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Venue for wedding reception

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Venue for wedding reception

Dear Dubai Advisors

After a relatively small wedding gathering, we are looking for a location for a reception. Since it will be on a Friday, that opens up the possibly of a brunch type of gathering. That, or something similar, and catered in a local hotel. It should be indoors, since this will be a Friday in August.

The number of guests might be in the range of 15 - 20, and the budget may be in the AED 300 - 350 per person neighbourhood; possibly higher.

The anticipated start time may be early afternoon, 1 pm or so (possibly some details can be negotiated with the venue, in the case of a brunch with a fairly large group.)

Have you seen anything of this nature here in Dubai before? I'd be very grateful for any suggestions that you might have.

Thank you very much!

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Tyne and Wear
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1. Re: Venue for wedding reception

You're probably best contacting hotels direct.

I'd have thought your gathering will be too small in numbers for them to allow you a private venue particularly on a Friday.

I'd imagine hotels will happily incorporate you within their Friday brunches and perhaps cordon off an area for your party. For a charge hotels will happily decorate etc but for advice contact hotels direct and speak to their hospitality/events manager.

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2. Re: Venue for wedding reception

Yes I agree with Hannah - you will need to contact a few hotels to start with and see if they can give you a deal on 20 guests. I am sure you will be able to get a semi private area for your group.

As with anywhere in the world, mention its a wedding and they will whack 30% to the cost of anything - if its a work leaving party then all is good... so don't mention the W word and just saying you are bringing in a group for Brunch....

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3. Re: Venue for wedding reception

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4. Re: Venue for wedding reception

I think the challenge you may face is IF you joined a brunch, you could face the vagaries and inconsistencies of brunch service.

Personally, if I was looking for a reception meal for a special event, I wouldn't risk 'just' joining a brunch - too many variables for a blot on a special day. Drunken eejits, or a brunch that's over capacity, inconsistent food offerings etc. would all have the 'spidey sense' on overdrive and I woudn't feel altogether comfortable. Add in that budget you're looking at, and it may not be one of the top end or reliably consistent brunches.

This doesn't mean brunches are a bad idea (they're definitely not) but it's about managing expectations of your group. It may be a wiser idea to approach a non-brunch venue and go for the private dining option (which may drive the price up).

What may be a smarter idea is to pitch to a brunch venue in the quieter post-brunch meal times. Most venues suffer a lull in footfall after brunch, so would possibly be more amenable to a 'deal' for non-peak visitors (ie before 7pm evening customers but after 4-5pm 'brunch zombie' hour.

Maybe try pitching to restaurants that don't have much footfall or get that busy due to being in outlying/less busy areas (e.g. Business Bay, Al Habtoor City)? There's an abundance of terrific restaurants just in AHC between the Westin/St Regis/W so I'm sure one will bite ....

Another option would be to pick a Starwood/SPG hotel that does the SPG Cravings discount such as Toro Toro (e.g. Grosvenor House - Le Royal Meridien - Westin/Le Meridien Mina Seyahi or the Al Habtoor trio listed above) and have all your group sign up to their (free) loyalty program. I think they have a limit to one group of 8 getting a discount, so just make two bookings/tables/groups and each guest should get 20% discount....


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5. Re: Venue for wedding reception

Thank you very much for your replies.

I think that you're right, there are some things to think about (and worry about.)

If anything else occurs to you, I'd appreciate another 'heads up' ... thanks again!

Have a nice day...

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6. Re: Venue for wedding reception

Just a thought: what about using the Bateaux for a dinner cruise? I think I have a contact there I could share with you...

Or, to be a bit different a private BBQ in the desert... again know someone who could but something together for you at a camp or a private BBQ....

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