We have put together some of the most frequently asked questions to assist you with your decision to marry abroad with Olympic. If you do not the answer to any question you may have please feel free to speak to our Wedding Consultants.
Is it possible for you to arrange just the wedding?
While we would be delighted to organise just your wedding in one of our destinations, it would be better for you to arrange both the holiday and the wedding with us for a number of reasons.
- You can be confident both your travel arrangements and wedding is handled and coordinated by the same company as our UK weddings team works hand in hand with our resort team
- Your administration fee is cheaper when booked with a holiday package
- You can be reassured your flight-inclusive package as a whole is financially Atol protected.
What paperwork do we need to take?
There are a number of documents that you will need to take with you in order to get married abroad. Please see section on legal documents and requirements, but do not hesitate to give us a call to clarify any of the issues you are unsure of.
Will our wedding be legally recognised in the UK?
Your civil ceremony marriage, in all our destinations, will be recognised by British Law.
How early must we book our wedding?
We can confirm your wedding date and venue 2 to 3 years in advance, and we recommend that you book your wedding as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment as some of our most popular venues book up a couple of years in advance. Don't worry if the holiday element isn't available yet, when the flights and accommodation get released we will get in contact with you to let you know and to add to your booking.
For any spontaneous couples for weddings in Cyprus and Greece we require a minimum least FOUR months notice, this is to allow time to ensure the paperwork can all be obtained and translated in time. If you are working to time constraints please get in contact with our weddings team and we can advise more specifically on your requirements, as we will do everything we can to help plan your dream day.
Can I get married overseas if I have been divorced?
Yes, as long as you can provide legal proof, i.e. a decree absolute. The only exception to this is Catholic weddings in Cyprus.
We would like to renew our vows, can you help?
Yes of course we can. Renewal of Vows (currently available in Cyprus, Rhodes, Zante and Santorini) are becoming increasingly popular.
What name must be used for the booking of the bride-to be?
As the name on the booking must be the same as the name on the passport, the bride-to-be should use her maiden name for both journeys.
Do we need witnesses?
Yes you will need 2 witnesses over 18 years old. If you are travelling alone and require us to arrange witnesses we can of course do so free of charge. Please let us know prior to your departure.
How should we pack our wedding outfits/extra luggage allowance?
We suggest that you pack your dresses and suits in a strong waterproof box or suitcase which can be placed in the aircraft hold. It is at the airline's discretion whether they allow you an extra luggage allowance for your wedding attire. We will give you the airline contact details so that you can make your enquiries.
Will the date and time our our wedding be confirmed before we depart from the UK?
For Cyprus we can give you a date and time for your wedding (normally within 2 weeks of receiving your booking form). It is very rare for this to change. For Greece we are able to offer the date but not the time. Both are then confirmed in resort.
Do we have to stay in the same resort/hotel that we wish to get married in?
For Cyprus there is a lot of flexibility with where you can stay. For example you can choose to stay in any standard of accommodation and marry in a church or town hall. In some cases you can stay in one hotel and marry in another one as a non resident (please ask us for a list within the resort of your choice). There are also occasions where you can stay in one resort and marry in another, for example couples staying in Protaras and Ayia Napa may choose to marry in the Terra Santa Catholic church in Larnaca. Greece is more restrictive as many town halls require couples to stay within their district.
Do our guests have to say in the same hotel as us?
In most cases it is possible your guests to stay in a different hotel. There are only one or two cases where a hotel stipulates that some of the guests are resident. We will guide you on this at the time of booking. Some hotels offer group discounts, please ask at the time of booking.
Can you organise the wedding reception for us?
We will be delighted to assist you with organising your reception according to your requirements and budget. Receptions can normally take place in the hotel you are staying, a local restaurant or taverna or even on a boat. However, there maybe a few hotels that require you to have a reception there if you choose to marry in their grounds. The arrangements can be started in the UK but finalised and largely paid in the resort (we will let you know if any venues require a deposit before you go).
How do I go about arranging hair, make up and nails for my wedding?
We have sourced highly recommended hair dressers and beauticians in all our destinations. Once you have decided your requirements for your wedding day our Wedding Co-ordinators will make all the necessary appointments for you. This can wait till you get to the resort, but we will be happy for pass your decisions on prior to your arrival.
Can we arrange pressing and storing of our outfits on arrival?
Most hotels offer a pressing service or can recommend one, this will be at a charge payable locally. At some hotels, it maybe be possible to store your wedding outfits and if available, arrangements can be discussed on arrival.
What about flowers?
Flowers can be ordered through our Wedding Department before you depart from the UK, or from your Olympic Wedding Co-ordinator when you arrive in resort. Upgrades and colour choices can be arranged in resort on pre-paid orders. We will be happy to contact resort to confirm exactly what flowers will be in season if you have specific choices not shown in our lists.
What will our cake be like?
Typically this will be a sponge but upgrades to fruit cake can be made. We can obtain quotes to make your cake to your personal specifications, even popular cup cakes!
Will a seperate room be provided for changing into for our wedding outfits or for the groom to sleep in the night before the wedding?
Subject to availability, the hotel may make a seperate room available for the bride to change into her wedding outfit. There maybe an additional charge for this facility. Similarly if required we can make arrangement for the groom to have a different room the night before the wedding at an additional cost payable locally.
What will happen when we arrive in resort?
If you have booked the holiday with us you will be contacted by one of our representatives upon arrival at the airport who will give you a letter from your Wedding Co-ordinator with a meeting time (normally the next day). If you are having a wedding only with us, a letter will be left for you at the accommodation. You will meet with the Wedding Co-ordinator to discuss all your requirements to tailor make your wedding. In some cases this maybe mean choosing the exact location of the wedding ceremony or any last minute wedding additions and preparations. A time will be arranged for you to organise the legal formalities required prior to your wedding. Wedding Co-ordinators will accompany guests to the Town Hall (transport costs are not included) to complete any declarations for the wedding licences.