Traditionally, the bride will go into seclusion for forty days prior to the wedding. During this time she will receive gifts of jewelry, perfume, and silks from her future husband. These valuable gifts will make her trousseau.
During the entire week before the wedding both families will celebrate with traditional music, continuous singing and dancing.
Several days before the ceremony mehndi will be applied to the bride in the night of henna rituals, Laylat Al Henna. The bride’s body will be cleansed with oils and creams and anointed with perfumes. Her hair will be washed with amber and jasmine and mehndi will be applied to her hands and feet. All of the bride’s female relatives will attend, providing food, singing and dancing.