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Vivaah Celebrations concludes a week-long Milestone Anniversary celebration of Polish-Indian businessman with a Grand Finale at Palazzo Versace

 

When Polish-Indian business tycoon Raju Kewlani decided to celebrate his 30th wedding anniversary, it had to be grand affair. The man who wears many hats certainly knows how to party and how! Having hosted numerous luxurious parties around the world, Raju decided on Dubai as destination for a week-long celebration to commemorate his milestone anniversary celebration.

Renowned for hosting some of the most stylish events, his guest lists boasts of recognized international businessmen, accomplished government delegates and famous celebrities. With that in view, Dubai was the most ideal choice of destination for his recent extravagant celebrations. 

What began as a series of private events at some of the hot spots in the city ended in a grand finale at the prestigious Palazzo Versace where he also has active investments. Being a patron of the Versace brand and his long-standing love for fashion and style, the event was no short of a showcase. The celebrations saw the crème de la crème of the business community in attendance who are also close friends of Raju Kewlani.

The evening at Palazzo Versace began with a special appearance from one of the close friends of the family, Raghav Sachar, an award-winning record holder musician, who walked in the couple leading them with his enchanting tunes on his saxophone. The moment appeared picked straight out of a fairy tale. The couple commemorated the evening with a Champagne Tower which mesmerised the audience.

To heighten the guest experience, International Acts and Artists were brought in with innovative breath-taking acts that had the guests enthralled including a specially choreographed Cake Reveal that mesmerized the guests. The highlight of the evening was a scintillating performance by the talented Dubai based band – ROOH which had the guests engaged and asking for more till the late hours. 

Interactives zones such as the customized photo wall bearing the legacy family logo had the guests clicking away pictures all night/ The Palazzo Versace signature bar was in full motion with the region’s finest talented mixologists creating magic behind the bar with specialities such as Infused Caviar, Infused Pearls and innovative cocktails prepared using Cotton Candy, Chocolate Syrups and real Gold flakes.

World-renowned event planners and celebration specialists, Vivaah Celebrations had the privilege to conceptualize, plan and manage the week-long extravaganza. The team led by highly experienced and recognized planner Rahul Kumar, yet again spun the magic of creativity and immersive experiences synonymous with all their past events. Vivaah Celebrations have delivered several iconic events in over 20 countries around the world including the First Ever Destination Wedding in Disneyland Paris in 2019. 

 

To explore their world of magnificent events, follow Instagram: @vivaahcelebrations or visit www.vivaahcelebrations.com

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A Legendary Property with a Fresh Stylish Offering – JA Resorts

Ideal for Destination Weddings in Dubai

 

A true escape from the city vibe of Dubai, JA Beach Hotel has always offered a resort feel with a surrounding expanse of greenery and wildlife, a private marina and a host of family activities to suit all generations. An intrinsic landmark in the history of Dubai’s rapid development, the JA Beach Hotel, once known as the Jebel Ali Beach Hotel, was one of the first leisure hotels built in the city. Described as the ‘original heritage hotel at the heart of the action, JA Beach Hotel has completed a makeover and will reopen for hosting memorable events this summer. 

The renovation included sleek all-glass balconies ensuring panoramic sea views of the beach, new bedrooms and a host of new restaurants. With over 1 million square metres of lush, landscaped greenery, JA Resort – Dubai’s Largest Experience Resort is set along 800-metres of private beach.

Positioned to be one of the sought-after venues for hosting destination weddings in the UAE, the resort is located 10 minutes from Dubai Parks & Resorts, 20 minutes from Dubai’s buzzing JBR and 30 minutes from the iconic Dubai Mall. The 5-star JA Beach Hotel accompanies the new JA Lake View Hotel and the Mediterranean villa suites of JA Palm Tree Court to become Dubai’s Largest Experience Resort. 

Guests staying at the three unique properties will enjoy seven landscaped swimming pools with four swim up bars, a choice of 25 restaurants and bars, a floodlit driving range, putting and pitching greens and Leadbetter Golf Academy Dubai, 4 tennis courts and a tennis academy, squash courts, badminton courts, beach volleyball facilities, horse-riding stables, mini-golf course, watercooled watersports centre with water-skiing, banana boats, catamarans, laser sailboats and a private marina offering fishing trips, boat trips and seaplane flights. It also boasts 6 shooting ranges, the Calm Spa, a bio-garden, Kids Club, crèche and Babysitting services.

