Restrictions to be eased on Cyprus hotel weddings

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A series of conditions and rules are to be set by the Archdiocese before hotels are given the green light to conduct marriages in small temples and churches on their premises.

Last year tourism operators complained at a decision by the Holy Synod to ban marriages in specially created hotel temples and chapels.

Cyprus is currently enjoying a boom in foreign marriages, with some operators offering complete “Marriage Packages” from the actual service to the wedding reception and accommodation for guests.

The daily Phileleftheros reported that the Archbishop of Cyprus Chrysostomos said the church had changed its decision and allowed the commission marriages within hotels but with several conditions.

These conditions include gaining permission from competent ecclesiastical authority for services and gaining church-stamped permits for each wedding.

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