Do you dream of tying the knot in a far-flung destination or do you imagine making your bridal entrance in an unforgettable fairytale-like setting? Then take a glimpse at these stunning affairs featuring enchanting decor, elaborate setups, breathtaking venues, scrumptious custom-made couture bridal gowns, and giveaways, which include diamond rings. From Queen Rania Al-Abdullah and King Abdullah II’s royal wedding to Amal and George Clooney’s star-studded ceremony, here we’ve rounded up the most beautiful and extravagant Arab weddings for you to get inspired. Whether you’re a bride-to-be planning your upcoming celebration or single girl secretly musing over your dream wedding, take a look at our roundup of the most beautiful Arab weddings that are worth recreating in your own way.
Noor Fares and Alexandre Al Khawam
Fine jewelry designer Noor Fares tied the knot in June to artist Alexandre Al Khawam in a breathtaking ceremony at l’Église Sainte-Catherine in Honfleur, France. The medieval church was lavishly adorned with white-wisteria chandeliers that were suspended above the aisles. The bride wore a Giambattista Valli couture lace gown that was complete with a cathedral train. A day leading up to the wedding, the couple celebrated with a pre-wedding extravaganza, dubbed “Noormandie,”—a dreamed up street combining rural India and old Baghdad.
Haifa Snobar and Mohammed Abu Ghazaleh
Saudi bride Haifa Snobar celebrated her nuptials to Mohammed Abu Ghazaleh in June this year at the Château de Voisin in Saint-Hilarion, France. For the intimate affair, the bride wore an Oscar de la Renta dress by creative director Peter Copping. Guests included family and friends of the couple with celebrity guest Timberland in attendance.
Queen Rania Al-Abdullah and King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein
Queen Rania wedded King Abdullah II of Jordan in a pomp and circumstance royal ceremony in Amman, Jordan in 1993. For the televised affair, Queen Rania wore a custom-made wedding gown featuring gold embroidery and ivory satin by British designer Bruce Oldfield, the same designer who created Lady Diana Spencer’s royal wedding gown.
HH Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum
HH Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum, daughter of Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, celebrated her wedding last year with an incredible setup, which was themed Lucid Dream. The event took place at the World Trade Center, Dubai, and included Swarovski crystal clouds, thousands of light sticks cascading from the ceiling, and floating origami cranes.
Amal Clooney and George Clooney
In a lavish venue decorated with white roses and hydrangeas, actor George Clooney and international lawyer and human rights activist Amal Clooney celebrated their big day at the luxurious Aman Canal Grande Hotel in Venice, Italy. The bride wore an Oscar de la Renta gown to exchange “I dos” in front of a star-studded guest-list, which included Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, and Anna Wintour.
Lana El Sahley and Ali Awada
Lebanese fashion blogger Lana El Sahely of L’Armoire de Lana wedded her husband Ali Awada wearing a custom Elie Saab gown during a spectacular ceremony set-up, which drew inspiration from her favorite fashion show sets. The venue was elaborately adorned with two floral ferris wheels, a carousel, and a magnificent wall covered with white orchids.
Alaa Hashim Balkhy and Issam Hamididdin
In an intimate courtyard ceremony at the Beldi Country Club in Marrakech, Morocco, Saudi accessories designer Alaa Hashim Balkhy married Issam Hamididdin wearing a custom-made Razan Alazzouni gown. Guests, including regional influencers, were treated to a romantic open-air celebration amid a charming fuchsia and royal blue setting.
Sabine Ghanem and Joseph Getty
Egyptian-Lebanese fine jewelry designer Sabine Ghanem tied-the-knot in a regal affair to billionaire Joseph Getty during a jaw-dropping fairytale ceremony, which took place in Rome, Italy. Held at the Basilica dei Santi XII Apostoli, the bride made an unforgettable entrance wearing a custom Schiaparelli gown and cape, decorated with sequin sun motifs courtesy of the Maison Lesage.
Fai Al Kharafi and Shiekh Fahad Al Sabah
Fai Al Kharafi wedded Sheikh Fahad Al Sabah in an elaborate affair attended by Queen Rania A-Abdullah, Emirati singer Ahlam, and featuring a live musical performance by Lebanese singer Myriam Fares. The venue was decorated with lush floral installations, birdcages, and stunning centerpieces that left wedding guests in awe. Those attending the elaborate wedding took home diamond rings that were included in the guest giveaways.
Christina Karam and Jean Ramia
Christina Karam and Jean Ramia wowed their guests with an enchanting wedding celebration, which included aerial performers, an elaborate floral walkway, unicorn installations, and lighting production that could rival a concert. The Lebanese-French TV personality and bride stood out wearing an elaborate custom-made gown by Krikor Jabotian.
—Nouriah Al Shatti