The quest for an elaborate and classy white wedding is the dream of most celebrity brides and tying the nuptial knot in a foreign country makes it more prestigious. For most Nigerian celebrities, this trend has become the in thing. Both the rich, mighty and some average Nigerian brides all share this dream.However,our explicit survey reveals that while many opt for a Dubai wedding as a thing of class or prestige, many celebrities actually take their white wedding to Dubai to cut cost.This is because a lot of celebrities who have attained a certain height of prominence are expected to hold a high standard wedding if it must hold in Lagos.
According to a wedding planner who gave her analysis of why a lot of celebrities now wed in Dubai,she revealed that the exotic wedding locations which connote class range from Eko Hotel,Oriental Hotel, Grandeur Event centers,Civic Center and the likes ,and to book a hall in such prestigious places which are most times fully booked ,runs into millions,just for venue.Adding all other logistics,you will be running at a cost of a minimum of about 10million and more to hold a grand celebrity wedding.For some exclusive locations like the big hotels where you must patronise their cuisine and have to pay per head for each guest’s meal,you may be hitting about 4 million for venue and feeding alone,talk more of decoration and other logistics.But with about 3million naira ,you will have a wedding to die for in Dubai.Also getting a Dubai Visa isn’t much of a big deal and of course not the same number of guests who will readily storm your wedding venue here can afford to fly to Dubai therefore you have a smaller number of guests to cater for, and an amazing ambience to die for.At most,you throw a lavish engagement here that will accommodate everyone ,then keep it classy yet less expensive with a white wedding in Dubai.”she says. However,not all celebrity weddings in Dubai come cheap,as many still go all out to make it as elaborate as possible,even flying in their guests.Last weekend,two Nigerian celebrity weddings rocked Dubai same weekend, that of music star Davido’s elder sister Coco Adeleke and popular on air personality Tolu Oniru who got married to her boo Tunde Demuren.ALthough the curvy presenter kept it cool but classy with few friends and family members in attendance, the Adelekes literally shut down the tourist city.Coco and Caleb Adaji had their white wedding ceremony on Sunday May 29th, 2016 in three venues, Palazzo Versace Hotel ,Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah Dubai in Dubai.From the décor, cake ,number of guests who were treated to amazing fun packages,it was obvious the billionaire daughter put her best foot forward to reinforce her status . They also flew in guests and celebrity vendors from Nigeria to cater for the grand ceremony.While top event planner Funke Bucknor of Zaphire Events took charge of the event,Lagos numero uno make up stylist Banke Meshida Lawal of Bmpro took care of hair, make up of the bridal train. Other showbiz stars who held their white wedding in Dubai include Music star Tuface Idibia who blazed the trail with his much talked about multi million naira celebrity studded wedding as he flew a huge number of his colleagues to the tourist city for his wedding.It remains the biggest of his ilks who have towed the path.Also on the list is music star Tiwa Savage who wedded her estranged husband Tee Billz in Dubai.The couple got married at the Ameria Hotel Dubai.One significant thing about these weddings is that they all take place in hotels.A visit to some of these choice hotels in Dubai will give you an insight on why they are the preferred choices of our celebrities.Tuface got married at the Jumeriah Beach side overlooking the worldclass Burj Al Arab .These 5 star hotels flaunt an outlook that serenades you the moment you approach the eye popping structures.From its luxurious suites overlooking the sea, world class restaurants and the fleets of exotic cars that chauffeurs you(on request),its definitely the most memorable experience any bride cant forget in a hurry.Each suite has a ceiling to floor glass windows with panoramic view of the beautiful city, 4 carat Gold iPad, complimentary WiFi, a 21-inch iMac, and widescreen interactive HD TV.SOme of these hotels offer wedding packages to clients and the bigger the hotel,the more expensive .Most of them offer wedding packages that include an inhouse wedding expert to help you plan your wedding, an audio visual specialist, a buffet menu. a three tier wedding cake, unlimited non alcoholic beverages,including soft drinks,prepared juices and mineral water,coffee and tea service after dinner,decoration of the wedding venue including special services from a team of florists, a head table adorned with floral arrangement,complete set up of screens, micro phone ,dance floor , stage and even parking lot for guests , complimentary one night stay including break fast,pre wedding photo shoots, spa services for the bride and several other services for a certain fee but you have to pay per number of guests.The fee ranges from about $400 minimum per guest and goes as high as about $900 per guest depending on wether you want a premium package or just a normal wedding package.Apart from fleet of rolls Royce and other expensive cars to transport the couple,some hotels also offer special helicopter services for couples who may prefer an outdoor wedding.There are also some not very expensive but classy hotels that offer very affordable wedding packages for an average bride.As a matter of fact, alot of couples who don’t want to go bankrupt all because of a wedding now prefer to have a quiet low key wedding in Dubai with a minimum of about 20 guests.They keep it very low key by booking a hotel for few guests, get the pool side decorated for a wedding ceremony or get married in a church which will cost you probably nothing then retire to the hotel where a table of about 30 people will be arranged and decorated with lovely floral centre piece and then you pay per head for the meal, all of which may not exceed a million naira or even lesser.The good news is that some of these wedding packages make it possible for upcoming brides who desire to wed in Dubai, to achieve their dreams without breaking the bank .The first step is visit Dubai and make your reservations from any the numerous hotels in the city and request their wedding packages