CHITRAL: Fed up of attending multiple functions of the same wedding? Dholki, Mayiun, Mehndi, then Rukhsati and then Walima. Making new clothes and jewelry for each function and dedicating days and nights for all these functions in a row.! All this may be simplified now as the new trend of combining marriage functions is gaining popularity with the elite.
‘Shalima’ functions include a single reception co-hosted by the bride and the groom, which not only reduces the financial burden on both parties but more importantly it is a big relief for the attendees who have to attend only one function, make one pair of clothes , one set of jewelry, visit beauty parlor once, and dedicate one day only for the occasion.
The trend of having a simple Nikah ceremony at home with few relatives in attendance, or even have the Nikah solemnized in a mosque is picking up. With the new trend setting in and adopted by higher strata of the society will sure bring relief to the middle and low income section of society. The wedding industry which is a big market in Pakistan is opposing the trend tooth and nail as their earnings would be curtailed by introduction of simplicity and practicability in wedding functions. .. CN report, 30 Dec 2019