 

Looking at a colourful Mehendi celebration at the terrace, or a Haldi bash at the lawns, perhaps a Sangeet by the sea till the late hours and a lovely beachside wedding celebration in Dubai – look no further. The JA Resort is positioned to be the most ideal venue for your wedding in Dubai. With over 20 venues to choose from in just one property, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning wedding venues in Dubai. 

 

To host your lovely wedding celebration with us at JA Resorts, please write to us at: info@vivaahcelebrations.com or visit  www.jaresortshotels.com

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Destination Weddings in Fairmont Ajman

 

Fairmont Ajman is a beachfront five-star hotel beautifully situated in Ajman, the Sincerely Emirati emirate, just 30 minutes away from the bustling metropolis of Dubai. Ajman offers an exciting mix of beaches and mangroves to museums and malls that will entice travellers of all ages. Combining hospitality and elegance with impeccable service, Fairmont Ajman promises a truly memorable experience for your destination wedding celebrations. 

 

Featuring 252 guestrooms and suites complete with ample space and stunning views of the Arabian Gulf, guests will enjoy events at multiple stunning venues with the world class service of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.

 

 

One of the best sunsets in the country can be witnessed from the Badr Lounge which is ideal for Welcome Cocktails or a Sundowner Soiree for your guests. This venue offers panaromic views of the Arabian Gulf where a solo musician can serenade your guests as they sip on cocktails during the early hours of the evening till sunset. It makes for a great start to the celebrations that wait ahead.

 

 

Ideal for an Arabian or Mediterranean themed event, the Kiyi Lounge has been innovatively used as a venue to host a Mehendi event as part of the wedding celebrations. This venue is a Turkish restaurant that boats of delicious Ottoman cuisine as well as rich traditional interiors which play the perfect setting for an Arabian themed Mehendi Evening. 

 

 

For an Afterparty, head over to the new swanky sports club called The Cave. True to its name, its situated in the basement of the hotel and you will have to make your way through a short tunnel to get to this venue. Equipped with a full-fledged bar, open spaces, pool tables, dart boards and a DJ deck, this place is ready to rock and roll. The most ideal setting for your Afterparty.

 

 

The morning breakfast is served at Spectrum which is a large all-day dining. This outlet has plenty of daylight flowing in as well as outdoor seating spaces overlooking the sea and resort gardens. With a separate section for the little ones, kids can enjoy a fun delicious array of offerings for their morning bites. For the young at heart, the kitchen offers a large spread of breakfast of some of the finest dishes to begin the day. 

 

 

Escape to the beach for a lovely BBQ afternoon with your guests. Enjoy the pristine beachfront with crystal clear waters. Live band performances, an interactive bar, delicious canapes and more while enjoying the sun, sand and sea.

 

 

The Grand Ballroom serves as the perfect venue for an extravagant Sangeet Evening. The spacious venue can comfortably fit up to 300 guests and also provides for a pre-function foyer area where the food can be served. This ballroom has had multiple wedding celebrations hosted here in the past where guests have rejoiced with artists, entertainers and performers till the early hours of the morning.

 

 

For the Wedding Pheras, the Helipad is one of the most sought after and stunning locations to hold the ceremony. Some of the most iconic wedding photos have been captured at this venue that is surrounded by sea on all sides. The access to this venue is a 200 meter long walkway that stretches into the sea which can also be used as the Baraat path to reach the Mandap that sits on the Helipad. Words will fall short when describing this stunning location where many blessed couples have commemorated their union.

 

 

Finally, we introduce the Pearl Garden; a large oval piece of lush green venue with the backdrop of the sea. This venue has been used many a times to host a Grand Reception Evening outdoors. With great food, live performances, speeches and the ceremonious First Dance, this venue is sure to mesmerize your guests as they prepare to wrap up after days of lovely celebrations at the majestic Fairmont Ajman.

