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Celebrate Your Love Story in South Africa

South Africa—the Rainbow Nation—offers a captivating blend of romance, cultures, adventure, and breathtaking natural scenery, making it the perfect destination for a memorable wedding experience. From the stunning beaches and vineyards of Cape Town to the vibrant city life of Johannesburg, South Africa caters to every couple's desires. Guests of South Africa destination weddings can indulge in thrilling African safaris, see the Big 5, explore majestic landscapes and historical sites, and immerse themselves in the rich cultural heritage. 

Top Highlights

  • Vineyards
  • Beaches
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife
  • Safaris
  • Historical Landmarks

Where to Get Married in South Africa

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Cape Town

A city boasting picturesque landscapes, iconic landmarks, and a vibrant culinary scene complemented by luxurious resorts and hotels, offering an array of adventurous activities.

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Johannesburg

Renowned as the "City of Gold," is a vibrant and cosmopolitan destination with world-class venues, trendy restaurants, and bustling nightlife. 

South Africa Marriage Requirements

Marriage Requirements in South Africa

A US  and CA citizen getting married in South Africa will certainly need a valid passport, original birth certificate, and a "Certificate of No Impediment" or affidavit declaring single status. The soon-to-be bride and groom must apply for a marriage license at the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa. Speak to your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details.

South Africa Wedding Packages Four Seasons Westcliff

Wedding Packages in South Africa

Destination wedding packages in South Africa typically include venue setup, floral arrangements, photography, catering, and the services of a dedicated wedding coordinator, catering, decor, floral arrangements, photography/videography, music, accommodations, wedding cake, officiant, transportation and additional services. 

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Travel Documents

US and CA citizens must have a valid passport. CA travelers are required to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization. Check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for details.

Language

French is the official language of South Africa, but English is widely used and spoken in urban and popular tourist areas.

Currency & Tipping

The currency of South Africa is the Euro. The US dollar is not accepted as a form of payment. Tipping is not required, as the service charge is included in the bill.

Things To Do In South Africa

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Attractions & Activities

  • Wine Tours
  • Casinos
  • Shopping
  • National Parks
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Drakensberg Mountains
  • Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Getting Married in South Africa: FAQs

How much does a destination wedding cost in South Africa?
South Africa destination weddings and their costs vary based on package inclusions, guest count, and location. Couples can find options for different budgets, with various venues and resorts available.
When is the best time of year to get married in South Africa?
The best time for South Africa destination weddings is spring and autumn (September to November and April to May) when the weather is pleasant, and the landscapes are lush and vibrant. However, in the summer months, the rainfall is heavy, so choosing an indoor venue is ideal.
Is it safe to travel to South Africa right now?
Travel safety may vary, and it’s essential to check the latest travel advisories and travel restrictions before planning a trip to South Africa. While South Africa has a high crime rate, there are popular upper-class and middle-class areas that are safe. No matter where you’re getting married in South Africa, always be vigilant and practice good safety measures. Also, make use of the accommodation’s safety measures and offerings as well.
How far in advance should I plan my destination wedding in South Africa?
It’s advisable to plan South Africa destination weddings at least 12 to 18 months in advance to secure preferred dates, venues, and other arrangements, especially during peak wedding season. While this may seem like too much time, rather be safe than sorry and plan well ahead.
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Things to Consider when Planning a Wedding in South Africa

Having your destination wedding in South Africa with the breathtaking scenery and endless activities sounds like a dream come true , but it's important to note it also comes with a few challenges:

  • The flights to South Africa are longer and more expensive from most US and CA vacations. 
  • Wedding packages in South Africa vary and some are not all-inclusive, so you'll have to hire each vendor individually (i.e. florist, wedding planner, caterer, photographer, etc.)
  • The overall cost of a destination wedding in South Africa will more than likely be much more expensive than a destination wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean.

Please note: we currently do not offer full-planning services in South Africa. Browse our collection of full-service destinations below.

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