How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Location in Cape Town

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Venue in CAPE TOWN and the WESTERN CAPE

If you follow us on social media, you will have seen that, over the past few years, us OHD gals have planned an ever-increasing number of celebrations at a variety of stunning wedding locations in Cape Town and surrounds. We LOVE everything this region has to offer couples getting married. So, of course, we are over the moon to announce that our Cape Town office is officially up and running. We thought to mark this exciting time, we’d take a deep dive into all that Western Cape weddings have to offer. After all, with our extensive on-the-ground experience as Cape Town wedding planners, we are here to help you navigate the process of finding the best wedding venue in Cape Town and beyond. Here’s how to find the venue of your Oh Happy Day dreams!

Whether you're dreaming of a beachside ceremony, a vineyard celebration, or a mountain backdrop, the Cape has it all.

Why Get Married in Cape Town?

There’s no doubt that the Cape is a wedding destination like no other! From mountains to coast, it’s brimming with charm, beauty, vibrancy, and diversity. Here’s why you should consider tying the knot in or around the Mother City.

Variety of Landscapes

This region offers a stunning array of settings, from pristine beaches to lush vineyards and majestic mountains. Whether you’re dreaming of a beachside ceremony, a vineyard celebration, or a mountain backdrop, the Cape has it all. You’ll also find a wide variety of incredible venues, from sophisticated and modern to rustic and rural. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find a style to match any bride’s dreams.

World-Class Wedding Suppliers

The Cape is home to some of the best wedding service providers in the world. At OHD, we have an established network of trusted professionals who will ensure every detail of your wedding is perfect. When you work with us, you’ll have access to our little black book of top-notch suppliers so you know everyone on the team is the best of the best.

Mediterranean Climate

Cape Town enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summers and relatively mild, wet winters. This makes it a great location for weddings almost any time of the year. The most popular season is from September to the beginning of May, so we’re already busily planning weddings for the 2026 season. Something to note is that the Cape experiences the notorious ‘Cape Doctor’ South Easterly winds between late November and mid-February. If your date falls during this time, you will need to consider a more sheltered outdoor region or have an indoor backup plan. But don’t worry, that’s what we are here for!

Destination Wedding or Elopement Appeal

If you’re planning a luxury destination wedding, the Cape is an incredible region for your guests to discover. With its rich history, vibrant culture, and huge variety of activities, there’s so much for your friends and family to see and do. From exploring outdoor adventure to indulging in world-class cuisine, your guests will have an unforgettable experience.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Location in Cape Town

Choosing the perfect wedding location involves several key considerations. Here are some factors to keep in mind:

Budget: Setting a realistic budget is essential. The Cape offers wedding venues that cater to a range of budgets, from luxurious estates to more pocket friendly options. Soon after your engagement, sit down and determine your overall budget and allocate a portion specifically for the venue. Remember to consider additional costs such as décor, catering, and transportation. Look for venues that offer good value for money and consider those that include essential services in their packages.

Guest Capacity: Knowing your guest list size is crucial before selecting a venue. Cape Town has wedding venues of various sizes, from intimate settings for small gatherings to expansive locations for larger celebrations. Choose a venue that comfortably accommodates your guest list without feeling overcrowded. Consider the flow of space and how it will work for different parts of your wedding, such as the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.

Location Accessibility: Proximity to airports, accommodations, and transportation is vital, especially for out-of-town guests. Cape Town is well-connected, but it’s important to consider the convenience of your venue’s location. Ensure there are nearby hotels or guest houses for your guests and check the availability of transportation options. A centrally-located venue can simplify logistics and make it easier for everyone to attend your special day.

Top Wedding Locations in Cape Town and the Western Cape

When getting married in Cape Town and the Western Cape, you really have your pick of stunning locations for your wedding! Here are some of our top choices.

Cape Town and the Peninsula

The heart of Cape Town is filled with iconic city locations and historic buildings, providing both charm and convenience. Venues like the Mount Nelson Hotel and the V&A Waterfront offer a blend of modern city sophistication and historic elegance. Imagine exchanging vows with Table Mountain as your backdrop or on a rooftop with panoramic views of the city skyline? This area alone includes beaches, forests, and cliffs, as well as sprawling private homes and beautiful gardens.

Cape Winelands

A little farther away from the airport but still with easy access, you’ll find The Cape Winelands, the most popular wedding location in Cape Town and surrounds. The Winelands include areas like Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl, and are renowned for their breathtaking wine farms and estates. Venues here provide a romantic and picturesque setting for your wedding, with incredible scenic beauty, delicious wines, and some of our favourite venues. For example, just recently, we’ve planned weddings at Hazendal, Laborie, Cavalli, Vrede en Lust, Boschendal, and Johannesdal (be sure to keep an eye on our blog, newsletter, and socials to see these beauties!). Think of saying “I do” amidst rolling hills and lush vineyards, followed by a reception featuring the finest local wines and gourmet cuisine. What could be better?

Overberg

The Overberg region, with its scenic mountain venues and charming countryside, is perfect for a nature-focused wedding. Locations like Stanford, Greyton and Hermanus offer a serene and intimate atmosphere. The Overberg’s natural beauty and tranquillity make it ideal for couples seeking a rustic or eco-friendly wedding a little off the beaten path. If a ceremony surrounded by fynbos and mountains, with a reception under the stars, sounds like your dream day, then this could be your spot. Take a look at The One: Heaven and Earth in the Hemel en Aarde Valley, Die Woud, or The Oaks in Greyton.

West Coast

The West Coast is famous for its pristine beaches and coastal charm. Towns like Paternoster and Langebaan provide stunning beach wedding spots with a real rustic charm. Beach weddings offer a relaxed and romantic vibe, although it’s essential to consider factors such as weather and tide timings. The West Coast’s unspoilt beauty and serene environment create a magical setting for your big day.

Working with a Cape Town Wedding Planner

Hiring a wedding planner in Cape Town is a game-changer, especially for destination weddings. At OHD, we specialise in creating bespoke wedding experiences tailored to your unique vision. Our new Cape Town office means you’ll have year-round on-the-ground access to our team, who know the local landscape inside out. We can help you select and coordinate the perfect venue, ensuring every detail is meticulously planned and executed. From liaising with vendors to managing logistics, our personalised service and local expertise will make your wedding planning journey seamless and stress-free.

Choosing the perfect wedding location in Cape Town and the Western Cape is an exciting step in your wedding planning journey. Start early, consider all the factors, and remember that the right venue will set the tone for your entire celebration. We’re here to help you create a wedding day that’s uniquely yours, so be sure to contact us to help you plan the ultimate Cape Town wedding!