Weddings in the Eastern Cape
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St Patrick’s on the Hill chapel in Hogsback is surrounded by indigenous forest and is a beautiful venue for a wedding ceremony.
There is a wide choice of venues for weddings in the Eastern Cape, including cities, historic towns, Karoo farms and stunning natural landscapes.
Wedding destinations in the Eastern Cape include the seaside cities of Port Elizabeth and East London. Both are known for their relaxed, friendly vibe but offer all the amenities of a busy metropolis. In Port Elizabeth, couples can choose between four- and five-star hotels like the Paxton, the Beach Hotel and King’s Tide Boutique Hotel, with their beautiful views of the Indian Ocean.
For an all-inclusive event, the Plantation (situated in Port Elizabeth’s coastal milkwood forest) is a popular wedding venue with a chapel, ballroom, bridal suite and four-star accommodation. On the outskirts of the Friendly City, La Cigale Country Estate provides a pretty country wedding setting in a large indigenous garden.
In East London, historic Gonubie Manor, built in the 1800s, has romance written all over it, while the Blue Lagoon Hotel and Conference Centre, located at the Nahoon River estuary, is just a short walk from the beach.
Options for weddings in the Eastern Cape stretch further afield than the urban centres. Coastal towns such as Jeffrey’s Bay, Port Alfred and Cape St Francis are all extremely popular destinations. You can get married on one of the beautiful beaches or at lifestyle and golf estates such the St Francis Links in St Francis Bay.
Another golf estate that offers wedding facilities is the Bushman Sands Golf Lodge & Estate, close to Alice in the Greater Addo area. Also in the Addo area are a number of private game reserves that offer bush wedding venues. Award-winning lodges like Shamwari are exclusive, malaria-free and offer spectacular game viewing.
Other options for weddings in the Eastern Cape include towns such as Graaff-Reinet and Nieu Bethesda in the heart of the Karoo. They are charming, intimate wedding destinations with historic churches and atmospheric reception venues on farms or in town.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Eastern Cape Tourism Authority
Tel: +27(0)43 701 9600
The King's Tide Boutique Hotel
Tel: +27 (0)86 111 5720
Shamwari Private Game Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)41 509 3000
Tel: +27 (0)41 366 1591
How to get here
Port Elizabeth and East London have airports with regular flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Alternatively, the Eastern Cape is very accessible via road.
Best time to visit
The Eastern Cape has dry winters and wet summers. As the weather is quite unpredictable during the summer months (November to February), spring (September, October) is a good time to plan a wedding. Winters can be pretty chilly, especially in the interior.
Around the area
The Eastern Cape is a very large province, so it's a good idea to plan your excursions and activities quite carefully. The Addo Elephant National Park is a major attraction, while adventure sports are also popular in this part of the world. Other attractions include the Red Location Museum in Port Elizabeth, the East London Museum, the Valley of Desolation, the historic town of Grahamstown and the Owl House in Nieu Bethesda.
Tours to do
If you have time for a holiday, one of your best bets is to plan a trip to the Wild Coast. There are wonderful family hotels in the area, and adventure activities such as horse riding on the beach are popular.
What will it cost
Each venue will cater to your specific needs and provide a quote on request.
Length of stay
Have a weekend wedding and plan a two- to three-week vacation afterwards in the Eastern Cape and South Africa.
Where to stay
Most wedding venues will have rooms for your guests or will advise on where your guests can stay.
What to eat
Seafood is always a good option when you’re at the coast. Perhaps include a seafood theme on your wedding menu?
The National Arts Festival takes place in the university town of Grahamstown every July. This festive event attracts art lovers from around the country. Accommodation in the Grahamstown area in particular can be scarce at this time, so be sure to book in advance.