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Destination Wedding in Dubai

Thinking of hosting a destination wedding in Dubai? As a wonderful destination for organising Arabian-themed desert weddings, luxury weddings, royal palace weddings, vintage-themed and beach weddings, the place is known for adding pomp and splendour to every celebration.

The desire for hosting a grand celebration brings many people to us who are looking for a wedding planner to plan their big day in Dubai. From luxury hotels to stunning villas, exclusive yachts to sandy beaches, the wedding venues in Dubai are a sight to behold.

Our team at Blissful plans has collected important information every couple seeking to host a wedding in Dubai must know. We have styled some of the most momentous occasions, ranging from Indian and Arabic weddings to Catholic weddings, all varying in their themes and demands. Thus, this information has been curated based on our personal experiences as planners. It is a rough guide to provide you direction, read on to know more:

Location details & connectivity with the world

Located in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf coast, Dubai aims to be the business hub of Western Asia. It is also a central global transport hub for passengers and cargo.

A centre for regional and international trade since the early 20th century, Dubai has excellent connectivity from the farthest cities around the world, thus making it an accessible place to host a wedding.

Climate/ Best time for getting married

Dubai is known for its scorching heat in the summer months; however, from October to early April, one can experience pleasant weather conditions with minimal chances of rain and storms. 

Usually, the sun shines daily, and that means you will often chance upon outdoor weddings taking place in some of the most luxurious hotels. 

Do note that Dubai has an on-season and off-season for organising events, October to early April serve as the most favourable wedding months. One must remember, in summer months you cannot opt for a private beach, or outdoor wedding venue for your wedding ceremony as Dubai gets notably humid around this time. 

If you are choosing Dubai for your dream destination wedding, then ensure you pick the date wisely. 

Moreover, many couples seeking to tie-the-knot in Dubai look into other cities across the middle east, such as Ajman, Fujairah, OmanRas Al-Khaimah, etc. Doing so might help you find a more suitable location that fits your requirements.

Cost of wedding

Destination weddings are usually costly, especially when it comes to organising one in Dubai. One of the most opulent cities in the world, Dubai is only preferred by those who wish to spend on lavish amenities and seek to fulfil their desire of a tasteful experience.

The average cost of hosting a wedding in Dubai is somewhere from $81,000 (AED 300,000) to $136,000 (AED 500,000) (depending on the kind of wedding you wish to organise).

Couples from the west roughly spend around $55,000 ( 2,00,000 AED) on their wedding day and those from Arabic and Indian backgrounds may even go up to $270,000 (1 mn AED) or even more.

The breakup can be roughly estimated to:

  1. Stay with meals for 2 nights per person                                      INR 35k
  2. Decor & design charges                                                                        INR 10 lakh upwards
  3. Entertainment & AV                                                                                INR 3 lakh upwards
  4. Video/Photography                                                                                 INR 2 lakh upwards
  5. Miscellaneous/other charges                                                             INR 2 lakh upwards

*Please note that the accommodation charges differ a lot on certain dates and months. The above estimation is just for reference.

Visa & legal formalities

If you are planning on getting married in Dubai, be sure to complete the paperwork well in advance lest you might end up running around in circles when the big day arrives. Like every other formality, getting married in Dubai has its own set process.

Depending on your nationality, citizenship and residency status, planning your dream wedding in Dubai could range from straightforward and simple to stressful and time-consuming processes. In all cases, specific conditions must be followed, and documents must be attested and approved by several parties.

All you need to know: Visa and wedding requirements

Best Wedding Venues in Dubai

The One and Only, Palm Jumeirah

The One and Only at Palm Jumeirah will not serve you anything but the best on your big day. Your word is their command. You can choose from several venues with stunning views offered by each of them- from Moorish style gardens to the relaxing beach dotted with palm trees.

From their expansive residences, gourmet cuisine from across the globe, seamless silver service to an exclusive spa decked with beautiful fountains alongside Dubai Marin’s breathtaking skyline, everything is planned with utmost care and detail to attention.

Dubai Marina Yacht Club

The Dubai Marina Yacht club is perfect if you want an intimate wedding that is sophisticated and lavish.

For ocean lovers who can never get enough of sparkling blue waters, it is ideal to go sailing for hosting a dreamy wedding.

With a stunningly elegant backdrop and scrumptious buffet, Dubai Marina Yacht Club also offers personalised services along with extravagant hospitality.

Service at this yacht is designed to pamper you and your guests, to add to the most delightful of experiences.

Purobeach at Conrad Dubai

Conrad Dubai is a 5-star hotel which boasts of organising events tailored for the needs of their hosts. Further, this hotel can accommodate guests for intimate wedding ceremonies as well as those attending grand celebrations.

From designing spectacular wedding venues and creating a dreamy, idyllic ambience, the wedding experts will guide you and create a tasteful guide for you to pick from what they have to offer.

Conrad further houses two sophisticated and elegant ballrooms in their beautifully landscaped urban oasis. With professional and friendly staff to manage everything, you will be able to enjoy your champagne in peace.

