Muslim weddings are beautiful and heartfelt occasions that not only celebrate the marriage of the bride and groom but also their commitment to their faith.
As a Muslim Wedding Photographer, I’m fortunate to have experienced so many Islamic weddings.
If you have been invited to your first Muslim wedding, you can find my guide to the key points below, if you are currently planning your Muslim wedding keep scrolling for my tips on choosing your wedding photographer.
A Guest’s Guide to Muslim Marriages
As with many other cultural weddings, Muslim customs can vary around the world, and even within a country.
However, all Muslim marriages are guided by Islamic laws and the scriptures from the holy book, the Quran.
Once the bride has spoken to the Iman of her local Mosque, arrangements are made to perform the Mahr, and this is where the bride receives gifts from the groom.
On the wedding day, it is customary for the bride and groom to perform the Salat al-Istikharah (a prayer to Allah for guidance) together.
The Muslim wedding religious ceremony is carried out by the Qazi, who is an elder of the Mosque. The actual wedding ceremony is called the Nikaah and is a very important Islamic tradition.
The bride and groom are kept apart during the actual marriage ceremony, which ends with a prayer called the Dua.
Once married, the bride and groom invite their guests to a wedding banquet, called the Walima.
Choosing A Photographer for your Muslim Wedding;
Choosing the right photographer is an essential part of the planning of your Muslim wedding. Your photographer will be creating photographs that will last a lifetime and allow you to relive the joy of your celebrations for years to come. Below are some tips to help you choose the right photographer.
- Spend some time researching styles of photography, and wedding blogs can be a great place to start. For instance, documentary photography tells the story of your day by capturing natural moments of emotion as they unfold and is extremely popular.
- Once you find a style you like it’s time to start looking at photographers, check out their online portfolios to ensure their style fits your requirements. Narrow your list down to two or three and read about their approach, if they don’t have a full wedding shown online to ask if you can see one.
- Don’t leave it too late! Many photographers take a limited number of bookings and are booked up a long time in advance. I choose to shoot a maximum of 25 weddings per year so I can remain fresh and inspired, this means some dates are booked months (or even years!) in advance.
- Try to meet your chosen photographer in person if possible, and prepare a list of questions to ask. I like to meet all my couples over coffee and cake if possible, and if it’s not practical to meet in person, I will schedule a video call instead.
- Think about the extras, do you need a second photographer or extended coverage late into the night? Would you like a pre-wedding photoshoot? If you haven’t already considered one a pre-wedding shoot is a great way to get to know your photographer and will help you feel more relaxed in front of the camera on your wedding day.
Here are some images of beautiful Muslim Weddings;
Are you looking for a Muslim Wedding Photographer?
As a Surrey based Wedding Photographer, I’m very proud to be a Muslim Wedding Photographer.
If you are planning your Muslim wedding in London, Surrey, elsewhere in the UK, or even overseas – I love to travel for weddings – I would love to hear all about your plans.
If you would like to check my availability or arrange to meet up, please get in touch.