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BellaNaija Weddings in Dubai! | Tips for Planning a UAE Wedding – Part 3 of 3

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Mariana & Abba Atiku at their Pre-Wedding Party | Waldorf Astoria Dubai | Photo by Udimee

In our final installment of BN Weddings in Dubai, we give location tips, invitations, general destination wedding dos and don’ts and more!

In case you missed it the first 2 parts of the series:

Part 1 – Photography, Wedding Planning Tips – Click Here

Part 2 – Wedding Attire – Click Here


Before we explore venues and more, we’re aware a Lot of brides and grooms don’t have great wedding etiquette. For a destination wedding, a ‘Thank You’ speech isn’t really enough. People flew thousands of miles and paid thousands of dollars so they expect a Great time.

Here are ideas for thanking your guests/wedding party and making the wedding experience more enjoyable for them:

Brides Behaving Badly! DOs & DON’Ts of a Destination Wedding

DO – Consider paying for bridesmaids dresses/groomsmen suits! They already bore the cost of tickets, visas and accommodation. This’ll be a nice treat and keepsake for them.

DO – Relieve the stress from your guests by creating flight and accommodation packages for them. Most hotels offer group discounts.

DO – Arrange transport for your guests from their hotels to wedding venues.

DO – Create fun memorable souvenirs for your guests that’ll make them remember your destination wedding.

DON’T – Leave your guests bored.

DO – create fun activities for them to do before and after the wedding. For example, Mariana and Abba Atiku had a pre-wedding dinner party at Waldorf Astoria. (see some shots below!)

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Do you know any fun destination wedding activities/suggestions? Please leave them in the comments below!

Now taking a few steps back, before you can plan any bridal event in Dubai, the 1st decision is Location! 

Tips for Choosing a Wedding Venue in Dubai

1. Time of The Year – indoor vs outdoor? – as the Nursery School rhyme goes, “when will you marry?”

The UAE is predominantly Muslim, so the Ramadan month is highly respected, and you’re not encouraged to do weddings in this time. It is also a no-no (although no one will regulate this) to have your wedding during summer. The summer months can be scorching hot, so even when you want to take your wedding portraits you will sweat a ton.

The time of the year will determine your venue. If it’s a warm/cool (not hot/freezing) month, you might want to take advantage of outdoor spaces with spectacular views like Tiwa Savage & Tee Billz did at the Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa this April. To accentuate the stunning view of the sky, Prive Events – their wedding planner, released doves into the sky after the couple’s emotional vows.

2. Church vs Wedding Blessing – Some Christian couples prefer wedding at Church to a wedding blessing elsewhere. We found a list of churches (click here). Make sure you arrange busses for your guests from hotels to church to reception, to make things convenient for them.

3. Proximity to Burj Al Arab – The legendary 7-star Burj Al Arab hotel is a landmark that every bride and groom wants to have in their once-in-a-lifetime (hopefully!) wedding photos. If you can’t afford to get married there, choose a hotel close by so it can show in your pictures.

4. Adventure Anyone? – If you’re up for an adventure, you can have your wedding on a yacht with beautiful water views as you take your vows. If you’re REALLY adventurous, you can also have it in the desert. Lol, just kidding! … Or are we 🙂

Hotel – Dusit Thani

Dusit Thani is one of the oldest hotels in Dubai. As it’s a Thai hotel, it boasts (arguably) the yummiest Thai restaurant in the Emirate. It’s close to the Dubai Mall & Burj Khalifa, and there’s a free shuttle every hour.

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The great thing about Dusit is they have a partner hotel in the Maldives so you can arrange a beautiful wedding/honeymoon package with them. On the D-day, they are willing to work with your menu when discussed and given in advance.

Dusit Thani Maldives - Swimming Pool

Dusit Thani Maldives – Swimming Pool

After picking your perfect venue, how will you introduce your guests to your wedding?!

Invitations & Wedding Stationery – Design by Louma

Louma is such a sweetheart! The invitation crafter works with Nigerian couples regularly to bring out their personality and style for their wedding stationary. The business was borne from passion, when she made her own invitations. Like Nigeria, at the time she was getting married, there were a lot of ‘printers’ (people who print items like IVs in bulk), but not someone who could conceptualize, design and print.

That’s where she comes in!

