How to Throw a Modern, Moroccan-Inspired Wedding — No Matter Your Venue

Updated 08/16/19

Jonny Valiant

Marrakech, Morocco (one of our favorite surprisingly romantic cities), is home to famed markets, intoxicating spices, and boldly colorful tapestries. For the offbeat, bohemian bride, this exciting locale offers tons of unexpected inspiration for a gorgeous and exotic wedding day. Even if you're not planning to travel for your nuptials, you can capture the flavor of Morocco no matter where you tie the knot.

Create Structure

Since you're trying to transform the ordinary into something alluring, it's important to set the scene. Start with a backdrop that is equal parts pretty and unexpected. We love the look of this structure that feels so reminiscent of Moroccan palaces. To achieve it, have a minaret shape cut out of an ordinary garden trellis. Rather go the DIY route? Just paint a minaret shape onto a trellis using a neutral color.

Be Bold

To really give your guests the feeling of faraway Marrakech, consider bringing in the bold colors so reminiscent of the area. Sure, a lawn covered in purple poufs may not be for the color shy, but for the boho-bride who loves this glamorous style it's the perfect ceremony seating idea! Jewel tones — the more dramatic the better — and neutral metallic embellishments are what really make this look work.

Photo: Jonny Valiant

Include Authentic Flourishes

Hit the souk — or, you know, Etsy — for décor items. One way to welcome (and refresh!) your guests is with a Moroccan mint-tea service. Or find a way to include the refreshment as your signature cocktail. Consider other easy places to add a dash of Moroccan-flare to your wedding day. Runners, lanterns and programs with arabesque motifs and Islamic art patterns add visual interest and drive the theme home.

Poufs, lanterns, and tables from Imports from Marrakesh

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