Getting married in South Africa

Written by    Last updated: December 11, 2007

Fantastic scenery, acres of wilderness full of wildlife, stunning waterside cities, beautiful beaches and a warm breeze… what could be more romantic that a wedding in South Africa?

Why get married in South Africa?

Fascinating South Africa has it all. Its acres of wilderness teem with animals, its oceans brim with marine life ‐ yet also offer the contrast of sophisticated waterside cities, fragrant exotic gardens and beautiful scenery – and the mountain scenery and verdant countryside are simply stunning.

Whether you yearn for a bush safari adventure, luxurious hotels, captivating history whilst enjoying fantastic wines and cuisines – without doubt this is the perfect destination for your wedding or honeymoon.

What kind of wedding ceremony can I have in South Africa?

Choose where your ceremony takes place from a range of beautiful settings, from the deck of your villa looking out over the beautiful bush to a ceremony in the heart of the winelands to a fabulous beachfront setting, South Africa offers something for everyone.

Combining a wedding in Cape Winelands with a honeymoon at one of South Africa’s Safari parks is a fantastic choice or enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life in Cape Town with the stunning scenery of South Africa’s Garden Route. Whatever you choose your wedding and honeymoon in South Africa will be everything you could ever dream of.

Is it wedding weather?

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Cape Town
(°F) (min/max)
61/
79
59/
79
57/
77
54/
74
50/
68
46/
64
45/
63
45/
64
46/
66
50/
70
55/
75
59/
77
Johannesburg
(°F) (min/max)
59/
79
57/
77
55/
75
52/
72
46/
66
41/
61
48/
72
54/
75
55/
77
54/
75
55/
77
57/
77
Rainfall
(inches)* CPT/JHB
1/5 1/4 1/3 2/3 4/1 4/0 4/0 4/0 2/0 2/3 1/5 1/5
*Average daily max temp (°F)
*Average monthly rainfall (inches)

What’s the flight time?

Cape Town: 11:30 Hours
Johannesburg: 11 Hours

What’s the time difference?

Jan‐Mar GMT+2
Mar‐Oct GMT+1
Nov‐Dec GMT+2

Do I need a visa to enter the country?

Not required.

What’s the wedding paperwork? 

  • Residency For a civil wedding you must be resident in South Africa for 24 hours before the ceremony.
  • Proof of ID Original birth certificates and a valid passport with three free pages are required.
  • Divorced If either of you is divorced you’ll need to produce your Decree Absolute
  • Widowed If you are widowed your deceased spouse’s death certificate and your previous marriage certificate must be produced
  • Age restrictions If either of you is under 18, you’ll need to produce evidence of parental consent in the form of an Affidavit, stamped by a notary.
  • Name change If you have legally changed your name by Deed Poll, you’ll need to provide legal proof, stamped and signed by a solicitor. This also applies if a married woman has reverted back to her maiden name.

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