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Gauteng means ‘place of gold’ in Sotho.
Gauteng is South Africa’s wealthiest province, and offers a buzz and energy that is unique and intoxicating. It’s no surprise, then, that weddings in Gauteng can be anything you want them to be – sedate country affairs, fun urban parties or stylish celebrations.
There are hundreds of wedding venues in Gauteng, which range from five-star hotels like the luxurious Westcliff, one of Johannesburg's renowned establishments, to inner-city venues like the Turbine Hall, a former power station that is now a trendy wedding and meetings venue.
You can also choose the modern sophistication of the Pretoria Sheraton, the elegance of the Johannesburg Country Club (or the Rand Club), or the classic rural charm of the Kievits Kroon estate on the outer edges of Pretoria.
There are numerous wedding estates scattered around the countryside in places like Muldersrift and Lanseria, tailor-made for wedding functions no matter how big or small. These venues offer scenic settings and excellent support services. Venues like Avianto, Casalinga and Misty Hills Country Hotel are good options.
Heading towards Sedibeng, along the Vaal Meander, you'll find venues such as the Emerald Resort and Casino, also popular for wedding celebrations.
Weddings in Gauteng can also be special in many ways. The Cradle of Humankind – which is a World Heritage Site due to the number and quality of early hominid fossils that have been found here – has a number of options on offer, while Maropeng, the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind, caters for small and medium-sized weddings. You can also take your vows in vibrant Soweto, in an unmistakably South African ceremony, followed by a traditional meal at one of the many eateries, like Nambithas or Sakhumzis.
The Nan Hua Buddhist Temple in the Dinokeng area is another option, while the quaint mining town of Cullinan offers a great place to combine a wedding ceremony with a bit of a holiday in the bush.