About Tie The Knot Cape Town

Tie The Knot Cape Town officiates weddings for those who are in love and for people like you who have a love that truly goes Beyond Gender, Gender Orientation, Race, and Religion.

We, Tie The Knot Cape Town, welcome you to your dream ceremony where we help you identify and realise YOUR forever love story.

Getting married is a pivotal moment in your life. Even if you have been in a relationship for a long time, there is something different after you've made the commitment to each other. There's something "real", something luxurious, something that changes the world for the better. While it's easy to get lost in the detail of the day - the flowers and the clothes and the arrangements and the glamour - what really binds you two together, what really stands at the centre of your day, is that moment when you start your new life, united. Everything comes down to "I do". It is the start of the Happily Together Forever.

Officiating Services include:

  • Non-Religious Civil Unions: Marriages and Partnerships
  • Pagan: Handfasting Rituals and Ceremonies
  • GLBTIQ+ Civil Unions: Marriages, Partnerships and Commitment Ceremonies
  • Multi-Religious Civil Unions: Marriages and Partnerships
  • Commitment Renewal ceremonies
  • Milestone Anniversary Ceremonies

We'd like to help create Your Day, Your Way.

Let Tying the knot be all about you two, and let us create the perfect ceremony, worthy of a love story like yours.

Relationship Coach and Marriage officer, Symi, is a registered Marriage Officer, through SAPRA, at Dept of Home Affairs

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Tie The Knot Cape Town Client Reviews

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  • As a bride and groom that didnt enjoy planning, Ava and Symi were one part of the day that we didn't have to worry about at all.

    We couldn't have asked for better, kinder or funnier humans to send us off to married life. Ava and Symi lead us through all of the admin, calmed us down before the big day and crafted a beautiful ceremony that was personal and perfect.

    Thank you for making our day amazing, love Nick and Tash xxxx

  • The most amazing day of our lives was shared with Ava and Symie from Tie The Knot.

    From the moment we arrived it was evident that we were going to have a wonderful and memorable ceremony. Our favourite song was playing as my beautiful wife walked into the room and we said our vows to each other. We felt at home and at ease throughout our special day.
    Thank you Ava and Symie for the attention to detail and efforts to make our wedding something that we will cherish for the rest of our lives!

    Love Ken and Thao
  • “When we started planning our wedding, being in a same sex relationship it was important for us to find the right person(s) to officiate over our wedding ceremony. We wanted the ceremony to personalized and meaningful to us and as well as our guests. We contacted Ava & Symi and after our first Skype session we were 120% certain that they were who we were looking for. Without hesitation we booked them for the wedding, speaking to them was like speaking to family members. They made us even more excited about our wedding than we already were. From that first Skype session until our wedding day (even until now) they always checked in on us, gave us advice, kept us calm. On our wedding day when certain things seemed as if they would be problems Ava & Symi took control which made our wedding day that much more special. The ceremony was everything we wanted and more.

    So THANK YOU Ava Symi. You guys rock.

    Please if you want a very special wedding day we would recommend Ava & Symi

    Lots of Love Agatha & Chivonne
    Tied the knot – 11 February 2018

    Once again thank you for everything.
    Love Agatha & Chivonne
  • “Trying to find the right person to marry us was probably one of the few things that I was most stressed about for our wedding. We were looking for someone that would make our ceremony personal and meaningful. I knew from our first Skype session that we had found the perfect team for the job. We absolutely loved having Ava and Symi being part of the ceremony and build up to it, they really made us feel at ease and felt as though we had known them for years.”
    Megan and Donovan
  • “Meeting Symi and Ava was like meeting old friends. They brought this comfortable yet professional approach to our awesome ceremony. It was fun, romantic and better than we had dreamt. Thank you ladies for being part of our wonderful day. You made it special beyond words.” Jey and Lorraine ( 30 November 2017)
  • Thank you once again! Making everything hassle free. Amazing personalities! Thank you for all the help!!!
    Ivan and Jamalyn (SA and Fillipines)
    Tied the Knot on 25 February 2018
  • We would like to thank Symi and Ava once again for the most amazing wedding ceremony. We were looking for a non-religious, modern and positive wedding officer and this is exactly what we found. The ceremony was humorous, positive, romantic and met all our expectations. The vows Symi and Ava wrote for us were fantastic and the handfasting rope was absolutely beautiful – something gorgeous for us to keep. You have no idea how much we (and the guests) loved the ceremony because of your brilliant work!
    Thanks guys, we loved it and the guests loved it!
    Evelyn and Damon
    Tied the Knot on 21 January 2018
  • “Finding enough words to thank someone for something so amazing, something so mesmerizing & so personal has never been an easy task..

