OH HAPPY DAY

WHETHER YOU'RE AF­TER GLAM­OROUS GRANDEUR OR LAID BACK LUX­URY, TH EU A EH AS SOME­THING TO OF­FER FOR EV­ERY BRIDE-TO-BE. HERE, WE ROUND UP SIX OF THE BEST LO­CAL LO­CA­TIONS TO SAY‘ I DO' IN STYLE

Emirates Bride - - DESTINATION WEDDING/ TUSCANY - WORDS: MAD­DI­SON GLENDINNING

AN AN TARA DUBAI THE PALM RE­SORT& SPA

BEST FOR: Beach-lov­ing brides

THE LOWDOWN: Sit­u­ated on Dubai's iconic Palm Jumeirah, Anan­tara is the ideal lo­ca­tion for cou­ples look­ing to wed sur­rounded by palm trees, a sparkling sea and white sand beaches. In ad­di­tion to the op­tions of its spec­tac­u­lar Palm Ball­room and be­side its ex­pan­sive pool, Anan­tara also of­fers cou­ples the op­por­tu­nity to be mar­ried out on the beach with stun­ning views of The Palm's sky­line (we sug­gest you opt for sun­set to truly see the magic of the venue), fol­lowed by an alfresco din­ner un­der the stars.

RE­SORT HIGH­LIGHTS: The ho­tel also of­fers four ad­di­tional 'ex­pe­ri­ences' to add a spe­cial some­thing to the big day for you and your part­ner - they are called ‘The Per­fect En­trance', ‘Night Be­fore', ‘In Your Own Words' and ‘A Gift of Love'. Our favourite? You can't go past ‘The Per­fect En­trance' where the bridal party can tai­lor their wed­ding en­trance to make a se­ri­ous state­ment by ar­riv­ing on an ele­phant, a camel or even a boat.

PACK­AGES START AT: Dhs375 per per­son (min­i­mum of 80 guests) for a buf­fet din­ner (drinks pack­ages are priced separately), and the bride and groom au­to­mat­i­cally re­ceive the wed­ding pack­age that in­cludes a two-tier cake, a com­pli­men­tary night's stay and a one-hour mas­sage.

CON­TACT: (04) 567 8888

FOUR SEASONS ABU DHABI

BEST FOR: Clas­sic elegance THE LOWDOWN: If big and beau­ti­ful is your wed­ding motto, look no fur­ther than the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi. With its im­pec­ca­ble po­si­tion­ing on the glam­orous Al Maryah Is­land and boast­ing an un­in­ter­rupted vista of the capital’s daz­zling sky­line, the Four Seasons is the ul­ti­mate des­ti­na­tion for the grandiose cou­ple. You’ll be able to choose from two ball­rooms, both of which fea­ture floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows and doors that open out­wards onto a wa­ter­side ter­race area, and can hold up to 340 guests. What’s more is that the ho­tel’s wed­ding al­bum-wor­thy mar­ble stair­case makes for the per­fect back­drop for your pho­tos, given its im­pres­sive de­sign and ocean views. RE­SORT HIGH­LIGHTS: The re­sort goes above and be­yond to of­fer its brides (and grooms) ev­ery­thing they could need for their wed­ding day in­clud­ing a per­sonal wed­ding planner to help with all de­tails from flow­ers to decor, make-up and hair styling at the Spa, an in-house pas­try chef to cre­ate the cake of your dreams and a cus­tomised menu de­vel­oped along­side the Ex­ec­u­tive Chef. PACK­AGES START AT: Dhs275 per per­son for a four-course meal with juice and soft drinks, com­pli­men­tary tea and cof­fee, a dance floor, stage and sound sys­tem and a three-tier wed­ding cake. CON­TACT: (02) 333 2222

TAJ DUBAI

BEST FOR: A con­tem­po­rary cel­e­bra­tion

THE LOWDOWN: Boast­ing un­ob­structed views of the Burj Khal­ifa, the Taj Dubai is the ideal lo­ca­tion for cou­ples look­ing for a lowkey-but-lux­u­ri­ous cel­e­bra­tion. If you have a large event in mind, the ho­tel of­fers its stylish Opera Ball­room which seats 300 peo­ple, or if you’re look­ing for some­thing slightly more in­ti­mate, there are four lo­ca­tions in which you can cel­e­brate be­com­ing hus­band and wife, in­clud­ing the out­door pool deck, Se­cret Gar­den or Tree­house (both of which over­look Down­town), and Bom­bay Brasserie’s con­tem­po­rary In­dian set­ting, each host­ing be­tween 110-120 peo­ple.

RE­SORT HIGH­LIGHTS: The ho­tel of­fers two stand­out rooms that are per­fect for new­ly­weds. First, the Ma­haraja Suite, which is in­spired by the Ma­haraja palaces in Rajasthan, oc­cu­pies 680 square me­tres and fea­tures sump­tu­ous, In­dian-in­spired in­te­ri­ors as well as an Instagram-wor­thy roof ter­race. The sec­ond is the Pres­i­den­tial Suite, which makes it­self at home across the en­tire 35th floor of the build­ing and comes with its own fit­ness suite, study and spa. With its breath­tak­ing views of Dubai, the ul­tra­lux­u­ri­ous space is fit for roy­alty – also known as the bride and groom.

