Menu ideas for a typical Muslim Wedding

You all have or had that Muslim kid in college or school who used to bring lip-smacking mutton biriyani for meals or lunch. Generally, with every other individual getting married and logging onto social media, you’re not baffled to find a Kabir’s/Rehan’s/Muhammad’s wedding invite and pictures showing up in your news feed, timeline or inbox as well. And since, it’s too easy to remember that one of the best things of Muslim Matrimony and weddings is that yummy, sumptuous food and feast, here is what you can do to spice it up even more.

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You need to know that while every wedding feast is not for the fitness freak person, Muslim weddings tend to cross all limits with the dosage of ghee and butter exceeding human comprehension. The regalia of the meals is very high and here’s what you can expect from a Typical Muslim wedding menu.

  • Seekh Kababs: It refers to mutton or minced meat of lamb. They mix the meat of ground goat with select spices before molding and mincing them into proper skewers. They then cook it on the hot tawa or tandoor. It makes for an awesome started at Muslim weddings. Serve it some onion and lettuce to enrich the feel.
  • Boti kabab: Another mutton/lamb Mughlai dish that is always a perfect starter is the boti kabab sensation. It involves the entire muscle meat as you marinate it intensely before grilling or baking it on the barbeque. You can serve it with some quality green chutney as well. You can make the kabab with beef too.
  • Bheja Fry: Many Muslim families opt for this food item. Bheja means brain in Hindi. This is actually a succulent recipe where the animal’s brain is removed first. They then fry it herbs and spices. You can stop sulking or cringing after knowing this because the taste is heavenly. It tastes best with pav or roti.
  • Murgh Mughali: Not a typical feature, but this chicken dish originating from the Mughals is delicious. It’s creamy, rich and flavored with top-class whole, aromatic spices.
  • Nalli Nihari: Another mutton curry variation and the word Nihar comes Arabic Nahar, which means day. The recipe is literally kingly. You make the gravy from slow-cooked lamb leg pieces alongside its nalli or marrow bones. Sometimes, they also serve it with bheja fry.
  • Malai kofta: Finally, a dish sans a meat! Well, today’s Muslim Matrimony and weddings are just as cosmopolitan as the other communities. This dish entails mashed paneer and mashed potato balls. You fry them deeply and coat them in malai or cream, before dipping the same in tomato-onion gravy.
  • Shahi and regular mutton/chicken biriyani: Now, this is the customary one. Heavenly as it tastes, it’s the quintessential feature in all Muslim weddings. A rice and light-orange goat based recipe that entails a royal mix of nuts, meat, spices and herbs.

You have desserts like phirni and sheer korma ruling the roost. The latter is an extremely yummy, dairy-based vermicelli food. It’s a pudding that is flavored with different types of fancy ingredients like dried dates, rose water, saffron etc to make the taste out of the world.

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Making a Muslim Wedding elegant on a low budget

If you want a simple and traditional Muslim Matrimony, but are caught up in inhibitions like “what will my family and friends think”, “need to have that”, you will be soaked in an emotional and heavy roller coaster. There’s side to you that wants things to be inexpensive and simple. And on the other, you and your heart keeps tugging to making it fancy and swanky. Now, come to reality. You can always have things within reason and limits, but not everything. You need to make every decision with a simple question to your family and spouse, “it is necessary or just nice?” There’s no need to impress because weddings are not a platform to show off.

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You can offload enormous stress by cutting down the costs of many things that may have appeared important to you till now.

