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WHY CYPRUS IS THE PERFECT DESTINATION FOR YOUR WEDDING

Kanika Hotels, Weddings - July 20, 2017

Did you ever wonder why Cyprus is among Europe’s most popular wedding and honeymoon destinations? As the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty Cyprus connects to love. It’s an island close to a lot of European countries which makes it easy to travel. On this amazing island, everything is close by, so you don’t have to worry or stress yourself about transportation.

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People say that in Cyprus the sun is always shining brightly, and when we say always, we mean 300 days per year. For us, when it rains it’s a huge surprise – basically the exact opposite of the UK. Cyprus’ sun is magical all year round, but it’s not just the sun, there are many advantages which explain why Cyprus is the perfect destination for your wedding; Mediterranean Sea breezes, culture, ancient history, safety, food, sightseeing and the know-how and experience of wedding planners at Kanika Hotels & Resorts.

Locals are always friendly and very welcoming – as a culture Greek Cypriots are kind and always polite. They are always helpful – the older generation know a bit of English and will always try to explain to you how to get somewhere if you are lost. Greek Cypriots are very family oriented, their family is everything to them. They treat every person who comes to this island like it’s their own family. If you travel around the island and you get lost, don’t worry about not finding your way back to the hotel, you will always find somebody who will help you out. Your guests can enjoy this beautiful island and you don’t have to worry about anything.

Cyprus is officially the safest country in the world according to ValuePenguin research. Out of 106 countries that generate enough data to run a study about the safest countries in the world, Cyprus proudly holds the 5th place globally. Another fact is that Cyprus is the No 1 safest place to live and visit among countries that have a population of under 5 million. The reason why it’s the safest country is because of its culture. People are so friendly; you will be amazed. When booking your wedding you must consider safety for you and your guests.

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Your wedding is one of your happiest days in your life, and if you want to have an amazing wedding it means that you need to choose Cyprus – a wonderful place to enjoy your wedding day with lots of activities to do; enjoy joyful sea views, see new ancient places, have a professional wedding planner and beautiful accommodation at Kanika Hotels & Resorts. You will be able to take amazing wedding pictures that you will be proud of and which will make your Facebook friends jealous.

When choosing your wedding venue, you have a lot of options with us; We have Alexander The Great Beach Hotel in Paphos, Elias Beach Hotel in Limassol, Olympic Lagoon Resort in Ayia Napa and Olympic Lagoon Resort in Paphos. That’s four amazing hotels in three different towns. Our wedding planners are all experienced individuals that know how to plan a great wedding and make sure you and your guests have the time of your life.

In a nutshell, Cyprus is the perfect destination for your wedding not just because of the sun but the whole package. It’s an island that shares love and compassion. It’s where magic happens and couples start their journey to eternity together, on the island of love.  So, bride to be, we hope you choose Cyprus as your wedding destination and once you decide that Cyprus is your destination, make sure you choose Kanika Hotels & Resorts. We have written another article on How To Choose Your Wedding Venue which you can read here, and if you have already read that, you can listen to the Five Most Played Wedding Songs here as well.

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How To Choose Your Wedding Venue

Kanika Hotels, Weddings - July 5, 2017

The day he proposed has come and gone, you are excited about your new future together with the man you love and so the search for the perfect venue begins.  You are looking for the ideal place to organize your magical wedding. It’s a day that you’ve dreamed about since you were a little girl and now your dream is becoming a reality. Here at Kanika Hotels, we are always excited to see newbrides walk down the aisle. Every time Whitney Houston’s song I Will Always Love You starts playing, we have tears of joy, happiness and love in our eyes. It’s simply magnificent to watch a couple in love share their love together.

The first thing you need to think about is your vision for your wedding venue. As Chrystalla Savva, our wedding coordinator at the Alexander The Great Beach Hotel says you have to decide what type of wedding yo                                                                                                                                                           u want first; A private small wedding or a public wedding where you don’t mind some people walking by and being reminded of what true love means. This might be obvious, but look for venues that fit your vision and your aesthetics. You want your wedding to capture your heart and to be one of the most memorable days of your life.

