I was very happy when my friend Hind invited me to her wedding in Morocco early this year. This North African country is just a bit over an hour flight from Lisbon but I never had the opportunity to visit while I was living in Portugal. Hind’s family lives just outside off Marrakech in a beautiful property with tall ceilings, low seating cushions, vibrant colourful fabrics, and an interior garden. This is where the wedding took place.
There is nothing quite like a Moroccan wedding. The ceremony itself started at 9pm (too warm to do anything during the day time), food was served at 2am, and we headed home at around 5am (skipping the breakfast that was served shortly after).
During that time the guests danced to live Moroccan music and the bride changed into lavishing dresses 4 times! I learned that in more traditional weddings the bride can wear as many as 7 dresses. This is pretty incredible considering that each dress is hand-sewed and can take over 6 months to make. Every time the bride came with a new dress a particular ceremony ensued such as the bride and groom being lift up in the air in large chairs.
The food was very delicious. Traditional sweets, most made with honey and almonds, were served before the beginning of the wedding ceremony. A few hours later, the appetizer was served. It was a savoury M’hanncha (serpent cake), each round filled with fish, chicken or meat. Then there was a platter with roasted Cornish hens with a sweet lemony sauce served with their traditional flatbread (Khobz). Fruit, chocolate cake, coffee, and mint tea followed. The wedding cake was made by Hind’s sister that has a very successful baking business in Montreal called Cupcake et Macaron. Overall, this was an incredible event that I am so glad to have been part of with my family.