The Ultimate Honeymoon Kit

The Ultimate Honeymoon Kit

We know how hard it is to remember what to bring on your honeymoon trip; which is why we put this ultimate honeymoon kit together to help you. You may not need all of these items so be sure to edit it as you see fit.

Honeymoon Kit Photo by Thomas Martinsen courtesy of Unsplash

Toiletries/Essentials:
Toothbrush/Toothpaste
Mouthwash
Dental floss/toothpicks
Shampoo and Conditioner
Deodorant
Body Wash/Soap
Moisturizer
Hand Sanitizer
Sunscreen
Birth Control/Condoms
Lubricant
Hair Brush/Comb
Disposable razors
Vaseline
Feminine Products
Small disposable ziploc bags
Mini sewing kit
Tissues
Makeup basics
Pony tail holders, bobby pins, headbands

First Aid Kit:
Allergy medication
Motion sickness medication
Tylenol & Ibuprofen
Anti-diarrheal medicine
Antacid
Band-Aids
Triple antibiotic ointment
Tweezers
Lip Balm
Sunscreen, Aftersun/aloe vera
Bug Spray (depending on location)

Clothing:
Maxi Dresses
Ankle length skirt
Wide brim hat
Lightweight Hijabs
Underwear, bras
Lingerie
Yoga pants
Swimsuits, Burkini, swimsuit cover up
Raincoat/poncho (depending on weather)

Technology:
Tablet/Smartphone
Camera
Laptop
Chargers
Converter for destination country

Romantic Kit:
A mix CD of your favorite love songs or playlist on your phone
Non-alcoholic Cider (eg Martinelli’s)
Whipped Cream
Mints
Candles
Bubble Bath

Did we forget something in our honeymoon kit? Let us know in the comments below!

Honeymoon Checklist and Timeline

Honeymoon Checklist and Timeline

There is already an added stress when traveling whether it’s domestic or international. Now, add in the pressures of the perfect honeymoon and you may be a little extra stressed. Not to worry, we decided to create this handy honeymoon checklist and timeline. You can easily print this and keep it with you or hang it on your refrigerator, that way you can check off everything as you complete it.

honeymoon checklist

Photo by HENG FU MING available under a Creative Commons Attribution-license

8-12 months prior:
Discuss locations
Discuss budget & time
Research travel-warnings
Apply for or renew passport

3-6 months prior:
Book airline reservations, hotel, car rental or cruise
Consider travel insurance for health, weather conditions and property
Research destination for vaccinations
Research any medical precautions you need to take
Explore halal food options and/or any other dietary restrictions
Check luggage allowances
Research travel visas

2-3 months prior:
Apply for a visa
Buy luggage
Get PMW’s Honeymoon Kit ready
Get vaccinations and/or any prescriptions

1 month prior:
Confirm travel, seat assignments, and special meals
Research and buy any adapters or voltage converters
Check bank accounts and credit cards for sufficient funds
Prepare and plan any romantic gestures
Take cash in US Dollars as well as local money ($100-$300)
Ask family/friend/neighbor to check your mail, bring in your paper, watch your house, water plants, take out trash, etc. or register at the post office and newspaper to stop delivery
Pay bills or set up automatic payment
Purchase prescriptions and toiletries
Research with your bank to check ATM fees and or credit card transaction fees
Explore cell phone options that give you the best fees or package
If required, apply for an international driver’s license

3-5 days prior:
Start packing
Make copies of itinerary, travel documents, credit cards, list of valuables, house key and share with family and/or friends
Confirm travel reservations and print flight schedules, hotel and other itinerary
Check weather reports for destination
Pack last minute medications and toiletries
Grab some great reading material
Set up voicemail and “out of office” auto-reply for email accounts
Label your luggage inside and outside in case your bag is lost.
Make sure phones/cameras are charged, and bring extra memory cards
Share or throw out refrigerated food and trash the day before you leave

Day of departure:
Set thermostat and light timers in your house
Double-check you have passport, driver’s license, and cash
Allow time for check in and security (1 hour domestic, 2 hour international plus margin)
Make a travel prayer
Enjoy your honeymoon! Please let us know if we have missed anything. We want to make sure everyone has a stress-free and beautiful honeymoon inshAllah.

3 Major Muslim Wedding Dress Themes

3 Major Muslim Wedding Dress Themes

In a previous post, 11 Absolutely Gorgeous Wedding Dresses, we covered the beauty of the Muslim wedding dress. In this post, we wanted to help you determine the key themes and criteria to consider for your wedding dress, and show you even more gorgeous dresses.

There are 49 Muslim majority countries in the world. However, Muslims are also of the largest minorities in Western Europe, America, India and beyond. From the 49 countries, we came up with the three major themes that you will find in a Muslim wedding dress.

