Most marriages are not held in mosques, and men and women remain separate during the ceremony and reception.
Since Islam sanctions no official clergy, any Muslim who understands Islamic tradition can officiate a wedding.
The only requirement for Muslim weddings is the signing of a marriage contract.
Marriage traditions differ depending on culture, Islamic sect, and observance of gender separation rules.
Then the couple and two male witnesses sign the contract, making the marriage legal according to civil and religious law.
The marriage contract is signed in a ceremony, in which the groom or his representative proposes to the bride in front of at least two witnesses, stating the details of the meher.
The bride and groom demonstrate their free will by repeating the word ("I accept," in Arabic) three times.