Going to Pakistan for the Wedding Season!

Okay, so this post was long overdue, but here it is! In August we found out one of my aunts was getting married! It was just so exciting for us because we love to attend Pakistani weddings, and the last one we attended was in 2012 😱

I immediately started planning for the trip, and in the end, it was decided that my mother and I would be going since my semester break coincided with her wedding dates.

It had been more than 6 years since I experienced a Pakistani winter, so I was not prepared at all! My last trip was in the summer (you can read all about that here), and this time, I was so excited to experience the beautiful weather as well as the very famous Pakistan wedding season (apparently everyone in Pakistan decides to have their wedding in December-January).

We arrived two days before the wedding and got to experience all the festivities! On our first day there, we attended my aunt’s Mayoun Event!

The Mayoun:

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The mayoun is a part of the pre-wedding festivities! The bride dresses in yellow and there are many different traditions that are associated with the mayounΒ like,Β  feeding her sweets and protecting her from the evil eye. There’s also singing and dance practices going on in preparation for the big day!

Usually, the bride stops wearing any makeup and even stops dressing up during/after the mayoun up until her wedding, so all her beauty can show on the wedding day 😊

Next comes one of the three major events of the wedding, starting with ….

The Mehndi

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The mehndi is basically a huge party from both sides of the family. The brideΒ and groom have amazing entrances. In this mehndi, the groom came on a motorcycle and the bride came in a huge Cinderella-style carriage. After that, there is basically non-stop dancing as the bride and grooms side face off on the dance floor :D.

The mehndi is my favorite day out of all three because it’s a time to just let loose and celebrate. The only thing that I was annoyed with was Lahore’s rule about ending wedding functions at 10pm. We barely had enough time to do anything, and everyone started packing up at 10!

Overall, the mehndi is a time for everyone to celebrate the bride and grooms union before the more somber occasion of giving the bride away which is on the second day of the wedding…

The Baraat

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The baraat is technically the day the bride and groom officially get married and sign their papers. It is usually a very formal occasion where everyone (or at least the bride’s side) is a bit down because they have to give the bride away.

The groom usually comes in a very decked out car (like the one in the first picture), and this is the car the newly married couple sits in after the event is over.

There are also different traditions that we do on the baraat. One of the things we do is the “dhoodhΒ pilai”. Basically, the bride’s sistersΒ bring a glass of milk onto the stage where the bride and groom sit. The couple drinks the milk while the bride’s sisters demand money from the groom. Nobody leaves the stage until he hands over the money :D.

Then it’s usually time for us to say goodbye to the bride which is usually a very sad occasion. I felt so sad because my aunt’s mother was crying so much while giving her away!

After the baraat, there’s one more big function held by the groom’s side ….

The Walima

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So the Walima is a function that the groom’s side throws to welcome the bride into their family and introduce her to the groom’s relatives. This was the day where the bride’s side got to relax a little and just enjoy the event instead of hosting.

My aunt’s Walima was actually in Faisalabad which is two hours away from Lahore. Her father-in-law was very kind and got us a bus so we could all attend the Walima together. The bus even had wifi! It was a lot of fun getting to Faisalabad I got to spend time with my whole extended family.

So those were all the events for my aunt’s wedding! Even though I did attend a few more weddings while I was there, this was the one I went to Pakistan for πŸ™‚ . I love Pakistani weddings so much! If you want to see what I wore to my aunt’s wedding check out my InstagramΒ 

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57 Comments Add yours

  1. These pictures are gorgeous!!!

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  2. You guys indeed love colors, everything is so over the top and glowing. Absolutely love it. xx

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  3. Wow love the pictures! 😍

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  4. Hannah says:

    This is such an interesting read. I’ve only ever attended traditional Christian weddings in a church so reading about how other people celebrate getting married is an eye-opening experience. The outfits look incredible – there is so much colour! xx

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    1. Thank you! We really love using colors lol 😊

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  5. Beyoutiful says:

    I love going to Desi weddings! Lovely pics πŸ™‚

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  6. Julia says:

    The pictures were awesome! So pretty! It sounded like you had a fun time. πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. Thank you! I really did 😊

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  7. bestylechic says:

    Loving your blog.. following do follow back please

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    1. Thank you! 😊 will check out your blog

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    1. Thank you so much for the nomination! 😁 I’ll definitely check your post out

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  8. She looks beautiful! These photos are stunning and the glamour behind it all. It was interesting to read about the various events that place and how you don’t wear makeup before etc.

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    1. Thank you 😊 A lot of people don’t know about Pakistani culture so I’m glad you found it interesting 😁

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    1. Thanks for stopping by 😊

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  9. Wow, the pictures are stunning Haya, it seemed like a whole lotta fun! πŸ˜πŸ€—

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    1. Thank you! It really was a lot of fun! 😊

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  10. Beautiful photos! I love the colors!!!😍

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  11. What a gorgeous couple! The festivities sound absolutely amazing – what a fun experience xx

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    1. Thank you! They really were! I can’t wait for the next one 😁

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  12. zahthinks says:

    Such beautiful pictures… 😍

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  13. Stunning photos dear πŸ™‚πŸ™‚ Beautiful x x

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      1. Your most welcome πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ x x

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  14. It looked so glamours. I love seeing stylish weddings from other cultures. I bet you had fun.

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    1. Thank you! I really did 😁

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  15. It’s interesting reading this and such beautiful colours and photos. Sounds like a lot of fun πŸ˜„

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    1. Thank you 😊 it really was!

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  16. Shweta Jain says:

    Great post… I like the all details and ideas.

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    1. Thank you so much for the nomination! I’ll definitely check it out!

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  17. Wedding! I like every detail on all of their outfits! So beautiful.
    I need to learn some more about Pakistan wedding. (colors of dresses, wedding food, etc) It looks interesting and has so much deep meaning in it.

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    1. Thank you! You are right, every Pakistani event has lots of meaning 😊

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  18. Iriowen says:

    Beautiful bride and groom! Majestic settings! Beautiful cultural display! I want to add that I find it amazing how so many cultures advice wedding celebrants to use amulets and items against evil eyes. We do that in my culture too. Great post! 😍

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    1. Thank you so much! You’re right a lot of other cultures do it too! I’m glad we do I actually believe in the evil eye lol

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      1. Iriowen says:

        I do as well! πŸ˜ƒ

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  19. Wow these pictures are stunning – I love the dresses ❀

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  20. Love it completely! The couple looks so gorgeous together ❀️

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    1. Thank you so much! 😊

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  21. Shweta Jain says:

    Congratulation dear and Great post thanks for sharing this beautiful post…..
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  22. What a grand wedding celebration, Congratulations to all of you 😊

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  23. I think you really did a fabulous post, highlighting the wedding season in our part of the world.

    You should give one post, on the dresses since so much goes into it.

    Beautiful wedding arrangements

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    1. Thank you!
      I agree! Dresses are my favorite part of weddings 😊

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      1. So have a separate post of groom and bride dresses

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  24. sharonchyy says:

    Very interesting! The photos πŸ‘ŒGreat postπŸ™ŒπŸ™

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