Muslim Wedding Planner

The marriage in Muslims strictly demands that no two people should be forced into wedlock. The Nikah, takes place in presence of a Maulvi who reads verses from the Quran and asks for the proposal (from the side of groom) and acceptance (from the bride's side). Ijab-e-Qubul also involves the acceptance from the bride regarding the amount of dowry, which has been pre-decided., in front of two witnesses.

A typical Muslim wedding is celebrated with great grandeur over a period of five days and can be held at either the bride's or the groom's place or elsewhere.

Pre-Wedding Rituals

Legan Chir: The groom's father sends some cash to the bride.

Mangni or Engagement: Depict the exchanging of rings, the couple is not supposed to see each other after the engagement.

Day 1& Day 2 ceremonies: The bride & groom visit each other's families. The children light candles before entering the houses. Then, the dinner is served to the guest and songs are sung teasing the couple.

Mehndi Ceremony: This ritual takes place at the bride's home on the eve of the wedding day or some days before it, where haldi is smeared all over her body, and Mehndi is applied on the hands and the feet of the bride, followed by song and dance. this ceremony the girl is not supposed to step out of the house before marriage.

Arrival Of The Groom: The groom arrives, with a procession of friends and relatives either on a horseback or in a car, with the music and beating of drums on his arrival. The e groom exchanges a sharbet (a sweet drink) and money with the bride's brother. The bride's sisters welcome the barat by humorously hitting them with sticks wrapped with flowers.

Wedding Ceremony

Nikah: The bride and the groom sitting in separate rooms or in the same room separated by a curtain though it is not in case of all the weddings. The elders decide the meher, which is a fixed amount of money given by the groom's family to the bride's.

The Qazi reads verses from Quran and asks the bride for her agreement to accept the meher and the groom as her husband. Once she gives her consent, the Qazi reads this Nikah-nama or the marriage contract to the groom. After consent is received from the groom, the Nikah-nama has to be signed by the couple,in front of the witnesses. After this, the groom goes and meets and greets the bride's family by presenting them with gifts, and then a feast is served.

When the meal is over, the bride and the groom are made to sit together with a long scarf covering their heads and the priest makes them read prayers. They are then asked to see each other's reflections in a mirror and Holy Quran is kept between them. Dried dates, and a sweet dish are served to the guests which are religiously significant. The groom then spends the night in the bride;s house where he sleeps in the younger brother's room The next morning, the bride's parents shower the groom with gifts.

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