Have you always wanted to tie the knot in Greece or Cyprus? We’ve teamed up with BookYourWedding.com to make it even easier to book your big day there. This international online booking system lets you instantly book the date and time of your wedding at your chosen venue, for a small fee. Keep reading to find out why you should say ‘I do’ abroad…
How do I book my wedding venue?
If you’re thinking about a Grecian or Cyprian wedding, all you need to do is head to your nearest Thomson travel shop and speak to a Holiday Advisor, or call our expert team. They’ll help you browse the options, check availability and make your booking with the BookYourWedding.com online system, which will be confirmed by email straight away. And once that’s all sorted, you can focus on the important things – like the cake-tasting, colour-coordinating, and planning those all-important stag and hen do’s.
Why Greece is a fairy-tale wedding destination
Greece pulls in more than 13 million holidaymakers each year, thanks to its stunning beaches, breathtaking scenery and wealth of historical sights. So, its credentials are as good as it gets when it comes to spectacular wedding venues. Some of our favourite places to get hitched include Rhodes, Zante and Chania, to name a few. Here’s why they top our list.
Did you know Rhodes is the most popular Greek island? With more than 270,000 holidaymakers flocking in each year, it’s no wonder. Rhodes is the ultimate fairy-tale setting for weddings, too. You’ll have endless ribbons of white sand, an enchanting old town filled with ancient ruins, and whitewashed villages which make the perfect backdrop for wedding photos. This island also boasts more than 300 days of sunshine each year, making it the sunniest island in Greece. Plus, the cool breezes will help keep you calm and collected (we hope) on the big day.
Make tracks for Zante if you’re a fan of floral décor – it’s been nicknamed the ‘flower of the orient’ for good reason. Here, the countryside is flanked by beautiful olive groves, lemon trees and every colour of bougainvillea you can imagine, making it the ideal setting for your wedding day. Plus, Zante is the epitome of luxury when it comes to weddings. Here, you’ll have easy access to the most sought-after beach in Greece, called Smugglers Cove, which is marked by topaz-blue sea and dramatic limestone cliffs. It’s really beautiful and oozes elegance.
Weddings in Chania are ideal if you’re looking for something old and something new. This place packs in Venetian-style architecture in its old town, as well as a gorgeous harbour that’s lined by modern restaurants and powder-soft beaches. Plus, the Akrotiri peninsula is less than 25 minutes’ drive away. Here, there are fascinating monasteries, as well as a national park, called Samaria Gorge, which takes in mountainous landscapes and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea – it’s really romantic.
Why Cyprus is the epitome of luxury weddings
Cyprus is dubbed ‘the island of love’ thanks to Aphrodite (the Goddess of Love), who enjoyed secret forest dates here with a number of ancient gods, like Adonis and Ares, according to Greek mythology. The island was also presented to Cleopatra as a token of love, so you can expect dream-like settings when you swap vows. And on top of that, you’ll also have an 800 kilometre-long coastline, and bright-green pine forests all within easy reach, too.
Did you know Paphos is the most popular place to get hitched in Cyprus? It’s no wonder, either – you’ll have Anglican churches, like St Paul’s Pillar and St George’s, to choose from on your big day. Plus, if you’re after a town hall ceremony, you’ll be surrounded by peaceful gardens which overlook the bright-blue shores.
If you’re after a luxury wedding setting, look no further than Aphrodite Hills. You’ll find this place nestled between Paphos and Limassol, where countryside views, Blue Flag sands and beautiful historical sights are all up for grabs on your wedding day. Plus, when you’re not busy tying the knot, you’ll have easy access to Cyprus’ most famous attraction, the Tomb of Kings . The age-old monument dates back to the 4th century, so it’s really impressive. And when you’re there, you’ll get to explore spectacular Doric columns and frescoed walls that are still fit for royalty.