PACK­AGES START AT: Dhs250 per per­son for a deluxe din­ner buf­fet, free-flow­ing soft drinks, a three-tier wed­ding cake and event fa­cil­i­ties. CON­TACT: (04) 438 3100

JW MAR­RIOTT MAR­QUIS DUBAI

BEST FOR: A grand cel­e­bra­tion with 1000+ guests THE LOWDOWN: With its beau­ti­ful views of Down­town Dubai, and the fact it’s the world’s tallest ho­tel, the JW Mar­riott Mar­quis Dubai prom­ises an evening of un­par­al­leled so­phis­ti­ca­tion. If your guest list is larger than the Met Gala, then you’ll be pleased to know that the ho­tel has over 80,000 square feet of event space and that the Dubai Ball­room can com­fort­ably host over 1,000 guests in a stand­out space, com­plete with pri­vate prepa­ra­tion suites for the bride and her en­tourage. When it comes to the re­cep­tion, you have the choice of 10 restau­rants, in­clud­ing the award-win­ning Rang Ma­hal, which is owned by Miche­lin-starred chef Atul Kochhar. RE­SORT HIGH­LIGHTS: The ho­tel’s Saray Spa of­fers a ‘Girl’s Day’ pack­age which is per­fect for you and your bridesmaids to be pam­pered ahead of the wed­ding. You’ll choose from a 30-minute fa­cial or back mas­sage and then en­joy a com­pli­men­tary 15-minute foot re­flex­ol­ogy ses­sion (to make sure your feet are in tip-top con­di­tion ahead of your walk down the aisle). You’ll then in­dulge in a de­tox juice and a se­lec­tion of de­li­cious canapés be­fore head­ing to French bak­ery La Farine, where you can en­joy Dhs300 worth of bev­er­ages per per­son. PACK­AGES START AT: Dhs330 per per­son which in­cludes a seated or buf­fet din­ner, non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages and cof­fee and tea, cake and use of the ball­room, as well as a one-night stay in a deluxe room with com­pli­men­tary break­fast for the bride and groom. CON­TACT: (04) 414 0000

ALMA H AA LUX­URY COL­LEC­TION DESERT RE­SORT& SPA

BEST FOR: An in­ti­mate soirée with tra­di­tional Ara­bian in­flu­ences

THE LOWDOWN: Nes­tled in amongst the seem­ingly end­less Desert Con­ser­va­tion Re­serve, and just an hour's drive from Dubai, Al Maha Desert Re­sort & Spa is a bea­con of lux­ury within the lo­cal land­scape. The re­sort of­fers two on-site des­ti­na­tions for wed­ding cer­e­monies, both of which de­liver spec­tac­u­lar views of the sur­round­ing dunes, and four re­cep­tion venues which can cater for any­where from 30 to120 guests. You can choose to dine pool­side in the Pres­i­den­tial Suite (where you and your groom will stay the night, with break­fast in­cluded), in the ex­pan­sive grandeur of the Al Ma­jlis, in tra­di­tional Ara­bian style with a live desert bar­be­cue, or at the ex­clu­sive dune din­ing site, de­pend­ing on your party pref­er­ence.

RE­SORT HIGH­LIGHTS: The re­sort of­fers mul­ti­ple ac­tiv­i­ties to keep your guests en­ter­tained both pre- and post-wed­ding, in­clud­ing ex­pert concierge-led camel trekking, dune driv­ing and fal­conry. Ad­di­tion­ally, the bride and groom will re­ceive a com­pli­men­tary bot­tle of bub­bles upon ar­rival, as well as a 25 per cent dis­count at the Spa to en­sure you're re­laxed from headto-toe be­fore the big day.

PACK­AGES START AT: Dhs3,680 for the wed­ding ceremony to be held on-site (which in­cludes seat­ing, a podium, car­pet and the al­tar table) and from Dhs6,176 for the re­cep­tion.

CON­TACT: (04) 832 9900

WALDORF ASTORIA DUBAI PALM JUMEIRAH

BEST FOR: Brides seek­ing a be­spoke ser­vice THE LOWDOWN: Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, with the glit­ter­ing wa­ters of the Ara­bian Gulf sur­round­ing it, is an ideal wed­ding lo­ca­tion. If it's an out­door wed­ding you have in mind, the ho­tel's pri­vate beach de­liv­ers an in­ti­mate and ro­man­tic space to hold your ceremony, or if you were af­ter a more for­mal af­fair, the Grand Ball­room can ac­com­mo­date a seated re­cep­tion of 380 peo­ple or a cock­tail re­cep­tion of 700. The ho­tel of­fers three dif­fer­ent wed­ding pack­ages and each can be en­tirely cus­tomised with the help of the ded­i­cated events team, to help you cre­ate your per­fect day from be­gin­ning to end. RE­SORT HIGH­LIGHTS: To help you pre­pare for your big day with as lit­tle stress as pos­si­ble, the ho­tel of­fers its tried-and-tested wed­ding check­list that cov­ers ev­ery­thing from guests, gift reg­istries and get­ting ready for your honey­moon. The list also al­lows you to high­light cer­tain things you'd like (such as a re­hearsal din­ner or your re­cep­tion agenda) so that your ded­i­cated concierge can en­sure ev­ery­thing runs smoothly. PACK­AGES START AT: Dhs320 per per­son (min­i­mum of 100 guests), which in­cludes a buf­fet or three-course seated din­ner, un­lim­ited soft drinks, dance floor and stage set-up and a com­pli­men­tary one-night stay for the bride and groom. CON­TACT: (04) 818 2222

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