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Moroccan Wedding Guide: Everything you need to know to get married in Morocco

I’m Aideen, a destination wedding photographer, and if you’re anything like me, you’re probably enchanted by the idea of saying “I do” amidst Morocco’s vibrant colors, rich culture, and breathtaking landscapes. And let me tell you, it’s every bit as magical as it sounds.

Morocco is a destination unlike any other, where ancient traditions meet modern luxury, and every corner holds a story waiting to be told. From the bustling souks of Marrakech to the serene coastal towns like Essaouira, and the majestic Atlas Mountains, this country offers a tapestry of experiences that will make your wedding unforgettable.

From choosing the perfect locations in Morocco to capturing every precious moment with traditional Moroccan flair, I’ll help you every step of the way.

Why would you want to plan your destination wedding in Morocco?

Intriguing Ambiance

From the maze-like alleyways of ancient medinas to the tranquil oases hidden within bustling cities, every corner of this country tells a story waiting to be discovered. Morocco is one of the best places for a destination wedding! 

Diverse Landscapes

Morocco boasts an impressive array of landscapes, each more stunning than the last. Whether you’re envisioning a desert oasis, a coastal paradise, or a mountain retreat, you’ll find it all within reach.

Cultural Richness

Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Moroccan style and culture, where traditions are woven into the fabric of everyday life, and indulge in the traditional Moroccan teatime with mint tea. From the colorful costumes to the rhythmic beats of traditional music and authentic Moroccan cuisine, you’ll find inspiration at every turn.

Luxurious Offerings

Morocco is also no stranger to luxury, with a plethora of high-end resorts, boutique hotels, and opulent riads ready to host your wedding celebrations in style.

Amazing Things to Do in Morocco

Journey into the breathtaking landscapes of the Atlas Mountains.

Plan a Medina adventure for your guests.

Venture into the Sahara Desert for a safari, camel trek, or a luxurious night under the stars.

Schedule a Moroccan cooking class and learn to master traditional dishes like couscous and pastilla.

Indulge in the traditional Hammam spa experience, a highlight of traditional Moroccan culture, perfect for relaxing before your Marrakech wedding day.

Facts To Know About Morocco

Language: Standard Arabic, Moroccan Arabic, Berber and French}
Currency: Moroccan dirham
Airports: Casablanca Airport (CMN), Marrakech Airport (RAK), Agadir Airport (AGA)
Official Tourism Website: visitmorocco.com
Driving side: Right

The Best Wedding Venues in Morocco

Wedding Venue Morocco

KASBAH BAB OURIKA

Luxury Eco-lodge

If you’re looking for a memorable escape from the hustle of the western world this is it. Kasbah Bab Ourika is one of the most eco-friendly buildings in Morocco offering a spectacular destination wedding venue in the Atlas mountains. Here guests can enjoy breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains, Ourika Valley, and the lush olive groves.

This dazzling venue can host wedding celebrations of up to 100 guests, accommodate up to 65 people onsite, and is only 35 minutes from Marrakesh International Airport. 

Escape to the intimate and magical oasis of La Pause for a wedding adventure unlike any other! Tucked away in the Agafay Desert, this hidden gem offers bohemian vibes, tranquil surroundings, and endless possibilities for a truly unique celebration.

This exclusive location can host weddings of up to 100 guests. The lodge offers all kinds of fun and adventurous activities such as cycling, guided desert tours, and sandboarding. 

Wedding Venue Morocco

LA PAUSE

Oasis Desert Camp
Wedding Venue Morocco

RIAD FÈS

contemporary hotel

Step into the bohemian paradise of Riad Fès, a chic and contemporary hotel, where Moroccan elegance meets artistic flair, offering an exquisite backdrop for your boho-chic wedding ceremony.

Tucked away in the heart of the ancient medina, this enchanting venue boasts ornate courtyards, vibrant mosaics, and a sense of timeless charm. It can host up to 150 guests!

Nestled in the heart of Marrakech, this lavish and stunning venue offers unparalleled elegance, impeccable service, and breathtaking surroundings.

