28 November 2010

Nikah, Rukhsati and Valima

Nikah is the matrimonial contract between a bride and bridegroom within Islamic marriage.

Rukhsati takes place, when the groom and his family will leave together with the bride. The Qur'an is normally held over the brides head as she walks from the stage to the exit in order to bless her.

In Pakistani culture, the wedding is not the last of the wedding festivities. That would be the valima (pronounced vah-lee-ma), a lavish reception thrown by the groom’s parents. The Valima is a resplendent reception to introduce the newlyweds to the community for the first time. The valima is typically a very festive affair, with a delicious spread of food and joyous music and dancing.

23 November 2010

What is a Mehndi?

The occasion of Mehndi ceremony is often one of the most important pre-wedding rituals especially for the bride. It is a fun filled ritual, which is celebrated mainly by the bride's family. Different regions of the country celebrate the ritual in a different way according to their own marriage customs, rituals, and culture. The ceremony is mainly held at the bride's house or at a banquet hall on the eve of the marriage ceremony or few days before the marriage. Generally the bride and groom attend the event together and on the occasion a professional henna artist or a relative applies mehndi to the bride’s hands and feet the designs are very intricate. Often hidden within the mehndi pattern the name or initials of the groom are applied. The event generally has a celebratory festival feel to it with the women dancing and singing traditional songs and the girls wearing vivid colours such as hot pink and yellow, often if the bride to be wishes to tease her future groom she will make him wear purple.

22 November 2010

Our Wedding Itinerary

Day One: Mehndi
Day two: Wedding
Day Three: Valima

21 November 2010


Harris and I are officially engaged! We will get married on March 18, 2011 at Eaglewood Golf Course. Our wedding will be different than anything either of us has seen, because we will have a fusion of American Traditions and Pakistani Traditions. The whole wedding celebration will be three days long and have different elements each day! We are so excited!
My beautiful ring from my Lovie!