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While planning your wedding is undoubtedly one of the most significant and exciting days of your life, this does not necessarily mean that it should be stressful. Whether you want to arrange for a hotel wedding or a boutique wedding, there are a few key factors to keep in mind that will make the process easier.

Dates and Budgets

Wedding costs are something you don’t truly understand until you start planning one. Therefore, it’s important to take your time and enjoy the process so that you stay mindful of the preparations. Effectively planning a realistic budget can be difficult, but when you know how many people are attending, everything just falls into place.

The venue and the date can be booked if you know roughly how many people will be present. In order for this to function with your overseas guests, make sure the date you choose has a weekend available.

Looking at the possibilities for your venue on fluidmeet, a platform that offers the greatest wedding venues in Dubai and hotel venues to pick from across the UAE will give you an idea of your budget if you don’t already know what it is. If your wedding is six months out, checking the cost comparisons for the fluidmeet venue possibilities will help you determine how much you will need to save up beforehand.

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Booking the Venue

Venues sell out fast. So, when you begin your search for a venue and find one you love, it might be fully booked. Therefore, it is recommended to book a space, even if you don’t immediately take a tour of it. The photos and captions are typically quite informative, and you can get a good understanding of what the space is like without a physical tour.

There are several event venue types to choose from, such as banquet halls, outdoor event venues, ballrooms, and wedding halls across Sharjah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi to choose from, so it’s critical to understand the kind of space you require. If you don’t have your heart set on a certain location, fluidmeet can provide you with a list of all the wedding venue possibilities minus the hassle of having to visit each venue in person.

A ceremony and reception are typically subject to an additional fee at most locations. Usually, venues provide food, drinks, and the wedding cake and you are more than welcome to attend a tasting session before the wedding.

The Flowers

Whether it’s a traditional wedding, a vintage wedding, or outdoor reception, every celebration of this kind needs flowers. Knowing how many bouquets and floral accents are required for your special day is crucial.

“Flowers and the way they are arranged are a key component of any wedding”, according to Alia Kaylani, Owner, and Co-Founder of My Dubai Wedding Planner. “They leave an amazing impression and help to set the mood for your wedding with their beauty, color, elegance, and style”. Take it from a professional: flowers are a must.

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The Guests

It is imperative you verify that the location can hold the number of people you intend to invite. You must create a guest list, a “thank you for coming” list, a seating chart, and a wedding list. If you have relatives and friends traveling from abroad, you may need to confirm that the dates work for them and keep an eye on the guest list to make sure they show up before the ceremony begins.

Some people prefer to reserve locations with guest accommodations. Whatever you choose, be sure the venue has enough time, security personnel, tables and chairs, ample parking, entry and exit for cars, accommodations for those with special needs, and a list of dependable caterers, DJs, and photographers. Don’t hesitate to ask your vendors what they provide because, in most cases, they can help out with the majority of this list.

And last, but certainly not least…

The Bride

If you’re the bride and you want to wear the dress for a few hours, dress to kill but don’t kill your feet! Shop around to find the best pair to go with your dress but keep comfort in mind. Some brides even wear comfortable white sneakers under their puffy dress skirts since they’ll be hidden most of the time. Find what works for you!

With the help of a wedding planner, you can relieve some of your stress and let someone else handle the planning minutiae, saving you time and energy. You won’t have to worry about hiring a photographer or videographer, hiring a DJ, arranging the bridesmaids’ bouquets, or any of the other small things.

There is no right or wrong answer when deciding whether to hire a wedding planner because they can be pricey. However, having one can be really helpful, particularly if you don’t know what you want or how to stay within your budget.

Fluidmeet can be a great help to people planning their own weddings. “fluidmeet allows engaged couples to ‘build’ their perfect wedding at each venue and then book an appointment if it fits their preferences and budget, by working closely and carefully with venues and their vendors to collect a variety of options and pricing details”, quoting the Executive Director of Fluidmeet, Jareer Oweimrin.

Don’t be afraid to explore your options.