The Western Cape offers much to those wanting a magical wedding (followed by an adventure-filled or restful honeymoon, whichever you fancy). The diverse beauty of the province means that there are numerous choices − the West Coast, the Garden Route, the Overberg, the winelands and the city of Cape Town.

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For memorable weddings in the Western Cape, popular choices include venues in the vineyards of Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl or further afield in the Cape Peninsula. There are dozens of wine farms to choose from and each has its own unique character, from stately Cape Dutch mansions, like Groot Constantia, with its landscaped gardens and rich history, to smaller boutique wine farms with atmospheric cellars.

For a larger wedding, modern wine estates with state-of-the art facilities, tasting rooms and restaurants will have accommodation on-site or close by, as well as a chapel and several reception venues to choose from, Spier is an excellent example of a destination wedding venue that caters for large and small groups.

In addition, Cape Town’s five-star hotels, such as the Cape Grace and the Mount Nelson are popular wedding venues, while the historic four-star Vineyard Hotel & Spa in the leafy suburb of Newlands is also a good choice. The Mother City is renowned in general for top-class restaurants capable of hosting small groups and intimate wedding celebrations.

Wedding destinations in the Western Cape also include the seaside towns of Hermanus, Langebaan and Paternoster. Inland villages in the Western Cape, such as Riebeek Kasteel, Malmesbury and Darling offer a wide choice of weddings venues, usually with spectacular mountain views. The Cederberg is another great place to say 'I do', and Bushmans Kloof Reserve and Wellness Retreat is a choice, upmarket location.

The beautiful Garden Route abounds with wedding venues: in coastal forests and wilderness areas, on private beaches like Noetzie, or even on an island, like Stanley Island in the Keurbooms Lagoon. And that’s not to mention the hotels and lodges in the towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, which are also well-equipped to host a perfectly romantic event.

For something entirely different, make your way to Oudtshoorn and get married on an ostrich farm... there really is something for every wedding occasion in the Western Cape.

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