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If you are researching your wedding venue online, Chrystalla highly recommends that you visit the venue before booking it. You can fly to Cyprus for a weekend break and stay at one of Kanika Hotels & Resorts. You have to keep in mind your guest list as well. How many guests are you going to invite? This will save you a lot of time when carrying out your wedding venue research in Cyprus. Once you have an approximate number you will invite, consider your guests’ experiences. Ask your wedding coordinator how many people can fit comfortably in your wedding venue.

You can take inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram wedding pictures but you have to stay true to yourself. It’s very important to ask yourselves as a couple what feels right to you aesthetically and design wise. We can all get carried away with Pinterest and think that we like a certain style but it’s not true to our own identity. This will be the best day of your life where you share your eternal love, everything must be you on that day. Everything must be about you on that day. Everything starts with the music playlist at your wedding; is it going to be Celine Dion’s I Will Always Love You and John Legends All of Me or is it going to be Top Gun’s Take My Breath Away on repeat? If it’s going to be all of you then make it your motto.

What about the wedding date? Have a conversation with your partner about the date you want to get married. Wedding dates can be significant because some couples choose the date they met or their parent’s anniversary date. Here at Kanika Hotels we have perfect wedding hotels around Cyprus, The Alexander The Great Beach Hotel in Paphos, Elias Beach Hotel in Limassol, the Olympic Lagoon Resort in Agia Napa and the Olympic Lagoon Resort in Paphos. You can check our availability and see which fits you best. Once you find available dates and book your wedding venue, it will be as if a huge weight has been lifted off your chest. Our experienced wedding coordinators will help you through the process.

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Trusting your partner is common sense but what we want to mention is that you need to trust your wedding coordinator as well. It’s a very important aspect because you want your wedding coordinator to deliver on what they promised. Have a conversation with your wedding coordinator over the phone or in person and see if they understand what you truly want.

These are the essential points that we believe you should consider before booking your wedding venue. If you need help or you might have any questions, please comment below and one of our friendly wedding coordinators will answer any questions you might have. If you would like to enquire about wedding venue availability in Cyprus please use this form to contact us.

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Five Most Played Wedding Songs

Weddings - June 28, 2017

Music can express our feelings. It can evoke an emotion and it can make our heart wake up. It can make us cry in a joyful way or in a sad way. We believe that our wedding playlist is very important and they should be very personal to you. Different couples have different preferences. Here are Kanika Hotels & Resorts favourite wedding songs.

Be inspired and remind yourself that your wedding day is nearly here.

#5; Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud. A global hit that won the Grammys and so many people’s hearts.

#4: Would you dance if I asked you to dance? It’s the hot, sexy and passionate Enrique Iglesias with his phenomenal voice. When you walk down the aisle you will definitely take his breath away. Enjoy Enrique Inglesias – Hero:

#3: Search your heart, search your soul and when you find me there you’ll search no more. This is a classic by Bryan Adams that is a must play song. Enjoy Everything I Do It For You:

#2: The magnificent Celine Dion with The Power of Love. This is a must play song on your wedding day, it reminds us that you are his lady and he is your man. You are heading for something, somewhere you’ve never been, sometimes you are frightened but you are ready to learn of the power of love.

Number ONE; The one and only John Legend with his amazing voice. He wrote this song for his wife and sang it on their wedding day. He was born to produce love songs to remind us all of this amazing feeling. All of Me will be played at every single wedding and it should be at yours. All of us loves all of you. Enjoy and have tissues nearby;

BONUS! Okay, there are so many songs that we absolutely love but we want to share one more song with you, Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles.

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How to Make Him Propose to You

Weddings - June 16, 2017

I was in our hotel lobby when I saw a young lady sitting next to me on her iPad searching on Google how to make him propose to her.  The question intrigued me and I did a bit of research, I read what dating coaches and Cosmopolitan say about this topic and found hundreds of articles with different opinions.

