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My List AE

Recently I had the absolute pleasure of meeting one of the founders of My List AE. Not only did Julie tell me all about the incredible things that My List AE offer, but she also spurred on my entrepreneurial mojo! Julie has carved out a business for herself by recognising the gap in the market for an online gift registry. Lets face it, most of us are away from our family here in Dubai and My List AE could be the answer you’ve been looking for.

To tell us more about how it works and some of the incredible items available, I’ll hand you over to Julie herself:

Tell me more about how My List works?

MyList.ae is the leading online multi-store gift registry in the UAE and offers Wedding & Honeymoon registry services.

> Set up your online Wedding / Honeymoon registry for FREE

> Pick up gifts online and inform your friends and relatives

> Just go shopping!

It’s flexible as you can purchase whatever you like from your initial gift list or something else from any partner store. You will be able to choose among high quality and well-known brand items as MyList catalogue references more than:

An international Department Store: Galeries Lafayette The Dubai Mall

A travel agency: Al Arabi Travel Agency

40 partner stores & services: Tavola, Banyan Tree, Top Chef, O de Rose, Andrew Martin, D.Tales, Balloon Adventures,  Ashraf Electronics, Harvest Home, Seawings, Urban Energy…

100 brands: Apple, Alessi, Emma Bridgewater, Kitchen Aid, Samsung, Recaro, Muuto, Design House Stockholm, Le Creuset, Staub, WMF…

2,000 items referenced: kitchenware, honeymoon, flights above Dubai, fitness classes, spa treatments, furniture, electronic items, private chef, fashion, artwork, cooking school…

You can even donate to charities through your Wedding registry.

If you were creating a wedding list what would your top 5 items be?   
  1. A set of fine china is a staple on every wish list. Rarely would you buy yourself a full fine china dinner set so your wedding is the perfect time to ask for ones. I love the Dhara and Ravissement dinner sets by Deshoulieres available in Galeries Lafayette The Dubai Mall

dhara-deshoulieres-service2.  A fancy kitchen appliance such as the new Kuvings silent juicer or the girly pink KitchenAid Artisan mixer available in Galeries Lafayette The Dubai Mall  & Tavola

kitchen-aid-artisan-mixer-pink3. A nice decoration or furniture item from D.Tales, Objects and Elements or Andrew Martin

cloud-chair DH1550-0009barbara_amethyst_on4. A week-end escape in a private villa of Banyan Tree Ras-Al-Khaimah to relax after the Wedding and to enjoy the last days before going back to the reality or a honeymoon package with Al Arabi Travel Agency in Maldives or Seychelles

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Who is your most quirky industry partner?

I am not sure if “quirky” is the best word to use for O de Rose but I really love the unique pieces they supply in store – always with an Arabian twist.

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Cooking courses of Top Chef Dubai are really a must-have to offer to the newlyweds. They will share an amazing experience with Head Chef Hadrien in their cooking studio in Jumeirah.

Hot-air balloon flights above the desert are also an original Wedding gift that guests will love to buy for your Wedding.

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Is there a honeymoon option?

We have recently partnered with Al Arabi Travel Agency, a leading bespoke agency established in the UAE since 1992, to launch an online honeymoon and travel registry.

You can sign up for our free honeymoon registry and start receiving gifts.

We are thrilled to launch this new online service for people living in the UAE and the Middle East who are getting married. It was a continuous demand from our existing clients and this is really something we wanted to add to our Wedding registry section. Your guests can now contribute towards your honeymoon in Maldives, Seychelles or any other dream destination…

Your honeymoon should be the most memorable travel of your life. It is the perfect way to relax after the Wedding, It might be the last travel before starting a family when long-distance travels and peaceful moments together will become more difficult to organize (laughs)

We chose Al Arabi Travel Agency because this is one of the most experienced travel agencies in Dubai which provides our clients a complete travel management service whilst maintaining the best possible personalised service (like we do) with their highly trained professional consultants, client profiles for all executives and an emergency after hours contact.

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How does it work?

1. Select your honeymoon

2. Reveal to friends and family

3. Receive your gifts

Our service is totally FREE for you and your guests.

For more details click here

As the founder of My List, was there a moment when you knew you’d created a successful company?

