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Firstly, a performance of the marriage vow (official matrimony – a must) namely Nikah.
Regarding the Nikah, people prefer to conduct it in a Mesjid (mosque) whereas the wedding reception is carried out at home. However, the wedding reception is optional and it doesn’t violate the customary law if a family does not hold one or only conduct a small reception (for instance, due to financial issue, such as a very low budget etc). In brief, it’s just for the formal introduction of the bridal couple to public/community.

A. NIKAH The Process of the Nikah in the Mesjid:

Both family and relatives of the bride and groom to-be gathered in the Mesjid around 9 a.m At first, the Qur’an reciting (certain Surah), continued with Khotbah Nikah – the speech for the bride and the groom-to be (the usual topic is about the aim/purpose of the marriage, how to lead the new life in Islamic way). Then the main event, the declaration of the marriage vow (Ijab Kabul) by the groom and the final session, the signed of marriage paper/certificate by the bridal couple. This process was witnessed by the selected people.

In the mid of the marriage process, the moderator would also convey to the audience the amount of the dowry for the bride (it would become the bride’s possession, not the family). In Aceh gold is used in the form of jewelry for the dowry and the amount depends on the request by the bride’s family as well as the tradition (each region in Aceh sets different amount). However, there is a consideration for the ability of the groom’s family to provide the dowry.

The formation for the matrimony performance in the Mesjid. Terms: Dara baro (the bride), Linto baro (the groom), Wali Nikah (marriage guardian, the bride’s and the groom’s father/family), Saksi (the witness), Khotbah Nikah (the marriage’s speech)

The groom declared the marriage vow (Ijab Kabul) and afterward the newly-wed signed the marriage certificate.