In the last year I received at least three wedding invitations to the palatial luxury country Abu Dhabi. I was surprised – was it a coincidence or a classy wedding trend?
Well, the hopeless romantic in me just couldn’t stay calm, so I spoke to couples who had tied the knot in the private islands and futuristic ballrooms of Abu Dhabi – and they described a rose-carpeted, irresistibly romantic event, that would probably look extravagantly in the eye and then overtake them.
What next? I called the venues, did some legwork, and found that Abu Dhabi is indeed well on its way to becoming the hub for weddings.
Don’t you believe me yet Here are four wedding locations in Abu Dhabi that come straight out of a fairy tale (with this in mind, we absolutely want to say “I do” !!)
1. Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Magic literally happens at this luxury hotel on Al Maryah Island! For your main wedding, we recommend the Rosewood Ballroom, an exquisite, column-free hall with a sparkling ceiling that exudes just the right amount of luxury and fairytale magic for the big day.
Would you like to take the less traveled road? Opt for the Rosewood pool terrace. Imagine getting married, surrounded by lush palm trees, breathtaking views, the glow of the blue sea or even a starry sky during a glamorous evening wedding. Sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?
Good news for the brides – this venue has several “Rosewood Lavish Packages” that include free two / three tier cake, spa facilities, in-house discounts and whatnot!
2. The Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
If you want your wedding day to be painted with old world charm and passion, this is the place. With Venice-inspired hotel grounds overlooking the canal and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, this venue is a Hollywood classic. You can choose between the luxurious wedding hall, the Hotel Olive Garden, divine lawns or our favorite – the beach on the canal. The hotel has one of the best in-house teams of wedding experts and pastry chefs in the world who work closely and tirelessly on every detail to make your wedding dreams come true.
Brides take note: They live in a palatial bridal suite with a special dressing room that leads to the Roma ballroom. Ideal for the perfect fairytale entry!
3. Qasr Al Sarab desert resort from Anantara
Would you like to recreate the desert romance of Jasmine and Aladdin? Look no more! Located in the middle of the desert, this resort has redefined luxury. You can land on the private helipad with your loved one, dine like Bedouins under the stars, and dance all night in the Liwa Ballroom.
The hotel offers packages for a seamless flow of events: Desert Passion (for traditional African ceremonies), Desert Romance (European ceremonies) and Full Buyout Wedding (South Asian ceremonies).
If you are planning a cozy ceremony, we recommend the Royal Pavilion Villas. From greeting VIPs on private helipads to ten standalone pool villas and the perfect garden patio to swap vows as the sun goes down, this place is for you.
4. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
With an in-house florist, lush lawns, high coffered ceilings, and larger-than-life stairs in the hotel’s main foyer, this regal venue leaves no stone unturned to make your special day a memorable one.
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa offers several options: the Grand Lawn, Masters Ballroom and Majors Ballroom, the latter being our choice for an intimate and luxurious wedding given the current social climate.
Trust this destination to teleport you to fantasy land for the big day – from a lavish pre-function area to a breathtaking sunset!
5. Desert Islands Resort & Spa by Anantara
Anantara’s Desert Islands Resort & Spa is set amidst the incomparable beauty of Sir Bani Yas Island and is a dream come true for most brides. This unique island hotel offers the perfect setting for your wedding. You can swap vows as the sun sets over the gulf, dance together as husband and wife on the soft sand of the beach, or just hold your traditional wedding under the gaze of the twinkling stars. The hotel offers a range of banquet options and open spaces for your events. You can enjoy your cocktail party at the Dhabi Ballroom, a beach wedding at Conference Center Beach or Al Yamm Beach, and a reception dinner in beautiful Al Sahel Savannah.
6. Emirates Palace
If you’re willing to pay a little extra, Emirates Palace is a great wedding venue. From stunning ballrooms with ornate marble and gold to manicured gardens and elegant terraces, they have it all. The Etihad Ballroom is a stunning location for an indoor wedding with 2.5 ton Swarovski crystal chandeliers. If you are looking for an outdoor wedding venue, the choice is yours. You have 1.3 km of private beach, 85 acres of beautiful gardens and royal terraces to celebrate your wedding on.
If you are already in love with Abu Dhabi’s many luxurious and romantic wedding venues, just wait until you’ve checked out some of the best honeymoon destinations!
Planning a wedding can be stressful for the bride and groom. This is precisely why a relaxed and luxurious honeymoon destination like Abu Dhabi should be your choice. Immediately after a palatial wedding, the newlyweds can spend their honeymoon in lavish hotels across the city, such as the Shangri-La Hotel, the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotels and Villas, or the Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. Or they could opt for a romantic beach vacation on Saadiyat Island.
That’s not all! Newly married lovebirds can also stroll through the garden city of Al Ain (about an hour and a half drive from Abu Dhabi) and enjoy thousands of years of history and adventure-themed UNESCO World Heritage sites, enjoy hiking in parks on Yas Island, visit the intricately designed Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque In the Louvre Abu Dhabi you can go through a ‘rain of light’ or kayak in the moonlight, explore the city’s impressive culinary scene and much more.
What does your fairytale wedding look like? Let us know in the comments below.