In Morocco, the celebration of marriage includes many well-organized ceremonies that can last from 3 days to a week, depending on the family and the Moroccan region. These celebrations are always the perfect opportunity to gather Moroccan families and showcase the richness of Moroccan customs and traditions through clothes, art, music or the kitchen represented by a mixture of delicious dishes.
Moroccan women are still attending the traditional way. The wedding dress is usually kaftan, a type of long dress made of silk, satin, chiffon, silk or other rich fabrics, and covered with a jacket. The dress is often open at the bottom and can contain embroidery or sequin details, and it can be kept with a wide belt at the waist which adds an amazing touch to the moment.
Formalities of Moroccan Wedding
The bride and groom begin the marriage procedures a year before the celebrations. Sometimes a simple agreement is signed in the presence of witnesses and Adoul (Moroccan notary), but in general, the act of formal engagement for marriage is created in the presence of family members of the couple.
The husband is required to present gifts to his bride. Some gifts may be symbolic, such as sugar, which represents a happy life, milk for purity, or basic gifts that can include dates, water, orange blossoms, and henna. It also includes an engagement ring and wedding ring.
Gifts vary by Moroccan region and can range from jewelry and fabric bolts to caftans, shoes, handbags, or perfumes. These gifts are usually placed in a very large, flat silver-colored container and covered with a conical cap that resembles the shape of a large tagine.