Destination Wedding 10 tips for planning an affordable ceremony in Dubai

Dubai is a top choice for destination weddings mainly because of its picturesque landscape and white sand beaches. No wonder singers, Tiwa Savage and Tuface Idibia chose the UAE as their wedding venue.

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Dubai is a top choice for destination weddings mainly because of its picturesque landscape and white sand beaches.

No wonder singers, Tiwa Savage and Tuface Idibia chose the UAE as their wedding venue. Even recently, Michael Demuren (the brother of  EME's Tunde Demuren), also tied the knot in Dubai.

Yes, it's true that these people are rich and can afford an extravagant wedding in a foreign land, but you too can also have a stylish ceremony without emptying your savings account.

We bring you 10 tips for planning an affordable destination wedding in Dubai:

  1. Wed on a weekday: Most likely, the venues will be cheaper during the week, and you may not have to spend so much. Also, wedding vendors such as photographers, videographers, and musicians, are more open to offering discounts for mid-week weddings.

  2. Celebrate indoors: Having your wedding in a restaurant, rather than an outdoor venue, can save you a lot of money, especially because you won't need to hire chairs, linens or serving staff.

  3. Be creative with food: Choosing a barbecue or live cooking stations instead of a formal sit-down dinner can save you a lot of money in food and beverage bill. A barbecue is also great for an outdoor wedding in season.

  4. Cut down the bridal party: More bridesmaids means you'll incur more cost on clothes, gifts and bouquets. Your best bet is to downsize the number of attendants and ask the others to do a reading or joint speech?

  5. Make your own stationery: DIY trends are very common in weddings nowadays, so save yourself a small fortune by being crafty with your wedding stationery. Make your own name cards, seating plans and menus. There are several templates online that you can download for fraction of the price of professional designs.

  6. Consider alternative décor: Flowers can take up a large chunk of the overall wedding budget. Why not opt for mood enhancing candles and lanterns instead for your table décor? For a wedding arch, use large balloons on either side of you and your fiancé, flowing drapes under a large tree, or simply allow a stunning backdrop to say it all.

  7. Choose flowers that are in season: If you do really want flowers, go for 'in-season' blooms or better still, flowers that are grown locally. For example, Bougainvillea are both beautiful and plentiful in Dubai.

  8. Shop the summer sales: Bridal boutiques and wedding specialists usually offer large discounts and sale items during certain months. Many companies in Dubai offer festive and seasonal specials during summer and Christmas periods.

  9. Consider lighting: Before you book a venue, consider the lighting. Hiring trussing and structures to light a large venue could cost you an additional money that you didn't budget for. So be sure about lighting before you decide on a venue.

  10. Create a hashtag: Social media has now become a vital part of wedding planning these days. One fun idea that costs absolutely nothing is to create a hashtag for your guests to use on social media. Design signs for every table with details of the hashtag, and the next day, click through the posts to see your wedding through their eyes.

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