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Beach Wedding Basics

Exchanging vows and saying “I Do” to the love of your life with the perfect backdrop of sun and sea is a dream come true for nature lovers. With more than 2 500 kilometers of magical coastline and superb weather, South Africa ranks as one of the top beach destination venues in the world. But how does one go about planning a fairytale beach wedding?

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So, first thing's first. In order to host a beach wedding ceremony, you'll have to contact the relevant City Council for a permit. It's a relatively fast, easy and affordable process, but to secure your perfect venue and date you'll most likely want to get onto this one relatively early in the planning process.

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During your planning process, there are a few other key points to take into account when planning your magical beach wedding:

1. Alcohol is prohibited on South African beaches.

2. f you intend having loud music (a DJ), a Noise Exemption Permit needs to be obtained from your relevant City Council.

3. There should always be a Plan “B” in case of unforeseen circumstances. Alternative options to consider are private beach houses, ocean-facing restaurants and ocean-facing hotels.

4. The official signing of the register has to happen in a room or an indoor venue after the ceremony as required by South Africa law.

5. Be prepared to be watched or photographed by uninvited guests. It is a public space afterall!

6. Choose a photographer who has experience in beach weddings. The excessive sunlight and glare could become a problem for an inexperienced photographer.

So whether you’re considering the picturesque, rugged and unspoilt Transkei coastline or a trendy beach in Cape Town, your seaside wedding dream can become a reality with some extra planning and a good sense of adventure. Get an extra dose of inspiration from our beautiful beach styled shoot

Happy planning!

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