The beautiful luxury Villa can host up to 250 wedding guests and accommodations for up to 53 guests. 

Wedding Venue Morocco

VILLA TAJ

Exclusive Villa
Wedding Venue Morocco
Luxury Hotel

Another luxury oasis, this opulent palace venue offers unparalleled luxury. From lavish private villa accommodations to breathtaking event spaces, every detail exudes sophistication.

Palais Namaskar is perfect for couples looking to plan a large Marrakesh wedding, it can host up to 300 guests. You can also book the entire venue exclusively.

Elevate your wedding experience with opulent sophistication and unforgettable moments at The Oberoi, Marrakech, the ultimate destination for those planning a grand celebration.

The Oberai can host weddings of up to 800 guests!

Wedding Venue Morocco

THE OBEROI

Five Star hotel
Wedding Venue Morocco

LA MAMOUNIA

Exotic Palace

Renowned for its opulent architecture, lush gardens, and world-class service, La Mamounia is one of the most legendary of all the Morocco wedding hotels, probably the best hotel in Morocco! 

Here couples can exchange vows amidst the hotel’s stunning gardens, followed by a romantic wedding reception in one of its exquisite ballrooms or outdoor terraces.

Can you get legally married in Morocco?

For non-nationals, planning to get married in Morocco can be super easy or a tedious process depending on where you are from. I advise hiring a local wedding planner or legal expert familiar with Moroccan marriage laws to assist with navigating all the  formalities.

Important facts to note

Consider getting legally married at home before celebrating in Morocco. A symbolic / non-legal ceremony won’t require any paperwork!

A certificate of legal capacity to marry is essential, regardless of nationality. You can get this by arranging an appointment with your embassy or a consulate in Morocco. Once approved by your embassy, it must be approved by the local Moroccan authorities. It can take anywhere from a couple of days to a few months to process so don’t leave it to the last minute. Once approved it will be valid for three months.

All your documents will need to be copied three times, stamped, signed, and translated: Birth certificates, Residence certificates, Divorce & Death Certificates (If necessary), Passport and passport-sized photos, Police records and Medical certificates. Other documents may also be necessary such as payslips and employment letters depending on your nationality. 

Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Morocco. I would advise same-sex couples to plan their destination wedding in another country.

When is the best time to get married in Morocco?

May to Early September

Late spring to early autumn is the warm season and the perfect time to tie the knot in Morocco.

Morocco basks in sunshine, with clear skies and hot daily temperatures of around 30°C. This is the perfect time for a lovely outdoor wedding if you love the sunshine and warm temperatures.

October to early March

From late October to early March, Morocco transforms into a tranquil haven, with crisp air and temperatures around 20°C. 

This is a better time to plan your wedding if you prefer cooler weather. I recommend getting an indoor venue at this time of year as it also gets a lot of rain.

Top Five Best Wedding Planners in Morocco

Boutique Souk specializes in luxury destination weddings and events in Morocco. With a focus on personalized service and attention to detail, they create bespoke weddings tailored to each couple’s unique vision.

Party Maroc specializes in curating unforgettable weddings in Morocco, blending luxury with local charm.

La Perle specializes in intimate and bespoke weddings in the heart of Marrakech, perfect for those dreaming of a boho-chic wedding with a touch of Moroccan cuisine.

The dream team, known for their impeccable service and attention to detail. With 12+ years in the wedding industry and more than 500 weddings planned all over the world!

La Fête is a boutique wedding and event planning agency based in Marrakech, known for its creativity, flair for design, and expertise in planning traditional Moroccan weddings. Their team works closely with couples to bring their vision to life, creating memorable weddings that reflect their personalities and styles.

Morocco Wedding Package

Here’s to love, adventure, and the journey ahead, including those sunset vows that mark the beginning of a lifetime together.

If you have any questions or need assistance with planning your Moroccan wedding, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m here to help you turn your destination wedding dreams into reality, one magical moment at a time.

Let’s make your Moroccan wedding an experience you’ll never forget! Please message me for more information about pricing for your dream wedding in Morocco, and let’s discuss your special day in detail, including wedding costs and venue options.