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Wedding Bliss loves: wedding cake

If you ask me what one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding is, I must confess that cake ranks very highly on my list. How could it not? Not only does your wedding cake compliment your theme and décor, it brings it to life; your wedding cake doesn’t just look pretty, it is a work of art; and…let’s not forget, it also tastes delicious. What’s NOT to love?!

Have you always had a picture of your dream wedding cake in your head? Or not a clue where to start? Either way, as your wedding planner I am here to make sure that together, with our incredible cake supplier, we create a cake that will take your breath away, and wow each of  your guests.

After all, your cake is not simply a dessert, or a minor detail – it’s a beautiful element of your big day that gets a deserved amount of attention and adoration whilst you and your partner cut the very first slice together, hand in hand, as Mr & Mrs. Traditionally, this symbolises the first activity carried out as a couple.

‘Why are wedding cakes so expensive?’ is a frequent search phrase on the internet. It’s also one that I find easy to answer. Wedding cakes are not ‘expensive’ in so much the connotation that this word can sometimes find itself, meaning over-priced. Wedding cakes are an art – their creators spend hours designing and bringing that design to life, you taste and choose from the finest of flavours so that this work of art will not only look, but will taste, incredible. It’s edible-art. A bespoke service. A dream turned into something people can taste and enjoy. It’s so far beyond a bog-standard piece of cake at a café, which, if you paid for each slice for every wedding guest, would still sound ‘expensive’.

So what’s hot on the wedding cake frontier for 2020? www.weddingcakesinvirginia.com have created a blog post highlighting the top 5 trends for wedding cake designs for next year, which Wedding Bliss Cyprus just love….multi-tiered masterpieces, fault-line frosting, cakecicles, sprinkle all the things and palette painted cakes and sure to be wowing wedding ceremonies according to them. Take a look for yourself to discover what each style is all about, and why we fully agree that they should be trending: https://www.weddingcakesinvirginia.com/rebekah-naomi-cake-blog/2019/7/15/5-wedding-cake-trends-for-2020

Personally, I’m so happy to see the return of the multi-tiered cakes – they’re simply breath-taking!

Our preferred cake supplier here in Cyprus offer a bespoke design service taking every part of your day into consideration; wedding party attire details (shape of your dress, colours, lace/pearl/crystal details, pleating, silks), flowers and venue decoration and themes, invitation and stationary design and the venue and setting itself. So rest assured, if you don’t have a picture of your dream cake in mind, we WILL create it.

Using only the finest ingredients (shipping many items direct from England, France and further afield!), our supplier never uses artificial flavours or preservatives and can of course provide dairy-free, nut-free and gluten-free cakes. We make sure it’s covered, from quality to style. We seek perfection for you.

So let’s get working on those wedding cake dreams of yours – but be warned, I may just get as excited as you during the process!

Inspiration sites that I love:

https://thepastrystudio.com/wedding-cakes/
https://thefrostery.co.uk/weddingcakecollection.html
https://www.carriescakes.com/wedding-cakes

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Venue highlight – Liopetro

Nestled in the ancient capital of Cyprus and the birthplace of Aphrodite the Goddess of Love, within Kouklia village, on archaeological ground that is steeped in history, Liopetro is an exclusive and unique choice of destination wedding venue in Cyprus.  Liopetro is situated in one of Unesco’s World Heritage sites, enriching your Cyprus wedding experience with authentic history.

Magical and serene, Liopetro is a real dream wedding venue. If you are in search of a private location where you can host every part of your wedding day in pretty surroundings, then rustic Liopetro is an impeccable choice; it is a traditional Cypriot purpose-built wedding venue made completely from stone and wood, with breathtaking panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea.

Surrounded by the tranquility of the countryside, this blissful purpose-built wedding venue is designed to cater for your ceremony, reception, dinner and dance – so there is no need to transport your guests from one venue to another, which means you can all just arrive (in style? Why not book a traditional Cypriot country bus for your guests?!) relax and enjoy the day!  A gorgeous stone-clad bedroom is built within the venue especially for the bridal party to get ready in; it really is the perfect, beautiful space in which to lavish your pre-wedding pampering!

As for dining, the distinguished chefs at Liopetro can provide you with the best gourmet dishes and decadent deserts. Choose from Cypriot or International gourmet dishes, all made with the highest quality ingredients and served with style. Indulge in a variety of options that are rich in Mediterranean culture for your cocktail reception, canapes and dinner.

Dining and dancing at Liopetro are captivating too; this open-air venue indulges your night with a blanket of stars overhead, accompanied by uninterrupted views out to sea meaning that even though it’s still dark, you still feel the presence of the Mediterranean…especially if you’re lucky enough to have a full moon shimmering over the sea!

If you’re opting for an Orthodox ceremony, you even have the option of holding your destination wedding ceremony in the ancient church of Panagia Odigitria next to Liopetro. This church is from the 12th Century with frescoes saved from the 16th Century. Talk about historic.

We can promise that you will be enraptured and enchanted by the exquisite atmosphere at Liopetro. It truly is a Cypriot gem.

