Muslim Wedding vs. Ismaili Wedding

Islam is one of the noble religions in the world with billions of zealous followers of the religion. By the holy Quran, wedding is one of the primary duties of a Muslim and an integral part of Islamic culture.

Sunni Muslims and Ismailis are the two Islamic communities having different faiths and beliefs. Sunni Muslims follow the teachings of the last prophet while Ismailis believe in the seven Imams, and therefore is called the “Seveners”. Though the practices of both communities are technically a sect of Muslim, many Muslims don’t consider Ismaili as Muslims. And because of differences in their beliefs, their weddings are also a little bit different.

Muslim Wedding

Like most weddings, Muslim wedding has two aspects, one is religious and the other is social. The wedding ceremonies are usually short and sweet. Nikah which is the significant ceremony of the wedding takes less than an hour.

In this ceremony, the bride does not present herself rather sends her two witnesses to the drawn-up agreement. The ceremony is officiated by a Muslim cleric and involves reading from the Quran and sayings of Prophet Muhammad. The vows are exchanged in front of witnesses for both bride and groom.

Since the marriage is declared publically, a large feast is served to guests.

 

Ismaili Wedding

Similar to a Muslim wedding, the Nikah ceremony is an important part of every Ismaili wedding. Islamic custom has the bride and groom sitting in separate spaces, not together. They are approached by the person who recites the Nikkah, who is known as the Qazi. The bride is approached first and is asked if she accepts the marriage. If she says “Kabul” no less than three times, then this indicates she has accepted the marriage. This ritual is then repeated for the groom in exactly the same way.

Witnesses aren’t as important in an Ismaili wedding as they are in an American one. However, alimony is! Part of the Qazi’s duties is to inform the groom that, in the case of divorce, he must pay the bride a sum of money called the “Mehar.”

Both weddings are the same to some extent, however, the major differences are between their religious beliefs.

What is a Langar Meal During an Indian Wedding?

Marriages are a grand event in India. They are held in different ways, depending on religions, traditions, and cultures. Every religion in Indian has a set of rituals and traditions when it comes to marriage. For example, a langar meal is an important part of a Sikh wedding.

Langar, also known as Maha Prasada, is a ceremony in a Sikh wedding that takes place after the main wedding ceremony called Anand Karaj.

The Karah Prasad is given to everyone and then the couple seeks the blessings of the elders. Before the doli and after the shagun ceremony, the wedding guests are served with a simple food called Langar meal. The meal is completely vegetarian as there is no alcohol or non-veg food is allowed in Gurdwara. Usually, the meal is served at Gurdwara’s congregation hall.

After removing shoes outside, guests sit on the floor and eat the langar meal together. Seating is open, once guests are served their food they can sit anywhere they like in the hall. Lunch is served in buffet style comprises roti, daal (lentil), sabji (vegetable), yoghurt, salad, and other traditional Indian dishes. Nowadays, some families organize langar meal at a commercial place too.

6 Essential Vendors Every Indian Couple Must Hire

Indian weddings are -multi-day affairs. It requires a lot of planning and the need for different vendors. From wedding planner, caterer to mehndi artist and DJ, each one of them has their own significance.

Therefore, the best way to navigate all the important tasks for your big day is creating a checklist that includes all the bookings you have to make. In order to help you get prepared, below we have mapped out a list of essential vendors you will need to hire.

 

  1. The Wedding Planner

If you are planning to hire a wedding planner, the sooner you can do is better. Similar to venues, in wedding season, wedding planners are also booked far in advance. If possible book them at least 8 to 10 months before your wedding celebrations begin.

 

  1. The Caterer

Food is a prime factor of South Asian Weddings – also the most challenging one.  After all, everyone wants to be sure that the food is phenomenal and its presentation is flawless. Your wedding planner may help you point out some potential caterers, it is advisable you read their reviews by yourself.

 

  1. The Mehndi/Heena Artist

One of the most exciting parts of the wedding is the appearance of the bride. Along with gorgeous outfit, eye-pleasing jewels and awesome makeups, she needs to get a beautiful bridal mehndi as well. Always consider professional henna artists who have years of experience. As each artist has a different style of applying henna do your research to find the style suits you most. Also, don’t forget to check with the quality of Mehndi. Ensure it is chemical free.

 

  1. The Florist

Wedding flowers are important elements of an Indian wedding. Not only do they provide beautiful decoration, but also they express so many feelings such as love, happiness, emotions and trust. Go for a decor rental company that specializes in South Asian weddings.

Although the availability of florists depends on the time of year, it is recommended to get them booked 4 to 6 months before. Share your thoughts on floral arrangements with the florist. You can tell them your likes and dislikes.

  1. Photographers

Your photographer must make the list of vendors to book in advance. Do your homework before finalizing a photographer. You may start your search by reading reviews and checking out the portfolio of some potential photographers.

Set up interviews and see a few full wedding albums they recently captured. When interviewing, check out if you are on the same page about what you want – so there is no issue during the process. Do share your views if you have any specific style of wedding photos in your mind.

 

  1. The Band/DJ

To make the wedding day special and memorable for you and your guests, pick the right band or DJ that can get the guests out on the dance floor. Hire your DJ or band in advance.

Before making any big decision, listen to their music ahead of time and discuss what type of music you want them to play at your wedding. You may create a list of specific songs. It is okay to hand over a list of songs, but do not become the DJ at your own wedding – let the professional handle it.

Hopefully, this list helps you plan your nuptials with ease. If your wedding day is around the corner, book all of these important vendors as soon as possible.