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Weddings from the World: Muslim Weddings

Photographer: Marisa Holmes  http://www.stylemepretty.com/2008/07/11/real-wedding-12/

Photographer: Marisa Holmes
http://www.stylemepretty.com/2008/07/11/real-wedding-12/

If you have been invited to a Muslim wedding and you are not sure what to expect, keep reading this comprehensive guide to avoid any surprise. Find below the most important facts:

  • Muslim weddings are held in a Mosque and before the Imam (religious and sometimes political leader). The tradition dictates that all preparations related to the bride’s wedding day, such as clothing or accessories, should not be seen by the groom before the wedding ceremony or it will be bad luck.
  • Islam allows men to marry Christian or Jewish women because those religions have a holy book, however, Muslim women are not allowed to marry a man who is not Muslim.
  • The marriage contract has to be certified by the groom and his tutor—known as Wali—and at the ceremony, the Wali dedicates some words to the couple.
  • The provisions and laws are contained in their holy book called the Koran which is read during the ceremony.
  • The traditional dowry is not what most people believe. It is a gift from the future husband to his wife-to-be; for instance, an engagement ring, earrings, among others.
  • The couple must appear before the “sheikh” (a kind of Islamic magistrate) with three witnesses to perform the marriage contract.
  • According to Islamic law, after the ceremony, the couple is legally and spiritually bound; nevertheless, the bride returns home to plan the wedding celebration which happens one or two weeks after.
  • A Muslim wedding usually lasts from three days to a week.
  • The first night’s celebration is exclusive for women. The bride wears a kaftan and has henna marks on her hands and feet to keep the evil spirits away. Each symbol drawn has a meaning. The bride also enjoys a Hamman which is a relaxing steam bath that purifies her. That night, she is escorted by other women with candles, incense, chants and dances that allude to her beauty and to the process she is about to experience.
  • The mother of the groom, hands a tray with keys, bread and milk. The key represents the welcoming to the new family and the food represents abundance.
  • From the second night and on, there is a festival for all family and friends. The celebration depicts all the Muslim tradition and folklore.
  • Unlike other religions, in Muslim weddings, women open the dance!

 

 

 

How to Choose the Rings

Do you know what details you should consider when choosing your wedding rings?

Photography by: This Love of Yours   http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/05/16/23-vintage-inspired-engagement-rings/

Photography by: This Love of Yours
http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/05/16/23-vintage-inspired-engagement-rings/

It is not only the budget you have available for the engagement and marriage rings, it is also vital to know the characteristics that make on ring more valuable than another and there is, of course, the sentimental side.

There are some aspects you should know before buying the rings, we have listed them for you below:

  • Before starting the search, you must definitely define your budget. Usually, it is the groom who takes the lead because, by tradition, he will buy the engagement ring. However, some couples decide to buy all the rings together so they must discuss how much money they may spend.
  • Visit different jewelers to get an idea of the current price ranges, characteristics and other details such as reservation, installment payments, custom fit, initial engraving and discounts.
  • Some jewelry shops offer a package that includes the engagement ring plus the wedding rings, so you have a clearer idea on how much you may spend.
  • Do not confuse the carat of the stone with the carat of the gold. The carat in stones refers to the mass of the stone while for gold it refers to the fineness of it.
  • There are a variety of stones that can be used for wedding rings and its value is priced according to their size, color and the less amount of imperfections.
  • Besides yellow and white gold, there are also rings made of platinum; however, due to its high cost, fewer jewelers provide them.
  • When choosing, it is vital to take into account the taste and personality of the bride. The groom should know if she prefers yellow or white gold, flashy or discreet, modern or classic. If chosen correctly, the bride will wear it proudly as a symbol of the love union.
Photography by André Teixeira, Brancoprata.  http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/05/16/23-vintage-inspired-engagement-rings/

Photography by André Teixeira, Brancoprata.
http://www.stylemepretty.com/2015/05/16/23-vintage-inspired-engagement-rings/

You may also take into account the new tendencies:streaming Rings film

  • White gold is currently the most popular.
  • Brides are looking for rings that do not have a lot of stones around the main one.
  • Most women are interested in single rings with small stones so they don’t risk to hit it or stay hooked in their clothes.
  • Sapphire rings such as the ones worn by Princess Diana and Kate Middleton are in vogue now.

