Arabia Weddings will be talking to brides everywhere across the region, asking them various questions about themselves, their husbands, wedding planning and advice for all the brides out there.
Dana El-Assi is our first bride to be featured under our new series of "Confessions of a Bride".
Thank you Dana for sharing your experience in wedding planning with other brides-to-be.
Dana recently got married in Dubai to Osama Al-Serr.Here is how she responded to Arabia Weddings' questions on her own wedding planning experience:
- How did you and your husband meet?
We studied in the same university, he proposed to me during his senior year before he graduated. We were engaged in October 2010, for 2 years, after that I graduated and we got married in June 2012.
- Did you hire a wedding planner or planned your wedding yourself? How was your experience?
I planned the wedding myself with the help of my sister and my best friend. It was hectic at times, as there were many things to do last minute, making sure everything was in place for the wedding.But my sister was of great help to me, and she helped me get lots of things done. I only hired a wedding planner to organize things on the day of the wedding to make sure the wedding schedule runs smoothly
- What is the biggest advice you can give any bride-to-be when planning for her wedding?
- Put your budget in consideration at all times; try to plan the wedding to fit within that budget.- Open up to experts in the field of wedding planning and have options, but decide on what you want and what reflects your character.- Try to involve your close family and friends with you while you plan, it is a nice gesture and they can be of great help,and give you advice and support. Have some quality time with your parents and siblings.
- Did you pick a certain theme or color scheme? What was it? Did you use it all through the wedding?
Yes, I picked white and gold with a touch of brown. It was used throughout: the invitations were white and gold with a brown touch. The ballroom had gold interior and brown walls. The kosha was white, with crystals and flowers with a gold background. Tablecloths were golden linen and centerpieces were white candles and rose petals.
- What was the most difficult and stressful part of wedding planning?
Getting everything in order!The last week was the most stressful part as you need to double check everything that you have been working on for the entire wedding and confirm everything with the wedding suppliers. Making sure that you haven’t missed or forgotten anything is always stressful when you have a million things to do.
- Did you face any surprises? If so how did you deal with them?
On the day of the wedding, two things happened. I had discussed with the kosha designer that I don’t want a backdrop behind the kosha, as there was a beautiful golden wall as part of the ballroom.To my surprise, what happened was the backdrop was installed, but luckily for me, there was sometime to talk to the designers and ask them to take it off, and it was ready before the wedding started.
Also, the zaffa was supposed to start at 8:30 p.m., but a lot of guests didn’t show up before 9:30 p.m. so the wedding schedule was pushed for an hour, but the rest of the schedule moved along smoothly.
- Do you consider yourself as a relaxed bride or more of a bridezilla?
I was too involved with the wedding planning that I don’t remember whether I was relaxed or stressed. Yet I have to admit that when I was faced with issues, I became angry and hard to deal with until the problem was solved.
"The last week was the most stressful part..
as you need to double check everything..
and confirm everything with the wedding suppliers."
- How can you best describe your wedding and the planning process?
I believe a successful wedding comes from two things: good planning and the family/friends that share your big day. I had these two things, thankfully. I had been planning my wedding for a year.I set my budget and took my time choosing and deciding on what I want and what reflects who I am. I had the help and support of my sister and my best friend all along. And I was blessed that I was able to share my big day with all my family and friends who are very dear and close to me.
- Do you recommend specific suppliers you worked with?
Venue:The Address, Dubai MarinaConstellation ballroomMs. Roxanne Sayegh
Kosha designer/ DJ / Centerpiece / Zaffa Group:Al Masiya Music Trading and organizing events - SharjahMain Contact: Mr. Khalil Mousa
Photographer / Videographer:Playshots Wedding Photography and Corporate Video Production- Dubai, Media CityAsk for Vania, she is an amazing photographer and very talented
Wedding dress:The Swan Bridal Dresses
Wedding invitations:Designed by Ghazwa Al Sawaf, a graphic designer from MBLM and printed at Pearl Printing Press,Mr. Sanjoy Noronha
Wishing Tree:HadayazMs. RanaAchour
Makeup ArtistMs. Eman from Merle Norman Cosmetics