Bree & David ♥ Bali, Indonesia
Photographer: PhotoFactory Bali
The first thing I noticed when I opened up Bree and David’s beautiful destination wedding photos was the piercing clear-blue sky. There isn’t a single cloud in the sunny sky and it’s that deep, vibrant shade of blue that you just can’t take your eyes off, it’s just that perfect.
However…once I started to read this cute couple’s story, I realised that they nearly didn’t have this scorcher of a day as a backdrop to their destination wedding! They were meant to tie the knot the day before but there was a bit of a crazy turn in the weather. Luckily they managed to postpone the entire wedding until the next day.
It just shows that when you’re getting married abroad, it doesn’t matter where in the world you choose, you still can’t guarantee or control the weather! But there’s never any need to stress about these things either, as there is always a solution and it couldn’t have worked out better that Bree and David married the following day as they got to enjoy the most glorious day and said “I Do’ with the best of the Balinese sunshine smiling down on them.
Gabrielle & Gareth ♥ Phuket, Thailand
Photographer: Hilary Cam Photography
Of all the beautiful sandy shores there are in the world upon which to tie the knot, the destination ceremonies in Thailand always look like pure wedded bliss.
The gorgeous Gabrielle and Gareth, like many couples, decided to get married abroad as it provided a midway point for their families who are from opposite corners of the globe – South Africa and Australia. The picturesque island of Phuket was their destination, the secluded beach of Kata Noi Bay was to be their dreamy big day setting.
Gabrielle looked every bit the beautiful boho bride with a delicate headdress, floating veil and a chic and unique layered gown. Oh and of course, who could forget her strappy gold Choo’s and matching clutch bag – the ultimate in finishing touches!
As always, today’s flyaway couple added their own personal touch to their destination wedding with brightly coloured sunglasses and fans as favours for their guests and they enchanced their blissful beachfront wedding ceremony with traditional Jewish customs. The wedding party then headed on to the pure white sands to watch with wonder as the sun set over the ocean to a vibrant display of pink, violet and scarlet hues – destination wedding perfection!
If you are planning to have your wedding in an exotic location but haven’t decided yet where, you certainly won’t go wrong by choosing Dubai.
And who could be better to bring you all of the inspiration and information you need to for getting married in the desert city of Dubai than the talented team of wedding concierge experts at Aghareed by Lafayette Weddings?
So, if you’re searching for information on getting married in Dubai, look no further! This destination wedding guide has all the details that you need.
Dubai is one of the seven territories that make up the United Arab Emirates, a country located in the Arabian Gulf. By far the most popular city in the region for visitors, Dubai has blossomed from its humble beginnings as a pearl-diving and fishing community into a bustling new metropolis. It now takes pride of place in the Middle East as an international business hub and major tourist destination, attracting millions of holidaymakers each year.
In spite of its amazing changes, Dubai still retains a unique Arabic charm that only adds to its attraction. Its traditional old world heritage combined with an exciting vibrancy as a city that is going places makes it a spectacular venue for couples seeking a unique wedding experience. If you are considering getting married in Dubai, you need to know exactly how to go about arranging it and what you can expect. Aghareed, the UAE-based wedding concierge service, answers some important questions for you about having your most important day in the wonderful city of Dubai…
If you want to legally marry, then you need to be in Dubai for a certain amount of time and the final decision will be made by the religious official you want to conduct your service. We suggest that you do all the paperwork for your marriage in your home country and then have a blessing in Dubai.
If you live in Dubai, you can legally marry at a local church, such as Christ Church in Jebel Ali or St. Mary’s in Oud Metha. There are a few priests and vicars in Dubai who will carry out the legal ceremony at an external venue, such as at a beach for a blessing. Contact the church to arrange a meeting with the vicar or priest. The next step is that you will be asked to attend marriage classes with a group of other engaged couples.
Amity & Alex ♥ Bali, Indonesia
Photographer: Windee Winata – PhotoFactory Bali
This blissful beachside wedding is boho chic at its best – with delicate flower crowns, floaty bridesmaid dresses in nearly nude hues and an effortlessly beautiful boho bride.
