Bride Club ME’s 4th Anniversary & Networking Event At Park Hyatt Hotel & Villas Saadiyat Island

Bride Club ME’s 4th Anniversary & Networking Event

Even the gloomy fog was not enough to take away the celebratory atmosphere at Bride Club ME’s fourth anniversary, in assotiation with The Engage Academy, which was held on 7th December at the beautiful Park Hyatt Hotel and Villas, Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi. Bringing together many of our fabulous vendors, the majority of whom braved the roads to travel from Dubai, the event was a huge success with plenty of networking opportunities and sneak peaks at the trends set to take the wedding industry by storm in 2017.

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The morning began in the hotel’s luxurious drawing room, where high ceilings and elegant décor instantly made guests forget about the adverse weather outside. Upon arrival, fruit juice, coffee, tea and croissants were enjoyed whilst vendors mingled and took photos using their phones and Just Hashtag’s amazing printer. These recent BCME vendors showcased their machine, which uses hashtags to instantly print photos taken on Instagram. The machine was a huge success, with guests taking a range of photos which were then printed for them to collect and keep.

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Moving on to the main event, BCME founder Rio, alongside Mennat Al Hammami of Cloud 9 Weddings & Events, hosted an informative discussion about the expected wedding trends for 2017. Key features included mixed furniture for seating, and neutral, natural tones with lots of green as opposed to florals. A couple of days later, Pantone announced that ‘Greenery’ will be its colour of the year for 2017, proving that BCME is definitely up to date with international trend predictions! There then followed a discussion of potential challenges and obstacles in 2017, with suggestions on how to overcome them, and the discussion concluded with a very active question and answer session amongst those present.

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The annual BCME awards were also delivered, with certificates going to those vendors who received the highest number of positive real bride testimonials. The winners were: Bridal Beauty: The Louise Monique, Cakes and Treats: Allegros, Music and Entertainment: DJ Sister Rock, Photography: Liz JVR Photography, Videography: MelRish Photos and Films, Wedding Attire: Contessa, Wedding Decor: The Flowerful Project, Wedding Favours: Allegros, Wedding and Event Planners: Cloud 9 Weddings & Events, Wedding Stationery: Creative Box, and Most Positive Overall Testimonials: Contessa.

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Moving on to the networking lunch, a fabulous spread was laid on by the catering team at the Park Hyatt. There was even a live pasta station for hungry guests, as the conversation remained on weddings and plenty of networking was done in a relaxed environment. Finally, it was on to the cake cutting, with the amazing cake also being provided by the Park Hyatt. The cake tasted just as good as it looked!

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Throughout the event, moments were captured by photographer Nabeela Huda, who instantly put everyone at ease with her relaxed, friendly nature. Nabeela took the shots you see here, which we’re sure you will agree, perfectly illustrate the success of the event.

As guests left, they were able to take with them the delicious and beautifully packaged chocolate giveaways provided by BCME vendors Allegros. The giveaways had previously drawn many admiring glances and comments, and proved to be the perfect treat to take home.

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Once outside, the fog had lifted, which was perfect timing for those who opted to take a tour of the hotel’s wedding facilities.

Speaking after the event, Bride Club ME’s founder, Rhiannon Downie Hurst, said, 

Another year has passed and I am so incredibly proud of all we have achieved since our launch. Last year we were awarded ‘Best Wedding Website In The UAE’ and hope to continue exceeding our readers expectations. In 2017 we have some exciting plans, so keep your ears and eyes open. A big thank you to all our wonderful vendors and industry professionals who turned up to our event and showed their support. See you next year!

Happy anniversary BCME, and thank you to all our sponsors and everybody who attended!

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