When Krati Jain and Avi Bhandari, both lawyers and former colleagues, decided to tie the knot, they wanted a simple court wedding. It was mainly to avoid all the hassle of putting together a traditional Indian wedding in Covid times when travel restrictions and other protocols made wedding celebrations difficult. Instead, the couple had a two-day extravaganza with about 1,000 guests. And thanks to the highly experienced team at InterContinental Dubai Festival City taking care of all the small details, it was a stress-free experience.

Ensconced in the heart of Dubai, InterContinental Dubai Festival City marries the best of location and hospitality transforming it into the picture-perfect wedding destination every couple desires. Whether you want to walk down the aisle in the lap of charming yet intimate luxury at the Al Ras Ballroom as 800-plus guests’ eyes are on you, or if it’s an extravagant phera ceremony by the waterfront surrounded by 1,600 of your friends and family, the hotel is overrun with options.

The hotel’s lush lawns along with the city’s stunning skyline and waterfront promenade for company serves as a picturesque setting too – you can carry forward the day’s celebrations and feasting under the open skies here.

Looking for a spectacular experience that ties together scenic beauty and awe-inspiring moments? The hotel’s Festival Bay helipad with magical sunsets and shimmering waters as the backdrop is the ideal venue. 

The cherry on top is the attention to detail the hotel and its stellar staff pay on your big day – the team can easily customise both indoor and outdoor venues to suit your guest list, wedding theme, cultural ceremonies and décor requirements.

Once the party’s over and lights are dimmed, the hotel can conveniently accommodate your guests in its luxurious rooms, making it the one-stop destination for your dream wedding.

The wedding package

Whether you wish for a traditional ceremony or have a quirky, unique theme in mind, the hotel and its experienced team are fully equipped to create a bespoke experience matching your dreams. The hotel’s wedding package includes a complimentary stay in one of its chic one-bedroom suites, valet parking, a 20 per cent discount at Spa InterContinental, a choice of menus and soft beverages, table decor, dance floor, LCD projector, screen and lighting effects.

For details, contact 050 919 3908 or e-mail imeet@ihg.com or visit dubaifestivalcityhotels.com/weddings.