    Yet here we stand today, with hearts filled with love & appreciation towards the 2 ladies that has helped us make a dream that seemed impossible,a reality..
    after weeks of disappointment & hours on the phone trying to find solutions, all it took was one phone call to the right no & our dream became its beautiful self..

    These Ladies helped us reach the starting point of our Biggest adventure together..
    And for that we will eternally be greatfull!

    Ava & Symi , we delt you a task with an impossible deadline ,and you made it all soo painless & soooo perfect..
    As we stand here today we know ,without a doubt that picking you to do our ceremony, to bound our souls & to help tie the knot of our love ,has been the decision we could’ve ever made!!

    Thankyou for being apart of the start of our new life, for taking the time to help us reach a longing goal & for blessing our marriage with the beauty & wisdom that you deemed on us..
    -although we know, these tiny little words would never cover it all.. We thank you!!

    All our love..
    Ashley and Anita”
    Tied the Knot 7 October 2017

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  • Asalaam (peace be upon you) Beautiful ladies,
    WOW! Where do I begin…

    A few months ago I was on a verge of a nervous breakdown planning my wedding…lol (dramatic I know).
    My fiancé and I (who’s now my husband) were looking to legalize our marriage seeing that getting married Islamic rights aren’t legal in South Africa, and also cause he was Christian embracing Islam and the religion being a sensitive topic. We needed something non-religious for obvious reasons, yet still custom made to our liking. This obviously added to my stress, and I could only turn to my best friend…GOOGLE. I don’t regret going with the first number that popped up, who happened to be Symis’s. I explained my whole life history to Symi (whom I didn’t know from a bar of soap. Lol) Totally chilled (as Symi always seemed to be) and opened minded, listened tentatively and gave me good advice. Shortly after the call I received an email from Ava, we set up our skype meeting and BAM! “Tie the knot Cape Town” was booked for our big day!

    You two ladies crept into our lives silently and had such a HUGE impact on our big day you would never believe me. The sound advice you guys so easily gave, the guidance and reminders as to who it’s really about, on our wedding day as well as the rest of our lives meant so much to us. It still plays in my head everyday. Hec! You guys even convinced me to change my surname. Lmao. My husband should pay you extra for that hahaha.

    Your humbleness and humour just put the cherry on top of everything during our skype sessions as well as on our big day. I cannot thank you both enough for everything. Your beautiful souls and positive energy is what the world needs more of. I’m glad google brought us together. I wish you everything of the best on all future endeavours. If there’s a couple who’s equipped to take on the world, its Symi and Ava with their beautiful family, who I pray grows one day In Shaa Allah.

    Lots of love, hugs & kisses
    Wiesahl and Mihkyle Sylvester
    Tied the knot on 25 November 2017
  • Dear Symi and Ava,

    This is a long overdue to thank you to for making our special day the perfect day.

    We appreciate the extra care that you took to distill the essence of our relationship and personalise our ceremony. Your guidance through the time leading up to the day, support and advice was indispensable. On the day, you went above and beyond, everything was meaningful and perfect.

    We would highly recommend you to anyone who is looking for a personalised and caring approach to tying the knot.

    Warmest Wishes,
    Tershia and Bryna
    Tied the Knot on 7 July 2017

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  • “So honoured to have had Warren and my union solidified by Symi and Ava. They have both been so supportive and inspirational all the way through. Thank you for sharing in our special day and making it a blissful reality. “Alexandra and Warren Uytenboogardt – 10 March 2018
  • Dear Ava and Symi,

    We just wanted thank you both so much for officiating our marriage yesterday, and for being amazing people and hosts! You made it very special, warm, and memorable! :)

    Thank you soooo much!

