INTERVIEW: Get to know the wedding Pro | Mylist AE
Written by Adam Hurst on November 16, 2013.
Get to know the wedding Pro!
Every week, we will be shining the spot light on our Bride Club ME vendor club members, allowing our readers to get up close and personal with some of the best wedding vendors in town. Here, you can learn more about the people behind the businesses you may hire to make your wedding day perfect!
This week we have the privilege of showcasing Julie Leblan, Founder & Director of Mylist.ae. Julie provides us with exclusive insight into the company ‘Mylist’ and shares with us what she loves most about her job.
- How long has ‘Mylist.ae’ been established and what do you do?
Launched in 2012, MyList.ae is the first online multi-store gift registry in the UAE. With 40 partner stores, 100 brands and more than 2,000 gifts referenced on the website, we offer a FREE service to brides and grooms, to register their wedding list online.
Your gift registry is completely flexible. You can change your mind and purchase whatever you like from your initial gift list, or something else from any partner store at any time. If you don’t find what you want on the website, visit our partner stores as we can add anything to our online catalogue.
All the gifts you have received will be converted into MyList vouchers to be spent in any of our partner stores. You have plenty of time to spend the amount received on your gift list, i.e. two years from your Wedding date!
- What do you love most about your work?
To meet so many different people in a day. From a British bride to a Saudi couple and an Indian mother-to-be, we have registered more than 52 nationalities on the website.
To be part of a unique moment in their lives and to offer a really USEFUL service for our brides and grooms. You have no idea how useful an online gift registry is until you get married yourself!
- What kind of brands/partner stores do you work with?
We have now partnered with 40 partner stores, including an international Department Store, Galeries Lafayette The Dubai Mall, and well-known stores and hospitality groups, such as Tavola, Banyan Tree, Top Chef, O de Rose, Andrew Martin, D.Tales, Balloon Adventures, Ashraf Electronics, Harvest Home and so on.
More than 100 brands are referenced on the website: Christofle, Versace, Deshoulieres, Villeroy & Boch, Apple, Alessi, Emma Bridgewater, Kitchen Aid, Samsung, Muuto, Le Creuset, Noritake. More exciting partnerships will be announced in the following months that we are sure that our brides and grooms will love!
- What are the most popular products in your gift list loved by brides?
We have more than 2,000 gifts referenced on the catalogue but usually a fine china dinner set is a favourite and nice kitchenware or appliances. Electronic items are usually gifts chosen by the groom.
We have noticed that people living in the Middle East also like leisure activities, such as hot-air balloon flights above the desert, spa treatments, cooking sessions, romantic escapes in 5 star hotels. Most of our couples registered on the website also donate a part of their Wedding list to charities.
- Do you offer a ‘Honeymoon’ registry on your site?
We have recently partnered with Al Arabi Travel Agency, to allow our clients to use their Wedding list (in total or just a part) for their honeymoon. We have suggested some travel ideas on the website but you can contact us and AATA to design a specific honeymoon for you … and even a ‘surprise’ honeymoon!
- Do you have any exciting plans in the pipeline for ‘Mylist.ae’ ?
We are about to launch a new VIP service. This service will also be specifically designed for our Muslim clients and mainly Emirati brides…you will read more about it exclusively on Bride Club ME!
- If you could give one piece of advice to expat brides to-be, what would it be?
Create an online Wedding list even if “you don’t really want to ask your guests to offer presents”, you have registered in a local store or it’s not really in your traditions, because it’s stress-free for your guests. It will allow them to purchase a gift from a wide range of items they are sure you like and will avoid any duplicated gifts.
I always suggest to my clients to set up a list at least four months in advance to make sure that you have time to personalise it. For example, if you are a cake lover, your guests will love to purchase pastry items.
However, it’s never too late to register, we can design a list for you in only ten minutes!
- Lastly, why did you choose to list with www.brideclubme.com?
Bride Club ME is the perfect on line platform that gives essential and useful information for brides-to-be living in the Middle East. As we offer a unique service in the Middle East, listing with Bride Club ME allows us to inform and suggest new wedding gift ideas to Bride Club ME readers all the time.