Weddings are considered to be fun, entertaining across the globe with different customs and rituals followed by different religions. The Muslim community is no different and they have a unique way of celebrating the big day. Muslims consider weddings as a social agreement between the two families and marrying couple. There are certain rules and obligations written in that contract which are imposed on the bride and the groom. According to Muslim culture, a wedding is known as ‘Nikah’. It is accomplished by signing a contract between the couple in the presence of the holy priest and the family members.
Muslim invitations have a special role in weddings as they announce the ceremony day, date and time with spiritual beliefs attached to it. There are mainly two major events- Valima and Nikah and accordingly the invitation cards are also referred as Valima cards and Nikah cards. Valima cards come from the groom’s side while the Nikah invitations are sent from the bride’s side to invite the guests. These cards are designed with special religious symbols and specific colors. The common colors used are green, red, gold and cream, which have their own importance.
Muslim cards are famous all over the world for their uniqueness, styling, color combination and symbols engraved on them. The most common and popular symbols used are star/crescent, Bismillah, Allah and Shahadah. Each of these symbols has different meanings like the symbol star or crescent represents faith in God while the symbol Bismillah denotes blessings and support from the almighty. It provides the wedding card a religious touch and depicts a connection with the ultimate power. Muslims refer to God by the name of Allah, which represents purity, faith and belief. Hence, they like to have the symbol engraved on the Muslim wedding card. It is also believed that by doing this the God would bestow his blessings on the marrying couple.
Materials used in the making of wedding cards are also closely considered by the Muslims. The most popular and loved material choices for Muslim invitation cards are velvet, silk, satin and metallic. Handmade and shiny papers are also loved by Muslims. They prefer the card to be shiny, glossy and bright with their religious symbol of moon or star on the cover page. Often stones, strings and bindis are used in the making of cards.
Font styles are also crucial when deciding the invitation cards. Usually the traditional Arabic language was inscribed on the cards but with time the trend has changed and people has started using English.