Why South Africa is Perfect for Destination Weddings

Pink Book teamed up with some of South Africa’s top wedding planners to find out more about why international couples are flocking to SA to tie the knot. South Africa has become a very popular wedding destination for couples from across the globe. And many of our local wedding coordinators even specialize specifically in arranging international weddings. We chatted to the experts to find out what makes SA such an amazing wedding destination:

What makes South Africa such a great wedding destination?

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1. The Scenery

One of the first reasons why destination weddings in South Africa are so popular is due to the scenery. We really have every kind of setting you could possibly want as the backdrop of your wedding day; beaches, vineyards, countryside, mountains, bushveld. The Cape Winelands and Stellenbosch are filled with venues boasting old Dutch architecture. Each of these venues is wrapped around mountain ranges and vineyards (you certainly won’t have to worry about running out of wine on your big day)!


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If you’ve always dreamed of having a beach wedding with the stunning African sunset; you have a large coastal region to choose from. There are the Cape Town beaches, with the iconic view of Table Mountain in the background. Or for a more tropical beach vibe, you can head to the East-Coast; from the Garden Route up to KZN and Durban.

Perhaps you dream of exchanging vows while surrounded by lush greenery, well, South Africa has many forest wedding locations to chose from. For brides who love the wild, there are plenty of venues across the country where you can tie the knot while a friendly elephant and giraffe pass by, be it in Knysna, Mpumalanga or Johannesburg. We have an abundance of venues for you to chose from.

destination-weddings-in-south-africaPhotography: St James Guest Houses

2. Experiences Before & After the Wedding

Having a pre-wedding event will allow your guests to mingle and get to know one another before the big day. Tip: make sure to include brandy and coke and braai broodjies on the menu. Make your trip worthwhile and take a vacation. Or why not combine your destination wedding with your Honeymoon and travel across South Africa. Below are some of the great experiences you can share as a couple or with your guests:

Great Travel Experiences In Johannesburg

Destination weddings in South Africa tend to take place over two or three days because it’s not just the wedding day, it’s the braai before the wedding and the picnic after the wedding. We all know many people who grow up in South Africa and eventually move overseas. However, they always decide to get married here and to make a big trip out of it. For international guests landing in Johannesburg, they can experience our incredible safaris for the first few days of their stay here. Pilansberg is a must.

Wildlife-safariPhotography: Rei

Great Travel Experiences In Cape Town

For guests going straight to Cape Town, the options really are endless – they can visit the penguins on Boulders Beach, they can tour Franschhoek, they can climb Table Mountain, they can try shark cage diving in Gaansbay and they can enjoy the nightlife and the shopping that Cape Town has to offer. There really is so much to do, so don’t worry about your guests getting bored.

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3. The World-Class Wedding Vendors

Not only do we have incredible venues, but we also have world-class vendors to chose from. South Africa’s wedding industry is bursting with talented service providers. Not only is South Africa a wine rich country, but it is also home to some of the best chefs in the entire world. We can assure you that you will be working with wedding vendors who are talented, reliable, trustworthy, creative and passionate. No matter if you’re looking for photographers or dress designers – we have it all, check it out.Top-vendors-foodImage Source: Del’aire Graff Estate 

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4. The Amazing Venues

Not only are the surroundings superb, but we have so many incredible venues to chose from. In South Africa, you can really book the best of the best. Melissa from Aleit Weddings says, “The venue is everything. The venue is the base of the planning and what is possible. When you’re choosing a venue and you walk into a space and you get that goose-bump feeling, you just know that the feeling is right.” International brides love partying in South Africa until the early hours of the morning. Venues like Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm, Molenvliet and Vrede en Lust stay open past midnight.destination-weddings-in-south-africa-venueImage Source: Lavender Blue

destination-weddings-in-south-africa-venuePhotography: Molenvliet Wedding Venue

destination-weddings-in-south-africaImage Source: The Pretty Blog

5. Value for Money

The best part of destination weddings in South Africa is that it won’t break your budget. We really offer such great value for money. In fact, Aleit from Aleit Weddings says that he has had so many clients who say “Aleit, do you have any idea what this wedding will cost me back home?” A celebrity wedding in South Africa costs less than a mediocre wedding back home. So for international brides travelling from Dubai, London or New York, the exchange rate is certainly in your favour when it comes to wedding planning in South Africa.

destination-weddings-in-south-africa-budgetImage Source: Kraak Weddings and Events

destination-weddings-in-south-africa-budgetPhotography by: Kraak Weddings and Events

Thanks again, for these amazing wedding coordinators and planners, for helping us with these helpful tips. They are experts in planning international and destination weddings to South Africa, so they know what they are talking about!

We have got lots more tips and advice from the experts COMING SOON, so keep an eye out on our blog or on Youtube to see the latest wedding advice videos from Pink Book!

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