You need a legally recognised officiant to lead your ceremony and witness the consensual union between two adults. While you may not want a minister or a religious ceremony, there are marriage officers who can lead your ceremony in a non-denominational way, and stick to themes you have suggested to them.
Also remember that while outdoor ceremonies and weddings are popular in South Africa, you must still sign your marriage certificate under a roof for the union to be legally binding. (Many couples choose to get the official business out of the way the day before the wedding, so they can have the ceremony without all the legalities.)
Do some research into each marriage officer by looking at their listing. Just click on the thumbnail to navigate to the page where you will find more information about them and easily enquire with those that appeal to the type of wedding ceremony that appeals to you.
Marriage Officers in Cape Town:
Officiants for Different Types of Wedding Ceremonies:
There are a lot of couples who do not follow a specific religion and don’t necessarily go to church, which makes it hard to choose the officiant for your wedding. Luckily the marriage officers listed here cover a variety of ceremony types: Religious, Non-religious or non-denominational.
And because Cape Town is a hub for same-sex couples in South Africa, there are lots of marriage officers who also offer LGBTQ friendly ceremonies.
A different alternative is to head to the Department of Home Affairs to get your marriage license before the big day – that way you can have anyone (like a close friend) take charge of the ceremony in a way that you would like it, without the legal constraints.
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