destination weddings

Planning a Destination Wedding in Cape Town

To kick start your planning we have compiled some important information for you to consider.

Planning a destination wedding in Cape Town is a fantastic idea!  South Africa offers so many wonderful options for your wedding celebration as well as world class experiences for yourselves and your guests. To kick start your planning we have compiled some important information for you to consider.

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Requirements for Foreign Nationals

It is possible for foreign nationals to legally marry in South Africa. Your marriage officer will be able to handle all the legal requirements and you will receive an official marriage certificate on the day of your wedding. You will need the following documents.

  • A copy of your IDs
  • Two witnesses & their IDs or passport (if they are a foreign nationals)
  • Your IDs or passport (if you are a foreign national)
  • Divorce order, if applicable
  • Death certificate, if applicable, in cases of a deceased spouse.

Choosing a Wedding Venue

The Western Cape hosts thousands of destination weddings every year and you will find the most picturesque venues and talented vendors from which to choose. The first thing to consider is your setting. Is your dream wedding on a wine farm, in the forest, near the beach? This decision will help you narrow down your venue choices. Browse the top wedding venues in the Western Cape to get some ideas.

Booking a Wedding Planner

The next and very important step is to find your wedding planner. A destination wedding is not an event you want to plan alone. Your wedding planner will be your eyes, feet and heart on the ground. They will make sure that you and your guests have the best possible experience, without the stress of planning a wedding from afar. They will help you with everything, from your wedding budget to finding your perfect venue, booking suppliers and all styling and logistics. Your wedding planner will support you through the entire journey.

Get Creative

Now that you have some of the basics covered, it’s time to get creative. You will find tons of inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest. Start your own Pinterest board and collect all your ideas in one place. Think about flowers, lighting, cake, table settings…. This will be very valuable when discussing the look and feel with your wedding planner.

There are so many great reasons to get married in South Africa and especially Cape Town! A city that owns the heart of all who visit.  We welcome you to spoil yourselves and your guests in the world’s most desirable wedding destination.

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