It is also nowadays common in urban families for a bride and the groom to agree to marry before the groom approaches the bride's family for their permission. The event is more private, limited to the relatives of the bride and groom.
This occurs after both families have agreed to the couple's decision to marry.
Freedom of marriage was restricted to ensure children were produced according to the correct family groups and affiliations and avoid marriages with certain close relatives or marriages with any one outside the group.Engagements (Arabic: 'khutubah' in Egypt and the Levant) in the Arab world are usually much like a simpler wedding party or a dinner for the families, the bride wears any dress she pleases and there is no zaffah procession.Usually, the bride and groom dress in matching colors.Among these Arab people, arranged marriages include endogamous and non-consanguineous marriages, and therefore exceed the above observed rates of endogamous and consanguineous marriages.
Arab Christians, have similar patterns of marriage.In this exchange, the men on the groom's side make sure that the bride's family is satisfied with the party.