A BRIDE’S GUIDE TO A MOROCCAN-THEMED WEDDING
Published: July 11, 2019 12:00 am
Moroccan-themed weddings are all the rage these days, with more and more brides jumping on the bandwagon.
You don’t have to be a Moroccan or marrying one to enjoy the bold, eclectic look of this theme. What’s more, if you can’t afford the plane ticket to the desert country, you don’t have to sweat it—you can still get the look and feel of an authentic Moroccan-themed ceremony with all its bold colours, brass lanterns, printed fabrics, and a few other statement pieces that complete a Morrocan wedding décor.
No matter where in Singapore or in the world you’re saying “I do,” this article will help you create a Morrocan-themed wedding that’s a class apart than any other.
The Elements that Make a Moroccan-Themed Wedding
Moroccan weddings are the epitome of maximalism. It offers boundless opportunities to have a fun, whimsical wedding that pays homage to the oriental Middle Eastern culture and traditions. As far as the decoration is concerned, it has to be anything but subtle: rich colours, elaborate invitations, metal lanterns, pouffe seating, kaftans, and traditional wedding favours, to name a few.
Here, we elaborate further on how you can integrate these elements to make a beautiful Moroccan wedding.
The colours for a Moroccan wedding theme are rich, vibrant, and deep. While the most favoured colours are purple, red, burgundy, teal, orange, and fuschia pink, you can always put together colours that you like. For instance, if you don’t like warm colours, you can always opt to use a cooler palette that includes yellow, silver, tan, and different shades of blue. With this theme, you’ll hardly ever go wrong with the colours.
There are many ways you can include Morrocan elements into your wedding décor. Start by using the Moroccan colours and geometric patterns to your table linens and work your way up to placing pouffes that are piled high with vibrant, jewel-toned pillows. If your budget allows, pay attention as well to your cutlery, centrepieces, table runners, rugs, flowers, and drapes so that they have some Moroccan touch to them.
It’s safe to say that no Moroccan-themed wedding is complete without the ornate, traditional metal lanterns. Available in almost every style, shape, and size imaginable, Moroccan lanterns can fulfil a wide range of functions. Hang them from branches to create a glowing backdrop, use them as dual-purpose centrepieces or to line the aisle and create a dreamy runway for the bride. The possibilities are endless!
Besides the wedding decorations, you can extend the use of Moroccan colours and geometric patterns to your invitations. By doing so, you are giving your guests a hint of what will be in store for them at your wedding. An intricate, gold scroll invitation would be sure to pique their interest just as a laser-cut invitation would. These days, there are several online shops that offer exceptional invitation designs that match a Moroccan theme.
There’s no rule that restricts Moroccan-themed wedding dresses. But, if you’d rather go traditional, you should wear a kaftan—a sort of long robe made of either silk, satin, chiffon or other rich fabrics, and worn under a jacket. The dress is typically open on the bottom and is often embroidered or sequined. The look can be finished off with a wide belt at the waist.
If your wedding budget allows, there’s a number of entertainment options you can hire, including a belly dancer or a henna artist so that your guests can get some intricate Hehndi designs for their hands. You can also book a folkloric band or a Gnawa music group to entertain your guests during the reception.
To complete your guests’ Moroccan experience, make sure to send them home with Moroccan-inspired wedding door gifts which can be anything from soaps, perfumes, scented candles, mint tea, dragées, and so on. All these may sound like a basic idea, but these should be enough to sweep your guests off their feet with an exceptional wedding that’s celebrated in a Moroccan way.
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