In arranged marriages, the first visit is purely for the parties to become acquainted with one another and does not include a formal proposal.Following the first visit, both the man and woman have their say in whether or not they would like a follow up to this visit.Depending on individual family traditions, the bride-to-be may also be presented with an gifts such as jewelry and a variety of gifts.Some religious families may also recite Surah Al-Fatihah.Traditionally this was considered a "woman's event" as men did not participate in it.However this has changed substantially in recent generations with males featuring prominently.Most marriages in Pakistan are traditional arranged marriages, semi-arranged marriages or love marriages.
Elaborate dance sequences and competitions between the bride and groom's families are also quite common these days.
The nikah is performed by an Imam, Mufti, Sheikh or Mullah, who is licensed by the government to perform this ritual.
The bride and groom must both have two witnesses present to ensure that the marriage is consensual.
In love marriages, the man directly proposes to the woman.
Once the wedding proposal is accepted, beverages and refreshments are served.
Up to a year or more can elapse from the day of engagement until the wedding day.