Elopements in South Africa, the latest trend for couples still wanting to get married in 2020
In light of the recent Corona virus pandemic and the social distancing rules that have resulted from it, the term elopement is now becoming popular with couples who are wanting to tie the knot. Commonly viewed in the past as a secretive form of a wedding ceremony as couples hurriedly escaped, usually just by themselves, to some remote destination or stark court room. elopement is now being redefined and can be seen as a way for couples to still have their special day, with their nearest and dearest present in a gorgeous, romantic location.
With all of the beauty that it has to offer, South Africa can be seen as the perfect elopement destination.
Why not use your original wedding budget to pay for a weekend trip away for a select group of your family and friends to witness you marry the love of your life. There are many boutique hotels on offer around the country and once they are allowed to operate we are sure that they will go above and beyond to work with you in bringing your dream ceremony to life. Surprise your guests with a weekend away, you may choose to even keep the ceremony a secret, and enjoy a Friday night relaxed dinner, followed by the ceremony on the Saturday and a wonderful brunch to end on the Sunday. The berg, beach and the bush lend themselves to this, with plenty of hotels that can be hired out by yourselves for the weekend.
Or if you would prefer to indulge with just the two of you, why not use your original wedding budget to escape to a luxurious local 5 star destination. The bush immediately jumps to mind, with so many romantic boutique accommodation and tented camps on offer, this would provide the perfect getaway to tie the knot. Treat you and your partner to game drives, 5 course meals and spa treatments, with the African bush providing the perfect backdrop to your safari wedding ceremony.
Eloping still means that one can have a photographer there to capture every memory, as well as a priest or marriage officer to officiate things. You can still have your favourite flowers and the decor that you have been eyeing out for months on Pinterest and you could still even have a bridesmaid or groomsmen or two. The only thing that will change is the size of your guest list.
For those considering eloping as an alternative to the “big” day that you had originally envisioned we hope that this blog post has inspired you to look at eloping in a new light, allowing you to have your fairy tale under slightly different circumstances. Elopements in South Africa will be the new future.
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