Abu Dhabi Do
Friday just been saw us celebrate our marriage for the third and final time here in our home town. Our immac Friday afternoon was spent brunching at Zuma, our favourite restaurant here in Abu Dhabi, with 20 or so of our closest friends. After an afternoon of Zuma indulgence the celebration then continued back at our home, starting as we all watched an amazing sunset from our balcony through until the wee-small hours. For our immac wedding party we hired a bar man for the evening. He was quite simply smashing; the cocktails and champagne were flowing all evening, as were the dance moves. If there was a prize for best dancer it would most definitely would have gone to David Taylor who was quite literally dancing on our dining room table. We also had some other help in for the evening which meant that Matt and I could relax with the knowledge that the chores were being dealt with behind the scenes to allow things to run super-smooth. Yes, the planning involved for our final wedding celebration was meticulous in all respects. We really made sure we had everything covered from the playlist to a sweet-stall; from drivers to burger deliveries. And, I have to say, it all went like clock-work.
So, thinking of planning a party? Here's what I have learned from our year of celebration:
1. Plan, plan and plan. To fail to plan is to plan to fail, as they say. The Virgo in me loves a good list and so I literally had lists for everything. In the moment it's so easy to forget something so have your list to hand and that way you can make sure you don't miss anything.
2. If anyone offers to help, then take them up on it. Our neighbours and friends were so keen to help and it took the pressure of us a little bit too.
3. Call ahead. The day before I called everyone that we were relying on. The hairdressers, the caterer, the florist, the restaurant, the car company and the bar- man. You need to ensure no one drops the ball and that you aren't going to end up with any last minute emergencies.
4. Have enough music to last 3 days. We did have a few music blips by the time people had played with the play-list. So next time I would make-sure we had enough music lined up for a 3 day festival. There's only so many times you can listen to Dancing On The Ceiling!
5. Take loads of photographs. It's so easy to snap pictures and yet often we are enjoying ourselves so much that the photographs fall by the way-side. Our lovely friend Jo was keen to take photographs and so we have loads, thankfully. Check them out below.
Thank you to everyone who joined us to share our special celebration. You were all amazing and really made our day!