Amity and Alex chose Bali as their destination wedding location – possibly the most perfect setting for a boho beach wedding!
A relaxed reception with family-style dining added to the informal yet-oh-so-elegant feel of the day. Tables were filled to bursting with flowers, vintage birdcages, Balinese gifts for the guests, and of course a plentiful supply of twinkling candle light and low-slung lanterns, whilst Moroccan leather pouffes provided chill-out areas to gaze at the stunning sunset and enjoy the bonfire party that ended the evening.
“Neither of us are very religious so a church wedding was never an option. Bali is a special place to both of us and before we met we had always thought we would get married there…I saw a wedding on a photography blog I follow and just knew I had to get married on that beach!”
“We sent out of invitations quite early to give our guests plenty of notice to start saving! The invite contained a small information booklet on Bali with tips and suggestions for where to book accommodation. It also had a RSVP postcard with song requests as a part of it – these in addition to the actual invitation, were bound in lace and twine.”
Nicole & Mark ♥ Bali, Indonesia
Photographer: PhotoFactory Bali
Nicole and Mark tied the knot at the secluded and luxurious Villa Sanctus in Bali. The breathtaking venue perched on a clifftop wows guests with unobstructed views of the brilliant blue sky and the crystal-clear Indian Ocean below. All eyes however were on the elegant bride Nicole, as she dazzled in a stylish sequin gown that shimmered in the Balinese sunlight.
The couple’s first dance was to the Dirty Dancing hit “Time of My Life” and yes, they rocked the dance floor for their guests by reenacting the moves including the epic lift! The song was a great choice as it seems to perfectly sum up their beautiful Bali wedding day.
“We had friends from all over the world attend our wedding – London, Denmark, Oman, Vietnam and all over Australia. We all stayed at the Nusa Dua Hotel & Spa for a few days before the wedding so we could catch up with everyone and enjoy Bali by the pool with a few cocktails.”
“On the day of the wedding we transported our guests to the Villa Sanctus where we had the wedding (the bridal party got ready at the Villa). My groom spent the whole day coordinating the set up – poor thing! At 3.30pm our guests arrived and at 4pm we walked down the aisle.”
Grace & Matthew ♥ Bali, Indonesia
Photographer: PhotoFactory Bali
You Mean The World To Me
Grace described her wedding as simple and sparkling and with a venue choice like the Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay, Bali you wouldn’t expect anything less than the stylish, shimmering, champagne sipping soiree that Grace and Matthew enjoyed.
The luxurious oceanfront location provided a romantic and authentic Balinese backdrop to the couple’s elegant ceremony. Grace added a delicious dose of DIY details to really make this dreamy destination day their own.
You Mean The World To Me
“Matt and I met four years ago when he was in Singapore for a weekend to see his best friend who later became his Best Man. They went out for a drink that night and so did my friends and I. The weekend after that, Matt came back to Singapore for our first official date. He came to Singapore from Australia in 2007 and was immediately stationed to a project in Thailand. At that time I was already working in Singapore for over a year.”
“On our 3rd year anniversary we went to the beautiful Island Boracay in my home country Philippines. He proposed to me in a very romantic private dinner in one of Shangri-La’s pavilions, overlooking the beach. The walkway to the private pavilion was full of red roses and candles alongside. He proposed to me before we had our dessert (in case I got tired and called it a night!). It was a perfect moment and was everything I could have dreamt of.”
“We decided to have our wedding in Bali, Indonesia where both our families from Australia and Philippines can easily travel to and our friends that are mostly from Singapore. We had 62 guests and the rindik instrument was played upon guest arrival to set the mood. With the help of our very nice wedding coordinator in Four Seasons Jimbaran, my dream elegant sunset outdoor wedding came to life. The ceremony was in the Jimbaran garden overlooking the Jimbaran beach. The colour combination was simple and sparkling.”