First we need to clear one very important thing out of the way: you can use sociology and persuasion tricks in dating or marketing and ‘trick’ somebody into buying a product or proposing, but if the other person doesn’t feel in his gut that he actually wants to propose to you then you are set for a disaster. Even within yourself, if you don’t feel that he is the right man for you then you are setting yourself up for an unhappy married life. Everything starts with us, everything starts with our feelings. Let’s assume that you are 100% into him and you know he is the right man for you, even with all his imperfections. Let’s take it for granted that you are confident that you want to get married to him because it just feels right, and not because your parents are pushing you. Let’s talk about him for a bit. Do you want him to propose, do you want him to be the man in your life? You have to make sure that he actually wants to get married (as men, we are never 100% sure of the right moment). You have to make sure that he is mature enough and already got all the crazy things men do in their 20’s out of his system. Men need to go through a phase in their lives where they do things for themselves because otherwise they will feel that they are missing out on things they didn’t do when they were single, but that’s another topic for another time and day. The most important thing for you is to truly understand if he really wants to get married. Show him that he will not miss things in his life but quite the opposite he will win an amazing woman, and that’s you. If you have a gut feeling that something is wrong and he is not the right man for you, get out and run as fast as you can because the alternative will be you wasting your valuable time. We all have only one life and we need to live that life with passion and love.

There are a few things that you can do to influence him into thinking about marriage. If you go up to him and say propose to me or show him a ring that you like that’s putting pressure on him and you will make him feel guilty. You don’t want your man to feel guilty because resistance will follow. You want him to genuinely want to propose to you. You agree that there are different ways of asking something, right? You can either bark out an order: “Clean the kitchen” or we can ask nicely: “Babe, don’t you think that our house will look so much better if the kitchen is clean?”. As human beings, we don’t want to be told what to do, we want to do things because we truly want to do them and we want to think that it was our own idea. That’s another topic that we will share soon in our newsletters. Let’s get into how to make him propose.

  1. Hang out with happy married friends

You want him to get comfortable with hanging out with people who are happily married. The ideal is for him to make new friends that are happily married. Your married friends will show him that being married has its ups and downs but at the end of the day, their love and their commitment to each other is what’s important. This will work on men who have divorced parents as well. Some men from divorced families are very cautious about walking down the aisle after seeing their parents’ marriage crash and burn. With this ‘tactic’ you will replace any negative emotions with the idea that marriage is a happy and blissful union. So spend more time meeting new married friends and find common interests with them because if you spend time with divorced couples or single couples he will never change, and this is especially the case  if your friends are un-happy married couples. There is a famous quote that says show me your friends and I will tell you who you will become.

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2. Become the best version of yourself

A lot of men have a fear of getting married, I can confidently say that I do. This doesn’t mean that they don’t want to get married though, all it means is that they don’t want liabilities and drama in their lives. Your boyfriend probably has enough headaches with his job, his business and maybe even family issues so he doesn’t want to have more drama in his life. Having said that it doesn’t mean that men don’t feel the same way as you do, they might just not be conscious of it. That’s where you come in: you have to become the best version of yourself. Your actions will inspire him to work on himself and become a better man. Everybody wants somebody who is working on themselves; we love people who are looking for fulfilment and meaning in life. The goal is to make him admire you by being yourself, so do the things you love, be it yoga, reading books or having fun with friends and becoming the best version of yourself. He will admire you for being yourself. You need to have your own life going on and not make him your priority but make yourself the priority.

It’s not about playing a silly game it’s just about having your own thing going on and loving your life. Become his best friend, his partner in a common hobby you share, and he needs to feel that when you both spend time together all of his worries can instantly leave his mind. The same is goes for him as well. When you’ve had a stressed day at the office you want to go home and be able to share your feelings with him. He needs to feel that when you spend time together it will be drama – free, full of laughs that can be excited to make memories with you.

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3. Find new hobbies

We all want ME time, to do things that we love doing: it can be reading a book, watching telly, playing PlayStation, going out with friends or Skydiving. I think couples should focus on things that they love and continue doing things they loved before they met. Consider starting a new hobby alone; cooking classes, learning to draw, mediate, go paintballing or anything else that you think of. There are so many activities that you can find to do that will add excitement to both your lives. Have a conversation with him and discover new things together that you are curious about. He might want to start learning a new language and you might want to start learning salsa.

The point is for both of you to start doing things on your own and live a passionate life. This will give both you and him time to miss each other and to share different experiences. When you meet, you can share your new adventures together and have something new and exciting to talk about.

