Wedding Planning Tips From REAL UAE Brides
Planning Tips From REAL UAE Brides
Who better to dispense some genuine wedding planning advice, then brides who have been there and done that? Today, we bring you a mountain of tips and advice from our very own featured BCME brides, all of whom are based in the UAE and got married here, or abroad. Enjoy!
Start planning early! It’s amazing how time consuming little details can be once you get right into it. Don’t forget that it is your day and to do things the way that you want to. It’s quite hard managing different opinions and expectations when you have different cultures coming together. – Kate, married in Dubai.
Hire A Wedding Planner
Hire a wedding planner to help you. It will get crazy and overwhelming sometimes, so ensure you have someone that you can truly rely on. – Nathalie, married in Dubai
Don’t Scrimp On Your Beauty Regime
As a bride, you will be the center of attention on your big day. Do not scrimp on your beauty regime, as records of the day will now be in digital HD! Invest in a good make-up artist, hairstylist, dermatologist, and dentist. Also, don’t become a bridezilla, instead be a bridechilla! Let go of the small stuff and trust your suppliers to deliver. – Pia, married in the Phillipines
Take ‘Time Out’ For One Another
Take time out for one another and try to make it as personal as possible. It is all too easy to get caught up in being the perfect hosts, the day will go by in a flash, so make time for each other! – Claire, married in Malta
Back Up Every Email With A Phone Call
Back-up every email with a phone call and be extra meticulous with every important detail of the wedding, such as the type of speakers the DJ will be using. Take the weather seriously. It did rain on our wedding day, luckily five minutes after the outdoor ceremony finished, so have a back up plan. – Marwa, married in Thailand
Create A Shop And Ship Account
If you can’t really can’t find what you need in the UAE after checking the BCME vendor club, source favours from the UK and bring them in yourself. Create a Shop and Ship account. Amazon and eBay were great sites for me personally and extremely reliable. – Melissa, married in Dubai
Hire An ‘On The Day’ Wedding Coordinator
If you are not going to hire a wedding planner or do not have the budget to do so, try hiring someone just for the day of the wedding, an ‘on the day wedding coordinator’. Alternatively, delegate some of the work among your closest family and friends, according to what they are good at. Make sure you get a lot of sleep before your wedding day. It is so crucial! – Mennat, married in Abu Dhabi
Help Your ‘Out Of Town’ Wedding Guests Out
If many of your weddings guests don’t live in Dubai, help them out. Tell your guests about Dubai. We made sure all of our out-of-town guests that hadn’t travelled to Dubai before, had restaurant/hotel/hairdresser recommendations before they arrived. This also saves you the stress of dealing with last minute questions in the days leading up to your wedding. – Claire, married in Dubai
Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
Don’t sweat the small stuff, and finish the to-do list early. I was so pleased that I was pretty much sorted and organised early. From the moment I arrived in Spain, I got to spend time catching up with people, relaxing and generally feeling like I was on holiday. – Holly, married in Spain.
Make Lists & Be Organised
Be organised! Make lists & spreadsheets for everything, whether it is your clothing, jewellery, wedding guests, wedding favours, wedding purchases, etc, and delegate tasks and responsibilities, so you are not overwhelmed. – Tanya, married in Thailand.
Try Your Hand At Some DIY
Shop around for deals, negotiate where possible and try your hand at some DIY! Not only can this help you stick to a budget, but getting crafty, means you can add a personal touch to your special day. – Omaya, married in Dubai.
Set A Budget And Stick To It
Organizing a wedding can be very costly, so be careful with your expenses, plan your budget and stick to it. Only select products and services that you actually need. – Katrina, married in Dubai
Don’t Neglect The Ceremony In Your Planning
Don’t neglect the ceremony in your planning. With such a big party to plan afterwards for 150 guests, it was one of the minor points in my planning – but it was the part I enjoyed the most. It feels so special, being stood up there with the man that you love, surrounded by every person that is important in your life. – Louise, married in London
Have A Plan B
I honestly wished there was a website like Bride Club ME in Dubai when I was planning my wedding. At the time, I was also meeting vendors for BCME and learning about the industry. My advice is to utilize sites like Bride Club ME and local wedding blogs. They are packed with useful information and supplier contacts.
Also, if you are having a wedding outdoors, have a PLAN B. It rained on my wedding day, in Dubai! Thanks goodness the hotel and my ‘on the day coordinator’ worked quickly to solve the issue, they had a plan B! – Rio, founder of Bride Club ME, married in Dubai.
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