South Africa is an ideal choice for a ‘destination wedding.’ The landscape in South Africa is impressively diverse and insanely beautiful. Whether you want to marry amidst rolling vineyards, next to a calm lagoon, or in the windswept mountains, unique venues abound in South Africa.
Accordingly, we have curated a list of the five most romantic places in South Africa for a destination wedding.
Churchhaven is an idyllic, picture perfect haven on the banks of the Langebaan Lagoon. The lagoon is especially calm, and the shallow waters turn bright turquoise in the mid-day sun. As a result, weddings here feel like a brief escape to a tropical paradise. Apart from this, Churchhaven is also only 1.5 hours from Cape Town. Consequently, the hamlet of Churchhaven is ideal for those who want intimate, calm, and picturesque destination wedding.
Bespoke Tip: For small weddings, use the beach for a relaxed picnic reception then allow us to book your group in a selection of whitewashed beach homes in the village.
Franschhoek has characteristics which simply ooze romance. Without a doubt, the village offers an incredible selection of romantic restaurants. In addition to this, Franschhoek is also home to a diversity of scenic wine farms. Accordingly, destination wedding planners are spoiled for choice when it comes to wine farm venues. In particular, these farm venues also do drinks, catering, and seating. The planning process is therefore much easier for the bride and groom. On the whole, the village is a brilliant choice for all sizes and styles of wedding.
Bespoke Tip: If we had to pick three favourite Franschhoek wedding venues, they would be – Babylonstoren, Boschendal, or Le Lude. For more on Franschhoek, check our ‘local guide’ to the village!
3. Drakensberg Mountains
The Drakensberg mountain range is one of the most stunning landscapes in South Africa. Moreover, the mountains are sparsely populated. For this reason, destination weddings in the Drakensberg feel like a quiet escape into pristine wilderness. Indeed, whether the wedding is held in a quaint lodge or charming Drakensberg town, romance is definitely guaranteed.
Bespoke Tip: Consider doing the reception in the vibey town of Clarens. Or use one of the boutique venues – our favourite romantic Drakensberg hotels are Oaklands, Cleopatra Farmhouse, and Three Trees.
Cederberg is a nature area characterized by a collection of impressive rock formations and sporadic oases. For this reason, at dusk the landscape turns a dusty shade of pink while the heat emanates from the earth. The overall effect is one of unbridled romance. Wedding venues are generally small, yet there are diverse accommodation options in the area. Altogether, Cederberg would be a fantastic choice for an intimate destination wedding in nature.
Bespoke Tip: We love love love Bushmanskloof as a venue for those weddings with a somewhat bigger budget.
5. Cape Town
It is a well-known cliché by now – Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world. Without a doubt, the Mother City offers the best of Mother Nature. In this case, destination weddings could be held at the beach, in the mountains, on a farm or botanical garden. Moreover, there are amazing caterers, DJs, and other suppliers in the city limits. On the whole, these factors help simplify the logistics of the wedding. In short, Cape Town has pretty much everything a bride and groom would want to design a dream wedding.
Bespoke Tip: Tintswalo Atlantic would be a stunning venue for a seaside wedding, or one could rent a beautiful private villa and curate the best suppliers from the city. For more on Cape Town, download our free city guide.
This list contains our absolute favourite areas, but one could also have an amazing wedding in Stanford, Robberg Beach, Umhlanga, or even The Transkei. Please feel free to contact us for help sourcing the right venue, local suppliers, and brilliant activities for a multiple day destination wedding!