South Africa has long been a safari favourite with unforgettable wildlife in the midst of iconic landscapes.


Getting married in South Africa

Is the wedding a legal ceremony that’s recognised in the UK? Yes all weddings in South Africa are legal in the UK. You will have to have a interview with the minister prior to the wedding and all paperwork will be handled in resort, you will need to be in the wedding hotel for a minimum of 4 nights. 

What would the wedding ceremony and reception look like in South Africa? At the Twelve Apostles the ceremony will take place in the gardens of the hotel (weather permitting) with Table Mountain as a backdrop, for cocktail receptions or a celebration these can take place in one of the hotels restaurants. The wedding ceremony at Lion Sands will take place in a remote private location for just you and your guests.

Planning your South African wedding? We’ll arrange a planning appointment with your Wedding Expert once you’ve booked your holiday and wedding date. We’ll find out more about your ideas for your ceremony in order to get everything arranged before you arrive.

Can LGBT couples get married in South Africa? In South Africa it is possible to legally marry for LGBT couples.


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Legal requirements for your South African wedding
Full 10 year British passport
Original birth certificate
Affidavit/Statutory declaration
Original no impediment to marry certificate N/A
Original decree absolute if divorced
Original death certificate or former spouse & marriage certificate if widowed
Original adoption certificate (if adopted)
Original deed poll notice - if name changed
Minimum age to marry 21
Certified documents
Letters of personal detail
Legalised documents/Foreign & Commonwealth office
Documents required by Kuoni (within) weeks before travel 8
Minimum stay in resort prior to wedding (No. of working days) 3
Minimum stay in resort required 7
  • Kuoni needs to see originals of these documents before you travel
  • Kuoni needs to see copies of these documents before you travel, you must travel with all original documentation
  • Kuoni do not require any documents before you travel but you must travel with all original documentation

Extra legal information: It is required to obtain certified documents, affadavit to declare marital status and any Decree Absolute must be sent to Foreign and Commonwealth Office prior to departure. Three passport photos will also be required for your marriage licence, these must be taken and paid for locally

This information applies only to couples born in the UK with a valid UK passport.

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