BEIRUT: In the race for the most ostentatious wedding, local party planners have pulled out all the stops.
Pyrotechnic shows, brides suspended in human-sized bird cages, dinner menus featuring every conceivable Lebanese mezze plus six main courses and a make-your-own pasta station: These are only a few of the more common extravagances that can be found at Lebanese weddings.
This month, industry leaders put their best ideas on display at the Wedding Folies trade show in the Beirut International Exhibition center. Among hundreds of trendy ideas – from turning your wedding portrait into a puzzle to live ice sculpture performances – The Daily Star dug up a handful of the most memorable offerings.
Common in East Asian countries, these lanterns offer a more romantic alternative to the bang of fireworks but with the same awe-inspiring affect against the night sky. They work like mini hot-air balloons by using a small flame to heat the paper lantern, causing it to rise into the air.
Gabbington Wedding and Event Services (71-911-133)
Antique auto fleet
Classic car collecting is one of Lebanon’s national pastimes. If you really want to make an impression, try coaxing one of the country’s fanatics into lending an antique automobile. But if you come up keyless, plenty of car rental services have made old-time cars a standard part of their fleets.
The country has seen an explosion of interest in sushi over the past several years. But it might still be a risk to serve as the main fare on your wedding night. Instead, add dessert sushi to the after-dinner buffet, or make a real impression replace the cake with some chocolate and cream nigiri coated in nuts.
Pomme Du Ciel Catering (01-688-978)
“Hair designer” might be a better way to describe Talal Tabbara than hairdresser. The eponymous owner of a beauty salon in Verdun unveiled his “Curvaholic Collection” at Wedding Folies. Paired with a contemporary, minimalist gown, these ’dos can take center stage. Talal Tabbara, 01-751-775
Creative servers and ice sculptors
If an open bar is not enough, try a moving bar. I-Pam Agency has a few unique ideas to get the drinks served, such as a wandering hostess wearing a skirt that does double duty as a drink tray or mime waiters. I-Pam also offers a range of entertainment such as live ice sculpture shows and stilt walkers. I-Pam Agency, 71-757-872