Muslim religion is one of the most wide spread and popular religion in the world and a large number of population lives in India. Muslim weddings in India are very elegant and are done with decorum and proper rituals which look very classy. Every ritual is meaningful which gives a unique touch to their marriages. Each and every relative of the bride and the groom enjoy the wedding traditions to the fullest and shower blessings on the future married couple.
Muslim weddings which are known as ‘Nikah’ are usually an arranged marriage fixed by the parents of the Muslim bride and the groom. A marriage contract is made between the bride and the groom in front of 2 witnesses and Muslim priest known as quasi. On the wedding day each individual present has to be dressed at their best to mark the beautiful occasion.
The bride and the groom have to look their best on the day of their matrimony. It is an important stage of their lives where two souls become one. The bride on her D day usually wears sharara which is a traditional wedding dress worn in muslim wedding. Other than sharara, many prefer hijab and lehnga which is a three piece garment having a blouse which is usually long in its length, a long skirt and a dupatta. The color of the wedding has to be selected cautiously as many colors like black and white are considered inauspicious. Colors like green, red, blue or peach are most preferred for a wedding dress. This dress is usually very bright and shiny where heavy embroidery is done with golden thread known as zari with dapka work. The head is covered with a dupatta and the blouse sleeves are usually long showing minimum skin. These days many brides have given their dresses a modern touch and wear short sleeves and blouses.
The bride looks like a princess as she is loaded with heavy gold, pearl and kundan jewelry. A tikka is put on the hair parting coming till the forehead and adjacent to it a very specific ornament which only Muslim women wear is called as jhoomar is attached on the side of the hair. She also wears lots of bangles matching with her dress and wears an anklet popularly known as paayal around the ankles. After wearing the wedding dress and jewelry, a bunch of jasmine flowers are attached on her hairstyle and over it a dupatta is placed to cover her head. The bride looks traditional and angelic in her bridal wear and henna on the palms give the whole look a complete look.
Muslim groom gives tough competition to his female counterpart and looks handsome as well. The groom wears a sherwani which is a long high collared coat heavily embroidered with traditional Indian golden threads. The groom also applies henna on his palms which adds to full sleeves sherwani look. Below the sherwani the groom wears a khada pyjama or churidaar with mojri a type of shoes for Indian dresses. Groom’s face is covered with a sehra which stops people to see his face on the wedding day. In jewelry, the groom wear rings in his hands and a pearl or other precious stone’s chain around his neck.
The muslim bride and groom do not see each other till the wedding contract has been signed by both. They have to answer quasi’s question in affirmation that, they accept each other as husband and wife, this process is known as quboolnama in Muslim matrimony. After all the formalities the couple sits together for the reception and looks truly made for each other.