Today's young people choose their own partners, and while the parents may have veto power, they often accept their child's choice, recognizing that times have changed.
"Morocco is evolving from a traditional patriarchal family to a nuclear family," Marrakchi observes.
The two families and their guests celebrate well into the night with a feast, music and dancing.
For a brief introduction to Chinese marriage traditions in history, see Chinese Marriage Custom.
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Before the wedding, a team of chefs arrives to prepare the meals, and the family employs group of women who devote themselves to making the bride look her best.
They dress her in a traditional Moroccan wedding gown of brightly colored silk, overlaid by a sheer gown embroidered with gold thread.
The traditional Moroccan wedding can take from three to seven days, with many festivities that take place before the actual wedding. In Muslim tradition, the parents would choose the groom or bridegroom for their children.
These arranged marriages have since become a part of the past and most are able to choose their own partners.