In 2006, my Aussie brother married his long time Kiwi girlfriend in Cape Town, South Africa. Now, why would an Aussie, marrying a Kiwi, want to get married in South Africa? Despite the fact that it is incredibly beautiful with so much to see and enjoy, it’s a place very special to the heart of who they are as a couple. Just what a wedding should be about- a memorable kickstart to a wonderful marriage. My husband and I, along with 10 other friends and family were invited to experience their piece of paradise, and have not just an enjoyable one day wedding affair, but a wedding adventure that lasted two weeks. Want to experience the same? Here’s how.
Send out Invitations
Start by inviting your family and closest friends. Throw away the list of your mother’s long lost childhood friend, and the girl you shared crayons with in Kindergarten. As wonderful as these people may be, we all know you no longer talk to them, or have anything in common. No more guilty feelings of obligations. Getting married overseas gives you that excuse you’ve been looking for, to have only the most important people at your wedding, and to make it all about you.
Chase animals at Kruger National Park
Rent a House with Views of Table Mountain
Spend your Days Exploring the Delights of Cape Town
Hire a car and take a driving tour of the Cape Headland Peninsula. Start by taking the world recognized, Chapman’s’ Peak Drive, where rocks threaten to cascade down from the stunning imposing mountain peaks above. From there you can drive down to the tip of the Cape of Good Hope, where baboons freely run amuck, and on the way back around you can play and swim with the penguins at Boulder’s Beach, Simon’s Town. While you have the car, why not visit Stellenbosch, the area renowned for exquisite South African wines.
Have a Combined Last night of Freedom Party at La Med, Clifton Beach
Make La Med, on Clifton Beach, the place to have a combined hens and bucks night (bachelorette and stag’s night). La Med has panoramic views of the ocean and mountains; undoubtedly the best sunset drinking views in Cape Town. There is a beer garden deck out the front for you to sit with a few drinks and watch the setting sun. Help the bride and groom send out their single status in style with games, party tricks, dancing, and drinking.
Get Married in Kirstenbosh National Botanical Gardens
Have Photos and Champagne at Llandudno Beach
Have a Dinner Reception at Mama Africa Restaurant
Mama desires that all people leave at the end of the night with a full belly and a happy heart, and I can say our small, traveling wedding party, had beaming smiles of an adventure well enjoyed, when we departed ways. Mama Africa was the perfect end to an African experience never to be forgotten.
Caz Makepeace has been living and traveling around the world for over 10 years with her husband, Craig, and now daughter, Kalyra. Caz and Craig share their insider tips and inspirational stories of backpacking, working abroad and world travel at their website and on twitter
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