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4. Spend time with your friends

Do you remember when you were single? You had a very active social life, networking events, girls’ nights out and other cool things you used to do. At some point things got serious and you started cancelling plans to be with your new gorgeous man. At some point your friends stopped asking you out, you saw it coming but you ignored it, we all do it at some point in our life, men and women alike. You have to start your social life anew. Let him know that you are going out again and he will see you in a different light. As men, we love to know that our partner/girlfriend is not all in on us. We love independent women, it’s attractive and it’s sexy. Go through your Facebook friends and reconnect in real life. Make sure you invite them to your wedding because once you start spending more time with your friends he will start thinking about proposing, and he is sure to make google his best friend.

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5. Have An Honest Conversation

Imagine waking up and smelling a Mediterranean Sea breeze… Imagine having an amazing English Breakfast in bed with your boyfriend. You can make it happen, book a random trip to Cyprus book your stay at Elias Beach Hotel, Alexander The Great Beach Hotel in Paphos or any of Kanika Hotels & Resorts. I suggest the Alexander The Great Beach Hotel, which has an amazing sea view and Paphos is the perfect place to enjoy an amazing time together.

The purpose of this trip is for you to have an honest conversation about where you are in life. Ask him where he wants to be in the next three to five years. Ask him about his ideal life. Speak the truth because the truth always wins. You can tell him that you are thinking of getting married and you are ready to settle down. The best ‘strategy’ is to have an honest conversation about things you want to change. He will open up to you once you start telling the truth. It’s a bit harder for men to open up because of society, so try to understand him a bit. Once he starts speaking honestly to you don’t judge him for speaking the truth because it takes courage and you want him to be real and authentic with you. He might realize that he loves you and he wants to propose to you or he might realize that he doesn’t. Most probably he will realize that he is in love with you and will want to share the rest of his life with you. At the end of the day, what matters most in our life is the love we share with our families and our partners.

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So there you have it: when he does propose make sure you speak to one of our wedding coordinators. If you have a friend who is looking for answers and ideas about how to make him propose, send this article to her in your private messaging group. In the meantime, you can subscribe to our newsletter for unique and amazing content. If you have any questions, please do comment below and let’s start a conversation.

Alex

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Your Top 10 Wedding Invitation Etiquette Questions Answered

Weddings - April 28, 2017

When to send them, what to include and how to say it — we’ve got all the important info you need to know before mailing out your wedding invitations.

Your invites are one of the most important elements in your day because they provide guests with crucial information. And while some details of your wedding don’t follow a strict set of rules, your invitations do have a set of hard-and-fast rules to follow. Scan these etiquette Q&As for answers to your most pressing wedding-invite-related questions.

1. When should we send out our wedding invitations?
Traditionally, invitations go out six to eight weeks before the wedding — that gives guests plenty of time to clear their schedules and make travel arrangements if they don’t live in town. If it’s a destination wedding, give guests more time and send them out three months ahead of time. Most couples also send out save-the-date cards. They go out at six to eight months.

2. When should we make the deadline for RSVPs?
Make your RSVP date two to three weeks before your wedding date — this will allow enough time for you to get a final head count to the caterer (one week before) and to finalize your seating chart. If some guests still haven’t responded by your deadline, give them a quick call and ask for their RSVPs (still via mail) so you have all their information.

3. Where do we include information about our wedding website?
Your wedding website should be included on your save-the-date. A simple “AmandaandJon.com,” is all you really need. If you’d like (or if you don’t have save-the-dates), you can include the web address in the formal invitations with an insert — a small card that informs guests they can find more details online.

4. Can we include our registry info on our invitations or save-the-dates?
In a word, no. Including registry info on the wedding invitations or save-the-dates is still considered impolite because it can come off as though you’re asking for gifts. Tell your wedding party, parents and close friends where you are registered, and let them fill guests in. Plus, most guests will know that all that extra information (that they didn’t find on the invitation) is on your wedding website.

5. We’re having an adults-only wedding (no kids). How can we make sure this is clear to our guests?
Address your invitations correctly — to each guest by name, not “and guest” — and guests should understand that the invite is meant for only those mentioned. If you find that some reply with their children’s names added, give them a call and explain that you’re having an adults-only wedding and that you hope they can still attend. If there are a lot of kids in your family, you may want to consider hiring or arranging for a babysitter. It’s definitely not required, but it’s a nice gesture. Just be sure to include this information on the wedding website.

