Wording on Arabic Wedding Invitations

by Annabeth Kaine

The Arabic world is rich with tradition and custom, and Arabic weddings are no different. In Arabic culture it is common for marriages to be arranged by the family of the bride and groom-to-be. Traditionally, the wedding invitation quotes a scripture from the Qur'an along with pertinent wedding information. Scrolls or cards using handmade paper and elegant symbols are the background for Arabic wedding invitations. Consider your guests when deciding whether to have the invitations printed in English or Arabic lettering.

Scripture

Traditional Arabic wedding invitations often begin or close with a verse from the Qur'an. One verse describes the couple as being garments for each other, to protect and shield one another. A separate verse explains that Allah has made man and woman to enjoy each other with affection. Scripture is not required on an Arabic wedding invitation; however, it sets the tone for the wedding and pays respect to the religious orientation of the couple.

Parents

The parents giving away the bride are traditionally named first on the wedding invitation, although it is acceptable to name the groom's family first. Some couples opt to name only the bride's family on the wedding invitation. State the mother's first name and the father's first name followed by the last name on the wedding invitation.

Bride and Groom

Include the full name of the bride followed by the full name of the groom on the Arabic wedding invitation. For a more casual invitation, use only the first name of the bride and groom.

Date and Time

For an elegant invitation, spell out the numerals of the date and time of the ceremony. "The nineteenth of May, at six o'clock pm" looks polished and classic. For a less formal approach use numerals, as in "May 19th at 6 p.m."

Location

Include the address of the location directly after the date and time of the wedding. Mention the name of the building where the wedding will be held, along with the physical address. Use a separate invitation insert to give a map of the area and directions for out-of-town guests. Include information about the wedding reception after naming the wedding location.

Additional Information

Give thanks or recognition to people in the wedding party at the end of the invitation. This is not mandatory on Arabic wedding invitations but is done often out of respect. Use a separate insert to address RSVPs, and to include information about acceptable wedding ceremony attire.

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