Moroccan Weddings at The Boulevard Room
The basic foundation of the family in Morocco starts with the wedding. The wedding rituals have remained the same for hundreds of years and the customs are similar throughout the different Moroccan regions. Local traditions influence the style of the rituals throughout the individual regions depending on the diversity within each one. As Morocco has become more modern and urbanized, the traditions and rituals have begun to change as a reflection of this evolution over time.
The couple starts the plans for their marriage about a year before the planned date of the special event. Whether there is a signed agreement in front of an official witness or an agreement between the parents of the couple, the couple makes a commitment to each other prior to proceeding with their wedding plans. H’dia is the Moroccan custom whereby the groom gives gifts of jewelry, food, and clothing to the bride. Depending on the region, each of the gifts has a symbolic meaning. For instance, a gift of sugar symbolizes a happy, joyous life. The gift of milk is a symbol of purity and clarity. The gifts also include an engagement ring and a family alliance.
Hammam is obligatory for the bride two days before any Moroccan wedding. This is a purifying Moorish bath ceremony for the bride. It includes fragrances and candles that illuminate the Bride’s path to happiness. Henna tattoos are then applied to the hands and feet of the bride to ensure her prosperity and success and to help protect her against diseases.
The berza is an opportunity to show off the bride in a way that can be admired by others in a colorful festive atmosphere. This takes place on the day of the grand ceremony. Since a wedding is such an important event within the family, much care and attention to every detail is taken to prepare for this special occasion. Each unique region is reflected in the food served and the embroidery styles used to decorate the wedding attire.
The wedding ceremony begins with songs and dancing, and the Islam tradition requires the reading of Koranic verses to praise the prophet. The groom and his bride, dressed in an elegant jeweled white caftan, are carried around the room in a large chair, called the Amariya. After the guests have wished the coupled good luck and happiness, the couple descends from the Amariya to sit in two chairs in the middle of the room. Throughout the ceremony the bride changes her outfits up to seven times, with the final outfit culminating in a magnificent white wedding gown.
After the ceremony, a variety of Moroccan food is served to the wedding guests using unique ingredients. The guests dance to the rhythm of the music, socialize with each other and enjoy the company of friends and relatives. The celebration continues all night and usually ends in the early morning hours of the next day. At the end of the wedding, the couple are driven through town and to local picturesque spots to take wedding photographs. Upon arriving at the groom’s house, the bride is welcomed by her new mother-in-law with a gifts of dates and milk symbolizing welcoming affection.
The Boulevard Room is a small event venue in Toronto designed for small weddings. It can accommodate up to 120 people. In house catering will create a Moroccan menu to suit your budget.