To host your lovely wedding celebration with us at Fairmont Ajman, please write to us at: info@vivaahcelebrations.com

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Commemoration Concepts By Vivaah Celebrations

A wedding celebration is no short of a narrative for a beautiful story telling. Every celebration has that one precious moment that gets forever etched in the memories of those present at the event. These are called Commemoration moments.

Special moments such as the Bride’s entrance, the couple’s first dance, cake cutting ceremony and the likes of such call for a commemoration ceremony which can be symbolized in many unique ways.

The experts at Vivaah Celebrations bring to you a few innovative concepts to highlight that iconic moment at your celebration and yes, your guests can participate too.

 

Cake Reveal

Create a hype and buzz around your cake cutting ceremony. Your wedding cake can be revealed in many innovative and unique ways such as descending from the ceiling or emerge from a hidden panel.

Lately, the cake reveal has been incorporated as part of an entertainment act where the artists reveal the cake as part of a choreographed performance.

 

 

Champagne Tower

Flowing champagne down a pre-set pyramid tower makes for a interactive and captivating concept for the participants as well as the onlookers. By filling the cup right on top, the overflowing champagne trickles down into all levels and then served to all the guests.

 

 

Balloon Release

Involve your guests in exciting and fun activities at your wedding. With the release of balloons into the open skies, the guests commemorate the union of the couple and wish them best in their lives ahead.

 

 

Butterfly Release

To highlight a special moment during an event, all guests may open their small soft box that contains a butterfly each to create the most gorgeous sight of all. Beautiful Monarch Butterflies spread their wings as they soar up in the sky. These are handled with care by professionals.

 

 

Dove Release

To commemorate their wedding, the couple releases a pair of Doves into the sky marking the beginning of their new life as man and wife while the guests in attendance can raise a toast to acknowledge. This symbolizes purity, peace and happiness for life.

 

Champagne Sabre

Do it the old-fashioned way like royalty. Move over popping open the champagne. The groom can sabre
the top of the champagne bottle with a well edged sword. Prior training by professionals is highly recommended.

 

Written by: Rahul Kumar – Director (Vivaah Celebrations)

For more information: info@vivaahcelebrations.com

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Rent Your Event – Reshaping the world of events in India, Dubai & Thailand

A platform that Re-defines procurement for personal and professional events

   

And the world was never the same again! The COVID-19 reshaped and made us rethink the future and the past both in the same breath. The way we conduct our daily lives and celebrate our events were amongst that would go through a massive paradigm shift. This pandemic brought the world to a grinding halt. The celebrations and events across the globe were impacted and the distances were felt even more glaringly. As resilient we are as humans and a society, we bounced back and trotting slowly back on the track. The opening up of the global economies lent a ray of hope across sectors. More importantly, the event, experiential, and LIVE entertainment industry was now transformed. 

Raring to bring its former glory, it had to be re-imagined. The distances between the consumer and the vendors had to be bridged. The world was closer now with technology playing a key role. Amidst this metamorphosis, the seed of Rent Your Event was born. A brainchild of Ananya Kapur and Preeti Singh, who hail from a celebrated career in the event industry saw this as a much-needed gap to fill. As a tribute to the ever-evolving Industry of events and celebrations, they present to you Rent Your Event. Be ready to witness a new platform, that will revolutionize the way this industry is looked at. Rent Your Event is the ‘new kid’ on the block with a vision of transforming this industry. Up until now, the event industry was characterized as a fragmented market with highly stiff geographical limitations. These limitations are now challenged by this new platform.

Founded by two young women entrepreneurs with an idea to re-shape the world of events, re-imagine the event space and re-define the event manager in you!

This is a one-of-a-kind digital platform aimed to connect consumers with the right event partners for them to plan an event effortlessly. This unique model helps users, both individual and agency, plan and execute events seamlessly with easy availability of event partners within their budgets and across geographies, in just a few clicks.

Rent Your Event aids consumers to directly tap on the website, search for their requirements from a plethora of partners listed, connect with partners via the online directory, and enjoy the experience of effortless events.

