Love in the ‘Place of the Rising Sun’
The question has been popped (the answer is yes!) and so have numerous bottles of bubbly … now for the next round of questions – When? Where? What? etc., asked by every in-law and friend. We are here to help by answering the ‘where’ for you — Mpumalanga – and even the why! Here are five reasons why the ‘Place of the Rising Sun’ is the ideal location for your wedding.
Unparalleled Wedding Photographs
Mpumalanga’s spectacular views are world-famous. They stretch over the Drakensberg escarpment and its many incredible natural attractions – think crashing waterfalls, beautifully unusual rock formations and fantastical rock pools. The Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window are two locations that offer awe in abundance and an unbeatable setting for wedding photographs.
Epic views are also the star of the show at Angels View, a designer hotel that boasts breathtaking vistas of the Drakensberg escarpment. In terms of accommodation, their Earth Grotto suites have romance written all over their undulating curves. Built to synchronise with the surrounding landscape, their domed roofs, fireplaces and African-hygge decor are ideal for the about-to-be and newly-wed. Stay pre-wedding in the planning stages, the week of the wedding or for your honeymoon. Angels View can also host all your friends and family in style, so everyone has a place to stay when they come for your big day.
You can go Wild
Another world-famous attraction in the area, the Kruger National Park is sure to add a wild dimension to your nuptials. Make a vacation around your big day and treat yourselves and your guests to safaris, bush walks and incredible Big Five sightings in the build-up to your wedding. Bonus: many Mpumalanga wedding packages include these kinds of activities, so the organising is all done for you.
Match the romance of the occasion with magical outdoor adventures. Float in a hot-air balloon over the bushveld, waterfalls and the dramatic Drakensberg escarpment or go on riverboat cruises at the bottom of Blyde River Canyon. Hiking is an area favourite, as well as adrenalin-inducing sports like swinging off the top of a waterfall with The Big Swing in Graskop, river rafting and spelunking.
If you want an ‘expensive’ wedding without the expense, look no further than Mpumalanga. Compared to other destinations in South Africa, this province adds a little breathing space to your budget. There are many options for venues and packages, from intimate weddings in the forest to big parties in a stunning glass conservatory, so you are sure to find something to suit your needs.
Be the one with the wedding to remember and choose Mpumalanga. After all, sailing into the sunset in a hot-air balloon is certainly an unforgettable way to begin your marriage.