Sunday, May 27, 2012


A Malay wedding or perkahwinan melayu is usually performed when either one or both spouses are Malay. Being muslims, marriage based on Islamic rules is adhered, with a blend of local customs. Malay weddings are grand affairs where the couple is treated as royalty. The traditional wedding ceremony is in two parts. The first part is the akad nikah  or marriage contract, which is the legal and religious part of the wedding. The second part is the bersanding  or they call enthronement, which is a family celebration. It is usual for the two parts to be celebrated over two days. However, it is becoming common for there to be a gap between the parts of the wedding, during which the couple are legally married, but saving up for an elaborate bersanding.

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