Q&A – Ask the Experts

Engaging with the Experts…

Do you fret over how to word your wedding invitation? How to manage a bridal registry? On a tight budget and want some crafty DIY inspiration? Perhaps you need advice on make-up styles, how to stop the tears ruining your mascara?

Welcome to our Expert Panel!

www.brideclubme.com brings to our reader’s advice and opinion pieces from the region’s leading wedding industry professionals, fashion, and beauty and D.I.Y mavens. Who better to dispense with insider information than these hand-selected experts who live and breathe their craft? Our panel recognises how important it is to celebrate your life’s high moment – your wedding! – With personal meaning, deep intention, and an awareness of wishing to giving back to your family and friends on the day. Our editorial team will always be on the hunt for the latest fashion inspirations, wedding trends and news to bring to our readership. However for in-depth knowledge of critical aspects of wedding planning, we will rely on the expertise of our wedding, beauty and fashion industry professionals. Tap into their expertise in our ‘Ask an Expert’ section of the website.

Mennat - Bride Club ME Expert Panel Member
Mennat is our resident Abu Dhabi based wedding planning expert and Founder of Cloud 9 Weddings and Events Organizing. With the help of her idol and mother, Mennat started her business at home, creating beautiful settings for private events, fast forward a few years and she has turned her home-grown idea into a fully fledged business. We personally love Mennat’s keen eye for detail and modern upcoming wedding inspirations, as well as her passion for the growing UAE wedding industry.

Mennat is also an active blogger, penning her wedding planning musings over at her own Cloud 9 Weddings & Events blog.  Mennat will be bringing our readers regular wedding planning tips, advice and wedding style inspirations. Her mantra is, “Never to win the pitch for a million dollar wedding, but to win the trust of the couple, to create the best wedding they can afford”… And that’s why team Bride Club ME love her! 

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Kelly Lundberg - Bride Club ME Expert Panel Member
Kelly Lundberg is the founder of StyleMeDivine.com, a bespoke styling agency that helps both men and women to cultivate their own style when choosing clothes, shoes and accessories. As a member of the BCME expert panel, Kelly will be contributing fashion and style tips for our readers in the areas of bridal and honeymoon fashion. Kelly brings with her a wealth of experience, and has the accolades to prove it. She has won the Lloyds TSB Small Business Award for Creative Promotion, as well as being a finalist in both the People’s Choice category and Most Admirable Business Woman category at the SME Advisor Awards. Additionally, she also featured in Ahlan’s Hot 100 personality of the year.

Kelly has authored two best selling books and has worked as a presenter on television channels such as The Discovery Channel and The Luxury Travel Channel. We are absolutely delighted to have her on board! 

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Louise Monique - Bride Club ME Expert Panel Member
Louise Monique is our newest expert panel member, and will be guiding our readers with her monthly musings on all things bridal beauty. Louise is a make-up artist specialising in Bridal and Beauty Make-up. Having a background in Communications, her make-up philosophy is not just about the artistry but keeping an open communication with her brides is essential before the make-up application. She believes that more than the artistry, it’s the communication between the bride and the make-up artist that helps the artist in creating the perfect look for the bride on her special day.

Louise is brand ambassador for the make-up brand, Giella Custom Blend Cosmetics & Theory Natural Beauty, she is also a beauty & make-up content creator.

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Rasheda Khatun Khan - Bride Club ME Expert Panel Member
Rasheda Khatun Khan is a leading wealth and wellness coach, who joins the BCME expert panel with over 13 years of experience working with businesses and individuals as a financial advisor in corporate banking, leadership and personal development. As one of our experts, Rasheda will be able to advise you not only on the financial side of wedding planning, but also for your future together as a married couple.

Thousands have benefited from Rasheda’s work to empower people with the education, tools and resources needed to live a healthy and wealthy life. Moreover, as a Cancer survivor, Rasheda is living proof of the importance of responsible financial planning. A love for giving back has led her to build her own charity foundation, ‘Celebration Of Life’, which has helped raise millions of Dirhams for charities helping those who have life threatening illnesses and bringing education to children in poverty. With her mantra being ‘Live The Life You Love Through Wealth and Wellness,’ we are thrilled to have Rasheda on board! 

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Mohammad Al Haj - Bride Club ME Expert Panel Member
Mohammad Al Haj is unique in that he is our first and only male BCME expert. The charismatic founder of family run business Contessa Bridal is dedicated and passionate when helping brides to find their dream gown.

During his seven years’ experience in bridal fashion consulting, Mohammad has travelled extensively to countries such as France, Spain and the U.S. in order to personally select the finest quality dresses that appeal to all women and cater to everybody’s shape. Mohammad’s reputation is such that he has even met with designers such as Pnina Tornai, Ines Di Santo and Reem Acra, meaning that he is the ideal person to ask for advice on all things bridal fashion related.

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Dee Popat - Bride Club ME Expert Panel Member
Dee Popat is Head of Family Law Department at James Berry & Associates, Legal Consultants, and joins our BCME expert panel as a Specialist in the area of Family Law. We often receive weekly emails from brides and grooms to-be, seeking advice on the legal implications of marrying in the UAE & it is with great pleasure that we can now forward our readers to our expert panelist Dee Popat.

Dee graduated with an LLB (Hons) from London Guildhall University in 1996 and is an accredited member of the Law Society of England & Wales, Family Law Panel. Dee has extensive experience in Family Law both in UK and UAE. She is a competent and thorough lawyer whether in the Litigation arena or utilising Collaborative Law principles. James Berry & Associates also provide legal assistance in other areas of law. Please click here for more details. 

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