We caught up with bride Clair Kelso, who gave us the lowdown on her amazing real-life wedding on a yacht in Cyprus with Exclusive Yacht Weddings!

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Why did you choose Exclusive Yacht Weddings?

My boyfriend and I went on holiday to Cyprus a few years before getting married. We were having dinner in a restaurant down at the harbour when we spotted a wedding taking place on board one of the beautiful yachts – we assumed the couple must be millionaires!

After we got engaged, we knew that we wanted to return to Cyprus for our wedding day, so we searched online for a unique wedding venue. During our search we came across Exclusive Yacht Weddings, and recognised the same yacht that we’d seen whilst on holiday! We decided to find out more, although we were worried that it would be far too expensive.

EYW organised for us to meet with one of their UK wedding representatives, and to our delight and amazement it was more than within our budget – we booked there and then!

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What was your favourite moment from the day?

The moment I said “I do” to my best friend was a moment I’ll treasure forever!  With my closest friends and family around me in the most perfect setting with the sun shining, I couldn’t have wished for anything more special. It was just as well I had waterproof mascara on!

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What did you eat?

We had a wonderful wedding breakfast that was set up as a Cypriot buffet-style dinner. The choices included chicken souvlaki, keftedes, fresh sea bream and Greek salad – all thoroughly enjoyed by everyone while sailing out to sea in the sunset!

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Would you recommend getting married on a yacht to other couples?

Yes, absolutely! It was the most amazing day from start to finish, and my husband and I felt like king and queen for the day – to say it was luxurious was an understatement! We love how our guests still talk about our wedding day now and how amazing it was being on a private yacht.

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Was the planning experience stress-free?

Yes, completely stress-free! I have seen a few of my friends marry in the UK, and they were always stressing about something and having to visit numerous shops and suppliers. I didn’t have to do any of that, as the team at EYW took care of it all – I just told them what I wanted and it was organised. We wanted to have our ceremony at a beach venue and reception on board the yacht, and this was no problem at all!

Was the EYW team helpful?

The all English-speaking team at EYW are so professional and efficient at answering questions, and they really do go the extra mile. They always got back to me within 24 hours with advice and answers, and I felt really close to them after my 18 months of planning – so much so that I was actually a bit upset that it was all over! I can’t thank EYW enough for giving me the most amazing day.

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Who made your dress and where was it from?

My dress was a fitted Ronald Joyce gown which was elegant, light and perfect for our wedding in the glorious sunshine. I bought it from Cuco Couture bridal boutique in Ayrshire.

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Where was your groom’s outfit from?

The groom and best man’s trousers, shirts and waistcoats were from Slaters menswear. The cravats were made bespoke in Cadbury purple to match wedding colour scheme and bridesmaids dresses.

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What did your bridesmaid wear?

The bridesmaids’ outfits were by Kelsey Rose – we choose satin full-length halterneck dresses in Cadbury purple.

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More about EYW

Exclusive Yacht Weddings gives you the chance to wow your guests with an incredible wedding abroad – our team will help make your wedding day dreams come true!

Why not enjoy a pre-wedding excursion on board one of our prestigious yachts?  Take our London open top wedding bus to the famous Aphrodite rock for a photoshoot, and chill out with a cool glass of champagne. You can then travel to Geroskipou, which is well known for its Cyprus Delight factory – perfect if you have a sweet tooth! Finally will you arrive at the harbour and board our Kurosivo yacht for a one-hour cruise with champagne and fruit.

Or why not say thank you to your guests for travelling to Cyprus? Take an open top bus tour of Paphos with a glass of champagne, then board the Kurosivo yacht for a two-hour cruise and a swim! Don’t forget, unlimited local drinks and fruits are all included in your package. Your guests will love you!

For more information, visit the Exclusive Yacht Weddings website here – or take a look at our Weddings Abroad section for more inspiration and advice.

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