How to Organise Your Dream Wedding in Marrakech
Marrakech is quickly becoming an extremely popular choice for destination weddings as it is so easily accessible from the UK (being only a 3 hour flight away) and is truly exotic and romantic.
Many people want a small, intimate wedding with close family and friends and a wedding abroad is the ideal way to spend a few days celebrating a marriage with the people that are the most important to you. It is also much cheaper than planning a similar wedding in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. Marrakech also has the prospect of year-round sunshine – something that is not available in the UK!
The ideal time to get married in Marrakech is in Spring (from the beginning of March to the end of May) and Autumn (from the beginning of September to the end of November) – the winter months although sunny do get a little chilly at night and the summer months can be unbearably hot during the day.
Muslim festivals are also something to bear in mind – it is not generally advisable to have a wedding during Ramadan (which moves every year and starts in August this year). There are also a couple of other festivals during the year which it may be best to avoid.
It is not currently possible to have a legal registry wedding in Morocco, so this would ideally take place in the UK, with a blessing, religious wedding or even a traditional Moroccan wedding taking place in Marrakech.
The British Honorary Consulate in Marrakech can put you in touch with an Anglican vicar, if desired.
A traditional Moroccan wedding is typically an event that lasts a few days – but all the traditional elements can be combined into a celebration over a couple of days.
Other events such as drink receptions or dinners could be held in nearby restaurants – some of which are stunningly decorated and very different from anything in the UK.
Day trips can be organised for guests – the beauty of Marrakech is the easy accessibility of the Atlas mountains (if you had a wedding in January, people could even go ski-ing for the day!) and of Essaouira on the coast.
There are of course many things to do around Marrakech, such as walking around the main square Jemaa El Fnaa and seeing the different food stalls, story-tellers, snake charmers and monkeys or going haggling in the souks. Your wedding reception could include belly dancers, fire throwers and snake charmers! Or going for horse drawn carriage between the long Palmer.
Marrakech provides a truly different – and fun – wedding experience and ensures that guests will always remember your big day!