GETTING MARRIED IN 2017
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Top 3 Wedding Tips

The Wedding Fair by Emaar Hospitality Group is soon approaching. It’s the region’s largest outdoor wedding event being held at the heart of Downtown Dubai at Burj Park. It is a must attend event to add to your Dubai diary and it is the go-to place to find out what’s in and what’s not this year.

The fair is a carefully curated affair across four pavilions focused on Arabian, African, South Asian and Western weddings. It together everything you need to know under one roof with a hand-picked range of exhibitors including leading wedding planners such as Ali Bakhtir, bespoke stationary designers Prêt a Papier, milliner Hayley Marsden and bespoke wedding dress designer House of Morai, to name a few.

We asked the experts what they thought would be the hottest trends for weddings in 2017:

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Garden Weddings

Alma Au Yeung, Group Director of Lifestyle Events, Sponsorships & Partnerships, Emaar Hospitality Group said:

“Garden weddings and outdoor venues with a view are going to be a big trend for 2017. Alternatives to the traditional hotel ballroom are still big with requests for restaurant take-overs and unique spots within grounds that are not typically marketed for weddings are very much in demand.”

Up Close & Personal

Barbaranne Heaton, Creative Director, House of Morai said:

“Brides in Dubai are pushing the boundaries and breaking away from past traditions; couples are striving for something less traditional and more personal to them. The rustic vibe is in demand creating more demand for Western influenced wedding stylists who can really transform venues.”

Emma Pope, Director of Lifestyle Events, Emaar Hospitality Group said:

“It’s all about personalisation in 2017. Couples are getting involved like never before and curating their big day so they can share something meaningful and relevant to them with their guests. With that, we are seeing more demand for tailor made food menus, dessert stations that fit into the overall theme of the wedding and signature drinks are very much in favour.”

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Greenery Hues Are The New Black

Reesha Almeida Coutinho, Founder and Creative Director of Prêt à Papier – Invitations and Stationery said:

“With Pantone announcing Greenery (a fresh and zesty yellow-green) as their colour of the year, we are seeing couples moving towards natural and earthy colour schemes for their invitations as well as garden themes with floral and leaf patterns. Natural fabrics like hessian and burlap are still popular to compliment invitations and decor.

“We also love the use of creative foils that mimic natural stone like marble and agate, shells like abalone and beaten or brushed metals. We think couples might be moving towards copper or antique brass and bronze as their metals of choice this year. We also see a preference for watercolour, customised maps and elegant calligraphy.”

Julie Leblan, CEO, MyList said:

“Many of our couples seem to be inviting Mother Nature to their big day! Not only are they integrating lush, pantone greenery and earthy tones to their set ups and decorations, but they are more welcoming of bright and whimsical hues to add that perfect pop-of colour to the mix of things.

“Another interesting trend would definitely be creativity and limitless imagination; we are going to be seeing unique invitations, extraordinary food presentations, bewildering entrances and many more! Being different is key this year.”

Entry to the Wedding Fair is free of charge on 3 & 4 February at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai. Please visit the website for more information www.myweddingdubai.com

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