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Cyprus: holiday fun for your guests

There are so many great reasons why couples choose a destination wedding for their big day. Every couple will have their own; be it the sunshine, the holiday vibes, cost comparison, completely escaping everyday life, and dare we say it, shortening that invitation list. Whatever reason you choose, when deciding on your wedding destination it’s important to bear in mind that it is essential for each and every one of your guests to have a wonderful holiday, alongside celebrating your actual wedding day. This is one of the very reasons that Cyprus is such a wonderful choice of wedding destination. There is heaps to do, for guests of all ages and interests. But don’t forget, it’s also perfect for those who like to do very little on their holiday too – chilling by the pool or at the beach is an easy option here in sunny Cyprus.

What we would recommend is that you don’t overdo the organisation on this side of things. You have enough to think about and the last thing you want to do is stress out your guests by making them feel like they need to stick to an hourly holiday itinerary. Pick one or two organized events that guests can choose to join in with or not, then leave them to sort out their own holiday activities otherwise.  Be fun, but be flexible! Trust us, as soon as you land in Cyprus you will notice how relaxed you and your guests become; it’s that Mediterranean sunshine and way of life that we love!

Being based in Cyprus we are perfectly placed to recommend some activities that you can organize or recommend to your guests.

One of our favourites and most popular is a boat cruise. Paphos has a number of brilliant boat cruises that you can choose from including full day cruises, acrobat night tours, adult-only tours and pirate cruises for the little ones! In our opinion though, book the fireworks night cruise for a couple of days after your wedding: an all-inclusive bar and buffet will have everyone up dancing to the fantastic entertainment. It’s great value for money and such a fun way for all of your wedding party to get back together and reminisce over all the highlights of your wedding day, everyone’s holidays and you will be guaranteed to make brand new stories to tell too! Just picture enjoying the sun set over the Mediterranean from the boat’s edge, followed by fireworks in the moonlight with your nearest and dearest in full holiday swing – and, of course, with a frozen strawberry daiquiri in-hand!

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Wedding favour inspiration: flip flops

Flip Flops; the perfect wedding favours

Are you having a summertime wedding? Maybe you have planned the perfect destination wedding on the beach here in Cyprus. It is traditional to offer your guests a small token of your appreciation for them joining you on this special occasion.  Give your guests a gift that is simple and often overlooked; flip flops.  Flip flops are an inexpensive yet thoughtful wedding favour; after a day of drinking champagne and dancing the night away, your guests will love the fact that they can just kick off their heels and give those dancing feet a rest.  

Giving flip flops as wedding favours will not only ensure your guests comfort for the evening but it is a practical gift that can be used again after your wedding day. There are many different styles that you can choose from and we are sure that you will be able to find the perfect look that will suit your wedding day.

Stick to a few neutral colours that will go with any outfit and set them in a wicker basket or wooden crate with a sign on the front with a cute message such as ‘for your dancing feet.’  We guarantee your guests will be delighted with this considerate gift.

For that additional personal touch you could even customise the flip flops for your immediate bridal party. You could add some little pearls and crystals that tie in with your dress and the bridesmaids dresses. One of our favourite ideas are flip flops that have heart cutouts in the soles that leave a trail of hearts in the sand as your guests walk around. There’s a whole host of different options and ideas to choose from! Finding the perfect gift for your destination wedding just got so much easier now that you have chosen flip flops as your wedding favours and we’re here to help inspire you with how to tie them in with your wedding theme. We’ve put together a Pinterest board with some of our favourite ideas – CHECK IT OUT HERE.

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How to choose the perfect colour palette for your wedding

When it comes to your special day, choosing the best colour palette is a very important decision.  You might be inclined to think that picking your wedding colour is a quick, easy decision, but it’s not one that you should take lightly, and it’s not one that is as easy as it sounds (just think about how long it takes us girls to decide on a colour for our nails, and times that by 1,000!)  So, where do you start choosing the perfect colour for your wedding? If you are feeling like you are in over your head with this whole topic, you have come to the right place! If it is some gentle guidance that you need then keep reading, as we point out tips on how to choose the best colour palette for your dream wedding day.

The first and most important decision in choosing your wedding colour palette is to decide on a base colour – this is the first step in finding the perfect match for your wedding.  The base colour should be something that is on-trend and in season.  If you are unsure of which colours are in season, a good tip would be to check out Pantone’s most popular colours for the current year. For example, the colour of the year for 2019, chosen by Pantone is coral.  Once you decide on a colour that is on-trend and compliments the style of the wedding the next step is to ensure that you incorporate these colours in the minor decorative details of your wedding. 

Choose a colour that is flattering to you. You want to make sure that you use colours that compliment your skin tone as well as the skin tone of the bridal party. There are just some colours that will work against the undertone of your skin and take away from your overall look – steer clear of these and make sure that you get a second and third opinion too!

Incorporate your colour palette with accessories, cakes and other decorative accents.  Making sure that you are coordinated with the different accents and accessories is so important to ensure that your wedding has a classy and cohesive flow.  Not everything has to match perfectly; pair colours that compliment each other; determine if changes need to be made, and adjust your colours as needed.