    Warmest regards and hugs,
    Brendan & Marita (15 July 2018)
  • “We simply cannot thank Ava and Symie enough for all their wonderful kind words, advice, support and love in the build up to our wedding day. Our ceremony was intimate and beautiful and left everyone in awe. We had an amazing candle and ring blessing with our parents and a Chocolate tasting. I will definitely recommend Tie the knot Cape Town to anyone. They went the extra mile with a smile on their face and no hesitation and still kept in touch with us after the wedding :) Thank you for everything! Keenan and Chantal Poole - 22 April 2018
  • Schoeman and I really have to thank Marriage officer Symi and Ava from Tie The Knot Cape Town for the stunning job they did marrying us on Saturday. We loved how personal they made our ceremony, using the homework they had set for us leading up to the wedding day. They also made the legal aspects of the ceremony a complete breeze and really understood the ups and downs of pulling together such an immense day. Check out their website if you or a friend will be tying the knot soon.
    Thanks, Symi and Ava - we couldn't have done it without you! Schoeman and David -
  • Thank you so much for all your efforts in making our day happen. On such short notice we had doubts it would happen at all let alone be so beautiful. We really do whole heartedly recommend your services!
    Love Mr Farai & Mrs Naadhirah Kapfudzaruwa – 26 March 2018
  • Dear Symi and Ava, we can't thank you enough for the most beautiful and amazing ceremony possible. You both made our special day even more special and unforgettable. We also want to thank you for helping us to prepare for the day, for getting our vows done and for making us feel comfortable and more relaxed before the day and during the ceremony. Your personalities and passion for your job make both of you the best choice for any wedding.
    We hope to see you again next time we are in Cape Town.
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Switzerland! Darren and Ines - 3 February 2018
  • “Trying to find the right person to marry us was probably one of the few things that I was most stressed about for our wedding. We were looking for someone that would make our ceremony personal and meaningful. I knew from our first Skype session that we had found the perfect team for the job. We absolutely loved having Ava and Symi being part of the ceremony and build up to it, they really made us feel at ease and felt as though we had known them for years.” Megan and Donovan
    After doing a brief search for marriage officers able to perform 'non-religious' marriage ceremonies, Google and fate led us to Ava and Symi. Meeting them felt like meeting old friends and they were wonderfully warm and welcoming and provided us with exactly what we asked for - a simple officiation ceremony with as little fuss as possible. They were also extremely helpful when it came to dealing with the paperwork. We were so happy to deal with the lovely dreaded Symi rather the dreaded Department of Home Affairs! I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a marriage officer.
    Alice and Ivan – 12 February 2018
  • Symi and Ava took our dream for our wedding ceremony and made it a reality. Our ceremony was so deeply personal, it involved our guests and was the exact fit for us. Thank you again Symi and Ava, we love you xxx Ariell and Gareth - 15 February 2018
  • Collecting pebbles from Lake Titicaca in the Andes, and sand from a river in the Amazon to fly them across the South American continent to Africa was a crazy idea, but we did it. Not only we took rocks and sand with us, but also our entire conservative families and friends to join us in an unprecedented event in our lives. We decided to get married in Cape Agulhas, the most remote place in South Africa where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, because it represented so mamy things to us: a zenith point in our relationship; a very good starting point for this new journey; and a symbol of unity. Sami & Ava were the right and perfect cohesive ingredient we needed to give meaning to these symbols. The marriage ritual created exclusively for the occasion, combining elements with right wordings, and a well-executed event, left our guests in aw for days to come. Their comments were of praise, surprise, and happiness for being part of this event. Our gratitude will always be with you lovely ladies, your devotion, dedication, and openness singles and makes who you are, giving more than is expected and going that extra mile. Love you always.
    Thankfully,
    Enrique & Alexander-The Bolivians
    April 11, 2018
  • Deciding to get married was easy, getting someone to perform the ceremony and do the necessary paper work was even easier once we got in touch with Symi and Ava. Their laid back approach and easy going manner (while clearly respecting and loving the love!) made us feel relaxed and happy to leave the admin to them while we tied the knot in an intimate ceremony surrounded by close friends.
    We were honored to have them do the honors in a non religious kind of way and we will always look back at this day with fond memories and smile.
    Thanks Ava and Symi for being super cool marriage making people!
    Love, Helene and Jean Labuschagne (and baby Bonham) - 20 April 2018

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  • Contact Person: Ava and Symi Van Aarde
  • Contact No: +27 (0)83 459 6859
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