A typical Tunisian wedding ceremony consists of 7 days of celebration, dancing and happiness. I got the chance to take part in a wedding where a celebratory reception was held at a house with 50 or so guests dancing, singing, eating and drinking tea into the early morning hours.
The ceremony took place tonight in a beautiful Turkish style palace with the bride and groom sitting on an elevated surface – the fathers of each sitting next to them with the equivalent of a priest sitting before them to draw up the marriage contract. The contract cost 5 Tunisian Dinars or roughly 3.65 US dollars. Everyone is dressed up and as the prayers are said and the marriage is made official, the room fills with sounds of cheers and applause. Sometimes there is a party or reception afterwards but this particular marriage celebration concluded with this ceremony.