The Diary Of A Real BCME Bride | Salwa Chamsi-Pasha
The Diary Of A Real BCME Bride
Back in April 2014, the gorgeous Salwa Chamsi-Pasha visited us at the BCME stand at BRIDE Dubai, and excitedly told us she was engaged to marry her beau this October in Jordan.
Having a natural passion for event management and a desire to document her planning process, Salwa suggested writing for Bride Club ME. We loved the idea and are delighted to introduce Salwa’s first bridal diary feature on Bride Club ME, we are also honoured to have been extended an invitation to attend Salwa’s special day! EXCITING….! Stay tuned for more diary posts from Salwa coming to BCME twice a month.
Hello BCME readers, firstly, I want to thank team BCME for having me on board as a contributing writer, I’ve followed Bride Club ME for some time and love the site. I really hope my bridal diary inspires, entertains (my rants and raves) and informs you all. Thank you for following me on my journey, as I plan my special day!
Having grown up to movies like Father Of The Bride and My Best Friend’s Wedding, I knew there were going to be some bumps in the road but all the while I’d be walking on a cloud, nonchalant.
Being an event planner and a Bride I thought my journey to the aisle would be the easiest one of all. I was wrong! My fiancé has dubbed me ‘The Schizo Bride’. I guess I deserve it after having come up with an all-white-80s-theme-beach-party that will also double as our Rehearsal Dinner. Too many concepts, not enough parties!
You join me on my venture already having found the venue and set a date. The next item on my TO-DO list: the guest list. Stuck between two cultures, my British upbringing clashes with my Syrian background. The culture clash became noticable once I sat down with my Mother and Father to discuss guest count.
My parents insisted on inviting all their friends, their friends’ parents and their children. This would have amounted to a head count of roughly 1000 invitees, exclusively from the Bride’s Side! After tempers flared and long deliberations took place we cut our guest count to 495. A very good improvement but still a problem as the Wedding should consist of 400 people in total, meaning a lucky 200 guests from my side get to attend. But who to choose?
A system was created, colour-coding each guest in terms of how important it is for them to attend. To pacify both Parent’s, I’ve allocated 50 guests for them to pick. The chosen guests will be sent Invitations for our wedding with an early RSVP deadline. As more guests send their regrets, more Invitations will be sent to other invitees, until we’ve reached maximum capacity!
Next up on the Bridal To Do List; The Dress.