When I arrived in Dubai, I was 6 month pregnant and I could not believe that none of the most well-known stores did not provide an online gift registry service. Having used an online Wedding list for my own wedding back in Europe, I knew how useful it was for us and for our guests living all over the world.

When you answer to a need and when you help your clients notwithstanding  their culture and traditions, there is no doubt that the success will be there!

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not running My List?

Being an entrepreneur is a 100% full-time job but I allow some time for myself and my family.

I love spending time with my husband and my boys (4 yrs old and 2 1/2 yrs old). I am a tennis and running addict as Dubai offers so many opportunities to exercise outdoor.

Travelling and reading are also activities that allow me to think, dream…and create!

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Vintage love letters; Ellen & Zach

This wedding has been a long time coming but finally I am sharing it with you. Shaina Sheaff is an incredibly talented photographer from Texas, USA and this is one of many beautiful weddings that she has captured.

Ellen and Zach were married amongst their nearest and dearest friends. Ellen spent countless hours painting all of the guests’ drinking glasses with chalkboard paint which were also used as the favors. She also took the time to personally write a note to each guest, thanking them for their love, support, and for their presence on such a special day. I love that because it’s these little details that really can make the difference to your guests at your wedding.

This wedding is incredibly sweet and shot so beautifully by Shaina Sheaff that makes me value the talent of a photographer even more.

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Wild Flowers

If you are like me then you will love the look of wild flowers; ideal for brides wanting that country bumpkin/rustic look. I love the idea of adding berries into the arrangement as well…perfect for a quick snack before you make the walk down the aisle!

Herb bouquets are also making waves in the wedding world. By adding a touch of mint, rosemary or sage you get the most wonderful smell as well as the perfect rustic look.

The great thing about using wild flowers is that they are a budget friendly option and need very little styling.

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L: Stephanie Sunderland R: Kurt Boomer

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Clockwise from top L: Christina Lilly; Astrid Photography; One True Love Vintage; Pinterest

Clockwise from top L: Christina Lilly; Astrid Photography; One True Love Vintage; Pinterest

L: Bryce Covey R: Touch Photography

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L: De Alma e Coração R: Elizabeth Messina

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L: Jeremy and Alicia Brown R: Ryan Ray Photography

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Engaged in Paris; Letizia & Tim

This engagement shoot is a dream come true for most of us – skipping around Paris with the man you’re about to marry with a photographer to capture it all in one picture perfect shoot. Melvin Gilbert was the lucky photographer who got to capture it all in this is completely dreamy setting.

This is classic romance at it’s best, it is the city of love afterall.

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Order of Service

Your Order of Service for the ceremony does not have to be boring. Whether you decide to reflect your wedding invitations or go for something completely different, you can create the first gasps of joy at your wedding with the right Order of Service.

I never knew how much I loved stationery until I started planning my own wedding but now I’m a fully fledged stationery fanatic. My heart flutters at fonts, succulent card and ribbons. It may be sad but it’s true.

Even if you are creating your own at home then take some ideas from the collection below.

Don’t shy away from colour
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Classic with a twist
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Trending the American way
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Aisle Decor

 

Every single one of these images is heaven to my eyes.

Imagining floating down the aisle (or more accurately…gripping onto your father for dear life whilst negotiating the heels, dress and leg wobbles, if my aisle walk is anything to go by) any of any of these aisles; it’s enough to make me well up now.

It may have something to do with my current stress levels at changing my day job, or, it may just be that I am a closet flower aisle crier.

Whichever one it is, these are a truly stunning collection of photographs chosen to inspire for beach, church and grass wedding aisles.

L: Picotte Weddings R: Jon Schaaf

L: Picotte Weddings R: Jon Schaaf

Clockwise from top L: Vela Images; Stacey Ramsey; Pinterest; M Three Studios

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L: Pinterest R: Emily Scannell

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L: Jasmin Chadwick Photography R: Pinterest

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L: Julie Mikos R: Caroline Tran Photography

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Clockwise from top L: Sara and Rocky Photography; Lane Dittoe; Pinterest; Lisa Berry Photography

Clockwise from top L: Sara and Rocky Photography; Lane Dittoe; Pinterest; Lisa Berry Photography

L: Pinterest R: Erin Hearts Court Photography

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Clockwise from top L: Anna Jaye Photography; Pinterest; Pinterest; Pinterest

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