metal lanterns hung over table in front of large window

Probably no single decor detail is bigger in this theme than metal lanterns. Normally in brass and copper shades, these lanterns (above) feature intricate patterns in the metal and sometimes colored glass to throw different hues around the space.  Above, these lanterns can be used anywhere from centerpieces to walkways, but this inventive wedding planner decided to hang a collection in front of the window to warm up an industrial space. Brilliant!

Moroccan inspired place setting with copper lanterns and neutral linens

You can have a wide array of color palettes for a Moroccan wedding, but the two most common are muted earth tones and sherbet brights.  Above, a neutral table runner blends well with the metal lanterns and muted colored glass. Elegant and subdued, this palette is all about highlighting the colors of the desert landscape.  Below, with centerpieces filled with greenery and the place setting filled with shades of gold and copper, the effect feels like a rich glow.

gold and glass place setting with greenery centerpieces

This color scheme also allows the intricacies of the design work on glasses, lanterns, and candlesticks to really shine through. If you want to focus more on the patterns, bring in a bunch of creamy, muted neutrals to complement them.

guest holding cocktail in Morrocan-style glass
copper and gold candlesticks on white table

On the other end of the spectrum, many Moroccan themed weddings are bursting with bold, luscious colors.  Deriving their influence from the dramatic sunsets and vibrant fabrics from this region, these juicy palettes create a lighthearted, energetic vibe.

bright, Moroccan inspired place setting with bowl of berries

Bring in a variety of colors through your floral centerpieces, colored votives, and silk pillows on your seats. You could also use large pillows instead of traditional chairs at low tables.

colorful tablescape with votives and vibrant vases of flowers

Much like our own Southwestern weddings, a bright Moroccan wedding is filled with contrasts, such as the bright flowers in clay vases or colorful tablescapes against natural wood, as shown below.

pink ombre wedding dinner menu
bright pink roses in clay vase

If you want to add an extra luxe touch to your Moroccan affair, use gilded pieces paired with glimmering crystal (below).

Moroccan themed wedding with glass and gold tiered tray filled with figs and grapes

No matter what you palette, aim to create a friendly reception space that invites guests to linger for hours. We love this Moroccan party in Southern California that featured a patio decked out with pillows, rugs, and lanterns, encouraging guests to eat and drink long past sunset (below, left). Also look for ways to bring in a little magic, such as this dance floor illuminated with dozens of lanterns overhead (below, right).

Moroccan inspired seating with rugs, pillows, and lanterns
wedding dance floor with dozens of metal lanterns hanging overhead

Many weddings with this theme feature vibrant, luxurious cakes, such as this ombre tangerine confection with gold etching (below).

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You can also highlight some of the designs commonly seen in the region's tilework (below, left). Personally, we love those cakes that give us a taste of Morocco, such as this tiny stunner (below, right) with figs and nuts dripping in honey.

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Moroccan inspired wedding cake with honey, nuts, and figs

Credits:  Ilene Squires   |   Hazelwood Photo   |   This Modern Romance   |   The Wedding Artists Collective   |   Leigh Miller Photography   |   Katie Beverley   |   Mari's Paradise Images   |   Stephanie Michelle   |   Fondly Forever Photography   |   Our Labor of Love   |   The Wedding Artists Collective   |   Rebekah J. Murray Photography   |   Katie Beverley   |   Amy Atlas   |   Gingerale Photography