Dubai: How little could you spend on a wedding? A man in Pakistan managed to do it in Rs20,000 (Dh523) and his account of the relaxed, intimate affair caught the eye of Twitter users.
Referring to how December is often the season of weddings, Pakistan-based photographer @RizwanPehelwan tweeted out how his wedding was a much more low-key event, held on his building terrace, and that having a wedding that is exactly how you want is, in fact, possible.
“My guest list had 25 names: friends and parents. The venue was my terrace. The menu was chicken tikka, seekh kabab, batooray, chanay, halwa, strawberries,” he tweeted.
“I set my maximum budget at Rs20,000. A friend lent his cooks, I bought the chicken and masalay from that money and helped prepare it all. Wife cooked khattay alu [sour potatoes] as a starter. Dad bought fairy lights and put them up on the terrace,” he added.
With all the arrangements taken care of by family and friends, all that was left to do was have a good time.
“My wife and I wore plain blue shalwar kameez (mum and sister paid for this as a gift). We all ate and talked till midnight when Wapda [power agency] cut us off. The whole shaadi then moved to Manji Munch [a restaurant] … and then bas [that’s it]. Khush [Happy]! Done!”
A message he had for everyone: “Do whatever you want, of course, and whatever you can afford but have fun. Be happy. Big or small, all weddings should be happy....”
The account was shared and liked by thousands of users and Twitter India recognised it as one of their ‘moments’. @RizwanPehelwan was also surprised by how much love he had received from Indian tweeps. Twitter user @IyerAvin called it a hope for peace, using the hashtag #ShaadiKaBudgetGhataoBorderHatao [Reduce the wedding budget, remove the border]
Tweep @mouseplanet wrote: “Preach! Weddings have become a competition about who can prove to be more ‘extra’.”
Another Twitter user @romanawanisachd added: “ … sounds like fun with little or no stress to family, friends or self. Enjoyment with all who matter. Hope this becomes a trend. Congratulations and kudos.”