Karoo weddings are truly an experience unlike anything you can possibly imagine. The vast stretches of untouched land may be stark and barren, but there are few things more romantic than the contrast between warm love and the dry Karoo sand.
The most popular area for a wedding in the Karoo is definitely the Klein Karoo district with venues located around the Matjiesfontein, Touws River, Oudtshoorn and Beaufort-West areas, to name but a few. Boasting quite a few five-star lodges and guest farms, getting married in this seemingly deserted land is far more comfortable and romantic than one would imagine. Karoo wedding venues really are something special and providing ample shade and luxury that the landscape simply doesn't, each one is like an oasis in the desert.
The majority of wedding venues in the Karoo go the distance to blend in with the surrounding environment, taking the “less is more” and “elegant minimalism” concepts straight to heart and décor. Think clean lines, rustic ambiance and décor elements like succulents and unfinished wood straight out of Mother Nature. Lately many Karoo wedding venues have started shifting their focus to sustainability, making it their mission to give back to the environment by utilising strict environmental friendly methods.
While most venues are spectacular in every way and provide the perfect backdrop, many couples prefer heading out into the uncharted landscape to snap pictures alongside Acacias, dirt roads and unique rock formations. With the bare earth and mountain peaks as your backdrop, a Karoo wedding photo session is nothing short of hauntingly magical.
A Karoo wedding isn't for everyone, however, as access to city centres and service providers is rather limited and planning a wedding in the area could prove to be quite a challenge. The rewards, however, are incomparable. One aspect to bear in mind when selecting the Karoo as your wedding destination, is the harsh weather conditions commonly associated with the desolate area: Freezing cold in winter and scorching hot in summer. This not only influences the bridal couple and guests' attire but also affects things like the choice of menu, wedding cake and flowers. Most indoor venues however are equipped with sufficient air conditioning, heating and lighting, making a wedding between mountain peaks and desert shrubbery live up to its romantic potential.
While the land may be dry, the area overflows with fun activities and attractions to keep guests occupied – game farms, hot water springs, hiking trails, you name it. More so, the Karoo is littered with small historic towns all of which have many stories of their own to tell. Oudtshoorn of course is a tourist hub in its own right, surrounded by nature reserves and home to the Cango Caves, while more desolate towns like Laingsburg and Sutherland have a rustic charm unlike any other. Each of the towns in this district have a unique character of its own and one of them might well be the perfect Karoo wedding venue for your most special day! ...less