Consider the season that you are planning your wedding.  This could help you determine which colours to go with and which colours may be off limits if seasonality of fresh flowers don’t allow for it.  Personally I love silk flowers, which also helps open the door of seasonality restrictions! Your location is also another factor to consider; Cyprus is a Mediterranean gem, whites, blues and beach themes are popular so a lot of fun can be had with your chosen palette!

Don’t forget that your colour palette should also compliment the male members of your party. In this case I’d always advise to go neutral or toning colours for the grooms/best man attire; much more classy and tasteful.

Choosing the perfect colour palette for your wedding should be a fun and exciting task.  Remember that this is one of the most important days of your life and all eyes and cameras will be on you. Choose your colours wisely! As your dedicated wedding planner I am here to help you decide, using some of the hints and tips mentioned above, as well as my experience and expertise in which colours will really help bring your style to life. 

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Venue Highlight – Villa Rio, Aphrodite Hills Resort

Cyprus is known as the Island of Love due to it being the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love.  Aphrodite Hills Resort is a stones throw away from Aphrodite’s Rock where Aphrodite is said to have risen from the waves. What location could be more perfect to exchange wedding vows with the love of your life?

Villa weddings are a wonderful choice of venue for your big day in Cyprus; they offer you a flexibility that you may not necessarily find at other wedding venues, so if you are looking for an intimate venue where you can take control of the finer details then a villa wedding may be just for you.

And when it comes to villa venues in Cyprus, Villa Rio on Aphrodite Hills Resort is a stunningly beautiful choice. This is one of the most opulent villas on the resort and trust us, it brings the wow factor even before we’ve waved our magic wedding décor wand!

The villa has a huge 25m pool and spacious terraces including a large lawned area which is perfect for both ceremony and dinner reception. The hot tub in the garden is an added bonus too. Villa Rio also hosts a great roof terrace with 360 degree views – a great spot for wedding photos with the sunset in the background!

The spacious and beautiful mature lawned gardens can be arranged and setup to suit the style and theme of your wedding, adding that important personalised touch. Let us know your ideas and we’ll bring them to life! Add a DJ and or a Band with a dancefloor and you can dance the night away under a canopy of beautiful stars.

There are wonderful catering options available for villa weddings too; all hand-picked and offering delicious and delightful menus. The large kitchen at Villa Rio is definitely a benefit for caterers, as well as all the space on the terraces – whether you choose a buffet, BBQ or set menu, no set up will feel crammed here.

The interior of the villa has been furnished and decorated to the highest standard and this opulence lends itself well to the special occasion of your wedding. The villa itself sleeps up to 10 people comfortably and has plenty of space in the sumptuous bedrooms and bathrooms for the wedding party to get ready on the big day itself. Aphrodite Hills Resort has many villas and apartments within close proximity, so accommodation for your guests is nice and simple too; we work closely with specialist rental company ‘Aphroditerentals.com’ who have the best options and offer a wedding group discount too.

Aphrodite Hills is a luxurious golf resort set in the hills overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. In this exquisite setting, the resort offers you recreation and relaxation beyond compare.The resort is the first and only golf, leisure and real estate complex on the island. It stretches across a whopping 234 hectares of land, divided by two plateaux, East and West.

The resort plays host to a range of facilities and activities, all designed to keep you entertained, invigorated and relaxed during your holiday – there’s an award winning Spa, the PGA National Aphrodite Hills 18 hole golf course, gym, tennis academy, soccer academy, horse riding centre, and a great choice of restaurants and bars.

If you would prefer your ceremony at a chapel setting, St Catherine’s Chapel on Aphrodite Hills Resort is a beautiful choice and is just a 5 minute drive from Villa Rio.

The options for your wedding day itinerary are wonderful at villa Rio; for example, whilst we transform the villa for your wedding, you can escape and have a lovely relaxing breakfast at the clubhouse restaurant overlooking the golf course. Your stylists, again hand-picked, can come to you at the villa, so there is no need to worry about having to travel off-resort.

Villa Rio has everything to offer you for your wedding day: it’s so perfect you’ll think that Aphrodite herself is looking over you on your special day.

 

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Do’s and Don’ts – travelling with your wedding dress …

It’s one of the little details that you might overlook, but don’t stress – these tips will keep you on the right track so that you arrive in Cyprus as cool as a cucumber and with your wedding gown in-tact…

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It’s a beach life

Rugged coastlines, sandy bays and pebble clad secret coves, the island of Cyprus is packed with beautiful beaches. The Mediterranean waters and golden sands create beaches to suit every mood and season, from full-on action watersports to quiet, secluded bays. Did you know that Cyprus has the most blue flag beaches per coastline length in the world?…

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Hairspiration – Styles we know you will love

The world of hairstyles is a big one, there are so many options and we know how important it is to get your hair just right, for it to match your dress perfectly, to reflect your style, This post includes 17 beautiful styles that are sure to inspire you, from the prettiest topknots to classic chignons, tousled in between…

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How to dress for your destination wedding

You’ve chosen Cyprus (the perfect wedding destination choice!) – destination weddings give you the chance to show off your individuality; here are some tips on how you can dress perfect for your destination wedding…

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