The Countdown Is On
It’s a funny thing, time. It seems like only recently that we met our real Dubai bride, Loren Penney, yet in fact, it was back in July, and her wedding is now only a couple of months away! We are thrilled to hear that Loren has utilised BCME so well. After all, helping brides-to-be to organise their big day by connecting them to our trusted vendors is what we’re all about! Read on to discover what Loren has been up to this month. Enjoy!
It’s been quite a month. The big day is not so much edging closer as it is rattling towards me like a steam train and whilst I feel like I’m on top of most things, there are still a few niggly things that need to be organised. As you’d expect, it’s been a busy month and for any brides-to-be out there who have taken on the momentous task of organising a wedding without a planner whilst working full-time, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that if there were medals in multi-tasking, we’d win hands down!
In recent weeks, the fiancé and I have completed our legal paperwork (it’s official!), booked numerous suppliers (thanks to Bride Club ME’s vendor directory) and managed to squeeze in a whirlwind weekend break to London for our respective stag and hen parties.
Organised lovingly by my sister and maid-of-honour, my hen party (or bachelorette as we call them in Dubai) was such a lovely, girly occasion catching up with old friends and sharing excitement about my upcoming nuptials. I wanted to keep it fairly low key and after a spot of quintessential afternoon tea in London’s Soho, we enjoyed a night out on the town consisting of dinner, cocktails, and dancing until the sun came up, followed by a sleepover in a swanky suite with my nearest and dearest. It’s always hard to leave your best friends and family behind after a trip back home, but knowing that I would see most of their little faces in Dubai in under two months made it that bit easier to leave.
Amidst the excitement and flurry of novelty balloons and bride-to-be attire, I managed to book my makeup artist, flowers and order some fantastic décor for the day itself. Thanks to my Bride Club ME bible, I had my makeup trial with the lovely Monica of MHG Beauty who made me especially glam one special Friday morning, ordered beautiful flowers for my bouquet from The Flowerful Project and started the creative process with The Party for some bespoke additions to the day. I also met with Creative Box, who I have commissioned to design the stationery for the wedding – from the moment I met Ritu, I fell in love with her exceptional design skills and knew we had to work together!
Starting to order touches to the styling of the wedding itself has definitely upped the excitement stakes – although I do admit to beginning to feel the pressure having had a few last minute regrets from people that are now unable to travel. Of course, with a wedding abroad this is always to be expected and over the course of the last six months, I have learned not to be too disheartened when the situation occurs. I do wish everyone was able to come and celebrate with us but thanks to our amazing photographer and videographers, I’m sure we’ll have lots of photos to share.
I’m equally excited and apprehensive about what the next month will bring, but the thought of booking our honeymoon next makes it that little more bearable!