3 Amazing Wedding Planning Tips From Marrakesh Top Wedding Planners

Written By Maria Balkanlieva
Published 29 March 2021

    A wedding blog with lots of tips and advice about tying the knot. Written by one of Marrakesh top wedding planners, Maria Balkanlieva (PartyMaroc).


    Everyone is in love with Marrakesh; it’s a destination city that allows you to relax, enjoy and experience traditional Moroccan life. The city of Marrakesh has a few things that make it the perfect place to celebrate a wedding day: the architecture, the food, the weather, the colours etc. Its popularity won’t surprise you as a wedding destination, and there are more and more multi-ethnic couples choosing this romantic city to tie the knot.

    Help is at hand for anyone planning the perfect Marrakesh wedding. Here you’ll find some insider tips and advice about getting hitched in Marrakesh, from local vendors to entertainment; we reveal all. A bespoke Marrakesh wedding is one of life’s unforgettable experiences. It’s a chance to get your friends and family together in an exotic location and create memories that last a lifetime.


    One: 3 Quick Tips for booking a wedding planner

    Every bride and groom need to hire a wedding planner but might feel like they don’t need one. A wedding planner will make sure your wedding is a success, they’ll cover every detail and you won’t need to worry about it. Think of them as the conductor of an orchestra who makes sure all the musicians are playing in time and they all played each instrument perfectly.

    Our quick tips for finding the best Wedding Planner:


    Keep It Local

    A quick Google search will reveal pages upon pages of Marrakesh Wedding Planners. Only a few of these are actually local to Marrakesh. Many of the companies listed on Google are located elsewhere in the world, with many in Casablanca, France, UK and America.

    There are plenty of local wedding planners with years of experience, a big portfolio, and the ability to cater for a range of budgets. You’ll actually find that many of these companies are also multi-lingual (like us).


    Look for your wedding planner early...

    As the saying goes: “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, well, neither was the perfect wedding. The more time you can give your Wedding planner to plan, the better. It will reduce the costs and allow the time needed to create an unforgettable wedding experience.

    Maria, a Marrakesh top wedding planner says:

    "It’s normal to start planning your wedding a year in advance, and choosing the location will be one of the first things on your list. Marrakesh is a magnificent city, but you have to plan ahead because the demand for venues can be very high, and getting your desired venue can be difficult as space is often limited".


    Put your investigator hat on...

    A perfect wedding day is always the goal for couples, and yet planning it is very much undervalued. Simply put, bad wedding planning can ruin a wonderful occasion.

    Here’s a list of things all good wedding planners in Marrakesh should be able to provide:


    Two: Get the best services and products at affordable prices, all while supporting local artisan and professional communities in Marrakesh…

    The city of Marrakesh is home to an incredible selection of local expertise, from artisanal craft workers who have honed their skills through generations of refinement, to the very best in professional services. Locals have been taking full advantage of this tremendous selection for years. But none of these vendors has made it easy for you to find them. They have never joined forces to compete with Amazon, never offered flat-rate free shipping, or free returns.

    If you are thinking about getting married in Marrakesh, quality, price and service will be high on your list of priorities. The first two are easy to understand, but what about the service? What makes it better when you choose a local vendor rather than doing it all yourself or using an international company?

    Here are 5 reasons local is better:

    1. They will know more about the day-to-day nuances of life in your destination than anyone else
    2. Local vendors will understand your style better than someone who does weddings on the side
    3. Their selection is usually better and cheaper
    4. You pay your local vendor directly rather than paying a middleman a cut of what you were going to pay.
    5. You’re supporting local, family-run businesses and job creation, which is good for the community and the economy!


    Three: Add Some Tradition to Your Wedding Menu Offering…

    Marrakesh’s diverse culinary scene suits every taste and budget.

