While much has been said about the glory of marrying in unconventional places—on the beach, in luxurious hotels, and even underwater—the church remains one of the most profound venues a couple can choose when saying their vows. Churches are, after all, anchors of family and community, a place we can return to again and again to both celebrate and mourn life’s milestones: Marriage, christening, and the laying of loved ones to rest. In each of these situations, the church is a foundation of hope, a reassuring structure which reminds us that marriage is a spiritual union and not simply a legal agreement, that children are gifts from God (and in times of need they always have Him to turn to), and that departed souls have a heavenly home waiting to welcome them. No matter how far we may journey, our family church remains an anchor, a spiritual home that remains in place for the whole of our lives.
Such was the case for Andrew and his family; while they had spent many years in Australia, when they returned to their old Ayia Fila neighbourhood in Cyprus a decade ago, the church was still there waiting to embrace them, to mark the happiest days of their lives. Andrew’s decision to marry his beloved Georgia—a talented singer he met here in Cyprus—in the local church was therefore a natural one; both husband and wife felt there was no better place to declare their everlasting love than within God’s arms.
Why Get Married In A Church?
If you’re stuck on deciding a venue for your marriage, consider the following points in favour of choosing the church:
- Churches provide a backdrop for amazing photographs. As you can see from the distinctive wedding photography in Cyprus displayed below, the dramatic architecture of churches is ideal for creating beautiful pictures. The strong lines, soaring arches, and gorgeous murals and windows of many churches will allow your wedding photographer to frame incredible shots of you and your beloved as you say “I do.”
- Churches convey support and serenity. When you marry in a church, you have a feeling of support from your community, the priest, and from God. You know that if you ever have problems in your marriage, the Church is there to help you.
- Churches often offer centuries of history. When you marry in a historic church, you have the sense of following in the footsteps of countless couples before you, of their love mirroring your love—timeless and immortal. If your family has lived in the same area for generations, you can also feel the blessing of your ancestors as you walk down the aisle.
Marrying in your local church is, in short, a continuation of tradition and a promise of fellowship between yourself and those in your community; when you have the support of your congregation, you and your spouse are never alone.