To quote the words of the founders, Ananya Kapur and Preeti Singh

“We fervently believe this platform will be pivotal in connecting potential buyers and sellers from across the globe and will help revolutionize the way events will be planned in the future

This well thought yet the simple platform is a celebration and tribute to the craftsmanship of the makers of the event industry, created to re-shape the future of the event industry in UAE, India, and Thailand to begin with”

To know more about Rent Your Event, visit www.rentyourevent.in

 

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Vivaah Celebrations plans the First Covid-19 Compliant wedding celebration in Dubai

Vivaah Celebrations plans the First Covid-19 Compliant wedding celebration in Dubai

 

 

It is overwhelming and heart-warming to see that the weddings and events industry is slowly gathering momentum after the much-awaited guidelines were released recently. After months of a hiatus, the return of weddings and events is finally a reality in Dubai. 

With a common voice across the globe and most definitely a strong petition from Middle East wedding community, the collective voice has echoed and reached the right authorities who have now sanctioned weddings and events in the country while adhering to certain guidelines and parameters. 

Vivaah Celebrations planned, managed and conceptualized the first full-fledged COVID-19 compliant wedding celebrations last week at The Meydan Hotel. The experienced team led by Rahul Kumar welcomed about 150 guests in attendance following strict hygiene and social distancing guidelines as provided by Dubai Tourism and Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management. 

 

 

The evening saw an elegant display of décor, production and unparalleled guest experience. The staff  at the venue was compliant with all the new norms while extending the same warmth and hospitality that the The Meydan Hotel is renowned for. 

Food and Beverage service was controlled and catered within the parameters of the guidelines laid out while the entertainment was seamlessly infused with the flow of events in the evening. 

 

 

Overall, the event was a great success and was very well received by the guests as well as all stakeholders involved. It sets a precedent for all events to follow in the coming weeks till further ease in restrictions are announced.

We welcome this move from the government and the related authorities. The wedding fraternity is excited to embark on a journey of creating memorable experiences for couples yet again. 

With a varied and large diaspora of families residing in the country, the hospitality industry has seen a surge in demand for hosting private celebrations at their premises. Furthermore, with air travel easing out in the forthcoming months, this demand could further see a growth. 

 

In addition to signing up new business, the venues are presently engaged in the process of accommodating and re-scheduling events that were displaced from earlier months of the year. This is great news for all service providers and support vendors to the wedding industry as it contributes towards job creation, revenues for businesses as well as business continuity. 

For more information on Vivaah Celebrations and our services, check our content page on Instagram: @vivaahcelebrations

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Celebrating a true hero, survivor & warrior

 

In Conversation with Vaishnavi Indran Pillai

 

Vivaah Celebrations commends the human spirit of fighting against challenges and adversities. This is proven yet again as communities around the world device their own mechanisms and frameworks to battle the wrath of the coronavirus that has consumed many lives and has disrupted socio-economic conditions in most parts of the world.

While this is a battle that has been recognized globally, there are many other challenges and battles humanity has been fighting over generations. The survivors and the victors are true inspiration for others fighting a similar battle. This October, we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Heroes walk amongst us and are seldom recognized. They feed power to the weak, they lead by example and most definitely stand as strong pillars in the society.

We spoke to one such warrior who stared adversity in the eye, fought it headfirst and set a precedent for others battling breast cancer. 

Proud to introduce – Vaishnavi Indran Pillai, a girl chasing her dreams of inspiring the community through various dance forms and performances. 

 

When were you diagnosed? 

I was first diagnosed in 2013 (I was 22 years old), it was breast cancer and then again in 2018 (I was 27 years old) I was diagnosed with relapsed breast cancer which had spread spread to the liver and backbones

What were your feelings when you received the news? How did you cope with them?

At first, I was shocked, I didn’t know what the severity of the disease was, but the second time was disappointment, as I thought I had beaten the disease. I wasn’t very good at coping with the disease but I did whatever I could to deal with it. I had a wonderful support system, my family, friends and now social media.

How long and intense was your treatment process?