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Her first work with a Naija couple was with Oaken Events for Faizah & Tosin‘s wedding (see photos above). She can also send your wedding stationery by air if you’re not wedding in Dubai.



She has a background in arts and graphics, so you can go from lush to contemporary, simple to textured, on different materials – from paper to ceramics and more.


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Desserts – Delice

After an unforgettable ceremony in a breathtaking venue – we’re using our imagination here 😉 and you’ve treated your guests to fine dining catered by a hotel, and mouth-watering desserts from a place like Delice!

Delice is in the older part of Dubai, named Derai.


The boutique dessert haven has gift boxes lined up on the shelves and desserts displayed on interesting stands and on a screen.


Luxury Gift Boxes for Your Guests


Valentine Treat Stand

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I also put on a hairnet and got a first hand view into the crafting of the amazing treats!DSC00077DSC00081


Sample of Treats/Packaging for Guests to Take Home

I had the privilege of talking with the owner, who showed me one of their ultra fab weddings – at this one, there were 7,000 (Yes, Seven Thousand guests!).


No they don’t make wedding cakes unfortunately, but if you’re looking for sweet treats – Emirati (from the UAE) favourites and modern desserts like macaroons for your friends and family to take home, they’re it!


We did a whole lot in Dubai in just 3 days! Fortunately, we met some amazing wedding vendors that could make your dream wedding come to life.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t cover every aspect, but this is where you come in! If you have any tips or tricks for planning a Dubai/UAE wedding please let us know in the comments.

Thank you, and as always, be inspired!





Invitations: Design by Louma –

Hotel: Dusit Thani, Dubai –

Desserts: Delice –


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  1. @edDREAMZ

    May 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    This tip is for people that have money.. If yu no yu dont have money dont even think, want or imagine this type of wedding bcos yu will just die of heart attack…

  2. Ndubuisi

    May 21, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Why does it have to be Dubai? what happen to doing your wedding in Nigeria

    • omoobanta

      May 21, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      some people want to get married in a country with a basic level of security.

    • Chimamanda's Main Squeeze

      May 22, 2014 at 4:27 am

      best answer!!!

    • Berry Dakara

      May 22, 2014 at 8:50 am

      This is a series of Wedding Planning Tips in DUBAI. A lot of Nigerians are getting married there – I remember there were 4 Nigerian weddings in Dubai in 1 weekend alone, so it makes sense for BN to have a guide.

      BN: I don’t know if there’s been one for Nigeria, but if not, now would be a good time to think about it. Also do one for South Africa maybe.


    • sisi

      May 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      ndubuisi its called spending my money the way i like…not everyone steals govt money or does dubious things..i love naija doesn’t mean i have to do everything here

  3. sum1special

    May 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Useful tips…Go Bella Naija.

  4. imsexyandiknowit

    May 21, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I really dont understand what all the fuss is with getting hitched in dubai. Well, i guess its for all the sheep.

  5. baboushka

    May 21, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Unless I am your close blood relation you better be ready to pay for my flight and accommodation for your destination wedding if you invite me.

  6. Laila

    May 21, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Please note: burj al Arab is the 7 star hotel, not burj Khalifa.

    • Dee

      May 22, 2014 at 1:52 am

      Probably referring to Armani hotel in burj khalifa.

    • Dee one

      May 22, 2014 at 3:23 am

      Yes BN burj al Arab is the 7 star hotel and burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world….pls know the difference. Back to the matter now, this 3part article has been very helpful May be useful in future.


      May 22, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Thanks @laila @dee and @deeone
      It was an error and we have updated.

  7. Ohgawd

    May 22, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Great tips. enjoyed it alot.
    Also explore Gambia as a wedding destination. Coco Ocean beach to be exact. attended a wedding there last year and it was everything.
    The keepsakes were nice.
    We partied three night straight and then the wedding in the evening so it felt like an amazing holiday and then soome thing to remember even more…
    They arranged a package which made it worth it, flight, hotels, breakfast, transportation, tours…
    was a great time and a few hours away…plus their wedding pictures were everything…

  8. Ebun Eddo Hunpatin

    May 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Hello Bellanaija,

    I am a destination wedding planner based here in Nigeria. I will be glad to give useful insight

  9. babysco

    May 22, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    DO- have money :).tips indeed

  10. Tintin

    May 26, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Hmm, this Dubai things dikwa veli veli expensive.

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