South Africa is a popular choice for a destination wedding due to its wide variety of venues; from safari weddings to beach weddings; plus the relative ease to have a legal wedding in South Africa.
Below is some basic information for your convenience. We will check everything for you at the time of your wedding inquiry as these regulations could change.
In terms of the South African Marriage Act; a wedding must be conducted in a church or another building used for religious services; or in a public office or private house, with open doors; and in the presence of the parties to the marriage and at least two witnesses. However, in the case of serious illness or injuries, the marriage may take place in the hospital or facility concerned.
Only marriage officers authorized to perform marriages may do so.
Copies of the following documents are required:
An affidavit BI-31 (we will send this to you) or your South African identity document and birth certificates. Foreigners must also present their passports.
If divorced, the final decree of divorce. If for any sound reason a person is unable to produce a decree of divorce; or if a person was divorced in a foreign country and cannot obtain a decree of divorce; an affidavit by the person concerned is required to the effect that he or she; is legally divorced. This must state the name of the court which granted the divorce and the date on which it was granted.
A death certificate is required if widowed. If a death certificate is not available the person concerned is required to submit an affidavit; confirming the death of the deceased spouse and stating the name of the deceased and the date of death.
After the solemnization of the marriage; both parties, the two witnesses, and the marriage officer must sign the marriage register; upon which the marriage officer must issue the parties with a marriage certificate (BI-27).
We recommend you find out what the authorities in your country will need from you; when you register your marriage once you get home.
Renew your Vows in South Africa
If you have already tied the knot but want to re-affirm your commitment to each other; OR; you would prefer to do the legalities at home; we can arrange a renewal of vows in most destinations in South Africa.
There are so many amazing places for a South African wedding; obviously, we cannot name them all; but some of the different options to choose from include:
South Africa safari wedding
This is one of the most special weddings to do in South Africa; so all your guests will be talking about it for a long time. There are many locations for a safari wedding including the Kruger National Park. You can be sure that your wedding will be everything you dreamt of; and more.
South Africa beach wedding
South Africa has some amazing beach wedding locations. From Cape Town and the Garden Route; which have gorgeous white sand and stunning scenery to the warmer Kwa-Zulu Natal coastline.
South Africa Scenic wedding
From the top of Table Mountain to the gorgeous Cape Winelands, South Africa offers amazing scenic wedding locations.
We can arrange weddings at most hotels and safari lodges; so have a look at some of our South Africa Accommodation options or; let us know which place you would like your destination wedding at.