Tips to your dream South African wedding

South Africa is the dream wedding destination. Whether you are a South African bridal couple or investigation South Africa from abroad, South Africa caters for all. With a kaleidoscope of natural splendour and unmatched cultural diversity, South Africa brings you four seasons in one. With the following savings tips, you can now have your dream South African wedding on a shoestring.

The first important decision to make is you wedding date. South African summers are sunny, hot and humid. For a summer South African wedding, opt for a late afternoon or sunset ceremony and evening reception. Autumn is a beautiful time in broader South Africa. But be aware that an autumn South African wedding means decrease in temperatures at sunset. Especially areas situated near large rivers in the Highveld areas can make an autumn wedding a pre-winter one. Yes, winter weddings are becoming more fashionable. Why not, it is romantic and cosy. South African winters can be cold and dry. Opt then for Kwa-Zulu Natal for an ideal beach wedding or a romantic, cosmopolitan Western Cape wedding. Winter in the Western Cape is cold and wet but beautifully green. Finally, a spring South African wedding is picturesque. Take spring and summer rain into consideration when planning a garden wedding. South African spring can be cold even deep into September. October is viewed as one of the most beautiful months for weddings in South Africa. Rather spend a bit more time in the selection of the correct wedding date and you can save a lot on emergency planning.

2 Wedding venues

Now that you have selected the wedding date, you need to consider the area in South Africa. South Africa is divided into nine provinces, each with own beauty and unique features. The selection of area for your wedding is dependent on both your wedding style and your wedding date. Opt for a more traditional wedding in a smaller town in the North-West province. An unforgettable country wedding is the ideal in the Free State. For a romantic, misty wedding, opt for the higher mountain areas in Mpumalanga. Select the Limpopo province for a traditional African wedding. The Cape provinces provide a Mediterranean, cosmopolitan wedding whilst the wild at heart can enjoy Kwa-Zulu Natal for a beach-front wedding. In each province are a great majority of wedding venues. Now you can save time and co-ordination stress by visiting the Wedding Venue Hub. This hub provides you with a directory of wedding venues listed per town or city and per province. Another fashionable alternative for a wedding venue is a stylish tent wedding. Marquees and free form tents are ideal for unforgettable wedding receptions and enjoyable by guests. Visit the Tents and Tent Hire directory to view tent event options suitable for your ideal wedding.

3 Wedding dresses

Now that you have made the correct decision about your wedding style, date and wedding venue, make sure your wedding dress suits the above. Visit the Wedding Dress Hub and make contact with a wedding dressmaker in either your area or the town/city were your wedding will take place. The Wedding Dress Hub is a directory of wedding dressmakers listed per province.

4 Wedding photographer

Finally, you need to select the correct wedding photographer to capture this memorable day forever. Visit the Wedding Photographer Hub to select a photographer in the area of your wedding that will not only save on travelling expenses, but will also ensure a photographer familiar with the area were your wedding takes place.

In summary, you can have the dream South African wedding on a shoestring. The secret is to spend more time to make the correct basic decisions on your wedding style, wedding date, wedding venue, wedding dress and wedding photographer. By investing in these choices, you can select services in a specific area that are cost effective, you will save on travelling costs and you will select service providers familiar with the area.


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