Dreaming of a wedding overseas? Real-life couples Elaine and John Duff did exactly that with the help of Exclusive Yacht Weddings in sunny Cyprus. Let’s find out more about their big day from the couple themselves…

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Why did you choose Exclusive Yacht Weddings?

We were first attracted by the lovely photos of the spectacular, luxury yachts on their website. We were looking for a unique wedding venue and this stood out for us. After we looked into it further, we realised that Exclusive Yacht Weddings were a well-established company, with a great reputation for their professionalism. After initial contact by telephone and email, it was clear to us that the friendly and helpful English-speaking team cared for our big day just as much as we did, and nothing was too much trouble for them.

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What did you all wear?

My wedding dress was a flowing Grecian-style gown in ivory from the JS Collection at Frasers. The groom wore a charcoal, single breasted Ted Baker suit from Slater’s Menswear.  He also wore a Dessy waistcoat, cravat and pocket square, all in the colour Spa to match the bridesmaids’ dresses and wedding colour theme. The bridesmaids’ gowns were from Dessy, too, purchased from Marrime in Kendal. The chiffon designs were the perfect length and weight for a wedding abroad.

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What was your favourite moment on the day?

My young 11-year-old son, Mitchell, read a short poem during the wedding ceremony. This was such a personal touch – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house (or should that be on the yacht?!)

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What did you eat?

We had a traditional Cypriot buffet dinner which included, chicken souvlaki, kefdethes, roast potatoes and Greek salad with fresh fruit.  The dinner was served on the upper deck of the Sea Star Yacht and we enjoyed our wedding breakfast under the stars, while sailing on the Med – such a perfect setting like no other. And the wedding food was the perfect choice for the warm weather.

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Would you recommend it?

Absolutely! Most couples want privacy, uniqueness and a touch of luxury on their wedding day to make it special – so what could be better than marrying on a luxurious yacht on the Mediterranean. We felt like celebrities!

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How was the planning?

Totally stress free, which I didn’t expect for a wedding  abroad. Right from our initial contact with Exclusive Yacht Weddings we knew we were in safe hands. With their attention to detail, they ensured we had zero planning stress, every question was answered straight away and every little extra was no problem at all. They gently guided us through the whole wedding planning process and were always on hand to give us advice when we needed it in a timely manner.

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Describe the team? Were they helpful?

We were quite demanding of the team – we wanted extra decorations on the yacht in certain colours, personalised music and more – but nothing was too much trouble. We also had an unusual request that was important to us… We wanted to hire a Vespa scooter as transport on the day. And without any trouble at all, the team organised one for us in no time. They really did make our dreams come true by going that extra mile.

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Are you dreaming of a big day abroad? Find out more about possible locations here, or visit the Wedding Ideas Shop for beach-inspired decoration ideas.