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Type of Ceremony:

Any type of wedding is permitted in South Africa (religious or civil), at any time of the day or night and there is always a degree of flexibility so you can personalise your vows as you like.

Some marriage officers may not be willing to marry couples from outside their parish or denomination, but most are happy to. See the contacts section for details of local celebrants and priests.

Best time to marry in South Africa?

Seasons are opposite to ours, so January & February tend to be their warmest making South Africa the perfect winter destination for Brits. Their summer holidays (over Christmas) are the busiest and priciest with South Africans flocking to the coast for their R&R.

Get there before December to enjoy great weather and the whale season. Their winters (April-August) are generally mild.

You might want to avoid World Cup Season this year. Things officially kick off 9th June 2010 for a month, with a rather large build up beforehand!

Entry Requirements

British citizens do not need a visa to enter South Africa for stays under 3 months. You do however need 2 empty pages in your passport.

Jabs needed

If you're travelling to the Western Cape (ie Cape Town, Durban and Garden Route) you are unlikely to need any injections. If you are planning to honeymoon on Safari or elsewhere in South Africa or neighbouring countries, then anti -malarials may well be needed. Be sure to check out the relevant advice well before you go.

The NHS travel website is a great source of up to date information.

Better to be safe..

For the most up to date, official information and advice about travelling to South Africa, click here to visit the Foreign and Commonwealth's Travel website.

Local Tips:

* Cape Town sits on the bottom right hand tip of Africa and most of the city's beaches are lapped by the somewhat chilly waters of the Atlantic. If a leisurely dip is a priority for you, either make for a hotel pool or drive a few miles round the coast where the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean beckon.

* Consider having a traditional ‘braai’ for your wedding meal – the South African equivalent of a BBQ puts our version to shame with its tasty game, chicken, boerewors (spicy sausage) and beautifully fresh salads.

* If you want a wedding on a public beach, Cape Town has plenty of secluded spots you where can marry. Consider breathtaking Cape Point (the most south-westerly point of Africa) or the world famous Boulders Bay, where you’ll guests will be joined by a few of the resident penguins!

* Don't forget to get a permit from the local council if you are on a public beach. And drinking alcohol isn't permitted on South Africa's public beaches, so if popping the bubbly straight away is a must, head to a venue with it's own private stretch of sand.