Getting Married in Egypt

By Mark Wiens 13 Comments

I was sitting on my bed at the Noorhan Hotel in Aswan, Egypt, sitting in silence trying to ponder my earlier Pharaonic expeditions at Abu Simbel and Philae when a loud thunder of drum beats, chanting and shrieking cries rang through the rickety window.


Stepping onto the balcony it soon became evident that a local Nubian wedding was taking place 2 houses down. The wedding precession consisted of about 50 people, 15 of them being part of a drumming band of dancers.   The bride and groom as well as a few others in brightly colored outfits entered the house as the band took a break to smoke some cigarettes.   15 minutes later, the couple emerged from the the house, street dancing into a crowd of bystanders and the band.

They precession slowly made their way down the small street, eventually boarding a minivan for the next phase of their wedding.

When I paid my $4 for a bed in Aswan, Egypt, I had no idea it would include a free viewing of a traditional Nubian wedding ceremony!

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When you check into you next hotel in Egypt, hopefully you will get a free Nubian wedding ceremony included!

– Migration mark

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  • Cam

    13 years ago

    Very cool that you were able to witness that! We had a similar experience in Luxor when we were there. The parties lasted for days!

  • Mark Wiens

    13 years ago

    @Ayngelina: Thanks!

    @Kat: Haha, not quite! Yes, things like this are awesome to see in person!

    @Zablon: Yes, it was amazing and colorful. What part of Egypt did you see a wedding?

    @Inka: Yes, I wanted to follow the wedding to experience the after party too!

    @Ben: Cool, this Egyptian wedding was so cool for the energy involved!

    @Laurel: Yes, the dancing, drumming and singing were a great sight to experience.

    @Adam: I am with you on that! All kinds of festivals are so interesting to see around the world!

    @Robin: Thanks, Yes…Egypt is a wonderful country!

    @Caz: Very cool, It’s interesting to compare different ceremonies in different countries. I’m sure that was an amazing ceremony in Sumatra!

  • Caz Makepeace

    13 years ago

    It’s always so great stumbling upon things like this. I remember on my first travel adventure being invited to a Muslim wedding in a small village in Sumutra, Indonesia. It was an incredible experience.

  • Robin

    13 years ago

    Some great shots there. God I love Egypt…

  • Adam

    13 years ago

    Awesome thing to have witnessed. I love just stumbling across things like this while on the road. Weddings, festivals, parades, I love them all, and it’s so cool to see how differently it’s done all over the world.

  • Laurel @Expat in Germany

    13 years ago

    Amazing! I’ve heard that weddings there are a big production, but I can only imagine what it would be like to experience it in person!

  • adventureswithben

    13 years ago

    How cool is that! I was in South Africa once and came across a South African wedding, it was much like a U.S. Wedding, nothing compared to what you ran into.

  • inka

    13 years ago

    What a stroke of luck. I love watching weddings in foreihn countries and yes, i admit, for a moment I too thought it was you tying the knot.

  • Zablon Mukuba

    13 years ago

    i have seen a wedding in Egypt, it was really amazing and colorful. i hope you enjoyed it

  • Kat

    13 years ago

    For a moment there, I thought you were the one getting married haha.

    It’s always interesting to encounter things like these. 🙂

  • ayngelina

    13 years ago

    What a cool thing to experience, great photos.