This year has witnessed one wedding after another, and with each one the benchmark for expensive celebrations has become higher. Flouting the trend, on December 23, a man from Karachi, Pakistan had a 'big fat wedding', but on a pocket-friendly budget.
Capping the limit at 20,000 Pakistani rupees (or 10,000 INR), he still managed to pull off a celebration filled with pomp and razzmatazz.
The Twitter-verse was privy to the festivities through the groom's frequent updates on the micro-blogging site. From setting the budget to getting all the details right, in the age of the expensive wedding pictures flooding social media, this sure is a breath of fresh, and this sentiment echoed across Twitter.
Rizwan also aptly called it a ‘apni marzi ki shaadi’.
Guys shaadi season hai so here's my wedding story in a thread so you guys know that having apni marzi ki shaadi is possible.My guest list had 25 names: friends and parents. The venue was my terrace. The menu was chicken tikka, seekh kabab, pathooray chanay halwa strawberries.— Rizwan. (@RizwanPehelwan) December 22, 2018
Common knowledge: a party without fairy lights is incomplete.. So he gave credit where it was due.
I set my max budget at Rs. 20,000. A friend lent his cooks, I bought the chicken and masalay from that money and helped prepare it all. Wife cooked khattay alu as a starter. Dad bought fairy lights n put them up on the terrace.— Rizwan. (@RizwanPehelwan) December 22, 2018
But where did the guests sit?
I borrowed 25 chairs from the neighborhood election committee lmao. I forgot dessert so @RizWanKenobi_ brought strawberries n ice cream. He also brought tables for the food. @HaseenaAtomBum and @hiranajam FLEW IN FOR THIS.— Rizwan. (@RizwanPehelwan) December 22, 2018
He also mentioned long chats with friends and family, with the warmth reflected in his tweets. In this one, he also revealed his bride's outfit.
My wife and I wore plain blue shalwar kameez (mom n sis paid for this as a gift). We all ate and talked till midnight when wapda cut us off. The whole shaadi then moved to Manji Munch DHA and then bas. Khush! Done!— Rizwan. (@RizwanPehelwan) December 22, 2018
Before people assume it to be a farce, he posted a picture of himself, to make sure there were no doubts about the whole thing.
What I'm trying to say is. IT'S. OKAY. Sukoon karo. Do whatever you want ofc and whatever you can afford. But HAVE FUN. Be happy. Big or small, all weddings should just be HAPPY. Khush raho sab. Bye. (wedding pic added for saboot thanks) pic.twitter.com/xf2OJHqTVH— Rizwan. (@RizwanPehelwan) December 22, 2018
It wasn't the guests alone who enjoyed the terrace-top wedding, there were many more on Twitter who joined in. ‘Happiness is all that matters’ said a user on reading the photographer's wedding trail, while ‘this is inspiring’ commented one online 'guest'.
Weddings must be filled with excitement and loads of happiness; and this one was an affirmation of that.