An Elegant Egyptian Wedding: Joyce & Scott
In the ballroom at the Intercontinental Chicago, every inch of the room was decorated for Joyce and Scott’s Egyptian wedding. The walls were covered in purple lighting on each level of the room, broken only by the tall and glamorous flower arrangements at each of the dozens of tables. Yet, when the bride and groom entered their Egyptian wedding reception, there were no guests at the tables at all!
That is because they were all on the dance floor with them!
In Egyptian wedding tradition, the first dance is a called a “Zaffa” which literally translates to processional. Traditionally, the processional is comprised of musicians, drummers, dancers, tambourine players and can last a total of two hours! The guests usually begin this processional from the main entrance of the venue all the way to the main hall.
However, Chicago traffic is none too forgiving on traditional processionals so the couple chose a more abbreviated version. Joyce and Scott’s first song was an instrumental version of the famous “Zaffet El Arousa”, or Processional of the Bride, that usually takes place in Egypt. After that, our Chicago Wedding DJ busted into a more modern song of the bride’s choosing. The second tune spoke about a about a groom’s excitement on his wedding day: “Hetgawez” (I’m getting Married). Of course, everyone busted out with their belly dancing moves, including the bride!
The dance allowed the bride and groom a chance to literally be surrounded by their closest family and friends. It was a beautiful physical manifestation of the love, support, and happiness each guest felt for the union of Joyce and Scott.
Cutting the cake
After the guests returned to their seats, Joyce and Scott had a moment to cut into their wedding cake, and sit down to a tasty dinner.
Every Egyptian Wedding Detail
Joyce enlisted the help of Mary Botros, event planner from M.B. Classics Events – we love working with her! To demonstrate what she envisioned for her special day, Joyce brought Mary loads of images for how she wanted the room. It became clear Joyce was searching for a monochromatic theme, choosing lighting as their source of flare. Joyce also fell in love with having a white floor provided by Party Floors by CPI, as they were trying to go for a modern feel within a historically beautiful space. Whether it was the crisp dance floor or the music played by our very own Chicago wedding DJ Nick, that dance floor was packed all night.
Joyce and Mary designed the centerpieces themselves. Including tall vases, soft feathers, and small candles, the centerpieces were the perfect addition to each table. Joyce was looking for a whimsical feel, and accomplished it with the help of Flowers by Sue.
Every little detail was considered, down to the rhinestones in the arrangements.
“We obviously were going for a wow factor”, said event planner Mary.
And wow us you did! Congrats to Joyce and Scott and thank you for letting us be a part of such a special day.