  1. Western White. Most white Muslim wedding dresses are modest with long sleeves and hijab. This is used not only in North America, Europe, but also Turkey, Iran, and the Middle-East. However, many Arab weddings (for example) have gender-separate receptions and therefore allow women to get their hair done and wear a sleeveless wedding dress.
  2. South Asian. Colors are usually red and green in combination with other vibrant colors. You will also find most covered in gold and jewelry from head to toe. This is common in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and other regions.
  3. African. Africa is a huge continent where there are many variations from white to vibrant colors and patterned wedding dresses.

Wedding dresses can be variations on everyday dresses like the abaya, baju kurung, kaftan, shalwar kameez, to more elaborate like lehngas. Through fashion-fusion some dresses combine traditional cultural elements with Western fashion. Besides color and other themes, it is important to consider the time of year, weather, and if the wedding is being held indoors or outdoors. 

Measurements for a wedding dress are very important and below are the key measurements to take when having a wedding dress customized or designed.

Muslim Wedding Dress

Let’s take a look at some gorgeous designs!

Muslim Wedding Dress

Photo courtesy of Samaah

Muslim Wedding Dress

Photo by Twende Harusini

Muslim Wedding Dress

Photo by @ramaphotovideo and Makeup by @rukhsanabeautyplace

Muslim Wedding Dress

Photo by Studio Hope.

Muslim Wedding Dress

Photo by Studio Hope. Dress by Nzinga Knight.

Muslim Wedding Dress

Photo by Twende Harusini

Muslim Wedding Dress

Photo by Studio Hope. Dress by A Dressy Occasion.

Muslim Wedding Dress

Photo by Studio Hope. Dress by A Dressy Occasion.

Muslim Wedding Dress

Photo by Studio Hope.

Muslim Wedding Dress

Photo by Twende Harusini

A PMW Thank You to Our Mothers

A PMW Thank You to Our Mothers

In honor of Mother’s Day in the US we decided to put this post together to really applaud our mothers and to reiterate the importance of mothers in Islam. We ask that you disregard your feelings or beliefs regarding whether the celebration of Mother’s Day is permissible or not. Mother’s Day is everyday in Islam, as we all know.

Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) even advised us of the importance of our mothers: A man came to the Prophet and said, ‘O Messenger of God! Who among the people is the most worthy of my good companionship? The Prophet said: Your mother. The man said, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man further asked, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: Then your mother. The man asked again, ‘Then who?’ The Prophet said: Then your father. (Bukhari, Muslim).

It’s no secret how much our mothers endure from our birth until we move out or get married, but even then their love and worry doesn’t end. The least we can do is show our respect and love for our mothers as much as we can. For the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also said: “Paradise lies at the feet of your mother.”

From when we’re learning to walk, to the very first day of school to one of the most important days of our lives: our wedding day.

mothers

Courtesy of Marcella Treybig Photography

For those fortunate enough, our mothers are usually at the forefront in all phases of our wedding planning for advice, tips and the do’s and don’ts – as they are throughout our lives.

Mothers everywhere symbolize strength more than anyone else and for that they must be applauded. So this is for every mom out there, thank you. Thank you for everything that you do!

Always remember: In the holy Qur’an, we are told by Allah (SWT) to address our parents with honor and kindness, and never a word of contempt.

 

*Featured image courtesy of Marcella Treybig Photography.

Kids at Weddings – Yes or No?

Kids at Weddings – Yes or No?

We know the scene all too well. Beautiful hall and decor, coupled with screaming kids. It just doesn’t work. There are mainly 2 ways of dealing with this. Either state in the invitation that you kindly request no children under a certain age attend, or you can provide babysitting for your guests. Both will work perfectly fine. We will discuss how to word your invitations and how to keep the kids entertained throughout the night.

For the first option, which is probably the route most will go with because it’s just less headache. There are many ways you can politely tell your guests that no children are allowed. Here are a few ways:

  1. Adult-only Reception.
  2. We kindly request no children under the age of __.
  3. Due to limited space, we cannot accommodate children.
  4. Please no children under the age of __.

Remember to be both straightforward and polite. Most adults will understand, but others may be a bit sensitive if you don’t get the wording right.

As for the second option, depending on how many kids are expected, you can hire 1 or 2 babysitters to watch over. You can bring in a TV, movies, books, games, etc. You might want to discuss this with your venue to make sure it’s allowed. We wouldn’t recommend anything like paint or coloring, to avoid any damage to the venue.

Be sure to let relatives know whether or not they can bring their children. In most cases, you probably want to allow them.

This is your special day, if you don’t want children, you can let your guests know without offending anyone. Good luck and congratulations!