Durban is situated along the eastern coast of South Africa, and has proven to be a very popular destination for both elegant weddings and spectacular honeymoons. Getting married in South Africa is, in itself, a fantastic opportunity; one that locals likely take for granted. However, prospective brides and grooms from all over the world have begun making this their destination of choice in which to celebrate this special union. They take home with them a fantastic African experience, punctuated by wedding photographs set against the magnificent backdrop of oceans, mountains, bushveld or the metropolis. The choices are truly as varied as this land.
Durban is known for its hot, humid summers and temperate winters. While this is great news for those throwing outdoor weddings, it is important to ensure that your dress and suit is comfortable. Choose fabrics that breathe easily and do not cling too closely to the skin. Make sure that you carry a small aerosol or roll-on with you (or ask your Bridesmaid / Best Man) to freshen up – particularly after the photographs and dancing. Choose make-up that does not run, and make sure that your trial session for hair and make-up is done in the same season as your wedding so that you can gauge how the temperature will affect these. Provide plenty of iced water during the ceremony and reception and consider air-conditioning if your wedding is to be held during summer.
Because Durban is a popular tourist hotspot, its resources are particularly geared towards the influx of visitors. This means that accommodation, transport and venue amenities are plentiful. They are also offered in different capacities; i.e. luxury, family, budget, etc…Not only does this give you, the bridal couple, more prospects from which to choose, but it also allows your guests to find places to stay and things to do while they are in the area to attend your big day.
In response to the flourishing tourism industry, Durban offers an array of fun and exciting things for the bridal couple to enjoy, as well as for the families attending the wedding. uShaka Marine World is a firm favourite, and is home to many species of fish, mammals, crustaceans and birds that are typically South African. uShaka is a dolphinarium and aquarium. It boasts a dive tank and snorkel reef, as well as a water world of slides and pools. Because of Durban’s exquisite beaches, water sports have flourished as both sports and hobbies. Unwind before or after your big day by taking a cruise on a yacht, or get the adrenalin pumping as you Jet Ski through the waves of the warm Indian Ocean.
Durban is well situated in terms of proximity to other attractions in South Africa. This means that a couple getting married in Durban need only travel a short distance to reach a thrilling honeymoon destination, if they choose to leave Durban at all. The commercial capital of South Africa, Johannesburg, is only a few hours’ drive away. The world-acclaimed Kruger National Park and all of its subsidiary lodges, estates, guesthouses and campsites is also within driving distance, and makes for an unforgettable honeymoon experience. In the opposite direction, towards the south, is an area known as the Wild Coast. This is rural Africa at its best, and boasts sheer black cliff faces plunging into the turquoise waters below, as the locals cultivate fresh fruit and vegetables around you. This area is idea for those who enjoy the outdoors, as it boasts epic waves, great hiking trails and plenty of off-road paths. The northern part of the stunning Drakensberg Mountain Range is also situated close to Durban, and is the perfect retreat after months spent planning your wedding day. These getaways offer your guests an ideal choice of places to stay during and after your wedding day, as well as idyllic honeymoon destinations for you, as the bridal couple.
Durban has certainly earned its reputation as being an adventure-filled destination that combines beauty and elegance with fun. Locals and international tourists alike have used this ambience to its fullest advantage by having their wedding day in this prime destination.
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