Tuesday, February 26

Muslim Marriage Events Manchester Review

Photo: Royal Nawaab Resturant
And We have created you in pairs
[78:8] Sûrah Al-Naba'

It's official: You're ready to get married! However, the only thing stopping you is that you don't seem to know where to find Mr/Mrs Right. And it feels even more challenging when you want to get into marriage the most halal way possible.

This is actually what lead me to rely on my good old friend Google for help. A quick search about 'Single Muslim' took me to event suggestions in Manchester and I found Muslim Marriage Events Manchester - British Muslim Professionals which sounded promising. I decided to give it a try since my mom and younger sister were being very supportive.

How it works.
You book & pay in advance (£39.99 x person) and it's non-refundable. You receive the ticket with QR code via email which you need to show at the venue.

You are given a few sheets to fill in (profile details, contact details and attendance sheet). A card where you write your name and table number so that others can recognise you. They also give you a list of possible questions you may want to ask the other person. One of the organisers will then give a brief introduction about the event and the procedures. 

TIME TABLE (this may not be 100% correct as I'm just writing what I remember) 
12.00 Introduction 
12.30 - 14.00 Table Rotation 
14.00 - 15.00 Lunch 
15.00 - 16.30 One to One 

The event was held at Royal Nawaab Restaurant and there were about 60-70ish candidates. Men and women were given separate tables, and mahrams were seated at the back of the hall.

Table Rotation
During the table rotation the women were divided into groups of three, so they sat and stayed at the same table, while men had to rotate through the tables and move to the next one every 6-ish minutes or so.

The ratio for women and men was 3:2. There were more women than men who attended the event, which is not that surprising I guess, as apparently there are more females than males in the UK (according to Wikipedia).

During the table rotation you need to write down the names of the candidates you're interested in.

Staff & Organisers
There were enough staff to assist you during the event. They were nice, friendly and tried their best to make you feel at ease. The event itself was very well organised. I think the fact that the candidates showed up on time (except for a couple of tardy people) helped a lot. Everything went smoothly without any accidents. This event was organised by Muslim Marriage Events and the events are held in different cities around the UK.

One To One
So after you've talked to everyone from the opposite sex, you have lunch and then you get to have a personal talk with whom you're interested with (only if he/she accepts to talk to you).

Final Thoughts
This is my first time participating an event like this and I didn't really know what to expect. I think this isn't the best way to find the right person (not for me at least). I feel like most of the candidates were trying to be as sincere and honest as possible, but I didn't meet anyone compatible (because of age difference & interests).

There wasn't much diversity culture wise, as most of the people were from Pakistani ethnicity. During the table rotation the conversations can get quite superficial and repetitive.

Overall, I would recommend this event to those who are around their 30s (most of the participants were around that age range) and if you're a working professional this could definitely work for you too. If you want to go to an event like this make sure to get dolled up as most of the time people choose by the way you look. Remember, first impressions matter!
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