(Closed) Uk Bride Marrying in South Africa

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@cazza87:  Hello 🙂

I’m a South African bride to be 🙂

What is your budget and what does your guest list look like? I’m hopefully going to be getting married in Paarl as well!!! 😀

Give me details and maybe I can help you out… 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Hmmm… I’ll have to do some research for you. We’ve mostly been looking at places for a bigger number of guests. A friend recently got married @ le bac estates in Paarl and it’s really pretty out there. Most of the wine estates will cater for that number.

A lot of venues charge a venue fee and then you’ll have to pay per head for food over and above the venue charge. Venue fees for a wine estate wedding in November will probably cost at least R20 000. The average for food seems to be about R350 a head.

Photographers are another story. The pricing range is so wide. I think an average photog pricing is around R10 000 but some photogs charge almost R40000!  

Post # 6
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443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@cazza87:  Ugh… WeddingBee won’t let me edit my post. To give you an idea we are budgeting about R120 000 for 180 guests.

 

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Hi there. I am a makeup artist from the  Western Cape in South Africa so I get to see many wedding venues. Paarl is really beautiful.  Check out Diamant Estate in Paarl. It really is my favourite venue. For a cheaper very beautiful option have a look at Roodezandt in Tulbagh. It is about 30 mins away from Paarl and is just gorgeous.  If you are still looking for a makeup artist please cheack out my Facebook page Angela Rea Makeup Artist or my website http://www.angelareamakeupartist.wordpress.com Also if you want any advice for accommodation, photographers, flowers, cakes etc I love helping. 

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Hello! I am a Wedding Photographer from Cape Town. 🙂 If you are looking for a small, intimate wedding, you should defnitely check out Maison Estate in Franschhoek. It is gorgeous! You can have a look at a few images on my website http://www.mariskamuller.co.za/michael-marike/ and here’s the venue’s website – http://www.maisonestate.co.za/weddings-and-events/

Let me know if you are still looking for a wedding photographer… 😉 Maybe we can meet up on your visit to SA this month.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Hi there.

I am also a UK bride getting married in South Africa. We are getting married at Morgansvlei in January. I hope your other half liked it it’s absolutely stunning. The website photos do not do it any justice so you must go and look yourself although it may be too big (we are looking at 100 guests)

My fiancé is South African too and we looked at a few venues before deciding on this one,

We got engaged in April last year so I have been planning for a while. I am an event manager which probably does help but I do find it hard when you sometimes don’t get responses for a few days leading to weeks at times!

You are doing well to plan in advance some of the South Africans will think you’re mad but you need to plan early to allow for the distance I mean we have 9 months left and I have done most of the planning!

There are a few tips for you that I would have appreciated knowing when I started out!

1) I had no idea that in South Africa you have to draw up a pre-wedding contract. If you are not planning on going to Sa again before the wedding you would do well to visit a lawyer to discuss the options. It’s almost like a pre-nuptial agreement but is there to protect you both in the event of the worst happening. I can add some more details about our trip to the lawyers if you would like.

2) as a UK citizen getting married in SA you will need to produce a CNI (certificate of non-impediment) to the immigration office in South Africa for them to agree that you can marry. Your local register in England can provide this but only a couple of months before the wedding. It basically means that they agree you are not married in England. In my local office they said it will take 1 month to get an appointment and the document takes 23 days to produce so I will book my appointment in November.

3) one of the absolute best decisions I have made is my photographer who was actually recommended to me on this website. Her name is Tiffany Burnham. She is based in Cape Town and is not too long starting up so she is incredible value. She did our engagement shoot when we were there in January and I absolutely love her. Cannot wait to see her again. If your fiance is anything like mine he freezes whenever the camera is pointed at him and she was able to get some beautiful pictures of us. Take a look at her website and tell her I said hi if you contact her! She is a gem! Google tiffany b photography

I can go on and on but if you would like to know any other recommendations or if you have questions let me know. We UK future South African brides need to stick together!

Natalie x

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