It has been a while since we’ve touched on destination weddings, but we’re back with one to blow the others out of the water! Towards the end of summer, Letizia had the opportunity to visit the exotic and mysterious setting of Marrakech, nestled in the northwest African nation of Morocco. Situated at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, the city is known for its rich culture rooted in crafts, textiles, and cuisine; as well as their colorful old-world Islamic and Berber architecture. We’ve rounded up some must-see spots within the city and two of our top picks for wedding bliss! Put on your finest white linen two piece suit and get ready to be mystified by the charming allure of a city that is sure to appeal to all five senses.
The dreamy ambiance of Marrakech is prevalent at nearly every corner you turn. A great place to reach inner peace while soaking in a dream like landscape is the Jardin Majorelle - a twelve acre botanical garden and landscape garden of artist, Jacques Majorelle. Burbling streams and sweet fragrant air lingers throughout the grounds where you can walk through tall bamboo and towering cacti pathways. Moorish architecture with slight nods to the Art Deco era are paired with vibrant blue and yellow accents that contrast with the lush exotic flora. This idyllic paradise is sure to provide you and your loved one a beautiful backdrop for some post wedding photo-ops! If you’re looking for a more traditional Moroccan experience, visit the Jemaa el-Fnaa souk in Marrakech’s medina quarter. The open-air marketplace and square is a picturesque setting where tourists and locals alike shop for local crafts such as leather goods, soaps, spices and fruit. After attending the crowded souks, the only place we were thinking of was a place of total rest and relaxation. We visited a hammam, similar to a Turkish or Russian bath house, where one alternates between steam rooms and experiences a whole body exfoliation like none other. You will leave the place feeling soft and rejuvenated for your next activity!
To experience the city in a slightly different way, hop on one of the many horse drawn carriages, or caleshes, for a guided tour of the city. For traditional moroccan cuisine make sure to stop by our two favorites La Mamounia for lunch and Al Fassia for dinner. These restaurants serve up delicious meals of freshly grown vegetables and various meats but their greatest feature is the time and care that goes into each dish. Al Fassia suggests that guests pick from the menu up to 48 hours in advance to allow for proper preparation time! Talk about farm to table service. Don’t miss out on the traditional customary tea time, which includes mint tea and small cookies. Although most of their cookies are almond based, these cookies pack lots of calories! Leave your dieting ways at home on this getaway! Other must-sees within Marrakech that we are planning for our next visit are the unforgettable camel rides and overnight stay in the desert, a helicopter ride through the peaks of the Atlas Mountains.
If Marrakech is a place that you and your significant other have been mulling over as a possible contender for a destination wedding, look no further! The city is at its best during the end of the summer season as the crowds tend to dwindle and the weather becomes more moderate. For those that wish to marry in a traditional Catholic church, make sure to book ahead at least six months in advance as their is only one Catholic church within the city boundaries. Marrakech is home to plenty of beautiful, luxuriously tucked away resorts but we picked two favorites that had us oohing-and-aahing!
Above pictures: La Mamounia
Above pictures: Jardin Majorelle
Above pictures: Jeema El-Fnaa souk
Above pictures: Es Saadi Palace
Above pictures: El Fassia restaurant