Wedding ideas

Photo courtesy Celebration House

Wedding planning can be tricky, but when you find a city full of beautiful and memorable settings – beaches, mountains, harbours, gardens, game farms, forests and winelands – the task becomes a lot easier.

Not only is Cape Town such a city, it also has hundreds of established wedding venues.

To add to the attraction, South Africa’s exchange rate and reputation of offering excellent value for money make a dream wedding exceptionally affordable.

Breathtaking beaches

With two oceans, Cape Town has many beaches to choose from. The Atlantic Ocean coastline presents spectacular scenic landscapes and the Indian Ocean side offers tranquil beach settings. The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is a romantic wedding venue near Camps Bay, where sunset ceremonies and wonderful honeymoons are easily arranged, and the Harbour House Restaurant is a laid-back, chic venue in Kalk Bay.

Romantic winelands

Vergelegen Wine Estate. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

The Cape Town winelands including Constantia, Durbanville and the Helderberg are internationally renowned for their beauty and splendour. There are numerous fabulous venues available. Steenberg is the oldest farm in the Cape and offers a luxurious hotel with a spa, golf course and magnificent vineyards and views. Zevenwacht Wine Estate is a classic vineyard venue near the village of Somerset West. The venue includes an excellent restaurant, spa and accommodation.

Something different

With great views of Table Mountain, the Cape Town Castle is a romantic venue which offers personalised wedding packages. The Cape Town boat charters at Tigger 2 offer wedding cruises, with sunset ceremonies or receptions at sea able to accommodate up to 45 guests. Clara Anna Fontein, a private game reserve in Durbanville, serves as a peaceful venue with simple, intimate function rooms.

Beautiful gardens

Kirstenbosch Gardens is a lovely venue for a summer wedding and has a large banquet hall. The Mount Nelson Hotel is a top-end venue with amazing gardens and views.

Iconic V&A Waterfront

A trendy option is the world-famous V&A Waterfront in the heart of Cape Town. The Dock House is a glamorous boutique hotel and spa that caters to the needs of discerning guests, while the Victoria & Alfred Hotel has an inspiring history and an impressive location on the pier.

Eco weddings

The Vineyard Hotel. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

Weddings in Cape Town benefit many local industries, such as food and flower suppliers. As a result, the growing trend towards getting married in Cape Town is benefiting local communities.

Wedding venues in Cape Town are also becoming increasingly aware of methods to reduce waste and use local resources more efficiently. For example, many venues now offer flower petals instead of confetti for guests to congratulate the bridal couple with.

Just one example of an established eco-wedding venue is The Vineyard Hotel, where excellent wedding organisers will assist to arrange all aspects of your special day.

To view a database of Cape Town Tourism wedding organiser partners, contact Cape Town Tourism on +27 21 487 6800 or email info@capetown.travel. Our contact centre is also able to assist with accommodation, tours, transport and other support services.