Ten Tips for a December Wedding in South Africa

Ten Tips for a December Wedding in South Africa

Planning a December wedding in South Africa comes with a unique set of challenges to consider to make your day memorable for you and your guests.

  1.  The Weather

December is one of the hottest months, and also a time for afternoon thunder storms in the high veld.  So, if you are hoping for a garden wedding it’s best to have a backup plan.  You may want to consider a breakfast or a brunch, or a stretch tent.

2. Venue

Choose a venue that complements the summer atmosphere that will be comfortable for you and your guests.  Be prepared for the summer heat with umbrellas, shady areas, a marquee, fans or air conditioners.  A great idea for a wedding favour is a colourful hand-held fan.  

3. Holiday season

Many people go on holiday in December so send out ‘Save the Date’ cards well in advance, so that your loved ones can plan their holiday around your date.

4. Ceremony

Take advantage of the longer daylight hours.  A sunset ceremony provides a romantic back drop and ensures cooler temperatures. A great advantage of an outdoor wedding is that the venue is already stunning and needs little decoration.

5. Lights

December is the festive season so create a magical atmosphere with twinkling fairy lights, candles or lanterns to create a warm and intimate ambience for your celebration.

6. Flowers

Consult with your florist who will advise you on what flowers are in season for your bouquet and centre pieces.  Seasonal flowers cost a lot less than those that have to be specially sourced from elsewhere.

7. Photography

It is important to consult with your photographer who will advise you on the light and the time of day for the best photographs.  

8. Menu

Choose a light summer inspired menu with plenty of refreshing drinks. Perhaps an ice cream station or decorative wheelbarrows filled with ice and soft drinks.

9. Cake

Heat and humidity can play havoc with your cake and the icing.  Whether you have paste or fresh flowers, it will need to be displayed in a cool place.

10. Wedding Attire

You and your groom with want to look and feel comfortable and well as to look your best.  Consult with your designer or dressmaker to choose fabric that will breathe and a style that will keep you cool.

A December wedding in South Africa offers a blend of natural beauty, long days, warm evenings and a festive time of the year.  Make the most of the season by incorporating seasonal colours – red green, silver, gold and white.

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