After the traditional henna ceremony at Royal Mansour and the luxurious rehearsal dinner , the wedding day began in the first afternoon at the Four Seasons Resort in Marrakech.
For the ones who have never experienced a traditional moroccan wedding, the “wow!” factor is always guaranteed. A mariage marocaine is well known for its colorful atmosphere, ancient traditions as well as the many outfits bride change during the wedding. The guests, coming from all over the world, arrived at the Four Seasons Resort in the afternoon. After a warm welcome and a cup of traditional mint tea, the family of the newlyweds opened the rich moroccan dishes buffet and the traditional moroccan live music starts to enjoy all the people; that was the first entrance point for guests who danced to several Moroccan songs. As the night fell and the stars came out, the couple made their first entrance. The bride and groom matched together to a large chair called the “Amariya.”
The first bride’s dress code was a white caftan complimented with jewellery. The caftan looked like an empire silhouette with illusions of lengths and trumpet flairs. It camouflaged her in a very forgiving style, hiding everything from the mid-section, hips and legs. The Amariya was then carried by strong men around the wedding room and everyone dance on the sound of the live moroccan music band Dakka Al Marrakchia. At last, the couple descended from the Amariya and the two were made to sit in two comfortable chairs at the centre of the room and as the tradition said all the guests come there wishing happiness at the newlyweds.
Throughout the ceremony, the bride wore at least five outfits with matching jewelery. Due to the fact that every single outfit reveals bride’s ancestor origins, all the caftans had a very deep meaning to the family expecially the Berber and the Fessi one. I loved the bride Berber outfit since she adorned a superb selection caftan which justifies the reputation of Moroccan marriages. The Neggafates , guardians of the ancient traditions, have been very important persons during all the wedding days. Neggafates guarantee that all the ancient moroccan wedding rituals are respected, they help to set up all the room but most of all they take care of the couple during and before the marriage helping the bride for the outfit and jewelery choice.
After the scenic entrance in the Mida, the circular adorned chair, the couple wear the last wardrobe change: a lavish Oscar the la Renta Bride Dress and a beautiful Tuxedo. The bridal dress had openings at the bottom with sequined details or embroidery. This dress can be tied with a wide belt at the waist that adds a stunning and figure-hugging touch. The groom kept it classic in a black tuxedo with a ranunculus boutonniere and a grey bowtie for him to complement their modern romance day.
All the expectations of guests were exceeded by the magnificient event that officially ends the third day with a farewell party at Villa Dar Mana.
The timeschedule for the last day was more relaxed than the others and we had time for a couple photo session in a totally sophisticated environment. For the occasion the bride wore a dress designed by the talented Zaeem Jamal, a british designer and one of her closest friend. Under the meticulous guidance of the wedding planner, Villa Dar Mana creates the perfect setting for guests to experience a delectable and remarkable cuisine. Examples of these foods were pastille (pie in puff pastry stuffed with a fricassee of chicken, almonds, sugar and cinnamon), Mashwi (baby lamb), couscous all served with traditional mint tea. The highest level of service with excellent food was outstanding. Several drinks were offered for free to accompany the previously served sumptuous meal.
The final day of the wedding was an ideal opportunity for the Syrian and Moroccan families to come together. The guests danced from time to time to the rhythm of the music and made friendship with other guests and relatives besides a pool of water. The couple showed the richness of their customs and traditions through music, art, clothing and a cuisine creating an unforgettable traditional wedding in Marrakech!
Wedding Planner: Instants Magiques Marrakech