  • Cut your guest list: That’s just so elementary, isn’t it? Cut the numbers, cut it again and again because it’s easy for your attendee list to fluctuate and bloat. You need to remember that your wedding cost is proportional to the number and size of your guests. So, cut any extras, the couple, and the kids when you need only the one. There’s no point in scratching your hair over the nice-to-have things. It’s futile to think about people who don’t really count or won’t care either.
  • Cut down the venue costs: Avoid the swanky hotel or the fancy banquet/reception hall in favor of warm outdoors or a nice home space. In percentage, the reception caters to most people, which make the biggest hole in your wedding budget. You can slash it by organizing your reception or walima in spacious home of a friend or relative. You can also conduct it in the outdoors like park, garden or another venue.
  • The catering part: You can cut down the catering expenses by doing a potluck here. You have family members or friends with great cooking talent in the kitchen. Assign them the task of making some dishes and they will gladly do it. As you provide the ingredients for the recipes, the pals or relatives will be honored to pitch in. You can imbibe the one dish thumb rule. It means one appetizer followed by a main course meal and one dessert. For those using caterers, you will find that buffet is way cheaper than the conventional and formal sit on chair meal system.
  • Economize on flowers: Another element that involves a large expense in your Muslim Matrimony is that floral décor and arrangement. Curb the florist costs and get a simple bouquet for your bride. You can raid your friends or family gardens or lawns and get roses and other flowers. Cut and trim the flowers from their thorns, and put them in proper vases. You can also go to dollar stores and other dedicated outlets for candles, vases, lanterns and other accessories.
  • Online invitations: There’s no need to personally visit your guests and invite them. You have e-cards/e-vites. Use hand design cards and copy them.

You can also use digital postcards from popular sites.

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Understanding The Vows That a Muslim Couple Takes in a Nikah

Putting first things first, you need to remember that Muslim couples don’t normally recite or chant vows. The weddings vows, which are a pristine and quintessential feature of Hindu and Christian weddings, are not a customary or even faint aspect of Muslim Matrimony. The couple rather listens to the words of the cleric, the imam. Any adult and reliable Muslim male may conduct the ceremony too. The male speaks about the purport of commitment and beauty of marriage. He focuses on the responsibilities of the couple towards one another and also towards Allah.

Next, he asks the bride and groom an approximate three times if they agree to accept each other in nikah as per the terms and conditions of their pious and traditional nikah or marriage contract. Post this step; they sign the contract, which seals the marriage. The gathered congregation comes forward to bless them. However, you will come across some Muslim couples choosing to exchange vows. Here are the traditional and common recitations.

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  • The lines of the bride: She starts by mentioning her name. For example, I, Nishat Ali and continues to further elaborate on that. She offers herself in marriage and in thorough compliance with the rules of the Holy Quran and the Prophet with peace and blessing on him. She pledges with due sincerity and honesty to be a faithful and obedient wife of the man.
  • The lines of the groom: The groom keeps it simple and precise. He pledges in all sincerity and honesty to be a helpful, loving, faithful and respectful husband. It’s an important observation that exchanging vows is not a core Islamic practice. However, it’s not shunned either. Hence, today’s modern couples, influenced by cosmopolitan vibes and cross-cultural impact are imbibing the vow exchange procedure in their Muslim Matrimony. It goes beyond that it’s a wonderful moment.
  • Know your Nikah: The Muslim marriage in itself entails legal vows wherein parties, the bride and groom accepts the length of the nikah and agrees to follow the rules. You need to know that Muslim couples are free to determine the anything they want to include in the marriage contract. For instance, although Islam permits a groom to take more than one wife, the concerned bride may choose to entail in the nikah a specific clause negating and forbidding her man to do so. There are certain cases where the bride happens to be way too young. Then, the contract may have terms pertinent enough for that age of the girl at which you can consummate the marriage.
  • The imam’s role: Traditionally, Muslim couples are married of by a Muslim religious leader, an imam. There’ a Quranic reading where the imam or a reliable male convening the nikah speaks about the essence of marriage and the spouses’ roles. He then asks the couple to accept each other willingly and affirm the terms mentioned in the marriage contract.

It’s an imperative for the couple to answer in affirmatives every time the imam asks the question. It’s a specific three times. Only then the marriage will be recognized.

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Understanding The Real Concept of a Muslim Nikah

To understand the core of Muslim Nikah, you first to understand that An-Nikah translate into the marriage covenant. Nikah is marriage, which is a scared and solemn contract between the bride and groom. It’s a contract that presages a strong and divine covenant. One of the most interesting and fundamental concepts of Nikah in Muslim Matrimony is that this marriage contract is not a sacrament. Instead, it’s revocable. The entire thing thrives on a mutual agreement between the bride and groom.

Both parties agree with one another to enter into the contract. Both groom and bride have their liberty to locate and define different terms and conditions as per their liking. They can make the terms a part of the marriage contract.

