Ceremonies that pay homage to its rich cultural heritage and tradition, several outfit changes, relentless dancing and festivities, and a burst of colours, music, and local fare—Moroccan weddings are nothing short of a spectacular affair.
Rich hues, plush textures, and the distinct Moroccan lanterns make the perfect backdrop for the traditional Moroccan wedding experience.
First things first, when we talk about Moroccan weddings, we don’t really mean the wedding vows. In Morocco, marriage happens before the celebration. It’s a small ceremony called the Drib Sdak, wherein the groom and bride will sign a marriage contract in the presence of witnesses, typically their family members, and an Adoul, a Moroccan notary.
The festive and colourful three-day affair is actually the wedding celebration, which is similar to a reception in other cultures.
However, if you are getting married in Morocco, you had better hope your future wife’s bridesmaids are easy on the eyes, because they just might be present during the post-wedding festivities.
After being married at the ceremony, a Moroccan bride will be carried through the crowd into her bridal chamber, where she is aided in preparing for her wedding night. Her bridesmaids, their duty not over just yet, will verify that she is a virgin, and then they might stick around to witness the loss of her virginity by her new husband.
Can you imagine trying to do the deed with your new wife for the first time and having a group of her friends just standing around watching? It would definitely not be ideal, but then again, that is what culture dictates.
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