Did you know?
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.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
How to get here
Gauteng is a very accessible, with Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport connecting cities around South Africa and the world.
Best time to visit
Many popular Gauteng wedding venues are booked well in advance, so book as soon in advance as you can.
Around the area
A visit to see the sights and attractions of Soweto is a must. Arts on Main in the city centre is a great place to hang out and experience the local art community. Dine out in Parkhurst, Newtown or Sandton, or enjoy the variety of shopping options at the numerous malls scattered around the urban centres.
Tours to do
Visit the Apartheid Museum and the Origins Centre (which celebrates the country's fabulous rock art heritage) in Johannesburg. Take a walking tour of the inner city, and definitely take a day to experience the Cradle of Humankind.
Gauteng has an excellent transport infrastructure and the roads are in good shape.
What will it cost
Look out for special wedding packages that include all the details of the big day, plus accommodation for your wedding party. You can always negotiate costs up or down – depending on your specific requirements.
Length of stay
Enjoy the wedding weekend and then explore this fun province. Hit Johannesburg and Tshwane for shopping, restaurants and entertainment; spend time resting and relaxing in the country; or get in touch with the place where the journey to humankind is richly celebrated.
Where to stay
Being the business hub of Africa, Gauteng offers a wide choice of accommodation options: top-class hotels, boutique establishments, B&Bs, guest houses and township stays.
There is always some sort of event happening in Gauteng – whether it’s a fashion week, a cycle race or a fun outdoor event for the whole family. It’s a good idea to visit the listed Gauteng Tourism website for more information.
Street art and antique clothing. Exotic items from the Mai Mai market in downtown Johannesburg.