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  • Mahr: The marriage gift of Mahr relates to a divine injunction. The groom gives the Mahr to the bride as an essential tool of the contract. It’s a token of respect and commitment of the groom’s responsibility. You can pay the gift in cash, moveable objects or property to the bride herself. Quran doesn’t legally specify the mahr amount. However, Islamic jurisprudence recommends moderation as the existing and proper social norm in this regard. You can pay the mehr to the bride at the time of nikah or on a later deferred date, or a juxtaposition of both. However, the deferred mahr would become due if there’s a divorce and death.
  • On sermon: The nikah assembly is addressed with a definite marriage sermon by the Muslim judge convening the contract. In marriage realm or societies, primarily, a Qazi convenes the ceremony of nikah, keeping the record of the central marriage contract. Interestingly, any trustworthy and devout Muslim can hold or oversee the nikah ceremony. You need to know that Islam actually doesn’t advocate or promote priesthood. The certificate or documents of the concerned marriage contract are subsequently filed with the local masjid (mosque) and local government. It is for the sake of record.
  • The primary requisites: You need mutual agreement or Ijab-o-Qubul from the bride and groom. There has to be two sane and adult witnesses. The groom must pay the mehr to the bride either during the marriage (muajjal) or muakhkar (deferred date), or a combination of both options.
  • Secondary requisites: A legal guardian or wakeel must represent the bride. The bride and groom will sign the Aqd-Nikah or written marriage contract and have the witnesses by their side. There will be a state appointed judge, obviously Muslim called Qazi or a Mazoon to officiate the Muslim Matrimony. The latter is responsible to do the proceedings. Next is Khutba-tun-Nikah for solemnizing the marriage.
  • Facets of Nikah: The main ceremony begins with lofty praise of God/Allah. The couple seeks His guidance and help. They declare the quintessential Muslim faith confession that one is worthy of devotion and worship save Allah and prophet Muhammad (SAW) is his messenger and servant.

They follow it with three verses from the Quran and a hadith containing a prophetic saying. It forms the make text of the nikah. The marriage ceremony is a chain of disciplined prayers and agreement. 

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Things To Know About Muslim Matrimony

Although Gulf Arabs and natives are entitled to marry as they attain puberty, the median age for Muslims to marry has considerably increased in recent times, to around 25. The ideal marriage traditionally was tribal and you had related families driving or encouraging the offspring to marry their cousins or other relatives for increasing and strengthening the tribe. In Muslim Matrimony, they were also occasionally encouraged to marry into other tribes for mending bridges between families. Marriage acted a political tool in this regard. Another reason for these marriages was that both families knew the partner’s background.

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Talking about some Latin countries where young couples in the nations are allowed to interact under the vigilance of a chaperon.

  • The different norms: In some of the more stricter and stringent Gulf societies, a marriage is arranged without a. It doesn’t include the face appearance too. The man has to rely on the statements of his female relatives pertaining to his wife’s appearance.
  • The marriage contract: There are three primary elements of Muslim Matrimony. First, the groom has to discuss and agree to the mahr or dowry with the bride’s father. The dowry might entail clothing, jewelry, and gold, and is usually of considerable mirth. This is an imperative in Arab culture but in countries like India, dowry is often skipped by the modern Muslim couples. After the dowry settlement, you have the penultimate marriage contract, which is supervised by a religious or legal representative. The bride is asked in isolation if she agrees to the matrimony and the same question is presented to the groom. After they agree, the groom joins his future father-in-law’s hands and the marriage becomes official in the presence of two witnesses.
  • Another present: You have another stage where the couple actually meets as man and wife. It’s the wedding party. You have segregated celebrations here with the women and men in two different sections of the house. The couples meet on the last night of the revelry, accompanied by friends and eventually set off for the honeymoon. When they return, they set up their home either with the groom’s parents becoming members of an extended family or set up their own home.
  • The inference of Polygamy: As per Sharia Law, a Muslim man is allowed to have four wives under the condition that he can look after with equal treatment and materially too. This is a decadent practice now because not only most can’t afford it, but because women are increasingly becoming assertive and independent, and many don’t accept it. The fact is that Muslim women can insert another clause in the marriage contract for restricting the husband from getting married to another woman as long as the contract remains significant. The wife can also retain her own name post marriage.
  • Gender shifts and roles: Although gender roles and parts have perennially been clearly defined and underline in the Islamic world, with the woman as nurturer and man as provider, both man and wife are more and more going out to work.

