I chose Stella Virdi (Exclusive Weddings Cyprus) to be our wedding planner after doing some research online, and reading the fantastic reviews from previous couples. I sent a tentative e mail initially as it was a very small wedding party (just the two of us actually!), and I wasn’t sure whether Stella would take on such a small job. Her response was amazing – she reassured us that she would be delighted to work with us, and said that although she does work on very large and very expensive and elaborate weddings, she loves the small, intimate affairs just as much.
We explained the sort of thing that we were after and Stella came back with several ideas for the venue. We chose Peyia, an old walled courtyard in the hills behind Paphos, and it proved to be an absolutely beautiful setting. Over the weeks and months before the wedding day Stella was in touch regularly. We sent her photos of us and a brief history as she was keen to get a feel for who we are, and this type of personal attention carried on throughout.
Stella advised us on the legalities and the documentation required to get married in Cyprus and she made things really easy for us. She also arranged a fabulous bouquet of yellow roses for me and a matching button hole for the groom, and arranged hair and make up appointments for me both I terms of a prior trial and the appointment on the day . I was delighted with both.
After we arrived in Cyprus, Stella collected us from the hotel and took us in her car to the courtrooms sign affidavits and then to the town hall to apply for the wedding license. She has the bubbliest and most friendly personality and we loved her immediately. Nothing was too much trouble and we felt she was totally focused on our wedding day even though she had other weddings immediately previously and afterwards. She helped us plan out the day in terms of getting to the venue (I was concerned that my fiancé didn’t see me at the hotel, so he went first in a taxi and Stella came and collected me so that I met him there). She helped us with music for the ceremony and even brought fresh rose petals to throw as confetti. She also helped us decide where to go afterwards for champagne and where to eat later.
We are both 60 years old and this was not our first marriages. We wanted secrecy (no one at home knew we were getting married until after we had flown to Cyprus) and intimacy, and Stella delivered in spades. We had the most fantastic and romantic wedding day, and it was just perfect in every way, orchestrated and arranged by Stella. We will be keeping in touch with her, and will be sure to meet her for dinner when we return to Cyprus next year.
If you are planning a wedding in Cyprus please contact Stella Virdi – you simply could not make a better choice.
When we decided on getting married in Cyprus, we didn’t really know where to start. We did some research on Google and came across Stella Virdi’s website so we emailed her to ask for further details. Despite the fact she was on holiday herself, she got back to us very quickly and we immediately got a good feel about her efficiency and personality.
Our wedding was very small, just the two of us, and I was slightly concerned that a wedding so small wouldn’t really be her priority, we were wrong! From the very first correspondence we had with her, she made it clear that our wedding was just as important as a big wedding with multiple guests.
She gave us great advice on everything we needed to do in advance of the big day, including a sample affidavit which ended up saving us quite a lot of money because we were able to create our own and just get them verified by a solicitor.
She arranged to pick us up from our villa in Paphos to submit our wedding licence at the town hall a few days before the wedding and it all went incredibly smoothly – we were in and out within minutes!
On the big day, she had arranged for a fabulous woman to come and do my hair and make up and she personally brought the flowers we had chosen to us and she helped to get me in to my dress which was a wonderful help. She took photos of us so we could share them with people back home and drove us to the ceremony. She was also our witness!
She arranged for a great photographer to attend the ceremony who immediately put us at ease, not an easy task with a photo phobic couple!
We honestly can’t thank Stella Virdi enough for everything she did for us. If you’re after an efficient but incredibly friendly wedding planner who doesn’t leave you hanging waiting for responses to emails, she is your woman! I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her and her team to help you with your big day.
“Indian weddings are large multi-day affairs. Malhar and I were looking for something simple and decided at the last minute (okay, a week in advance) to elope! I had spoken to Stella Virdi from Exclusive Weddings, months ago while exploring venues for having a big fat Indian wedding. When looking for an elopement, I immediately reached out to her and I was surprised she remembered me even after so many months had elapsed.
We were in Cyprus for less than 24 hours and having her there made the process so effortless. She was readily available on the phone or email throughout. She got the wedding date booked for us and spoke with the registrar in advance to make sure that my fiance could sign his single certificate while in Cyprus! On the day of, she drove us to the registrar’s office to go through the formalities and even swung by the florist to get us a beautiful bouquet of flowers – they added that special wow to our pictures that I never could have thought of! She booked our wedding photographer who was absolutely wonderful and Stella made sure I got to show case my beautiful saree in the pictures. I had never tied a saree on my own before – Stella offered to help – that saree would not have been possible without her there! All in all, Stella felt more like a friend/family member than a wedding planner. I can’t stress how glad I am we asked her to help!”
Also, we haven’t announced our wedding to everyone yet. We will add a message on the registrar’s facebook later in the summer once we make our news public!
Planning a wedding is to plan for one of the most personal, intimate and important days of your life. This makes it equally important to choose the right person to help you fulfill your plans, therefore I think it apt that you should get to know a little about me:
I have lived in Cyprus for 25 years, and have been planning weddings for 10 of those years. After a long time in the wedding industry I feel I have perfected the art of organising wedding days. I use only the best and most trusted suppliers and venues, which my many years of experience have enabled me. Exclusive Weddings is a new division of Zaffron Weddings in which I have been coordinating and planning weddings for the last 10 years. Continue reading