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A women's group plays Arabic music, sometimes Islamic music, while everyone dances.
A woman draws henna or mehndi, a temporary form of skin decoration using henna, on the bride and guests' skin — usually the palms and feet, where the henna color will be darkest because the skin contains higher levels of keratin there, which binds temporarily to lawsone, the colorant of henna.
For a wedding to be considered Islamic, the bride and groom must both consent, and the groom is welcomed into the bride's house—although only in the presence of her parents to maintain purity between both sides.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.Nevertheless, opinions vary on whether the phenomenon should be seen as exclusively based on Islamic practices as a 1992 study among Arabs in Jordan did not show significant differences between Christian Arabs or Muslim Arabs when comparing the occurrence of consanguinity.Nowadays, the man might suggest to his family who he would like them to consider, and it may be that the man and the woman already know each other.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.