Treatment for the first time was very traumatizing and agonizing. I didn’t understand the side effects of the treatment that would literally be so painful. Treatment lasted about 5 years. Basically, I had surgery, lumpectomy, which would take you about a month to recover from. Then its chemoport insertion which will take a couple of weeks to recover. Then it was 6 rounds of chemotherapy (once every 3 weeks), 17 rounds of targeted chemotherapy, 37 rounds of radiation and 5 years hormone therapy (this was oral tablets) 

But then in 2018, I was again diagnosed with relapsed breast cancer, so there were another 6 rounds of chemotherapy, bone therapy, hormone therapy and targeted chemotherapy are for lifetime. I am still undergoing cancer treatment, and they are for life. It is very tough as it is financially, physically, emotionally and mentally burdening.

How did you feel when you were diagnosed again? 

I was disappointed, scared, sad and broken. Nope, I was nowhere near positive, in fact I nearly gave up.

What inspired you to have such a bold and powerful bridal wedding shoot?

Honestly, I always dreamt of being a bride, however when I got cancer, that feeling vanished, but then I told myself, I needed to set an example for society to understand and believe in the deeper meaning of beauty and what better than a bold bridal wedding shoot. I’m still not married yet though as that was just a conceptual photo shoot but it felt great being a bride for the little while that I was.

What advice do you have to give to women who are fighting a similar battle?

Don’t give up, don’t lose hope. Fight this disease by living happily and positively. What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger

 

To follow Vaishnavi’s ongoing activities and inspiring life story, follow her on Instagram:

              @naviindranpillai

       

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Celebrating a true hero, survivor & warrior

In Conversation with Preeti Vasudeva, owner of Preeti Exclusive Events (USA)

When were you diagnosed?

I was originally diagnosed in Feb 2015 with Stage 2A. In Feb 2019, I was sent for emergency CT scans as my tumor markers started to rise. After 2 biopsies, it was confirmed in April of 2019 that it spread to my spine, making it stage 4.

What were your feelings when you received the news? How did you cope with them?

After the shock wore off, I just planned this like I would for any other couple. I started mapping out my appointments, which doctors to meet when, how to juggle my weddings in between. My coping mechanisms really came from staying positive and only aligning myself with those that will offer support, not be sad around me. It was already such a hard situation to adjust to so I didn’t need unnecessary stress from family or friends that didn’t understand it.

How long and intense was your treatment process?

In 2015, I went through 4 rounds of chemo (my hair fell off before the 2nd one) and 35 rounds of radiation (7 weeks at 5 days a week, where I got 3rd degree burns). From 2019 to current, I go to the hospital every 4 weeks for 3 large injections and take 2 pills orally. Every quarter I receive an IV which is pretty painful. I am usually in bed rest after that.

How did you feel when you realised the tumour has come back and gone into your spine?

I was heartbroken. I did EVERYTHING I could to stay healthy. I started doing more yoga, meditation, became vegetarian, stopped using the microwave, changed all of my makeup products that contained parabens. Some of these were just my own research, not necessarily what the doctors said, but I still felt so betrayed that after all of that, as it still came back. 30% of survivors from stage 0-3 do have a reoccurrence, I was just praying I was not in that category.

How did you cope with your events through your treatment? Was it stressful? 

It was stressful, but I learned to manage that early on. My clients, vendors and team knew so the important thing was to do what I can and have the team pick up where I may need rest. The client should never see that, but they were all so loving and supportive. Having the right team to support you and manage your commitments is key which helped me through this.

What advice do you have to give to women who are fighting a similar battle?

STAY POSITIVE. Nothing is going to change by being upset or crying every day. Live your life with zest and purpose and keep fighting. Your mindset is 50% of the battle and the drugs are the rest. Surround yourself with loving energy and join a support group. As for work, listen to your body and do what you can. You’re not meant to be a machine, but staying active can help your body through fatigue. I am here for any guidance or support anyone may need.

Preeti Vasudeva continues to support those battling breast cancer and is part of multiple support groups. You may connect with her on preetiexclusive@gmail.com

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DELLA RESORTS – An enchanting destination for weddings

 

In search for an enchanting and alluring destination for your wedding celebrations?

Allow us to introduce to you – Della Resorts in India, the ultimate getaway destination located in the verdant landscapes of Lonavala, India. A short drive from both Mumbai and Pune, this five-star, luxury resort offers guests a one-of-its-kind experience, coupling luxury with impeccable service and world-class amenities which will truly be appreciated by your guests at your wedding.

