The average cost of a wedding in Morocco for locals is around $20,000 so you can expect to spend more for your party, bearing in mind you have to take into account the cost of the hotel, hiring the wedding venue and all the festivities that follow.
The length of time needed to marry in Morocco varies. After obtaining a completed Affidavit of Nationality and Eligibility to Marry and notarized passport pages from the US Consulate in Casablanca for $100 fee, you will need to translate the Affidavit of marriage as well as all your foreign documents into Arabic.
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 male guests usually wear suits, and the wedding staff also wear kaftans and suits. The groom starts with a suit and often changes it for a “jabador,” and later for a Moroccan male djellaba.
It’s very uncommon and frowned on to show a lot of affection in public. Holding hands in Morocco is fine. A hug here or there, a stolen kiss all fine in most situations. The more rural you are the more frowned on public displays of affection are.
In fact, many things in Morocco are more expensive than in Europe, like cars, electronics and alcohol. Morocco is a country with a big wealth gap. There are a lot of rich people and a lot of poor people. Therefore, luxury items and imported goods are significantly more expensive than in Europe.
It is against the law in Morocco for unmarried Moroccan couples to sleep together in the same room. This can sometimes impact non- Moroccans with accommodation imposing a blanket ban on unmarried couples sharing rooms at their own discretion.
Necessary Documents : Passport; if divorced, proof of dissolution of any previous Marriage (s); if former spouse is deceased, death certificate; a completed/signed affidavit of nationality and eligibility to marry ; original birth certificate; police record.
Polygamy in Morocco is legal, but very uncommon due to restrictions that were introduced by the government in 2004 that mandated financial qualifications a husband must meet in order to marry a second wife . In addition, a husband must have written permission from his current wife before marrying a second wife .
Do Moroccans wear wedding rings ? My husband is muslim and he wears a wedding ring (silver) Many men in Morocco wear silver wedding rings , and women all do as the gold rings are part of the engagement contract.
A Muslim man (who is not from a Muslim country) who wishes to marry a Muslim Moroccan woman needs a notarized statement of his religious denomination. A non-Muslim man who wishes to marry a Muslim Moroccan woman must convert to Islam in order to be married in Morocco .
The traditional Moroccan wedding has quite an elaborate and meaningful process. The wedding process can take up to seven days and there are many pre- wedding ceremonies that take place before the actual wedding .
Some Moroccans believe themselves to be of mixed Arab-Berber descent or of Arab-Berber-Andalusian ancestry. There are no official figures about the exact ethnic origins of all Moroccans , but the implicitly accepted idea inside and outside Morocco is that Moroccans are essentially mixed Arab-Berbers.
Arranged marriages are “common” in Morocco (Manchester Guardian Weekly 22 Mar. 2000). One survey showed that 22 per cent of women in Morocco are married without their consent while 7.9 per cent of women are married by force ((Famafrique 23 June 2000).