In fact, their restaurants serve international cuisine prepared by the most masterful chefs, leaving little for you to worry about as Conrad takes of everything for you.

Arabian Ranches Golf Club

The spectacular terrace and the scenic views of the lush green golf lawn and a beautiful lake is a sight to behold. The terrace also leads to a large function room for dinner reception if you plan on accommodating more guests. What more could anyone ask for than the delectable cuisines, exclusive service and luxury that Arabian Ranches has to offer to make your wedding the best day of your life. You can either opt for an international buffet or stick to the destination wedding theme and have an Arabic family style selection. They will also treat the bride and groom with a 30 minute spa treatment and a limousine pickup.

The Ritz Carlton, JBR

The Ritz Carlton in Dubai speaks of glamour and luxury. From the wedding planner, to in-house florist and the innovative culinary team, all work together to make your day unforgettable. Make sure to check out the small terrace area on the left side of the main terrace entrance, if you’re looking for something private. There are also options like the Loulou’S Ballroom, beachside garden and restaurants. The hotel also provides you the flexibility to customise your wedding with respect to your cultural needs. Like Indian weddings can easily be organised here.

Atlantis The Palm

Emirates Palace promises nothing less than to treat you like royalty, as the name suggests. The marvellous architecture and intricate interior decor feels something like out of stories. The dedicated team at Emirates will assist you in having a perfectly Indian wedding from Sangeet and Mehendi to the pheras and Vidaai. The ballroom is all marble and gold and the 85 hectares of garden is perfectly manicured. The talented culinary team will tantalise your taste buds with their decadent dishes. The opulence and luxury of the palace is so overwhelming, it feels like a dream.

Raffles

This place is perfect for hosting a traditional Indian wedding. Every ritual is easily arranged by the experienced staff at Raffles. Whether it is a grand or a private wedding, it will suit your needs perfectly. You can customise the menu, theme and decor. The ballroom is adorned with beautiful Swarovski crystal chandeliers and allows room for a dance floor. The terrace overlooking the private Raffles garden is perfect for cocktail reception.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • When should I start planning my destination wedding in Dubai?
    From our experience, we can say that planning a wedding in Dubai can start within 12, 6 or even 3 months before the big event. The more time you have, the better it is, so planning a year or more in advance is ideal. In case of a time crunch, you might have to outsource responsibilities or get wedding planners to help out as picking the perfect wedding dress, venue, vendors, caterers can get overwhelming.
  • How much do wedding planners in Dubai charge?
    Most services have fixed prices, either hourly or based on the type of wedding you’re going for.  Depending on your requirements, you can find planners from around the world or those based in Dubai. Some are more experienced in themed weddings while others might be better suited for luxury weddings. If you’re looking for a planner, check out our page on wedding conceptualization and design.
  • How do I choose a caterer in Dubai?
    A wedding in Dubai needs to impress with elegance, style, and good taste, therefore, the menu must be outstanding. The wedding event planner can provide you with a list of caterers in Dubai and can schedule appointments with experienced caterers to help decide the menu, cuisine preferences and table arrangements.  Another way would be to spend more time figuring out your requirements and finding the right caterers by engaging in research months before the big day.
  • What kind of wedding should I choose?
  • This will depend on your budget. We would suggest taking a look at the cost of luxury weddings, themed weddings, beach weddings and more. Based on your expected expenditure and cost calculation, you can set up a budget for yourself.

    After deciding your budget, you can choose from a variety of options or let us know what you have been envisioning for your destination wedding in Dubai and our team of expert planners will be more than happy to add value.

 

  • Should I hire a wedding planner in Dubai?

Now that is entirely up to you and will depend on the amount of time and effort you are willing to expend on planning your wedding. However, many couples have no idea about conceptualising and planning a wedding. It requires expertise, industry insight, a hectic research process, data organisation, establishing vendor networks and more. This is where the wedding planner enters. A planner may usually even help you save more by getting you discounted rates for your chosen vendors and venues. Check out the questions you must ask while selecting your planner when going for a destination wedding in Dubai.

  • How much does a destination wedding in Dubai cost?

The average cost of a wedding in Dubai ranges from $81,000 (Dh300,000) to $136,000 (Dh500,000). Rhiannon Downie-Hurst, founder and editor-in-chief of the wedding website BrideClubME.com, tells The National that, “Western expatriate couples in the UAE typically spend about $55,000 (Dh200,000) on their wedding day.”

  • Can tourists marry in Dubai?

Yes, foreign ex-pats can get married in Dubai and they do tie the knot here. However, it is important to note that the wedding must be legally registered with the court or relevant embassies.

  • What are the requirements to get married in Dubai?

In Dubai, at least one party to the marriage contract (husband, wife or wife’s guardian) should have a residence visa in the UAE. In other emirates, both bride and groom must be UAE residents. A positive pre-marital screening certificate for the couple issued from the concerned public healthcare facilities in the UAE is required.

 

We hope we answered your questions, contact us here if you would like to have a free call with our team regarding your wedding planning requirements. If you’re unsure about what to ask, check out our blog on questions to ask your wedding planner. This process is going to make your planning easier than ever.

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