Wedding Bliss: An Interview with Sofitel’s Wedding Manager, Ms. Rowena Manalang

Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa’s staff guarantees your comfort and relaxation in planning a most memorable occasion.

Sofitel Hotel is a one stop wedding location. With incredible amenities, amazing service, and a breathtaking view by the terrace facing the Arabian sea, it’s a dream location brought to life. Bahrain Confidential interviews Magnifique Meetings Wedding Manager, Ms. Rowena Manalang, on what to expect with Sofitel Hotel’s wedding services.

What wedding services does Sofitel Bahrain offer to couples?

The packages and services we offer cater from 80 to 600 guests. We have the ballroom for the event where we include stage decorations, special lighting effects, and entrance decoration. We have sofas with coffee tables for the waiting room and men’s majlis. The reception and wedding arrangement are also fully equipped with tissue, water, snacks, and a full set of plates and utensils. Flowers for the table arrangements and the bridal bouquet is also included. The hall would remain fragrant with a bakhoor stand.

We also offer photographers and wedding planners for the event. We cater dinner for the guests and a special dinner for the couple.

Cost can be something that holds back couples from working with a wedding specialist. What would you tell brides and grooms about the cost?

Many couples hold back on wedding expenses. The cost of food, beverage, decoration, entertainment, etc. might seem daunting and worrisome. We at Sofitel Hotel value the dream of a client in achieving an enjoyable and memorable experience that fit their budget.

This is the best part we share to the bride and groom, guaranteeing an enjoyable evening with less expense.  The ballroom plays a big role as they do not need to spend a lot on decorations. The simple stage and catwalk arranged with tables and chairs for the venue is heightened by the decorations, lighting effects, and service the hotel provides. A dedicated in-house wedding planner ensures A-Z details of the wedding and family needs.  The bride’s pampering, along with her entourage’s, are also given a high standard of service, assuring their relaxation and comfort.

We strive to give the couples a smooth and open planning, assuring their ideal dream wedding and reception is met without worry.

Suppose that a couple wants to plan their wedding on their own, is this something you are also able to work with?

Our dedicated in-house wedding planner works with the couple in planning the wedding. Anything they desire, from the stage and catwalk decorations to the food and drinks served, will be brought to life. We will arrange their wants and needs with no hesitation. The couple’s family and guests will only have to enjoy the wedding; our staff would carry out the rest of its preparation.

What do you think sets Sofitel Bahrain apart from the wedding venues in Bahrain?

We don’t only treasure the memorable and unforgettable moments of the couple on their wedding day but also through its planning and preparation. First and foremost, is ensuring to take out the couple’s worries and to absorb and carry the burden for them. The couple’s, especially the bride, is pampered and given rest.

A dedicated lady will be assigned as a bride runner at around 5pm before the wedding starts. We call her the “Angel”, she ensures the bride’s needs, from the dress being steamed, the shoes and accessories she wears, and the bridal bouquet. She also is tasked in checking the availability of the make-up artist, the videographer, and the groom and bride’s guests and family. The Angel follows all the wishes of the couple concerning their wedding and, after the wedding, ensures the romantic set-up of the couple’s room and their dinner.

For info and reservations, call

Tel. +973 1763 6363