    Marrakesh’s cuisine has a rich history rooted in African culture and local ingredients used to create lively meals that taste amazing. Here are a few popular dishes that we love:

    1. Bissara  - chickpeas with tomatoes and onions
    2. Couscous  - the national dish of Morocco
    3. Harira  - soup with lentils and beans & meatballs
    4. Tajine  - a type of stew or casserole
    5. Glaoui  - a savoury pie with a pastry shell
    6. Baghrir - crepe with honey, almonds and cinnamon


    Bonus: Bring the ‘WOW’ Factor With Entertainment And Music for your wedding in Marrakesh

    From the spectacular to the unusual, Marrakesh has it all.

    With its busy souks, outdoor restaurants and miles of winding streets, Marrakesh is also an ideal city for a memorable celebration. But what else would you expect from the city of 1000 Palaces!

    You can celebrate and have an unforgettable party in Morocco that you’ll talk about it for years to come!

    Here’s an idea of the entertainment that our clients typically book for their wedding. It could be a traditional classical band, gnaoua musicians and singers, belly dancers, jugglers and fire breathers, snake charmers, monkey trainers, fortune tellers, storytellers. For your party, we can recreate the square Jemaa el-Fna and bring artisans to present their crafts passed down to generations.



    With a warm climate, vast beautiful landscapes and unique culture, Marrakesh is a place where romance blends in with imagination to create unforgettable weddings. Laidback and tolerant, Morocco offers an atmosphere that is perfect for one to relax in while taking part in an unforgettable wedding party.

    Marrakesh has a lot of historical places that make it not only a great place for your guests to have a holiday of a lifetime, but also an ideal place for a wedding. Many couples have opted to hold their marriage ceremony in this city as it provides the very best venues for such parties… Just make sure you hire a trustworthy and creative wedding planner and embark on the adventure!

    Read our 33 Reviews
    Based on 33 Reviews
    Marie Lozada
    11 September 2023

    First of a big thank you again to Maria and her Team! Our company event was a great success through their meticulous preparations, great choice of restaurants, hotels, event spots, transfers, travel guides surprises and more. Everything from start to finish was professionally executed and resulted to fantastic experience. So if in Morocco and looking for a great experience to plan and carry out an event, Party Maroc is your perfect partner! All the best to Maria and her team from Zürich!

    3 September 2023

    As background, we are based in Los Angeles and had a four-day, multi-event wedding with 90 guests traveling in from the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. We found Maria and Siham over Instagram, and - after considering several other planners - worked with them from start to finish…without ever visiting Marrakech until two days before the first event. 
    If you are thinking about working with Maria and Siham, you should hire them before they book another client - period. They are, in a word, exceptional. They are totally trustworthy, extremely well connected, communicate well and often, have great taste and instincts, balance providing advice rooted in experience with being responsive to the quirkiest of ideas, and will produce a truly memorable event - no matter how complicated or what challenges come up (like a sudden forecast of rain in late May). 
    Key things about working with Maria and Siham:
    They really know Marrakech: We had never been, did not visit during the planning process, and relied on them for suggestions about riads, venues, caterers, entertainment ideas, vendors…literally everything. Everything they suggested was spot on and they were even able to find someone to tent a lawn two days before the event due to potential rain. And they are great at adapting suggestions to your guidance e.g. we ended up with six riads tailored to the different preferences and price points of our diverse group of friends.
    Focused on providing options, sharing advice when asked, and will always defer to you: Some planners are too directive while others don’t help you decide anything. Maria and Siham are exceptional at laying out options based on your guidance, offering their views when asked, and then deferring to your decision. They have executed a lot of events so their advice is rooted in experience and you should probably take it but, whatever you decide, they will support you totally.
    Great communication and end-to-end project management: Nobody really understands everything that goes into an event especially a wedding before they start planning one. Maria and Siham are terrific at explaining the process, and walking you through the various decisions that have to be made and when. One of us is a project manager for a living, and Maria and Siham are on another level. Behind everything you see, they are tracking a ton of other details and execution is seamless (see below). You always feel like you’re their only client and left wondering how they manage to deliver this level of service simultaneously to multiple clients.
    Execution is seamless; they add capacity and relieve stress: A lot of people kept asking us how stressful the wedding planning was, especially the closer we got to the event. And then during/after the event, people asked us how difficult it must have been to pull off. Honestly, Maria and Siham’s execution let us enjoy the event versus worrying about it. That alone was worth their fee.
    We are happy to talk with anyone who would like to learn more about working with Maria and Siham. They know how to reach us and can put you in touch. Good luck!

