The fairest Cape has earned itself a reputation as a playground for romance and is ideal for the perfect wedding. Our vivid blue seas, azure skies, uninterrupted mountain backdrops and abundance of vineyards are an attractive option to wedding planners and brides to be. Who wouldn’t want to look radiant in a slinky frock, set against some of the world’s most beautiful and scenic settings? The Cape lends itself perfectly to certain wedding themes – the beach wedding, the natural wedding, the garden wedding, the summer and spring wedding; even formal and casual weddings are easily catered for on our shores.
The Beach Wedding
That you are spoilt for choice is no understatement. The Cape’s coastline is a wondrous journey of hidden coves, sprawling white sandy beaches, craggy sand dune covered havens, hamlets and rugged, crashing seas.
Cape Town’s False Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard alone offer myriad choices. The Garden Route’s shoreline dotted with beaches and bays that present a selection of lakes, mountains, indigenous forests, rivers and spectacular scenery offer further choices.
The Whale coast and the string of bays that lie between Pringle Bay and Arniston, particularly at the time of year that heralds the coming of the whales, never fails to stir the heart; and the unique beauty of the West Coast, with its incredible expansive skies, subdued vegetation, rugged and sometimes desolate coast and a tapestry of spring flowers offers yet a further beauty all of its own.
The Natural Wedding
Celebrating your love for nature, a bunch of wild flowers in your arms, whilst a breeze lightly teases your hair, and your guests are entertained to the strains of Vivaldi, is more than possible in the Cape, where there are any number of parks, nature reserves, botanical gardens and wine and organic fruit farms.
Cape Town is filled with green spaces – the Breede River Valley has countless breathtaking orchards, mountain views and vineyards, as does the Elgin Valley and the Overberg.
The Garden Wedding
With gardens like Kirstenbosch lying right in the heart of Cape Town, a garden wedding is possibly the Cape’s most unique offering – an ecological wonderland of the richest, even if the smallest, of the world’s six floral kingdoms, our fynbos.
About 70% of fynbos indigenous to the Cape is endemic and includes beautiful examples of proteas, restios, ericas, geraniums and daisy-type flowers. Kirstenbosch grows only indigenous plants and the estate includes cultivated gardens and floral displays that form a cascade of colour throughout the year.
The Harold Porter garden in Betty’s Bay, is a beautiful secluded garden that lies sandwiched between mountain and sea. Only 100 kilometres from Cape Town, it covers 10 hectares of fynbos garden and 191 hectares of natural fynbos.
And the Karoo National Botanical Garden, which lies on low hills just three kilometres north of Worcester, has one of the largest collections of indigenous succulents in the country. This jewel is a semi-desert landscape of beauty.
Other Wedding Settings
But the Cape meets many wedding requirements. It is filled with historical buildings and olde world churches that easily fit the bill for more formal weddings and candlelit receptions. Autumn weddings, as the leaves of oak trees that line many a town or Cape Town suburb turn to red and gold, are easily catered for. And even the ruffles and lace of a Victorian wedding, inspired by The Age of Innocence, is granted by the magnificent settings of the Cape.
Cape Town / Western Cape Service Partners
For a range of Cape Town or Western Cape wedding suppliers / vendors, please visit the Cape Town Weddings page for more information.
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