A Pakistani provincial government has decided to lift a ban on serving food at weddings, but is allowing only one dish.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif imposed the ban five years ago to bring down the cost of wedding receptions to make them more accessible to poor families in Pakistan.

Restaurants and hotels launched a legal challenge to the ban, which resulted in a November Supreme Court ruling that the government did not have the power to impose the ban. The court passed the decision on to Pakistan's four provincial governments.

While the other provincial governments have yet to resolve the matter, a spokesman for the Punjab provincial government said that the concession to the ban would be permitted at wedding parties of less than 300 people, but bigger gatherings will only be allowed to serve soft drinks, reported www.ananova.com.