Boasting of picturesque landscapes, the sprawling complex spans over 50 acres of pure bliss and stimulating event spaces. Della offers six different resort properties within its premises, all individually designed to cater to every conceivable need of each guest who visits. 

271 luxuriously-appointed rooms across 27 room categories offer the best of luxury, adventure and even glamping. Della is ideal to host that dream wedding celebration that you may have envisioned all your life in a serene and fascinating setting.

The entire property of Della encompasses over 10 indoor banquets, 12 outdoor wedding venues, 1000 pax amphitheatre, 24 hours dining facilities, and so much more!

Those looking for a distinctively different location for a destination wedding will benefit from Della’s variety of flexible events spaces, which offer a mix of large and more intimate venues, both indoor and outdoor. Complete with seamless service and a flair for creativity, the Della events team will work to ensure that every wedding event leaves you and your guests with memorable moments to return back for a relaxing experience again. 

A range of restaurants, bar lounges and even a nightclub, all offering the finest food and beverage, will keep guests well-entertained, and the property’s 50 private gardens ensure that guests will feel ensconced in lush greenery and connected to nature throughout their stay.

To explore this destination further, please visit www.dellaresorts.com or connect with us on: info@vivaahcelebrations.com

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GORGEOUS ISLAND WEDDINGS in CYPRUS – A fast-growing destination for weddings

Charismatic Cyprus has a rich history of legendary romantic tales and unparalleled beauty, making the island an ideal choice for couples wishing to celebrate their big day in a Mediterranean offering.

With over 11,000 years of rich history, Cyprus is a vibrant time-capsule of sites, monuments and museums, where ancient stories of the many different civilisations that passed through the island can be felt. Multiple venues can be explored for your beautiful wedding celebrations at carefully maintains castles, mosaics, ruins, Venetian bridges, and other significant sites.

As the legend goes, Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty came to life in this beautiful land. As she rose from the foam of the sparkling seawaters and took her first steps on the golden sands, she blessed the beautiful island of Cyprus with a romantic essence… so that couples around the world could explore their own fairy-tale here and commemorate their love story.

Enjoying year-round sunshine, a golden coastline and stunning mountains, Cyprus has some of the most fascinating landscapes ideal for proposals, weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries and intimate getaways.

Ease and Convenience

Cyprus has two modern, award-winning international airports at Larnaka and Pafos that operate regular flights to and from major cities in Europe and the Middle East, making travel to the island a breeze. Cyprus offers a wide range of accommodation types that perfectly match the requirements of different types of travellers with different budgets. 

Many couples choose to celebrate their big day at various venues dotted along the island. These could be luxurious resorts with large open spaces or a mesmerising seaside setting. In addition to this, there are many family style accommodations available that include swimming pools and children’s water attractions, spa and leisure facilities, in-house daytime and evening entertainment, and a multitude of dining and drinking options – including generous all-inclusive packages.

Other venue options include the classic backdrop of sand and sea; on public or hotel beaches, piers, harbours and yachts. More unusual or historic options are also available including traditional buildings; gardens and golf courses; ancient ruins and castles; wineries, galleries and museums – or any other location that is desired with the appropriate arrangements, for which the Municipal Offices or a professional Wedding Coordinator can assist with.

Picturesque Landscapes

The island’s stunning and natural beauty spots inspire photo opportunities in abundance. Breath-taking vistas unfold across golden beaches with crystal-clear seawaters; rugged rock formations; countryside bursting with blooms; mountains green with forest, and ripe orchards, olive groves and vineyards. And with some of the most captivating sunsets in the region, the fiery skies always add a dramatic flair to any shot.

Whilst the Mediterranean landscape is a favourite for many happy couples from abroad, there are also alternative options that can infuse authentic charm into photography. Capturing elements of the island’s traditions and ancient history will create a precious keepsake of your special celebration in Cyprus, and there is no shortage of fascinating archaeological ruins, old architecture, traditional buildings, museums and rustic villages to strike a passionate pose at.

Celebrations extending into Holidays

After your wedding celebrations are over, your guests may choose to continue their stay for a few more days to explore and experience the offerings of Cyprus at their leisure.

