oct.

The big day

It’s the couples’ day so we try where possible to meet even the strangest requests. Unfortunately we struggled when a bride wanted to arrive on horseback to a hotel ceremony!

On the day the advisor will be at the couple’s hotel an hour before the wedding, taking the bouquets to the bride’s room and checking she is OK. Then, it’s off to catch up with the groom and other guests – generally found at the bar! Time to pin on buttonholes and corsages, check the best man has the rings and then, around 20 minutes before the ceremony, escort the groom and party to the ceremony. Once we’ve made sure everyone knows where they need to be, and wished the groom luck, it’s off to collect the bride.

Following the ceremony and confetti throwing, it’s time for the photos. Group pictures are taken first and then the newlyweds are whisked off for a few romantic shots. Then it’s time to cut the cake! Toasts are made and the advisor wishes them well and leaves them to get the party started!

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  1. carolinemccarthy2@hotmail.co.uk' caroline

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    • janay.templeman@thomson.co.uk' Janay Templeman

      Hi Caroline, Thank you for contacting us. If you give our Wedding Team a call on 02034512689 they’ll be able to provide you with more information and answer any questions you may have.

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    I had a weeks Cruise with 5 friends on the Thomson Celebration it was the Adriatic Affair, we had a great time all the staff where very good, I use a wheelchair the staff made sure I was safe at all times, the waiter in the main restaurant made sure I had straws & whatever help I needed at meal times they assisted me, even cut my meat etc what I needed, the cabin was not a accessible one as when we booked there was none left so we went ahead anyway, due to the shower room being small I was able to hold on to sink etc, the shower was small had a grab rail so I managed better than I thought, my friend helped me as well who I shared the cabin with, we enjoyed all the destinations only one I did not get off the ship my friend stayed with me while our other friends got off, you had to use the small boat to transfer you to the port as the ship could not get close enough, it was not safe for me to get off, but otherwise everything was good, did not use the swimming pool though as it was too small, looking forward to our next cruise would go with Thomson again, this ship is smaller than the other’s but you get looked after really well all the staff on board are excellant

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    • chantelle.sambrook@thomson.co.uk' Chantelle Sambrook

      Hi Mrs Maloney, Thanks for your feedback. I’ll be sure to pass it on to the relevant team. I’m glad to hear our team looked after you on Celebration. Which of the exciting ports would you say you enjoyed the most?

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