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Planning your big day from afar

These days couples are moving away from traditional style weddings and leaning more towards creating a celebration of love that reflects their own personal style, tastes and interests.

As a wedding planner here on the beautiful island of Cyprus, I’ve seen many different types of services and ceremonies, from very low key to completely extravagant. The one common thread running through is that each wedding day was bespoke to each couple and that is what we here at Wedding Bliss Cyprus wish to provide for our Brides and Grooms.

Once a couple come down (not too much!) from the euphoria of becoming engaged they start to think about the actual general wedding planning which, if you have chosen a destination wedding, can seem quite daunting and overwhelming.

It is at this point that social media forums can be very useful for a bride-to-be, especially ones that are dedicated to Cyprus. These platforms are great for interacting with fellow brides-to-be and brides that have already been married here in Cyprus.

Ultimately it is your choice and decision, but we find that our brides always benefit from interacting with past and present brides on the experiences that they have had and enjoyed when choosing to marry abroad, after all, personal recommendations and stories can be so helpful.

It is at this stage that I’d always recommend choosing your wedding planner. Your wedding planner will become your best friend on the lead up to your wedding. With integral local knowledge of venues, suppliers and the legal system for marrying in Cyprus they are worth their weight in gold when it comes to planning your special day from afar.

Even if you have already chosen your preferred venue, remember that your planner will no doubt already have a good working relationship with them and being there with feet on the ground you can relax knowing that every detail, no matter how small, will be well taken care of, with minimal fuss or stress for you.

Getting to know a new couple is one of the best parts of my job as a wedding planner, I love hearing how you’ve met, your engagement story and how you both envisage your special day.

Finally, the most important part of my job and also the most rewarding is achieving those expectations and going above and beyond to deliver the ultimate, bespoke wedding of your dreams, tailored exactly to your taste. I’m not a ‘conveyor belt’ wedding planner, and your big day is not just ‘another wedding’ on my calendar. My passion is to provide an intimate, dedicated, and personal wedding planning service and I can’t wait to hear from you and get started on our journey in creating your dream wedding here in Cyprus.

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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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Fun in the sun…the best of what Cyprus has to offer

The diversity of activities available on Cyprus means that everyone in your wedding party is bound to have a wonderful holiday, packed with smiles, laughter and fun. We guarantee your whole wedding party will have the time of their lives when they come to Cyprus to celebrate your wedding day!…

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