Muslim weddings or Nikaah as they are popularly known involve a number of rituals prevailing in the Muslim world and are based on the teachings of the Quran. According to this holy Muslim book, a married Muslim is like clothing where both husband and wife protect and comfort each other and thus are meant for each other. These weddings are celebrated with grandeur and conducted in the presence of friends and relatives who are specially invited for this occasion. The Muslim wedding invitations are designed to reflect a distinct religious significance with floral motifs or some paisley patterns used on the cover page and as the background for the main invitation.
Muslim Wedding Invitations: Features
Muslim wedding invitations are an indispensable part of the Muslim weddings which involve a number of events and thus designed with great care to reflect the festive environment. Great care is taken to choose the material on which these Nikaah cards or Walima cards are going to be printed. The material used varies from handmade paper to khadi paper to paper with a glossy or a shimmery look. Bright and vibrant colors such as golden, red and blue are used to depict the festive mood of the wedding.
Another significant feature of the Muslim wedding invitations is the use of attractive flower and paisley patterns that are traditionally associated with the Muslim world and found in Muslim architecture all across the world. These invitations are then decorated by using jewels, stones, beads and in some cases silk ribbons or threads to provide a rich look that aptly depicts the celebratory mood. Some invitations are even designed to display beautiful kundan work that enhances the look of the metallic finish paper which is widely used as the base.
Traditionally the language used in the Muslim wedding invitations was Urdu. However, recent years have witnessed a change with some couples preferring to use English as the mode of communication in their wedding invitations. However, these invitations continue to use Muslim patterns and phrases such as Bismillah-Ir-Rahman-Ir-Rahim.
Use of rich colored satin cloth, decorative items like peacock feathers and kundan stones add to the beauty of traditional Muslim wedding invitations. Some cards may even include the initials of the couple and decorate it with stones and motifs.
The Muslim wedding invitations may include a single leaflet or several leaflets depending on the number of ceremonies being held. Most Muslim weddings involve a number of ceremonies such as the mangni and the mehndi before the nikaah and the rukhsat ceremony and the walimah or the reception after the nikaah. Most Muslim wedding invitations provide the details of the venue and the timings of these ceremonies.