Real Dubai Bride Amy Cowin: A Month Of Decisions And Wedding Reality
A Month Of Decisions And Wedding Reality
Last month, we met Amy, one of our new Dubai real brides. In her second diary entry for Bride Club ME, Amy faces a dilemma common to many expats; where to get married? This fundamental decision is usually the first of many that brides-to-be have to make, and it’s not easy, as Amy discovered.
Read on to find out where Amy opted to hold her big day and to hear all about the other items that she has already ticked off her ‘to-do’ list. Enjoy!
After a month of engagement celebrations with family and friends in the U.K. and Dubai, and adding all things ‘wedding’ on Instagram and Facebook, the reality of organising and planning an actual wedding hit!
As soon as we got engaged everyone wanted to know the location and date; the truth is we hadn’t really thought about it. Being an expat, plus the fact I’ve been in Dubai for ten years, made the decision about the location extremely difficult. Was it to be a U.K. wedding where all our oldest friends and family would be able to attend or a Dubai wedding where all our memories as a couple belong? We set about making a decision between Cheshire in the U.K. and our home as a couple, Dubai.
We went to view beautiful venues in Cheshire, which were all equally fantastic in terms of what they offered in wedding packages and easily accessible for people to come from all over the country. After mulling things over with a glass (or two) of Prosecco and pizza, we both felt that although we knew getting married in the UK would make things easier for our UK guests, it was, in fact, the wrong decision for us as a couple. When considering the UK, we didn’t get the excited, butterflies in your stomach kind of feeling, and so the Dubai search began…
We had a look at the Bride Club ME vendor list to see the options available and then narrowed our list down to our two favourite venues in Dubai; The One and Only The Palm and the Jumeirah Al Qasr hotel.
As soon as we met Lucille, a wedding coordinator at the Al Qasr hotel, we knew the venue was ‘The ONE.’ She took us through the whole guest experience from the entrance to the hotel, the Abra ride to the beach ceremony and a walk through the Magnolia venue. It was absolutely breathtaking and ticked every box we had been looking for, including beach venue, amazing view, the quality Jumeirah service, wow factor for us and the guests. I loved how Lucille seemed as excited about the wedding as we were, so that was it. Contract signed, deposit paid and the countdown is on to March 2018. I literally cannot wait!
Feeling overwhelmed by the vast amount of organising that would be involved (despite being a complete organisational machine) I searched the Bride Club ME vendor listing alongside exploring Instagram. This lead me to contact Nancy from Lavender Blue. After Nik and I met with Nancy over a coffee and she didn’t run a mile after seeing my gigantic ‘primary school style’ wedding mood board, I knew immediately that she was the one to help bring our fairytale wedding a reality. So now the real planning and sourcing begins….. photographer, videographer, florist, sound and light, entertainment…. The list of things to do just keeps getting bigger! In my next entry find out about the biggest decision I’ve yet to make…Bridesmaids!