6. How do we let guests know our dress code?
The easiest way to get your point across is to include a dress code in the lower right-hand corner of the invite or on a reception card; “black-tie,” “cocktail attire” or “casual attire” are all acceptable. Your invitation design will also clue guests in. An ultra-formal, traditional invite with letterpress and calligraphy will give guests a hint to the formal nature of the event, whereas a square invite with a playful font and bright colors would fit a much more casual style. Another way is to direct guests to your wedding website, where you can go into more detail about the weekend events and dress code in a more informal forum.

7. Do we have to invite every guest with a date or a “plus-one”?
No, you don’t have to. If a guest isn’t married or in a serious relationship, it’s perfectly acceptable to invite them solo. Most guests will understand that without “and Guest” or another name on the invitation means they aren’t invited with a plus-one. While it’s always nice to invite everyone with a guest, if you’re having a small wedding, your family and friends should understand your reasoning. What to do if a guest RSVPs for two? Call them up and explain that you’re having an intimate wedding and, unfortunately, you were not able to invite everyone with a guest. But if you realize that nearly everyone will be coupled up, extend a plus-one invitation to your few single friends and family.

8. Where do you put the return address on wedding invitations?
The return address usually goes on the back flap of the envelope. Also, the return address used should be that of the person(s) whom you’ve designated to receive response cards — be it your parents or you (traditionally, whoever is hosting the wedding handles response cards). Don’t forget that the RSVP envelope should also be printed with this address (and should include postage).

9. If our wedding reception is for immediate family only, is it okay to invite people to the ceremony only?
Not really. Everyone who attends the ceremony (or bridal shower, engagement party or wedding reception) should be invited to the wedding — that means the ceremony and the reception. In your case, by inviting guests to one and not the other, you’re basically saying you want them there for the actual ceremony but you either don’t want to pay for their plate at your party or don’t care enough to have them there to actually celebrate your newly-married status.

10. I invited my friend and her boyfriend (by name on the invite) to the wedding, but they recently broke up. Now she wants to bring a friend I don’t like — can I tell her no?
Because you worded the invitation correctly by having her boyfriend’s name on the envelope (rather than “and guest”), you have every right to say no. As a rule, invitations are nontransferable when people are invited by name. Try explaining that you’re not friendly with her proposed guest and you’d prefer that the wedding be limited to very good friends and family. If you invited all of your single friends sans dates, let her know she won’t be the only one coming solo (in case that’s her worry).

Article provided by TheKnot: www.theknot.com/content/wedding-invitations-etiquette

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STEP BY STEP PLANNING FOR YOUR DREAM WEDDING

Weddings - January 4, 2017

Kanika Weddings are designed to take all the stress out of planning a wedding. Apart from some paperwork that has to be arranged in your country of residence, the rest is in the good hands of your Kanika wedding coordinator. She’ll ask you all the right questions, give you all the options, help you visualize your dream wedding – and then make it all happen, step by step:

Step 1 –  Submit your enquiry form with your preferred dates and times. Our personal wedding coordinator will contact you to confirm availability.

Step 2 – Prepare all the documents you will need to bring with you to Cyprus, as advised by your wedding coordinator.

Step 3 – Upon confirmation of final date and time, your wedding coordinator will submit an application on your behalf to the relevant Town Hall and request the attendance and services of a marriage officer at the hotel.

Step 4 – Guided by your wedding coordinator, you will choose your preferred venues and menus for your ceremony and celebration, based on your guest list and your catering requirements.

Step 5 – Discuss your preferred wedding theme and style, as well as any extras you might like, such as additional decorative items, wedding favours, photography, fireworks, entertainment etc – and you’re done! Your wedding coordinator will advise, arrange and confirm.

Step 6 – Ensure that you have collected all the necessary documents that must be submitted to the authorities here in Cyprus.

Step 7 – A meeting with your wedding coordinator will be scheduled upon arrival at the Resort.

Step 8 – You are welcome to oversee the venue preparation and will receive a template of the seating arrangement for you to complete. The detailed schedule of the day’s events will be confirmed.

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