Wedding Venue Spotlight | A Q&A with Yas Links Golf Club Abu Dhabi

Located on beautiful Yas Island with stunning views of the Abu Dhabi skyline you’ll find Yas Links Golf Club, an ideal wedding venue.   Abu Dhabi and Dubai are such busy, hectic places so having your wedding amongst all this serene, natural beauty would be a dream come true.  The Spanish-inspired Club House has an earthy, warm and rustic charm; a perfect backdrop for a unique ceremony whether it’s on their pristine private lawn or beside their idyllic infinity pool.  At Yas Links your every need is attended to, allowing you to relax and enjoy your special day.

We were delighted to catch up with Thomas Watmore at Yas Links Golf Club to give us more insight on this perfect wedding venue.


Why are weddings so special at Yas Links Abu Dhabi?

I think weddings at Yas Links are very special as we have such a unique setting and we can help you make your wedding one of a kind. The outside surroundings and grounds provide an unforgettable setting for a day that will amaze everyone.  

Are there venues in Yas Links to suit every couple?

Yes! We have lots of event spaces; our infinitely pool and terrace are great for small and private affairs, our Andalusian courtyard is perfect for up to 60 guests and our lawns- well just keep adding to that guest list as it’s ideal for a large and extravagant event!  We’re really excited as we will open a new events room which can seat up to 120 Guest, totally hidden from view, perfect for a private set up and live cooking on the lawn which is perfect for the Summer months.

Which venues are the most popular for weddings and which ones are hidden gems?

Our Lawn Area is the most sought after location with it’s unhindered views of the Arabian sunset.  As we are located amongst the mangroves and surrounded by expansive grounds, guests can celebrate and party until late into the night – which is a real bonus! However for smaller weddings I think our Pool is the hidden gem! The photo shoots are the real victory against a million dollar sunset. The outside is so spacious that you can get shots that no-one will get again. 

How do you help a couple create a perfect wedding?

Wow! I listen to what the couple wants.  I listen to their needs and what they can spend (and what they think they should spend!), then I tailor the day; the menu, the setting, the photoshoot.  I try to offer the best advice on what and how to arrange the day so they are happy when they arrive. I try to throw magic extras in that they had not thought about during the talks.  I don’t want them to think about the venue again, with everything else going on in their minds.  I want them to experience the venue and the day as much as their guests.  The most important thing to me is the Bride does not feel she had sacrificed anything she wished she could have had on that day.

What is your chef’s specialty for weddings catering?

Chef Jay is amazing and his deserts are sublime. His classic style is top class but it’s his adaptability to cater for the specific couple is what I love about him.  He recently catered a wedding with a Japanese and French menu which sounds rather eclectic but it tasted amazing.  We have not made the same menu twice and we generally don’t work on set menus as a rule.  They are just guides to give brides an idea of what we can do.  Chef Jay always makes something tailored to a wedding’s character.

What advice would you give couple during their wedding planning?

Always think of yourselves.  Don’t try to cater for everyone and make sure you enjoy the day together as it goes very fast.  Plan a day that you’ll enjoy.  Mostly, remember to have time together on this day; even if its 10 mins here or there.  Mainly, the Groom should just do as he’s told!

Can you sum up weddings at Yas Links in 5 words?

Breathtakingly idyllic and lovingly rustic.

To find out more about Yas Links Golf Club and to see if they have availability on your wedding date pop over to their profile page now!

All photographs courtesy of Yas Links Golf Club.  Spanish styed shoot images by Maria Sundin and styled by The Purple Chair.

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