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TThe 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.
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.
FFor 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 5-star hotels, such as the Cape Grace and the Belmond Mount Nelson, are popular wedding venues, while the historic 4-star Vineyard Hotel in the leafy suburb of Newlands is also a good choice. The Mother City is renowned for top-class restaurants capable of hosting small groups and intimate wedding celebrations.
WWedding 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 wedding venues, usually with spectacular mountain views. The Cederberg is another great place to say, 'I do,' and Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat is a choice, upmarket location.
The beautiful Garden Route abounds with wedding venues too. Choose from coastal forests and wilderness areas, private beaches like Noetzie, or even an island, like Stanley Island in the Keurbooms Lagoon. And don’t forget 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.
TTravel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Cape Town Tourism
Tel: +27 (0) 86 132 2223
How to get there
There are regular flights to Cape Town International Airport from main centres around the globe. The Mother city is also easily accessible by road.
Best time to visit
It generally rains in the Western Cape during the winter months. September is a very popular month for weddings, and summer in the Western Cape (October through to February) offers the perfect Mediterranean climate for a wedding celebration.
Around the area
There are so many places worth exploring in the Western Cape; you should compile your wish list before you get here. Robben Island, Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the winelands of Constantia, the Bo-Kaap, the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay... the list is endless.
Tours to do
A very popular tour for visitors to South Africa is a self-drive along the Garden Route. Spend a few nights exploring the small towns and enjoying the local hospitality. You could also head off along Route 62 and get to know a bit more about the wonderful Karoo desert.
Your own car will give you the freedom and access to explore this wonderful province. Car hire is relatively inexpensive in South Africa.
What will it cost?
Costs vary depending on the establishment you choose. It's a good idea to look out for special wedding packages advertised on the numerous wedding websites promoting South Africa.
Length of stay
The Western Cape is the perfect place to take an extended holiday either before or after your wedding celebration. Take an extra 2 weeks and explore this magnificent coastline or go inland and get to know the vast Karoo.
What to pack
Cape Town is home to some of the country's best fashion designers, and it might be a great idea to have your dress designed locally by one of the top creators.
Where to stay
The Western Cape is one of South Africa's high-volume tourist destinations, so accommodation is freely available. However, do note that hotel rooms are scarce during peak times, such as the December and April school holidays, so it's best to book well in advance.
What to eat
A coastal wedding is a great opportunity to enjoy the Western Cape's fresh seafood. The area is also home to some of the country's finest restaurants.
South African wine is world renowned. You can order it locally and have it shipped back home.