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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Moroccan Wedding Dress | Morocco Wedding Inspiration

Moroccan weddings are elaborate, colorful and lively events. Traditionally, the Moroccan wedding can last for several days, and there are a number of pre-wedding ceremonies that take place before the actual wedding.

We came across an excellent article, an excerpt of which is below, which illustrates the traditional Moroccan wedding:

Once a date has been set for the wedding, the real preparations begin. Five days before the matrimonial event, necessities such as a mattress and blanket are taken to the bridal chamber. There the bride is given a bath in hammam which is a sort of milk bath that is meant to purify the bride. Her negaffa (female attendants) will usually supervise the event. The negaffa - who are usually older married woman, female friends and relatives - then set about trying to beautify her. After dressing her in an elaborately decorated wedding kaftan they proceed to decorate her with heavy jewelry and darken her eyes with kohl which looks a bit like thick dark eyeliner.

The group then proceeds to have a beberiska ceremony in which the hands and feet of the bride and her party are painted with henna. The bride's designs are always the most intricate and the various floral and geometric designs are meant to ward off evil spirits, bring good luck and increase fertility. The grooms name is often hidden in the henna designs. The negaffa will usually take this opportunity to discuss the 'secrets' of marriage with the young virgin. In some ceremonies the bride will then be placed behind a curtain to symbolize her change of lifestyle. In more remote areas, this ceremony would only take place the day before the wedding. Often, a bride is not expected to do any house work until her henna has faded.

Once all this preparation is complete, food is prepared in excess to cater for unexpected guests and the festivities begin. In times past, the men and woman would celebrate these festivities at separate locations. At some point in the evening, the groom would leave to make his way towards the bridal party accompanied by a group of friends who sing, beat drums and dance. The bride would be lifted up on a circular cushion or table and the groom on the shoulders of his friends. The two would then be carried to the bridal chamber where they would be expected to consummate their marriage. The bridal party would then examine their sheets for signs of blood to confirm the bride's virginity. The two would journey to their new home and the bride would circle her home three times before becoming the keeper of her new hearth.

Today things have changed somewhat. Although the hamman bath is still used quite often in more rural areas, it is sometimes completely overlooked in the cities and towns. And though young brides are still quite happy to don their ceremonial kaftans, these are now more often shop bought because modern machinery has caused hand-made kaftans to be considered an expensive rarity.

Source: http://www.morocco.com/culture/weddings-customs



The Moroccan Inspired Wedding

If you are looking to incorporate a bit of color into your wedding, you could not do wrong then to be inspired by Morocco.

Moroccan Wedding Inspiration Board | Blue Theme

Famous Blue Streets in Morocco Inspire Wedding Blue Theme

Moroccan Wedding Venue Inspired Blue Theme

Moroccan Blue Wedding Favors

Elaborate Moroccan Wedding Kaftan
Source: http://amnahakim.com/blog/archives/1498

Moroccan Wedding Feast - Blue Traditional Serving Plates


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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Islamic Fashion for Muslim Brides | Picking A Wedding Dress

Tips on Picking out an Islamic Wedding Dress

Picking your Islamic wedding dress can be a tough thing to do. You want to look good and you want to look trendy and stylish, yet not over the top. One important thing to keep in mind, is not to be a slave to fashion. You have to know what you look best in - stick with what you are comfortable with, fabrics that you love, the colors that you love. It may be your wedding dress, and you may want to try something new and different. But that is a risk to take - you may not win!

A piece of advice to keep in mind - go through your old photographs and decide which outfits (shape and style) and colors suited you the best. Then with that information in hand, you should browse around websites, magazines and stores to see what fits with the image you have in mind of what you look great in.

Most brides find it difficult to find the exact wedding dress they want in the stores. Many opt to hire a tailor to sew the dress for them. I think this is the best option because you can incorporate your sense of style into the wedding dress.

Before you visit the tailor, sketch out a simple design of the wedding dress you have in mind. Never mind if you are a lousy drawer! Bring cut-outs of pictures if you need to.

At your tailor's, you should talk the design over with her. Schedule several fittings because there will be alterations to the wedding dress anyway.


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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Islamic Fashion Abayas To Wear at Weddings

We have been focusing on bridal wedding islamic fashions for some time now. It is time to focus on islamic fashion styles for women attending weddings! All women love to dress up for wedding, even if they are not the brides! :) So today's article will focus on simple yet elegant islamic fashion abayas that are suitable for wearing to a Muslim wedding.

What is an abaya?

The Abaya is simply a long garment (outer dress or overgarment)that is supposed to cover most of a woman's body except for the face, hands and feet. The traditional significance of the abaya is to maintain a woman's modesty in fashion and clothing in keeping with Islamic decorum and rules on dressing.

The abaya is considered the national dress of Muslim women in Muslim countries in the Gulf.

Most of the traditional Abayas are in black color. Abayas are draped over the shoulders or head and can be worn with a niqab, which is a face veil to cover the face partially except for the eyes.

Elegant Islamic Fashion Abaya in Black

While many Muslim women from other countries love to dress in a myriad of colors when they step out of the house, the black abaya is strongly favored by Gulf Muslim women, perhaps due to strong cultural and historical influences.

If you would like to try on an abaya when attending the next wedding of a relative or a friend, here are some fabulous designs by a Dubai designer to inspire you. These graceful, feminine flowing outfits are very becoming.















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Bridal Hairstyle Looks That Would Suit You Best
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