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PERFECT

Muslim Wedding The

2nd issue

Winter 2014

23 Beautiful real Brides

Top 10 Muslim Wedding Honeymoon Destinations


From the Editor’s Doorstep As-Salamu-Alikum and welcome to the Winter edition of Perfect Muslim Wedding’s e-magazine. We hope you have found Perfect Muslim Wedding to be your resource to all things Muslim wedding. We hope you continue to support our website, as we have some exciting things in store for you. In this issue you’ll get a few tips on planning the perfect Winter wedding, a glimpse into real weddings, our first ever honeymoon article, and an article on how to plan a gender-separate reception. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to contact us at editor.perfectmuslimwedding@gmail.com. That’s it! Enjoy. *Cover image courtesy of Maha Designs

Oh yes and none of this could be possible without our partner photographers: AAroneye Photography, AH Portrait Photography, Amna Hakim Photography,Asad Farooq Photography, Carrie Wildes Photography, Jamie Howell Photography, Nadia D. Photography,Shakil’s Media Production, Twende Harusini, Maha Designs and our Creative Commons photographers, we thank them for allowing us to share their beautiful work with all of you.

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A creative approach to wedding planning

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Perfect Wedding Promise!

Image courtesy Jamie Howell Photography


Planning the perfect wedding

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Because it's your wedding, all action, no drama

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Planned to perfection

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Top 10 Muslim Wedding Honeymoon Destinations Newly married or soon to be married Muslim couples have many options for going to a honeymoon. A honeymoon does not have to be at an exotic or distant location. It could be a place that is local and you and your spouse have never been to. Having privacy, halal food, and time to get to know each other are some of the things to think about. Of course there is budget and how much vacation time you both have. Although most couples choose to go to the honeymoon immediately after the wedding, you can choose to delay it for a later more convenient or budget friendly time or place. In no particular order, here are the Top 10 picks by Perfect Muslim Wedding for honeymoon destinations..


Top 10 Muslim Wedding Honeymoon Destinations

1. Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia Some couple consider this the perfect way to start their lives by going for Umrah or Hajj.

Photo by Omar Ansari available under a Creative Common Attribution License


Top 10 Muslim Wedding Honeymoon Destinations

2. Mali, Maldives From the Nika island resort where you effectively have private beaches to the Mirihi island resort, the Maldives offers a “heaven on earth� experience in a Muslim majority country.

Photo by David Challen available under a Creative Common Attribution License


Top 10 Muslim Wedding Honeymoon Destinations

3. Istanbul, Turkey This is one of our favorite destinations. At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Turkey offers a Muslim heritage and history in a country with a booming economy.

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Top 10 Muslim Wedding Honeymoon Destinations

4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia A cosmopolitan culture of Malays, Indians and Chinese with both natural beauty and a modern metropolis.

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Top 10 Muslim Wedding Honeymoon Destinations

5. Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

This is a Muslim island in Thailand’s Andaman Sea, which is home to the Six Senses resort.

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The gift of a lifetime

Image courtesy Carrie Wildes Photography


Men to the Left, Women to the Right Planning a wedding is no breeze, but planning a Muslim wedding...no scratch that, its not any easier.

Many Muslim weddings are separated by gender, the couple will usually rent out 2 separate halls, 1 for the women and 1 for the men. Why you ask? First, many Muslims believe genders should not mix in any way. Secondly, there are Muslim women who wear the headscarf, known as the hijab. Women who wear the hijab are allowed to reveal their hair in front of other women only, and males who are related to them. Having separate halls allows for women to dress up and let their hair down for an evening. As the couple, you now have to worry about two spaces. And really, why should the women have all the fun?


By kind permission of Ayesha Khan Photography


Men to the Left, Women to the Right continued Most men do not care for over-the-top decor, so keep it simple. They can do without the colorful lighting and strands of roses. You really want to focus your energy on one thing for men: the food. My husband always wanted to serve hot wings at our wedding (on the men’s side of course), red wing sauce and a snazzy suit? Not such a good idea. Looking back, maybe we should have had those wings - or better yet, a buffet.

By kind permission of Mary Laine Photography


A buffet, now that will really appeal to the men’s side. Women see a well-decorated space as a great wedding, but men, all they really have to look forward to is the food. So make sure it is perfection. A few hotels now offer “zabiha” options in their meal packages, so explore different venues before deciding. Candy bar on the women’s side? Create one for the men too. This is was one of the easiest and cost friendly forms of entertainment. Yes, food is entertainment. Now for the cake, instead of having one cake on the “women’s side” and having to worry about getting it cut for both spaces. Order a groom’s cake, and make it a little fun. Something that speaks to his interests.


