3 Ways to Word Your Wedding Invitation

There isn’t a “right” way of wording your invitation. You may need to look at an invitation you received to a friend’s wedding and kind of put your own spin on it. There are many ways to word an invitation. We’re going to provide just a few examples, please feel free to use and adapt for your wedding.

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You want to start the invitation out with Bismillah Ir-Rahman Ir-Rahim (In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful). You can put it in either arabic or english, or a combination of the two. It’s very important to begin with praising Allah (swt). You may also want to add a hadith or ayah from the Quran. It’s entirely up to you and your spouse-to-be’s preference.

Now the rest is very easy. There is no right or wrong, whether the bride’s name goes first or the date, or whichever.  Here are examples:

EXAMPLE 1:

You are invited to the marriage celebration of

[Bride/Groom’s name]

[Daughter/Son] of [Name] and [Name]

&

[Bride/Groom’s name]

[Daughter/son] of [Name] and [Name]

on  

[Day of the week], [Month] [Day], [Year] at [Time of Event] [AM/PM]

[Location]

[Address]

EXAMPLE 2:

[Bride/Groom’s Name]

and

[Bride/Groom’s Name]

together with their parents

[Parents’ Names]

and

[Parents’ Names]

request the honor of your presence

at their marriage celebration

on

[Day of the week], [Month] [Day], [Year] at [Time] [o’clock] [in the morning/afternoon/evening]

[Location]

[Address]

EXAMPLE 3:

[Parents’ Names]

request the honor of your presence

at the marriage celebration of their [son/daughter]

[Bride/Groom’s Name]

to [Bride/Groom’s Name]

[Day of the week], [Month] [Day], [Year]

[Time] [o’clock] [in the morning/afternoon/evening]

[Location]

[Address]

Additional things to add:
Moving and can’t bring along a bunch of gifts? Here’s what you can say: Due to the couple’s relocation, we kindly request no boxed gifts.

Do you just prefer gift cards or cash? We kindly request no boxed gifts.

No children? Adult-only reception. Please no children. OR Please no children under [age limit]

You can also add your official wedding hashtag and website at the bottom of the invitation.

How to Assign Tasks to Members of Your Wedding Party

Your big day is coming up and you’re feeling all kinds of stress, right? I know because I’ve been there. Don’t worry though everything will come together according to Allah’s (swt) plan. Here’s a little tip: divide up the tasks! This will help everyone remain calm and stress-free. The best way you can do this is by assigning tasks to your family members, and any friends who have offered their help. Play on their strengths, assign tasks to people you know can handle it.

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Vendor-Communicator: You need someone who knows and understands your vision. Someone who is assertive yet polite and knows how to handle any issues that come up. They will be the go-to person for every vendor, most importantly the caterer (because…food).

The Scheduler: You need someone who lives off of spreadsheets and to-do lists. They will be able to create a schedule and let everyone know where they need to be and what they should be doing.

Guest Guide: You need a social butterfly for this one. Someone to greet guests as they arrive. Where they need to be seated (whether it’s assigned or not) and where they can place their gifts. This person would also be great if you’re having a buffet at your wedding. They will be able to call the tables up one by one, or the best way you see fit. This person can also handle any announcements that need to be made. For example, prayer time and facilitating speeches.

The Photographer’s Shadow: This person will know exactly the type of photos you want to get and will make sure the photographer doesn’t forget. You need a person just for this job because those pictures are the everlasting memories of your special day.

The Bride’s Right Hand: This person will be at the bride’s side (figuratively of course). This person will be close enough that the bride will be able to ask questions, reminders, make-up check, so on and so forth. This is a must. Although, every person in the wedding party will be there for the bride no matter what. You still want to have that designated person just in case.

We would love to hear from our newlyweds. Did we miss anyone that you think is a must-have? Comment below!

Marwa Diaf
Editor

Featured image courtesy of Oxygen Photo Solutions.

Top 10 Muslim Wedding Honeymoon Destinations

Newly married or soon-to-be married Muslim couples have many options for going on a honeymoon. A honeymoon does not have to be at an exotic or distant location. It could be a place that is local that you and your spouse have never been to. Having privacy and time to get to know each other is the main focus of a honeymoon. 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. Because of course, there is budget and amount of  vacation time to consider. In no particular order, below are the top 10 picks by Perfect Muslim Wedding for honeymoon destinations.

