We Egyptians love weddings. We love the preparations phase, getting ready for them, attending and above all gossiping about them. We really just can’t get enough of them! Being blessed with a country filled with exceptional destinations, wouldn’t it be great to spend such a special day in one of these places? Here are 19 incredible ideas for wedding spots to give you some inspiration…
Beach Themed Spots
1. El Gouna
This seaside resort town is becoming an increasingly popular wedding venue. It has great scenery, a perfect weather almost all year round, and many spots to choose from. Choices include resorts such as Movenpick, Steigenberger and Sheraton Miramar, beach clubs such as Moods Beach Club and luxurious guest houses such as La Maison Bleue hotel. It also has many dining options that can serve as entertaining venues for pre and post wedding gatherings.
Photo from Gouna’s official website
Another great location across the Red Sea coast, Soma Bay is a secluded unique spot fully surrounded by sea from all sides, making it a picture perfect place for a wedding. Adding to that is a world famous spa promising a great way to get prepared for the big day. Kempinski, Sheraton and La Résidence des Cascades are luxurious resort options to choose from.
Photo from Soma Bay’s official website
A place that exudes romance and an already famous honeymoon spot, Sahl Hasheesh of the Red Sea can also be a place for a fairytale wedding. There are resorts such as the legendary Oberio or open spaces such as the Arrivals Piazza available as great options.
Oberoi Hotel from their official website
Not only a diving hub, this Sinai sanctuary is an excellent location for those looking for a simple yet eccentric wedding. Hotels such as Dahab Paradise and Coral Coast offer scenic seaside spaces, with a range of activities to do and excursions to go for, Dahab offers an adventurous wedding program like no other.
Can you imagine celebrating your wedding in such a beautiful sunset? Photo courtesy: David Burton
5. Sharm El Sheikh
The world famous beach destination offers endless venues for a dreamy wedding by the sea. The range goes from highly luxurious branded resorts to secluded cozy venues offering both indoor and outdoor settings.
Photo courtesy: Stewart Morris
6. Ain Sokhna
Due to its close proximity to Cairo, Sokhna is becoming a primary choice for beach themed weddings in Egypt. The incredible mountainous backdrop, calm sapphire sea, and growing range of resorts to choose from such as Jaz Little Venice Golf resort and Movenpick resort have turned Sokhna into a truly attractive wedding spot.
Movenpick El-Sokhna from their official website
7. Ras Sudr
With kite-surfing becoming a recent trend here in Egypt, Ras Sudr is drawing a lot of attention. Various trendy venues are springing up here making it a cool spot for a wedding. One of those is Matarma Bay offering a large terrace overlooking the sea, serving delicious food.
Photo from Matarma Bay’s Facebook Group
8. The North Coast
Turquoise blue sea, white sandy beaches and cool sea breeze, it is this magical combination that makes the North Coast one of Egypt’s most favourite summer destinations and also a one of a kind spot to host a summer wedding. Choices for a wedding venue can include private residences, or for large scale ones; hotels such as Al Alamein Hotel-Marassi in Sidi Abdel Rahman and Rixos Alamein can be considered.
Rixos Alamein from their official website
This palace turned into hotel was built in the 1800’s by Khedive Ismail and still retains much of its royalty and unique decorative pieces. A lavish wedding can be held in its grand Aida ballroom, or a sunset wedding can be hosted in its center balcony overlooking the beautiful Nile.
Cairo Marriott Hotel Omar El-Khayam from their official website
10. Mena House (past Mena House Oberio) – Cairo
is another royalty spot in Cairo, this hotel was originally a grand hunting lodge used by Khedive Ismail and his guests. With 40 acres of green gardens, a breathtaking backdrop of the Great Pyramids, and a selection of ballrooms this venue is like no other.
View from Mena House Gardens by kris
11. Sofitel Old Cataract – Aswan
A world famous 19th century Victorian palace set across the banks of the Nile river, the Old Cataract offers a unique mixture of Nubian and French atmospheres. Its riverside Terrace can host an outdoor wedding reception or for a smaller and more private gathering, there is Fouad’s Corner, an exclusive dining area overlooking the Nile.
View from Old Cataract by Omnia Mamdouh
View from inside by TrevorLowe
12. Sofitel Winter Palace – Luxor
This hotel is originally a palace that was built during the British colonial era, well known for its lush gardens and spectacular view of the Valley of the Kings. For intimate wedding receptions there are indoor venues such as the Royal Victorian Lounge and for larger ones there is the lavish pool and garden outdoor setting.
View from outside by tim rich and lesley katon
13. Al Montazah – Alexandria
The famous Alexandrian red and white palace and incredible gardens are a much loved retreat for many and the romantic nature of the place qualifies it for a beautiful wedding venue. For hotel options there are the Sheraton and Helnan Palestine Montazah hotels.
Montazah Palace by Islam Kotb
Unique Country Clubs
14. Royal Mohamed Ali Club – Cairo
This place was created to take you back in time to the so called “liberal experiment” era of the 1920’s and 30’s in Egypt. Its exceptional location across the Nile and gigantic garden landscape gives a lot of room for creative wedding themes and decorations.
Royal Mohamed Ali Club from their Facebook Page
15. Sakkara Country Club – Cairo
Although a primary venue for equestrian, and other sports activities, Sakkara country club can be turned into a stunning wedding venue. The mix of desert ,greenery and picturesque background of the Abu Sir pyramids makes it an incomparable spot. It also offers transportation arrangements for guests making it a convenient option.
Sakkara Country Club by TripAdvisor
16. A Cruise liner/Sailboat
How about a wedding that sails its way through the Nile or the Red Sea for a day or two? Various Nile cruise liners or sea yachts can be exclusively rented out for this occasion.
Photo from Abercrombiekent.com
17. A Landmark
Egypt is full of iconic landmarks that can host one of a kind wedding -if you were able to get a permission- Cairo Tower, the Citadel of Salah El Din, Al Amir Taz Palace or Qaitbay Castle in Alexandria are a just of few quirky examples.
Qaitbay Castle in Alexandria by Ernie R
18. A Park
Al Azhar park is one of the most well known (and most well kept) parks in the country and is a top choice for hosting many events. Although a public park, a part of it can be closed off for a wedding. The panoramic view of historical Cairo and its manicured green spaces makes it ideal.
Al-Azhar Park by apricotdaze
And 19…Any ideas of your own? Share them in the comments below!