25 March 2019Dubai – UAE


A One‐Day Seminar on Planning Multicultural Weddings.

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To be able to operate as a versatile wedding planner, a wedding professional, service provider or an events specialist nowadays, it’s imperative that you are familiar with wedding traditions and customs of different cultures and nationalities, so you are able to close the deal, meet or exceed your clients’ expectations and expand your business.

Whether you are based in a multi cultural city such as Dubai or meeting international clients at home or abroad, you are bound to deal with clients of different cultures, nationalities and ethnicities. WEDDING BONANZA will help you understand the differences and similarities of multi cultural weddings, and offer you a great opportunity to learn the best practices, as well as, the dos and don'ts of planning a wide variety of weddings, be it Arab weddings, Indian weddings, Turkish, Iranian, European or African weddings.

Through a carefully selected mix of presentations, case studies and panel discussions, you will get a chance to hear from expert wedding planners and professionals in the industry and network with like-minded people on that day.

  • When & Where
  • Who should attend?
  • Registration Fees
WEDDING BONANZA is a one-day Seminar that will be held on Monday, 25 March at Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, a stunning new beachfront 5-star hotel in Dubai.

WEDDING BONANZA will mostly be useful for:

  • Wedding and Event Planners
  • Wedding Designers
  • Wedding Professionals, Suppliers and Service Providers
  • Weddings & Events specialists at hotels and other venues
  • Banquet & Sales teams at hotels and other venues
  • Wedding Coordinators, aspiring Wedding Planners and students of this field
  • AED 800 per person ($220)
  • AED 500 (for Arabia Weddings Partners) ($140)
  • 10% group discount applicable for teams of 3 attendees and above from the same organisation

Event Speakers

Speakers who have so far confirmed their participation include:

Event Schedule

Do not miss it and be sure to attend

9:00 AM



Registration & Networking


9:30 AM

Samar Shawareb

Arabia Weddings

Welcome Remarks


9:35 AM

Zainab Alsalih

Carousel, UAE

Unique Aspects of Weddings in the Middle East

Drawing on different cultures to personalize and differentiate weddings

10:00 AM

Rahul Kumar

Vivaah Weddings, UAE

South Asian Weddings: Challenges and Opportunities


10:30 AM

Sandy Audi

Bianca Events, UAE

Breaking into The Indian Weddings Market

Case Study - Challenges faced and lessons learnt from organizing Indian Destination Weddings in Dubai

11:00 AM



Coffee Break & Networking


11:30 AM

Meltem Tepeler

KM Events, Turkey

Turkish Wedding Traditions


12:00 PM

Lana Olifer

Lana Wedding Planner, UAE

Wedding Traditions of Eastern Europe

A walkthrough the main wedding traditions of Ukraine and other Russian speaking countries.

12:30 PM

Mahtab Doorbash

Event Land UAE

Understanding Iranian Wedding Traditions & Customs

From Hanna Bandan to Sofreh Aghd, you’ll get to learn about what it takes to plan an Iranian/Persian wedding.

13:00 PM



Lunch and Networking


14:15 PM

Monica Balli

Monica Balli Events

Highlights of West European Weddings

Similarities in European weddings with a focus on Italian weddings in Italy & abroad

15:00 PM



Coffee Break


15:30 PM

Julie Droin Ziani

Julie and Romeo, UAE

Planning ‘Women Only’ Weddings

A practical experience of planning Saudi ‘women only’ weddings and differences among GCC traditional weddings from a non-Arab perspective.

16:00 PM

Aseel Al-Ansari

Wedding and Event Company, Bahrain

Gulf Wedding Customs & Traditions

What you need to know about planning weddings for Gulf families in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere.

16:30 PM



Closing Remarks


They Say

Event Organizers

WEDDING BONANZA is a Seminar organized by Arabia Weddings, the leading online wedding planning portal in the Middle East and North Africa. Through its online and offline activities and events, Arabia Weddings fosters collaboration among the different stakeholders of the weddings industry to strengthen the sector and promote the region as a destination for multicultural weddings from around the world.

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Registration Fees


AED 500 /1 person ($140)

Applicable to Arabia Weddings clients

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