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.
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.
Traditional Moroccan weddings used to last seven days. The bride and groom families used to have parties in their own homes before the day where the bride actually meets the groom. There are only one or two big parties (one at the brides’, one at the grooms’) or just one big party for both.
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.
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 .
Morocco’s penal code, article 491, provides for a prison term of between one and two years for adultery . It states that adultery can be prosecuted only if the spouse of one of the parties files a complaint.
Morocco is a special place, although formally marrying there is not straightforward. To organise the affidavit, book an appointment at the British embassy or consulate in Morocco . You will need to bring the documents listed below, including the fee.
How much is an Arab dowry ? He said that a dowry of SR25,000 was common in most of the country; the highest dowry he was aware of was SR100,000. As for the average annual rent for an apartment, the sheikh said that rents in middle-class neighborhoods were about SR15,000.
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.
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 .
Morocco’s culture is a blend of religious and ethnic traditions, encompassing Berber, Arab, African, Mediterranean, and Jewish influences. Greetings involve a handshake and friendly inquiries after health, happiness and family – no business is discussed until after these pleasantries.