First, let us travel to Lebanon:
Lebanon is a very small but very beautiful country, where so many cultures and religions live side by side. Here, religion is a very important matter, and all weddings revolve around it. Actually, you don’t have a choice, seeing that non-religious weddings are forbidden and so, inexistent. However, you can choose what kind of religious wedding you want: Sunnite, Orthodox, Maronite, Shiits, Catholic… you can pick whichever you like most, we got them all.
Of course, if there are so many religions, there are even more traditions. However, it’s still one country, one nation, and that means there are traditions shared by everyone.
First things first, family is very important, so the family’s approval is necessary. Originally, the man would ask his future father in law for his daughter’s hand. Today, even if he does propose to his beloved one and she says yes, he should go speak to her father and be sure he approves.
If everything goes as planned, they can start organizing the engagement party. Back in the days, it was “Laylat al nkout”, which means the night of gifts. This was done by the families to collect some money and be able to pay for the wedding. Today, sadly, things have changed and there are no more engagement gifts, only wedding ones. However, they still invite the whole family and some friends to celebrate the engagement before any kind of wedding planning can take place.
While so many traditions have died or are today only celebrated in small villages, there are some that are a part of almost every wedding and they’re what makes the wedding so special.
Just like in many cultures, the bride and the groom are not supposed to see each other before the wedding. They will both celebrate their last night with their respective friends, not seeing each other until the bride walks down the aisle. On the morning of the wedding, and here comes the good part, making this tradition by far my favorite one, the bride will wake up to a house full of white flowers. That’s right! The groom will send thousands of flowers to decorate his future’s wife’s house, the entrance and her car, so that when her close friends and family members come to help her get ready and enjoy the morning, everything looks beautiful and she can really start the day in a romantic ambiance. The women will help the bride get dressed, do her makeup and her hair while singing and dancing.