- 5 years ago
What a day it’s been!
Went to my wedding venue today with my florist to check out the area, so she can see the natural blooms, take pictures, etc. I was so happy at how extra beautiful it looked today and got even more excited about having my wedding there.
Anyhow, I took the opportunity to have a quick meet up with the events manner at the hotel and he happened to inform me that the hotels OWNER has a nephew getting married. And that the owner wants the wedding at my venue on the same day!!
Well, this knocked me for six, since it is a small boutique hotel, with large grounds granted, but still! I was also informed (by word) by the previous events assistant that NO OTHER weddings will happen on my date!
OK, so the events hotel manager did try n fight my corner and ask that the owners nephew consider the day after, but OH no, the owner aint having it, I live in Dubai and the LOCALS here get to click their fingers and demand anything be dropped for them!
I understand they are a business and need to make money, but I am so concerned that this will impede on the quality of service and attention my wedding rightly deserveS! How the hell are they going to manage my wedding, that wedding, not to mention the busy brunch they have on a Friday!
The events manager, has insisted this will not affect my wedding, that the other wedding will be across the other side of the hotel on their polo fields, that they have managed an 8000 persons event before, that the other wedding guests won’t come through the main hotel entrance and will go through a completely different entrance, that they have enough staff to cater for both, that HE will still be leading my wedding and he also topped it off with saying that the other wedding are spending 30,000AED on fireworks, so we will get a free firework display at ours :SSSS.
I just don’t know what to think about this! What if the OWNER then demands that the whole hotel be blocked for his nephews wedding guests to stay! I have already given the deposit, my invites are almost ready to be sent, half of my guests have already booked their flights and many of them have booked nights at my venue! I am also SICK AND TIRED of changing things to please other ppl, I already moved my date for a friend having her wedding near my date, I already turned down another wedding venue cos of someone else, I changed the date so certain ppl can come!
I WANT TO JUST BLOODY ENJOY MY PLANNING NOW! I sent them an email today as follows, some of my friends are saying I was too NICE, my mum and someone else think it was just the right tone! What do you think?
Thanks for taking the time to meet the florist and I today, the wedding location is really looking more beautiful than ever!
On the note of the 300 persons wedding being held the same day as my wedding, I have concerns. I know you reassured me that you and the hotel can manage it, but I would like something in writing please as upon booking with Yasmin I was assured no other weddings would happen on the same day as mine.
I understand you are business and have revenue to consider and that the person this is for is your owner, however:
- I need to be reassured that your owner will not take up the rooms myself and my guests have already booked and /will be booking. We have first right refusal. I have paid my deposit and a contract has been signed. My guests have also started booking up rooms.
- This should not impede on the quality of service, food and attention my wedding rightly deserves and I don’t want to hear noise and disturbance from the other wedding during my ceremony.
- I also don’t want my guests being confused with directions, and mixed up with the other wedding, so signage needs to be clear.
- You will be our on the day events manager.
If any of the above is compromised, I need to know now before it’s too late to change venues.
If you can offer anything to make up for this sudden added worry, I’d appreciate it as a gesture of good will. The pool villa would be a nice touch for the two nights 😉
Please can you get back to me with your written assurance.