- Passport sized photos.
- Birth certificate.
- Copy of the 2 witnesses’ passports.
- Police record from your country of residence.
- Medical certificate from a Moroccan doctor.
- Affidavit stating that you can legally marry.
Just so, how do Moroccans propose?
A traditional Moroccan marriage has three steps, often spaced out over a span of months. First is the proposal: the young man and his family come to the house of the young woman’s family, bearing many expensive gifts. The families share a dinner and the young man asks for the young woman’s hand in marriage.
Moreover, how many wives do Moroccan men have?
Muslim men will still be able to marry up to four wives, but for the first time polygamous marriages will also need a judge’s authorization, in addition to the consent of the man’s current wives.
How do Moroccans get married?
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.
Morocco’s family law is religious (Muslim or Jewish based, depending of the religion of the male spouse) while, in most of the cases, the foreign spouse will be used to a secular family law.
It starts with the paying of a dowry that is spent on household items and furniture for the bride. If the grooms parents are very wealthy, they will pay for these items themselves. The bride also receives golden jewelry and is sent presents of cloth, clothing and perfume from her groom every feast day.
A traditional Moroccan wedding can last up to seven days, as it includes several ceremonies that occur prior to the actual wedding. Music, dancing, outfit changes, customs, and traditions all play a huge role in Moroccan weddings.
In the Moroccan wedding traditions, the bride arranges a big celebration before the wedding day in her parents’ house. The groom and his family are invited and they must bring gifts including clothes, jewelry, and sweets to the bride and her family. The celebration lasts about 8 to 10 hours.
Before I forget I should also point out that it’s not just for religious reasons that dating is taboo but it is actually illegal to have premarital sex in Morocco.
Don’t disrespect Islam
More than 99% of the Moroccan population are Muslim and Islam is the state religion of Morocco. If you disrespect Islam here, you risk offending the locals, and no traveller should go out of their way to be rude to their host.
Polygamy: Men are allowed to have up to four wives, subject to consent of prior wives and judicial approval. A woman may prohibit polygamy in the marriage contract, has the right of notification, and may apply for divorce if her husband takes an additional wife.
The reforms also changed the laws relating to men taking multiple wives, a husband can now only marry a second wife with approval from a judge (Human Rights Education Associates). The Moudawwana did not abolish the institution of polygamy but instead implemented a strict set of guidelines.
Moroccans are primarily of Arab and Berber origin as in other neighbouring countries in the Maghreb region. Today, Moroccans are predominantly Arab and Berber (Amazigh) alongside other minority ethnic backgrounds from across the region.