Category Archives: Wedding

Henna/mehendi tattoos

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Henna is a flowering plant used since antiquity to dye skin, hair, fingernails, leather and wool. The name is also used for dye preparations derived from the plant, and for the art of temporary tattooing based on those dyes.

Henna powder

For skin dyeing, a paste of ground henna (either prepared from a dried powder or from fresh ground leaves) is placed in contact with the skin from a few hours to overnight. Henna stains can last a few days to a month depending on the quality of the paste, individual skin type, and how long the paste is allowed to stay on the skin.

Henna kit

The Night of the Henna was celebrated by most groups in the areas where henna grew naturally: Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Zoroastrians, among others, all celebrated marriages by adorning the bride, and often the groom, with henna. It was also used for celebrations as birthdays, circumcision or religious one such as: Eid, Diwali or others. When there was joy, there was henna.

Henna was regarded as having “Barakah”  blessings, and was applied for luck as well as joy and beauty. Brides typically had the most henna, and the most complex patterns, to support their greatest joy, and wishes for luck. The fashion of  “Bridal Mehendi-Henna tattooing”  in Pakistan, Northern Libya and in North Indian Diasporas is currently growing in complexity and elaboration, with new innovations in glitter, gilding, and fine-line work.

Bridal henna designs

Henna patterns

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New bridal hijab styles 2012!

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    As the new year is approaching trends also change, so I thought it would be nice to share with you the latest trends when we talk about Muslim brides. I chose only the pictures with the styles that I absolutely love and wouldn’t hesitate to wear, because this year is all about accessorizing and being glamorous.

    Hope you like it girls!

Palestinian culture: The THOB

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Nowadays what Palestinian women wear is determined by their religious believes, though it wasn’t always like this.Women in Palestine used to wear a Thob; a full length flare dress, that is loosely-fitted to allow a lot of movement.

Until the 1940s, traditional Palestinian costumes reflected a woman’s economic status, whether married or single, and the town or district of origin as well. A knowledgeable observer could collect such information from the fabric, colors, cut, and embroidery motives in a given woman’s apparel.

Approximately 100 years ago, Palestinian women from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jaffa, El Khalil (Hebron), Ramallah, Majdal and Gaza as well as the nomadic Bedouin of the southern desert region developed their own embroidery designs borrowing from architectural motifs, local plants, and spiritual symbols. The style of embroidered panels, types of fabrics, set them apart from one another to such a degree that their region of origin could be identified from a distance.

Thob from Bethlehem

Thob from Hebron

Thob from Ramallah

Embroidery was used on everyday dresses as well as wedding and special occasions dresses. Women were as distinctive working in the fields as they were visiting their husband’s family. These dresses were part of their identity. Work done by their own hands demonstrated their skill and imagination

Headdresses indicated whether women were married or unmarried. An unmarried woman would have very few coins, if any, on her headdress, whereas a married woman would display and carry her wealth on her head.

War in the Middle East has destroyed the unity of many cultures, especially the Palestinians. Palestinian women refugees have formed embroidery cooperatives in other countries as a mean of supporting themselves and their families. Using traditional patterns, these modern embroiderers produce contemporary items carrying ancient symbols of identity and pride to Palestinians expats.

Moroccan caftan

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The caftan, or kaftan, is the traditional dress of Moroccan women. In the era of the Sultans, the caftan was worn by both men and women.When the caftan came to Morocco from Turkey, it became primarily an article of women’s clothing.

                                                      Old Turkish Caftan

Caftan is  loose-fitting, but is usually more elaborate than other Moroccan traditional garments like the jalabia, because it is worn more often for special occasions.It is a long dress in the style of a robe. Caftans are made of either cotton or silk. They are ankle-length and can be fastened up the front with buttons. A sash around the waist completes the outfit. Some caftans are designed with elaborate colors and patterns, and other styles are much simpler.

The traditional wedding dress in Morocco is caftan,although some women prefer Western wedding dresses to be more modern.Caftans designed for weddings can be very elaborate, with brightly embroidered floral patterns in a variety of colors, including green, red, dark brown and white. The sleeves are full and very wide.
 
                     
                                     

Bridal hijab

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     Because I wanted to continue my previous post about Muslim bridal dresses , I thought that it will be nice to show you also some great style in which you can wrap your hijab in your special day. From what I know there are special salons in some countries that are specialized in styling bridal hijab, but if you are not in a country or city where you can find these places there are other options available , either you buy one that is already styled, either you do it yourself if you are skilled in making amazing hijab styles or ask for one of your friend to help you.

    The most beautiful bridal hijabs I’ve seen until now were made by Egyptians, since the girls there seem to choose more and more to wear hijab in the most special day of their life. I will show you some of the styles that I liked the most and hopefully you will too.

   Would you choose to wear hijab in your wedding day?

                                                                


I chose this model for my wedding hijab and I did it by myself at home.

Hopefully it was useful and you enjoyed this post and the pics!     

Not in your wedding!

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    In every woman’s soul is a little girl, which dreams herself wearing her white bride dress next to her chosen one. Everything must be flawless; the place, the decorations, music, food and drinks,the cake and of course the bride and the groom themselves. But what happens when the happy couple starts becoming too agitated, too proud of themselves or too emotional. Oh! well than their perfect wedding might become their worst nightmare.

   Unfortunately, lately I see or hear from friends about these huge mistakes that the groom and the bride commit in their wedding day and transform it from a wedding about which everyone will have nice memories into one which will be widely criticized.

  Everything starts before the big event and because everyone seems happy for you let them help with the preparations. It will be fun and way more easy that to do it all by yourself, but don’t release your anger and stress on the ones that are doing their best to help you, that if you still want them in your wedding of course. Choose everything as you wish to be but listen to the advice of others also …you won’t lose anything after all. Don’t leave any detail to be solved in the last-minute, instead take a break few days before the wedding and relax with your friends or family. One night before the big event try to sleep at least 8 hours so that your mind, face and body will be relaxed and shinning.

  You’ve prepared everything and the moment has come now it is your great day when your dreams will come true, lives will change forever and two persons will become as one. But still be careful at some aspects as for example talking, greeting, thanking all of your guests, don’t forget that they are making you an honor by participating at this unique event in your life and they should be treated with respect and attention.

  Then neither the bride nor the groom should run like crazy for anything pending or any misunderstanding occurred, just ask someone who you trust to supervise and handle everything. After all you are a prince and a princess for one day and royalties aren’t under no circumstance graceless and tact. Enjoy your wedding and make your guests enjoy it too since you are just once bride and groom for the first time and hopefully the only time.

 With all these being said I wish all of you that are not yet married  and read this post to have your dream wedding and a happy life next to your chosen one.