Part Two of the post series on Moroccan weddings.
After the location was booked, we had to start looking for the caterer and also choose the menu of the big day. Usually, Moroccan weddings menus are quite similar. First, there’s a Moroccan food tradition that consists of welcoming the guests by serving them dates and a little glass of almond milk flavoured with orange water. Then, we would serve salted appetizers or cake and sweets and different sorts of juices (alcohol being forbidden by Islam, we don’t serve any of it).
When the bride and the groom make their entrance, the dinner follows right after. Some people would serve two meat dishes like grilled chicken with saffron sauce and lamb tagine with prune and almonds, or one meat dish (chicken or lamb) and Seffa (short noodles sweetened and served with cinnamon and grilled almonds). For me, I would like to have fish Pastilla and Lamb Tagine. Dessert usually is a big fruit basket and we decided to have some ice cream too.
The evening goes on with different sorts of Moroccan cookies and cakes like Ka’b Ghzal, Ghroriba, Halwa dial cook, etc. accompanied of course with the famous mint tea and coffee. There is also a wedding cake that marks the end of the party as the newly wed usually leave after that.
As the weddings in Morocco start pretty late (9 PM) they usually finish early in the morning (4 or 5 AM). There again, there’s a breakfast served with a Harira soup and Moroccan crepes (Baghrir and Mesemen).
What to wear? : looking for the perfect “Neggafa”
In every wedding, the bride is the main focus of the day. In Morocco, the bride is definitely the queen of the ceremony (my husband is a bit jealous of all the attention I’ll be getting)! That’s why we hire a special lady called “Neggafa” that is only dedicated to the bride and what she has to wear in terms of customes, gold accessories like jewelery and crowns (as I said, queen !), make up, etc. The Neggafa usually brings up some special wedding outfits (3 or 4) and helps accessorize the caftans (Moroccan dresses) the bride has. That’s why, the bride has to make sure that the Neggafa has a good taste and that the accessories she has would fit perfectly with the outfits.
I’ve heard about one Neggafa and sent my mother to see what she’s like. She came back completely stunned by the beauty of the outfits and we decided to go with her. Before the wedding, I’ll go and choose which caftans I will be wearing at which part of the ceremony.
For the groom, he usually wears a suit. He might change to a tunic and pants called Jabador and a Moroccan male “Djellaba”.
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