 

This is much less prevalent in Saudi Arabia, where there are ceilings on women working, barring some culturally acceptable professions like teaching and medicine.

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Common Beliefs In Muslim Matrimony

Islam is undeniably the second-largest religion in the world. Well over a billion people practice this faith in some form or the other. Most of the faithful people put religion at the core of how they lead their lives.  This systematic approach to life is related to marriages. It entails its own set of rules and laws, which predefine a set of common beliefs in the Islamic world. Different nations have their slant on the, but the ubiquitous ones are what we shall talk about.

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Muslims have diverse communities and the way faithful lots are expected to carry and conduct themselves in the marriage process or custom is a good way of better understating this religion.

  • Cultural variation among Muslim marriage rules: The vast complexity of the religion is compounded by different cultural variations across the Muslim world. Every ethnicity and race count some Muslims in its number. Mosques absorb local customs of marriage. Many Muslim scholars often endeavor to clarify that local customs actually influence the religious practices in the long run.
  • Eligibility for marriage: It’s true that the Quran guides Muslims in getting a marriage partner. The relevant passages are mostly interpreted in the same manner across the globe. A Muslim Matrimony must be between two opposite-sex partners. These two people cannot be too closely related to one another. The men are allowed to choose wives from their fellow believers or from the other people of the book, Jews, and Christians. Muslim women are expected to marry only Muslim men.
  • Polygamy in Muslims: Men are often allowed to marry four women in Islam. Both the Quran and the Prophet’s personal life give this warrant. In many regions where the holy book is open to interpretation, people look to the life of the Prophet for guidance. Although the traditional number of wives is set at maximum four, men are needed to show that they can support the women.
  • Consent issues and age: When in doubt or darkness, Muslims will perennially seek light from the life of Prophet. The same case applies to the permitted age of consent for matrimony. The marriage between Muhammad and his favorite wife Aisha comes into account here. Though she was betrothed to him when he was nine years of age, it’s further elaborated that Muhammad refrained the consummation of this marriage until the girl attained the age of 12. Owing to this, many Muslim societies set their consent age much lower than western societies.
  • Different between men and women: The Quran doesn’t mandate or sanction any inequality between woman and men. Officially, both enjoy equal duties and rights in the practice and also equality in their marriage. This theory is often manipulated and overridden by ingrained attitudes in some communities and local customs. An example is a case of prohibiting polyandry amidst the allowance of polygamy, prohibiting interfaith marriage for the women whilst allowing it forms the men. Even allowing the practice of some courtship rituals also holds true here.

It’d be fair to say that in the majority of Muslim schools or thoughts, women are regarded as staying under some custody or guardianship of the men. First, it’s the father then there’s husband. The courtship between believers, marriage contract, and the ceremony are other notable aspects in Muslim Matrimony.

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Traditional yet Contemporary Dressing for a Muslim Groom

Muslim marriages have deep lying traditions and customs that are also very colorful and have a lot of religious significance. The different steps of the Muslim matrimony have serious social and religious intonations that help in understanding the families better as well introduce the bride and the groom to the respective family members that will be a part of their lives. The exchanging of the gifts and the choosing of the wedding attire though are followed traditionally have a social aspect to them.

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Getting stylishly contemporary

The entire focus of the dress in a marriage usually centers around the bride, but the contemporary groom also has a choice of wedding ensemble today to complement the looks of the bride. It is best to match the attire of the groom with that of the bride so that the couple looks brilliant during the photo sessions that will remain as memories forever.