Photo by Omar Ansari available under a Creative Common Attribution License
Photo by Omar Ansari available under a Creative Common Attribution License

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

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2.  Mali, Maldives. From the Nika Island Resort where you effectively have private beaches to the Mirihi Island Resort, the Maldives offers a “heavan on earth” experience in a Muslim majority country.

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

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5. Koh Yao Noi, Thailand. This is a Muslim island in Thailand’s Andaman Sea, which is home to the Six Senses Resort.

Photo by Alex Lichtenberger available under a Creative Common Attribution License
Photo by Alex Lichtenberger available under a Creative Common Attribution License

6. Zanzibar, Tanzania. Off the coast of Tanzania known for the spice trade, an exotic seashore and Muslim presence.

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Photo by April Meeker available under a Creative Common Attribution License

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

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Photo by Victor Wong available under a Creative Common Attribution License

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

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Photo by Khan Saqib available under a Creative Common Attribution License

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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Photo by Ian Robertson available under a Creative Common Attribution License

10. Cairo, Egypt. From the blue Nile to the Pyramids, Cairo has a lot of opportunities to do some sight-seeing with your better half.

 

Must Have Emergency Kit for Your Wedding Day

To have the “Perfect Muslim Wedding,” one has to be prepared. The best way to do that is to create an emergency kit. What should you have in it? See the complete list below. Here is the list, you can customize it for your needs. Download and print our spreadsheet for your convenience: PMW Wedding Emergency KitPhoto by Marie Anakee available under a Creative Common Attribution License.

Photo by Marie Anakee available under a Creative Common Attribution License.

  1. Anti-acid
  2. Baby powder
  3. Band-Aids (translucent or matching your skin)
  4. Bobby pins and hair elastics
  5. Bottle Water
  6. Brush and comb
  7. Cash ($100, including $5, $1 bills, quarters)
  8. Cell Phone
  9. Cell Phone Charger
  10. Clear nail polish
  11. Comb/brush
  12. Contact lens solution/cases
  13. Corsage pins
  14. Cotton balls/swabs
  15. Dental floss/toothpicks
  16. Deodorant
  17. Duct tape
  18. Emery board
  19. Extra earring-backs
  20. Extra pair of flat shoes
  21. Eye drops
  22. First Aid Kit
  23. Flashlight
  24. Gorilla Glue
  25. Granola bars
  26. Hair pins
  27. Hair spray
  28. Hairdryer
  29. Hand towelettes
  30. Handkerchief
  31. Hem tape
  32. Iron
  33. Lint brush
  34. Lotion
  35. Makeup
  36. Mini sewing kit
  37. Mints or mouthwash
  38. Mirror (small and portable)
  39. Nail polish in the bride’s preferred shade
  40. Notebook and pens
  41. Perfume
  42. Q-Tips
  43. Safety pins
  44. Scented insect repellent
  45. Scotch tape
  46. Sharpie
  47. Shoe polish
  48. Small folding scissors
  49. Snacks/bottled water (granola bars, dried fruit, etc.)
  50. Static-cling spray
  51. Straws
  52. Sunscreen
  53. Tampons or pads
  54. Thread that matches the wedding/bridal parties dresses.
  55. Tide to Go Pen
  56. Tissues
  57. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  58. Tweezers
  59. Pain reliever pills
  60. Umbrella
  61. Undergarments
  62. White chalk
  63. Wrinkle-out spray

Purchase travel sizes for things like toothpaste and lotion. Put these all into a mason jar or better yet make a few of them for family members, to be extra safe. Always remember, nothing is ultimate perfection, but you can eliminate some of the mishaps by being prepared.

Planning Kit

Below are many free planning  resources for you in the Perfect Muslim Wedding Planning Kit No two weddings are the same, so these spreadsheets are meant to be a starting point.

Planning tools are helpful to all your wedding team. Whoever has taken on the role of the Wedding Planner, hopefully not the bride or groom, needs to ensure that everyone knows their roles. The planning kit includes Word documents and Excel spreadsheets that you can download and adapt for your needs. Depending on which Internet browser you use, the spreadsheet download will show up either in a pop-up or eg on the bottom of the screen or in the download folder. Once you open it, you can do a “Save As” and make a copy where you can find it easily. The Muslim Wedding Planning Kit includes the following:

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