Moroccan Wedding Traditions and Engagement Customs

Moroccan Wedding Traditions and Engagement Customs

Moroccan wedding customs are shrouded by many myths. However, the real customs of Morocco may seem strange and unusual for Europeans. Although the oriental celebration is pompous, the bride and groom can feel uncomfortable in a large company of guests.


In the old days, marriage was based on the agreement of the parents solely because of the material gain. Modern boys and girls choose their own pair and marry even without the blessing of their parents.

Engagement takes place one year before the official marriage. During this year, the bride’s parents collect money to buy a house for a future young family. In addition, the groom’s parents pay the girl’s family a certain amount of money to buy furniture, textiles and utensils in a new house. After this, a holiday begins, which lasts from four to seven days.

Preparing of the newlyweds

Two days before the wedding, the bride and her friends go to the Hammam, where the girls wash themselves in milk. Guests gather in the house of the bride before she appears. They are entertained and treated by the girl’s mother. Guests do not receive invitations. All relatives know about the wedding in advance, but even the neighbors and passers-by can enter the house and stay for the wedding.

At this time, the bride with her friends and relatives is in the beauty salon. A girl should not do anything by herself. Employees of the salon make the bride a wedding makeup, a manicure and a pedicure, and a diy wedding hair, which will be hidden under a wedding shawl.

After that, the bride comes to her house, goes through the longest room and sits down on the traditional wedding chair. An elderly relative puts in her arms the Moroccan henna. In the patterns, the name of the groom should be written. The bride sits in her wedding venue for several hours until the groom arrives.

The groom immediately presents the bride with unique wedding gifts. This can be fruit, sweets, alive sheep or cow, wedding jewelry, wedding quilt, wedding bedding, female attire. During the holiday, the bride puts on seven different Moroccan style dresses. In the first two or three days, it can be a bright Moroccan dress with embroidered patterns. Bridesmaid dresses are made of expensive fabrics – satin, brocade, taffeta. Clothing on the last day should be white. Moroccan men’s clothing is also changing. First the groom puts on a Moroccan wedding kaftan, then several times changes his national clothes. On the last day, a modern Moroccan kaftan or an ordinary outfit is worn. All guests wear national female and male attires. Comfortable shoes is an ordinary wedding shoes.

Customs of the celebration

Site, where the celebration takes place is decorated in a certain style. In the rooms set a lot of Moroccan wedding lamps, playing loud noisy traditional music and songs. In the first two days, women and men are celebrated separately. Men in the rooms read verses from the Koran, pray and practically do not eat anything. Women at this time have fun. Then they all come together for an official ceremony.

For it, a special altar is made of a wedding blanket or a Moroccan wedding rug, which is hung on a wedding blanket wall hanger. The bride sits on the Moroccan wedding pillow, and the groom stands beside her. Addul – a local priest – reads the Koran, all guests and newlyweds pray. All present are dressed in a Moroccan themed dress. The bride and groom are exchanging wedding rings. Then the groom kisses the girl on the forehead. Guests see the face of the bride for the first time. Drums and sounds of national musical instruments play the wedding backdrop.

After the ceremony, guests will feast. Wedding food is diverse. Parents of the newlyweds serve fruits, east sweets, seafood casseroles, meat and rice dishes, fresh homemade bread and greens, lots of tea and milk. Instead of a cake at the end of the feast, a wedding cake with meat of a ram or partridges is taken out. There are no traditions on the Moroccan wedding like wedding throw of bouquet or the wedding garter tradition. Instead, the groom takes off his wedding belt and hands it to the friend whom he considers closest to.

Officially, the bride becomes a wife only after she has three times gone around her groom’s house or their new common home. Her mother-in-law is waiting for her on the doorstep with dates and milk. On the wedding night, the groom takes off a Moroccan garb from the girl, but does not wash off henna. The night passes on a new bed in a room decorated in Moroccan design – with lots of flowers, lamps and candles.

The Moroccan dating customs and wedding ceremony customs are full of unusual ideas. The culture of the East is unique, but interesting. The Moroccan wedding is characterized by the fact that the bride and groom left little privacy and do not allow them to relax. Wedding accessories and clothes are different from European ones. However, at modern festivities you can see both the usual outfits and traditions.