Now that you’re finally going to walk down the aisle, you’d surely be filled with excitement and glee. However, there could be times when you might be feeling quite anxious, too. To avoid feeling stressed or turning into a Bridezilla, it’s important that you have someone to help you.

That’s why we’re here.

From knowing where to go for gorgeous wedding dresses in Dubai to hiring professional suppliers for your event, read on and find out some simple tips to make planning your wedding infinitely more pleasurable.

The Road to Wedded Bliss

Are you planning to be totally hands-on with the wedding preparations? Do you plan to hire a wedding planner? Whether you intend to do it by yourself or with your soon-to-be husband, or if you want to hire a professional, planning your wedding will require lots of patience and commitment.

It will also be helpful if you are open to tips and suggestions. While the final decision will always come from you and your partner, it wouldn’t hurt to listen to the experts or those who have walked down the same path before.

There are also plenty of resources out there that give advice on how to prepare a wedding. Entire books have been written to help brides as you prepare for the Big Day. However, you don’t have to panic and start buying wedding guides left and right.

Instead, we’ve collated simple yet practical tips designed to help you keep your wedding preparations on track. Below are the tips you should keep in mind when planning a wedding in Dubai:

1. Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress

Every bride is unique. Therefore, it is best to go to an atelier where your vision of a wedding dress may be translated into reality. Dubai weather can be tricky, but with the help of experienced and expert designers, your wedding gown will be tailor-made according to your wishes and specific requirements. Wearing a couture creation will also make you feel like the queen that you are.

You can also go to a premier bridal boutique where you can browse through a wide selection of wedding dresses created by world-renowned designers. Whether you are holding your wedding inside a hotel or out on a waterfront, there is that one perfect gown for you.

2. Settle on an Ideal Venue

Choose a venue based on your budget, theme, and personal preferences. You should also consider the weather, especially if you want your wedding to be an outdoor affair.

Whether you’re going for an Arabian, Indian, Western, or some other specific theme, it would also be considerate if you can factor in the ease and convenience of attending for the benefit of your guests. If it’s a destination wedding where you expect guests from other cities or countries, ensure that proper accommodation and transportation arrangements are made.

You can hold your wedding and reception in the same place or have different venues as long as there is enough provision for the easy transport of the wedding party. Some couples prefer to hold their wedding in the comforts of an air-conditioned hotel while others consider venues such a beach club or resort, a private yacht, a golf course, or even a private island.

3. Create a Beauty Plan

When you want to glow on your wedding day, it is best not to leave the beauty preparations to the last minute.

You need to create a beauty plan. This is your guide to ensuring that you look your best on your wedding day. By creating a schedule for beauty and pampering appointments, you can avoid beauty blunders such as having red and blotchy facial skin or sporting an unsuitable hairstyle.

Ideally, it is best to go to your trusted beauty salon, spa, or beauty center way ahead of time. For example, if you are getting married in six months, schedule a consultation as soon as you can so your aesthetician can recommend a schedule for facials, hair and body treatments, and other beauty enhancing procedures or therapies.

4. Hire Professionals

While you might want to be completely hands-on with your wedding preparations, sometimes this is not advisable. Some brides, especially those who are working or also juggling other responsibilities, may find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work that needs to be done for the ultimate wedding event.

For example, if you are not adept at sewing a dress, then it is best to go to a bridal boutique. If you haven’t tried to cook for a crowd, then it is best to leave the banquet preparations to a caterer. If you don’t have time to go and meet each and every supplier, a wedding coordinator can help you manage and organize everything.

Hiring professional suppliers and service providers can help ensure a smooth-sailing affair. Most of all, it will help you avoid getting stressed so you will feel and look good on your wedding day.

5. Don’t Forget the Guests

When preparing for a wedding, always make sure to send save-the-date invites. This is usually on top of the formal invitation that is sent around two weeks before the wedding. The save-the-date invitation can be sent through email or through the regular post and is meant to give a heads-up to your guests to pencil in your wedding date in their calendars.

After the wedding, make sure to send out thank-you cards. A nice and sincere thank-you note, especially if handwritten, shows your appreciation for the time and effort they exerted to be part of your special milestone. It is also a gracious way to thank your guests for the wedding gifts you received.

A Celebration of Love

Weddings in Dubai are festive events that are usually celebrated with the entire family and close friends. It can be as intimate or as grandiose as it can be.

No matter how small or big it is, preparation is necessary to make it as stress-free as possible. By following the above-mentioned tips, you can ensure that the celebration of your love is a memorable treasure that you will cherish forever.

Kristie Romanos is the Regional Buyer and Operations Director at Esposa, a luxury bridal boutique offering every bride-to-be a one-stop-shop to find her perfect wedding look. Esposa Group includes Esposa Privé and Esposa boutiques in Lebanon and Dubai, offering a multi-brand selection showcasing the works of international designers. Kristie is also the designer behind EsposaCouture.