    C Ar
    9 August 2023

    Best wedding planning team ever!!! Highly highly recommend!!

    Mike Riess
    20 June 2023

    Very friendly and helpful company to work with in Marrakech. Quick responses as well. Thank you!!

    My husband and I are both based on the USA but we wanted to have our wedding in Marrakech. We just had our wedding last month and we enlisted the help of La Perle Events who worked closely with Party Maroc. When I say it was the best decision we’ve made, I really mean it. We planned for a wedding weekend with activities including a Moroccan and Henna night on the first day, the ceremony and reception on the second, and a casual farewell brunch on the third. Every event went by so smoothly without any problems, and it’s all thanks to Siham, Maria, and their team. It was such a pleasure working with them during the year building up the our wedding weekend. They are the most thoughtful, meticulous, organized, kind, and knowledgeable planners. They are so easy to talk to, which is so helpful when stressing out about a wedding! They always were willing to listen and were very cognizant of all of our wants and needs for our wedding. They are also so skilled with their planning and we’re always willing to share their knowledge. They thought about things that I didn’t even know were things to think about. They got to know us pretty well through the planning process and were able to help us find the perfect vendors for us. They do a great job communicating with all the vendors and always sent us photos during all the updates. Although we did not get a chance to see our wedding venue when we signed for it, they went to see the venue for us and I trusted their opinion completely. They have amazing vision and a great eye for decor. During the days of our wedding, I did not have to worry about anything, which was such a relief. Our wedding weekend was so spectacular and magical, and all our expectations were blown out of the water! All of our friends and family, some of whom have been to plenty Moroccan weddings, said our wedding was one-of-a-kind and the most amazing they’ve seen, and it’s all thanks to Siham and Maria. I’m so glad we met them, and they are our dear friends for life.

    Zoe Warshaw
    6 June 2023

    Maria and her team went above and beyond - we had the best wedding we couldn’t have done it without Party Maroc. Thank you again Maria, you’re the best! 🫶

    Hafy Mo
    19 January 2023

    I wasn’t sure how planning a wedding all the way from London will go but once we started working with Maria, we knew we were in safe hands. We had the wedding of our dreams in Marrakesh, many thanks to Maria. Everything went smoothly from the day our guest arrived to the day they departed. I am happy to have stumbled upon Party Maroc on Instagram and will recommend them over and over again! Thank you so much Maria and the party Maroc team!

    Barka Farheen
    28 November 2022

    Maria is the perfect wedding planner. If you're reading this review trying to decide whether to select her and Party Maroc for your next event, it's an absolute no-brainer -- pick Maria. My husband and I hosted a 3-day, 60-person wedding in Marrakech. We received endless compliments from our guests, stayed within budget, had the most stress-free experience -- and most importantly had an absolute blast. When we were first searching for a planner, Maria stuck out immediately as knowledgeable, friendly, and down-to-earth. While others tried to push us into one direction or the other (or spent the entire first call bragging about their reputation), Maria took the time to get to know us and build a deliberate plan of action. Maria enabled all of this by working tirelessly throughout. She always anticipated our needs, planned for every eventuality, and pivoted quickly when things didn't go according to plan (thank you, COVID!). Quite frankly, it was hard to believe she had other clients she was working with at the same time, because of the attention she made sure we received at all times. Maria also has impeccable taste and somehow managed to make our events over-the-top glamorous, without being cheesy or kitsch. On our first trip to Marrakech, Maria ensured that everything went perfectly and we not only got our pre-wedding work done, but had so much fun doing it. Maria has excellent contacts in various vendor circles, and gave us tons of good options for décor, DJ, desert camps, flowers, food, photographers, and more. And she never forced us into any decisions with vendors, staying perfectly neutral throughout. My favorite part was how little guidance we had to offer her, aside from explaining our tastes and preferences. She took that and ran with it, and even we were surprised by how perfect each night turned out and we got to focus on having fun and taking care of our guests. And pretend to be modest while being showered with compliments about the event. We count Maria as a friend and are just sliiightly jealous of any other couple that gets to work with her.