By kind permission of Aaron Eye Photography

Remember if your events are separated, ask for gender-appropriate staff for each hall. You want to avoid making any of your guests feel uncomfortable. These are just suggestions. Remember, every couple is different, you just need to tailor your reception to meet your particular needs and wants.


Wedding in Winterland In honor of our Winter edition, we bring you all the details on planning the perfect Winter wedding.

The great thing about Winter weddings is that you can go either way with your color scheme. You can either match the cool temperatures by using white, silver, light blue or violet; or you can go with a warm ambience - red or pink, and gold, for example.

Photo by Anne Ruthmann available under a Creative Commons Attribution License


Want to create a Winter wonderland? White should be your primary color. Brides, don’t you for a second think you won’t be able to stand out. You’re the bride! All eyes are on you. Create your Winter Wonderland with touches of silvers, light blues or violets, and candles. You want to keep everything crisp, simple, and fresh. Depending on which color complement you wish to use with the white, for the purpose of this article. Say you choose to do white and silver. Go with a white cake with silver embellishments.


To create the Winter look, you have to carry it through all of the details from the bouquet to the centerpieces to the place cards. (Although in actuality, place cards. usually don’t work in most Muslim weddings - we sit where we want.) You can still go all white and add a little bit of warmth with the candles. However, if you’re more interested in creating a warmer ambience, think red or pink and gold, roses and candles.

Photo by Amie Fedora available under a Creative Commons Attribution License.


Photo by Amie Fedora available under a Creative Commons Attribution License.


Just because its cold outside doesn’t mean the decor has to feel the same way. Give your guests a warm and inviting ambience. You can’t go wrong with red and gold (this is the go-to color for most MiddleEastern and Southeast Asian Weddings.)

By kind permission of Carrie Wildes Photography


Don’t let the cold weather keep your guests down. Create a warm and inviting experience for them. Winter weddings can make for some beautiful photos.

Photo by Allegro Photography available under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

So here’s a tip to send you off with - especially if you live somewhere where it snows - get dressed early and get your photos taken outside. Although you may freeze, the photos will be worth it.


A wedding lasts a day memories last forever

Image courtesy Asad Farooq Photography


All the right moves, Perfect Wedding Planning

Image courtesy Amna Hakim Photography


A wedding lasts a day memories last forever

Image courtesy Jamie Howell Photography


Perfect Wedding Promise!

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Planning the perfect wedding

Image courtesy AAroneye Photography


Perfect Wedding Promise!

Image courtesy Asad Farooq Photography


A creative approach to wedding planning

Image courtesy Nadia D. Photography


A new angle to perfect wedding planning Image courtesy Shakil’s Media Production


Perfect Wedding Promise!

Image courtesy Twende Harusini


Less Talk, more Perfect Wedding Image courtesy Shakil’s Media Production


A fresh approach to wedding planning

Image courtesy AH Portrait Photography


All the right moves, Perfect Wedding Planning

Image courtesy Carrie Wildes Photography


Smile Perfect Wedding Planning

Image courtesy Twende Harusini


A wedding lasts a day memories last forever

Image courtesy Maha Designs


Framed to perfection

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A Perfect wedding, only tears of joy

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Perfect Wedding Promise!

Planned to perfection

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Less Talk, more Perfect Wedding

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Top 10 Muslim Wedding Honeymoon Destinations Continued

6. Zanzibar, Tanzania. Off the coast of Tanzania known for Cloves, the spice trade and an exotic seashore and Muslim presence. On the mainland of course there are Safaris and other delights.

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Top 10 Muslim Wedding Honeymoon Destinations

7. Marrakesh, Morocco. Inland from the Mediterranean sea, Marrakesh with access by air or through Tangiers offers a glimpse into SubSaharan Africa and the Berber and Muslim culture.

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Top 10 Muslim Wedding Honeymoon Destinations

8. Granada, Spain. With over 800 years of Muslim history, the Southern peninsula from Seville through Gibraltar and Granada offers a beautiful history and coastline.

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Top 10 Muslim Wedding Honeymoon Destinations

9. Dubai, UAE. Dubai is a dynamic business and tourist center that is centrally located and has lots to offer in terms of attractions and shopping.

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Top 10 Muslim Wedding Honeymoon Destinations

10. Cairo, Egypt. From the blue Nile to the Pyramids, Cairo has a lot to offer Muslim couples.

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