Cash-Conscious Couples Fall For Island Love
Friday, 24 April 2009
Cash-conscious couples are rediscovering Europe's Island of Love as they save money on their wedding day by tying the knot in Cyprus.
With the average cost of a wedding now topping £20,000, more and more couples are resorting to making their vows overseas - cutting costs by up to 80 per cent.
And with the credit crunch making long-haul travel even more expensive, Europe's most romantic destinations are bracing themselves for a summer weddings boom from UK travellers.
Paul Simmons, UK general manager for easyJet, said: "Cyprus has long been the top European destination for overseas weddings, and it's not just because it enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year.
"The island has been the ultimate romantic destination for thousands of years, and now, as short-haul weddings abroad become more and more popular, Britons are rediscovering why Cyprus is the original Island of Love."
While it has always been a popular destination for Brits looking to tie the knot on the beach, its combination of romance and practicalities are making it more attractive during the recession than ever before.
When it comes to romance, Cyprus has it all. As well as being the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, the island also acted as the ultimate love-token for Anthony to give to Cleopatra.
Meanwhile, the practicalities of getting spliced there have never been more appealing.
As well as promising year-round sun, Cyprus offers the widest choice of religious weddings for non-residents while its laws are also based on the English legal system, making arrangements for civil services easy too.
Short-haul overseas weddings generally are expected to be more popular than ever during the recession.
Overseas services are usually far more affordable, which average costs ranging between a fifth and a third of what couples typically spend to tie the knot closer to home - with costs lowest for weddings in European destinations rather than traditional long-haul favourites such as the Maldives.
Paul added: "There's no doubt that when Wayne and Colleen decided to tie the knot in Italy, short-haul weddings became fashionable overnight.
"But while not everyone can afford a glitzy ceremony on the Italian coast, there is a romantic resort in Cyprus to match all budgets."
To help meet the rising demand for flights to Cyprus, easyJet - which already flies from Manchester and Gatwick to Paphos - is launching four new flights a week from Gatwick to Larnaca from £53.99 (one way including taxes).
Notes to editors
easyJet is Europe's leading low-fares airline, currently operating 171 aircraft on 416 routes between 110 airports in 27 countries. easyJet carried 45 million passengers in the past 12 months.
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