South Africa is one of the most popular places for destination weddings, due to its magnificent scenery, reliable weather, and relatively affordable prices. There are plenty of options for post-ceremony honeymoon.
If you want to hold the legal ceremony in South Africa or the wedding party, you’ll need to have some planning. Here are some of the things or options you can opt for if you want to plan a destination wedding!
Making Sure Your Ceremony Is Legal
The most important thing is to ensure that your marriage is legal. South Africa has a specific set of rules for foreigners planning a wedding in South Africa. Make sure to check the Department of Home Affairs website carefully before starting your preparations. You need to obtain proof of ID – both you and your partner. Any proof of previous marriage, proof consent, and declaration for marriage.
South African law requires you to provide a Letter of No Impediment. It is a statement from your home country’s marriage registry. You must be “resident” in South Africa for at least 24 hours before the wedding. Also, your wedding must take place in a religious building, a public office or a private dwelling in the presence of two witnesses.
You need to get all of your documentation (except originals like your passport) notarized by a Commissioner of Oaths.
The hand-written marriage certificate is immediately issued on your wedding day, which will be converted into a formal abridged certificate once your officiant registers your union with the Department of Home Affairs. To register your marriage in your country, you will require an apostilled unabridged certificate. For a small fee, agencies like Docassist can expedite the process so that it takes around one week.
In South Africa, all couples are by default married in community of property, which means that assets and liabilities of the couple are merged into a joint estate. This means each spouse is entitled to a half share of all assets in the event of a divorce, and they should take on equal responsibility for financial debts. To exempt from this law you need a lawyer to draft an ante-nuptial contract (ANC) that must be signed before the wedding.
Selecting the best time and place
Location and timing are also necessary. The more off the beaten track your will choose, the more expensive you wedding will become in getting all of your suppliers to the venue. Keep a track of the weather before deciding on a date.