Today’s real wedding blends tradition with lots of sparkle, and saw bride, Zaynah, finally wear the wedding dress of her dreams.
With an exuberant red, pink and gold colour scheme, complemented by beautiful bouquets and a plush backdrop to the day’s proceedings, this is everything we could wish for from a traditional Indian/Pakistani themed wedding.
With photos by Annie-Rose Photos.
zaynah says: We got engaged the traditional Indian/Pakistani way on 25th October 2015, which included the two families meeting and getting to know each other.
We got married the following year, on 3rd September 2016. There was no specific reason for picking this date but afterwards we discovered that it was the first day of Dhul-Hijjah 1437, according to the Islamic calendar, which marks the first of Hajj, a special pilgrimage performed by Muslims.
We held our wedding at Manzil Restaurant and Banuqeting Hall, in Manchester. We picked this venue because we had attended many weddings there previously and they all went really well. When we met with the staff, they were very helpful.
My theme revolved around my mother’s wedding dress. Since I was a child, I would look at pictures of my mum’s wedding dress and wish I could wear it, so when it was finally my turn to get married, I asked my mum if I could wear her dress. For that reason, I decided on the traditional Indian/Pakistani theme.
For the colour scheme, I chose red and gold, again influenced by my wedding dress, with pink too as it complemented both colours.
I made small adjustments to my mum’s dress, such as adding crystals to the skirt and scarf, and I also had a new top made.
Saaqib wore a traditional Indian/Pakistani outfit called a shirvani, purchased from Soho Road, in Birmingham. I gave my bridesmaids a specific colour to wear, in any style they wished. On the day I also gave them hand corsages to help bring it all together.
Our wedding transport was a White Phantom, which was a gift from Saaqib’s brother.
Initially, I had booked another photographer but due to unforeseen circumstances they weren’t able to carry on with the booking. So a month before the wedding I had to find another photographer. A friend recommended Annie-Rose Peddie so we checked her out. We fell in love with her work as it was amazing. On the day she was just as exceptional – we would definitely recommend her.
I really wanted to have a videographer to capture the day as well, but on top of that I wanted the person to be female. This was hard to find, but then I came across That Tinny Girl. She provided an excellent service from the outset – I can’t wait to see the final product!
I carried some beautiful flowers on the wedding day, created by Margaret Mason, in Preston. Margaret really listened to what I wanted and delivered some amazing flowers. She also provided the corsages and buttonholes.
The stage and centre pieces were done by Zinc Occasions – they can work within any budget to provide amazing decorations, just the way you want it.
Manzil provided the wedding food, which we had chosen during a previous menu tasting event at the restaurant.
As a personal touch to the wedding day, my sister ordered me a very special guest book, which consisted of wooden love hearts stored inside a personalised wooden box.
Following our wedding I would most definitely recommend our venue to other couples, as they provided an excellent service and ensured that everything on the day ran as smoothly as possible.
My favourite part of the day was stepping into the hall for the first time and seeing all the months of planning coming together and looking fabulous.
For our honeymoon, we went to Kuala Lumpur and Bali. We booked through Cloud 9 Travel in Preston, who worked within our budget to come up with the best package, which included five-star hotels.
My top tip for other Brides Up North is very simple – enjoy the day, as you’ll soon wish for the day to come back again!