Diary Of A Real Dubai Bride, Loren Penney: Going Digital
Diary Of A Real Bride
It’s all about the invites this month, as our real bride Loren Penney gets to grips with the logistics of organising her upcoming wedding as an expat in the UAE. Find out how Loren overcame this obstacle below. Enjoy!
As a writer by profession, stationery excites me. I’ve spent many an afternoon browsing my way around Paperchase, running my fingers over an array of leather bound journals, felt tip pens and fancy greeting cards, so wedding stationery has been something I’ve been quite looking forward to organising.
Now, the logistical side of living halfway around the world from at least 50 per cent of those you’re inviting to your Dubai beach wedding poses a few problems. However dreamy it would be to send out luxurious, foiled invitations hand-calligraphered by yours truly, I knew that in reality it just wasn’t going to happen, at least not very easily. Moreover, when you have a million and one things to do, why make life harder than it needs to be?
Giving up my daydreams of traditional invitations was made slightly more bearable by stumbling across Paperless Post www.paperlesspost.com which is a whole online world of e-invitations, but not quite as we’ve ever known before. In fact, it was actually reading through a previous ‘real wedding’ on Bride Club ME that introduced me to the concept of Paperless Post!
Here, I was very happily surprised to learn that there were seemingly infinite wedding invitation options and also to see that notable fashion designers such as Vera Wang and Kate Spade had collaborated on a selection of wedding stationary, resulting in some truly stunning e-invitations that looked just as good as the real thing.
Visiting the website is like stepping through a wardrobe and into Narnia, such is the diverse offerings of save the dates, invitations and RSVP cards. I unashamedly admit to losing an entire weekend in bed, in my pjs and with my laptop firmly plonked on my lap contentedly designing all manner of invitation styles. This was my idea of wedding planning.
After a rather extensive shortlist, luckily narrowed down by my fiancé who vetoed “anything with polka dots” and “oversized love hearts” we settled upon our design; an Oscar de la Renta creation of cream textured card, swirly gold foil writing (who needs a fountain pen anyway) and even a gold lined envelope that the cards themselves pop out of upon a click from the recipient.
This took away the hassle of postage entirely, allowing guests to be able to RSVP directly from their email, which is making our life a whole lot easier when managing numbers.
Of course, for those who are fortunate to have friends and family closer to home, and would like some beautiful crafted invitations to be hand delivered, check out the fabulous stationery designers listed on Bride Club ME’s vendor club. You can also have your invites designed and made here in the UAE, and then post them when visiting your home country as part of your wedding prep, if circumstances allow!
We’re now in the painstaking process of waiting for the RSVPs to pour in, which for any bride planning a destination wedding is quite nail-biting. Of course, there have been a few sad regrets from people that are unable to attend, but we’ve been so excited by the initial response and have even already been forwarded flight details from our nearest and dearest – suddenly it feels like we have a wedding. Eek!