If you are thinking about getting married in magical Morocco, then this Destination Wedding Guide is a great place to start.
And who could be better to bring you all of the inspiration and information you need to start planning your wedding than the talented team of wedding planning experts at Boutique Souk?
Marrakech is an exotic choice for a destination wedding, it has become increasingly hip due to the all-year-round sunshine, stunning venues and locations – palaces, riads, spectacular gardens filled with roses, palm trees and olive trees and of course low cost travel making it accessible for you and your guests.
Morocco is right up there on the list of most desirable short-haul destinations. Situated three short hours flight away from the UK, enjoying pleasant year-round temperatures, an abundance of culture to appreciate and ancient cities to explore, Morocco and Marrakech are fantastic places to visit and create a charming destination wedding location.
As well as the must-visit maze-like streets and the intense hustle and bustle of the souks of Marrakech, the enchanting Yves Saint Laurent Majorelle Gardens and beautiful Berber Museum are very much worth calling in on. The spectacular Atlas Mountains are a mere 40 miles away from Marrakech, making them an easy (as well as unforgettable) day trip.
Many couples stay on after their wedding and enjoy their honeymoon in Morocco. Some choose to travel around, spending a night in the desert in a tent under the stars mixed with some luxury resort hotels in the mountains or at the coast for some pampering. Boutique Souk is an ABTA registered Travel Agency so we can coordinate honeymoons as well as guest accommodation for the wedding.
It is not currently possible to have a legally recognised civil wedding ceremony in Morocco. Couples are required to legally marry at a civil ceremony in the UK first and to then have a blessing ceremony in Morocco. Most couples choose a non-religious wedding ceremony performed by a celebrant with music and an exchange of vows and rings.
Christian Weddings are possible at the Catholic Church of Marrakech. The Catholic procedure is for the couple to go through their local Parish Priest who in turn channels the process through his Bishop to the Bishop in Morocco – this takes time, so be prepared.
Boutique Souk have hosted ceremonies in all sorts of exciting places from beautiful riads, palaces, gardens and kasbahs, to the desert, the beach and the Atlas Mountains.
Boutique Souk works exclusively with a number of venues – from private garden villas, to ancient riads and exclusively hired palaces. Marrakech is a city that can cater to every taste – whether it be an indoor or outdoor wedding, rooftop or rose garden, we work with each couple on a bespoke basis to get the best location for their tastes and budget.
Boutique Souk has its own in-house production, design and floristry and we also work exclusively with a number of professionals in Marrakech and internationally and manage the venue selection, brokering and contracting, music and entertainment as part of the bespoke package. We can also advise on our favoured photography partners and put couples in direct contact.
The most popular times of year for destination weddings to take place in Morocco are from the end of May through to beginning of July and then from the beginning of September to mid October. These are the best dates for brides and grooms-to-be who plan to host outside dining and events, however Marrakech is a popular destination due to it’s year-round sunny skies!
Easter holidays, New Year and Bank Holiday Weekend’s are more expensive times due to higher flight and accommodation costs, for guests coming in the high season.
Entertainment and traditions
Many couples choose to incorporate some local traditions and entertainment into their celebration. In Moroccan weddings the bride traditionally arrives on an Amari Throne carried by guardsmen and proceeded by trumpeters/heralders. Some of our daring brides have arrived in the same way either for their wedding ceremony or for the pre-ceremony rehearsal dinner, which are often done in an Arabian Nights theme. Popular local entertainment includes traditional musicians and acrobats, shisha pipe smoking, belly-dancing, snake charmers and henna tattoo artists.
Moroccan cuisine is a popular choice for the wedding reception meal. The slow roast shoulder of lamb is very well-liked, as is the Mezze of local salads and vegetables. Morocco now has a wonderful selection of local wines with the light pinot blush style Rose being a firm favourite…and of course we always serve mint tea!
- Make the most of the beautiful outdoor gardens and parks; Marrakech is a natural oasis at the bottom of the mountains and its vegetation is wonderful.
- Incorporate local cuisine in your event – tajines, roasted lamb, mezze, mint tea etc – it’s delicious!
- The sunset’s very quickly in Morocco, so make sure you leave enough time between the end of your ceremony and the sunset to take portraits in the good light.
- Avoid the very hot period between mid-July and the end of August.
- Choose Boutique Souk as your planner for a professional and wow wedding event!
Has this Destination Wedding Guide tempted you to say ‘I do’ in marvellous Morocco?
Thank you to the wedding planning experts over at Boutique Souk for this detailed big day information.
Destination Wedding Guides are meant as just that – a guide to getting started with your destination wedding planning. Please always consult an official or expert (such as Boutique Souk) in the country you wish to marry, to ensure you have the correct and up-to-date legal paperwork requirements for a legally binding wedding ceremony. We would always recommend using a reputable wedding planner who can fully assist you in such processes.