Wedding Planning Tips: How to Involve Your Loved Ones Abroad
How to Involve Your Loved Ones Abroad
During my own wedding planning process, I often felt a little down being so far away from my mum, aunties and best friends back home – a feeling I’m sure many of you can relate to as expatriates in the UAE. So, today, I am bringing you some creative ways to involve all the important ladies in your life, wherever they live.
Mum: Introduce her to the world of Pinterest. If you have a wedding mood board, share it with her or create a private board just for the two of you. You could also ask her to create her own mood board, containing ideas she might like to contribute to the wedding. Perhaps she could share a mother of the bride outfit she has in mind with you. Using Pinterest together can be really fun. My husband and I also asked our mums to choose and share readings, they wanted to read out during our ceremony.
Best friends: Set your best girlfriends back home (bridesmaids, maids of honour) little interactive tasks. For example, I asked my UK girls (Emma and Patricia) to sing at my wedding reception, as they are both professional singers. They sent me video clips of their rehearsals, which were lovely to see. They also arranged and organised my UK hen party.
The ladies in your life: If you’re getting married here in the UAE, and are returning to your home country before your wedding, arrange a day out with your mum and bridesmaids. Go for lunch, visit a spa or enjoy a spot of window shopping. If you’re buying your dress in the UAE, perhaps shop for accessories back home so your girls/mum can join you and give you a few opinions.
Parents: Not trusting the post here, we didn’t send physical invites from the UAE. We sent E-Save the Dates out by email, and asked our parents to compile a list of email and home addresses for our families. We also asked our parents to post the formal invites for our UK-based guests on our behalf, which they gladly agreed to do. This is something you could consider asking your parents to do too.
Close family: The obvious way to stay connected with your loved ones back home is to schedule wedding update calls, maybe once every two or three weeks. To keep the cost down, alternate who calls or use free video call aps instead. Email them images of dresses, invite ideas, cakes, etc asking for feedback. Email is a quick, free and easy way to keep everyone in the loop.
I hope some of the above inspires you, or helps in some way, if you’re missing your loved ones back home while planning your wedding.
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