As you probably all know, im getting married pretty soon. To be exact 3 months and 15 days, but hey, who’s counting!? Hahaha…. As you also know (God you guys are loaded with information!) I usually have quite a few problems dealing with Egyptians… Do not worry, it’s not just me, I figured out that most people in the world, including Egyptians themselves have problems dealing with Egyptians… My fiancée is Egyptian and you will hear him complain EVEN MORE about Egyptians than I do… Now that is ALOT!
So my first reaction when I realised I would be getting married in Egypt, was HELL YEAH BABY!!! I was going to plan the most amazing wedding EVER, in the most stunning outdoor location, with a pool and right on the beach, under the beautiful sun, with amazing food, and amazing music… It would be the BOMB (in a non-terrorist way!)… My dream wedding has always been on the beach and I felt suuuper lucky that I could actually make this dream come true…
So I started researching and found a beautiful Mövenpick hotel in Ain Soukhna, which was right on the beach, with an over-the-top stunning pool area, and only an hour away from Cairo… Perfection had arrived! I called them asking for the prices for a wedding…. Events woman was busy, she would call me back… Never did… I called again… Events woman busy, call back in 2 hours… I did and she was BUSY!!! I called a week later… I got through.. I told her I wanted the prices for a wedding… She sent them to me in an email… I got the buffet prices, after i SPECIFICALLY told her I DO NOT WANT BUFFET… So I replied the email, asking for a set menu price…. No reply… I called to check if she had received my email… SHE WAS BUSY!!!! SHOOOT me in the FREAKING face!!!! How does anyone get to plan a wedding at this place?!? I thought the only option would be to go there and threaten her at gun point to plan this freaking wedding! After reading through the menu, I also realised that we would have to rent absolutely EVERYTHING from outside the hotel: DJ, entertainment, sound system, lighting, dance floor, flower arrangement, tables, chairs, table cloths, candles… We would even have to bring OUR OWN GUESTS!! The hotel ONLY provided food…How crazy right…Anyway I don’t want to start the wedding planning with a woman who is sooo busy she can’t pick up the phone… Also having to get all these extras from other people meant we would be setting ourself up for a disaster… Imagine having a wedding and the DJ forgets he has a wedding.. You cannot just go looking for someone else last-minute in this area.. It’s in the middle of the desert, in between mountains and sea… I have not heard of many DJs living in the desert.
I want a wedding that is perfect, and in Egypt that means a hotel providing EVERYTHING… I don’t want a SINGLE EXTRA wrinkle due to the planning of this wedding… And if I cry on this day, IT IS ONLY going to be because I am so happy and NOT because the flowers didn’t arrive and instead we have to use meatballs as center pieces, and french baguette as my bridal bouquet.
Another thing was that my other half family completely freaked out when we suggested to them we would have our wedding in Ain Soukhna… THAT IS ONE HOUR FROM CAIRO!!!!! ARE YOU CRAZY!?!?!? NOooo that’s tooo far for your guests to travel… nobody will come… Inside me I was thinking, well if you’re not going to travel an hour for my wedding them I DONT FREAKING want you there EITHER!!!! And hang on a minute here…. MY WHOLE family is travelling a minimum of 7 hours by AIRPLANE to get to this wedding and you are telling me that one hour by car is too far… GROW UP!!! Anyways this is a wedding.. I’m not going to fight about something that should be a beautiful event..
So my fiancée and I spent a day driving around Cairo, looking at different options for our wedding.
We first went to Fairmont Nile City… This hotel is beautiful, located right on the Nile, suuuuuper high up, and STUNNING views of Cairo.. The option the event planner gave us there was a ballroom with glass doors that opened up to an outdoor terrace. Unfortunately the terrace was only on the 10th floor, so the views were not that nice… There was no green area, and the ballroom was very sad-looking… We then went to the top (25th floor) where the swimming pool was located. ABSOLuTELY BREATHTAKING views of Cairo… SO BEAUTIFUL… We were both sold and agreed this was the place… Ummmm sorry but how many are you inviting? 120 people max. Oh no that will not work.. This location is for minimum 250 people… GREAT!!!! So I told the event planner, no problem, we will split the venue into two and set up a wall that is nicely decorated… She laughed so loud… HAHAHAHAHAH NOOOOOOO that will not work… WHYYY??? NOOOOOooooo that will not work… Ummmm YEEEEEEEESSSs it will….. No minimum 250 people, because the area is so big that it will look empty with fewer people… OKEEEEY so we split it into two parts….. NOOoooooo…. Okey how about you go find a YES I CAN person working at your hotel and bring her here!!! Useless woman! So yeah I was not going to stand and fight with her the rest of the day about a stupid wall… Lets move on!!!
Then we drove to Grand Nile Tower, which is also located right on the Nile. We got engaged at the Revolving restaurant that is located at the top of this hotel. I thought it would be pretty cool to have our wedding the same place we got engaged, and they have a stunning pool area… We spoke to the event planner. He gave us the prices… I asked if we could have it by the pool… OH NOOOO we just started renovated this last week.. I told him, no problem, our wedding isn’t until September…. HAHAHA he laughed hard… The renovation will take between 5 and 7 years…. WOAH… Okey I can’t wait that long… Either they have suuuuuuuper slow workers that do not know what they are doing, or he can’t speak english.. Aint no swimming pool in the world that has taken 5 years to build, and this one is only being renovated!? Anywho we asked to see the ballrooms, and he said ‘go have a look yourself, its upstairs, byeeee’!!! WOW amazing customer service… So we walked up there alone and checked out some smelly, puke green, ugly ballrooms… No thanks!
Then we checked out the Four Seasons Nile Plaza… We were pretty excited about this one, because their lobby is so beautiful that everything else should be too… Ballroom was gross!!!! Completely dark, humid smelling ballroom that has no view.. Actually that was a lie… You look straight into some dirty, dusty palm trees, with spiders growing on them… They also had an outdoor area beside the swimming pool. This area had a view of a really poor slum area right behind the hotel, and then about 450 hotel room windows looking straight down onto your wedding area! Hmmmm No thank you, and bye bye!!
Next stop was Sofitel in Maadi. The hotel is old, but has a newly renovated pool area that is STUNNING (On photos) and the view of the Nile, with the sunset, looks magical… We drove up to the entrance… A security guy approaches the car… Where are you going? Ummm the hotel (or Zanzibar, whatever is closest!) We want to park, because we want to check out the hotel for our wedding… Hmmmmmm?!?!? How long will you stay? Like 10 mins… Okey go somewhere else and find a parking space… Let me just tell you that this is the Cornish along the Nile, main street with ZERO parking spaces and the hotel doesn’t have parking… Not an option, as it would be super stress for all our guests!!! Here we go again thinking about our guests!
Then on to Dusit Thani Lakeview in New Cairo… A beautiful Thai hotel, with super gorgeous gardens and stunning hotel rooms… The lobby is full of suuuper cool BUDDHAS, so I feel right at home! We only waited for 35 minutes for the event planner to MAKE time for us… The ballroom was huuge and had beautiful Asfour crystal chandeliers, but we wanted something outside, and they didn’t have that, and the ballroom was for a minimum of 300 guests. So we bought a few super duper macaroons, sexy cupcakes and moved onto the next hotel…
The Renaissance hotel… I’ll tell you all about that hotel in my next post… This is getting too long, and I don’t want to bore you! But ill just let you know that this is the hotel we ended up choosing! But NOT without its difficulties!