 

Lingerie for the Wedding

Photographer:  Claire Loves Love http://ruffledblog.com/editorial-boudoir-shoot-with-bohemian-styling/

Photographer: Claire Loves Love
http://ruffledblog.com/editorial-boudoir-shoot-with-bohemian-styling/

When you are about to get married, your attention usually goes to the dress, the bouquet and the shoes, but what about lingerie? When you are preparing for such a special occasion, you must definitely not forget to include intimate apparel for both, the ceremony and the wedding night because it is indispensable to wear super comfortable and functional clothing.

The design of the lingerie will directly depend on the style of wedding dress. For instance, if you will be wearing a dress made of silk or satin fabrics, you should better avoid lace or thigh lingerie that may be noticeable or can leave marks.

Even if there is no magic wand to make you look perfect, there are some types of underwear that help shape your body to look much better and sexier. For example, girdles, padded or push-up bras, are ideal for corset of strapless wedding dresses.

The underwear you choose for that special day will also vary upon the details of the dress such as trim or fabric, but also on how you want to look that day. It is not the same using a padded or push up bra than using a regular bra.

Fantasy

The functional and comfortable stay behind to let lingerie for the wedding night take place. In this scenario, you want to look for more sensual underwear that provoke and become part of the seduction and mystery ritual that happens on the wedding night.

Fantasy lingerie is perfect if you want to be extra ordinary. It may include lace, garters, belts and applications. Look for garments that are non-traditional, that you would not wear every day.

The color palette for both outfits is kind of limited to white, ivory, pink or lavender; however, if you are bolder, you may include other tones such as red or hot pink, especially for the wedding night.

The most important when choosing lingerie is to consider how it makes you feel when wearing it. You must feel sexy, elegant, confident but above all, comfortable.

 

DIY: Prepare your Face and Makeup for a Perfect Look at your Wedding

Getting ready for the wedding does not only involve choosing the perfect dress and a gorgeous hairstyle. Makeup is fundamental for a perfect look and more importantly, preparing your face days before the Day. If you want to do your own make up and preparation, we have prepared a list of steps and tricks you may follow to make an impact with your perfect face.

Preparation

It is essential to start getting your face ready ahead of time. At least a week before your wedding, exfoliate it and keep it moisturized; as a result, your skin will look fresh and with less fine lines. Make sure you use special eye contour gels or lotions. However, if you do not have these, you may use chamomile tea bags instead. On the rest of the face, use Aloe Vera for at least eight nights before the big day.

Note: It is super important to take into account that if you will need to remove any facial hair, do it at least a week before. You definitely don’t want a red face, swelling or any bubbles in your beautiful bride’s skin.

The day of the wedding, ensure to close your pores so your face is completely ready to get makeup on. You may use some ice cubes or cold water to close them.

The Makeup

Follow this steps and you will get a perfect DIY wedding makeup:

  • If you want your makeup to last for at least 12 hours, first apply a makeup primer. A primer is a cream that not only improves the effect of your makeup, but also makes it last longer. You just need to put a bit of the product in your fingertip and spread it through your whole face.
  • You have the option to apply a corrector or concealer—or both—if you need to cover any face’s imperfection or balance your skin’s color. A corrector is applied to reduce the redness or yellowness of your skin. To know which color you need, stick to these guidelines:

a)      Use green to correct redness or any red area in your face.

b)      Choose pink for purple under eye circles if you have a reddish skin tone.

c)       To hide brownish blemishes, use peach.

d)      If you have olive or tan skin and purple or blueish under eye circles, use yellow.

 The concealer is used to hide any blemish or dark circles and it always goes in top of the corrector.

  • Apply your foundation (prefer HD foundations to make your face look more natural.) If you are not sure which color to choose, try applying a bit in your forehead and waiting for it to dry and check how it merges into your skin.
  • Apply the pressed powder using a brush. Don’t use translucent powder or it won’t last. Be careful when spreading it; you want to avoid lighter spots.
  • Use a waterproof liquid eye liner to make sure it stays all day, no matter how many times you cry!
  • Remember to put on eye brow make up to define your face.
  • You might want to use a long-wear lipstick; however, it is better to go for a regular lipstick and retouch it through the day.

It is vital to try your make up several times before your wedding: trial and error will lead you to perfection. The day of the wedding, bring your make up kit with you to take care of any unexpected imperfection. The most important, enjoy and feel beautiful and confident. You will shine!