arabs dont do it that way at all.
moroccans huge weddings and do it same month as nikkah.
egyptians also the same,
iraqies also the same, syrians and lebanese.
my iraqi friend got married 5 months ago. her husband a doctor made it lavish.
weddign in dubai, famous lebanese singer sang at the wedding. she had an engagment party here in london, then a henna night for the girls and then another pre weddign party for all the family and friends.
went to dubai, had another henna night and ore weddign party. wedding day lasted 3 days. and then she had a post wedding party/meal. it was madness, and all curtisey of her rich husband and his family. he is 35 he married her for her looks she si really pretty and she marrie dhim for his money and she is 19. crazy. but they are both happy for now, as long as she has her looks and he has his money it will be fine. :S
anyway arabs are the worst when it comes to weddings. i think he spent 45K + on the whole thing.
my cousin who is moroccan spent 11K on the weddign night alone and another 10K for henna night and post wedding celebrations. in total 21k+ madness.
i wont be doing that at all.