Muslim-theme weddings are one of the most diverse and flexible ceremonies. Indeed, not one ceremony is exactly the same, which leaves the bride with a wide variety of dress options. In fact, Muslim bridal attires usually vary according to region and family traditions. It should therefore come as no surprise that some brides choose to get married in simple white dresses while others don elaborate green, red, gold, orange or even black attires.
In more religious countries like Pakistan, brides are usually decked in traditionally Oriental Indo-Muslim attires which consist of a red sari and lots of gold jewelry. Henna patterns are painted on the hands, legs and feet a couple of days prior to the wedding and this tradition is found in nearly all Muslim weddings, even if the bride chooses to go for a more laid-back affair.
On the other hand, Muslim brides who come from more flexible and less religious families often choose to don an Occidental white dress on their wedding day and several of them also go without the traditional headdress or hijab. While most ladies commonly opt for loose-flowing dresses, contemporary brides can wear figure-hugging, mermaid dresses, but this is quite a rare occurrence.
In more religious families, the hijab is an integral part of the bride’s wedding attire. While this headgear is often black and simple in everyday life, Muslim brides often go for more elaborate styles of hijab for their wedding days. Hence, if you want to infuse a Muslim theme on your special day, don’t hesitate to decorate your hijab with pearls, sequins or diamante. For a more striking look, you can even go for a shiny satin or velvet fabric and wear it in the form of a turban.
As far as the white dress goes, it can either be simple and elegant or elaborate and frilly. In fact, some Muslim families strive for simplicity and in such cases, the bride is usually adorned in a plain albeit sophisticated gown made in satin or taffeta. Even if modern ladies choose to go for the typical strapless gowns, traditional Muslim bridal dresses are usually floor-length, high-necked and long-sleeved. Some ladies also refrain from showing their wrists and hands and in such cases, they can don satiny gloves for a shimmery effect.
Of course, there are some brides who are more liberal and hence opt for the classic white dresses without hijabs. In families where the headgear is a must, some stylish ladies often arrange a shimmery scarf on their head.