Propose and get married in Cape Town

To help you in your search for the perfect venue and the ideal spots to propose to your – hopefully – soon-to-be better half, we have selected some of our favourites.

Cape Town is one of the world’s most beautiful cities and we like to think we are one of the most romantic as well. The city has become a favourite wedding destination for domestic and international travellers, not surprising really when you consider the glut of awesome locations we have.

To help you in your search for the perfect venue and the ideal spots to propose to your – hopefully – soon-to-be better half, we have selected some of our favourites.

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CAPE POINT

Few places on the planet can match the rugged, windswept beauty of Cape Point, the southern-most tip of Africa and few could trump it as a perfect spot to ask for your partner’s hand in marriage. If you want a jaw-dropping backdrop, take her on a hike before popping the question, or why not bend a knee at Diaz Beach? You could even go for a public proposal at the Two Oceans Restaurant with champagne on hand to celebrate.

Website: www.capepoint.co.za

Cape Point Steps

TABLE MOUNTAIN

Arguably the most iconic location in the Mother City, Table Mountain is perfect for proposals. There are plenty of places you can drop down on one knee and if you time it properly, you can get the sunrise – or alternatively sunset depending on your preference – to add to the big moment.

Website: www.tablemountain.net

KIRSTENBOSCH

Another spot with few rivals when it comes to natural beauty, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens’ rolling lawns, myriad of winding paths beneath the trees and quiet secluded spots dotted all over make it the perfect place to pop the question. Then, of course, you could go the aerial route and do it on the Boomslang canopy walk… just make sure you don’t fumble the ring in the all the excitement!

Website: www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch

GROOT CONSTANTIA

South Africa’s oldest wine estate, Groot Constantia, is also one of the most beautiful with the Dutch Manor House adding a distinct sense of history to the grounds. Head out to the estate under the guise of a wine tasting or cellar tour, wait for her to be lulled by the fantastic blends, before WHAM! You hit him or her with the grand proposal! … and the best chardonnay in the world! Boom!

Website: www.grootconstantia.co.za

ROBBEN ISLAND

Robben Island is one of the country’s most iconic heritage sites and what better place to bust out a line like “I am a prisoner of your love, will you be my warden for life?” Okay, so maybe don’t lead with that, but Robben Island has a rich history and is an emotional spot, particularly for South Africans, making it a beautiful and unique place to start your new life together.

Now that you’ve popped the question, your next step, of course, is where you’re getting married. Cape Town is one of the most popular cities on the planet to take the plunge and here are my top 10 wedding venues.

Website: www.robben-island.org.za

Inside a Cell in Robben Island

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MONKEY VALLEY, NOORDHOEK

Rustic, beautiful and the venue where I tied the knot, Monkey Valley Resort in Noordhoek is one of the top wedding destinations in Cape Town and with good reason. Deep in the Noordhoek Milkwood forest at the foot of Cape Town’s Chapman’s Peak, the resort has an unparalleled view of the Noordhoek beach and nature reserve. There are a range of options for your ceremony and reception. Accommodation is available in the form of two and three bedroom self-catering chalets and bed-and-breakfast units, meaning you and your guests can stay over and enjoy a leisurely breakfast the next morning after the revelries the night before!

Website: www.monkeyvalleyresort.com

TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL AND SPA

Say, “I do,” on the terrace of this five-star hotel overlooking the gorgeous ocean in Camps Bay.

Whether you and your 80 guests are feasting on gourmet dishes at the Azure Restaurant, or dancing the night away under the impressive marquee and creating everlasting memories, you can be sure everything will be managed perfectly by the Twelve Apostles’ capable wedding coordinator and her team.

Extend your magical wedding celebrations by booking your romantic honeymoon here too. With decadent spa facilities and first-class service, your married life will get off to a luxurious start.

Website: www.12apostleshotel.com

Twelve Apostles Hotel Views

ZEWENWACHT WINE ESTATE

Zewenwacht has played host to plenty of unforgettable weddings. It has two venues – The Lapa, an outdoor all-weather venue which is set in a wooded glade above the lake can host a maximum of 80 guests, and Alfresco, a super well-equipped venue that can seat 220 guests, so no excuses for forgetting to invite all your future in-laws…

Website: www.zevenwacht.co.za/banqueting/

VERGELEGEN WINE ESTATE

The beautiful, sweeping Vergelegen Wine Estate is steeped in history and is a Cape Town landmark. The grounds are beyond pristine and boast some of the oldest living trees in the country, which stand silent guard over the three-century old estate. Make your vows beneath these giant guardians and dance the night away underneath the stars at one of the most spectacular spots on the planet.

Website: www.vergelegen.co.za

D’ARIA

If it’s a countryside wedding and honeymoon you’re looking for, you can’t do better than D’Aria in Durbanville.

Nestled in the Durbanville Winelands, the romantic wine estate offers a 200-seater reception venue, catering services, stunning live entertainment and luxurious cottages for the perfect wedding day and night.

Website: www.daria.co.za

THE VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA

In the heart of the Southern Suburbs lies the environmentally conscious Vineyard Hotel & Spa, the perfect setting for green lovers.

With its unblemished vista of the exquisite forested slopes of Table Mountain and indigenous gardens, it’s the ideal venue for a mini-elopement.

It’s Just Us wedding package includes the wedding ceremony (including minister/marriage officer and legal documentation); the bride’s bouquet, corsage and petals for the wedding; a congratulatory celebration with sparkling wine; Grapetiser and canapés; Melissa’s chocolate polka-dot wedding cake with fresh flowers; a four-course wine-paired dinner at the hotel’s outstanding The Square restaurant, with sushi bar; one night’s accommodation in a room with mountain view, including petals on the bed, sparkling wine, gift box and a full English breakfast for two; and a deluxe spa treatment for two at Angsana Spa.

Website: www.vineyard.co.za

Vineyard Hotel Exterior

HARBOUR HOUSE, KALK BAY

Boasting arguably one of the best locations in Cape Town, Harbour House in Kalk Bay is quite literally sitting on the ocean. Built on the breakwater and situated in the Kalk Bay Harbour, the restaurant boasts incredible views of False Bay and is well known for its fantastic seafood dishes. It is also a laid-back and chic venue to host your wedding reception – ensuring your guests remember your wedding for years to come.

Website: www.harbourhouse.co.za

CASA LABIA CULTURAL CENTRE

A garden wedding ceremony within the Italian splendour of the Casa Labia Cultural Centre in Muizenberg adds a touch of glamour to your nuptials in all seasons. The centre has a super-efficient internal events team to assist in the smooth running of your special day.

Website: www.casalabia.co.za

V&A WATERFRONT

A trendy option for your impending nuptials is the world-famous V&A Waterfront in the heart of Cape Town. The Dock House is a glamorous boutique hotel and spa that caters to the needs of discerning guests, while the Victoria & Alfred Hotel has an inspiring history and an impressive location on the pier.

Website: www.waterfront.co.za

VA waterfront with table mountain at night

These are just some of the venues in the Mother City and we know we have missed out a ton of them. We want you to share your favourite venues, whether they are where you got married or the best wedding you attended as a guest. Let us know in the comments below and we will keep adding to the list!