Cyprus is renowned for offering a good time around the clock. For those seeking the epic night out, the pulsating pubs, bars and nightclubs are waiting to be discovered within the eclectic old streets; the many town squares; bustling entertainment districts and even directly on the beach! Some of the trendiest venues attract big name DJs and well-known entertainment acts, earning them consistent rankings among the best nightspots in the world.

With an endless array of experiences to enjoy before or after the special celebrations, all the elements are in place for an unforgettable holiday, and everyone will find something to love about Cyprus! 

An ideal Honeymoon destination

Tying the knot in a dreamy island destination makes the long-awaited honeymoon seamless and immediate – and the most wonderful way to begin newlywed life!

Basking in the sun’s warm glow on one of the many golden, sandy beaches is always pure pleasure, whilst the large number of high-star hotels and luxury resorts offer an oasis of relaxation around their swimming pools. Combining this with pampering spa treatments and gentle activities such as sunrise yoga and barefoot walks on the sand is a delectable recipe for a honeymoon filled with quality couple time.

Couples hungry for explorations and adventure will find that the island is just waiting to be discovered. From its vibrant cities to its quaint villages and traditional mountain communities, each region has a unique character and charm. Days can easily be filled with sightseeing at archaeological sites, ancient monuments and museums filled with magic and mythology. The island’s favourable weather and natural beauty invites active pursuits in fresh air such as hiking, cycling, team and water sports. Fun experiences can be found in the many theme parks, water parks and animal parks, as well as in the sparkling nightlife comprised of drinking, dining and dancing. More mellow moments can be savoured at the vineyards, private wine estates and groves. And for a real flavour of Cyprus, the traditional handicrafts, folkloric entertainment and local cuisine will ensure that the island remains a fond memory always.

Culinary Experiences

The Mediterranean Diet is considered to be one of the healthiest and is simply bursting with fresh produce and full flavours. The local cuisine typically incorporates olive oil, pulses and legumes, local cheeses, cured and stewed meats, seafood, village breads, Cypriot potatoes, grains such as buckwheat, fresh salad vegetables, seasonal sunshine fruits and sticky desserts.

For a real taste of Cyprus, the traditional taverns where the famous ‘mezzeh’ meal is served are always a winning bet. Comprised of many, small dishes the mezzeh is perfect for sharing and for trying out the different local specialties. Or, why not try the well-balanced and nutritious ‘Cyprus Breakfast’? For the freshest fish, the harbours are the place to head for. Here the morning’s catch of the day is served in quaint restaurants overlooking the peaceful, bobbing fishing boats. 

Away from the local cuisine, the island offers an enormous selection of international and fusion dining options. Elegant, award-winning fine cuisine can be savoured amidst glamour and glitz, and casual or quick dining is served in modern cafes and quirky bistros with many popular, international franchises also available.

Traditional Experiences

Cyprus is steeped in tradition and many of its authentic pastimes are still practised to this day and safeguarded with their inclusion on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, including that of handmade food and folkloric crafts. 

Traditional pastimes include iconography, woodworking, basketry, silversmithing, lace making, pottery, copper and iron works… and more. The rural and mountainous villages typically each practise their own distinctive traditions with locals happy to showcase their skills at their workshops; often offering the opportunity for a hands-on experience.

Culinary traditions include the handmaking of local delicacies using original methods and family recipes passed down for generations. Some of the most popular products are local cheeses like Halloumi and Anari; cured meats infused with wine and spices; crusty village bread and rusks; delectable treats made of carob and grape; preserved spoon sweets from local fruit, vegetables, peel and rind; sugar-powdered Cyprus delights with a romantic link to Goddess Aphrodite, and many more enticing products made with love and heritage. Organised cooking demonstrations and workshops are also available.

The island will surprise you with its beautiful flora and fauna which extends far beyond its coastline. The Troodos mountain range rises up majestically and is a green and cool oasis that is home to pine forests, crystal waterfalls, and rare and endemic creatures. Designated nature trails acquaint visitors with the many different species of plant and animal life and the crisp, fresh air is always a tonic.

For more information on Destination Weddings in Cyprus, write to us on: info@vivaahcelebrations.com and visit our Instagram: @vivaahcelebrations

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