    Martin Siromahov
    21 November 2022

    How lucky we are to have found Maria and Party Maroc and organize together an unforgettable birthday event. Maria's level of service, attention to detail, response time, product knowledge and organization skills are second to none. If you are planning on organizing any event in Morocco and are searching for a devoted, personalized service, look no further!

    guido bellitti
    14 November 2022

    Maria is an outstanding resource. Reliable, kind and with a great network of local connections. Highly suggested for anyone who is interested in organising some events in Morocco

    Kylie Ship
    25 July 2022

    Maria went above and beyond to create just the most amazing day for us. From the first zoom meeting to instant communication over WhatsApp and of course, the day itself, Maria made sure that we got exactly the wedding of our dreams. She added extra detail that we didn’t know we would love, fought to get us great deals and even went out of her way to help us with our pre event, despite this not being her job. She was relaxed, friendly and professional. Many of the vendors she worked with were so at ease with her that there was little instruction needed as they all knew the best places and ways to get things done. I honestly couldn’t recommend Party Maroc enough. Thank you Maria, it has honestly been a dream come true.

    Raz Segal
    18 July 2022

    Maria is the most amazing event planner I’ve ever met in my life! We did an event coming in from abroad and she made us feel very comfortable and always in touch with updates on our events. All the locations she chose for our events were A+ quality with the best service and all of the best entertainment. Her team was also amazing they were always with us taking care of all of the background work to make sure the events were going smoothly. I can’t wait to have another event in Morocco and work with Maria, she has become a part of our family and helped something we only as a vision come to life! ❤️

    As an hotelier, an event planner and a graduate from Hotel School of Lausanne I have to tell Maria and your team, you are the best event planner team I have ever worked and even if we were so far away and during the pandemic crisis. Bravo and a Big THANK YOU for your very hard work !!!

    Maria is a phenomenal wedding planner and human being. Maria single handedly made our 3-day wedding extravaganza in Marrakesh in May 2022 an immense success. We are based in the US and Maria made planning a destination wedding so easy. Maria is an excellent communicator, staying in constant communication with us by text and phone. She is very responsive and attentive to your needs. Maria is very organized and able to keep you on track and within your goals. Maria is honest and trustworthy and serves as your advocate in selecting and negotiating with third parties. Maria also has great decor style, taste and instincts. We were so lucky to have Maria as our trusted friend in our wedding planning journey. Maria, thank you so much for making our wedding day so special! We wholeheartedly recommend using Maria as your wedding planner if you are doing a wedding in Marrakesh! Love, Nealofar & Michael

    Krishna Guha
    29 April 2022

    Maria at Party Maroc recently organized a spectacular birthday party for me in the desert at Roches Noires. The planning process was expertly conducted and every detail was perfect on the day. My guests from the UK, France, Belgium and the USA were blown away. Very highly recommended.

    Amazing customer service. Flying out to Marrakech for my birthday with a group of girls and wanted a party planner. I had sent numerous emails n none has replied except Party Maroc. They immediately came up with ideas for my party...ie... venue, food..entertainment and got the ball rolling. I am super excited to use their services and will post another review with photos after my event.

    Elaine Kelly
    8 April 2022

    We worked together with Maria and her team on a corporate event, which had to be planned last minute within less than two month for almost 100 people. She did an amazing job and organised the most extraordinary event we have ever experienced as a company. Four days of high-class accommodation and events with stunning decorations and entertainment. We couldn’t be more grateful for this amazing experience, which we will definitely never forget. THANK YOU FOR YOUR OUTSTANDING WORK!

