Weddings, Destination Weddings, Africa, Cape Town, Grand Cayman, St. Thomas, Caribbean, Venues, Cost, Budget, Travel, Cape Town It was suggested I blog about the South African wedding I am attending in the Cape Town area. After some thought I realized why not? I now have attended 3 out-of-the-country weddings (St. Thomas, Grand Cayman, South Africa), all in which the brides were from Gig Harbor (including my daughter). So I am going to share some observations of the similarities to consider when thinking about a destination wedding.

Being at this wedding in South Africa is a bit different because the bride & groom “live” in Cape Town. The others were destinations for the bride & groom. Consequently couples that choose to plan everything from afar need to have total faith in their wedding planner.

So when asking yourself why a destination wedding? Consider this;

Travel- why & where

  • Your family & friends are scattered and will need to travel anyway.
  • Perhaps a preferred destination close to where the majority of guests are living.
  • You may have great memories from this area and would like to return and share it.
  • Would I recommend a spot where you have never been or seen? likely not.
  • First get a thumbs up from a handful of those must-be-there guests.
  • Guests love a good excuse to explore a new place and have an adventure.

Cost

  • You will likely have a smaller guest list- smaller venue, less food.
  • You can use the natural beauty of the area for your decor.
  • You can combine your honeymoon with your wedding.
  • The region may have a better exchange rate.
  • Have the wedding day any day of the week (off weekend rates).

Weather/ Setting

  • Go where the season is summer or spring or mild all year round. (No need for June, Jul, Aug)
  • Want an outdoor ceremony? Choose a location with a more reliable climate.
  • Explore the areas Beaches, Gardens, Tropical Jungle/Forests, Historic Sites, Parks.

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