  • There is the blend of the traditional with the modern that many designers have brought about. As there is no structure for the Muslim groom to pick any particular color or dress, you have every opportunity to be stylish.
  • The Sherwani and the Churidar are, of course, the hot favorite grooms’ dress when it comes to dressing up traditionally. There are plenty of choices of colors and designs that you will come across from the expensive designer names as well as the less expensive ones. Once your bride to be has decided on the color of her outfit you can proceed to choose a shade that complements hers.
  • In most cases for the marriage proper, it is the complementing color that is preferred while for the reception you can go in for the contrast.
  • While choosing the design on the Sherwani remember to suit it with your build and stature. If you are tall built, then you can opt for the large and prominent embroidery works that will stand out on your broad torso.
  • For those that are of smaller stature, it is better to avoid the bold contrast between the base color and the inlay work. Also, choose a lighter shade of the color that your bride will wear. For example, if she is wearing a bright red, choose a lighter shade of the red that will give the visual impression of size to you.
  • Keep the color of the Churidar to white as it will help in adding height to your looks. Make sure that the shoes that you wear have the same inlay work as your Sherwani.
  • It is also fashionable to choose a Sherwani that has less inlay work and the Western cut such that you can have them stitched to match your height and build. Wearing the light colored Sherwani Type jacket in jacquard over the silk shirt and complementing silk pant like Churidar is a perfect blend of the traditional with the contemporary look.

To get the best contemporary look to your traditional groom’s look it is best that you visit one of the designer stores that have plenty of options and also the experts that will help you in choosing the right option in keeping with your physique. At the same time do not forget to carry the color of your bride’s costume.

Bridal tips for a Summer Muslim Bride!

Brides are mainly concerned about their looks and attire. When you are about to become a Muslim bride then make sure you take care of your skin, body a lot apart from attire and make up. You can read various tricks, information on website these days on how to keep yourself fit and take some bridal tips. When you are planning for your Muslim matrimony then there are thousands of things to do for Muslim bride especially when your wedding is in summer. Here are few bridal tips that you need to follow and take care for a Muslim summer wedding:

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Buy light weight trousseau:

When you prepare for your bridal trousseau then ensure you buy everything that you can wear easily in summers. Buy cotton, linen, georgette clothes and avoid buying silk, satin, and crepe when you are getting married in summer. Brides should take care of the fabric they buy because slippery or body hugging clothes can pave way to rashes and itching in summer.

Wear light waterproof makeup on wedding day:

When your Muslim matrimony is in summer then always asks for makeup stylist to go for waterproof makeup so that you don’t become a matter of joke among your guests due to scattered makeup on the face because of continuous sweating. Wear light waterproof makeup on your wedding day.

Buy flat footwear:

Make sure that you buy your footwear that is open from front so that air passes and it keeps your feet airy. Wear flats in your wedding because usually brides have to wear heavy bridal outfit on the wedding day. So to avoid any inconvenience you should prefer flats in your wedding.

Don’t indulge in heavy makeup or accessories:

Avoid heavy makeup and heavy jewellery on the wedding day when it’s in summer. Heavy makeup and accessories will make you uncomfortable during the wedding.

Take care of your skin and fitness:

When your wedding is in summer then ensure that you keep yourself hydrated and drink gallons of water every day. There are many things to do in a wedding so it becomes very important to keep yourself hydrated and fit. Drink enough water so that your skin becomes naturally radiant and glowing.

Check with your gynaecologist before wedding:

In case you are facing any health issues then make sure you get all health issues fixed before your wedding. In case you are having any menstrual problem then consults your gynaecologist and takes medicines. It’s always good to take care of your health before wedding and always.

Plan a honeymoon with your grooms

A honeymoon possesses the most special time for bride and grooms both. Always plan your honeymoon with your groom and make sure you choose place that is cold and you both can enjoy the time of your life. You should get the tickets booked for cold place and enjoy life and experience new things. Being a Muslim bride you have to take care of few above mentioned tips in order to stay fit and glowing.

Lesser known Traditions in a Shia Muslim Wedding

Contrary to what non-Muslims think, there are a lot of differences between Sunni and Shia wedding traditions. They are two very distinct Muslim sects and have their own unique set of traditions, customs and ceremonies. Shia Muslim wedding ceremonies are very different from the Sunni ones and this is one of the reasons why there are very few inter-sect marriages. With its rich history and culture, it is certainly a grand occasion to attend.