    Judith Matogo
    15 March 2022
    Rebecca James
    23 November 2021

    It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had . Maria was helpful calm and quite brilliant .

    Petya Simonsen
    22 October 2021
    Siham Rchidi
    13 October 2020

    I have been in touch with Party Maroc ( Maria ) from the beginning of our Wedding planning in Marrakech.(2017). I don’t have even words to describe how professional and helpful Maria was . I can’t believe, it's already over, after a hundreds of e-mails exchanged and WhatsApp chatting . From the beginning and from the first brief about our wedding, Party Maroc knew what kind of wedding we have in mind and what we are dreaming of. From choosing wedding venues , decoration , to different suppliers, Maria knew exactly what we are searching for and was all the time in our side and giving as advices. Marrakech is full of beautiful wedding venues , but Party Maroc knows the best and hidden gems 😉. Planning a wedding in Morocco , it s not easy and you definitely need a professional in town, who to rely and trust on.... I would like to describe partyMaroc in 3 words : - Trustful - Professional - Available On behalf of our parents and all our guests that came from all over the world : France , Finland , Canada , UK, Cameroun , Casablanca , Germany... We thank you so much for all what you have done to make our wedding day so special and unique . 🤩🤩. It was a long journey , but all worth it 😍🙏🏽🙌🏽 With love , Siham & Kevin #s💙k2019

    hajar boumdira
    7 March 2020

    Professional and serious team, special thanks to super Lady Maria how is very kind and helpful 👏😘

    Olga Brereton
    19 August 2019

    Went to a 3 day wedding organised by these people last month.... it was so well done... fire eaters, Berber dancers, wonderful staff. I'm tempted to take off a star as it took me a week to come to terms with being back in England after the buzz and friendship out there. Maria pointed out a fantastic salon where I had a great hair cut as well!!

    Edward Reid
    9 August 2019

    Went to a friend's wedding and it was a beautifully arranged event, it looked incredible, the food was amazing, the entertainment was extremely good and authentic. They are a company that definitely know what they are doing. Based in Marrakech so have the inside scoop on all the best venues and providers. Amazing event!

    Julia Dawson
    6 August 2019

    We have just returned from the most amazing 2 day event organised by Maria and her team. Everything was faultless, accommodation, entertainment, transportation. A truly wonderful time and highly recommended.

    Georgina Burness
    5 August 2019

    I attended a wedding organised by Party Maroc this summer. It was absolutely incredible from start to finish - beautifully organised & we were entertained & looked after to another level. Camels, belly dancing, Moroccan bands, authentic feasts, luxurious accommodation, seamless transportation- we all had the best time.

    nick peto
    5 August 2019

    Party Maroc did a faultless job. A 3 day party of great complexity went without a hitch. Travel, food, dancing, wedding - everything was 10/10. Nick peto.

    Annie Summers
    31 July 2019

    I attended a 3 day wedding party event organised by Maria of Party Maroc last June and was totally amazed by the organisation of all the party planning, accommodations, transportation for 60 plus guests - all with a big smile which made us enjoy ourselves even more!

    Mariana Bojkova
    23 March 2019

    Party Maroc provide everything you could dream of for your special event. Fantastic team. Professional planning, variety of creative options to keep you entertained. I absolutely recommend them!

    Mario Morfakis
    3 December 2018

    My overall experience with Party Maroc was excellent. Maria helped with great ideas as she knows Marrakech quite well, but also provided the best service in helping me book the best places in Marrakech. We had an amazing trip to Morocco and a major thank you goes to Party Maroc. Definitely recommending their services.

    Roberto S
    1 December 2018

    Party Maroc knows everything for the perfect event. I strongly recommend them.

    maria balkanlieva
    29 November 2018

    I work very often with Party Maroc on events and parties such a good fun and professional team.

    Alex Peto
    29 November 2018

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