Expert Advice From Mennat Al Hammami: Wedding Dates To Avoid in 2017

Wedding Dates to Avoid in 2017

As 2016 draws to a close, you may be looking towards 2017 with excitement, particularly if this is the year in which you will get married. Whether you are looking to set a date or have already selected the big day, it’s always worth checking and avoiding some significant dates in the UAE calendar. Below, Mennat Al Hammami, our BCME expert and founder of Cloud 9 Weddings and Events, offers her advice on the dates that you may wish to steer clear of if you’re due to get married in 2017. Hopefully, your venue will already have alerted you to any potential clashes, but it always pays to double check.


Deciding when to get married may be the most important planning decision that a couple will make because it impacts so many other elements of the big day. Finding the right date is not something that many couples get guidance on and sometimes, the chosen dates can mistakenly coincide with a major event or UAE holiday, which can in turn affect guest turnout. To help couples start somewhere with what dates will work, here is some advice to help.

While some like the idea of having their wedding on a public holiday, there are pros and cons to consider such as attendance, cost and convenience. While it means the possibility of a more affordable celebration due to the extra day off, it may be more expensive to find hotel rooms for guests. Being an Islamic country, the UAE does also have some strict rules when it comes to most, if not all, of the religious holidays. Namely, the traditions that families partake in that would make it difficult for them to attend a wedding at that time. Not to mention, the eve of most of the holidays tends to be a dry night, which will affect the serving of beverages at certain celebrations.

The following is a list of dates to be aware of, both religious and non-religious.

Here are the main religious holiday dates to surely avoid in 2017.


The following dates are to be kept in mind. As we all know, Dubai traffic can get crazy and so remember to plan to have an early start so your guests have time to arrive at the wedding venue.


A final piece of advice would be to remember that dates such as National Day, Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve may mean that the cost of things such as flowers becomes slightly more expensive.

Wishing you all a very happy 2017

xX Mennat Xx

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