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 Different Traditions and Customs of Shia Muslim  Weddings

Here are some of the traditions that are a part of weddings in  the Shia Muslim community:

  • In a Shia wedding, it is not necessary for witnesses to be  present during the ceremony. However, in case of a divorce, the couple needs to have witnesses present during the proceedings. This is different from Sunni traditions where two adult males are required to be witnesses during the ceremony but not during divorce.
  • In the Shia ceremony known as Nikah, it is compulsory to have six verses delivered publicly. This ceremony makes a Shia wedding longer in duration.
  • Another unique ceremony that is a part of these weddings is the bath ceremony. It takes place before the actual day of the wedding. The bride and groom-to-be take part in it to mark their impending nuptials.
  • There is another unique tradition in Shia marriages that other Muslim sects do not practice. This is the temporary marriage arrangement. According to this arrangement, a couple can get married and stay in it for a pre-agreed duration. Once this period is over, the couple can separate unless they are satisfied with their partner and want to remain in the marriage. Couples do not have to go through divorce proceedings when they marry under this agreement.

As you have read, the Shia Muslim sect is less rigid than other sects. They have a more flexible outlook when it comes to marriages and the happiness of the couple who are in it.

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Nowadays, you can find Muslim matrimonials online. There are reputed sites where Muslims can find their perfect match and marry under the traditions of the Shia sect. Since this sect is not as orthodox as others, finding a match online is a great way to find a life partner that you get to know in your own time and without any pressure from family or friends.

A Shia wedding is a wonderful occasion to be a part of. It has a lot of cultural richness and is definitely one of the most unique when it comes to rituals and ceremonies. Contrary to what you may think, it is not a somber occasion but one filled with loads of joy and laughter. Friends and family gather to celebrate the couple’s union and enjoy the day with them.

If you have never been to a Shia wedding and have been invited one, you should definitely make yourself available and attend the wedding. It is a great way to learn about a culture other than yours and see how other people’s traditions differ from yours!

Who Sizzled and Who Did Not at Arpita-Aayush Celebrity Wedding

The Arpita – Aayush wedding from the “Khan Khandhan “was undoubtedly the biggest Indian wedding of the year. The wedding ceremony was conducted at the TajFalaknuma Palace in Hyderabad and was followed by an elaborate reception in Mumbai.

Both events were gracedby gorgeous men and women from the tinsel town. TMuslim Bridehis larger-than-life wedding had the beautiful dames flaunting the best sartorial creations of the country.

Saris and lehengas reflecting the grandiosity of the occasion were favoured by the Muslim bride. While bright shades of red and brown are more often associated with weddings, this time white and pastel shades seemed to be the trend.

Shraddha Kapoor in a Shivan &Naresh sari, Jacqueline Fernandes looked her best self with a in a black Anamika Khanna outfit and Dhivya Khosla in a custom-made Gaurav Gupta couture gown were some of the stand out attires of the evening.

Then there was Priyanka Chopra who stole the show effortlessly with a royal blue sari coupled with a gold blouse. Her outfit was perfectly accentuated by the choice of accessories and make up.

Another woman who never ceases to look perfect is Malaika Arora Khan! The bride’s sister-in-law teamed up with Seema Khan and Arpita Mehra to craft her looks. With an impeccable sense of style she proved to be the cynosure of every occasion right through till the end.

Former Miss Universe Lara Dutta looked every bit Indian in her Ritu Kumar couture combined with an exquisite piece of diamond jewellery from Anmol. The VJ-turned-actress and a close accomplice of the Khan family for many years, Mini Mathur was a part of the celebrations. The deep blue lehenga with sequined work from Sanjay Garg was truly a masterpiece. However why she chose to accessorize her look with a pink potli is quite uncertain.

The fashion diva of Bollywood, Katrina Kaif was there at the occasion for old times’ sake. The Anamika Khan Anarkalis that she adorned for the wedding and the reception though stunning looked very similar thus failing to make a statement.

In all, intricate and shimmering designs with minimal accessories and chic fabric seemed to be the pick of the season.

Saris and lehengas were what most of them wore for the events. Young dames from the tinsel town were swashbuckling in sexy saris designed by the top most designers of the era. Malaika Arora Khan, Lara Dutta and Elli Avram were some of the beauties who personified sartorial elegance in every bit.