Moroccan dating and marriage practices
And though young brides are still quite happy to don their ceremonial kaftans, these are now more often shop bought because modern machinery has caused hand-made kaftans to be considered an expensive rarity.
Many women who consider themselves to be more ‘modern’ have also rejected the intricate henna designs that usually adorn the bride.
In some ceremonies the bride will then be placed behind a curtain to symbolize her change of lifestyle.
At some point in the evening, the groom would leave to make his way towards the bridal party accompanied by a group of friends who sing, beat drums and dance.Often, someone is employed to paint the hands of guests with henna.Music at these occasions can be traditional Berber, Andalusian or Arabian, or they can be popular modern tunes played on traditional instruments.To this day, marriage is generally thought of as being the most important decision that both the man and woman can make.
Because of this, the whole affair is expensive and elaborate.Morocco is a place with a very rich cultural heritage and active traditions and many of these can be seen at Moroccan wedding ceremonies. It starts with the paying of a dowry that is spent on household items and furniture for the bride.