Imagine saying ‘I do’ with the glorious African sun beaming down on you and your guests, and then celebrating your marriage on the beach with the true taste of South Africa – a mouth-watering national feast of bobotie (spiced minced meat) and Potjiekos (traditional meat and veg stew). Ah yes!
The demand for destination weddings is ever increasing and South Africa is my new favourite location on the list – and with no surprise! With its scenic beauty, captivating cuisine and opportunity for adventure, the vibe of this wonderful country is something that cannot be replicated anywhere else.
If that isn’t enough to convince you, we’ve put together 8 reasons why getting married in South Africa could be the best decision you make.
1. Easy travels
No visa needed! (if you’re visiting for up to 90 days). And you can’t go wrong with British Airways, so we suggest booking their direct, non-stop flights to either Cape Town or Johannesburg, with a flight duration of just over 10 hours. Sit back, take a nap, but if you can’t contain your excitement, get yourself into the adventurous mood by forming a great list of activities you’d love to get stuck in to after your celebrations.
2. Sun, sun, sun!
Famous for its sunshine, South Africa rests in a sub-tropical region, resulting in its perfect warm African climate. Reaching comfortable temperatures of 25C, February is its hottest month. We advise visiting between mid-October to February for maximum guaranteed sunshine!
3. Hassle free marriage
With the correct documents at the ready, legally marrying in SA is a breeze. You’ll need to apply for a marriage license in advance and need to present a letter of no impediment from the UK embassy (which lets SA know that you are free to marry). For more information on what documents you’ll need, see here.
4. Countless things to do!
Whether you seek outdoor adventures during your visit or prefer to sit back with a glass of South Africa’s finest wine in Stellenbosch (aka the centre of SA’s wine production), South Africa offers something for everyone. How about going diving to meet the local sea creatures? Or gazing down at the views of Cape Town high up from your hot air balloon? Not forgetting to squeeze in a safari tour! Whatever you choose, it’ll be an experience you’ll never forget.
5. Diverse landscapes
It’s not all panoramic deserts; South Africa hosts a variety of truly stunning landscapes, with a new sight to see at every turn. Discover the lush forests teeming with wildlife, magnificent mountain ranges and blue sky beaches. If you fancy meeting the local African penguins whilst unwinding on the beach, Boulders Beach is the place to be!
6. Fantastic choice of various wedding locations and venues
South Africa will have have you spoilt for choice in venues no matter what your style or personality. Choose from a quiet vineyard setting in the wine-famous town of Stellenbosch or a bustling city centre venue in Cape town. If you’re after the city buzz, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel awaits your arrival within the heart of the city, with a commanding view of Table Mountain just next door. Or for a more secluded wedding event visit Bushmans Kloof. This natural heritage site brings man and wilderness together under the stars; just hire a bike and experience it for yourself!
7. World class (budget friendly) suppliers
With such a fascinating country to take inspiration from, it’s no surprise that the suppliers know exactly how to incorporate the beauty of the country into the weddings they shape. The floral designers at Absolutely Perfection are just one of the many luxury wedding vendors in South Africa, ready and waiting to style your big day with quality fragrances, colours and textures. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, a wedding in SA will cost around half of what it would in the UK so you really can go big!
8. There’s so much to learn!
If you get a spare moment, engage and meet with the locals; you’ll get the most honest insight into the country’s history and culture and discover and what makes each and every one of them a proud South African. You’ll depart feeling honoured to have wed in such a u country.